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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by chittlins on April 29, 2017, 09:22:17 AM »
The thought of Kennywood coming under SF control scares me too... The chain has come a long way, but they are still cheapskates and I could certainly see them railroading any remaining historic charm to squeeze in more advertising, games, and cheap rides.

Fortunately it seems Magic Springs and FC are "safe". I use quotation marks mainly for Magic Springs, because who knows what the real plan is even now. I am glad they are pushing the park again. Perhaps this summer will show them what is worth truly investing in - depending on whether or not people show up and what they show up for.

If the goal is to use the gold passes to feed the larger parks, more parks than in the northeast will be needed. And geographically speaking, magic Springs is  good spot. Like I said not too close but in the middle of Arlington and St. Louis with with Atlanta and San Antonio still doable. I imagine this would be to increase the near give away price of Gold Passes  and get them up to close to 100 dollars in instead of 55 to 65 dollars ( yes, darn cheap) they promo them for now. They likely figure a typical family may go to one of the other parks for that pass year year and isn't like me, and plan on exploiting the heck out of it.
(StL, America, Great Adventure, Atl, Arlington and San Antonio this year). If they can get folks that buy these parks passes to pay 80 bucks to 100 bucks for a gold, it's not really that much off a GA tix if they only get to one other. It's the lure of multiple parks that's the bait.

That one water park over in Cali they once owned, was announced as a Premier managed park by the same folks that bough Magic Springs and Frontier (it's an REIT so long term ownership ain't their thing, return on investment is)They yanked it and it went to Six Flags again as they once owned it.

The truth is that I own a little of SIX stock as part of a portfolio of theme park related stocks. If you had bought into Six and Cedar during the recession you have had made a killing. I cobbled it together about 3 1/2 years ago and still have done well.

Magic Springs has plenty of space to dump used rides, a Tony Hawk spinner would be a nice addition there.
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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Last post by shavethewhales on April 28, 2017, 08:05:44 PM »
I'm looking forward to it too. I love how quickly things are coming together right now. This station is transforming weekly, Bigfoot is almost done, and the new mountain coaster came completely out of nowhere and is almost finished. Next month is going to be pretty exciting.

Those excavation photos are a great find. Some of those footers are ridiculous even accounting for the bearing conditions. There are going to be some massive elements on this thing, but there's no telling what they could be yet.
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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by shavethewhales on April 28, 2017, 08:02:22 PM »
The thought of Kennywood coming under SF control scares me too... The chain has come a long way, but they are still cheapskates and I could certainly see them railroading any remaining historic charm to squeeze in more advertising, games, and cheap rides.

Fortunately it seems Magic Springs and FC are "safe". I use quotation marks mainly for Magic Springs, because who knows what the real plan is even now. I am glad they are pushing the park again. Perhaps this summer will show them what is worth truly investing in - depending on whether or not people show up and what they show up for.
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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by Swoosh on April 28, 2017, 05:48:12 PM »
Well you have to read up on the actual acquisition.  Six Flags is looking for smaller parks to beef up their Gold Pass traffic to their already established bigger parks.  I agree that the FECs probably would be sold off - I could see Incredible Pizza picking them up as they've been expanding rapidly.  The aquatic parks could easily be sold off as well. 
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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by sirwillow on April 28, 2017, 08:29:22 AM »

From what I have gleaned from different forums, it sounds like SF will probably make a bid for the Palace Corporate chain of parks (which is currently for sale) Here is their entire portfolio of the places they own. https://www.palaceentertainment.com/pick-a-park

That would be, ummmm, interesting?  There's a number of parks there that don't seem to fit into Six Flags' normal portfolio.  Three Boomers and a couple of other FEC's, and several independant water parks.  Some of the smaller "theme" parks would also be curious additions.  Castle Park in Riverside?  Just have a hard time picturing that as a Six Flags run park.

Then there are the couple that I'm not sure I want to see Six Flags have their hands on: Idlewild, Lake Compounce and Kennywood.   it certainly would make me concerned about the future of a couple of the parks on that list.
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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Last post by sanddunerider on April 28, 2017, 07:56:59 AM »
Are you going to swing by the projects on the Strip too?

LOL.  Of course I am!..   Will for sure get pics of Bigfoot area, (which should be almost complete),  and the new mountain coaster..
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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by Swoosh on April 27, 2017, 10:41:32 PM »
The new owners are, for the first time in my recent memory, heavily advertising on NWA radio.

Interesting news from Six Flags may play into this new Reit's plans. One waterpark that was announced to be managed by Premiere is now going to be ran by Six Flags. A park they once owned. Manage these type of small parks to feed folks to the big parks via Gold season passes and a place to sell and/or relocate coasters for new ones at existing parks.

Magic Springs happens to have decent water side and plenty of need for some hand me down coasters/flats.

From what I have gleaned from different forums, it sounds like SF will probably make a bid for the Palace Corporate chain of parks (which is currently for sale) Here is their entire portfolio of the places they own. https://www.palaceentertainment.com/pick-a-park
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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« Last post by chittlins on April 27, 2017, 10:06:33 PM »
The new owners are, for the first time in my recent memory, heavily advertising on NWA radio.

Interesting news from Six Flags may play into this new Reit's plans. One waterpark that was announced to be managed by Premiere is now going to be ran by Six Flags. A park they once owned. Manage these type of small parks to feed folks to the big parks via Gold season passes and a place to sell and/or relocate coasters for new ones at existing parks.

Magic Springs happens to have decent water side and plenty of need for some hand me down coasters/flats.
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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Last post by Swoosh on April 27, 2017, 06:55:27 PM »
The usual views are great.  You might peek over the wall by the new EH restrooms once it opens. 

Are you going to swing by the projects on the Strip too?
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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Last post by sanddunerider on April 27, 2017, 07:47:52 AM »
@ Swoosh.  no problem can do both days if need be...

Any particular views? you prefer?...
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