Now opening day at SFKK is May 10th?
Lack of attendance early in the season? Private outings? SF losing faith in this park?
High schoolers not available to work during school? Remember Easter was earlier this year than it will be for another 220 years.
It's weekend operation when it opened late March/early April. And this would apply to any park that opens during that time frame so what you are saying would not be the cause for this park opening so late. Even though Easter came early, does that explain this park now opening on May 10th? That is a month gap regardless.
And as what was mentioned above, they have an early closing time on weekdays during the summer now.
Something is up here. I have a feeling Shapiro might be considering unloading this park.
We shall see. *** Edited 4/1/2008 3:26:35 AM UTC by Chitown***
Collectively, SFKK has been fighting a losing battle. The waterpark is a draw, that's an obvious reflection of the hours. (Closing the park on weekdays at the Hurricane Bay closure time.) But overall the park also has a low opinion among locals. Add in the hub-bub from last years unfortunate events and the tightening of money belts and you have a slow gate.
So far we have: Abbreviated season, abbreviated hours, a heightened age requirement of employees, the demolition of a former showcase attraction and the closure of an entire section of rides.
*Sniff, sniff* smells like GL to me. Not saying it will, but SFKK could easily go the way of Geauga Lake should there not be a dramatic upswing in the economy.
As many know, I'd not lament the loss.
It doesn't have to be "world class" to be appreciated. For the population of the area, I'd say Kentucky Kingdom is allright. There are bigger metro areas with less.
*** Edited 4/1/2008 6:14:42 AM UTC by BullGuy***
they skipped spring break... and two months worth of weekend business,
They are in the process of expanding the season at the other parks. Discovery Kingdom, Fiesta Texas and another park are have very long seasons...
why would they cut back on SFKK if it wasnt a money loser?
but Six Flags does use international employees to fill the low spots in staffing...
they could have hired those college students in time to get atleast the april weekends... but they didnt.
what a shame.
College kids worked in seasonal parks in the 70s and 80s. With the exception of some that stick around in seasonal management positions it's mostly high school kids. Parks located near major metropolitan areas like Louisville compete with malls and other air conditioned places that generally pay more.
If they have to hire older employess they will have to pay them more to recruit them. The cut back in hours could be a way to make up the budget lost with increased wages. With the 18 year requirement, then I can imagine HR is scrambling to figure out how to recruit these people and other department are doing budget voodoo to try to figure out how to pay them.
Not sure if it still exists, but SFOT had a program in the operations department a few years back. It was designed to get 18 and older folks to work in the park. They paid them a bit more with the requirement that they agree to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. This was in place to carry the park before kids got out of school. I'm not sure how successful the program was but it was a good idea.
Not sure if the park should be placed on death watch just yet, but it's shocking ot hear enthusiasts saying "good riddance" to possibility of losing more coasters in a park closure. I'm sure the Mexican carnival people are already salivating.... *** Edited 4/1/2008 9:06:08 AM UTC by Cropsey***
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