Categorizing the Six Flags parks

Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:46 PM
How would you categorize the Six Flags owned parks if Tier 1 is defined as their 'flagship' parks, Tier 2 being mid-level parks, and Tier 3 being the 'also-rans'?  Do you think this should be based on just the number and quality of the coasters, attendance, or some other measure?  Here's a start, you can add your own or disagree with the choices:

T1 - SFMM,SFOT,SFGAM,SFOG

T2 - SFSL,SFKK,SFFT,SFAW

T3 - SFEG,Frontier City,Enchanted Village

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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:55 PM
So where does Great Adventure fit on your list?
jeremy
--who believes each SF park is treated comissurate with its potential...
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:58 PM
Yeah and what about SFA, I think that would be the flagship parks because SF is expanding like crazy there and it will soon be one of the top parks in my opinion.
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Dave

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Saturday, February 2, 2002 9:02 PM
I suppose SFGAV is a Tier 1, particularly if rated by attendance.  So you think SF allocates the capital $$ based on how much difference it might make?  Sort of 'most bang for the buck' approach?
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 9:34 PM
What about SFMW?
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Skater for life!
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 9:39 PM
I would think that SFMW would be considered tier 2.

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Off season too long...can't go on...must ride coaster...

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Saturday, February 2, 2002 10:22 PM
Ya I agree, SFMW is a great park, but it's not on the same level as SFMM and SFGA. Although, Medusa and Roar are probably the top coasters in their catagory.
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 10:23 PM
I agree SFMW is Tier 2 and SFGAd is tier 1 without  a doubt, and SFA is tier 1 also.
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Dave

*** This post was edited by ACE15 on 2/3/2002. ***

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 3:09 AM
SFA is a Tier 2.  I hated that place.  The only reason it's not getting a Tier 3 is because they've expanded so much.

Hey, what happened to all of the foreign parks?  You know, SFH (Holland), SFLR (LaRonde), SFB (Belgium), etc?

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-Kyle Brylczyk
SAVE INVADER ZIM!

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 3:13 AM
I agree that SFOG, SFOT, SFMM, SFGA, and SFGAdv are all ier one parks.
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Is there somthing more, then what I've been handed, I've been crawling in the dark looking for the answers!- Hoobastank
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 6:49 AM
1-SFMM(west),SFGadv(East),SFGam(Mid-West),SFWoA(Midwest/east),SFoT(south)

2-SFMW(NoCal),SFA(south-east),SFOG(south east),SFStl(midwest),SFFT(south-west)

3-SFDL(NY), SFAW(houston),SFEG(Colorado), SFNE (New England), SFanywehere else

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 6:57 AM
SFNE is definitly a Tier 2 if not a Tier 1 !!!!
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Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE)
1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 7:18 AM
There is no way that SFA is a tier 1 park.  All they have is a bunch of cloned coasters and very little themeing.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 7:21 AM
Sfne should be tier two. SFwoa is in beetween 1 and 2 because of bad maintence and overal park qualities
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 7:30 AM
mamba: but over the last 4 seasons, what SF parks have had MORE (or even near the amount) investment of capital? I can only think of maybe 3: SFMM, SFGAdv, SFWoA...all T1 one parks according to the Hurricane....

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"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 7:42 AM
I got an idea, if you want to spend all this time catagorizing SF parks, try adding another catagory to make it easier.  Try this Flagship Parks, Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.  That might make it alot easier since their are several "borderline" Tier 1 parks with the T1,2,3 system.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 8:53 AM
SFNE should be tier one or two. Especially with the addition of the B&M floorless.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 9:05 AM
SFWoA may be T1 now, because all their steelies are in top condition, but we'll see how their maintenance holds up in 5 years or so...2 great woodies, all that good steel, a happy park.  HG has a pretty good ranking, IMO.  Of course, parks like SFA and SFNE may be "bordeline", but jeremy's first post is the one that tells the real story..."each according to their market"...and, I'll add, their COMPETITION!
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Off-season coaster blues got you down, stop by the 'buzz and turn your frown upside-down...
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 9:06 AM
Would SF in Madrid be Tier 1 or Tier 2? You could make an argument for either one. I will say Tier 2
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 9:21 AM
Heres my theory:
If the park was in the sf chain before 1985, and has several quality attractions, its a tier 1.
If the park was recently added to the sf chain, and possesses the normal assembly line of boomerangs, SLC's or any other overly - cloned ride, it should be down a bit on the scale. HOWEVER! I realize may parks started off as a "clone" park, but have improved dramatically (sfmw, sfa, sfft, maybe sfne).
You must also take into account how much each park spends on a yearly basis and its attendance numbers. Like 2hostyl said, sfmm, sfga, sfgadv, and sfwoa are probably the highest on the list.
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How much more floorless can they get?

*** This post was edited by GreatAdventureAddict on 2/3/2002. ***

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