Posted Monday, May 5, 2008 8:48 PM | Contributed by Chitown
With 20 parks and nearly $1 billion in sales, Six Flags is the second-largest amusement park operator in the world. Since coming to Six Flags as part of a management reorganization two years ago, CIO Michael Israel has overseen a bottom-up rebuilding of the IT architecture in the parks and in the company's data center, which moved from New York to Dallas. Israel describes the amusement park business as a shopping mall with rides. Spend per attendee is everything," he says.
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*** This post was edited by kRaXLeRidAh 5/5/2008 9:26:24 PM ***
Cedar Point and Magic Mountain pony up approximately $6 - $12 million in electricity bills JUST for their roller coasters alone in a single season.
Take that a step further. If it's costing a park like CP $12,000,000 a season just for electricity just for the coasters - stop and consider that only about 3 million people step onto the property each season.
That's $4 a head. Or 10% of the per cap.
10% of the money they get from each guest goes just to the electricty bill for just the coasters.
Something to think about when considering park pricing.
Power cost does vary pretty widely across the country though. That's why Google's putting data centers in places like South Carolina -- cheaper power there.
Good on SF for centralizing on Netapp. They aren't cheap, but it's very reliable stuff.
Also... a million in just parts/maintenance for coasters? There's your reason for S&S buying Arrow. Just the parts business alone has to be fairly profitable. (Phantom's Revenge for example would still need S&S parts; the only moving parts made by Chance Morgan would be the restraints.)
*** This post was edited by bit0mike 5/6/2008 11:10:56 AM ***
IT jobs in the amusement industry, huh? :)
I read somewhere somebody that was able to speak to a technician during a private event at the park a few years back mentioned depending on the rates at the time set by Southern California Edison, every cycle Superman runs consumes enough electricity to set back the park approximately $200 - $500 due to its substantial usage of electricity thanks in part to the hundreds of sets of heavyset electromagnetic staters.
Taking those numbers into account, imagine how many cycles Superman has in a single operating day. Add those up over a week, then a month, then a year. Operating costs for Superman carries over into the multi-millions each season for Magic Mountain.
And that also doesn't factor in the power consumed by the ride's overly complicated central operating system, then individual control and power feed units that line down the track (the little square office-like buildings that line down the 900-foot launch track).
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