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  • Are the other Six Flags as bad as LA?

    Question: Do people who have been to other Six Flags parks across the US of A...are the other parks as trashed and poorly themed as the LA version?







  • #2
    Great America is pretty bad. Wait, I'm not sure, are they 6 flags? I don't know...

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    • #3
      SF Marine World was nice when it had first opened as Six Flags Marine World, however, in recent years the "quality of people" has deteriorated and service levels of the employees there have been less than stellar.

      We just don't go there anymore.
      ...it's been a long time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gemini Cricket
        Great America is pretty bad. Wait, I'm not sure, are they 6 flags? I don't know...
        Silly GC , Great America is Paramount's Great America.

        But yes, you are right, it's pretty bad as well.
        ...it's been a long time.

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        • #5
          I went to Marine World a couple days ago. The clientelle are mostly teens. The park was looking okay. Not great but clean. The kiddie area needs a lot of help though.

          And they must have taken a page from DL's book of food services. Most places were closed and those that were open were waay understaffed.

          But a season pass is only $59!!
          -AmandasDad

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AmandasDad
            I went to Marine World a couple days ago. The clientelle are mostly teens. The park was looking okay. Not great but clean. The kiddie area needs a lot of help though.

            And they must have taken a page from DL's book of food services. Most places were closed and those that were open were waay understaffed.

            But a season pass is only $59!!


            Marine Worlds food has always sucked. We always ate off property not to mention the fact they don't allow straws in the park and I can't drink soda without a straw! :o

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Disguy
              Marine Worlds food has always sucked. We always ate off property not to mention the fact they don't allow straws in the park and I can't drink soda without a straw! :o
              Actually that's not quite accurate, they do allow straws, those funky crazy twisted ones that are harder for the animals to eat and that they can stiff you for another 30 cents or more (I haven't bought one this season yet) but I always carry regular straws IN with me in my bag! As for the food sucking, no arguments there...they have had a few places that served decent meals but they never are consistant The park has a new GM as of just a few weeks and he's following the path of the former GM Joe Meck in turning the park around both in guest service and cleanliness....it was one of his first 'comments' at their "state of the park" meeting.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by HiddenMickey
                Silly GC , Great America is Paramount's Great America.

                But yes, you are right, it's pretty bad as well.
                Actually, there are TWO Great America's... Paramount runs one in the San Jose area, and Six Flags operates another one in Gurnee, Illinois.

                Of course, the only thing the really have in common are the name, and that they are both Amusement Parks.

                http://www.sixflags.com/parks/greatamerica/index.asp

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                • #9
                  I stopped going to Magic Mountain about 4 years ago...that place is baaad.

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                  • #10
                    I have been to the following SF parks:

                    Six Flags Magic Mountain
                    Six Flags Marine World (Vallejo)
                    Six Flags Over Texas (Dallas)
                    Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)
                    Six Flags Astroworld (Houston)
                    Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta)

                    I think that SFOT and SFOG are the top 2 Six Flags parks when you factor in everything: ride quality, operations quality, staff friendliness and clientelle. SFFT is certainly the most beautiful Six Flags park and rivals the Busch parks in terms of theming, but there aren't as many rides there.

                    Magic Mountain, IMO, is the worst of the Six Flags parks I have been to. Unfortunately it's the park I have been to most.

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                    • #11
                      I have only been to the one in New Jersey. it's OK.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Darkbeer
                        Actually, there are TWO Great America's
                        I should have clairified that. Since GC and I live in the Nor Cal area I was taking it for granted about Great America (Santa Clara) in our neck of the woods.

                        Total my bad :monkey: TY DB.
                        ...it's been a long time.

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                        • #13
                          I've been to the Dallas and San Antonio SF parks. Both are pretty good - but light-years behind any Disney park. I'd give the San Antonio park the edge, though, because for one admission price, you get to use their water park (open seasonally) enclosed with the park.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Darkbeer
                            Actually, there are TWO Great America's... Paramount runs one in the San Jose area, and Six Flags operates another one in Gurnee, Illinois.

