Another attraction removed from SFKK

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:24 PM

I was driving by SFKK and it seems that the skycoaster has now been removed from (closed) SFKK.

I am not sure if the park owned the attraction. It's quite possible an outside vendor owned it and leased the land for a cut of the profits (upcharge.) However from what I could tell passing by on the interstate, it looks to be gone.

Shaggy

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:40 PM

Do any parks own their own skycoaster? I was under the impression they are all concessions.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:11 PM

Apparently not. The one at Geauga Lake is still for sale.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:08 AM

Six flags rented or leased the ride from an ouside company. The company was just taking it back now that the park is no longer a six flags park.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:23 AM

There's some sort of a weird lease/co-ownership that goes on with the Skycoasters. I believe that ultimately the parks can do what they want with them as long as Skycoaster approves it. I'll have to take a look at the manual sometime to see if it's specifically addressed in there.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:37 AM

Jeff said:
Apparently not. The one at Geauga Lake is still for sale.

Well, the park did sell it at the auction. The person who bought it has it for sale now.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:48 PM

I was also under the impression that Skycoaster doesn't just "sell the hardware"....that training is done by the company and there are requirements for operators to perform routine maintenance checks and adhere to the rules specified in the contract (including a share of proceeds).

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:04 PM

Yeah, I do know there's a standardized training procedure. That's why you get "3-2-1 fly" everywhere. Given their excellent safety record, I'd say that has worked in their favor.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:11 PM

IIRC, Skycoaster doesn't own the rides proper, but retains the right to oversee/control them in perpetuity, and also retains a percentage of revenues from flights, shirts, videos, magnets, etc. forever.

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Friday, June 18, 2010 7:35 AM

kpjb said:
... retains the right to oversee/control them in perpetuity

I'm pretty sure that's exactly right. Also true about the cut of the profits.

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Friday, June 18, 2010 12:37 PM

That also seems to make sense from a liability standpoint. By staying actively involved in training and maintenance of the attractions, it leaves little room for anyone to make unauthorized changes to the equipment, or for training procedures to morph into something different as it goes from third to fourth hand sources. All of which could turn into a problem they could be held responsible for down the line.

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