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^Ha!!!

 

I was just at Great Adventure...and there were no gum 'wrappers' on El Toro.

 

BUT....on a more sad note....The Air Force/Elvira/Fly Me To the Moon/Spongebob ride was closed due to 'funstruction'.

 

This thread is pretty long, did someone already mention/post what SF is doing to this wonderful attraction?

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I love the idea and think it is awesome, although it could work better for a product that is more synergystic with the El Toro theme.

 

I change my stance. I no longer blame Six Flags for this heinous act. I blame Intamin. And the Intamin cable El Toro uses!

 

Don't blame the SF or Intamin.

 

Blame today's ADD society who refuse to watch commercials on TV. Throw out your remote controls and DVRs.

Blame cheap enthusiasts who complain about park prices and force a bankrupt company to find alternative revenue streams.

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I love the idea and think it is awesome, although it could work better for a product that is more synergystic with the El Toro theme.

 

 

Such as Red Bull, perhaps?

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Blame cheap enthusiasts who complain about park prices and force a bankrupt company to find alternative revenue streams.

 

Win.

 

And don't blame Six Flags for not theming the ads to the ride. It is tough to sell ad space, and even tougher to find a company that fits a theme.

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^ True. SF better be getting a boatload of money to advertise on El Toro though.

 

Still, I don't see why they don't make the ads mix in with the train. Why not say "Presented by Stride" on the side of and inside the coaster cars? Granted, it won't be as noticable, but I'm being turned off by the current ad. What's next, the "Stride Uber Bubble Boomerang"?

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^I'm not sure of your defintion of boat load.

 

But if you fill a canoe with quarters, than that value is probably close to what SF will take in per month for this effort.

 

As far as why the ads are not themed. That's a lot of extra work for an Ad Agency and costs to an advertiser.

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Not that it has too much to do with El Toro, but last month when I was at SFOG, Mindbender was attacked by Stride also, but not it's trains. Throughout the queue line they just had random Stride signs advertising all the flavors. And also on the park map I think Goliath had a giant Snicker next to it.

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I totally dig the new paint scheme on the coaster. It looks great! The pink and blue with the cool chewing gum logo on the side really brings out the Mexican theme more than the original color on the ride.

 

I hope Six Flags makes this a permanent fixture on the ride.

 

!!!!!one111!!!!COMBO BREAKER!!!!one!!111

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The El Toro ads are nothing compared to the ads on Kingda Ka.

 

There are Karate Kid banners all over the queue and in the station hanging from the ceiling but the 2nd train on the left side (orange I think) now has Karate Kid ads all over it including the front and back of the train and on the side panels of the train covering the tiger looking art that is usually there. It really messes up the theme of Kingda Ka.

 

The ads on El Toro are only on 1 of 2 trains and the ads are on car 1, 3 and 5 with another ad on the back of car 6. It's not as bad as the picture online looks seeing it in person but still looks out of place.

 

Coasters After Dark was awesome, basically no waits at all (a few 10 minute waits but otherwise all walk ons), 30 rides in 5 hours.

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I heard the ads are permanent and once they add them to every car on all the trains, they're renaming the ride El Strideo.

 

Viper at SFMM got the hair gel ads on one of its trains about mid summer last year. And a few months ago were taken off completely. Because it was train #4 and when I was last there train #4 was back to its old self.

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if you think that's bad. You should visit Six Flags Over Georgia. One Mindbender train is wrapped in stried gum, and if your unlucky enough to ride that train when you get off you're they give a whole spill about you're riding being bought to you by stride etc. Then The Georgia Scorcher is partnered with the georgia power deparment and got there logo in blue wrapped all around both trains, and in the station is more advertising about , then you have one ninja train and the whole station pretty much covered in axe advertisment.

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Once again, I bring up the point that Larry brought up - this is a company trying to get out of debt! If you don't like it, them I am sure you won't like it if the chain closes in a couple of years. I'm sure at that point you will be bashing them when that happens then too. They are doing what they can to bring in revenue!

 

I'm sure this is falling on deaf ears though. What they really need to do is build $20 million roller coasters. That will get the people coming in and make money!!!!

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^^http://twitpic.com/1lv9iv

 

^That wasn't successful as thats what put them in debt in the first place. $20 million coasters attract teens and enthusiasts and thru don't spend that much money in the park. Families pay a lot of money to eat and buy stuff in the gift shops.

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As nasty as that Stride gum ad is, it does help the park! It was on every other car for El Toro. I got to stare at it on Saturday as I was next to board, and they closed the ride due to high winds! But, bright side is that Stride has offered a discount coupon for $30. Adults get in for children's prices, as long as you bring a pack of Stride gum along. I will take it!

 

The day was great, although I didn't get to ride too many coasters. Went along with a rather larger group than normal - so that contributed to this a bit. There were about 20 of us all together. I got to see Big Mike, Renee and Larry. It was nice meeting you guys! And naturally, nice to see Big Mike, as always! We rode Nitro first, both times no line. Then Batman - which has had longer lines the last few times I went. (In the garden area!!) This time it was in the "sewer". Then off to Superman. Rode it twice. By this time the winds were really kicking up.

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^That wasn't successful as thats what put them in debt in the first place. $20 million coasters attract teens and enthusiasts and thru don't spend that much money in the park. Families pay a lot of money to eat and buy stuff in the gift shops.

 

That philosiphy could go either way. When my family goes to theme parks, we are on a strict budget to do it as cheaply as possible. When we go to Six Flags, we find the park with the cheapest Season Passes, so there we are covered all season for $29.99 each at SFKK. We are hit with parking at each park, but we spend almost nothing in the parks. We eat before we go to the park, leave food in the car for dinner, then go back in the park for the evening. Really the only money we spend in the park is the occasional light snack, shirt, or on-ride photo. It really evens out to us spending less than $15 per person each time we go to the park including admission.

 

On the other side of that, when I go on school trips to theme parks, I'm always going on coasters constantly, but most people spend the majority of their time in gift shops or getting food. With teens usually not having very many expenses, they have very disposable money and usually get money from their parents as well.

 

I guess it really depends on the family. The parks make very little off of my family.

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