Tony Hawk at SFStL for 2007!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:51 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Swoosh - Considering how fun the ride is I just find it hard to believe that anyone who's already ridden Spinning Dragons is going skip Big Spin when they visit SFStL.

And a Boomerang does suck when compared to Mr. Freeze. Not sure how that's relevant.

*** Edited 2/14/2007 3:53:02 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:57 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Even with Patriot and Mamba, I would guess most "locals" would pick SFStL over WoF if distance wasn't a factor and they couldn't do both. So in that regard, SF doesn't need anything to draw the WoF crowd away, so copying their ride isn't going to hurt. However, I do think WoF needs to worry more about out-doing SFStL. The Boomerang makes me roll my eyes, especially considering what used to be in its place.

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:17 PM
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DWeaver said:Run better parks with better customer service and better food. *That's* the dead horse lying right their in the middle of the road!

I saw him trying to get up, DWeaver...I'll swear to it! ;)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:23 AM
The reason they added the Boomerang in the first place was the fill the hole left by Orient Express as a "quick fix". It was added the season after OE had its derailment and WOF found themselves with only 2 major coasters for the end of the season. Originally it was said they were supposed to add a mouse much like the one at VF for the 2000 season, but when OE went down they realized they needed a "major" coaster just in case it happened again.

Moosh, IF I got to SFStL this year I will ride it. The park has just really pissed me off the last few years and I don't even know if I'll waste my time with it this year.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:25 AM
Mamoosh's avatar And that's Six Flags' problem across the boards: how to bring back customers after years of pissing them off? But those who do go to SFStL and ride Big Spin will most likely really enjoy it.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:10 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar And they might even think, "Now that they have this awesome spinning ride, we don't need to go back to Worlds of Fun, since Batman is better than Patriot, Freeze is better than Boomerang, the old wooden coasters are better than that Timber Wolf, and Mamba is a bore (unless you're Moosh and Bass)" ;)

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:22 PM
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Swoosh said:
I know I am beating a dead horse here, but how quickly we forget that this is Missouri and most people do visit all of the parks in the same season here in this state.

Does anyone have a good estimate for what SFStl's annual attendance is? Because I kinda find this hard to believe.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:15 PM

Acoustic Viscosity said:
Even with Patriot and Mamba, I would guess most "locals" would pick SFStL over WoF if distance wasn't a factor and they couldn't do both. So in that regard, SF doesn't need anything to draw the WoF crowd away, so copying their ride isn't going to hurt. However, I do think WoF needs to worry more about out-doing SFStL. The Boomerang makes me roll my eyes, especially considering what used to be in its place.

I think that somewhat depends on who it is. As the parks go I think WOF is actually a better park and I think it's SFStL who is actually playing catch-up. I see this evidence by the last two additions that they added, were copies of rides that WOF already had. I think SFStL used to be better, and I think it's rep has carried on pretty well. I still do agree that most local families would choose SFStL over WOF, but I think the bigger selling point would be the free waterpark. I think Patriot is better than Batman(definately a lot smoother, and has better transitions from differnet elements) and to me both Mr. Freeze and Boomerang can be a wash because I think both are pretty bad as they both had restraint issues that cause insta-headache. Timberwolf is about the same as Screaming Eagle, when TW has it's good days anyway, however the Boss is much better, but honestly Mamba is probably the best coaster between the two parks.

With that said I honestly think both WOF and SFStL are too worried about each other and not worried enough about SDC as neither has taken big leaps in the past few years, the only major addition in recent years is the Patriot and while different from Batman, it's still not unique, and SFStL redid the kiddie area, which was badly needed, but still can't hold a candle to the Grand Expo @ SDC. So as everyone has already said it comes down to how to who runs a park better.


Tj Wasser
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:05 PM
^No, both parks have already defaulted that they cannot be first in the state of MO -- now it is an all-out competition for "2nd best" in the state. Pretty sad really.

