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  1. ^ I believe that Zadra number is correct because it was paid for with EU funds and the costs had to be made public during the bidding process. Keep in mind that labor costs are much cheaper in Poland and that tends to bring the overall cost down. It was announced that a smaller RMC, ArieForce One. will cost $13 Million USD to build this year. Not sure how much Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger costs, but one of the goals was to save money on steel by using standard sized B&M track instead of the bigger track that is normally on Dive coasters. B&M also did a complete overhaul on the trains so they can move around tighter turns. I would not be surprised if Six Flags did a package deal with B&M. There are already rumblings of SFGAm getting a B&M in 2023 and SFMM in 2024. If you follow the Photo Trip Reports, it appears that the Northern Star Arena could be on the way out. It looks like there is a lot of land behind the arena that could be used for a coaster. https://www.greatadventurehistory.com/GATrips_Spring_2022_05_12.htm
  2. Not really, the current board was just reappointed by the shareholders during the proxy vote and the shareholders supported the boards recommendations during the vote. The previous board failed to keep Jim Reid Anderson and Marshall Barber in check and was ousted as part of an agreement with H Partners management. There was a lot of turmoil in the corporate management because Selim cut down the layers of management and gave park presidents more control over the decision making. Six Flags is unable to buy/sell parks until they get clear of the 2025 Secured Notes that were issued during the pandemic. It sounds like the company is planning to pay down some of this debt with cash on hand in July and they plan to restructure the remaining debt with new unsecured debt in the next 12-18 months. This would remove the noose from their neck.
  3. Here is the official Q1 2022 Earnings Call Transcript: https://investors.sixflags.com/~/media/Files/S/Sixflags-IR-V2/documents/events/six-usq-transcript-2022-05-12-final.pdf
  4. On a positive note, Six Flags Great America is reopening Roaring Rapids.
  5. New year, new round of ride removals? Keep an eye on Cyborg. Six Flags Over Texas just removed two rides from the website and park map. Rodeo (Huss Breakdance) Harley Quinn Spinsanity (ABC Rides Tourbillon) Music Mill Amphitheater is also removed. https://static.sixflags.com/website/files/sfot_park-map.pdf https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/things-to-do/all-rides
  6. It looks like Carowinds is planning to retheme the Crossroads section of the park and add four new flats rides (Zamperla Nebulaz, Zamperla Disk-O, Zamperla Air Race, and a Chance Trabant or Freestyle) for 2023. https://parkfans.net/threads/project-2023-crossroads-overhaul-four-new-rides.7240/ https://twitter.com/CarowindsFansOn/status/1507019674692763649/photo/1
  7. https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/events/all-new-dc-universe
  8. California's Great America is adding a scrambler back to the park in the old Huss Top Spin location. https://www.cagreatamerica.com/rides-experiences/liberty-twirler
  9. From the annual report: https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/sixflags3/SEC/sec-show.aspx?Type=html&FilingId=15600308&CIK=0000701374&Index=10000 In 2022, we are excited to add (i) the world's steepest dive roller coaster featuring a 95-degree drop at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX); (ii) the tallest and longest single rail coaster on the planet and record-breaking 20th roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA); (iii) a state-of-the-art, all-new family cave ride experience and a first-of-its-kind in North America water coaster thrill ride at Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX); (iv) a combination family coaster and animal exhibit experience at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, CA); (v) a 164 foot tall, dual action, spinning and looping thrill ride at Six Flags St. Louis (Eureka, MO) and a multi-level kids water play center featuring 4 slides and 71 interactive water features at Hurricane Harbor in Six Flags St. Louis (Eureka, MO); (vi) a 5-story, fast-paced waterslide stretching 500 feet in length at Six Flags White Water Atlanta (Marietta, GA); (vii) a brand-new Summer Vibes festival at Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ); (viii) DC Universe, a newly themed area featuring three reimagined attractions at Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL); (ix) a rebrand of the Jr. Thrillseekers family area and Medusa top-rail floorless coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ); and (x) a rebrand of Splashtown to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Darien Lake with a brand-new, 60-foot water slide (Corfu, NY).
  10. The new strategy: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4490022-six-flags-entertainment-corporation-six-ceo-selim-bassoul-on-q4-2021-earnings-call-transcript Edit: Six Flags provides an official call transcript now: https://investors.sixflags.com/~/media/Files/S/Sixflags-IR-V2/documents/events/six-usq-transcript-2022-02-24.pdf
  11. Hersheypark is retheming their boomerang and adding a Zamperla Nebulaz inside the cobra roll for 2022. https://www.hersheypark.com/explore-the-park/rides/jolly-rancher-remix
  12. SeaWorld says their offer was rejected and they don't see a path forward. https://www.seaworldinvestors.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2022/SEAWORLD-ENTERTAINMENT-INC.-MAKES-STATEMENT-CONCERNING-CEDAR-FAIR/default.aspx
  13. Scott Ross was involved in taking Great Wolf Resorts private when he was a managing partner at Apollo Global Management in 2012. In 2015, Apollo sold Great Wolf Resorts to Centerbridge. In 2019, Centerbridge sold a 65% controlling interest in Great Wolf Resorts to Blackstone.
