Six Flags Upgrades Website (Dial-up Be Warned)

Friday, March 31, 2006 4:51 PM
http://www.sixflags.com

...and it also appears that the main page of all the individual parks has also received a similar upgrade. Looks really nice, (especially on the parks advertising a new attraction), very modern... just terrible for dial-up users. Hopefully they'll upgrade the rest of the pages soon too, or at least change the color. That red and the blue around the borders just don't go together so well.

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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:25 PM

Coaster Lover said:


...and it also appears that the main page of all the individual parks has also received a similar upgrade.


Yeah except for SFMM....

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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:39 PM
Astroworld is still on Pick-A-Park!
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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:43 PM
^ If you click on Astroworld, it brings up a Thank You page, and advertises the other parks in Texas. Smart move by Six Flags, it lets casual fans know that Astroworld is no more and that there other Six Flags options nearby. Would the old regime have had this foresight or would they have left the actual Astroworld page online?
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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:47 PM
Whats the big deal with all the Flash stuff? I've never really been a big fan of this design and this just adds more fluff without giving you too much more. Not worth it, but what do I know.
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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:47 PM
Dial-up... like people use that.

Also, the third of the flash screens on the main page says all Six Flags parks are going to be smoking-free for next year! Not even smoking areas. No smoking at all. I'm so excited.

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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:57 PM
Wow. I think Six Flags is starting to make some smart decisions. I mean I know Shapiro talked about some of the reforms, but the site and recent reports have proved that his word is taken into action. I hope I can say the same when I get to SFFT this year. Although, SFFT has always been a good park.
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Friday, March 31, 2006 6:38 PM
Wow, the "crawler" on the bottom of the SFGAdv page has about 20 different things they're advertising... takes a while just to sit through and watch them all. I do like the fun little phrases that some of those screens on the main pages say... like "Justice League is Getting a new HQ."
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Saturday, April 1, 2006 1:40 AM
It didn't seem that much worse than the old design (which was awful in its own right). It just looked like there were a lot of things trying to load at once, while nothing was actually making an attempt to load in the foreground. The .jpg files at the bottom seemed to be the main culprit slowing things down. Since they weren't multi-colored, they probably didn't need to be so large (or even .jpg files), and could've been optimized downward in size without losing quality.

Who still uses dial-up? People like me who don't have $500 a year to spend on Comcast or DSL and would rather spend the difference of $237 on other things. Sure it sucks, but that's what they're charging and I'm not paying it (sound familiar based on this years hot topic?).

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Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:03 AM
Interesting... very flashy, though. Some of it I like better, but part of me says it's a little "too" flashy.

Maybe i'll say something good once they add "twister" to the rides for SFDL... i've been waiting 4 years, and will always bring it up everytime the SF site is mentioned :P

// alan j

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Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:04 AM
ASP is SO 2000.
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Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:50 AM

SF Critic said:

Yeah except for SFMM....


SFMM, SFM SFNO(Obvious reasons) & LR. Thats all i really took the time to notice no upgrade to.

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Saturday, April 1, 2006 10:34 AM
Cool. I can actually view all the Six Flags parks and videos I want to at work without getting yelled at.

;-)

My new job offers discount tickets to all the SF parks, in addiction to both Busch parks, Dutch Wonderland and Hersheypark. They told me that viewing company-related links were encouraged. We also get discounts on almost every motel chain and every rental car place. HELLO!

-Tina

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Saturday, April 1, 2006 12:17 PM

ShaneDenmark said:
^ If you click on Astroworld, it brings up a Thank You page, and advertises the other parks in Texas. Smart move by Six Flags, it lets casual fans know that Astroworld is no more and that there other Six Flags options nearby. Would the old regime have had this foresight or would they have left the actual Astroworld page online?

This has been there since the park actually closed back in November.

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Saturday, April 1, 2006 7:22 PM
CP upgraded their website too...and it is also slow. It takes forever to load even when I am at work...
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Saturday, April 1, 2006 7:47 PM
What I love is how the Georgia parks are basically in South Carolina.
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Sunday, April 2, 2006 10:59 PM
I sat through to get to the 3rd flash screen, but didn't see anything about no smoking areas for 2007 (next year), and couldn't click anywhere for more info. This is the 45th anniversary year, & they have the smoking areas. I don't know how it's being handled elsewhere, but at SFGAdv the smoking sections seem so few, fenced in, and hidden behind buildings that I'm not sure why having those would be a problem for anyone, as long as the rules are enforced by Security, who don't seem to know where the areas are yet. Unless you have a Ph.D in Public Health or something.

While the main page has changed, GAdv site is still listing defunct rides like Chaos & Rodeo Stampede, and hasn't updated the map yet. I think I'd rather have an accurate ride listing and on-line map, getting the details right, before a new front page.

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Sunday, April 2, 2006 11:56 PM
Erinys, I guess it really varies from park to park. SFA's website, for example, is updated VERY often. They've uploaded a new 2006 park map twice in the past few months (one really early this year which reflects some of the paint jobs some of the rides received last year, and one new one just a week or so after it was announced Iron Eagle would be removed showing that change). The ride list was also updated just as quickly when the IE announcement came out (it really wasn't even an "official" announcement, it was revealed in just one newspaper article, buried deep in the article), they have also updated the ride list to reflect some of the name changes already. SFA's webpage is also constantly updating their shows/events page. My guess is that they have an individual for each park that does the website changes, and some parks just keep up with it all better than others.

As for the designated smoking areas, when I looked at some of the bigger park maps, I was shocked to see how few designated smoking areas there are. From what I could count on their respective park maps, SFGAdv only has 5 smoking areas, and SFOG has a measly 2... by comparison, SFA, a park about half the size of those other two parks, has a whopping 9 smoking areas spread out throughout the park, then again, SFA has a lot more space between their rides, and therefore has a lot more "spare" space to designate as a smoking area, so maybe that's just the difference...

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