Well, as unfortunate as it sounds, you must at least look on the bright side... it appears that many of Astroworld's rides will be saved and redistributed across the country allowing for a whole new audience to enjoy them as those at Astroworld did for so long. While it's always sad to see a park go, a small part of Astroworld will stay alive at many other Six Flags parks in the coming year, and while the park as a whole will never exist as it is again, many small parts that made up the park will carry on the legacy in their new homes.
Except one thing we've failed to realize about the relocating of rides... The price of relocating all these rides. It's going to cost a TON of money and make the income gained by selling the land miniscule. Six Flags Inc is a bunch of idiots. Crazy people I tell you, they belong in an asylum.
Not really, its much cheaper to relocate a ride then buy new, you still have to pay for shipping either way, but now they already own whats being shipped, I'm sure if it was insane amounts of money they wouldn't of ever had a ride rotation program in the early 90's.
Ain't it ashame that the Eastern and Northern Parks were at SFAW last week and prior looking at what they could use at their prospective parks..Poor SFNO has all of its flats destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and doesn't even look to be in the running to acquire anything other than rebuild/repair what it has left..The SFAW park hasn't even closed yet and the vultures are circling. Ain't it good enough that just about all of the other parks have recieved new additions, they want more..How about let SFNO at least have first choice then the rest can be divided evenly..Oh I can see the responses now,,We are bigger , we make more money , we have more attendance, We just flat out deserve it..lord help any park that goes up for sale in the upper crust area we might get thrown a crumb or a bone..Anyone would think the other parks in the chain would step aside and let a park that has been devastated get back on its feet but I doubt that will happen...
It's one thing to relocate one ride MikeMir87... it's another thing to relocate nearly everything at a park. Need I remind you that it also costs a lot of money to disassemble and organize everything. And also once the rides find their new parks, nearly ALL infrastructure for the rides (station, sheds, some electronic equipment, paths, foundation/footers, and queue) need to be built from scratch.
Also, If you think the attendance and revenue gained by introducing the 'new' rides from AW to other parks will equal the amount at AW, I think you need your head checked! It's a bad move start to finish. I can't see how anyone can deny that!
My point is that this was going to be a miniscule amount as far as paying for the debt in the first place and will even be more miniscule with moving every ride! It's not worth it and it will do NOTHING for them in the long run. This is just a 'trick' in the short run to temporarily boost their stock price so Snyder's deal doesn't look so good to investors. *** Edited 10/29/2005 9:52:18 PM UTC by Cameraman***
Like you have room to talk. This has nothing to do with me! Some people are having a little difficulty getting to Houston because of a little thing called Katrina that you may recall was a rather big ordeal. It left things in shambles you may remember?
The fact of the matter is that you don't have to live in Houston to care about Astroworld... Seems like everyone has the idea that they could care less about Astroworld since it isn't their home park, people who dare call themselves enthusiasts. *** Edited 10/29/2005 10:14:04 PM UTC by Cameraman***
Whoa! Now I said not to take it as an insult or anything, please don't get ticked off!
Katrina? Nope, don't remember it. ;)
I live in Georgia and yes, I think its sad to see Astroworld go. But, at this point, destruction is seemingly inevitable so everyone might as well get over it, make those last memories and move on. Just what I was trying to say, don't dwell on the negatives and try to cherish those memories.
There are a ton of brilliant, hilarious, and quirky television shows that are cancelled because they can't find an audience and here's Astroworld, a quirky park that can't really keep an audience with losing parking and not really being worth adding anything to spice the inevitable up. Maybe in a different location things would have been better, but I think the parking was the screwover. On top of that, Astroworld *is no* My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Life as We Know It, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Futurama, Family Guy (brought back), The Office, or Arrested Development (latter two are still on, hanging by a thread). I know that was lame, but it works. ;)
Not being worth adding anything,,,Wow how about Kingda Crap which i don't believe hasn't come anywhere being worth the money spent on it now they throw in a wooden rollercoaster to get the lime light off of a piece of broken down ( World Class Ride) Figured it wouldn't be long before the trolls came feeding..Sooner than later SF will cut out one of the Northern Underperforming parks and then what will be said..I can hear it now If SF would have gotten rid of the SFAW type parks sooner they wouldn't have drawn the company down to a point where it had to sell us to get out of a bind money wise..SFAW was a old park granted but the attendance and profitabilty was still there, this was a ploy to get stockholder value up but after the ride removal/transfer/shipping /reinstallation cost and land clearing to be able to sell the property it really won't account for a large amount of money..Lets all face it SF isn't and won't anytime soon be a Disney or Universal type park Operator. Many a child has be brought into the ranks as coaster enthusiast not unlike my 6 yr old who just made the height limitations this past week and got broken in on the Texas Cyclone. Can you say the same for the being broken in on a wooden rollercoster the class of the Cyclone, I would have to agree that their are a few members of this site who have been but not the majority. The old parks have a charm not unlike the Ponchartrain Beach Zephyr where my father brought me at a young age to experience the thrill and joy of Coaster riding. It also got demolished on the premise of real estate enhancement that never amounted to a hill of beans.. My home park isn't SFAW its just a ashamed that a park of this stature has to fall on the knife to let other parks shine..
Why someone thinks it is going to cost so much to ship rides out of Astroworld is beyond me. It is far cheaper to move rides. How much does each park have budgeted for next year? I'm sure they'll likely find it to be cheaper to move a ride from SFAW than to buy a new one. Remember, more than likely, the cost of moving the ride will come out of every other park's yearly budget and Astroworld won't be paying to move the rides, while the money made from selling Astroworld will go to pay down debt.
Cameraman bellowed: Seems like everyone has the idea that they could care less about Astroworld since it isn't their home park, people who dare call themselves enthusiasts.
Well I guess I should be forthwith stripped of my enthusiast sash and sent to the dungeon. While it is sad that Astroworld is closing, what I am most concerned of is people losing their jobs. Everything else is miniscule in the grand scheme of things.
Give it time. I believe Houston will see another park in the future (10-15 years maybe) but I believe it will happen.
Chicago went through the same thing when Riverview closed it's doors in 1967. The 3rd biggest city in the country didn't have a major amusement park for the next 9 years until Marriott stepped up to the plate and created what we now know as SFGAm.
And the reason Riverview closed? Because the land was extremely valuable. Sounds familiar to what SFAW is going through.