"Disenchanted Village" and 2002 park map posted for Pacific Northwest park

Posted Friday, June 21, 2002 4:37 AM | Contributed by Jerry

The 2002 Wild Waves/Enchanted Village map has been posted at Theme Park Adventures, the guide to Six Flags Seattle. Also be sure to read the first review of the park for this season, called "Disenchanted Village," detailing some of the kinks in the park's progress.

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Friday, June 21, 2002 9:54 AM
Hmmm...The person who wrote the review drives an 86' K-car, but expects to pay for food with a credit card. I've paid for tickets and season passes with my credit cards, but I've never thought of paying for food with them. Maybe it's just me? As for the pictures of other rides from other themeparks, it's not uncommon at all. Even Hershey got in on the act this year with a re-colored picture of Flying Super Saturator, instead of Roller Soaker. I agree that they should pull the ads for the not-to-be completed shoot-the-chutes, but, it may be too late at this point.
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Friday, June 21, 2002 10:49 AM

Hello Everyone,

I posted a trip report a while back. It is painfully obvious that there are CHANGES in the works at the park. The parking lot is undergoing complete reconstruction. HOWEVER! unless things are really different from last week, it would take a complete moron that drives an old K-car to not be able to figure out how to drive out of the parking lot.

I saw a ATM machine while I was at the park. I'm going to guess it will spit out cash if given a valid credit card. No mention of ATMs was made.

Its sounds to me like the author just wanted to complain.

Friday, June 21, 2002 11:49 AM
I've paid for food with credit at parks, but only in the sit down resteraunts, never at a food style. It doesn't sound like this park is large enough to have any major resteraunts but that's his fault for not calling them up before his visit. I would "expect" to pay for my tickets, gifts, and other major purchases with the card and obviously that was not a problem.
Friday, June 21, 2002 12:22 PM
While I've seen some parks take credit at the "fast food" joints in park, not anywhere near all of them do. He shouldn't have assumed- big mistake there.

Additionally, it sounds like this is his home park. Did they take cc's last year? New owner/managers or not, that's not a surprise that it's staying the same.

As for his comments about showing pictures in the brochures from other parks, consider when they have to print those up (a long ways in advance) and that they would have had no summer pictures to use for the brochures. And since it's highly unlikely that SF would be able to run the coaster in the snow, and get people on it smiling, and then be able to use those pictures- well, it's easy to understand why they recycle the pics like this.

Sounds to me that overall he was very pleased with the park except for his mistake in assuming that his cc would buy him food and being unable to navigate a parking lot. Though I will give him the customer relations office should have been opened.

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Friday, June 21, 2002 1:16 PM
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Okay, simply because someone can only afford a K-car does not mean that said person is a moron. He also seemed to be making a joke of it himself. Look in the mirror next time you're throwing insults.

That being said, I never remember a walk-up food joint in any park that takes credit cards, nor would I ever want that to happen. Just what I need, a bunch of people in front of me charging their hot dogs. I don't want a line, just give me a Pepsi.

Why would you not take cash or an ATM card to a park? Why not use that credit card of yours in the ATM?

It truly doesn't sound like you had "an abundance of [optimism]". It does sound like you were short on preparedness.

"When I was growing up, we were taught something called manners. You'd understand that if you weren't such an idiot." - Jack Handey

Friday, June 21, 2002 6:35 PM
I'll come clean, I used to drive a K-car, and my mom still drives an 87' Aeries station wagon. But, put it this way, my K-car died on me one night, and was never to be resucitated. I then had a used Plymouth Sundance, that sucked too and was gotten rid of. I now drive a Mazda Protege5 (milking it for all its worth), and it kicks butt.
If coasters are your life, than maybe you need to re-examine your life.
Saturday, June 22, 2002 10:00 AM
Due to my upbringing (thanks 'rents) I *never* like to go anywhere without some modicum of cash. But to be honest, I *am* suprised that there wasnt "some" food place that took credit cards. BGW, Carowinds, SFGAm, SFA, BGT, CP, SFWoA, and SFStL all have at least one location where you can buy food on credit. When you think about it, with a large family, it it more convient to pay for food with credit. Leaving your cash for all the dumb games and what not.

