Six Flags Great America is the Cleanest Park in America?

Six Flags Great America: Can SFGA make this claim and what about your local SF parks?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM
As for Roberts request not to post compaints about the theme parks, this is not really a complaint.

I went to Six Flags Great America yesterday and they proudly posted and announced over loudspeakers near the front of the park that they were the "Cleanest Theme Park in America". Is this true or can they really make this claim? Also, is this being done at the other Six Flags Parks?

Don't get me wrong, Six Flags Great America is a very nice and clean park and I would argue one of the the best overall Six Flags parks, but when I think cleanliness in parks, I think Disney and, even, Universal.

What do you think?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 18, 2009 at 8:52 AM
Nobody? Anybody?

From Nick Markham
Posted July 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM
Well, this wasn't being said when I was at SFMM last week. Though it does sound like they aren't getting the facts and are acting a lot like those Travel Channel Coaster shows which name coasters like Farhenheit, Gemeni, Mind Bender (inverted SLC, not SFOG coaster), and Wicked Twister as the biggest, bestest coasters in the world. My point is, Six Flags is probably doing the same thing as I know for a fact Disney would have to be cleanest parks in the world given the fact as to what they go through to keep their parks clean. Though maybe Six Flags is twisting their facts and naming Great America the cleanist Six Flags park, as if saying to guests they are really the only important chain. Either way... they are just digging themselves into a deeper hole for no reason.

From Ryan B
Posted July 18, 2009 at 10:13 AM
I think when I went to SF Saint Louis back in like 2001 they were making that same claim. I was surprised by that as well. Every time I get home from a six flags park I feel the need to scrub.

From James Rao
Posted July 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM
Anthony, I think it is a bunch of crap. I doubt if there is a Six Flags park in the nation that could even be considered the cleanest park in its region, let alone the world.

Holiday World usually wins the Cleanest Park Award from Amusement Today, if you care about their awards, and I know Busch Gardens, Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Silver Dollar City, and Dollywood are all generally spotless and much better off than any Six Flags park I have visited.

No, Anthony, it is just Six Flags writing a few more "checks" that they just can't possibly support.

From Robert OGrosky
Posted July 18, 2009 at 11:24 AM
Is the park the cleanest, not by a long shot!!!!

But I do think the park has made great strides in becoming a cleaner park and that the employee's are far more friendly than in the past.

I think the park is moving in the right direction and deserves some credits for the improvements it has made.

I have enjoyed the park in my many visits this year, just not at all enthused about the water ride addition this year, I believe they would have done far better by adding a interactive dark ride and than a water ride that has had small lines and wasnt open early in the year and wont be open for FF.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 18, 2009 at 2:10 PM
Oh, sorry anthony. I remember hearing or seeing that somewhere... I know it had to do with SFA. It was either there or on its site...

From Derek Potter
Posted July 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM
As long as the park is clean, let them say what they want. Something like that would be hard to prove or confirm, so I don't really care if they say something that forces them to be as clean as they possibly can.

As far as cleanliness, it's not exclusive to Disney and Universal. It's been a while since I've been to a park that wasn't pretty clean.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted July 18, 2009 at 2:43 PM
To Robert:

Yeah, they probably should have gotten a dark ride instead of Buccaneer Battle. The ironic part about that ride is that its too efficent to get people on and off thus no lines vs Dark Knight which is very slow to get people through.

But going along with that, it seems to me that SFGA has been playing a little loose with the truth when talking about things sometimes. I was lucky enough to cover the Media Day for Buccaneer Battle in which they claimed that there would be animatronics and highly interactive. It sorta is, but sorta isn't especailly with the animatronics.

I like SFGA alot, but I wonder if they could get in trouble by making that claim. I mean they were sued for not opening Deja Vu early enough and keep it open enough. Another irony since Buccaneer Battle is in its place

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