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Postby HCF on June 5th, 2024, 9:16 pm
Anyone hear rumblings of an ERT event happening this Thursday? I can't find any mention of it on the app or website but I keep hearing talk of one
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Postby Goku1910 on June 5th, 2024, 9:38 pm
HCF wrote:Anyone hear rumblings of an ERT event happening this Thursday? I can't find any mention of it on the app or website but I keep hearing talk of one


See my reply in the Sky Striker thread here.
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Postby Sven18 on June 6th, 2024, 11:16 am
JackGlass wrote:
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JackGlass wrote:I have a feeling Cedar Fair will eventually fix the American Eagle. Once Zimmerman becomes CEO, I think the focus will be more on Beautification, upkeep and adding marketable attractions.
But part of Salims strategy has been beautification plus more benches and shade.


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True! I just think Cedar Fair does a better job at it. lol


Selim talked a big game about improving parks and just like everything with him, it's just talk. Cedar Fair has proven over the last decade they can do the "premiumization" that Spanos and then Selim talked about. They have spent massively on new themed areas, better theming of rides with story lines in some cases, higher quality/high capacity restaurants, remodeled essentially all their resorts/hotels and built a new one at Carowinds. Canada's Wonderland hotel project permits have been rekindled, after the Covid delay, expect that within the next couple of years.
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Postby JackGlass on June 6th, 2024, 10:06 pm
This being the perfect example. Six Flags removes Revolution and slaps down some asphalt and a half assed shade structure. Cedar Fair would rip that asphalt out. install nice pavers, a nice dining area and beautify the entire area. They just go the extra mile
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Postby BCarroll on June 9th, 2024, 10:01 pm
Not to mention, seemingly half the park was a construction site opening weekend, and still is? Six Flags is apathetic in trying to actually improve their parks. If they cared, they would have made the old Revolution plot look stunning. No asphalt, no vinyl signs over 1/3 of the games gallery, no chipped paint, etc. That area essentially looks like a parking lot. It looks trashy.

A family friend just got back from Hersheypark and noted how clean and beautiful everything looked, especially at the front gate. Then, she proceeded to comment on how it makes Great America look like fairgrounds. Trust me when I say that the general public takes notice. But, at the end of the day, people will still come and put money into Six Flags' pockets regardless. The $1.30 surcharge seems to be a hot debate, but I get why they have it. The issue is, is there anything even worth buying in terms of food/merchandise that warrants a surcharge? Or, treat it like a tax and put every cent from that surcharge into buying something like pavers for new areas. Maybe if our locals would see the likes of a Kings Island, Hershey, Cedar Point, perceptions would change.

Im glad to see that the park is seeing crowds early on. On my second of two visits, the park was packed. Nonetheless, walking around and seeing the atrocious nature of the park, I have no desire to come back this season. There is nothing cohesive in our park anymore. A T-Mobile-esque pink shade structure and a Chicago sports bar in the Southwest? That's realistic. Bare steel showing all over the Bull, the park's signature attraction? Nice touch. My children were young when Camp Cartoon was first opened and the aura it was was mesmerizing for a kid. I wonder what my daughters would think if they saw it now? I sure hope NOLA is nothing like the park's current take on Mardi Gras. I'm also glad the Speedy Parking tolls are smoothly working in full effect. Hey, at least Viper is running great.I got my rides on my timeless favorites, but the 4 hour drive to KI or CP is almost worth it to go often, knowing the poor experience a 15 minute drive gets me.

Now that I got all that out, I hope Sky Striker and the park's new entrance is a glimmer of hope, but I am not betting the mortgage.
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Postby Blue_Toad_Coasters on June 10th, 2024, 7:16 pm
BCarroll wrote:A family friend just got back from Hersheypark and noted how clean and beautiful everything looked, especially at the front gate. Then, she proceeded to comment on how it makes Great America look like fairgrounds. Trust me when I say that the general public takes notice. But, at the end of the day, people will still come and put money into Six Flags' pockets regardless. The $1.30 surcharge seems to be a hot debate, but I get why they have it. The issue is, is there anything even worth buying in terms of food/merchandise that warrants a surcharge? Or, treat it like a tax and put every cent from that surcharge into buying something like pavers for new areas. Maybe if our locals would see the likes of a Kings Island, Hershey, Cedar Point, perceptions would change.

Im glad to see that the park is seeing crowds early on. On my second of two visits, the park was packed. Nonetheless, walking around and seeing the atrocious nature of the park, I have no desire to come back this season. There is nothing cohesive in our park anymore. A T-Mobile-esque pink shade structure and a Chicago sports bar in the Southwest? That's realistic. Bare steel showing all over the Bull, the park's signature attraction? Nice touch. My children were young when Camp Cartoon was first opened and the aura it was was mesmerizing for a kid. I wonder what my daughters would think if they saw it now? I sure hope NOLA is nothing like the park's current take on Mardi Gras. I'm also glad the Speedy Parking tolls are smoothly working in full effect. Hey, at least Viper is running great.I got my rides on my timeless favorites, but the 4 hour drive to KI or CP is almost worth it to go often, knowing the poor experience a 15 minute drive gets me.

Now that I got all that out, I hope Sky Striker and the park's new entrance is a glimmer of hope, but I am not betting the mortgage.


I didn’t mind the surcharge when it was $0.99 but now it’s just ridiculous. Even worse, the discount rates for both season passes have been lowered so when I bought the cool Demon magnet from the Flags shop (which is looking to be the only thing I buy this year) the discount barely covered the surcharge, and that was when the surcharge was only $0.99! Even if the discount that was listed when I bought the season pass last year is still applied when I buy things (which I doubt) the problem is still there!

I do however think that the crowds are there only because of how populated the Chicago metropolitan area is and there isn’t any other park on SFGAm’s scale in the state. Plus, I think that the GP are too lazy to do research to find better parks. I bet if more people knew about the quality of Cedar Point or heck, even Holiday World’s free parking and free soft drinks thing, more people would make a trip in a heartbeat.

I’m glad you bring up Cedar Point though since I am visiting this July for the first time. It is easily looking to be the best theme park I have ever been to or at least just as good as Disney World. Somebody shared a picture of GateKeeper’s entrance and I was shocked at how nice it looked compared to Great America’s entrances for their coasters. I would visit more often but I honestly cannot see myself making the 5-hour drive more than one time a year. I’m only doing it this year twice since I’ve had the chances. I went to MOA in January and now I have the chance to visit CP with a lot of family, so I am seizing the opportunity.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on June 11th, 2024, 9:25 am
What's the surcharge you guys are talking about?
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Postby Blue_Toad_Coasters on June 11th, 2024, 10:31 am
CoasterRiderSC wrote:What's the surcharge you guys are talking about?


On all food and merchandise sales this year, there is a $1.30 surcharge due to “increased labor & supply costs.” The surcharge was originally $0.99 but after a couple months, the surcharge was raised. On top of that, all prices on food and merchandise have been increased by 10 percent.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on June 12th, 2024, 10:54 pm
Wouldn't it be better for Six Flags to just raise the prices and ditch the surcharge?
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Postby Goku1910 on June 14th, 2024, 7:34 am
CoasterRiderSC wrote:Wouldn't it be better for Six Flags to just raise the prices and ditch the surcharge?


I'm not in the "All corporations are pure evil" camp, but why not both? They already did.....

This BS Surcharge is the result of multiple factors, none of which I really want to get into. Some are internal SF issues, others are external.
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