Troubled Visionland headed for the auction block

Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2000 4:34 AM | Contributed by SyntaxError

Troubled Visionland may be auctioned off if it can't make arrangements to settle its debt. The park has been in turmoil since early this year when Cedar Fair backed out of a deal to manage the park.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 4:34 AM
What a shocker that Cedar Fair walked away from the place last year.

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Jeff
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 5:14 AM
Obviously CF saw something they didn't like, either in the deal or the operation itself.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 9:35 AM
A later story suggests the park is off the auction block, for now. But this doesn't bode well for the future - the hope was the park's management deal with Ogden (they run Jazzland) might save it from the scrap heap. I'd hate to think that this could be the end of Rampage - a truly astounding, world-reknowned coaster, that delivers thrills I have not experienced on any other ride.

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Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 11:09 AM
Well, I'm sure Six Flags would be willing to "destroy" it! :)

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Ride: Roller Coaster
I know its a roller coaster...what's the real name?
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 2:38 PM
Someone needs to save his park from what seems emminent closure.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 3:28 PM
well, ogden built visionland & jazzland but they both left them deeply in debt. ogden doesn't run jazzland, i belive "alpha smartpark" does. visionland is a nice park, my only problem is that rampage is far in the back, but it would be a good busch park, not six flags because w/ 6 flags it would only get worse, which is possible w/ 6 flags. *** This post was edited by duke on 11/22/2000. ***
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 9:07 PM
Why this bashing of Six Flags? Yes, they have been less then stellar with some parks, but they also know how to run other parks at a satisfactory level. Dont sell them short.

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Wednesday, November 22, 2000 10:20 PM
hey if it saves a great roller coaster than why would you people bash Six Flags? It's too bad some of you have to put down a company that has brought you some of the innovations you like Without Six Flags we may still be using pay-per-ride tickets. Since Six Flags is owned primarily by Premier, you may also have a problem with them. Why not take all the LIM's out of every park. Six Flags will bring bigger and better rides, and I for one am not against bigger and better.
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Thursday, November 23, 2000 7:28 AM
Six Flags isn't owned by Premier. Premier Parks is officially named "Six Flags, Inc.," ticker symbol PKS. They are not related in any fashion to Premier Rides, which is a totally separate company.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com *** This post was edited by Jeff on 11/25/2000. ***
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Thursday, November 23, 2000 9:28 AM
I think that Visionland needs to use some vision and get their butt to work. The addition of some rides over the past couple of years would have done them some good. You can only do so much with one coaster and a small selection of flat rides.
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Thursday, November 23, 2000 11:27 AM
The question here is can it be made a viable operation considering the amount of debt that has to be serviced? Quite frankly I don't think so. It's probably the main reason CF backed out of the management deal. Whoever is holding the paper on Visionland is probably looking at all their options. Liquidation is definitely a possibilty, although they would get only get pennies on the dollar.
Ogden is entirely out of the park biz. Alpha-Alpha now owns all of Ogden's former parks.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 2:07 AM
I thought I read it in the news that Premier Parks offically changed its name to Six Flags Inc.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 6:18 AM
They did... I mis-typed.

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Jeff
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 2:31 PM
The pay-one-price concept was not Six Flags, I know many small parks, such as Santa Claus Land, had been doing pop as early as 1955.
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 3:30 PM
Hey I'd rather see six flags come in and um, well, "fix up" a park than see it close for good!
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Saturday, November 25, 2000 3:32 PM
Actually the first proponent of pay-one-price in the USA was Pacific Ocean Park in Ocean Park,CA. It was the old Ocean Park amusement pier that was rebuilt shrtly after the opening of Disneyland. It was a fairly successful operation other than the fact they did not charge enough at the gate. It didn't take too long before the debts and defered maintainance caught up with it and the park was history.
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Sunday, November 26, 2000 7:26 AM
I would really hate to see another park bite the dust.
IMHO any park chain could save it by adding an SLC and a freefall attraction with a little more advertising.
Sure it'll take some time and cash but in time it should end up paying for itself.
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Monday, November 27, 2000 5:57 AM
i admit six flags runs a park in a very awful fashion.
but the know how to get paying customers in the gate and that is what they need and soon.
besides there is no better deal than a six flags season pass. i for one have not been to visionland but i would be more likely to visit if i had a season pass from a larger chain that would be honored there. getting to alabama to boston is pain but add a few more good coasers and i would always find a way. although i have heard that rampage is worth the trip alone
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Monday, November 27, 2000 1:32 PM
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