Ah, Six Flags is probibly kicking themselfs in the butt so hard it's not even funny! 3 YEARS OF EXTREAME expantion and 2 Bil. in debt with 100 mil in intrest each year on top of 15% softer earnings. All you Six Flagers, don't expect too much new stuff cause chances are you won't get it! ------------- Cameron Willis Dr. Doolittle 2: "So young, so angry. Damn that rap music!"
What this fails to show is that attendance is up at SF parks and that there net is down but there cash flow is up. Remember CF Disney Universal are showing loss of attendance in some cases as high as 10%(CP and DW), SF is reporting for the year an increase of 9.4% attendance level increase, if you dont include seattle and montreal there is only a 5.3% increase but that's an increase compaired to how other's are doing. Its there european park's that are causing all the problems here with bad weather and low per capita spending according to Kieran Burke chairman and chief executive officer.
Six Flags parks really do need to clean up a little bit rather than add many, many new attractions in the next year. Sure some parks could use big new rides, but a lot of Six Flags parks need to focus on other things like working towards better maintinence and ride capacity.
First off all, don't over-react. It's funny how some enthusiasts suddenly think they're MBA's. The company isn't going to go under or cease all capital investment.
Attendance is worthless if people aren't spending money. The bit about per capita spending down in a soft economy makes me wonder exactly why these parks continue to give away the gate as they do. The other companies don't give away season passes and tickets with ridiculous discounts. Eventually they'll figure out in light of competition (or lack thereof) they can charge far more than $40 for season passes.
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I think it is funny how parks can think that they can charge a crazy amount for entry fee, parking and have the prices of gifts up to but then have the nerve of charging 2 and three bucks for a bottle of water. I Have heard many gp say they won't go some where because of the price of entry food, parking, and every thing else. IF they would lower price then more people would come and generally spend more.
Whats the difference, Cedar Fair charges the same, if not more, for admission, drinks, etc. They're both having a bad year and blaming it on weather. I dont know about the west coast but in the Northeast its always hot, we have had one day of rain in the past 2 weeks, i dont know of any bad wetaher. At least both chains attendance are down, instead of one dominating.
Weather is always a factor but I dont think its the case here in the US .I think people are holding back on spending at parks in general.People are packing there own lunch and refilling water bottles. Big themers should take a lesson from Holiday World...free drinks free parking with a clean and pleasent atmosphere,I always spend MORE on gifts and food when IM happy and didnt get hosed for parking and a $4.00 water!!!!
Jeff's got a point in that season passes were CHEAP - I paid $40 for mine - (SFKK during SRM trip). Decrease the parking and food prices, up the gate, and people wil walk around the park happier - and more willing to spend. When I have a season pass and have spent $25-30 on sodas and parking, I'm a little less likely to buy souvenirs, and less likely to return for repeat visits. Remember this about souvenirs - they are FREE advertising for the park. Six Flags may have the most, sometimes even best, coasters, but HAPPY guests return, spend more, and bring their (paying) friends with them. And considering how much SF paid for the parking lot and the soda, HW DOES have the idea - making people happy. Somehow I think the big themers may have forgotten what business they're in...And weather conditions won't be changing for the BETTER in the next few years, so maybe some of the misting fans in the longer queue lines would be a wise investment - I know CP thinks so.
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i dont think free pop would work at big themers unless every 20 feet there was a pop stall. Holiday World doesnt get the people like a SF park, if they did the line would be way too long for drinks, sort of like why you have to pay to do a skycoaster or a rock wall. I would be happy if the chains would start with free water then see what happens