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.
------------- Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
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. ***
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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