Six Flags America is my home park so I am usually obligated to go once a year. Having been to the parks around it (Hershey, King's Dominion, Busch Gardens Europe), as well as Cedar Point, the place is a real mess. On weekdays and days where the park is not busy, the maintenance staff will just close down half of the rides and there will be no one trying to fix them. Batwing, a great flying coaster, is usually only open for 1-2 hours a day. Last summer, they even tried to charge 25 cents for small cups of water before people said they would file suit. And also, on RoS, one of their only rides that usually runs and their biggest ride (along with the two woodies), they only have 1 TRAIN running (and there is no other train out on a side track or anything). For all of its good rides, this park is a miserable failure in all that it does.
And also, when I walk in there they just take a look into the backpack. If you have a towel in there it would be easy to hide anything under the towel. And they don't even care about the metal detector.
This has been the year that I haven't been as interested in going. I went once opening weekend, and haven't been back. I would like to try out the new slide, but there's another part of me that just doesn't feel like going.
The park is only 45-50 minutes from home, but with gas prices shooting through the roof, and my position being eliminated at the end of next week, I think I'm more likely to want to save that money.
I think a large part of that goes back to that Sunday I was there this year. Dispatches were taking far too long, and the one-train operation of S:ROS combined with slow loading and the cheerleaders from the competition line-jumping weren't improving my mood either.
SFA needs help in the worst way, and yet it continues to be the park actually labeled as a Six Flags that has been neglected the most in some respects. There is so much potential that just gets wasted. I'm not sure what you do with some of the employees. Pull out a cattle-prod?
Your employees are everything, and if you can't get decent employees, then having great rides doesn't make up for it. So what would I do?
This may sound very controversial, but moving the park out of the area just might just be the only solution. I would only take the rides which have been consistent performers and leave the rest for someone else to deal with.
I think the big problem is that SFA may just be the most loathed park of all time here at Cbuzz but every other report seems to mention that the place is always packed, which would also explain why the place hasn't gotten a new coaster in so long.
I dunno, maybe it's just perception and the park always seems packed because they handle crowds poorly, too.