School field trip to closed amusement park

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:05 PM
I didn't really think this belonged in the news section, but I thought it was funny enough to share.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:08 PM
ROFL!!!! Great article!
What's the name of the Bus tour company? Remind me not to take them.
Why did it have to be a six flags park, though?

Hey, the story after that one was funny. *** Edited 4/26/2006 5:10:56 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:18 PM
Talk about pulling the world's largest Griswold!!!! :)
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:22 PM
Reading the article, I thought it would end with the standard... "Counselors are being made available by the school to help students cope with this incident."
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:24 PM
Aww man...and that's a pretty grueling drive too! Weird that they received printed tickets with the date. Sounds like Six Flags might share some of the blame.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:44 PM
More likely, a trevel agency farked up.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:08 PM

Investigators are trying to find the person who has dumped bags of what appears to be human vomit in ditches in a 1 1/2-mile area northeast of the city.

Deputy Dan Wesley said as many as 50 garbage and trash bags containing regurgitated food has been dumped over the past three years. The gross deposits have authorities baffled.

The much more entertaining news item was in the story just past the Six Flags article! Good stuff here...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:10 PM
^ i read that.
Serial Bulimics?

Karen Carpenter Witch Project, perhaps.??? *** Edited 4/26/2006 6:11:08 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:42 PM
Obviously the fault lies with the tour bus and it sounds like they are taking the heat.

However my question is, how did they produce valid tickets? Surely the park didn't provide them... or did they? Was the bus driver simply going to buy all the tickets once they arrived?

The whole thing sounds fishy to me, mostly because I have been in the ticketing industry for 11 years now. I cannot imagine someone supplying in-house tickets to a tour group when they have not been purchased from the main destination in the first place.

Aside from all of that, here's a chance for SF's Marketing/PR folks to manufacture an image touchdown.

How so?

The PR team should jump all over this and make the new date a big ol party for the kids... maybe give them freebie tickets, do a special party blah blah blah. That way they become the savior although not responsible for the fiasco. The kids, the parents, the school, and likely the news would eat it up. Money can't buy that type of publicity.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:44 PM
I was working the phones off season at a waterpark a few years back. Got a call from a hysterical mother that driven 2 hours dropped her kids off at the park midweek when things were still in weekend operation. She was angry and wanted to know why the park wasn't open. Explaned that the park was never scheduled to be open She then wanted to know my name, my bosses name and the corporate number claiming that I had put her children in danger by closing the park. I recommended that next time she drive 2 hours and drop her kids off at a park she check the operating schedule..and she didn't like that at all.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:54 PM
I'm guessing they received some type of printed voucher from the tour company that had to be exchanged at group sales for an actual admission ticket. I know a lot of people like to knock Six Flags but I can't see them printing actual tickets for a day the park isn't open.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 3:38 PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 3:55 PM
Reminded me of the the time I drove to Montreal to go to La Ronde. Supposedly, we were going to be there on the last operating day of the season. We arrived in Montreal on Sunday Sept. 4th late. Spent the night and got up early to head to the park. We got all the way to the front gate before realizing it was closed for the season. Sunday, the previous day was the last day. I had gotten the schedule from the previous year calendar....stupid mistake. And I still haven't been to La Ronde!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:23 PM
A few years ago (before the days of every park having a website) I alsmost did the same thing with Conneaut Lake park. At the time they were closed on Monday's and Tuesday (if I recall right). We were going to go on Tuesday, but ended up going Wednesday for some reason. I lucked out... (Course it only would have been a 75 minute drive that can be pleasant across Ohio and part of PA.)
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:35 PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:44 PM
That's annoying!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:45 PM
Wow, that was fast.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:28 PM
The moose out front should've told them that.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 10:00 PM
In 1992 I redeemed some Frequent Flyer Points and made a Xmas Trip to Mexico City to check out LA MONTANA RUSA at Chapultepec Park. After getting there I found out they were refurbishing the Coaster! :( So I said @&#*!! and pulled out a Guidebook and found out that Mexico's answere to our Smithsonian was about a Mile away from the park, so I went there instead. I didn't get to rise that coaster, but I got to see Mexico City at Xmastime! ( Las Vegas EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!!) :)
Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:21 AM
How do you just not check a shedule. I mean, that is the basis of the entire trip. How can you screw that up?

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