                            Of course, the only thing the really have in common are the name, and that they are both Amusement Parks.

                            http://www.sixflags.com/parks/greatamerica/index.asp

                            http://www.pgathrills.com/
                            Another thing they have in common is that they used to be owned by one and the same company, of which I forgot it's name ( Marriot or something? ), before being sold off to both giants.

                            Anyway, Six Flags is definitely not one of my favorite park chains. However, I think it's very unfair to judge them on theming. I know this is a Disney forum with many Disneyland fans, but seriously, not every amusement park has to be themed. Oh, and the new area around Kingda Ka @ Sux Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, does look cool!

                            In my life I've visited 6 SF parks over the years, two in Europe ( which have now fortunately been sold off to someone else again, including my home park ), and 4 in the US. I hope SFMM will be my 7th, and I'm really looking forward to my visit. I'm not expecting a great park, but considering all the comments around here, I think that's being a bit harsh. But who knows, maybe in a month's time I'll be here saying sorry about what I just said
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                            • #15
                              Yes, it was Marriot's Great America way back when.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by sir clinksalot
                                Yes, it was Marriot's Great America way back when.
                                It was a much better park IMO when it was Marriot's Great America. It didn't seem to be as commercialized as now. It still doesn't hold a candle to our beloved tho.
                                ...it's been a long time.

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                                • #17
                                  I agree, Great America was such a better park under Marriott, Paramount has pretty much destroyed what used to be a really nicely themed and landscaped park. Now the Illinois park run by SF, hands down one of the best and most amazing regional theme parks in the country!

                                  Been to almost all the SF parks in the US, mixed bag, but SFMM is definitely one of the more run down and neglected parks in the chain. SF seems to think that just throwing in a new coaster every other year is all the park needs. Sad to see how run down the park looks now and how many rides classic rides stand inopperable. I've yet to see the same at other SF parks, SFMM seems to be the only park with major attractions permanently closed for no apparent reason other than the funds to rehab the rides(doubt the Sky Tower, Monorail and Flashback will ever run again).
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ah schucks
                                    Question: Do people who have been to other Six Flags parks across the US of A...are the other parks as trashed and poorly themed as the LA version?

                                    Ahhh beleive it or not I was The security supervisor for their Concord water park for 2 years.....yes it is that bad and sometimes worse at the smaller parks...alot of gang style activity...theft etc I left the company because they discrminate like crazy and would support my manager as he would fire my african american guards and attempt to harrass me because of 1) I was a woman and 2) a lesbian...but that is another story all in itself and I could spend an entire day blasting my former employer
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                                    • #19
                                      Alright... My take on the Marine World thing...

                                      It was a great park when it was a privately held park in Redwood City, this was back in the 70's... It even had waterslides before they became a popular second gate addition down in So. Cal... I mean, what Marine World was trying to do was pretty innovative for the time...

                                      Then they lost their lease with the City...

                                      That was when the excrement hit the air conditioning...

                                      Now there is very little theming or imagination to what essencially was a terrific animal park... The roller coasters sort of invaded the space which always needed a better lay out... To tell you how bad the newer park layout was themed: The land is devided into color zones...

                                      Fortunately my sources say that they are looking at re-marketing the park... They built a million dollar dolphin encounter exhibit instead of a new coaster...

                                      It may be too little too late... I think the park needs to rekindle the magic it had way back in the Redwood City days... When the park was about animals...

                                      But animal rights groups in the Bay Area have been hammering the park... The public really doesn't understand what Marine World has to do with the Six Flags brand... And there has been mass identity crisis with the park for years...

                                      I am hoping it will get better... But the folks down in Texas who own the property, need a clue about how to run an animal theme park... And that creepy dancing old dudes are not going to help make this turnstile click..
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by HiddenMickey
                                        I should have clairified that. Since GC and I live in the Nor Cal area I was taking it for granted about Great America (Santa Clara) in our neck of the woods.
                                        I don't know much about non-Disney parks. I've never paid much attention to them. I hear they're out there, though. :monkey:

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