SFA... Will 05 be a SUCCESS?!

Friday, April 1, 2005 11:50 PM
Wassup yall. I'm new on this. Lets go back yall. Its the year 1998 (I was in middle skool at that time). Volcano makes its debut at PKD. My classmates talked about that park all the time. No one really cared for Adventure World bcuz we as kids thought it was to plain. When our skool went on field trips for the last day of skool, all we went 2 PKD. Anyways, 1 of my bestfriend LIVES rite next 2 Adventure World. He was the only person i knew that had a season pass from that park. 1day i said 2 him, boy i wish we had a SF in this area. My dream came a Reality. It's 1999. When I first heard that a SF park was coming 2 DC metropolitan area, i was excited. I was always a big fan of SFI. Looney Tunes, Batman, Superman this area needed it. B4 i just thought that Adventure World had no competition at all with PKD and BGW. Anyways, SFA officially opens. It was my 1st time getting a season pass at a theme park. Everything about this park just caught my eye. That year it was all about SFA. JJ Awesome, TF: The Flip Side... Great. 2000, Superman flies in DC. When my cousin, my friend got on it 4 the 1st time we got stuck twice. Employees had 2 push us up 2 the chain lift. We start moving and everyone n the line was clapping. As soon as we get midway we stop again. Im thinking.... what the Hell. 15min later we finally ascend off the lift hill. Yeah the ride is over. The ride was shutdown the rest of the day. That was my last year my family got a season pass. 2001, The Bat has landed. Suddenly this year gave a bad rep 2 Vekoma as their rides had problems and downtime at various parks (Deja Vu) SFMM, SFGAM, SFOG. Batwing was a good coaster but doesn't manage 2 stay open all the time. 2003 PBR. I have never ridden this ride but some people say its boring and some people say its good. 2004, a rough year 4 SFI, selling international parks and SFWOA. Mr. Six made his debut as mascot 4 SFI. He was a success. 2005 SFA AND HH?! Well ive seen the commercial online, which should air sometime this week coming up. I loved it. SFI saying, Its their BIGGEST YEAR EVER etc. That's sounds Real Good. I think SFA including SFI will be a complete Success. HH is just what we needed. Everytime i went into Paradise Island, it felt like i was at Adventure World all over again until i saw superman n the air and realized im at a SF park. The waterpark was just out of shape and something needed 2 b done. I will also enjoy watchin ME behind hurricane bay wave pool this year with a new color. JJ new paint, Yay. Im lookin 4ward 2 everything this year mostly HH, new improvements, and fresh paint. This year im finally getting a season pass, the last time i got 1 was n 2000. Well im glad SFI and its parks r making a change 4 themselves. Only time will tell. PKD, BGW, and Hershey Park watch out. SFA is READY!!!!! Im not going on opening day and never had. Yall just give me a report. Im out... 1 SFA AND HH IT'S PLAYTIME P.S. Fright Fest was a blast. I hope Two Face, IE, Batwing, TSC, and other rides that were down last year run. Also ME get new trains, most likely they will (SF dont b cheap). Another thing, if im wrong about something correct me OK.
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Friday, April 1, 2005 11:53 PM
Mamoosh's avatar It all boils down to customer satisfaction. If the parks are well-staffed with friendly employees...if the paths are clean...if the bathrooms are clean...if the restaurants are clean...if the rides are all operating at peak capacity...then IF AND ONLY THEN will the season be a success.

If not, bad word of mouth travels quickly and it won't matter what they build.

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 12:29 AM
Let's look at it from the perspective of a Baltimore/Washington local:

Pros:
-it's close, VERY close; only a few miles outside the DC Beltway; accessable by public transportation; a few miles from FedEx Field (where the Redskins play); an hour drive or less for over 7 million people, under 2 hour drive for over 11 million people as opposed to PKD, BGW, or Hershey which are generally considerably further for people who live either in Baltimore or Washington
-it's inexpensive: $54.99 for a season pass, as opposed to $99.95 at Hershey, $64.95 at BGW (only good at BGW at that price), or $84.99 at PKD.
-it has a nice collection of thrilling coasters and flats; Only flying coaster in the area, only invertigo in the area, one of only two hypers in the area (and arguably as good as the other local hyper); argueably the best wooden coasters in the area, with the possible exception of Hershey, several unique water rides (PBR and TSC) and many of the classic flat rides.

