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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby jps294 » Fri May 18, 2012 8:46 pm

Look at what I just found!! Can't wait to ride it next Saturday!!! :b :b

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Postby BaMiTsPaT » Fri May 18, 2012 8:58 pm

The views from this ride are incredible! I love when it spins over the rock wall near Superman.
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Postby galindoverhere » Fri May 18, 2012 9:27 pm

That looks really insane near the rock wall! I've riddeen the SFDK version, but by the looks of it, SFDK's version looks nothing ompared to this! I really need to get back to SFFT even though it looks like not much has changed since my first visit to SFFT in 2010.
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Postby jps294 » Sun May 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Here is the commercial for SkyScreamer!

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Postby Intimidator305 » Sun May 20, 2012 3:41 pm

I like that this SkyScreamer doesn't have a tacky color scheme like the others. I actually like the way this one looks.

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Postby ArizonaGuy » Sun May 20, 2012 9:27 pm

So far it looks like the perfect attraction for SFFT. Can't wait to see more pics/videos when the ride opens next week.
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby ArizonaGuy » Thu May 24, 2012 8:52 pm

SkyScreamer doubles as wedding chapel
Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new ride to have an unusual debut Thursday

For the last few months, Sydne Purvis, communications manager for Six Flags Fiesta Texas, has also doubled as a wedding planner. She has been busy planning the wedding of several couples who will say their “I do's” on SkyScreamer.

The latest addition to the park, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, SkyScreamer is a 200-foot, 32-passenger swing ride that will serve as part wedding chapel for several brides and grooms and eight of their guests.

“We're honored that they have chosen to have their very, very special day here with us,” Purvis said. “It's a double celebration.”

The couples were chosen on a first-come, first-served basis through various channels, including social and traditional media.

“We were looking for couples who wanted to be among the first to ride the SkyScreamer,” Purvis said.

The ride, which is several minutes long, starts at ground level next to the quarry walls and the Superman Krypton Coaster. After the first 10 stories, guests clear the quarry wall and, on a clear day, are able to see into downtown San Antonio.

“This really provides unsurpassed views at top speeds of 40 miles per hour,” Purvis said.

The weddings will be held Thursday afternoon after a wedding procession through the park led by Lola and Bugs Bunny. A reception will follow the sky-high nuptials. Without giving it all away, Purvis says the reception will include live vocals from award-winning park performers and something special for each of the couples.

The ride will officially open to season-pass holders Saturday and the general public Sunday.

SkyScreamer was first announced as part of the park's 20th anniversary celebration in March. The park will also roll out the return of the Broadway-themed “Ovation!” show and its salute to Texas with the “Lone Star Nights” laser and fireworks celebration.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/SkyScreamer-doubles-as-wedding-chapel-3579809.php#ixzz1vqlTTqtL


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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby ArizonaGuy » Thu May 24, 2012 8:59 pm

ArizonaGuy wrote:
SkyScreamer doubles as wedding chapel
Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new ride to have an unusual debut Thursday

For the last few months, Sydne Purvis, communications manager for Six Flags Fiesta Texas, has also doubled as a wedding planner. She has been busy planning the wedding of several couples who will say their “I do's” on SkyScreamer.

The latest addition to the park, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, SkyScreamer is a 200-foot, 32-passenger swing ride that will serve as part wedding chapel for several brides and grooms and eight of their guests.

“We're honored that they have chosen to have their very, very special day here with us,” Purvis said. “It's a double celebration.”

The couples were chosen on a first-come, first-served basis through various channels, including social and traditional media.

“We were looking for couples who wanted to be among the first to ride the SkyScreamer,” Purvis said.

The ride, which is several minutes long, starts at ground level next to the quarry walls and the Superman Krypton Coaster. After the first 10 stories, guests clear the quarry wall and, on a clear day, are able to see into downtown San Antonio.

“This really provides unsurpassed views at top speeds of 40 miles per hour,” Purvis said.

The weddings will be held Thursday afternoon after a wedding procession through the park led by Lola and Bugs Bunny. A reception will follow the sky-high nuptials. Without giving it all away, Purvis says the reception will include live vocals from award-winning park performers and something special for each of the couples.

