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  1. So, what kind of damage did the hoodlums do?
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    I had no idea. That's quite an expense for the company to bring in, house, and feed near minimum wage employees.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    I just learned that GA has been using staff from other SF parks to assist with attraction and F&B operations until they complete all of their hiring for the season.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    Do we think they might actually release the 2018 season pass dining guide before 2018 is over?
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    2019 and Beyond Speculation at SFGA

    Nice job on the rendering! Well done! Do we not think that a 2019 debut might be a bit optimistic? The site has to be identified, designs need to be created, as does an engineering study, permits need to be obtained, the coaster needs to be manufactured, and then it needs to be installed. With that said, I really do not know how far in advance they plan capital projects. Maybe some of this has already been completed.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    Fetish911, you are so correct in that the park could use a refresh. I rarely ever see employees cleaning tables, and yes, paint would go a long way. The place looks shabby in spots, but going back to my argument, it costs money just for the basics. If you think about it, a single season pass sale of ~$67 doesn't even cover the cost of one employees shift. It also doesn't buy much paint. When we consider a price and demand curve, my speculation is that we could move the price upward, and not see much of a drop in demand. The original concept was to price passes so low that customers would return time-and-time again to spend money incrementally in gift shops and on F&B, but the $67 crowd spends very little in gift shops, and they either leave the park for meals, or purchase a dining pass, which while profitable for the park, isn't as profitable as selling individual meals. I also feel the reason for the F&B discounts on the memberships is to encourage individual meal spending versus dining pass add-ons. It will be interesting to see how the memberships work out. I'm optimistic that they will drive revenue. Lord knows, Jim Reid Anderson would sell his dog if he knew he could profit by doing so.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    I'm also a shareholder, and feel that price points are too low. As I mentioned, the memberships will hopefully help incrementally, but they did not price their top tiers high enough. People love aspirational offers and are willing to pay a premium. For years I clamored for a Centurion card invitation from American Express. Once they finally offered the card to me, I kept the card for a short period of time, and realized the benefits did not outweigh the premium I was paying for the card. It will be interesting to see what they do with membership pricing moving forward, assuming that sales were better than expected. On a similar note, I would prefer to pay more for my park experience, and see a reduced crowd. I never go without a flash pass, which certainly helps, but food concession lines can be excessive, and there's no way to circumvent those.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    They do very little in terms of customer retention. They are all about selling cheap passes to the masses. With that said, the goal with the memberships is to somewhat address that. However, they are not charging nearly enough for their Diamond and Diamond Elite memberships.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    Six's stock price is down nearly 8% YTD, so they need to scrape every penny they can out of customers. The memberships will certainly help, but the lockers have me perplexed. I usually wear cargo shorts with button or zippered pockets, so my phone goes in one, and my keys in the other. Never a hassle with the ride operators or security personnel who love to wield their authority.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    IMO, Six is not charging nearly enough for Diamond and Diamond Elite. The preferred parking, show seating, FF wristbands, and skip-a-line perks should have commanded a higher premium. On an aside, I haven't been to GA in two weeks, and was curious if the line to pick up Flash Passes coupled with Diamonds picking up their skip-a-line tickets has improved from the 60-90 minute waits I experienced.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    Pardon the language, but today was an absolute s*** fest! I suspected that it would be crowded, as the result of the nice weather, but I had no idea that they were going to be so short staffed today. It made me appreciate being a SixFlags shareholder, but did not make me appreciate being a SixFlags customer. The gates opened around 10:20, so I hightailed it over to Nitro. Sure to form, Nora was in charge of the ride, and it did not open until 10:50. Of course her passive aggressive nature must’ve told her not to send an employee down to the gate to inform the customers as to the status of the attraction. Once we arrived into the station, she told us that we needed to wait until all the cues were filled. That did not go over well with some of the customers. Regardless, I was able to get two rides on nitro before it went