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  • #21
    I've been to 17 Six Flags parks. SFMM is amongst the worst run, but as a whole they are terribly run (Six Flags Inc is 6 billion dollars in debt), have terible staff, and horrible operations. Some of the "better" run ones are SF Great America and SF Great Adventure. Georgia isn't terrible as well.

    But, I will take ANY Cedar Fair, Paramount, or Disney park over the best Six Flags park. And I would take one visit to Holiday World, Knoebels, Kennywood, or Cedar Point over 10 visits to every Six Flags operated park in the world!

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    • #22
      ^ I would MUCH rather visit SFOT, SFOG, SFFT or SFAW over Knott's. But, that's just my opinion.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by sir clinksalot
        ^ I would MUCH rather visit SFOT, SFOG, SFFT or SFAW over Knott's. But, that's just my opinion.
        I have only been to SFOG.. but since i was so young i dont remember it...

        I have never been to any other SF park.....

        I hope to revisit SFOG soon.... maybe next year...

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        • #24
          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..
          Actually, SFMW is one of the few bright spots in SF's attendance drought, one of the few parks that is actually turning a profit for them. Granted they don't own the park yet, but compare to SF's other parks, is doing pretty good and attendance continues to improve every year.

          If anything, I feel SF has improved the theme at SFMW. The park was already poorly themed when they moved to Vallejo, long before SF came into the picture. And other than the coasters, every single flat ride is whimsically themed to either a jungle or ocean theme, blends in perfectly with the slight jungle/ocean theme of the park and breaths new life into what was a park on the verge of closing down for good. It's no Disney by any stretch of the imagination, but compare to another certain "theme" park an hour away, which just slaps up cheap stripped down unthemed carnival rides, and would never ever consider adding large expensive world class coasters like SFMW does, SF is doing a pretty good job at SFMW IMO.

          After years of being behind the times, it's just nice to have a park in the Bay Area that brings the big thrills that other parks across the country have been adding for years. I agree the Redwood City park was much better themed, but for what it is, I for one sure am happy SF came to the rescue and saved SFMW from being just another shopping mall or condo complex.
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          • #25
            Six Flags Great America was one of my favs. Though more recently they've been paying no attention to theming and building roller coasters left and right. I used to live 20 min away, so it was a monthly (sometimes weekly) stop in the summers.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by jomo
              After years of being behind the times, it's just nice to have a park in the Bay Area that brings the big thrills that other parks across the country have been adding for years. I agree the Redwood City park was much better themed, but for what it is, I for one sure am happy SF came to the rescue and saved SFMW from being just another shopping mall or condo complex.
              Nah... The City of Vallejo would have kept the land part of the Fair Complex... Maybe turned it into a municipal or county run zoo or something... Which would have likely had it's own problems...

              If it is one thing they are not short of in that area it is housing or shopping...

              I still think it is trying to opporate a full scale thrill based theme park on a postage stamp piece of land... But the grander history of Marine World Africa USA behind the park could add to the marketing strategy...

              People remember that park... But it is a Kid's park... Not really a teen's park... The coasters just don't have the flair or originality, just cookie cutter offerings...

              There are so few parks around of that type in the Bay Area... Amusement parks that once were but are no more... Like Frontier Village, Santa's Village, and (long before them) Playland...

              At least the Circus Trees have been saved by Bonfaire Gardens... (What an unlikely place to have a theme park too...)

              Despite it all, I still love the SC Boardwalk... One of the last of the old fashion carosels where you can grab a brass ring and hit a target... And there is nothing more thrilling than the back seat of Giant Dipper on a hot day... It's a dying breed...
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              • #27
                Not too sure bout that, lakeside/freeway accessible property would be too valuable to leave as just a park/zoo. That was the problem with the pre-SF park, no one was returing and they were in the red every year. Like so many other places in the land locked Bay Area, if it did close, land is so much more lucratic as a strip mall or housing, so I couldn't see it continuing as just a money pit animal park for Vallejo.

                But I agree there are some serious space issues, which SF is trying to address before they make the final purchase of the park. Doesn't look too good for them though as the City seems to already have plans for the fairgrounds which doesn't include parking for SFMW. I also don't like the way all the coasters are all crammed up front, but I've heard it was necessary to keep the loudest rides as far away from the land animals as possible.

                I also miss Frontier Village (worked there during their last summer ), and also consider SCBB the best Bay Area park. Nothing else like it left on the West Coast, definitely a gem that I hope is around for another +80 years!
                "I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again..."- Bart Simpson

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by cellarhound
                  And that creepy dancing old dudes are not going to help make this turnstile click..
                  Must...resist...singing...and...dancing...

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                  • #29
                    And that creepy dancing old dudes are not going to help make this turnstile click..
                    Actually, the marketing campaign worked VERY well last year and attendance was up at alot of the parks, without adding new attractions. If it's still working this year is anybody's guess, but Mr. Six did get a coaster named after him.

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                    • #30
                      There's a Six Flags in Denver but don't remember the name of it???

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                      • #31
                        my family is going this weekend to the one in denver- its called Erliches or something like that.
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                        • #32
                          Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Denver - which is actually another park that moved from it's original location.
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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by CoasterMatt
                            Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Denver - which is actually another park that moved from it's original location.
                            Elitch's is so lame that I passed on buying season passes for only $49.

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                            • #34
                              It would be very interesting to create a system for judging all theme parks and test the various theme parks and post results and see how people react differently to each park...






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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by fkurucz
                                Elitch's is so lame that I passed on buying season passes for only $49.
                                now I feel much better about my family going without me!
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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by ah schucks
                                  It would be very interesting to create a system for judging all theme parks and test the various theme parks and post results and see how people react differently to each park...
                                  Well, there is http://www.coastercounter.com that allows you to post all of your coaster "Credits" and rank them. You can look at rankings of others on there as well. It's only on the Coaster level though, not on a park level.

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