Six Flags dancing guy a hit among TV spots

Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 7:58 AM | Contributed by supermandl

The old dancing guy in the current crop of Six Flags TV spots has quickly become a very familiar character, and one that prompts many to call the company to learn more about him.

Read more from The Baltimore Sun.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:03 AM
In the latest TV Guide, there is a letter to the editor asking if the man is actually a man or a woman. It was confirmed he IS a man, but nothing else was confirmed.

I had no idea this guy was a phenominon!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:07 AM
My wife heard on a local radio talk show, that the guy is a 35 year old man.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:09 AM
Now there's a job title I could handle: "our exuberant master of fun!"

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:40 AM
As much negative feedback as I've heard about these commercials (most everyone I've talked to thinks the guy is annoying), I've always known that it was a great marketing campaign. It may annoy people, but it certainly gets their attention.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:45 AM
There's probably going to be a lot of immitators (sp) at various Six Flags parks, blending in with the rest of the cast of Loony Tunes characters at the parks.

He's now risen to the ranks of "park mascot". The question is... will any of the impersonators have the moves that this guy has?

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 9:57 AM
Not sure about the imitators... that guy is weird and personally I prefer to keep him inside my tv and not any closer to me.*** This post was edited by DragonRider 5/12/2004 9:57:51 AM ***
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:04 AM
Wasn't that the plot for "The Ring"? (And the earlier Japanese "Ringu", which I personally found inferior despite reviews to the contrary...)
*** This post was edited by GregLeg 5/12/2004 10:04:36 AM ***
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:10 AM
Yeah, I think the commerical is getting alot of attention. In my High School, Students are repeating the guy over and over again. It's annoying but is getting the park more visitors here in New York City.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:37 AM
Yeah its annoying, but since we're all talking about it, it has definitely succeeded on one level. Does it make people visit the park? That remains to be seen.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:50 AM
I must be the only person who actually likes they guy. I think he's funny and I like doing the little dance while I'm at the park. They blasted that song last weekend while I was at SFGAm in the ticket area up front and there were a ton of people dancing along with it. Some people on the coasters are waving their arms back and forth like they do on the bus on the commercial. He may annoy some people but a lot of people have latched on to this commercial and are having a lot of fun with it.

One interesting observation I noticed at SFGAm, and I don't know if other Six Flags parks are in on this too, but the whole atmosphere of the park just seems more exciting this year. They are playing some really upbeat music at the front of the park when you come in and the fact that there are characters to greet you and get your picture taken with doesnt hurt either. Inside the park further you see season pass signs with this guy on it with the "It's Playtime" moniker. The employees at the park also seem to be having more fun which adds to the fun of the other guests. The addition of the Mardi Gras parade has also upped the fun level in the park. The entire day you see people wearing the beads that are thrown out and see everyone just having a great time.

If all of this is occuring at other parks in the chain then I think they really have a good thing going with this promotional campaign. The in park stuff is gonna spread to other people and bring more visitors to the park that might have been put off with the lack of fun in the past.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 2:41 PM
Yay! Six Flags has suceeded in marketing! Everyone at my school knows the commercical, and likes it.

^Kick The Sky, it does seem like a totally different atmosphere from last year, it seems like. Last year and before that, it seemed like; Okay, you're here. Go ride some rides, and spend some money.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 7:34 PM
I can't believe no one recognizes the guy from the Six Flags ad. Doesn't anyone watch The Sopranos? It's Corrado "Junior" Soprano. He needs to do that dance on the show!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 8:43 PM
The one guy in the commercial (with a lawnrake?) doesn't even look like he'd fit on some of the rides, let alone the newly modified S:ROS seatbelts.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:47 PM
Why *does* SFGAm get the good park? I mean, SFMM has the *competition* like no other SF park does....I've heard really good things about the TX parks, I'll have to check in on them and get back wit' ya...;)

NVRTIGO, you must've missed the earlier thread...:)

P.S. In case some of you missed it, there were some who *predicted* in the earlier thread that this WAS the campaign SF has been needing....now if they'll only BACK IT UP.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:42 AM
Why does SFGAm get the good park Gator?

Simple:

If you piss off a Chicagoan just once, you are doomed. :)

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 1:04 AM
Kick: I don't understand why everyone is calling this commercial annoying either...I think everyone would be lying if they said they didn't laugh at it the first time they saw the guy going from a standstill to the dance. I have only seen it a few times (Maybe i just watch less tv than you guys) and it hasn't been annoying once.

Rob, stop being stupid. Attendence isn't going to jump a week after a commercial comes out, and its dumb to say "well thats annoying, and it doesn't even do its job because attence isn't sky rocketing." What commercial by the way does skyrocket product sales? Certainly no amusement park commercial. The commercial is for non coaster addicts, who might forget "Oh, the parks going to be opening in a week" or "wow, we got nothing to do next weekend, lets go." I would bet a very small percentage of guests are new guests because of a commercial on TV. I think SF intends to "remind" more guests or tell of an discount offer orther than "tell guests that don't know" because more often than not, people have already heard about the park by word of mouth.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:02 PM
Attendance last weekend at Great America certainly wasn't suffering. There were some very decent sized lines for things last Saturday. Usually most of May is pretty dead. And considering the weather has been pretty dicey thus far (they were predicting storms that day even though they didnt get any till well after we left) that's even more telling. I have to admit, hearing the commerical all this week is probably gonna drive me out to the park AGAIN this weekend. I'm just in the mood now for "Playtime"! Guess I'm shooting for every weekend in May at the rate I'm going.
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Sunday, May 30, 2004 6:10 PM
I think the dancing guy is Ellen Degeneres. Am I the first to come out and say this?
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