Posted Monday, November 12, 2001 5:29 AM | Contributed by sfgamchick
Orlando parks aren't the only ones who felt an impact from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Six Flags says they lost millions as a direct result of the attacks. The Six Flags chief says however that security is a priority, and that they've been operating parks in urban areas for a long time.
Read more from The Daily Herald.
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Then howcome there was NO front gate security whatsoever on my second entry to SFoG shortly after 9/11?
As for the finances, looks like it's time to begin SF's second ride rotation program... Man, I hope we get SFoG's Viper here at SFA!
SFA 2002-What are they building?
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The National Anthem would then play, and the park would then open the gates. And then the park would play "The Carousel Song". Not sure if that is the official title or not, but its the one that goes like this: "See the carousel, spinning round and round there,...."
To my knowledge, this was a normal occurance every day the park opened starting back in 1976. But, I did notice that sometime last year or starting this year they quit doing it. In fact, they did not do it all this year. That all changed after 9/11 and the park went back to doing it again.
As far as attendance goes, I did not see any difference in the park crowd prior to 9/11 and after it. I did notice, that we did have some really nice weather on a few Saturdays in October, and the crowds were very heavy on those days. In fact the last day the park was open, (Sunday, Oct 28th) I would have to say that it was the most crowded closing day that I've been to in a long time (I've been closing that park now for the past 10 years).
Brian A. Plencner
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Just so everyone knows, if you read the article posted of Six Flags down attendance you will see that the village of Gurnee relies on SF's amusement tax. Let this be known that whatever Great America wants to construct they will get. Plain and simple. They have gotten their way since they opened in 1976 and they will get their way today. If you know about the "Welton" days, than you know that this park will always get what they want.
""An hour wait for a 2 minute thrill. Yes, we need our heads examined""
Just a thought.
Well, I'm glad to hear that they were playing it then before 9/11. Do you remember what time it was when they played it? I think my problem here is that when I arrive for opening, they open the park before 10 AM (like 9:30, or 9:45). In those cases, they would not play the National Anthem until 10 AM, and at that point, I was normally on a ride by then.
So, they probably did not stop playing it, just changed the time that they did.
In responce to chitown and what he had to say about the article, he is 100% correct. A good chunk of the money that comes into the Village of Gurnee comes via the Amusement tax payed by SFGAm. Now, it has changed in the past 2 or 3 years, but prior to that, SFGAm was the only business in Gurnee that had to pay that tax. Of course, when that tax was set up back in 1976, there was nothing else out in Gurnee to tax as far as amusements go (unless you count watching the grass grow as an amusement! :-) ) Recently, businesses out at Gurnee Mills mall now pay that tax as well (The movie theater, the ice rink, etc). But, SFGAm's part is still much more then the rest. So, the village is really going to give the park whatever they want, as long as the park follows all the proper rules for getting new attractins. (height variances, building permits, etc). There is to much money at risk as far as the village goes for them to say no.
Brian A. Plencner
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