Six Flags problems

seascape

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Six Flags is having problems. Their attendance only grew 2% in 2019 while Cedar Fair grew 5%. Why did this happen? Six Flags has great locations and should be doing much better. I believe their problem is their blind view that all they have to do is add a ride each year to each park and keep their costs down. As a result of this view, they have eliminated shows and the small things that make visiting their parks special. It is the little things that matter and all they are doing is looking at physical rides. Great Adventure has theaters that sit empty most of the time. A horrible use of space that could be used to draw a bigger audience. They also eliminated the lake side grandstand that used to be used for a water show. Again a atupid thing they did because there is a huge population they could draw if they would only go after it. I hope their new management take a full look at what Dollywood and Silver Dollar City are doing. Rides are one thing but not what make themeparks special.
 

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InnKpr

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they have eliminated shows and the small things that make visiting their parks special. It is the little things that matter and all they are doing is looking at physical rides. Great Adventure has theaters that sit empty most of the time. A horrible use of space that could be used to draw a bigger audience. They also eliminated the lake side grandstand that used to be used for a water show. Again a atupid thing they did because there is a huge population they could draw if they would only go after it.
I'm only familiar with the closest Six Flags to me (Six Flags Over Georgia), and can kinda sorta see this trend unfortunately with stepping away from shows. One of their two large theaters for stage productions (The Drive-In/Oldies theater) was demolished years ago in favor of a new coaster, leaving only the Crystal Pistol as their sole remaining indoor theater.

Though if there is one thing the Six Flags brand still does right, and dare I say better than most other park chains... it's HALLOWEEN stage shows. More specifically, "Dr. Fright's Dead Man's Party", which has been a running tradition for decades at the Georgia SF, and I believe a handful of others. I can't tell you how many times I've seen this over Octobers past, but it is always a must-do if I visit during the Halloween season. Just a heck of a lotta fun.

Another good Halloween musical show we used to have, but sadly is no longer at the Georgia park, was "Love At First Fright", which was a musical-comedy. It's still a running favorite at the SF closest to the Chicago area.

Both of these shows (especially Dr. Fright's DMP) I would rank better than even the Beetlejuice Graveyard Review that Uni had. Uni may be king with Halloween scare zones, but SF still is top-dog (imo) for Halloween shows.. and that's probably the only category they lead the pack in.
 

celluloid

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Cedar Fair has tried very hard to theme their parks with quality rides, events and work on Guest Service. Between Knotts, Cedar Point(which is moving towards themed entertainment over just thrills) and Carowinds they are top dog in regional parks.
 
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