Published: May 12, 2006 at 5:41 AMI think it sucks that astroworld may be used for other than a themepark. as for 6 flags, i think it is typical of the current management to be out of touch with the average 6 flags families, especially since they have excluded theme park insider. The worst thing that could have happened was that the person (shapiro) that is wanting to turn 6 flags into disneyland, is actually turning 6 flags into more of a cheap daycare center, than ever before. They have increased prices on EVERYTHING and have made the average adult to want to go other places for family vacations. HEY 6 FLAGS, DUE TO THE HIGH COST OF GAS, PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD YOU AS MUCH, if people want disney, they will go to disney, but leave 6 flags alone.
Published: May 12, 2006 at 9:01 AMIt is unfortunate that Magic Mountain can only see fit to invite those media outlets who have been friendly to them in the past. Apparently change hasn't come to Six Flags Magic Mountain as quickly as Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro would like to have everyone believe. For all of Mr. Shapiro's grandstanding about changing the Six Flags parks, this petty act sure seems mired in past practices. It's worth noting that people would not have bad things to say about Magic Mountain if Magic Mountain didn't have bad things happening at the park (the lists are well documented and too long to revisit here - do a Google search). Just about every tv station, radio station, website, newspaper, and other media outlet in the Southern California area has reported something negative about the park. Additionally, I saw advertisements on our local tv station, KNBC, for some kind of promotional tie-in with Tatsu. KNBC did a report a few years ago about racism at the park. How's that for negative press? One would think that reporting racism at the park is particularly egregious given that Magic Mountain's demographic is heavily minority. Six Flags' letter to you, Mr. Niles, seems a bit disingenuous and I think you took the high road in your comments. Maybe one of the characters in Magic Mountain's park and parades should be the Cowardly Lion or, better yet, the Scarecrow. Congratulations to you, Mr. Niles for a website that allows people to post their opinions despite the consequences.
Published: May 14, 2006 at 11:19 PMI had the pleasure of visiting Astroworld twice (in 2002 and 2003) and like many am disappointed to see it go. At the same time, this was strictly a business decision. Six Flags, like any other business, has to turn a profit. While this was really bad for Houston, it will be good for the rest of the Six Flags chain in the long run as they pay off corporate debt.
As for the PR incident with Magic Mountain (another park I have visited before), I feel the management of Six Flags is trashing a great resource...candid and honest comments from all of us! We have been to the parks and have ridden the rides! And we offer our honest opinions! Getting this kind of reader response could be obtained with in-park surveys, but that costs $$$, however, opinions from this site are FREE! Six Flags management still has a (magic) mountain to climb to win back guests and families, but I think they are trying. To their credit, my home park, Six Flags over Georgia is now cleaner, friendlier, and run more efficiently than just one year ago. It may take a while for their efforts to spread to the far reaches of the rest of the chain, but I have noticed a huge difference in Georgia.