Published: April 15, 2014 at 8:35 AMSix Flags in Jackson is such a sad place. Upkeep, employee attitude, and the park patrons, are all below par. I used to visit every year, but just can't bring myself to do it anymore.
Published: April 15, 2014 at 9:16 AMI assume guests from other Six Flags parks will be allowed entry based on the picture on their pass. This move to biometrics at just one of the parks in the chain is an interesting development. I'd be interested to know what caused the change.
The move to electronic coupons is nice. However, it would far easier if they just gave standard discounts to passholders like other parks do instead of their gimmicky coupons.
Published: April 15, 2014 at 7:50 PMAnthony, this is just speculation, but it possibly has to do with weather. Cedar Fair also staggers the opening of their parks. Kings Island opens on Friday, but Cedar Point doesn't open until May 10th. It might also have to do with the labor force- Kings Island is closer to several major metropolitan areas and with plentiful college students to draw from, while Cedar Point is located in a relatively small town with fewer college students to draw from until they get out of school for the summer.
Published: April 15, 2014 at 8:21 PMThanks Bobbie. Appreciate the report from that corner of the Six Flags world.
Our local park, Six Flags over Georgia has been open since mid-March. Down here in the South that can mean a sunny day in the mid-60s or a rainy washout in the 50s. We even had a few "rain-out" days where the park announced it was not opening on a scheduled day. But we have had more "good" weather days than bad so far. I have visited SFOG 3 times since it has opened this season. Good to be riding coasters again.
Regarding the season passes, SFOG also has the new fingerprint linked season passes and electronic coupon books. I got the impression from the Six Flags website that this change was rolled out to all of the parks.
Published: April 16, 2014 at 6:41 AMI would agree with James K. observations of weather and labor force being the main reasons. As an exampole, our local park, Kennywood, doesn't open to a full schedule until the college students are done & the weather is more consistent. And their full schedule shuts down earlier than the past since the colleges start earlier now than they did a couple of decades ago. The theme parks in Florida & California are not very dependent on a seasonal work force since they are open all year.....And, yes James, we just experienced the same weather system. But it's sunny right now. Only 4 weeks 3 days to Portofino at Universal.