Posted Thursday, April 5, 2007 9:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The promise of free admission to Six Flags Park created a massive traffic jam during the morning rush hour Thursday on I-20 and surrounding roads. Carloads of people hoping to get into the park for free began lining up at the Six Flags parking lot before 5:00 a.m. The "Ditch Work" promotion offered free admission to the amusement park between 6 and 9 a.m. Pedestrians made the problem worse and there were reports of fights at the gate.
Read more from WSB/Atlanta.
This never happens to me on RCT2 when I run my "Free Entry to Park" campaign. And I'll set it up for 4 weeks in a row!
This just goes to show that Six Flags just can't do anything right, while I, armed with my PC and RCT2 can build a successful park.
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All in all - a public relations nightmare.
I said this before in another thread, but it bears repeating...and we haven't even gotten inside the park yet.
As I posted in the forum thread, the article from the AJC contains some first-hand accounts and a dozen or so photos showing the mess on the Interstate and outside the gate:
Magic Mountain, Great Adventure, America, and to a lesser extent Kentucky Kingdom and New England. By far the rudest, most beligerent group of park-goers that I've experienced in all my visits to those parks.
Granted, there are SOME people who are nice and act human. But Six Flags seems to attract the undesirable element far more than any other park/chain out there.
Now mix in something where they don't have to pay? It just brings the worst out in people.
I agree - it should have been handled as a call-in contest. Perhaps even staggering the allowed "in time" to ease traffic concerns -- for example, 1/3 of the people are allowed in at 6, 1/3 at 7, and the other 1/3 at 8 (and all get to stay the whole rest of the day). It wouldn't be random, either, it would be on the ticket you won.
""It seems like a hoax, instead of a free day at Six Flags," she said."
HAHAHAHAHA!!! Has she been reading my posts here on CoasterBuzz or what?
What's Six Flags' problem? I am so sick of them. They need to learn how to not piss off their so called "guests". It's well known in any business that making sure your customers are taken care of is first priority. Why doesn't SF get this? ...I mean they've been this way for at least the past 5 or 10 years.
I wish they'd wise up. I miss the way they used to be.
April Ratings Sweeps....
In a stunt to attract publicity and to increase their ratings so they could attract more adversting money in the fall, a local Atlanta radio station says everyone should ditch work and show up at Six Flags and they're going to let you in for free? Do you really think Six Flags said sure... Bring as many people as you want? Post about it on blog after blog, get the word out we're gong to let everyone in for free without a cap on the numbers.
Certainly the radio station should take at least some of the blame.
Am I mistaken?
Because if I'm not, there's absolutely no reason at all to put even an ounce of blame on SF.
If you ask to throw a party at my house and tell me 20 people are showing up and I agree to it - your guests can't get pissed when 200 show up and I can't accomodate them.
However, if this was a SF promotion then they f'd it up pretty good. But i don't think it was.
But it's true that when you announce something "free" to thousands and perhaps millions of people over the internet, radio, etc., the results aren't going to be pretty. People will run over, kick, punch, and tear at others to get at something for free. I can't imagine what kind of chaos would ensue if Disneyland Resort were to do something similar with both California Adventure and Disneyland -- and free food from Downtown Disney. Talk about a miniature warzone in Southern California.
Staff alone would not be able to control the people, and neither would security/area police. It seems like it had the appeal of the original woodstock, but the results of this and this are not free or you are not allowed to do this like woodstock 99. Thus problems that were associated with the escalading situations we saw at the woodstock 99 and the problems today at six flags.
In this case I would have set up a web link on the radio stations website or even the SFoG site for the free tickets and only allow a certain number to be "claimed" or printed. It's fairly easy to track numbers on that and just like concert tickets, they can be scanned and only be used once.
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