I will still be going to SFGA and reporting on all the new things going on there! They actually read our stuff on here!
Maybe some Six Flags ads on the sidebars would help draw attention ... is there a way to control that?
I would support my local Six Flags if it was local. The closest one is in Montreal, and unless you're spending a few days in the city it's really not worth a visit.
Six Flags is at 0.19 per share. I could buy a lot of shares right now for next to nothing. I'm not totally wild about their product right now and their financial situation is horrible, but that's pretty cheap, and not a big loss if they do go down. If they hang in there and make things happen, money stands to be made. I'm telling you...unless they throw up the white flag, it's not over for them.
Oh, and Scottland, if you need help in anyway about SFA, just ask, and I can plan your day if you like and if you tell me your group and/or likings. Ok? I have your back! eheheeh.... anyway, please also write a trip report when you get back!!!
Businesses are run by people, and most often by folks who are not particularly smart and are too lazy to really think about their business and how to make it fly. As I've gotten older I've come to respect the truly good companies the hire smart from top down and keep their heart in the game, and I've come to sneer even more at those who pursue greed first and only think about what they can get from our pockets and little about how they deliver value.
It is sad, but failure is what happens at the end of a long chain of stupid business behavior more befitting the upper echelons of the now-bereft Wall Street investment banks than places that deliver fun and deliver us from our lives for day or two. This means a LOT of business will die in the next couple of years, big and small, many because of their former greed and most as victims of their failing brethren.
I hope Six Flags will survive...it will not look the same...but if they find their heart again and work on providing a great experience that delivers real value then folks will return and the coffers will fill once more. I also hope the investors...all of us and other as owners of equity by shares or through mutual funds and whatnot...will tell the managers "grow the business and make it sustainable over the long term, and stop trying to make me happy with gobs of cash today with the threat of empty pockets tomorrow."
One good place to start is by treating guests like guests and not captive pockets of money. The next thing is to make sure the employees are proud to work in your park...it's a fun and unique place to be and that should contribute to the fun the guests have each and every day...and that it's about the magic and not the money.
Finally, I am tired of lazy-thinking executives. To them I say: sometimes you need to read something even if it takes you more than 30 seconds, and you really need to think your way through problems instead of throwing stupid, cheap answers at the real challenges you face. Businesses can be a challenge to run well, and that's part of the fun of business. You should not expect a park to be a cash cow that will boost your bonus, but a welcoming and fun place that will naturally attract people from around the world.
Bugger...another long diatribe...stopping now.
Let's hope someone with deep pockets can save the grand-daddy park in Arlington, but if not -- oh, well.
If we lose our SF parks, we will also lose the great thrill roller coasters that Disney does not offer. We have our Disney trips planned also for summer. But they just don't offer the really good roller coasters that SF offers.
Respectfully JoAnn Kinaln