> I am a little disappointed by the fact that SFOT has been purchased by Premier
>Parks and Six Flags hasn't tried to shell out more "dough" to get a contract for
>their "Flagship" park.
I suspect that they envisioned another long hassle, going right down
to the wire and finally signing on December 31st, as happened last
year in Georgia. I think it came as a shock to SFTP Inc. that they
actually lost SFOT. Perhaps it's something of the independent and
rebellious Texas spirit that SFTP Inc hadn't counted on. :-)
>Six Flags Over Texas, the first Six Flags park. I mean,
>Six Flags Over Georgia, and Six Flags St. Louis, the other two originals, are still
>in the chain.
That's true, although the owners of SFOG probably would have left last
year if they'd felt they had a viable alternative. They also went
through a long and probably unpleasant negotiation with SFTP Inc.
before signing at the last minute. Apparently SFTP felt they had the
owners of the park over a barrel, and was doing the same kind of
negotiating here with the owners of SFOT.
>From what I've heard on the newsgroups about Riverside: The Great
>Escape, Premier Parks isn't exactly the greatest management. I've been to Frontier
>City in Oklahoma City. It's a nice small theme park, but the guest services there
>is nowhere near as good as Six Flags.
Good management involves more than just "guest services". It also
involves good (while non-Gestapo-like) security, efficient management
of parking lots, proper selection and pricing of food and drink and
souvenir items, maintaining the "feel" and themeing of the park, good
groundskeeping and overall maintenance, investment in new attractions
and other improvements, and much more.
>As a former employee and a guest of Six
>Flags Over Texas, I have always heard about how much better guest services from
>Disney is (yes, I believe it.)
Yes, you should... it's certainly true.
>But I'm telling you IMHO, Six Flags has better
>guest services than Premier Parks (from what I've heard with R:TGE and Frontier
I don't think it's totally fair to expect services at much smaller
parks to be the equal of those at much larger parks. SFOT, which will
be the new flagship of Premier, ought to have substantially better
quality than at the smaller parks.
> And another thing, I hope that PP doesn't install a Vekoma SLC there. And if
>they do, I hope it is an ORIGINAL design. Sure Six Flags had Batman: The Ride and
>all except one were the same, but at least B&M had different designs. Basically,
>if you ride one Vekoma SLC, you've ridden them all. The end.
Sure. But the Flashback at SFOT (a Vekoma Boomerang) is a
cookie-cutter ride (there are more than 30 of them worldwide, I think)
and it's still an excellent ride. Good rides don't all have to be
> I also hope that Six Flags Theme Parks finds a way (a loop hole of sorts) to at
>least have a joint ownershilp again of SFOT. PLEASE!!!!
Actually, I'll be glad to see them gone. I think that some of their
quite shocking unresponsiveness and behavior I've seen from them
during the last six to eight months (particularly given my role as
maintaining the Mr. Freeze Web site) are inexcusable. I think the new
management will be probably a considerable [opportunity at least for]
improvement. I'm actually afraid that the new management company will
keep too much of the deadwood, thus continuing some of the bad
policies that the park has already been running under.
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