I find it amazing that SDC can continually draw over 1 million every year and WOF and SFStL cannot. Of course like many have said, a lot deals with the package that you are selling. Better food, environment, and staff goes a long way with people. Why else would I have made 30+ trips to a park that is 5 hours away from my house last year? I made 3 to SFStL and 23 to WoF, though 10 of those trips to WOF were during Halloweekends.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:24 PM
matt.'s avatar SFStl really doesn't pull more than a million visitors a year? That's amazing.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:36 PM
Six Flags St. Louis had close to 1.3 million in 2006, it's attendance usually has been closer to 1.5 for the last 10 years or so (the park did get 2 mil. or so when H.H. opened in 1999).

The attendance at SFSL is always higher than WOF, even if they are in the same (general) size of a market and the park are silimar in size.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:44 PM
matt.'s avatar Which is why I don't at all believe -


Swoosh said:
I know I am beating a dead horse here, but how quickly we forget that this is Missouri and most people do visit all of the parks in the same season here in this state.

If SFStL really does 1.3 mill a year that means that the majority, or more than 650,000 attendees at SFStL a year also visit WoF.

From googling it looks like WoF does around 800,000 a year which would mean that more than 80% of people at a given day at WoF are visiting SFStL in the same season. I just can't believe it's even close to that, and that's not even taking into consideration SDC.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:42 PM
Mamoosh's avatar On the previous page Swoosh said:

I find it amazing that SDC can continually draw over 1 million every year and WOF and SFStL cannot. Of course like many have said, a lot deals with the package that you are selling. Better food, environment, and staff goes a long way with people. Why else would I have made 30+ trips to a park that is 5 hours away from my house last year? I made 3 to SFStL and 23 to WoF, though 10 of those trips to WOF were during Halloweekends.

It has less to do with deals, food, and enviroment and more to do with the fact that Branson ranks #1 in US tourism. I'm surprised SDC doesn't draw more!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:30 PM
Trying to get the exact numbers. Marketing did not know if they could release the numbers or not and was checking for me -- SDC
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:10 PM
well i cant wait to ride this ride. i just hope its better then ragin' cajun at SFgam.

There are two types of people in the world. People who like coasters and idiots.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:11 PM
Totally different ride experience. You really cannot compare the two.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007 12:39 AM
"I find it amazing that SDC can continually draw over 1 million every year and WOF and SFStL cannot. Of course like many have said, a lot deals with the package that you are selling. Better food, environment, and staff goes a long way with people. Why else would I have made 30+ trips to a park that is 5 hours away from my house last year? I made 3 to SFStL and 23 to WoF, though 10 of those trips to WOF were during Halloweekends"

I would hope SDC gets over 1 million visitors a year. There open what almost year round?
For figures on SFSTL's past attendance levels, click here
http://www.sfstl.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=38

Also comparing SDC to SFSTL unfortunately since 1998 is like comparing apples and oranges. Ones a theme park and ones an amusement park.

Oh Swoosh one last thing, if you don't like the park don't go. *** Edited 2/15/2007 5:39:50 AM UTC by Bossstl***


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Thursday, February 15, 2007 7:35 AM
matt.'s avatar ^From the sounds of it he doesn't.
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Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:27 AM
^^Come on, it is not like I make it a secret that I don't like SFStL -- you of all people should remember the photo updates that I and SFOldSchool have done on the park.

When they start taking CARE of their park, then I will "like" it. I just remember what it used to be and it is a mere shadow of that now. I don't understand how you being a fanboy can stand to watch your park fall apart. I know you work there and have been backstage like I have and seen first hand how bad the facades are getting. Peeling paint everywhere -- half*** repaint jobs -- to make a new ride look good. Please, I think they have given enough ammo.

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Monday, February 19, 2007 9:32 PM
Got official attendance numbers from HFEC on the Branson properties for 2007:

Silver Dollar City's 2006 attendance was 2.07 million.Celebration City had 331,000 and White Water had 250,000.
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