SFKK up this year.... REALLY?

Monday, September 2, 2002 7:30 AM

I have heard from various sources that SFKK has raised its attendance this year, that its one of the Six Flags parks doing good in 02. Is this true? I've been about 6 times, spread across the season, including twice on a summer Saturday, and it was never really that crowded. The most people I saw there still looked like a PKI skeleton crowd. I would've thought SFKK would lose business to Holiday World this year.... or could HW's success actually be helping SFKK?! As much as I have bashed the park, if they really are doing better, I say way to go! ..And here's to a possible new ride in '03!!

Any of you have any input?

Tyler

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Monday, September 2, 2002 7:38 AM

I don't think a new ride will be there in 2003, maybe 2004. I hear they have little space, unless they get a Volare...and if not that, it won't be anything big since they have the height limit. I'm not sure what it is, but if they are really having a large increase in attendence a impulse might work, but you don't wanna have a V2 fiasco again.

As far as attendence goes, I could see them having an increase, but not a huge increase. Probably not one of the best in the cain, simply because they havn't added anything coasters for 2 years now, and that was a wild mouse.

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 9/2/2002. ***

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Monday, September 2, 2002 10:11 AM

When I listened to the earnings conference call, SFKK was one of the few that were mentioned with an increase in attendance. I believe it was around 6% if I remember correctly.

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Monday, September 2, 2002 11:04 AM
6% is pretty good considering a new coaster is supposed to bring in about 10%.
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Monday, September 2, 2002 2:01 PM
I made the trip this year on a Friday, there seemed to be a nice sized crowd. It would be nice to see something new in the near future. Space and the set up(road in the middle) might make anything big unrealalistic.
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Monday, September 2, 2002 5:38 PM

small in size CAN be big on ride...since the day SFoG said Viper was bye-bye, I thought SFKK should get it...nearby, short on space, no "adult" sit-down steelie....but now, I almost prefer Nawlins to get it....perhaps the folks in OKC were thinking even further ahead than me? nah, that's just TOO hard to believe, lol....

I've said many times how we thought the park had improved in the non-ride areas this year, cleanliness, friendliness, etc. Some of the HW magic might just be rubbing off...more likely is that the park execs saw where their competition was beating the pants off of them and took the right steps...considering HW is *apparently* considering an installation of some kind, SFKK needs something....but to install the Volare seems a little off IMO...time will tell....

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Monday, September 2, 2002 6:05 PM
I have never been to SFKK so I don't know how much space they have. But I think the only thing keeping SFKK from getting a Volare is the fact that they already have a wild mouse.
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Monday, September 2, 2002 6:12 PM

The *rumor* out there regarding SFKK is as follows:

Gary Story was indeed at the park within the past month. On that trip there was a concentration on the "look" of things and it appears that attractions may get new paint next season.

But more notably, it is rumored that surveyers and park planners have been taking a look at the "Tin Lizzies" antique car area. There apparently is potential of the Enterprise, Rainbow and Cars being re-located to make suitable use of the land for a new attraction. Whether a coaster could fill that spot remains to be seen.

Heaven knows, they need something.

Shaggy

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:59 AM

I noticed this posting on SFKK's site:

http://www.sixflags.com/parks/kentuckykingdom/Jobs/fulltime.asp

They are hiring a full time employee in Nashville to do group sales for Kentucky Kingdom. Do parks normally have employees in other cities to drum up attendance? Maybe this explains the increase.

The antique car area is pretty big, but where would they move the "Tin Lizzies"? They had an article in the local paper a couple of months ago saying that Tin Lizzies was one of the most popular rides in the park, so I doubt if they would remove it.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002 7:56 AM
Yeah, PKI has it done in Pittburgh if I'm not mistaken. Sean or Shaggy know?

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