FEAR OF CROWDS

Tuesday, March 7, 2000 6:14 AM
Let's see:

1) Season pass $39.99.
2) Waterpark included in admission.
3) Now badged as SIX FLAGS.
4) Three new coasters (adult)
5) New kids area with new family coaster.
6) Park will most likely advertise in in markets bordering Ohio.
7) Gas prices going through the roof keeping people from making plans to drive more than a few hours for vacations.
8) Season passholders will want to visit several times to "get their money's worth."

Add this up and what do we have?

The potential for huge crowds and long lines. Living only three miles from the park, I am planing to hit the park on the occasional weekday to get my thrill ride fix. But I am beginning to think that even during the week this place is going to be jammed. I realize that adding three new coasters without removing a coaster will increase the parks ride capacity, but what about the flat rides which have been removed? I guess we will have to see.

Does anyone else think that crowds will be an issue?
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Tuesday, March 7, 2000 7:16 AM
I don't think there's a worse place for traffic in the Cleveland/Akron area. Getting in and out of there is like torture. Not my idea of a good time.

If it's any consolation, word on the street is that they're dropping the family coaster and doing it next year. Since no one has seen any parts for it, that wouldn't surprise me.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Saturday, March 11, 2000 4:44 AM
Traffic is a problem which I know first hand, living in Aurora three miles from the parks.

We have to contend with both Sea World and Six Flags traffic. Also, area developers are quickly developing this area with additional retail outlets, houseing developments, and a new golf courses.

Having lived in this area since 1996, one quickly learns to look at both your calendar and your watch before planning your route in or out of this area.

My posting did not really relate to the amount of traffic.

I would like to hear others thoughts about how crowded the park will be this year and the next few years as the park expansion will encourage people to check the park out for the first time.

Also, since they are selling season passes so cheaply, is the park going to fill up with all of these poeple coming back multiple times to "get their money's worth?"

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Sunday, March 12, 2000 11:27 AM
In the past GLP has seen large crowd increases for significant additions to the park. The Serial Thriller, Mind Eraser and the Twister have all seen record breaking (or near record breaking)attendance. SO i would think that this year would bring about a large increase in attendance. If the wheather and economy hold, and SFO gets everything going. Then i wouldn't be suprised to see the park do 1.5 million for this year.

The amount of quality additions are going to make many people stand up and take notice. The interest of local residents (who often just goto CP for the big trip) may take a day to go out and see the park, wheras in years past they wouldn't mind if they never got around to getting out there. Heck, i've worked there for 5 years and never gone out there for anyhting but work. But if i'm there this year i know i'll take one of my presious days off to go try these new rides.

But it may not seem as crowded, since the new rides as well as the expanded Wolf Bobs midway will be able to absorb more guests.

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