Operating Schedule changes at Six Flags

Monday, July 31, 2006 9:01 AM
Crawling across the screen of the Six Flags America home page, I noticed a warning, "Our Operating Hours Have Changed, Click Here for Specific Dates and Times". Sure enough, an hour has been shaved off each operating day the park is open to the public.

You might want to check the schedules of any Six Flags park you plan to visit in the next couple of months.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 9:06 AM
Funny how these hours are never increased...
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Monday, July 31, 2006 9:21 AM
I was thinking the same thing. They always decrease the hours. SFA already has restricted hours to begin with. They can't stay open past 10:00. The park usually stays open until 10:00 on Friday and Saturday nights in the Summer, making it hard to schedule any sort of "enthusiast event".
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Monday, July 31, 2006 10:34 AM
^So schedule an event at SFA before the park opens if you are referring to ERT.

Jeff did this at SFGAm during one of his events at SFGAm. We did ERT on Superman from 9am to 10 am.

He also scheduled ERT on Raging Bull and Viper another year in the morning but do to bad weather, we received fastlane passes for the day.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 10:36 AM
^^Yeah, but there is nothing like riding S:ROS late @ night. It improves with the night almost as much as Raven. Could you imagine the diiference if it was "HoliWood DAYS" instead?
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Monday, July 31, 2006 10:42 AM
O.K. You got me there Jeremy. :)
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Monday, July 31, 2006 11:42 AM
Pitch Black E.R.T. is the victim of the parks schedule that I had in mind.
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Monday, July 31, 2006 12:09 PM
SFA, like more than a couple other parks, always has to keep their *neighbors* in mind. Morning ERT is good and all, but nighttime ERT, after the parks are closed....that's a holy thing.

bill, hoping the woman upstairs is in an especially light-hearted mood today... ;)

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Monday, July 31, 2006 12:10 PM
It just seems really weird to me. And they wonder why the parks aren't making as much $ as they'd like. Especially with this heat, which I'm reasonably sure would keep people from going to the park untill it started cooling down at night. I was thinking of a quick trip tomorrow, but the heat would keep me away (don't have the time, unfortunately, for a stop at Hurricane Harbor, and I mainly want to get some coaster time in.). *** Edited 7/31/2006 4:14:15 PM UTC by ilovethewildone***
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Monday, July 31, 2006 12:20 PM
Yep, SFDL did the same thing... Is this across the board for SF parks? The reason I don't like this is that a lot of times I go to Darien Lake after work, get there around 5:30 or 6. 4 hours is enough time to ride the stuff I want to ride, grab a bite to eat, and catch LaserBlast to end the night. Now, closing at 9, I'd feel rushed to do the things I want to do, and who knows if they are still doing the laser show now? Is it even dark enough at 9pm? Smooth move, Six Flags. Really smooth...
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Monday, July 31, 2006 12:29 PM
If Snyder and Shapiro had ANY belief that this was going to be a quick turnaround involving just paint and characters, they're finding out differently...they were doing SO well before the season really got under way, then.... :-/

Personally, *if* I were to cut operating hours, it would come at the beginning of the day, not at the end...

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Monday, July 31, 2006 12:41 PM
Have to disagree with you there Gator. While I personally would prefer that, when it comes to mom, dad, and the children, they want to get to the park at the earlier hour and leave also at an earlier time.

I checked SFGAm's schedule and it hasn't changed so I am assuming that the lower attending parks are getting the reduced operating schedule.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 1:10 PM
Earlier closings might be in part an attempt to control that teen "hangout" problem at parks like SFA but given that this is also happening at SFDL, I doubt it. Its just a moneysaver at the expense of the parkgoer. Or it might be an effort to force more people to buy Flashpasses to get enough rides into the limited time that they have.

Some parks like LC close early because their attendance is not yet high enough to justify longer hours. Others close early because they primarily attract families with kids or because their daytrip visitors come from an hour or two away and need to leave early. SFA is not such a park at present so I ask, is their attendance dropping significantly?

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Monday, July 31, 2006 1:12 PM
I was thinking the same thing Gator. However, I know in SFA's case, that would affect the Day Camps that come to the park during the day.

Perhaps a phased opening would be better. You don't need to open the water park at 10:30, instead 11:30. Gotham City could open later, the same with Southwest Territory.

Arthur, I can't tell if their attendance has dropped significantly or not. I use to be able to tell by the number of cars and buses in the parking lot. But this season they added premium parking and that messed up my method.

There could be any number of reasons for a drop in attendance:

  • No New Attractions to market in 2006
  • Increase in the General Admission Price
  • Increase in the Parking Price
  • The addition of Premium Parking lots which are less than 20% full.
  • A wet June (the Washigton Area broke a record for rainfall) and the past couple of weeks have been hot.

It also didn't help when Shapiro said SFA would be a no touch park if the community responded to the changes.

The conference call should be interesting to listen to on Wednesday.

Also, in looking at the schedules of several parks, and I'm not positive, but it appears it's not just SFA and SFDL who have had hours reduced.

*** Edited 7/31/2006 5:51:29 PM UTC by coasterguts***

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Monday, July 31, 2006 1:50 PM
Several parks have had their schedules reduced and shows at some parks have also been reduced.

At SFSL all of the shows (except for Kachunga, Circo Magnifico and Looney Tunes character show) are ending earlier than they were scheduled, I believe this is happening at other parks also.

*** Edited 7/31/2006 5:51:26 PM UTC by SFZIP***

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Monday, July 31, 2006 1:59 PM
I wonder, in general, how many people are in the park those last hours anyway. Not necessarily trying to defend the decision, but I remember a few years ago, I loved going to SFA on friday nights because the park closed at 10, but the last (public transportation) bus left around 9pm. The final hour would be like a ghost town which was great for re-rides, but perhaps not the greatest for business. I did, however, notice that, in the case of SFA, none of the Fright Fest hours have been changed...yet. ;)

lata, jeremy
--who wonders if the DC curfew had anything to do with it...naaaaah!

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Monday, July 31, 2006 2:38 PM
In response to 2Hostyl's post about FrightFest, SFDL's last day as of right now is 10/1, meaning no FrightFest. FrightFest has also been removed from the Shows/Festivals page... I'm liking this new regime less and less today!
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Monday, July 31, 2006 3:23 PM
^If that is the case, should CF be disliked because they discontinued the Halloween event at Geauga Lake?

Should CF be disliked because they discontinued the winter festival at PKI?

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Monday, July 31, 2006 3:36 PM
Holy Crap!!!!!

Just checked the SFDL website for concerts/events.

You may not get Fright Fest but damn do you have a kickass lineup of concert acts in September.

1. Sheryl Crow

2. Godsmack

3. Black Eyed Peas

4. Rob Zombie

5. Pussycat Dolls

6. Aerosmith

7. Motley Crue

I would give up Fright Fest at SFGAm to get a couple of these acts at the Chicago park.

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Monday, July 31, 2006 3:36 PM
Well this certainly doesn't bode too well for some of us who prefer staying til 10pm instead of 9pm.I suppose FF will be cut back to a 9pm close this year....assuming that there will be an FF at all.
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