The ride will officially open to season-pass holders Saturday and the general public Sunday.

SkyScreamer was first announced as part of the park's 20th anniversary celebration in March. The park will also roll out the return of the Broadway-themed “Ovation!” show and its salute to Texas with the “Lone Star Nights” laser and fireworks celebration.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/SkyScreamer-doubles-as-wedding-chapel-3579809.php#ixzz1vqlTTqtL


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New ride screams onto park scene

As the bustling summer season approaches, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is ready to unveil its newest attraction, a 200-foot-tall swing ride that park officials say is unlike anything else in the park.

“It's a totally different kind of ride experience for our guests,” said park spokeswoman Sydne Purvis about SkyScreamer, the twirling ride that will be open to the public Sunday.

The towering new feature is an open-air swing for two that lifts riders beyond the park's quarry walls 200 feet into the air. It will swing visitors around in a circle to the top, where it will soar at 40 mph in a circle 98 feet across at full whirl.

If the excitement of the ride weren't enough, the views offered of the park landscape and — once the swings clears the quarry walls — of the surrounding area make the ride splashier.

“From the vantage point of these thrilling, open-air swings, guests will have an unusual bird's-eye perspective of the San Antonio skyline as they soar to new heights,” said park President Martin Bozer.

Fiesta Texas already has a 20-story tower drop ride called Scream, but it features a nerve-rattling plunge to the bottom rather than a swinging experience.

Theme park analysts said SkyScreamer should be a popular attraction for thrill-seekers and possibly families who are intrigued by the retro feel of a swing ride.

It's seen as a key addition for the park because it's new and will give the all-important repeat visitor another reason to come back to Fiesta Texas this year.

Nima Samadi, senior analyst with IBISWorld analysts, said Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the company that owns Six Flags Fiesta Texas, has the reputation “as being the ‘go-to place' for thrill rides.” But if it and other theme park companies did not invest in new rides, attendance could fall, he said.

“It's smart to keep improving rides,” he said.

Gary Slade, editor and publisher of the monthly trade magazine Amusement Today, said SkyScreamer won't make as big an impact as a high-speed roller coaster, which he called the “star attraction” of theme parks. But it's a high-impact ride that parks must add periodically to keep visitors interested, he said.

“It's got that thrill factor working for it because of its height,” Slade said. “I think it's really going to be a huge hit for them.”

It gives Fiesta Texas something new to boast about in a summer that will be filled with new attractions locally.

SeaWorld San Antonio opened a redesigned water park Aquatica last Saturday, and Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark added a major water ride, the Falls, lodging units and other features last year.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc., said the industry probably will see more building this year than any since 2005. But it makes sense, he said, with indicators suggesting park attendance could grow by 7 percent in 2012.

Speigel said Six Flags is spending about $90 million on improvements across its 19 parks. In San Antonio, Six Flags faces a highly competitive market but is making improvements that should help it grow, the analyst said.

On Saturday, season ticketholders to Fiesta Texas can ride the new feature before the ride is open to the public the next day.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/New-ride-screams-onto-park-scene-3578044.php#ixzz1vqn8rcrG


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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby ArizonaGuy » Thu May 24, 2012 9:34 pm

And one more article I found in the San Antonio Business Journal

Fiesta Texas riding wave of momentum as parent firm’s debt drops
Premium content from San Antonio Business Journal by W. Scott Bailey, Reporter/Project Coordinator
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012, 5:00am CDT

In 2009, Six Flags Entertainment Corp. stock was trading at less than 30 cents a share, the company was more than $2 billion in debt and, unable to strike a deal with creditors, was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

But Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) has now cut its debt load by more than $1 billion, freeing up significant capital that will be used to improve and expand the company’s theme parks — including San Antonio’s Fiesta Texas.

While the turnaround is far from complete, Six Flags has gained some significant momentum. At press time, Six Flags stock was trading at more than $46 a share.

The improved outlook, and the potential for increased capital investment in the San Antonio theme park, are key for a city dependent upon Fiesta Texas to help drive its multibillion-dollar visitor industry.

