I really think they should keep anypark thats making a solid profit and can handle big additions, money wise. I like Gadv, Gam, OT, MM, DK, St.L, TGE, SFM and OG. IMO, these parks symbolize SF to me. Gadv, OT, MM, Gam, and OG as the major, large parks that are competitors in their market. You have SFDK as a forgotten money maker. This park always make a large profit and SFI would benefit from keeping them. SFSt.L is a nice park that shows that it can handle big additions, and, IMO, it has potential. You have SFM, which is a money maker, that rarely require major additions. Then you have TGE, the small family oriented resort that bring in good money(unbeleivably) from the hotel, park, etc.
It's my honest opinion that Six Flags should only keep Great Adventure, Great America, and the three original parks. I don't mean to sound extremist - but it's my honest opinion. I think these five parks reflect best what the chain is looking for.
They are serious money-makers. It wouldn't have gone through, Velencia was stepping into the situation, and I GUARANTEE they wouldn't have let SFI sell it off as real estate
When the chain was considering selling Magic Mountain a few years ago, I felt they were making the right decision.
Grimy is NOT the word I would use for SFMM's thrill rides. You could see workers hard at work, making the park look nice, a lot of the rides have gotten rehabs/ repaints(Goliath and Batman looked AMAZING with repaints) and the park was looking nice. I really give Shapiro props for that.
Magic Mountain is grounded in grimy thrill rides, which is why themed family rides haven't really worked out for them lately.
I went there and it's beatiful. Grimy is NOT something I would say about it. The park had areas that looked badass(ex. The desert-type Gotham City), and areas that were very family oriented(Main Street, The Camp section)
"Six Stabs Tragic Mountain" is going to be a dirty, grimy theme park or at least have that image for a while, and I feel it would have been better for them to sell that park with all the others that were sold.
I really don't think SFFT would be good as a Cedar Fair park, they have history, and themeing. 2 things CF doesn't care about
My plan would be for the chain to sell off most of the other parks. I know some of the other parkies are going to hate me for this - but I feel that Six Flags New England and Fiesta Texas would be good for Cedar Fair to take. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom would be good as a Busch park, since it has lots of animals which are not taken care of well. La Ronde can be sold to a French company, as well as Six Flags Mexico. Great Escape should be run on its own.
I have to agree. SFA started to be a depressing story years ago. I think it's finally time to pull the plug after I305. The rides could be marketed as new in other places and make more money for the company for more additions around the chain
As for Six Flags America - it might as well close. It's a joke; especially when compared to Kings Dominion not too far away. The park can be closed, and all the rides sent to other parks. There isn't much theming or landscaping to speak of, so it would not be much of a loss. Batwing can be sent to Six Flags Over Texas or Six Flags St. Louis, and Superman can be sent to St. Louis. The other flat rides can be distributed to other parks.
Which it actually did in the investor meeting. New rides every year, bringing news to each market and increasing attendance.
As a smaller chain, Six Flags can promise rides to each of its five parks every year, whether their big additions or small ones.
How long has Thomas been almost dead? I remember watching it when I was really young, but haven't heard a word about it since then, other than the parks
Sorry to all the SFNE fans for my extremist views, but it's what I feel would be best for the company; Along with getting back the Thomas licensing.