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  1. 1985 Dancin On Air.mp4

    Absolutely loved this show when it was on and was actually "Dancin' on Air" at GA a few seasons earlier when it was recorded at the park (I want to say 1980 or 1981). Had not known that the show was at the park that day prior to arriving, but went absolutely nuts when we found out it was there. We did a lot of dancing, but I never saw the show actually air. This just brought me back big time.
  2. Personally, I'm putting my money on this being very short lived. Weather has never been and never will be a deterrent issue for this park. The issue, however, (as Great Adventure has done) is that there is very little balance and/or variety available in this park for every member of the family to enjoy. The overwhelming emphasis on roller-coasters at the expense of everything else results in a very limited target audience of teenagers and young adults. The issue of gang fights in this park have been well established over time. The local teenagers should be in school during the week leaving an even smaller prospective group of teens/young adults from out of state or out of country. The location of this park (a growing, but still desolate part of Los Angeles County) is completely the opposite direction for anyone traveling as a tourist in Southern California. Sure, it's on the way to central and Northern California if driving, but only if driving that particular route (as opposed to driving the scenic coast). Valencia is no tourist destination because of Magic Mountain or anything else. Nice place to visit, but wouldn't want to live or even spend a few days there. I certainly wish them luck with this attempt, but have to believe that they can really lose their shirt with this Venture and any profits from the more viable operating days they currently enjoy.
  3. Colonial Cafe

    I never had Wee Donuts, but I recall some friends of mine having them and saying they ripped off the Dunkin' Munchkins name. As an aside, just heard that Dunkin' Donuts is dropping Donuts from their name. Soon to be just Dunkin.
  4. Photo Trip Report: July 27th, 2017 - Summertime Fun!

    From what I can see from your photos, the park is certainly looking improved. The Metropolis area looks good. I like the new Music Hall Hall facade (although a regularly used facility would be nice) and I think the wide open area of cement could have benefited from some trees. The bridge to the area immediately brings images of the Great America parks to mind. I think the area around the lake is also looking very nice and appreciate the use of the themed photo booths in both Frontier Adventure and Lakeside near the Bucaneer. I think it going without saying that the Congo Rapids advertising is a bit overpowering, but at least it doesn't come off as totally cheesy. Landscaping that I could see looks nice, especially the area near El Toro that seems to really pop. Hopefully I'll be able to see it all sometime in late August.
  5. New (NJ) Theme Park Puts Six Flags At Risk

    On the topic of new competition for Great Adventure in its primary market plus new competition for the two Texas parks, and a possible decline in attendance, at least one of the big investment firms asking questions during the Six Flags conference call have now downgraded the outlook for Six Flags stock.
  6. New (NJ) Theme Park Puts Six Flags At Risk

    I find one sentence of Mr. Reid-Anderson's answers to be particularly nonsensical and disturbing. That sentence is "Because the truth is that other theme parks are not really our competitors." Why, then, do you include a number of theme parks (both in the same inner and outer markets) as competitors in your annual report together with the description of each Six Flags park property?
  7. New (NJ) Theme Park Puts Six Flags At Risk

    Not necessarily true. The writer clearly indicates they calculated Great Adventure's size using the credit card data. That does not mean that they calculated the other parks using only the credit card data. It is not at all surprising that the Midwest parks would have a smaller percentage of credit card revenue given lower penetration of credit card usage in that region and the point the writer makes about the higher price point of GAd and separately gated water parks. Thus, I don't believe they have contradicted anything by simply showing Great America's credit card data at less than half of Great Adventure's. We also know that Fiesta Texas' credit card data is comparable to Great America's, yet their attendance is significantly lower. What they are telling you here is just as important as what they are not telling you here (regardless of whether they don't have the information to show, have it and choose not to show it, or are bared from showing it for legal reasons). Lastly, they also indicate that only 80% of the credit card data is attributable to a specific park. I am simply suggesting that to dismiss this report as completely far fetched, in my opinion, would appear to be rather naive on the part of Six Flags management.
  8. New (NJ) Theme Park Puts Six Flags At Risk