back down. It’s seemed to go up and down all day. In fact, I was in the line again at 6:30 when they had further mechanical issues, so decided it was time to call it a day. After nitro, I headed over to the flash pass center to retrieve my flash pass, only to find that the line was out the front door due to all of the diamond and diamond elite members picking up their line skip vouchers. It took me 90 minutes to obtain my flash pass. One lady in the queue verbally lashed out at the flash pass associates. It was extremely uncalled for, but she wanted her diamond skip past, and felt it unwarranted to have to wait as long as she did. You would’ve thought that American Express bestowed a centurion card on her, and she was unhappy with a benefit. I can’t say that I disagreed with her feelings, but her tactless handling of the situation was unnecessary. Granted, some of the flash pass associates in the back room could have helped the three young ladies that were working the counter, but Six Flags is not exactly known for their high level of customer service. El Toro also had intermittent mechanical issues throughout the day, so I finally decided to put myself into a Safari vehicle, and make the most of it. At least, that was my hope. There was a family behind me who talked over the guide during the entire experience. Not only did they talk over the guide, but they were extremely loud. Not that it matters, but they were speaking Spanish, so culturally, they may have not thought twice about it. Then there were the food concession lines. I don’t know too many of them that were under an hour wait, including Rita’s. The challenge is that not all of the dining establishments were open. It looks like Cold Stone is gone, and Go Fresh by Nitro is being converted to a Primo Pasta kiosk. The only remaining Go Fresh was closed today. I did wait a little over an hour for Macho Nacho, but that was about all the wait I could stomach. Even the beverage kiosks had lengthily lines. It definitely was not one of my better days, and I certainly hope they remedy the flash pass debacle. I did speak to Len about it, so we shall see if they come up with a better solution for the Diamond members to obtain their line skip passes. It certainly does not make sense to agitate families spending hundreds of dollars for a daily family flash pass. Didn’t management realize how many Diamond memberships they sold, and the ramifications it may cause to the Flas Pass headquarters? Needless to say that I’m not rushing back to the park anytime soon.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    All very good points and insight. I don’t know what GA has done to their shows over the years, but they have none other than during Fright Fest and HITP. Throw people in a large theatre and sell them overpriced snacks and beverages while they enjoy a show in the shade to cool down. We enjoy seeing the street shows in World Showcase at EPCOT, as do the thousands of other people that frequent them.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    The lack of shows and flat rides are what keeps many of my friends and family away, as well. They will go to WDW with us--but I can't drag them to Six Flags at all. I realize that Six Flags is all about cheap tickets and marketing to a certain demographic, but they are missing several market segments with their shortsightedness.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    Nice run-down of the perks that are enticing you, Matt. The perk that I really value is the preferred parking. The 50% off food is a non-issue with the dining pass. The two line skips are definitely nice, but I can’t see visiting Six Flags without a Flash Pass. $199 for an all season flash pass is a no-brainer, given how inexpensive everything is at Six Flags. I’m not one to stand in a 90 minute line for a run-of-the mill coaster. In terms of the Fright Fest perks, we don’t do the mazes and such, so again, not a selling point for me, but likely for many other people. I am intrigued by the member entrances; however, they also have season pass entrances, and we can see how well that works. My plan is to do nothing until the end of 2018. We may then revert back to Disney World season passes for a year, and take a hiatus from SixFlags, which is the pattern we generally follow. Again, thanks again for your thoughts.
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    Do you plan on buying one of GA's new Membership plans?

    If anyone opts to convert their season pass to a membership this year, I'd be curious what their rationale is. It's tough for me to wrap my head around receiving a $67 Bucks credit in order to purchase a membership for $85.20, $109.20, $145.20, or $217.20. With that said, once 2018 is over, I can see the logic in making the switch. I'm sure some will switch as a result of Six Flags marketing, and the emotional aspect of jumping to Diamond Elite, but other than for the preferred parking, I just don't see the logic at this time of the year. On a different note, If membership rates are truly going to remain fairly stable (no big Labor Day sale), I'm wondering how they are going to handle the price for the Season Flash Pass, Photo Pass, and so on. I paid $199 for my season flash pass, but it's now at $399. Of course, one could argue that it's still only $199 with the Diamond Elite membership 50% savings.
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