Oh come on, who could forget M:TR? I guess it's time to unveil M:TR 2!
M:TR 2 - now with great balls of fire!
Haikus are even more fun
Offseason soon gone
*** Edited 5/1/2008 8:55:53 PM UTC by ApolloAndy***
My first visit to Six Flags Great America this past Saturday really wasn't that costly. I was very impressed with the amount and low price of new merchendise. The selection of food offering also was better. All of this resulting in increased spending by all five of us. 4 new sweatshirts @ $24.99, 3 new mugs around $9.00 each. Johnny Rockets $14.99 x 5. Great new candy items $25. Now I'm not including any of the discounts offered. We sumed it up this way, "The money will go towards 2009's replacement of Vu and Splashwater Falls." In the end we left happy and the parks pockets received what will be lot's of spending based on current product trends. For the GP Great America is offering tons of discounts on admission. Let's keep in mind Disney builds what they do based on the profits turned every year. It look like Six flags is learning and hopefully soon will be in the black.
I disagree greatly with you. Six Flags is becoming the next Value City that is closing stores because they are losing money. They shouldn't under-value themselves, because when they start to raise them again, people are going to be really mad that it was only $29.99 at Six Flags Over Texas last year (Discount on the Internet.), but this year it's $50.99 with only a $5.00 discount. That is stupid discounting. Discounting like nuts is stupid.
However, I still think the parking is way too much. Admission, and season passes with these huge discounts are a horrible idea, and I think that some of the food, and parking are overpriced. If they are worried about getting more people into the park early in the season, try to have the new ride open right on opening day. Plan the delayed time ahead time.
Have the ride open like it would be month from opening day instead of right on opening day, and than they have to have open later on in the season.
Back to the topic on hand, Gonch said that it was hard to get the front row for these rides anyway. At Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags Over Texas (at least), they don't have groupers in the station. You can pick any row you want for most of the rides. The flash pass people come in a little right before the station for most of the rides. So, the flash pass people can get any row they chose along with the regular people.
This way you are having it be another incentive to get the front row. I don't really care about the front row, but this is like now you can ride the front row only if you get this pass. Otherwise, it's way too hard to do so. You also get hardly any line for this new ride. It's a double whammy to people that don't like the Flash Pass altogether.
I was thinking something about the Flash Pass system. Sure, pretend you hate the people that go in front of you. Let's pretend you don't even know the Flash Pass system exists. I'm on Mr. Freeze at Six Flags Over Texas. There are a lot of people using this Flash Pass because it's a long line most of the time.
It's only a 20 person train, and it only can be sent out one at a time. Of course, they have two trains, and so on. The point I want to make though is because of the Flash Pass everyone in the line that doesn't have the Flash Pass is waiting much longer. There was a herd of people going in line.
What the GP people might think is that this line is just too long along with some other rides. The amusement park is just so crowded. Instead of people thinking, we need a Flash Pass, they might think let's not come back here anymore. The lines are too long, and you only get a 2 minute ride, and it's just not worth it.
Yes, the park is making more money for the Flash Passes, but how much attendance are they losing for people not coming back because the lines are to long due to the Flash Pass being used. At Disney, with there system, the lines can be twice as long because people use the Fast Pass. However, people are getting that free, and eventually they will be rewarded by using that.
At Six Flags, only the people that use the Flash Pass who pay more money get rewarded. You are paying to wait in a lot of lines, and the longer they get, the worse the customer feels bored, and is more likely to not to come back.
Like I said in the VIP news article - these systems (Flash Pass, FastPass, whatever) have been around for 8 or 9 years now. They're not going anywhere and neither are the crowds. It's just the way it is.
You have to figure that those teenagers at the park don't really remember it being any other way at this point and it won't be long before those kids are the moms and dads taking their kids to the park.
Seriously, after almost a decade isn't it about time to accept that these systems are here to stay and that they haven't caused the sky to fall?
Lord Gonchar said:
Yes. It does count. :)
Then again my not going to those parks goes hand in hand with my not beyotching about them 24/7 on coaster message boards, I should have included that in the first statement. ;) (sorry Andy) *** Edited 5/8/2008 7:15:53 PM UTC by matt.***
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