Six Flags New Orleans closed for 2006 season

Posted Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:59 AM | Contributed by Terry Cruise

Six Flags New Orleans posted the following on their Web site: "Due to substantial damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags New Orleans will remain closed for the 2006 season. The company is working with its insurance carriers to assess the full extent of the damage and the size of its eventual insurance recoveries. As all of us know, this is a difficult time for everyone in New Orleans, and we're committed to working with the city in support of the recovery efforts."

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Thursday, March 16, 2006 11:08 AM
They should send out a 50% vouchers for current 2005 season pass holders as a thank you, and let them redeem it at one of the other parks in Texas or Georgia.

It would retain them until 2007. God forbid a few thousand people make the drive and spend money.

Positive PR.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:32 PM
Agreed, however how much of the parks records, paperwork, and computer data were lost in the flooding?
Thursday, March 16, 2006 1:02 PM
Some of the administrative offices are on the second floor above the main street shops.
Thursday, March 16, 2006 3:23 PM
You'd think Six Flags would offer 2005 Houston pass holders some sort of incentive to visit another park too, but so far they haven't.
Thursday, March 16, 2006 6:37 PM
They don't need to for Houston, it's still a captive audience. Keeping the season pass holders loyal to SFNO makes good business sense because it is a park that will be reopening. However how many of the 2005 season pass holders currently have a home they can come back to?
Thursday, March 16, 2006 8:07 PM
^The flooding took out a big area, but SFNO had a bigger market than just the city itself. I'm guessing a lot of people still have a home. The city looks like it is still in bad shape though.
Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:59 PM
To be honest, I'll be surprised if SFNO ever re-opens. Looking at video from just after the storm, a good 10 or 15 feet of the park was underwater. All of that wood on Megazeph will have to be replaced, meaning the whole ride will basically have to be rebuilt. Much of the park, except for the big steel rides (which will still need new paint) is going to have to be replaced. With Shapiro at the helm now, there's the chance it will re-open, as opposed to what would happen if the ex-CEO (who sold AW) was still in power. But you do have to wonder if it is economically feasable for the company to rebuild that park when they're trying to come out of debt.
Thursday, March 16, 2006 11:30 PM

All of that wood on Megazeph will have to be replaced, meaning the whole ride will basically have to be rebuilt.

The structure of MZ is not wood. It is steel, so don't count on the whole ride having to be rebuilt.

Friday, March 17, 2006 11:01 AM
They're only doing this because SFNO is in chocolate New Orleans......
Friday, March 17, 2006 1:29 PM
"All of that wood on Megazeph will have to be replaced"

Well, much of the track, but the actual structure is all metal. Now this might be damaged too from sitting in the water, but it's a bit more durable than wood.

"They don't need to for Houston, it's still a captive audience."

I don't see how Houston is a captive audience. If there's not a major park nearby people will find something else to do, not necessary travel to the nearest city with a big park.
If Six Flags expects tons of Houstonians to drive to San Antonio or Dallas, they're being overly optimistic. Some sort of incentive to visit those parks would be appropriate, and the mailing list of former season pass holders would be an ideal marketing tool.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:42 PM
SFNO was not 10-15 feet underwater. That's pretty deep. I would say 5-8 feet easily though. Not as much of Mega Zeph's track was underwater as you'd think. I'm actually more concerned about whether it will have a lack of maintenance during this rebuilding phase and if it will deteriorate worse if no maintenance is done to it.

From what I've heard from a post on another message board, the insurance should cover most of the damage. But the discussion over the amount due is going to take a lot of time. I've heard the ride manufacturers that leased many of the rides and their equipment are not being very helpful to the situation either.

Honestly, I think the park's audience in the metro New Orleans area will be back before the park. So hopefully that won't be an issue.

Sunday, March 19, 2006 7:03 PM
I've been made aware that Six Flags actually IS offering $45 Fiesta or Over Texas passes to Houston residents at area Krogers and Fiesta supermarkets. I just never received the mailer personally.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 1:09 PM
Gee, New Orleans to Fiesta? What? 5-6 hundred miles?

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