Sorry, I forgot that just being local to a park automatically turns you in to an economist aware of all the business procedures that a large chain follows in these situations.
I repeat - you're talking absolute guff.
The example I have given above is one that has been mentioned by a lot of coaster fans not only in the USA but in the UK as well.
I agree with you that SF has overdone the amount of investment, but for you to say that the GP will keep going to parks time after time if they are having a poor day as long as the rides are good is total madness.
Take my favourite park Cedar Point for example, as much as I love the rides at the park I would not go back again in a hurry if the running of the park was shambolic. Luckily it is not and that is why people keep going back to it year after year, unlike the SF parks.
The shame is that since the new owners of SF took over a few years ago the parks have improved their act no end, but in a lot of cases the damage has been done already.
Btw just out of curiosity as I dont know you from Adam, what is your qualification to know more about the problems at SF?
*****I thought I would edit my post as I know full well the question will be asked about what qualifies me to know about the problems at SF.
Well first of all I never claim to be a leading expert on all things rollercoaster/theme park related, I know that SF has overdone things over the last decade with rides but I dont know the ins and outs of it.
But after 20 years of being a rollercoaster/theme park fan and reading and observing about the industry and working in retail for 15 years I think that gives me a pretty good idea of what people want from a business to stay loyal and keep going back.