I thought it somewhat interesting, especially the part about Six Flags spending $130 million on new attractions despite a recent slump, then using "Top Thrill Dragster" at their "Cedar Point" park as an example (hee hee).
The article also mentions EPCOT's "Mission: Space" and the video shows footage of various coasters & attractions from around the country.
Will Theme Parks bounce back from the post 9/11 slump? What do you think? (My guess is yes...)
I think that the small parks are going to again have a stellar year. It is a combination of things, and I don't think domestic travel is as big a factor as it is made out to be. Fuel costs are a bit of a factor, but they are steadily going down now. The real factor is that people's attitudes have changed. People are into nestogia right now, and those small parks offer that, as well as a better price, better customer service, and a more family friendly atmosphere. The big parks will make some gains over last year, but if they do not start paying attention to things like customer service, they are going to continue to lose family appeal, which is the bread and butter of the industry.
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