Six Flags cuts three executives, staff, moves to Dallas

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 11:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the theme park operator that emerged from bankruptcy protection last month, said Monday that three park executives are leaving the company as part of recent layoffs that the company estimates will save it $16 million a year. Six Flags also is moving its CEO to the company's Dallas corporate headquarters.

Read more from The Associated Press.

Monday, June 21, 2010 1:05 PM

I am assuming these are ESPN guys who are buddies of Mark's. Didn't see the name of a contact I had who came from Disney, seemed like a great guy from the few conversations we had and hopefully he will remain with the "new" Six Flags.

It's got to be saving them some serious cash moving out of NYC too.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 1:10 PM

I've not understood the fascination of setting up shop in certain places (NYC, Silicon Valley, etc.) that are generally expensive. Making the case that it's "where business happens" is kind of weak to me in the Internet age.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 1:14 PM

When it was announced that Six Flags was going to NYC I think I remember them touting the advantages of being that close to the investment community. I don't think it necessarily paid off...but that was the logic back then.

If Cedar Fair's corporate office can work in Sandusky, Ohio you would think just about any town in America could handle the designation.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 2:13 PM

I think the one thing that matters is flexibility of being able to get anywhere in the country a park is located at a moments notice. Obviously they could do that from NYC with 3 major airports, the same with Dallas/Ft Worth.

Mark was a "programming guy" so that was his comfort zone in NYC. Al is a traditional seasonal amusement park guy so he sees less value in some of the beliefs and techniques Mark employed. I am thinking one of the next things to go is the advertising wraps on the coasters, can't say I wouldn't cheer about that one!

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Monday, June 21, 2010 2:32 PM

If those advertising wraps are making them money, they can wrap the trains, track, buildings, etc. in them for all I care. Anything to get more cash at this point.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 3:11 PM

I know I was bummed when I didn't get to ride in Demon's Stride gum train at SF Great America. I felt like a kid again while I waited when I used to hope I would get a specific colored car...counting out the trains and the people in front of me.

Wait... is this why I don't have many coaster friends? ;)

Edited to add: I think it's funny that there are at least 4 youtube videos titled to point out they are riding in those trains. I guess that would suggest that people are at least remembering (and talking about) the marketing.

Last edited by Carrie M., Monday, June 21, 2010 3:17 PM
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Monday, June 21, 2010 4:34 PM

I was upset I didn't get in the Stride train on Ninja at St. Louis. My most beloved memory of counting out colored cars/trains was the haunted house at the MB Pavilion. My cousin and I would ride in seperate cars because she always wanted purple, and I always wanted blue.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 4:56 PM

mlnem4s said:
I think the one thing that matters is flexibility of being able to get anywhere in the country a park is located at a moments notice. Obviously they could do that from NYC with 3 major airports, the same with Dallas/Ft Worth.

Mark was a "programming guy" so that was his comfort zone in NYC.

Mark worked for ESPN which is bases in Bristol CT across the street form Lake Compounce right outside of Hartford. NYC is a good 30-45 minutes away. They coudl have set up shop in a number of local locations and still be a stones through from NYC.

I never got moving to NYC in general. like so many people said it's overly expensive. but as we can see by the executives lining pockets was more important then clearing out dept. the 3 exectutives and there bonuses made around 3 million alone.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 10:52 PM

Except for the huge honkin' Snickers banner hanging on the Wild One here at SFA. The other signs are OK, but get that thing off that coaster NOW! Please?

(link to post I was responding to isn't linking, it's the one about the ads)

Last edited by ilovethewildone, Monday, June 21, 2010 10:53 PM
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Monday, June 21, 2010 11:24 PM

Just at SFA today and that Snickers ad is hilariously awesome. It's ginormous!

(SFA doesn't deserve it's bad rep - it's a really nice little park)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:21 AM

Never thought I'd say this, but I really have been wanting to get back there. I figure a 7-year hiatus might be enough (though it might be 8 since I have kid #2 on the way).

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:23 AM

Just rode the Stride train on Demon Sunday. Wasn't too proud of it, but hey.. at least I felt beautiful (and extremely tacky) :)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 4:40 PM

^That train is soooooo 'unhandsome' :(

I'm sorry these big buck executives have lost their positions, I have a feeling they will be able to "make money" somewhere else, without much of a problem.

There are 3 executives I don't have to watch escorting around their friends/families at the park, complete with the highest level of FLASH PASS hanging from their belt loop. Awwww...

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