Great Escape Cancels Holiday In The Park 2010

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Great Escape Cancels Holiday In The Park 2010

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27 Jun 2010, 11:46 #1

From The Post Star


Great Escape cancels Holiday in the Park 2010

QUEENSBURY -- The Great Escape has decided to call off its Holiday in the Park event for 2010.

The move was characterized as a "business decision" by parks spokeswoman Rebecca Close. Great Escape Properties President Don McCoy was unavailable for comment on the issue, Close said.

The Great Escape hosted its first Holiday in the Park event in December. The amusement venue was transformed into a winter wonderland for the Christmas-themed event, with 50,000 feet of holiday lights, an ice skating rink and other attractions.

The Great Escape received $12,309 from the county's occupancy tax coffers to help promote the event.

The revenue comes from a 4 percent tax instituted in 2004 on stays at hotels, motels and inns in the county. The money is in turn used to promote events that bring tourists to the county.

When McCoy went before the county Board of Supervisors in December to request funds for the 2010 event, he said attendance at the first year's Holiday in the Park was "absolutely outstanding." Though he asked for $50,000 to help promote the second year of Holiday in the Park, the county agreed to provide $25,000. Close said the Great Escape would not receive that money now, and that the county's contribution did not play into the park's decision to cancel the event.

As recently as March, McCoy reiterated plans to have a Holiday in the Park event again in December, saying the first run was "successful."

Close said on Friday that McCoy was referring less to the financial viability of the event than he was to "the feedback and the support from the community."

She also said season ticket holders will be given an extra "bring-a-friend" pass to the Great Escape, since the season passes were marketed as including admission to the Holiday in the Park event for 2010.

The winter event employed approximately 150 people. The Great Escape Properties employ about 1,500 during the peak season.

Close said the decision to cancel the holiday event also had nothing to do with parent corporation Six Flags Inc.'s recent emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That occurred on May 3 after a protracted battle with and between investors and creditors over who would end up with ownership stakes in the reorganized company, which is now called Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

The new firm's stock will resume trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.


Talk about disappointing...

The comments in the Post Star are somewhat even more disappointing, I think.

It's as if everybody in the area just down the park, with maybe one or two defenders, and everybody else saying "Charlie Woods would be rolling over in his grave"... I mean geesh, the park is TRYING, ya know? This year they went back to the storybook theme by restoring a lot of the old attractions of the history of the park, and no local seemed to give two sh*ts... instead, they constantly complain about the high prices and how it caters too much to the teens so much.

God damn, I hate the locals around there, because they just pee-pee & moan about the park yet that's the biggest thing going fo the area. It employs the most people, brings in the most revenue for the city... and has been a staple of my childhood and hopefully to show off to my future.


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28 Jul 2010, 02:21 #2

What a disappointment. I did not make it to the event. It looked like fun and out of the parks in this area TGE made the most sense. all that effort a waist. Not to mention that they spent money on sign and marketing material for a 2010 event that won;t happen.
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17 Sep 2010, 00:17 #3

I almost wonder if they aren't bluffing to try to force the county's hand and get the advertising money.

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26 Sep 2010, 18:55 #4

They aren't bluffing... that's for sure.

It's ashame, though. One year, and already cancelled, as it was a decent way to help bring in some holiday revenue to an otherwise dead town. What else is there to do in the area during the mists of winter? I thought it was rather nice of the park to offer SOMETHING for the locals other than a once-a-year winter carnival since everything else is closed down.

What I hate the most is how every time that the park is mentioned in the Post Star is how locals keep calling it the "Great Mistake". Virtually nobody locally seems to like the park now-a-days. Overpriced, over-run with "teens and wild rides, lousy food", and since the take-over with Six Flags, they just down it every chance they can get. They are so much against it that it really pisses me off. I can see the prices of parking & other gauging, but you got to admit that the asthetics is really nice at the park and HAS improved over the years... VASTLY over the years.

With that comes a price increase... maybe not as much as they are charging (since it's as much as New England's... mind you).


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28 Sep 2010, 13:19 #5

It is true that the locals call it the Great Mistake, I personally know a few that refer to it that way.

I'm not 100% sure about the Holiday in the Park cancellation. While it does seem that they mean it, it also seems that it's basically a tiff over them not getting as much advertising money from the government as they wanted, so that makes me wonder if they aren't just doing the cancellation to try to force the issue and maybe get the advertising budget that they want.

You are right about the prices being out of line. It's freaking expensive to spend one day at The Great Escape. I understand that prices have to go up, but it does seem that they've gone a bit far with the parking, and food, and the games, it's all just a bit much when you put it together.

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17 Nov 2010, 03:17 #6

The event was cut to cut costs. the new owners also cut out the remaining season for Glow in the park at SFNE. now word is out there are dropping Intellectual properties. no wiggles, Thomas, tony hawk, etc.

Even if the funding for the event advertising had gone through they likely would have dropped the event.

Prices are too high and I can understand why locals are upset. I can not see adding a few thrill rides as a problem. They should welcome the selection. and the overall variety. It's the only thing in the area with even mild thrills the teens would be there no mater what.
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