Posted Friday, September 28, 2007 9:25 AM | Contributed by Chitown
To drive that message home, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is investing $15 million into a new thrill ride company officials hope will draw even larger crowds to the Northwest Side theme park next year. Next spring, Six Flags plans to open Goliath, which park officials are already billing as the "ultimate inverted roller coaster." Fiesta Texas spokeswoman Sydne Purvis says the new ride will add a powerful new dimension of thrill technology to an already impressive coaster line-up at the San Antonio park. The ride will be made by B&M.
The ride will be MADE by B&M? How about MOVED by Six Flags. Does putting in a Batman clone from the old SFNO painting it orange and blue and calling it Goliath realy cost $15 million. Why would Six Flags think that this is a good idea when Great White, the same exact coaster, is next door at Sea World and Batman is at SFOT a few hours away? By the way, Great White at Sea World cost only $10 million to build 1997. Nice move Martin Bozer.
IMHO, the $15 mill is the original price, PLUS the moving and rebuilding costs involved, but the real catch is that they want the GP to think they actually spent that much so they can justify any and all price increases throughout the park.
I would think many of the GP would simply see the headlines and think that SF is great because they are always spending more $$ to improve the park, so let's go check it out, andwho cares if everything costs a few more dollars? It's a win-win for SF, although I don't agree with their "spin" whatsoever. It's misleading to the average park goer
I totaly agree Rob. Cedar Fair advertized Firehawk (X-Flight) as new and it seems like a big hit. They'll advertise Voo Doo (Steel Venom) as a new coaster. Why wouldn't anyone? Who's gonna come ride something advertised as a used coaster from a park they won't rebuild. That would be stupid.
No one is advocating that they advertise it as a used ride. We are all questioning why they claim they have invested $15 million, and how they can bill it as "the ultimate inverted coaster." There are plenty of ways to promote a new coaster without resorting to such obvious fabrications.
Do you honestly believe that a 12 year old Batman clone is worth anywhere near $15 million? Cedar-Fair only spent $14 million on Patriot--a coaster that is not only longer and taller than Batman but brand-spanking new.
Yes, I think the whole press release and resulting article is misleading. They make it sound like they are getting an ultimate new ride fresh from the factory. There are better, more honest ways to promote a new/used attraction. I can't wait to see what happens next year when the people from San Antonio get to the ride and find out this $15 million "ultimate" attraction is the same thing they've been riding for the last ten years at the park just down the street.