over the next two or three years they intend on removing all the larger rides (missile, nightmare niagara, twin looper, rapids, etc etc) and introduce smaller junior/family attractions and aim the park at a younger market.
Whether true or not (and this may be linked to the rumours a few weeks ago about a change in ownership), I don't think this is the "final nail in the coffin" as many think it would be. The park is clearly failing as a 'thrill' park - whether due to lack of investment or not, it is a simple fact.
So why not re-invent the park as a 'family freindly' park? The assumption that parents want thrill rides in a misnomer, if we take our 5 year old daughter to AA, my wife and I can't go on any of the thrill rides together - so it is hardly a family trip if we end up queing seperately! So we don't take her to AA, we go to Sundown Adventureland instead, where I will happpily admit I enjoy the Tractor Ride and the Boozy Barrel Boat Ride :D As for older kids, why drag them along? They will soon recognise that a family park is not for them...
Look at places such as Paulton's Park or Gulliver's as an example of how to do 'family' - with the right investment and ride selection, it could work for The American Adventure. Look at the park in it's 1987 state, where the 2 drop log flume, runnaway train, and buffallo coaster were the biggest rides. Development at the park has been heading in a backwards direction for a couple of years now, why not revert to 1987 mode and develop from there :?:
Sorry this is a bit of a rant, but I don't
want to see the park close for good, I would rather
see it develop as a top 'thrill' park, but I understand that may not be feasible (finance/planning regs etc), so why not try it another way? We might not like it, but there may be many young families who do...