1-14-22 to 3-8-22 <------
-- October 21 - 1-14-22 <---------
Orioles Bud april 2020 to Sept 2020
“Nationals October 2019

A Curtain Call For Six Flags?

| March 15, 2009, 04:06 PM | 3 Comments


UPDATE: Please see response from Six Flags America below.

Six Flags America (or AdventureWorld as some of us still refer to it), seems to be riding the newest rollercoaster int he business world–The Bankruptcy.  According to an AP report, Six Flags may be forced to declare bankruptcy by the end of the summer.

While Six Flags America is a favorite day trip of our readers, it may soon be coming to an end if the eminent restructuring is unsuccessful.  News of the possible bankruptcy sparked a day of volatile trading with the stock closing at .16, down from their 52 week high of $2.50.

While AdventureWorld was never a walk in the park, it was given new life when Six Flags purchased the company. Unfortunately, the turnaround never materialized.  My last visit to the park was less than stellar, and when I tried to contact management, they refused to return the call.  I am afraid they may have made their bed and now they must lie in it.

The AP report indicates that the parks will be able to operate through the busy summer season; but I am not so sure I would be buying any gift certificates or “discounted” season passes beyond 2009.  Well at least Dan Snyder (largest individual shareholder in Six Flags) still has his Redskins.

UPDATE: The following was received by the Public Relations Manager for Six Flags America in Largo, MD.

I thought it important for your readers to know that the restructuring, while serious business, in no way affects our daily operations. Companies like ours all over the United States are restructuring their debt and keeping their doors open. In fact, we’re actually in better shape than many other companies that continue to operate through the process. Last year, for example, our revenue went up five percent to $1 billion and our operating income grew to $144 million.

Six Flags America is planning for an exciting season, with more concerts than ever, a new family train ride, a bigger daily show package than ever before, a new Johnny Rockets, a new Cold Stone Creamery, and a new three-point basketball shootout game. We’re thrilled to bring our guests a great experience in 2009 and we look forward to seeing them (and you!) when we open for the season on Saturday, April 4.

As our CEO Mark Shapiro has said, the restructuring is a “back-of-the-house” issue that won’t affect our ongoing service to guests.

Tags: ,

Category: NEWS

About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

Connect with the Author

Author's Website Facebook Twitter rss feed

Comments (3)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Jesse Barron says:

    This post reminded me of a summer with Kings Dominion.

    It was the year that the Hypersonic XLC opened up but was having a ton of problems.

    We went down there specifically to ride that new coaster. It was always down. Each time we’d complain to management until they caved and gave us re-admission vouchers.

    It went on all summer. If I properly recall, we (a decent sized group of friends) got four or five visits for the price of one.

  2. Tom says:

    What they really need to do if they want SFA to survive, is really re-enforce the security staff. The problem with the park is all of the rifraff. Myself and most of the people I know will not go to this park because we don’t feel safe there, or are offended by what so many people get away with there. They need to start kicking more problem people out, and revoking their season passes when they do. I’ve tried the 2nd and 3rd chances here, I won’t go back again until I hear lots of positive feedback.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.