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p. 416 - Fire and Ice Festival announced!

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Is beer available in many other US parks?

 

I know here in the UK some of the major parks do have alcohol available, including spirits. Or at least last time I looked they did, I don't normally drink then go ride coasters. Never noticed any problems, although did encounter one or 2 drunk people sat next to me on rides and got concerned they might throw up on me

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As a life long passholder, I have to say this is a good move. Seeing that Jerryland (New Cowboys Stadium) is moving in down the street, it make good business sense. It'll allow them to attract a more diverse group of vending to the park. Maybe we'll get some decent eateries for once.

 

Purple: With beer sales and theme parks in the US, it depends on the region of the country its in. The part of texas where SFoT is based has a conservative bent, but I dont see a serious public outcry to sell beer as its available at other restaurants/bars in the area.

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I don't think it's a bad move. If Disney's California Adventure can sell beer, I think most parks can. Drunkeness is usually not a problem because the beer is priced high, as it is at all amusement parks that sell it. If someone wants to get drunk before entering the park, you can't stop that anyway.

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Several Six Flags parks already sell beer... and I think I found most of them.

 

Like Moose said, it's not going to detract from the so-called "family atmosphere". Those drinks are too expensive to turn the park into a huge Oktoberfest. Nothing to worry about. Besides most of the time when I see a problem, the people causing the problem aren't old enough to purchase beer anyway.

 

I'm imagining they are adding a service to the park to fill a requested need. Namely bringing more adults with spending money into the parks. That's one of the problems that Six Flags is trying to address.

 

Besides Disney (at the hotel and certain locations within the park) and Universal have beer, liquor and wine service for years and they haven't had problems and those pride themselves in a "family atmosphere".

 

Terry

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Is beer available in many other US parks?

 

The Kemah Boardwalk has a Margarita stand literally 5 feet from the entrance of the Boardwalk Bullet. I've personally seen a few drunks ride it.

 

-GG

 

At first I thought "you got to be kidding me" about the whole Beer thing for SFOT, but then I remembered all the times I saw Beer being sold at other parks. There was a guy who sat behind me on Viper at DL carrying a rather large empty cup of some sort of Beer last may, and he was probably what I would call "moderately drunk." Quite frankly, he was hilarious. Anyway, my dad ordered a Beer at CP when we went in 2004, so since a lot of parks sell Beear already, I'm thinking this is a good move, as it will probably bring slightly more adults into the parks. Hey, when Shapiro said the whole family should be catered to, I guess he really meant it, not just the little kids.

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The Kemah Boardwalk has a Margarita stand literally 5 feet from the entrance of the Boardwalk Bullet.

I'm not sure I would really call Kemah a "real" park, and the fact that its more of an entertainment venue explains that a lot.

 

Thats cool that they are going to sell now. Our SF was denied a while back. Damn bible thumpers. More parks should sell but to be honest I wouldn't necessarily say that a "majority" of parks sell just yet.

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The last time we visited Kemah was before the Boardwalk Bullet was built. But I did happen to sit on the boardwalk and enjoy my margarita while waiting for the Friday night fireworks.

 

I don't have a problem with SFOT (and Hurricane Harbor) selling beer. I'm sure the price point will make it difficult for people to get drunk, and I'm at just as much risk of having a kid who just ate a funnel cake puke on me, as I am some dude with a beer.

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Working at BGA, people who drink do not drink that much at the park. Except during Howl-O-Scream, thats when everyone and everything gets a bit out of control but it is handle very well. I do not think people first instinct at six flags is to drink beer so I think it wont be that much of a problem.

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Six Flags Astroworld started selling beer in 1982 at one location in the park. There was a lot of predictions that it would be terrible for the park but it really made no difference at all. I was working at Excalibur which was right next to the Festhall where the beer was sold and to be honest we were expecting trouble, there was no more than the usual.

 

As others have pointed out, it is very expensive to drink at a park and those who really want to get drunk will do so before hand or sneak in a flask. Those were the people that I remember being an issue.

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I do not think people first instinct at six flags is to drink beer so I think it wont be that much of a problem.

 

It was mine at SFGam last summer. My nerves needed to be calmed.

 

That's all I'm gonna say.

 

Terry

 

The statues launched a counter attack?

 

 

 

Again, I've been to many a park with beer being sold with no problems whatsoever and do not see this being a problem either.

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  • 4 weeks later...

It's definitely gonna be an interesting change. I haven't heard one person yet who's happy about it. It was on the news every day for a week about how the mayor of Arlington is against it and whatnot. I'm not too opinionated about it, but (being an employee) dealing with guest complaints isn't helped out when they're not entirely sober.

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Gee, I thought that beer was standard at most theme parks until I visited Hershey last year. I'm like, "where's the beer stands"???

I don't see anything wrong with them selling beer at SFOT. Like most people have said, it is usually so expensive (think sporting events) that you usually only have one or two. If some idiot wants to get drunk, then chances are good it will happen before and during the visit.

Personally, I like it on a hot day when you are chillin' out walking around enjoying the sites and sounds of a park. I don't abuse it and act like an idiot, but there are always people that will act like that whether they have been drinking, or not.

I was at Halloweekends last fall with my father and some friends and we were drinking and partying at Camper Village before we went in for some late night ride action. We patiently waited for the front seat of MF for the last ride of the evening and had a great time. Two people got busted for line jumping right before we were supposed to board the front seat. They actually would not start the ride until security came and escorted the people away!

They did not lok intoxicated...the guy was just being a jerk because he was big and muscular and thought he was a bad ass threatening families and kids. We were buzzed and didn't bother anybody and the ride was a friggin' blast!!!

 

I'll tell you what, if booze can make the Mean Streak an awesome coaster, I'm all for it!!!!

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