And here's the best part, we can thank Six Flags for putting them into bankruptcy. After all the problems they had with Batwing/X-Flight and the GIB's, they wouldn't pay for any of it! You probably won't see another Vekoma product installed at a Six Flags anytime soon (and it's a shame as I love the Madhouse).
Hey, there's the big shiny new ride installation going on at SFGAdv. Maybe SF thinks that Intamin is next in line for destruction! =) I'm kidding! **added for the people on here that don't understand smiley faces...lighten up folks!** =)
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Well, Six Flags can, and does, pressure companies to sell rides at lower prices, since they have considerable leverage as the largest BUYER in the market for rides. I wouldn't say it's SF's *fault* that those companies went under, but they certainly played their part...consider that X was *designed* to go about 120' tall, would that have made a difference in its performance...my instinct tells me it would have, but I could be wrong.
SF, as THE primary purchaser of rides, is still in an enviable position, and while they don't DICTATE the terms of their contracts, they definitely have a larger say than a mom-and-pop who might be looking for ONE new ride every five years or so...
I say that Dawns Chocolate martinis are deadly. One taste and I knew I had to stay away or there would be some silly shenanigans by a 39 year old.
Brian, meet you at Gators house, I want to see what they have collected every 5 years myself.
As for causing companies into chapter 7 or 11, they put themselves into that position, they agree to contracts, they always have the ability to opt out or agree or negotiate better terms. I am wondering if the legal team at SF is better than the financial team, if it is, get them into the CFOs office. Thats why contracts are made.
An Old Coaster fart that refuses to grow old, I just wish many of my friends could have as well!