Posted Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:54 PM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy
Thanks to improved attendance and higher prices at its theme parks, third-quarter profits for Grand Prairie-based Six Flags Entertainment Corp. went up 31 percent, the company reported today. Six Flags reported net income of $253 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, or $4.33 a share, compared to $192.8 million, or $3.43 a share in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $485 million, up $10 million, or 2 percent, driven by an increase in admissions revenue, the company said.
Read more from The Star-Telegram.
I almost got a Q-Bot a few times that I was at Dollywood last Spring, but they were closed, I was told, because the park was not busy enough to warrant opening it. That didn't make sense to me, because a few years ago, I was there at the same time of year, whit the park a little bit slower, and Q-Bot was open.
And yea, I've complained about Dollywood's cheaper version as well. The times I have gone there, the park has been so slow that it wouldn't affect the enjoyability of my day much either way. The rides were from a walk on to a few train wait.
I must be the most odd-ball enthusiast ever (at least compared to most of you ;) ). I just visited SFNE in early September, a day with little to no lines except for Superman, did everything once, a few things twice, and a few flats I've never done at other parks (never doing a Sky Swat again, worst headache I've ever had from a ride, and loading flat out sucks), plus had a good meal at their BBQ place and lingered a good 20 additional minutes to catch some of the Ohio State game. Took another almost two hours total out of my day for pictures (and ended up with very few keepers, which didn't make me happy). My day was more than successful, I actually did more than I expected to. All without even considering purchasing a FlashPass.
Maybe the Orlando parks have drastically altered how I view my park experiences, but I don't have to do much of anything more than once if I know I'm not likely to be back ever, or anytime soon (actually, I opted to take pictures instead of 5 more Thunderhead rides back in '09...maybe I've always been odd), because I now place as much value in the rides as I do the little details, stopping and smelling the roses, so to speak.
That BBQ place was very good. Maybe that's why their profit is up!
(never doing a Sky Swat again, worst headache I've ever had from a ride, and loading flat out sucks
Is that the Catapult? If so, I actually enjoyed it, except for feeling very contricted in my breathing due to the restraints.
The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
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