Mouthwatering SFGAm TV spot

Monday, April 1, 2002 7:03 AM

Wondering if any of you have seen it. It's the best Great America ad I've ever seen. It was on NBC this morning. Lots of overhead shots of rides and the whole park, and it concludes with an amazing, overhead shot of a train descending Bull's first drop with Deja Vu in the background.

Scintillating.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 8:47 AM

What!? You mean this year the commercials for SFGAm are of SFGAm rides? Wow! Last year they were of mostly Mr Freeze and I think Double Loop. This is a big leap in quality if you're talking about commercials (compared to last year's stock footage ones.)

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Monday, April 1, 2002 8:50 AM
Hmm... Why would Six Flags be airing commercials for Great America over a month before it opens?
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Monday, April 1, 2002 9:06 AM

Olsor said:
Hmm... Why would Six Flags be airing commercials for Great America over a month before it opens?


I believe it's called 'marketing'. :)

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Monday, April 1, 2002 9:26 AM

Last year's SFWoA commercials had great aeriel footage of S:UE and some (dated) aerial shots of the park.

In contrast, last year's Wyandot Lake commericals showed a multi-looping steel coaster (SFoG's Ninja?) when the park has only a junior woodie.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 9:27 AM
Actually TrBigger, they did have a commercial last year of SFGAm with their coasters.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 10:39 AM

DEK said:

I believe it's called 'marketing'.


Because you need to get people thinking about the park a month before it opens, in the morning, when most adults are at work, and kids are at school? Brilliant "marketing" strategy.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 10:44 AM
Actually Olsor, most schools around SFGAm have today off. I know my school does, and I live in Zion, which is pretty much next to Gurnee (SFGAm). So yah, it does make sense, have the ads while the kids are on break.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 10:49 AM

Wasn't last year's "Great America" commercial really just a generic Six Flags commercial with some extra park specific things thrown in at the end? Those of you that are from other areas of the country did your Six Flags parks have commercials with a song with lyrics like "I want to touch the sky I want to fly so high"??

The parks share everything else including coaster designs and names, why not commercials. It's economy of scale.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 10:57 AM
Are are all of the parks showing their own rides, this year? I remember last year one day a helicopter was flying around Elitch's. It sucked they were running us managers around trying to make all of the rides run at once, which is almost impossible, and Chaos couldn't run because it was closed by corporate. And then the chopper would get so close to some of those rides, it was a little unnerving. All of the guests were wondering why it was flying all over and so close.
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Monday, April 1, 2002 10:58 AM

ALF is cool said:
Actually Olsor, most schools around SFGAm have today off. I know my school does, and I live in Zion, which is pretty much next to Gurnee (SFGAm). So yah, it does make sense, have the ads while the kids are on break.


I'm aware of the spring break factor, but I know a bunch of schools in the northwest suburbs had their spring break last week. I'm just questioning the timing in general. Aside from buying season passes, it's not like you can buy tickets and head out to the park this weekend. What's the point of advertising this much ahead of the start of the season, unless there's going to be a steady ad campaign leading up to May 4th? Which, there very well could be - hey, I don't know. Usually, though, this kind of advance advertising is used on things like movies and tv shows, and they beat people over the heads with that advertising. Meh.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 11:04 AM

Kick The Sky said:

Those of you that are from other areas of the country did your Six Flags parks have commercials with a song with lyrics like "I want to touch the sky I want to fly so high"??

The parks share everything else including coaster designs and names, why not commercials. It's economy of scale.

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Yes SFOG's commercial had that song last year. I was sitting in another room and heard that annoying song and was like what is that crap, and to my surprise it was SFOG's commercial

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Monday, April 1, 2002 11:16 AM
My school had break last week also, but I think most Illinois schools have the day after easter off. I know Lake County Schools do.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 11:29 AM

Olsor said:

I'm aware of the spring break factor, but I know a bunch of schools in the northwest suburbs had their spring break last week. I'm just questioning the timing in general. ...

I never said it was smart marketing. :)

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Monday, April 1, 2002 12:07 PM

I loved the comercial. It showed Raging Bull many times, at different angles in the commercial. It had a nice shot of American Eagle with both trains running on a sunset. One quick shot of Viper. Batman was going through the drop. Nice shots of Deja Vu and V2. Very nice shot of Shockwave on its lift hill.

I have a question though:

1. Did they show a close up of Iron Wolf or Demon?

2. Did they mention American Eagle Backwards?

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Monday, April 1, 2002 12:13 PM
They had one just like that for SFWoA. But then they had one guest say "a much better value than Cedar Point". This is the first time I have ever heard a business attack their competition so directly. So many times remarks like that end in lawsuits (anyone remember the sort of recent Pizza Hut vs. Papa Johns concerning "better ingredients"?).

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Monday, April 1, 2002 1:38 PM
Yeah, just saw it on the tail end of Fox News in the Morning. They had some really good footage. The only problem is, it wasn't all SFGAm. Yes, it is a huge improvement over last year's, but it still showed some Mr. Freeze, and showed MM's Deja Vu instead of ours. Normally, I wouldn't have a problem with that, but they're gonna confuse the heck outta the GP who are gonna think Deja Vu is right next to Viper, because of the footage that they showed of Viper, then cut to Deja/Psyclone. Oh well, I still watched it several times.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 2:02 PM

Any new footage is good footage.

BTW, Anyone remember "Six Flags Great America-Where fun runs wild!" ?

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Monday, April 1, 2002 7:51 PM

Ozzyhead said:

Any new footage is good footage.

BTW, Anyone remember "Six Flags Great America-Where fun runs wild!" ?



My favorite jingle from SFGAm's commercials would have to be year before that one.

"We're gonna take it to the top!

Let's go Six Flags.

Where the fun just doesn't stop!

Let's go Six Flags."

.... or somthing like that. Yeah, that was good stuff.

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Monday, April 1, 2002 8:20 PM
There was definitely some authentic Deja, at least at the very end. And no mention of AE backwards, though I didn't catch the ad from the very start.
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