cfc wrote:It's like the old joke about the zen master:
"Master, they're going to remove Skull Island! That's terrible!"
"Master they've announced that they're going to build something new there! That's great!"
And so on . . .
I think this may be more of a "what do you want to pay for?" question for the park: maintaining an old water ride that has serious issues, or putting up something newer and more reliable?
I've had enjoyable and not-so-enjoyable visits at SFA (haven't been there in two years).
BEST. RESPONSE. EVER.
I'm not a fan of SFA; haven't been a fan of them in quite a while- and while I've had issues with the park in the past, I can say seeing positive signs of changes are a good thing: Zoomazon falls, for example, being renovated and upgraded- the addition of a Thom...er... kiddyland area, etc.
But like Chuck said: We'll see.
I honestly think the park is still in desperate need of major upgrades of attractions: Yes, it's an OK mix of rides- coaster wise, to go from seven to six and not offer an immediate replacement is a bit of a sin, I think. (The same thing could be said for CGA for that matter!) While they were putting in all those infrastructure upgrades (Which, if the 'excuse-o-meter' is correct, have been going on now for nearly six years now) they neglected the park as a whole, adding very few attractions, and not really doing anything to attract newer parks.
Now, let's look at the parks around SFA, since 2001 (The year SFA added their last coaster)
Hersheypark has added three coasters (Including ProjectX/2012's ride,) a whole new waterpark, and numerous other improvements along the way.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Removed a car attraction and replaced it with Griffon, lost a coaster (BBW) but is replacing it with a new one, Verbolten, for 2012
Kings Dominion: Renovated the park, upgraded facilities, added Ricochet, Hypersonic (Since removed), Dominator, The Italian Backlot, and I-305, upgraded the waterpark...
If anything, the park is now feeling the heat- as to go another year without a new attraction of note would be insane to be polite- and downright brainless. When you have blockbuster additions all around you, and you fail to keep up, you're asking for trouble all around- and asking for problems in the future.
I could understand a year or mabye two for infrastructure upgrades. But six is ridiculous, and to say 'well, we're not able to add anything until it's fixed' is bogus. If anything: It's a weak excuse.
The downslide has stopped, the park is looking a bit better- but the ship still needs to be driven back to shore.