What will the future hold for Six Flags' new owners?
Amusement park chain Six Flags yesterday emerged from bankruptcy
, with new owners, some new cash and soon... a new board chairman.
Current chairman Dan Snyder (known to sports fans as the owner of the Washington, DC NFL franchise), who lead the takeover of Six Flags from the former Premier Parks management team in 2005, will no longer hold a seat on the company's board of directors, according to a bankruptcy court filing.
Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro will remain on the board and in his current job, suggesting that the bondholders who've gained control of the company aren't planning day-to-day operational changes at the company or its parks.
Shapiro says that emerging from bankruptcy will free up money for the parks to spend on improvements going forward. But higher attendance, and increased guest spending, would help even more to make that happen.
What do you think about the future of Six Flags, both as a company and as a theme park chain?
haha. there's more nos than yeses.
Already did and will be writing a trip report tomorrow!
Heading back to SFStL in June to re-evaluate the place. At $49 for an all-park season pass (1/3 the price of a Cedar Fair Platinum pass), I felt it was worth the money. We'll see.
Is this the thread where people who've been to one Six Flags park and had a lousy time denounce the entire chain as filthy, overpriced, and poorly maintained?
Ironically, I love the one I have been to and feel that the rest of the chain is great. However, I think I have been to one of the nicer ones. I hope people explain why they said no and which park stinks. Great America, in my opinion is a great deal!
Six flags parks can be gotten into for a good price and you get a big amount of return(for most parks ex: sfmm, sfgadv, sfgamerica, sfot, sfog, sfdk, and maybe sfne and sfsl). Many sixflags parks have themed rides good and bad from the dark night coaster to the monster mansion. I hope that within 10 years all 6flags parks gain more theme and get better in general.
I am a big fan of Shapiro and what he is trying to do. I hope SFStL has indeed stepped it up like some folks say it has... and I hope Six Flags continues to improve and thrive. I have nothing against the chain at all, I just remember my 2008 visit to SFStL was quite possibly the worst theme park experience I have ever had. Perhaps my 2010 visit will erase that memory. And heck, with my $49 pass and a bring a friend ticket or two, it is so close to free I have no choice but to play along!
The Six Flags chain is far from perfect, but its getting better every day. Sure, I could rattle off a litany of things I WISH Six Flags would add or improve, but Rome was not built in a day either. One aspect I have noticed a huge difference in lately is the park employees seem much, MUCH friendlier, from ride ops to food service. For a chain that has had to re-invent itself these past few years, my season pass is still an incredible value.
I really really like Shapiro. He seems to really understand the parks and comprehend that cleaning up the parks and making them more family friendly and improving the overall quality is a better move than just building thrill machine after thrill machine every year (not that I don't like thrill machines.) He seems to really care a lot about the fan base and my overall impressions of Six Flags has improved greatly since this man took over. It's really great they've emerged from bankruptcy and I really hope the chain continues to grow and improve. Looking forward to even better years ahead for their parks!
It seems that they have already been trying to turn things around and this will help them out quite a bit.
My only Six Flags experience is with Six Flags New England. And I am sort of "meh" on that park. I have been there three times and have yet to ride Superman, oh excuse me.....BIZARRO! It has been broken every....single....time!!
The only thing that really annoys me about Six Flags is the grossly inflated parking prices. I understand why they did it, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. I don't go to my nearest Six Flags park often enough to bother getting the season parking pass, but I think even that is a bit of a jerk move on their part (the parking pass is tied to a season pass. Now for me, that's not a big deal. For a family, however, that can really suck. If the parking is on dad's pass, for example, then mom can't take the kids without paying and vice versa. I liked it better when there were decals you could put in your car that could be switched out).
I have always had a good time at the six flags parks and hope they turn this around. The season's passes are a great deal, probably too cheap for their own good. The parks usually have healthy attendance, I just wonder if most of the people are season ticket holders there for a multiple visit.
Aside from the now closed Kentucky Kingdom, I haven't been to a Six Flags park in a while for a couple of reasons. One, I no longer live close to one (nearest one about 6 hours away), and two, I've since chosen to spend my money on better parks. Given that things appear to be turning around in some ways based on reports, I might make a stop at one this year, since there's been ample time to improve. It's been long enough for me to be able to set aside the memories of overflowing trash cans, dirty bathrooms, excessive amounts of line cutting, bad customer service,broken down rides, and the absence of decent food. New management is here and they've had time, so if I'm in the neighborhood (and I may very well be a few times this year), I'll now make a stop.
I said no in the survey, but then remembered that I have a six flags park in my backyard (La Ronde, here in Montreal). I will probably visit that in the fall.
The company and their Park Management need to cut costs. Overpriced parking., Food & Beverage and Upcharges for everything possible needs to stop. Put a good, clean affordable park in place and people will support it.
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