BTW: There is very good reason not to use your credit card at an ATM. The "Cash Advance" fees are usually ridiculously high, and intrest is accrued from the moment you get the cash (there is no "grace" period like with purchases. Personally, I destroyed the PINs to my credit cards so neither I, nor anyone else, could ever use it.

Then again, I usually *do* have my ATM card as well...
--this has been your "Personal Finance" lesson for the day.

Sunday, June 23, 2002 10:47 AM

1) The reason why most parks don't accept credit cards for fast food is because of merchant fees. Businesses can pay up to $3 for a transaction, and most orders in a fast food booth are under $5. NO PROFIT. Simple economics. And common sense should tell you to bring cash to a park, no matter which one your going to. Nothing talks louder than money. (Can you tell I lived in Vegas?)

2) The website is so poorly done, you can tell he drives a K car, not to mention, the review was quite immature. I'm guessing he uses a P166 to access the net on mommy and daddy's AOL account.

3) He has the nerve to ask you to donate?!?!?!?!?!?!? For what? Anyone can throw up a page with a park map on it.

Sunday, June 23, 2002 4:32 PM
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$3 for a transaction? If that's the case, they deserve to be out of business. I have a merchant account (that's why you can join the club with a credit card). My fees are .30 cents plus 2.39% per transaction.

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Sunday, June 23, 2002 5:36 PM
Why do you think AMEX isn't taken most places? It's because of the high merchant fees. At the store I worked at, we wouldn't let anyone charge if it was less than $5 worth of merchandise.
If coasters are your life, than maybe you need to re-examine your life.
Sunday, June 23, 2002 11:31 PM

Okay, simply because someone can only afford a K-car does not mean that said person is a moron.


PLEASE read what I wrote. I said, " it would take a complete moron ... to not be able to figure out how to drive out of the parking lot." It is secondary that the guy drives a K-car, but not unexpected ... likely with the same IQ of the person I waited behind while attempting to drive out of the park quickly.

I noticed that there was no mention of the three specific places in the park that don't take credit. There is a "Subway" in the park, and I wonder if they take credit, as they normally do in the small strip malls. Mentioning the locactions that didn't take credit would have been a nice bit of info to include. Instead, we are to assume that there isn't a single place in the park that will take a CC. While this may be true, it isn't a verified fact as implied by the information presented.

Monday, June 24, 2002 4:29 AM

What a whiny one sided (won't report on the good stuff til the pics come in) report! Who, WHO goes to ANY park with no cash in pocket? I just love enthusiasts who scour parks looking for stuff to complain about at guest services!

I would like to know if this person went to the park last year, and if the park took credit cards LAST YEAR?

As far as I'm concerned this reporter has discredited themself by lightly skipping over everything good, to report only the bad.

Just curious, did you encourage the folks you talked to in line to complain to guest relations too?

Do you know WHY, the falls is delayed? I'd be willing to bet that the local government caused the delay by draggin their feet during the approval stage of the ride. It happens all the time.

All the parks can do since they've already got the commercials shot is let people know at the entrance prior to buying tickets, that certain attractions aren't open. (how can a park use film of rides that are not installed yet in the parks commercial?)

Monday, June 24, 2002 7:25 AM
I-Fan said: "Why do you think AMEX isn't taken most places? It's because of the high merchant fees."

Ironically though, American Express is the preffered card of the Six Flags chain...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 1:52 PM
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The only park I've been to that doesn't take AMEX is Knoebel's. I've never had a problem trying to use it elsewhere.

Oh, and Sprig, your exact quote said: "it would take a complete moron that drives an old K-car" Nice use of ellipses to cover, though.

"When I was growing up, we were taught something called manners. You'd understand that if you weren't such an idiot." - Jack Handey


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