Just caught this article on Jim Hill's site (and no, Jim didn't write it so it's safe to read ;) ).
The article is titled "Scoping the Competition: Six Flags Great Adventure" and runs with a summary that reads:
"JHM guest writer Chris Barry returns with an article about his recent trip to his local Six Flags park. Which -- thanks to that theme park chain's new management team -- is looking more & more like the Mouse's operations with each passing day."
I dunno. Between reliable folks like Moosh saying SFMM has really turned around and articles like this...well, I hate to say I told you so, but...
At any rate, it's nice to see a TR from someone who isn't a coaster enthusiast. This is much closer to how the GP sees these parks than any of us could ever convey.
EDIT - still learning to spell :)
*** Edited 5/24/2006 7:20:21 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***
I'll see it when I believe it, but as I've always maintained, I think that Shapiro and Co. are on the right track. Disney parks are successful, Six Flags parks are not. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who to emulate!
I don't know how GP this guy can be considered. He calls himself a "theme park nut," and his 7-year old is asking about "dark rides." I'm looking forward to a second chapter when he goes on a weekend in July or August and doesn't limit himself to the kiddie rides.
While SFGAm was already a great park before the takover, I have still seen the noticable changes even on opening day.
Characters everywhere, bathroom attendants(even a pic at the entrance of the bathroom of the attendant and his name), directional signs, designated smoking areas, daytime parade with nighttime parade and nightly fireworks starting May 27th.
The ride capacity and customer service was already good here so really no improvement there.
It has a Disney-esque touch to it. :) Heck, they were even selling Disney clothing in one of the shops I went into. Had to take check my eyeglasses when I saw a shirt with Mickey Mouse on it at an SF park. *** Edited 5/25/2006 3:15:26 AM UTC by Chitown***