Sunday, March 5, 2006 8:33 PM
All of the Six Flags parks that had Fright Fest previously are having "Family Fright Fest" this year. What is this supposed to mean? Maybe Bugs Bunny will have a mask on and run around the park.:)
Sunday, March 5, 2006 9:42 PM
Fright Fest has allways been lame, every other park I have been to offers the haunted houses free with admission, or charges a base fee at night for special access with a handful of other rides open; Six Flags chooses to just charge an extra admission to the haunted houses. This causes two things, less midway preformers as Six Flags concentrates their employees in the houses (since you have to pay to get in there) and causes huge July/August type lines for the coasters since know one wants to pay $5 more after being robbed for $50 at the gate. Give me CP's Halloweekends and especially BGW's Howl-O-Scream (the only other two Ive been to besides SFGAm) anyday.
Sunday, March 5, 2006 9:44 PM
Who cares when you have Knott's Scary Farm. ;)
Sunday, March 5, 2006 9:54 PM
That's not true that all Six Flags charge extra for all the Haunted Houses. Hall Manor at SFA, which is next to Roar, has always been free. The only upcharge attraction haunted house was for Brutal Planet and it was $5.
If Bugs Bunny put on a mask and ran around the park, that could only be an improvement over some of the Fright Fests that I've been to at SFA. One of the sad realities about Fright Fest at SFA is that a lot of fights get started between teenage groups.
One of the problems you deal with at that time of the year is that there are fewer employees available to work. Many of the kids have quit at that point, or have restricted hours. I think they should take the Dorney Park approach and charge less at the gate because Hurricane Harbor is closed. *** Edited 3/6/2006 2:56:56 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
Monday, March 6, 2006 9:13 AM
good would lowering prices do? Are the teens getting into fights because they paid too much to get in? I dont think so. Notwithstanding my opinion that the added shows more than makes up for the lack of water rides (which I personally avoid like the plague).
If anything, they might want to think about *raising* prices so they can hire more off-duty police.
Monday, March 6, 2006 11:19 AM
I think it's kinda related to the Dark Ride thread....stuff that's really quite cool, but under the wrong circumstances (hordes of unruly teenagers), can go bad pretty quickly...sad, because unnecessary vandalism and fighting costs EVERYONE...
Of all the policy changes at SF, are they willing YET to concede and take my advice about following Lake Winnie's example...to some degree, attendance might take a hit, but if your park is LESS full and MORE profitable, then it's a great decision...
Monday, March 6, 2006 1:16 PM
I don't recall Dorney having any crowd problems in recent years at Halloweekends. Admission is less than regular season prices, but there is a very visible security presence there also.
Hershey has done the pay as you go, but their event is very family oriented, and would probably be considered extremely lame by people into fright events. They didn't have anything that could qualify as haunted this past fall, so I guess they figure they could turn a decent profit just having a family type event. Since I'm there just for the nighttime coaster rides, that suits me fine.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006 11:50 AM
Not all Six Flags Fright Fests are becoming Family Fright Fests. So far SFSTL has announced as Family Fright Fest. JPM, who is the company that runs SFGAM fright fest has actually expanded their roster of scary actors and the areas of the park that they will inhabit.
It seems that SFI is going with each parks strong suits. SFSTL has been heading in a family direction for a while, resulting in the most craptacular Fright Fests. On the other hand, SFGAM has been cranking up the scare factor, resulting in their highest attended day for the season falling in October.