Great Escape Moving Away From the Walmart Customer? COO Says Yes!
Those of us in the Capital Region, Adirondacks and beyond have a fondness for Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury. Some of us love the history, going back to Storytown U.S.A., while others enjoy today's water park or seek the thrill of the rollercoasters and rides.
Have you noticed a difference at Great Escape in 2022? Are there more people, less people? Whether you have noticed or not a Six Flag COO seems to think the park has become a "cheap daycare for teenagers" and that's not all he had to say.
According to the New York Post. Six Flags Chief Operating Officer Selim Bassoul put a plan in place that would raise prices and weed out what he described as "rowdy teenagers running around" and he didn't stop there with his comments about the Six Flag customer.
So, we only got the discounter or we became a day care center for teenagers. It was a cheap day care center for teenagers during breaks and the summers. - Six Flags COO Selim Bassoul
Business Insider explores the COO's comments even deeper. Is the business model the Six Flags organization is after? Calling for less people that spend more when in the park? How would this affect you as a Six Flags customer?
We want to be a park for the middle class and even the lower middle class. We believe our demographic is the average income of the US and I’m migrating a little bit from what I call the Kmart, Walmart [customer] to maybe the target customers, if I want to say that. - Six Flags COO Selim Bassoul
What will the 2023 season bring at Six Flags? We will wait to see but there is no doubt that 2022 is a transitional season for the parks.