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  1. Wow, such a slick graphic opening for the video, then Blair Witch style photography...
  2. Interesting takes on the current situation and possibilities coming up: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/10/11/the-future-of-floridas-amusement-parks-is-about-to-get-really-complicated-thanks-to-seaworld-six-flags-and-an-onslaught-of-private-equity-f?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature&fbclid=IwAR2e260l3eXhiNuUNx7z358NXHi5nTBbD0T7mMjz-HPf2FXrhHRIBj536g4
  3. Most of the complaints I see about Six Flags operations really vary from park to park. I think so much comes down to park leadership, with managers who are established doing better than ones who have just taken over. It takes a season or two of fine tuning to get things running the way they should. The biggest problem I've seen with Six Flags is inconsistency from manager to manager, and just when things hit their stride, they move the manager to another park.
  4. I believe that is the electrical shed that controls the lighting in the mall area. It makes sense that if they did a bunch of updates to the lighting they finally updated the shed that controls it as well.
  5. Six Flags really sees the membership program as a huge win, and adding more parks would simply increase that. When they were in talks to try and purchase SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment a few years ago one of the big things mentioned was that having more properties would simply increase their membership sales. Memberships are a predictable and steady year round income for the company, and that's what they're really working for, evening out the revenue across the whole year. More parks, even in close proximity like Dorney and GA would probably do more to boost both parks with pass sales. When you have several parks like this (SFA/KD, Great America/SFDK, Knott's/Magic Mountain, etc) this just gets more profitable.
  6. No, but H Partners who were the majority owners of Six Flags up until just a year or two ago wanted to merge the two companies. They were in talks 10+ years ago.
  7. When H-Partners took control of Six Flags after the bankruptcy they had been in talks to merge the two companies. Rehan Jaffer showed me pictures of his meeting with Dick Kinzel out at Cedar Point back then. It's an interesting idea to merge the two, lots of cost savings could be found, I just wonder whose culture wins out? Mergers are always tricky and don't always turn out in ways you expect. In my work life I've been through several mergers, and sometimes the company acquired ends up making big changes to the company that acquired it. If it does happen, it will be good for Six Flags passholders.
  8. Kind of hard to add those when we don't have picture yet...
  9. Unfortunately parks really don't care much about capacity anymore when they offer pay to cut the line. They make more money selling those passes than they would if they put something high capacity in.
  10. Following in the footsteps of Geauga Lake...
  11. Between the wood coaster going into SeaWorld San Antonio, the launched steel coasters going into BGW and SeaWorld Orlando, and the RMC coaster replacing Gwazi at BGT, there'll be a bunch of great new coasters coming next year to compete for "best new coaster".
  12. So, maybe this year BBNP will be open instead?
  13. I think LTSP/Safari Kids is pretty much staying as it is, just clearing those rides all the way at the back into the middle of it all. The area I assume will be used for JD is circled in red, and I'd guess they'll use the old pathway next to Rapids (marked in gray) as the entrance/queue to it. Really only the submarine looks like it NEEDS to move, but I'm guessing they'll move the teacups so they can use the old Rapids food and gift building for a shop: If I had to guess, they'll probably just relocate those two rides to the old Big Red Cars/Safari Jeeps area near the front of LTSP. Maybe they'll even put the train back in?
  14. I'm guessing the two furthest back (submarine and teacups).
  15. I think one thread is enough. It looks like just two rides will have to be removed from LTSP for this and (hopefully) relocated. I find it interesting they said JD will open "summer" 2020. I guess they've given up on advertising "spring" for any new attractions...
  16. Notice Cedar Fair have cut back (a LOT) this year on their capex, with most parks just getting water slides after years of so many huge investments in coasters. Cedar Fair was spending way too much (for certain parks) just like the old Six Flags (Premier) days, and now they've had to cut back just like current Six Flags. I think both chains need to achieve the proper balance. Somewhere between every major park getting a huge new coaster every other year, and instead maybe a huge new coaster (B&M, Intamin, etc.) in the $15-20 million range every 5 years at major parks, with smaller parks getting some hand me downs through ride rotation and smaller investments on years between big ones. I believe the current Six Flags capex plan is about $7 million per year for each park with some movement of funds from smaller parks to larger ones for slightly larger investments. WHen you're running three of the largest, most attended parks in the country (SFMM, SFGAm, SFGAdv), you need to make major investments of more than $7 million to keep driving attendance. Not every year, but it needs to happen every few years.
  17. Cedar Fair also is installing just one coaster across all their parks for 2020 if I remember correctly. Meanwhile SeaWorld Parks are installing coasters in all five of their major parks next year (and they still haven't announced what Sesame is getting).
  18. I think 2021 is still very much up in the air. If Six Flags gets the new CEO they've been tryig to get for a while now and Jim Reid Anderson finally retires, we could see a shake-up in the capex spending.
  19. http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/575509/SAUDI-ARABIA/Six-Flags-Qiddiya-unveils-park-design
  20. Ideally, if the LTSP/Safari Kids area is going to be home to a new coaster, it would be great to see the rides relocated to the lakefront area between BBNP and Joker. That would really spruce things up and mean the kids stuff is all centrally located again. The setting under the trees back there would be nice for the kids stuff. That would really open the area for a new coaster and redevelopment. The park could really use a big new coaster as well as an updated kids area, and this would fix both.
  21. Nope, no AC. Some have ceiling fans but they don't do much, so they purchased fans for the shops which are behind the registers but still visible to guests.
  22. We did the preview of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge the other day, and it surpassed my expectations overall, but it felt lacking in life to me. The best parts were the things that specifically related to the original three movies. I'll be posting a more detailed trip report soon, but here's a couple of the "low lights" where it just didn't feel like a billion dollar expansion to a theme park. Apparently it was designed in California by people with no idea how hot and humid it gets in Florida, so (just like Toy Story Land) there is no shade and they've had to add umbrellas, and no water fountains so they had to put Igloo coolers with paper cone cups to give people something to drink. The shops have no air movement, so the cast members had to bring in fans. The "food" props in the restaurants all look very plastic.
  23. Wow, they must have got a huge discount on water park equipment.
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