  14. Some analysts think Six Flags might make an offer. https://www.streetinsider.com/Analyst+Comments/Speculation+Six+Flags+(SIX)+Could+Join+the+Fun+as+Cedar+Fair+(FUN)+Targeted+in+Takeover/19559636.html
  15. Vipère was cancelled at La Ronde. https://www-narcity-com.translate.goog/fr/montreal/la-ronde-donne-des-nouvelles-de-la-montagne-russe-vipere-qui-devait-ouvrir-en-2020?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc https://www.narcity.com/fr/montreal/la-ronde-donne-des-nouvelles-de-la-montagne-russe-vipere-qui-devait-ouvrir-en-2020
  16. It might make sense to rip out the big coasters and convert Michigan's Adventure to a Sesame Place. It sounds like this is an all cash offer, which makes it much stronger than the previous Six Flags stock for stock offer, even though it gives Cedar Fair a lower valuation. This might be a good time to rebrand the parent company as Cedar Fair or a new company name. Limiting the SeaWorld name to a few parks and not the parent company would help cleanup the company image. I am curious if Scott Ross will let Cedar Fair management run the new company, while he slowly cashes out his majority stake.
  17. It's not confirmed, but I think SFGAm is retheming Yankee Harbor for Batman The Ride's 30th birthday. (V2 rethemed to The Flash, Whirligig rethemed to DC Super Villians Swing, and Yankee Clipper rethemed to Aquaman. It will be interesting to see if Roaring Rapids goes back to its original name (White Water Rampage) as part of the ride renovation. Maybe a Mardi Gras themed name, such as Ragin' Cajun Rapids would fit that area better.
  18. https://seekingalpha.com/news/3788654-six-flags-looks-attractive-to-oppenheimer-due-to-premiumization-push
  19. It looks like they are being called legacy memberships now. I imagine Six Flags will increase the prices on legacy memberships after 12 months to get all of those people to switch to the new passes. Here is the new pricing and pass options for Magic Mountain: https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/store/tickets
  20. Three Park President changes: SFGAm: Park President Hank Salemi passed away suddenly yesterday. https://www.iaapa.org/news/iaapa-news-daily/charles-hank-salemi-dear-friend-and-attractions-industry-leader?fbclid=IwAR3ZmOW6OsKufAAh2GBuv2N_fPzpYYDn3qNs1HO2iiElBifadW1sfCCxRik SFA: Rick Howarth is back as Park President. Richard Pretlow is now the Director of Food and Beverage at Six Flags Over Georgia. SFOT: Park President Ron McKenzie is no longer with the company.
  21. This is the place to discuss 2023 news, rumors, and predictions for all Six Flags parks that are not Six Flags Great Adventure. Rules: 1) To avoid redundant posting across topics, do not post about Great Adventure. Parks: Six Flags Over Texas: La Ronde: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Six Flags St. Louis: Six Flags Darien Lake: Six Flags Magic Mountain: Six Flags Mexico: Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Frontier City: Six Flags Great America: Six Flags Over Georgia: Six Flags America: Six Flags New England: Great Escape: Water Parks: White Water Atlanta: Hurricane Harbor Concord: Hurricane Harbor LA: Hurricane Harbor Phoenix: Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec: Hurricane Harbor Arlington: Hurricane Harbor Splashtown: Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City: Hurricane Harbor Rockford: Hurricane Harbor Chicago:
  22. California's Great America: https://screamscape.com/html/california-s_great_america.htm 2023/2024 - Launched Coaster - Rumor - (11/7/21) Not much to report right now, but hearing that California’s Great America could be in the early phases of planning for the park’s next coaster. The early contender being considered so far is said to be a launched coaster, which was included as part of an approved masterplan presented to the city several years ago. One concept rumored to be under consideration for the park would be a multi-launch coaster from Mack Rides, not unlike Copperhead Strike at Carowinds, but with a custom layout. Knott's Berry Farm: https://screamscape.com/html/knott-s_berry_farm.htm 2023?? - New Roller Coaster - RUMOR - (11/7/21) According to a Screamscape source, the rumored Giga Coaster plans for Knott’s may have been given approval to move forward with an intended timeline of opening the coaster in 2023. Keep an eye on the Mystery Lodge area for possible signs of prep work, as this is where the entrance / station is expected to go, with the rest of the coaster expected to be contained mostly in the southern parking lot area, towards the Hotel. If the rumor holds true, early work to prep the site may begin sometime between Q1 and Q2 of 2022. The plans for a proposed Giga coaster and new parking garage leaked on Discord. https://old.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/rqwt6p/leaked_plans_for_knotts_berry_farm_giga/ Overlay of the leaked plans created by AbsolutelyClam on reddit. https://old.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/rqwt6p/leaked_plans_for_knotts_berry_farm_giga/hqd80d0/ Here is an overlay of a earlier version of the Giga coaster plans that also leaked. Overlay of the leaked plans created by AbsolutelyClam on reddit. https://old.reddit.com/r/rollercoasters/comments/rqwt6p/leaked_plans_for_knotts_berry_farm_giga/hqd80d0/
  23. This is the place to discuss 2023 news, rumors, and predictions for all Cedar Fair parks. Parks: California's Great America: Canada's Wonderland: Carowinds: Cedar Point: Dorney Park: Kings Dominion: Kings Island: Knott's Berry Farm: Michigan's Adventure: Valleyfair: Worlds of Fun: Water Parks: Cedar Point Shores: Knott's Soak City: Schlitterbahn Galveston: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels:
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