Posted Monday, September 12, 2005 8:38 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Six Flags, Inc. announced Monday that it will permanently close its AstroWorld theme park in Houston at the end of the 2005 season. The 109-acre site will be marketed to the real estate development community.
Read more from KHOU/Houston.
Twenty Nine More to Go.
Overall this doesn't surprise me. The nail in the coffin was being forced to close Labor Day weekend. So, instead of one park being closed Labor Day weekend (SFNO), SFAW was closed as well. Bottom line, SFI lost a bunch of revenue Labor Day weekend in addition to the expense of having to recover a water logged park. I think the parking problems at SFAW and the fact the city, state, U.S. Gov't just took over the parking lot forcing SFAW to close Labor Day weekend brought this to a head.
My question? Could the rides as SFAW be moving to SFNO
*** This post was edited by coasterguts 9/12/2005 9:06:16 PM ***
No parking lot, no theme park.
The only coaster that will probably be lost is probably the best one in the park The Texas Cyclone. One of the better CIC clones.
Maybe they will move a bunch of the rides and coasters to SFNO and make a complete park there. Astrowold also had a small waterpark which SFNO definitely needs.
After going there earlier this year I can say it was one of the parks Six Flags had really let go. It was just slightly better than SFKK which really isn't saying anything good.
Wow! I'm a little suprised that they decided to sell this park. It seemed like one of the nicer ones.
Ew, you were kidding when you typed that, right?
Sad to see any park go, but SFAW's been struggling for quite a while, it seems. We can only hope the rides find new homes, and that the Houston market gets something shiny and new in the near future.
Outside of downtown, land is cheap and plentiful. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S., which is way too huge of a market to be without an amusement park. Kemah doesn't count with its handful of carnival rides.
Someone with a bit of capital could score huge by starting up a new park in the Houston area.
And no, coming from a lifelong Houstonian, the general public will not make the three or four hour trips to San Antonio or Dallas just to go to an amusement park.
Think of all the money Six Flags is going to save by relocating current AstroWorld rides to its other parks as "new" capital. This will allow Six Flags to provide new entertainment attractions to its other parks without spending more money than they need to; AND they're getting what I assume to be huge debt relief with the sale of this park! It's a two in one hit that is bound to do wonders for the company in the short run at least.
Rides I think are salvageable at the park that would work great as as new capital for some of the other Six Flags properties: Dungeon Drop, XLR-8, Serial Thriller, Viper, SWAT, Batman The Escape, Diablo Falls, Greezed Lightnin', Ultra Twister, Mayan Mindbender (and even the kid coaster, Serpent, would make a good Bugs Bunny World addition somewhere)
This park had more average to above-average rides than I thought! And I am most certain their wood coaster is going into the bark shredder. :(
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