Cons:
-the smallest of the local parks
-the least "developed" of the local parks
-lacks the extensive themeing/landscaping of BGW
-lacks the "atmosphere" of the other local parks
-argueably the worst customer service of the local parks
-incosistent ride operations

Notice that most all of the cons are things that can be fixed if park operations are fixed. Like Mamoosh said, if you get the customers satisfied, everything else falls into place. They're already improving the atmosphere of the park by doing the extensive makeover that Paradise Island has needed for a long time. I think it's really going to help along with all the new paint and (presumable), all the new landscaping. Get those customers so they want to come back and come back often, you can't have people leaveing the park unhappy, that is unexceptible.


If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 1:24 AM
Welcome to coasterbuzz....a friendly hint....spelling and grammar are your friends. If you want people to read your posts and respond, I kindly suggest you hit the edit button and spell out your words, use complete sentences, etc. (notice the first two responses didn't even seem to read your post...they just answered the title of your thread)

I for one stopped reading after the word "skool". It looked like it was written by my 5 year old niece *** Edited 4/2/2005 6:30:57 AM UTC by Peabody***


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Saturday, April 2, 2005 3:09 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Wait, Peabody...you mean the subject header ["Will 05 be a SUCCESS?!"] has nothing to do with that the guy wrote?

--goes back and actually reads the first post--

Haley Joel Osmet, you're right! And, here's the shocker: this was his first post! Who would have thought? LOL! Anyone want to take bets on the following?

1] How many other topics he starts in the next 24 hours?

2] How many of them are closed?

3] Who will be the first person to call Peabody, myself, Gonch, and others @ssholes for requesting correct grammar and spelling?

4] How long until Mr. Six Critic's account is deleted?

*** Edited 4/2/2005 4:56:03 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 6:14 AM
I agree with Peabody and Moosh. First, hit the edit button and edit your post so it's readable.

Second, I agree with Coaster Lover and Moosh. Customer Service is the biggest area for improvement at Six Flags America. I'm not asking for BGW Customer Service. SFA needs to get to a satisfactory level and maintain it. The park has been working on atmosphere the past couple of seasons, landscaping is improving and will continue to improve, the shows are getting better now customer service needs to step up. Hurricane Harbor will draw guests back in but the park needs to show they have improved and shine if their going to keep guests coming back.


A day at the park is what you make it!

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 8:45 AM
You mean Mr. Six isn't a "Twelve Year Old girl" in Disguise? Naaa...couldn't be.

;)

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 8:55 AM
Just want 2 tell u folks are stikklers 4 punctuation. Something worth saying is worth spelling out.

-CO


NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 10:12 AM
Yeah! Yall tell him......
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Saturday, April 2, 2005 10:44 AM
I find it funny that even the makers RCT3 understand what makes a park good or bad. Its not having 100 coasters, or the biggest and baddest. The quickest way for your park rating to go in the crapper is to have a lot of litter and vomit on your pathways. I was messing around the other day in one of the scenarios that has a LOT of pathways and my 2 janitors couldn't keep up. I had built 7 coasters, had a HUGE fireworks display, was making tons of money with my rides and food/souvenir stalls, and my rating was only 230/1000. I looked to see how that broke down, everything was plus points, except for cleanliness of the park. -500 points for litter and vomit!! Come on, Six Flags. If a bunch of Atari programmers can figure this out, why can't "the world's largest regional theme park operator" understand?

But then again, what do I know?

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Saturday, April 2, 2005 11:05 AM
His post is so horrible, I didn't bother to finish reading the whole thing. *** Edited 4/2/2005 4:06:16 PM UTC by Coasterbuzzer***
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Saturday, April 2, 2005 5:01 PM
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