“We are way back into the game now,” says Fiesta Texas President Martin Bozer. “It’s a completely different situation than it was a couple of years ago.”

Fiesta Texas, which was originally owned by local insurance giant USAA and acquired by Six Flags in 1998, kicked off its 20th season on March 3. While it was uncertain what would become of the park during Six Flags’ darkest days, there is plenty of optimism as the parent company continues to shed more debt.

Six Flags reports that it generated $1 billion in revenue in 2011 — up 4 percent over 2010. Company officials attribute that improvement to a 5 percent gain in guest spending.

Those numbers represent big change for a company that has faced monumental struggles in recent years.

“The huge debt load and very high interest we paid resulted in a lack of stability at the company for almost a decade — and ultimately forced the company into bankruptcy,” says Six Flags Chairman and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson, who joined the organization in August 2010.

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“Since emergence (from bankruptcy) at the end of April 2010, we have further reduced the debt, improved our credit ratings and dramatically reduced the rate we pay on the debt,” Reid-Anderson adds. “We also have implemented a long-range plan designed to ensure we build on our position as the leading regional theme park company.”
Healthy again

Six Flags’ gross debt was $2.4 billion at the end of 2009. That weight took a toll on the company.

Six Flags officials say that because of its debt load and decline in operating performance, the company was forced to make a number of cuts in recent years. But since emerging from bankruptcy, the company has managed to drive its debt total down to less than $960 million.

“The company is healthy once again,” Reid-Anderson explains.

As part of the bankruptcy process, Six Flags reduced its interest payments by nearly $50 million annually. But Reid-Anderson says the company has further reduced those interest payments by an additional $85 million per year by improving its credit ratings and by negotiating more favorable borrowing rates.

“The company is now stable from a leadership and financial perspective, and we can re-invest even more money into our parks rather than paying interest on our debt,” Reid-Anderson adds.

Six Flags entered 2012 with more than $230 million in cash on hand. Six Flags officials say the company’s net debt (gross debt minus cash on hand) was down from more than $2 billion in 2009 to less than $730 million at the end of 2011.

Fiesta Texas is already benefitting from the improved financial picture. The San Antonio theme park has added a major new attraction this season — the SkyScreamer. Bozer won’t divulge the cost of that new attraction, described as a 200-foot-tall tower ride, but he says it is a “multimillion-dollar project.”

“The important thing is that the company is now looking to invest significant capital,” Bozer adds. “For San Antonio to have that commitment from Six Flags is important for our tourist industry.”
Reinvestment paramount

Analysts with IBISWorld, an international market research firm that is based in Santa Monica, Calif., have projected that total U.S. theme park industry revenues will surpass $12 billion by 2014 and approach $12.5 billion by 2016 — minus any unforeseen circumstances.

“It’s huge,” says IBISWorld analyst Nima Samadi about Six Flags’ financial improvement and the company’s ability and willingness now to reinvest in its parks.

“It’s paramount that they reinvest,” he adds.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc., says by cutting its debt, Six Flags has become a “more manageable company.”

“Six Flags is back to doing what it does best — running regional theme parks,” Reid-Anderson explains. “We have a very bright future.”

San Antonio, especially, could see big gains as a result of Six Flags regaining momentum.

Six Flags officials say Fiesta Texas is a key park. The company’s interest in Fiesta Texas can be attributed, in large part, to the fact that it is located in an area of the country that has continued to see economic gains.

“We see a tremendous opportunity for-long term growth at Fiesta Texas,” Reid-Anderson adds.

“I’m very encouraged,” Bozer says. “It’s refreshing for us to be in this financial position now.

“I believe there is a very bright future — not only for the company as a whole, but also certainly for the park here in San Antonio,” he adds. “With the consistent capital investment, we are going to be in a great place.”
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Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas (SFFT) Discussion Thread

Postby jps294 » Sat May 26, 2012 10:21 pm

Here are some of my pictures of SkyScreamer!
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SkyScreamer on May 26, 2012!
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And here is an Off Ride video of SkyScreamer shot by me!


Also SkyScreamer has this song playing all round this ride all the time!
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