Posted Monday, March 7, 2005 8:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Under the new name Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags America's water park will reopen this spring with a Caribbean theme and two new thrill rides. Private poolside cabanas, a new children's section, additional restaurants and retail shops are also being added. The new attractions could drive a 5 to 10 percent boost in attendance.
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After this expansion however what they need to focus on is actually adding some more rides to the theme park section because a lack of new rides in recent years(thanks to SFI's poorly planned cap ex spending) is somewhat to blame for the decline in attendance,although if attendance is so low at the park in recent years why is it then that Superman,Batwing,Wild one & a whole host of other rides seem to have full queues whenever I decide to ride them?lord knows the park was packed during FF last fall.
Back in 99 when SF began their first season managing the park attendance was pretty high but after the influx of new rides(which the public was expecting the park to continue to recieve) had slowed down or stopped alltogether then the locals interest in the park has since declined especially when there's another park about 2 hours away that continues to add new attractions every season as well as providing superb maintenance & overall operations of their attractions.
I will add that SFNE's Hurricane Harbour was done in two phases I believe, so everyone get out your swimtrunks or swimsuit and visit frequently, PLEASE, so we can have something as cool next year.
PITT & BBTT are basically clones but you're right in the fact that GC is a kiddie coaster(& a lousy,rough one at that) so that's something the park is really lacking in coasterwise....a MR.Six's pandamonium clone would do wonders in that arena & at a price they probably could afford.
Attendance was still moderate to high in 00 when Superman was added but it went down shortly after that probably due in part to all the problems they've had with Batwing since they put it in,along with SFI's emerging financial problems although 02 saw a 9% attendance increase over 01.
BATWING FAN SFA said: Let's not forget that SFNE probably had the room for such a major expansion,SFA does not(as Sam pointed out in another thread they couldn't use the land behind Mind Eraser) so there wasn't much room for more than the two slides they're adding....still they could've just removed some of the older,outdated slides in favor of a few more new ones.
PLEASE, don't put words in my mouth! I said the land between the Wave pool and Mind Eraser is protected land. HOWEVER, SFA has plenty of area for waterpark expansion. look to the left of the wave pool..... there's a whole parking lot there! they could expand out into the parking lot area if they need to, and develop the parking lot further north that's only gravel right now. Heck, they have two gates for the parking lots, they could build a second entrance for waterpark guests, and eventually expand to a stand alone waterpark with a seperate entrance, and admission price.
FWIW Six Flag America currently uses approximately 140 acres. It has 515 acres of total property. There is a provision that 50% of their land must reman un developed, however that still leaves them with almost 100 acres of additonal land to expand onto.
One thing to keep in mind (and I know it's hard to grasp this) is that Six Flags in general is in a financially precarious situation, and they're gonna be quite cautious with expenditures at parks that aren't producing.
My question to all of you that also concerns SF outside Buffalo, Superman, nice hyper coaster, but in less than 2 years, visited both SF parks with a Superman, and both of these days at 2 different parks, same ride, the ride breaks down constantly, and shut down twice, and it never runs right.
Seems something mechanical with the design of the braking system. Each time a train just started up the hill when the 2nd train pulled into the braking system before the station, the 1st train up the hill stops. Happened 3 times in a 4 hour period, and same exact thing happened in Buffalo. So what is up with this? Other SF like NE have the same problem?
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