Yea... suuuure... Six Flags is REALLY making good use of its limited dollars.
While a few of Six Flags properties who haven't recieved much in the past few years appear to get shafted again in 2004... Great America, among other a few other Six Flags properties, will be recieving its 3rd coaster in as many years.
Bigger parks = bigger dollars = more attractions. Seriously, besides a sluggish economy the first few months of the season pulling down the attendance numbers a bit, the only thing holding back bigger attendances and more revenue the rest of the year was lack of capacity in the park. These rides make perfect sense when the smallest flats in the park are getting pretty routine half hour to one hour waits.
Not many other parks in the chain have that problem and in a limited cap expenditure season those other parks will get screwed and they will focus on their cash cow parks. THen again a handful of flats and a spinning mouse really isn't all that much in the first place.
Technically, it's GAm's 4th coaster in 4 seasons. ;)
Guess the squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease. :(
While this has been discussed to the Nth degree in a thread that looks like it's about NCC, it's nice to see more confirmation of it. GAm doesn't have the most or the biggest, but this *REALLY* solidifies their speciality, and that's a diversified line up.
I can't believe I'll have 3 credits waiting for me at SFGAm next year! Makes my "homepark" a real highlight of my summer plans. :)
Edit: for those who care to know...I'm still missing the DV (can never catch the dang thing with a reasonable line) and Superman (friend got sick and we left GAm before riding) *** Edited 1/12/2004 2:22:41 AM UTC by dawnmarie313***
Bob beat me too it. This expansion may not be a big deal, but it will still attract more in Gurnee than at Darien Lake. DawgByte, I agree that DL needs a new coaster, or a new anything, but with a tight budget like the one SF currently has, the bigger additions will go to the bigger parks.
Unless I'm missing something (note: I'm not), the Reverchon ride will be SFGAm's 2nd coaster in as many years. The park did not build any coasters (new or otherwise) in 2002.
2001- V2 opened in May, Deja Vu opened in October. 2002- No new rides/coasters. 2003- Superman. 2004- Reverchon coaster.
DawgBarf should note that Darien Lake opened 4 coasters in as many years starting in 1996.
1996- Nightmare at Phantom Cave (as well as Hook's Lagoon and Popeye's Seaport). 1997- Mind Eraser (as well as Crocodile Isle). 1998- Boomerang (as well as Lodge on the Lake). 1999- Superman: Ride of Steel (as well as branding).
Darien Lake lost Nightmare in 1999, but they still had a net-gain of 3 coasters over 4 season. *** Edited 1/12/2004 3:47:31 AM UTC by VolcanoTBC***
What's there to complain about? Enthusiasts always complain when their home park doesn't get a new ride. Honestly, if your going to stress out because your home park doesn't regularly get new rides then you probably should either find other hobbies or move to Sandusky, OH.
People flock to Darien Lake--new ride or regardless-- because they have what is probably the best concert line-up of any theme park in the country. Darien Lake also has a hotel and campground, and people still visit every year regardless if the park has a new attraction or not. Sure, new rides help boost the attendance, but the park can obviously go several years without adding new attractions and not suffer from drastic attendance plummets.
The attendance figures prove that. They're in the 1.5m range on an off-season. That's not bad for a park of Darien Lake's size and the small market it serves. Aside from Lake George, the Buffalo/Rochester market is probably one of the smallest in the chain.
Joe, I do agree with Bob. I believe DawgByte has a valid case because it has been 4 years. I'm not saying he's right or wrong, because I don't have the attendance records for DL, but nearly every Six Flags park has gotten a major addition since 1999. At the moment I'm writing in a hurry, but Astroworld is the only SF park that comes to mind that hasn't recieved a substantial upgrade in that time. There are plenty of used coasters in storage, why not move one over to Darien Lake?
Yes, Six Flags are the current owners of Greased Lightnin'. It does appear to be operable, just in need of rehab. It has been taken care of for the most part, except the handrails were all cut to take it appart. The track and whatnot seems to be fine, just a little rusty.
Chitown said: You still have Shockwave from SFGAm and Greased Lightning from PGA(I assume SF owns this coaster now since its sitting in SFMW's parking lot).
Neither of those coasters are feasible for SFDL. They already have Viper and Boomerang. Although I do think wherever Shockwave gets relocated it could be marketed as a major new attraction since its such a large coaster.
I don't know why anyone is complaining. If i were the head of the Six Flags Incorperated, I would also put my new attractions where the money is comin in the most. New rides at a small park might not bring in more attendance..it's a risky decision. The bigger parks, with more attendance, will have the word spread faster that there are new attractions, and more people will come. Do you catch what I'm sayin here?