Six Flags selling Astroworld

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.

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Monday, September 12, 2005 8:48 PM
One Down...

Twenty Nine More to Go.

Monday, September 12, 2005 8:50 PM
Nah, 26. Keep SFGAM, SFGADV, and SFMM. Get rid of the rest.
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Monday, September 12, 2005 8:52 PM
Wow! I'm a little suprised that they decided to sell this park. It seemed like one of the nicer ones.
Monday, September 12, 2005 8:57 PM
I would welcome XLR-8 to SFA.

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

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Monday, September 12, 2005 9:04 PM
I really doubt that they made a knee jerk decision to close this in 2 weeks. I'd bet that this was being discussed and on the table for months if not YEARS.
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:06 PM
Except that it has everything to do with the parking situation not being able to be resolved and nothing else.

No parking lot, no theme park.

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:08 PM
It's been rumoured(?) for years, that SF wasn't happy with the parking situation. Taking over the parking lot on a 3 day weekend was probably the straw that broke the camels back.
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:08 PM
It doesn't surprise me with the trouble the city was giving them over parking. If you didn't know the park uses the parking lot of Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome which the city controls.

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.

Monday, September 12, 2005 9:27 PM
This is sad too see this is my home park astroworld you will be missed hopefully some houstoins wil come together to save this park why does everything have to become restate cant they just leave the park alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Personally i would rather have ceder point get torn down becuase at least that not in my area!
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:31 PM
Man, Six Flags is seriously in debt.
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:37 PM
yeah but with out this park housten amouts to ****!!!!!!
I guess now it will be time to move cuase a city with out a theme park is not a city at all and it just goes to show Six Flags care more about the money than the people and thats sick!!
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:50 PM
Send Myan Mindbender back to BOBLO!
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:55 PM
No, the city cared more about their interests vs the park and the park had no choice, a park cant operate with no place for their consumers to park their cars.
Monday, September 12, 2005 9:56 PM

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?

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:12 PM
Send all the coasters to SFDL! O:-)
Monday, September 12, 2005 10:23 PM
not to mention the park was landlocked and hard to expand. A city the size of Houston will need an amusement park eventually. I am sure the next one will be farther out where this is more room.
Monday, September 12, 2005 10:34 PM
Please... more comments from daniel2003. I'd think you'd be used to big attractions leaving Houston... [cough]Oilers[cough].

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.

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:37 PM
Now that Houston is minus one theme park, who do we think is going to capitalize on this opportunity?

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.

Monday, September 12, 2005 10:41 PM
/\ Like a GIANT shopping center or plaza? ;)

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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