Published: March 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM
@Thomas - You've got to be careful when you go from the specific to the general.
When people criticize the shows as being outdated or stale or cheesy, they are expressing their personal feelings about that particular attraction. If you took the time to query them about about their feelings about the Disney or Universal parks I think you would find them to be some of the most ardent supporters of the theme park industry. Their feelings about a single ride or show may not be a reflection of their attitude toward the entire park or company, and since many of them may be season ticket holders or regular yearly visitors who spend a lot of money on their theme park enjoyment they represent an important component of a park's patrons.
You've also got to be careful when you dismiss their criticisms with the use of attendance figures. Wal-Mart and McDonalds dominate their particular industries, but does that mean that Wal-Mart is the best retailer or that McDonalds makes the best fast food? I think that most of us would agree that Mal-Mart and McDonalds have developed the formulas to get the most people through their doors in their particular industries, but that doesn't mean that they are providing superior quality.
Fair criticism (Indy or HMUS is getting stale!) is good. You can use it to improve. Unfair criticism (Universal or Disney or Six Flags sucks!) is useless. Take them both for what they are worth.