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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby i305isdaddy » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:36 pm

Well to be fair, it should open really early. One benefit to only buying 1/4 of the layout is that you can be Opening Day ready!

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Postby JG-77 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:58 pm

i305isdaddy wrote:Well to be fair, it should open really early. One benefit to only buying 1/4 of the layout is that you can be Opening Day ready!

I mean, I guess they could be opening day ready if they wanted too, but... it's Six Flags...
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Postby _FuryBull_330_ » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:15 pm

^ They are definitely not, since they are promoting construction tours on Opening Day.
How come Lightning Rod is never open when I go :( .

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Postby vertigomike » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:35 pm

Have I missed something or does SFGAm not have any major coaster ERT events? This has to be the largest park in the US that I don't recall or see a trace on the forum threads of even so much as a coaster club ERT at.

I've just noticed that for all the years I lived in Chicago, I've went to some sort of event at every park in the Midwest for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa, but besides a mini-ERT hour for passholders or a new ride events every few years, I haven't seen anything (not even a mini-A C E event at SFGAm). Are they just more difficult to work with for setting up ERTs?
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Postby thrillrider » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:17 pm

vertigomike wrote:Have I missed something or does SFGAm not have any major coaster ERT events? This has to be the largest park in the US that I don't recall or see a trace on the forum threads of even so much as a coaster club ERT at.

I've just noticed that for all the years I lived in Chicago, I've went to some sort of event at every park in the Midwest for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa, but besides a mini-ERT hour for passholders or a new ride events every few years, I haven't seen anything (not even a mini-A C E event at SFGAm). Are they just more difficult to work with for setting up ERTs?


I know that TPR has had a few events there in the past,and I seem to recall a few others in the past as well.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby jlp94 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:31 pm

^ SFGAm wouldn't allow ACE there after 2016 for some reason - I know as a former member, they were trying really hard to work something out but I don't know 100% what's up.
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Postby michaellynn4 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:20 am

TPR didn't have the best of experiences at SFGAm during one of their recent visits to the park, including inconsistently-enforced height bracelets and less-than-desirable customer service. Not sure about what happened with ACE, though.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby yay101 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:03 am

I'm not sure if this has been said before but does anyone know where the ride entrance will be, such as where Pictorium's old entrance was or in the little plaza by Sky Trek Tower (or what's left of it)?
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby jlp94 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:29 am

yay101 wrote:I'm not sure if this has been said before but does anyone know where the ride entrance will be, such as where Pictorium's old entrance was or in the little plaza by Sky Trek Tower (or what's left of it)?

Yes, the former Pictorium entrance is being used as the entrance/sign to the ride, the former site of Pictorium used as queue line (and the last couple inversions of the coaster if I'm not mistaken) then the Flags shop right there is going to be used as the Maxx Force shop where you can buy shirts, on-ride photos, other merch, etc.
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Re: Six Flags Great America (SFGAm) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:36 am

coasterbill wrote:I feel like Holiday in the Park probably exceeded their expectations. Obviously I have no way of knowing what their expectations were but of all the cold weather parks it seems like the wait times and crowd levels at Great America were WELL above the other parks the vast majority of the time and I don't know how it would have been possible for them to project that (because it's insane).

I mean, the place looked like this on a 19 degree night and I lost count of how many times Raging Bull posted wait times in excess of an hour on hilariously frigid nights.

In my non-professional opinion, that event isn't going anywhere ever.


Following up on this, I skimmed the Q4 transcript of yesterday's call to see if they addressed the performance of the event at this park specifically but unfortunately that did not happen. That said, they're in love with the event and want to continue to grow it chain-wide. They gushed about it's success multiple times. A few highlights:

Marshall Barber -- Chief Financial Officer wrote:Investments in our Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park events have driven an incremental $60 million of fourth quarter EBITDA over the past five years, equating to an annual growth rate of 22%. Modified and adjusted EBITDA for the quarter were a record $95 million and $8 million or 9% increase over the prior year quarter.


And this entire exchange (emphasis mine)...

James W. P. Reid-Anderson -- Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

I can assure you that there was no weakness that at the park, at any parks. We had a very strong growth pretty much consistently across all the parks. Go ahead.

Yeah. I think if you look -- I mean, we grew the fourth quarter attendance, if you just look at the core parks, we grew revenue both for the quarter and full year, we also grew adjusted EBITDA in the quarter and in the full year. So -- and we're really driven -- what we're looking for is revenue and profitability. We like attendance and we think attendance certainly in the third quarter when we had weather it would have -- could have been better. But, ultimately, we grew revenue, we delivered 7% of EBITDA for the full year. But even if you strip out all the new parks, we grew the business. So the core business is strong. It's growing, and I'd say, that 2019 we will continue to do that and continue to grow the business.

James W. P. Reid-Anderson -- Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

And Sean, I would just add to this, it's really important everybody understands this. The Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park franchises are booming, and they will continue to boom. And so smart moves by us to add days or target incremental revenue, it's the right thing to do. It's part of our organic business to do that. So whether you included or not, we had a very strong fourth quarter across all categories, across all parks.


While not specific to Great America they're full-steam ahead with this event and they likely wouldn't be if they weren't happy with the results at their new event. The chain had a mediocre year but they had a solid Q4. Between the anecdotal information from first hand reports and wait times and now this, it's pretty clear that Holiday in the Park performed really well.

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