I know that at least two SF parks (SFGrAm and SFStL) were open an "extra" weekend this year (the first weekend of November). I was at SFStL and it was deserted. From the trip reports, SFGrAm was empty as well. Great for power-riding, but pretty lousy for profits.
My question is: what was SF's purpose for the extra weekend? In St. Louis, there was no advertisement that the park was open - all the TV ads said "...Fear Fest weekends in October..." with no mention of the November dates. The only notice I saw in the park was on the sign as you leave (and it was dark... if I wasn't looking for it, I would have missed it...).
So did someone in marketing drop the ball? Was this a reward weekend for the few people that were paying attention? I loved the extra days and the walk-on conditions, but with the poor turn out, I doubt they'll be back. :(
It was corporate SF decision to let the parks stay open the extra weekend. I don't know why a park like SFFT in a warmer climate was not open the extra weekend. Six Flags wanted to make some extra money(for the mistakes made earlier this year). It probably backfired this time in a lot of places because of weather and the lack of marketing. It was rumored at SFSL for a long time before it was actually announced. It was also kind of a appreciation weekend for the guests who were at the parks. In my opinion SFOG had a good idea of a season pass holder appreciation day as the final day of the season, other parks should see if that may work next year.
SFStL had already taken down the majority of the Halloween decorations - so it wasn't Fright Fest... just a regular day. Besides... how many people would go to Fright Fest AFTER Halloween?
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The SFMM Salvi said:
What's an off-season? ;)
Now we BOTH know how cruel that is, to tease and torment those who ride 6-8 months a year....good job...;)
bill, who was awfully happy that SFoG decided to open up for passholders on Sunday....awesome! The ACE get-together with John Odum was an expected plus....:)
Now we BOTH know how cruel that is, to tease and torment those who ride 6-8 months a year....good job...
And where do Gwazi and the Dania Beach Hurricane fall on your top 10 list? ;)
That's what I thought...
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After seeing on their website that they were supposed to be open from 1-9PM, a friend and I drove about an hour yesterday afternoon to SF Darien Lake only to find a sign out in front of the parking booth saying, "Park Closed Due to Inclement Weather." We were both going with low expectations to begin with, but what we got was actually worse than what even we (both with a few bad Six Flags experiences under our belts) could have expected.
By the way, the temperature was 39 degrees yesterday with no precipitation whatsoever. Yes, I'll admit it was chilly, but by Buffalo standards, 39 degrees is downright warm! :) It was probably about this same temperature last year when I drove 5 hours to CP for closing weekend. The crowds there were sparse even on Saturday, but damn near every ride was open.
Rather than make a big deal about it here, I'm just going to write them a letter and see what comes of it. Just thought everyone should know what went down here in NY yesterday.
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Im the #1 Canobie Lake Park Fan!!!These are my top 3 coasters:
1. S:RoS @ SFNE 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Cyclone/B:TDK
Which flats were closed @ SFNE?
Open flat rides were Scream, Tomahawk, Houdini, Scrambler, Twister, Buzz Saw, Balloons, Carousel, and most kiddie rides. The coasters were all running, but everything else was closed as far as I could tell. Were they running more rides during previous weekends of Fright Fest?
Has the Colossus Ferris Wheel been operating at all this season? Does anyone know what it's story is?
Lousy for profits? Not at all. They were only running one train on most rides at gam and it was deserted. People were repeatedly playing the games. And all the arcades were packed. They made the quota to get an over-inflated budget for next year. They didn't have to pay most employees that regularly work there during the reg. season either. So they may have broken even.
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And where do Gwazi and the Dania Beach Hurricane fall on your top 10 list?
DBH ranks right up there, shame of it is that it's a 5-hour drive from here. Just keeps getting better...Gwazi, OTOH, has deteriorated "some" in ride quality...I'm not discussing ops........now it seems that they only run one side per day at most....only getting worse.
Back to topic...finally...I think SF viewed it as a good PR move, and it seems to have worked...:) In addition, it gives them a lot less "stuff" to warehouse over the winter, reducing inventories and waste. Getting to talk with the GM certainly didn't hurt things....SFoG, still the best in the chain for employees...:)
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Strangely, more rides were open on Sunday than were in the middle of June when I last went. B&R:TC was open as was Skull Mountain.
The only thing I'd complain about is the fact that the park doesn't have a reduced admission for the late season weekends. Dorney Park drops their admission from $35 to $20 for the October Halloweekends. Sure would be nice to see Six Flags do something similar.
Men are like parking spaces... the good ones are all taken and the rest are handicapped or too far away.
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