Posted Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:04 AM | Contributed by SF Critic
Six Flags Chief executive officer Mark Shapiro said there will be no announcements this year regarding Enchanted Village-Wild Waves and whether the company plans to sell the Federal Way park. Shapiro said Six Flags has hired an outside company to examine every park's performance and will begin looking at the data at the end of the year.
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Free paddleboat rides? that'll be the longest line in the park.
I do like how Shapiro thinks though, except for the free paddleboats. Bring in more live entertainment, replace old rides with new rides, fix sinage.
He does make it sound like he wants to keep the park. Could they just drop the SF branding and make it "Wild Waves & Enchanted Village, A Six Flags company"?
Today, I like the direction SF is taking.
Add a point to SF.
Nice to know someone's in charge who at least takes a longer-term view than "How do we get the teenagers to come to Magic Mountain THIS year?"..... ;)
Talk about a park that is in NEED of a Sally-brand interactive! Wow...
*** This post was edited by Colin Fisher 4/20/2006 3:16:07 PM ***
I don't care who owns it, but someone needs to pull the old crappy slides out, get it cleaned up in general, and toss in another thrill ride or two.
It's a waterpark, first and foremost, with a few family rides, and 4 thrill rides. I'm not saying another coaster, but this park WOULD see an increase if they brought a Batman, or a launched Schwartzkopf here from one of the old parks.
Personally, I think they'll bail on this park, and I think it'll be gone. Sad, but pretty sure.
Then again...maybe they'll just bring some Looney Toons characters to the park...that seems to be the cure all this season.
Fill in that stupid lake, that will open A LOT of space. Also build on the hill.
Also, don't get rid of the slides. Surprisingly, Washington has been having some HOT summers, and most of the time, the lines are at the slides, not the rides.
I just think they need to update/upgrade/clean..... *yucky stuff*
How hot is it in Washington during the summer (80 F)? Because I live in Phoenix, Arizona and HOT summers are about 120 F. You cannot even go outside during the day in the summer.
Honestly, there are some serious problems. First, the season pass at EV/WW is near $100. It is cheaper for me to order a pass online from another SF park and freakin drive to it rather than buy them there. (Well, now that gas is about $4 a gallon, maybe not... :) Second, they CANNOT fill in the lake, part of the agreement the park has with the city / county / whatever is that the wetland it includes not be developed. So, not only can they not fill in the lake, they can't landscape it much beyond what they've already done. It's always going to be a swampy little pond. It's landlocked. They had to get a special variance just to build a coaster with a 75' lift... come ON, that's like, a baby coaster by today's standards... Lastly, the season is simply too short. They are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That's it. They USED to be open on weekends starting in March or early April but that stopped the day SF took over. I realize we have rather mild and wet springs, but it's usually pretty nice here in May.
Eh, I don't know what's gonna happen... Timberhawk is a decent little woodie, but there really isn't much else at the park to attract folks.
You've apparently never ridden Cornball Express, Phoenix, and countless others coasters that are under 100 feet and far from "baby coasters."
It was really meant tongue in cheek... What with all the record breaking announcements and all... :)
But, the point is that if we were to acquire say... Greased Lightning up here, they would not be allowed to install it - it's too high.
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