When you think about it, it is probably a great move for SF. They can get lots of "new" attractions for different parks and make money in the process. I still hate to see a park go. I wonder how many rides will get transferred and how many will be scrapped.
Oh wow. I guess it's not really a surprising move as this is one of their lowest attended parks, but this place has a lot of history.. Which kept drowning in the history of other parks, so I guess there wasn't much left of its original self anyways. I'm sad to see it go, but it will help SF out and I'm not sure what amusement company would even want to purchase the park if SF sold it as a park. This may leave up to 15 coasters floating around for SF is they get out of NO as well.
Six Flags Waterworld was the waterpark inside Astroworld and it sounds like some of those rides, attractions, etc. will be going to Splashtown. It's in Houston as well I believe and they're the park that got the Tornado slide (not WW) this season afaik.
Hmm, this has me wondering if either Batman The Escape and/or Serial Thriller (maybe as a BTR) were in the plans to move to Great Escape for their flagging (along with other rides here). I'm very interested in what SF plans to do with the coasters, Diablo Falls, and SWAT. Who has room for XLR-8 (SFDL or SFA)? Where would there be interest in Greezed Lightnin' (EV or WL)? Will the Cyclone stay in Texas (FT)?
I've never been to the park before but it is still sad to hear of any amusement park closing. From what I understand, the park is sort of land-locked, no?
What I find sort of disappointing in the article is that there is no mention of evaluating the park on how to improve its situation and instead they evaluate on what is good for its stock-holders. I'm afraid we are seeing this in other parks as well.
While it may look good to pay off dividends at the end of the year, the expense of simply raising the cost of your product to offset the shrinking attendance may be much more than a business may think. Sure you can make your stock more attractive to buy, but if you don't have the business to do, you're not going to last long. This mentality is causing Six Flags to shrink, not grow.