Disney is out to take your money, but the do it pleasantly, some subtlety and giving with good value. Souvenirs, for instance are relatively expensive – but they are also of higher quality. Your breakfast pancakes are overpriced – but they look like Disney characters, so it’s a little bit different. You pay, but you have fun paying.
Six Flags it out to take your money, and don’t try to hide it, and the act like bullies toward anyone who might try anything to keep their costs down. Food is overpriced, too, but it’s no better than what you get at McDonald’s.
My disgust with them began with Six Flags New England. My daughter’s choir was asked to perform there. One of the kids brought his lunch. The storm troopers at the gate made him throw it out, and as he didn’t bring enough extra money to buy their overpriced food, he ended up starving. This for someone who was invited to perform there. This single asshole move showed just what scum they have there.
There was an amusement park near us called Great Escape. It was fun and had things to do for people of all ages (including preschoolers). Some roller coasters, but also some Disney-like rides that were simpler fun. Free parking. Picnic areas – you could bring your lunch and eat at the park.
Six Flags bought it. The changes came over the years: now you have to pay to park ($18 minimum – remember, it was free years ago). No food allowed (“For your safety” :rolleyes:). No chairs. $13.49 for a cheesburger, fries, and a drink – if you get the special online deals.
There was also Six Flags New England’s attempt to force people to pay their overpriced parking fee: businesses nearby would sell parking spaces for far less than what Six Flags gouged customers for. Six Flags basically bought off the town council to declare this illegal because of “safety concerns” (there had never been any problems). The council members who voted for it lost their posts the next election and the ordinance was repealed.
Six Flags is scum, plain and simple.