This doesnt mean that this is the only thing sfgam is getting. It just means that this year one of the new shows is actually getting some serious work put into it. Also, in my opinion what sfgam needs is a dark ride. A dark ride would fit into the new family mantra, and would provide something that sfgam is missing.
I still don't buy into the idea that a park needs new coasters at a constant rate to build and/or sustain business. There's a million other ways to do it.
Besides, SFGAm got Ragin Cajun in 2004. That's just 2 seasons (2005 & 2006) with out a new coaster. There's no reason they couldn't go at least 3 more before they have to consider a new coaster.
In this day & age the 7 seasons at SFDL & SFA are pushing it, but I'm reminded of parks like KW that went 11 years between Laser Loop and Phantom (and that was a replacement, not an addition) and then another 8 year until Exterminator. Or HW which has gone with the "5 year plan" on major coaster additions.
^ True that. BGE hasn't opened a coaster since 99, and their business is great.
While SFDL and SFA could use some attention in the rides department, SFGAm seems to be doing fine. There is so much to do there, including the huge waterpark included with park admission. It kinda stinks that SFGAdv and SFMM patrons have to pay extra to use those waterparks.
Also, SFGAm has some of the best attendance and operations in the SF chain, so why would they need to add a new major coaster so soon?
Six Flags definitely needs to beef up their shows, and this sounds like a step in the right direction. This plus the rumor that they may actually be adding the new kiddy area in or around the American Eagle tent sounds like two very interesting developments. The arcade and food offerings in that Eagle tent are very dated and run-down.
I also agree that a Sally shoot-em-up dark ride would be a positive addition to the park.
We can probably go a couple more years without a new coaster, thanks to the old managements missteps of adding so many coasters in such a short time.
SFGAM needs something big to draw crowds. A stunt show would be wonderfull. Its one of the things we have not had for years.
Hopefully it will be a good kiddie section. County Fair has been pretty much dead for a while. with the new waterpark and mardi gras section everyone is over there all the time instead. Which brings up another question. I wonder if they are going to straighten out the Eagle queue line mess.
If they run the Eagle at capacity, 2 tracks by 2 trains, there would not be a need for any of those queues in the Eagle tent. There is quite a bit of space in that tent, if they wrap the queue around the side, they can definitely fit a nice size kiddy area in there. I am dating myself now, but before they built the Eagle, that tent area used to hold a circus show and grandstand.
As a father of two children, I can tell you that would be very nice for the wife and small child to be able to occupy themselves at the kiddy area while myself and older child take in the Eagle/Iron Wolf etc.
Seriously when is the last time the line even extended into the tent? Last time I saw that was in 1993! The tent is a bunch of dead space right now, they could easily turn the inside into a Scooby Doo haunted circus Sally Dark ride too, how sweet would that be?
I was there on a Saturday in August for a company picnic and the line was filling about half of the queues in the tent. They were only running one track that day. The line was listed as two hours. I was amazed that many people were still willing to wait that long for the Eagle. Shows you how well it has held it's popularity.
Kevin Max said: This park needs a new coaster to generate some buzz. It's been awhile, and the old collection is getting stale.
Looney Tunes characters in the Midway and stunt shows aren't going to excite too many people.
Are you out of your mind? The old collection? I wouldn't consider Deja Vu, V2, Superman Ultimate Flight, Rajin Cajun, Viper or even Raging Bull "stale."
I saw plenty of people excited by the Looney Tunes characters in the midway, especially during the night parade. Then again, that was back in June, when they actually had LT and the Justice League roaming around everywhere.
Someone mentioned non-coaster options, and again, SFGAM has more than enough of those. Frisbee, Top Spin, Swing Around, Condor, Octopus, Magic Carpet, bumper cars, double-decker carousel, observation tower, TWO log-flumes, shoot-the-chutes, white-water-rapids ride, Giant Drop, covered Calypso, pirate ship, Enterprise, swings etc., etc. I left out a few non-coaster attractions.