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A frightful start to the day

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Published: September 30, 2009 at 6:27 AM

Good morning, theme park fans!

A couple of notes to start the day:

  • Arthur Levine at About.com recaps yesterday's conference call with Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro. There's some intriguing information about the rehab of Six Flags Over Texas' Texas Giant roller coaster for 2010, as well as a warning about the chain's dismal 2009 attendance and spending results.

  • Busch Gardens Tampa sent along a promo video for this year's Howl-O-Scream, showing a visitors running screaming through one of the park's mazes.

    Can you do a caption contest for a video? I say yes, because this one demands it.

  • Readers' Opinions

    From 60.242.234.136 on September 30, 2009 at 6:40 AM
    Damn, next time im wearing two pairs of underpants!
    From Robert Niles on September 30, 2009 at 6:44 AM
    Lamar Odom's accountant visits the set of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"?
    From 60.242.234.136 on September 30, 2009 at 6:44 AM
    "Can we get a mop and bucket to Escape from Insanity please"
    From 64.12.116.65 on September 30, 2009 at 6:49 AM
    I think I am in labor! It's a boy!!!
    From Mark Walker on September 30, 2009 at 7:05 AM
    "Somebody help! I can't find my mars bar!!
    From Anthony Murphy on September 30, 2009 at 8:13 AM
    Great America in Illinois does not seem to be flinching when it comes to future worries. They seem to feel that they will be ok. Then again, its #20 in the North American parks on the right of this discussion. Another thing that they have done is connected themselves with a local resort/water park (like the ones you would see in Wisconsin Dells). It would seem to me that they are making moves that would solidify the park in Gurnee.

    Is it like this at the other SF parks, or is Great America just the exception? Yeah, its no Disney, but the place is clean, the rides look great, updates abound, and the only stuff that needs improvements is guest relations and food.

    From Jack Michael on September 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM
    I think Six Flags needs to look at locations better before building. Atlanta is the second park to be flooded in the last few years, New Orleans being the other. Other national amusement parks like Walt Disney World make sure they have adequate flood measures in place. The financial loss has to be large from repairs and loss of income from closed gates etc... Next time I buy a home, I am going to make sure I am not close to a Six Flags, lol.
    From Rod Whitenack on September 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM
    Zak Bagans outtake footage from "Ghost Adventures," marked as DO NOT USE ON AIR.
    From Jack Curley on September 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM
    "OMG! I heard the Jonas Brothers are at the end of this maze!"
    From Robert Niles on September 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    +1, Jack. Well played.
    From Vickie Boyd on September 30, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    When Ghostbusters Get Scared


    Also, SF Georgia wasn't really in a flood plain. IT's just an extreme amount of rain fell in a short time. It was around 17" near the park in like 36 hours, and I think most of that was in a 12-20 hour stretch. Anywhere is going to flood like that.

    SF's problem is they tried to expand too quickly and couldn't keep up with it. Besides, all the parks are nearly the same, just a few different rides, but basically the same idea, and so many are close to each other.

    From Raul Araoz on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    OMG! This camera keeps following me everywhere. Get it off! Get it off!
    From Joshua Counsil on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Unorthodox audition for the screamo band "Alexisonfire".
    From Andrew Holden on September 30, 2009 at 1:16 PM
    I....BROKE....A....NAIL!
    From Chris Danger on September 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM
    When it comes to flooding, SFoT has a similar issue when we see extreme rain events here in D/FW. Johnson Creek will jump its banks and flood the lower-lying areas of the park.

    On the Texas Giant news, Im excited. Ive seen El Toro and thing the theming and ride itsself are a testament to excellent ride design. Im also looking forward to the replacement of the breaking system, as it is currently a total pain for all involved.

    From 24.51.217.209 on September 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM
    Is that… my parents! AHHHHH!!!!!!
    From James Rao on September 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM
    Someone, anyone, please explain to me how any company can be $2 billion dollars in debt AND planning for new rides and attractions in 2010 and 2011. I just don't understand. I worry about going $2000 in debt and Six Flags just keeps spending.

    How do I get in line for that type of economic protection?

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