Six Flags New Orleans future uncertain, Batman moved out
Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 9:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Six Flags Inc. has removed the Batman ride from its still-shuttered New Orleans amusement park to see whether the ride can be refurbished and sent to a functioning park. A representative said no long-term decisions have been made about the park.
It's interesting if you read further on, the article reveals something that hasn't previously been said... Six Flags is suing their insurer for $175 million more. They have already collected $25 million and were to collect a total of $32 million. My guess is that this lawsuit either way will silence the city. If they get the money, it would be pretty hard for Six Flags to have a good defense against rebuilding. If they do not, they have a very valid reason not to rebuild and the city will just have to accept it. While in Katrina-related legal proceedings the insurance company is typically not the most favored, $175 million is a ton of money. I find it unlikely that they'd be able to get that much.
*** This post was edited by Cameraman 1/23/2007 9:01:00 PM ***
There's a theory that says that SFFT should get the ride since that's a *hot* park on the rise....
There's another theory that says SFGE should get the ride since that's been identified as a "favored" park by Shapiro - but having an SLC on site would SEEM to suggest that Fiesta is gonna be partying down with a spinner AND another Beemer.
As far as I know, those ARE the only remaining options, other than selling the rides...not as much *value* in that.
SFFT is out. A Batman clone is already at SWT and SFOT is only 200 miles away. So far the traditional thinking is to attempt unique attractions at the Texas Parks. That is probably why we do not have a Floorless- SFFT has a nice one. IMHO
Well they are currently evaluating whether it makes sense to place it in another park. I really think it would make more sense for this ride to go to a park with higher attendance, even if it meant ripping out a SLC from a park. Batman is a high quality ride and a high capacity attraction and SLCs just tend to suck on both fronts. However, it's possible they may discover that it doesn't make sense to relocate it to another one of their parks at this time; maybe they would even sell it. I still don't understand how they can do either because technically the City's Industrial Development Board owns the ride.
Has it been CONFIRMED that SFKK won't get it? I thought Shapiro said SFKK was one of his favorites that the chain will no-longer neglect. T2 is IMO the complete WORST of the SLC's with the WORST capacity, being the proto-type. I understand it will not be a 07 addition but I still think the future of Batman could be to end up in T2's place at Kentucky Kingdom
Nothing has been confirmed. Only thing that has been semi-confirmed is that the whole ride is at SOFCO in Ohio being fixed and that the trains are still at SFNO. I predict it won't be put back up in a big hurry.
*** This post was edited by Cameraman 1/24/2007 10:38:48 PM ***
If Shapiro wants to really draw people into the park, he will favor Great Escape to get the Batman ride, and start marketing that as their new "feature" ride.
The SLC [Astroworld's Serial Thriller] won't cut it. It's a cookie-cutter ride that will fit in a tight spot, has an intense layout, and can be fun... but it's a ride that also has been seen at many other parks, and people who visit Great Escape probably have been to other amusement parks as well, since a good chunk of those visitors are tourists to the Adirondack region.
...so unless they scrap the plans for the SLC, or if they decide to go with TWO hanging coasters, I really can't see the Batman coaster arrive to Great Escape, as much as I'd like to... not when you've got the SLC sitting on their property for over a year (pending new electrical grid upgrades this year).
The SLC [Astroworld's Serial Thriller] won't cut it. It's a cookie-cutter ride that will fit in a tight spot, has an intense layout, and can be fun... but it's a ride that also has been seen at many other parks,
Uhhh... you could say the exact same thing about a Batman the Ride though.
not really. How many "batman" clones are there vs. SLC clones? There's at least three in the close proximity of Great Escape, including Wonderland, Darien Lake, & New England... The "batman" B&M clone would be a lot more welcome in an area looking for something more fresh.
If it comes down to an SLC replacement, I still say that SF New England would be a good place for it. Other than the SLC already in that park, there's nothing like it in the region, and they are SO slow at loading that SLC, it would be nice to see something with a larger train go there.