Published: January 13, 2010 at 6:22 PMI wish this company the best, I really do. It can't be easy to dig out of a giant financial hole and stay competitive with new rides and such. I haven't been to a Six Flags park in a long time....mostly because I haven't had much opportunity. I really believe that they can pull it together with some time and an entertainers approach instead of a profit maximizing approach.
Great roller coasters are going up and will continue to to be built around the country in many parks, but I think that the time is now for all coaster rich parks to take a different angle in growing their business by improving the quality of what's around the coasters. Case in point...if Six Flags Magic Mountain would spend the same kind of money on flat/dark/childrens rides, shows, food, and scenery as they do on some of those coasters, they would have a lot more success. The same goes for the rest of the Six Flags parks and also the Cedar Fair parks. Kings Dominion and it's coaster collection would be a real threat to Busch Gardens attendance if they were to heavily invest in "non-coaster" entertainment, food, and shows.
That parking thing kills me Anthony. I know it's the big city and all, but $65 to park for the season still seems high. Either there is a mighty parking/admission tax, or Six Flags just wants your money. I guess I'm just used to my Cedar Fair pass including free parking.
Good luck Six Flags. I hope you can right the ship and see some success. The potential is there for sure.
Published: January 13, 2010 at 6:42 PMSFGA is not cheap. That pass is not cheap their. what is a general admission for 1day in the park. Also what is stopping you from buying it at Magicmountain where it is cheaper and using it at Greatadventure. Also does this playpass pay for other attractions like the Daredevil dive at greatadventure.
Published: January 13, 2010 at 7:08 PMAgreed, Derek. I applaud Mark Shapiro. I feel so bad that he came into power when things looked down for the company. I can tell he really is trying to turn it around, and cares deeply about succeeding (why else would he be on TPI so often?).
If I lived anywhere near a worthwhile Six Flags, I'd take up that offer pronto. However, the only Six Flags relatively close to me is Six Flags La Ronde, which is a bit of a letdown.
Published: January 15, 2010 at 6:58 AMI have to agree with everyone..Over the years Six Flags,has taken and become very generic. And the parks
Published: January 15, 2010 at 8:39 AMI also feel that if Six Flags as Cedar Fair as well would start investing in quality shows as the parks did back in the 80's, that they would find it would help out. They have to get back the older guests and show them a good time. Today these parks have little for this age group. The parks years back had large numbers of older guests. Now you still see this with Busch Gardens and Dollywood but the other chains have lost this group. Its money they are just saying that they do not care about when they run with nothing but thril rides and poor quality shows.