    Regardless of what one thinks as to the likelihood of American Dream actually opening, the projected decline in attendance (and revenues overall for Six Flags) are significant even if they do not meet the low-end projections of a 20% decline. A sustained decline of 15% to Great Adventure the year American Dream opens could be devastating to both the park and the company if it continued for multiple seasons. Again, Great Adventure's decreased offerings and resulting diminished broad appeal to a larger customer base could really be a problem for the park and the company. I certainly HOPE that Reid-Anderson is not dismissing this potential competitor out of hand. Medusa42, I think you may be incorrect in your assertion that the article mistakenly referred to Great Adventure as Great America. While Great Adventure is easily the company's largest property and can generate the biggest revenues and profits from season to season, I believe Great America has been more consistent as a money maker. Consider profitability contributed on average for Great Adventure from 1977 to present to Great America from 1984 to present and I think Great America will appear more stable in that regard.
  9. GA Mystery Photos & Trivia

    Mel Blanc
  10. GA Mystery Photos & Trivia

    Shot in the dark... Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon on the TV series).
  11. GAdv Trip Report circa 1983

    I experienced similar events as a teenager, but it wasn't the cost of calling home to my parents to let them know where I was and that I would be late or even the option of calling collect. Looking back, I now know the reason I didn't call was because my mother or father, in all likehood, would have told me to get home then. Had I not returned immediately after calling, I would have walked in the door and been chastised for not doing as I was told and being late as well. By not calling and simply coming in late, I could always come up with some excuse or crazy line as to why I was late. While the odds of them buying the story were not very good, there was still a chance that they might. Had they, I would have avoided, first, having to be told to get home now (and obeying) as well as the criticism for being home late (which was coming whether I had called or not). Importantly, this worked for me many times, but only because I was the youngest of five kids and my parents had dealt with much worse from my older siblings.
  12. GA Mystery Photos & Trivia

  13. Six Flags Names New Executive Chairman & CEO

    Absolutely agree, however, a publicly traded company that operates either wholly owned subsidiaries or operating divisions better balances or spreads out its risks than does a company like Six Flags or Cedar Fair. Those two companies are strictly theme park owners/operaters/management companies. Disney, while theme parks have largely been their cash cows, as a whole is an entertainment company. They're not strictly dependent on theme parks. Somewhat like you'd expect from an investment fund including companies/assets from a variety of industries. Six Flags, essentially, uses its parks to spread the risks out financially and, in doing so, has really diluted the brand image from a property perspective while narrowly defining the brand's target base. While Cedar Point was not always public, each of the other theme park companies were wholly owned subsidiaries of larger corporations, part of that larger company's strategy of diversification. I guess I'm just yearning for the days of Six Flags being wholly owned by a parent corporation.
  14. Six Flags Names New Executive Chairman & CEO

    Just my opinion, but this company is a mess. And, again, it's just my opinion, but the reason it is such a mess is because it's largely managed by bean counters. People who see their guests as nothing more than sources of revenue and profit per person. The company really needs some long established theme park veterans running it, understanding that getting as much money per person at the gate and in the park is the surest way to limit your long-term viability. Bean counters can be found in every company, but when they're running the company, guest satisfaction, creativity, and your brand's image are all diminished and will lead to the company's ultimate demise. Even the press release for this announcement was issued by the company's Director of Investor Relations, with investors being the intended audience. It's almost as if the company sees investors as their customers as opposed to the millions of people that attend (or would want to attend) their parks each year. When the primary goal of a company that is not in the financial services industry is simply to make money, it's operating in the wrong industry and everything from that point forward is wrong.
  15. GA Mystery Photos & Trivia

    How about the Giant Wheel with the sit down table service restaurant being Gingerbread FancyOR the Great Lake Grandstand featuring a sit down seafood restaurant?