Six Flags is expected to remove the Glow in the Park parade from all of its US parks this year, although the company has communicated mixed messages on the issue.
Earlier this week, Screamscape reported a strong rumor that the parades would be removed from parks including Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags New England and Six Flags Over Texas. This appeared to be supported by a tweet on the official Six Flags Twitter account on Monday, which stated: "Glow in the Park will be @SixFlagsMexico exclusive. Still tons of great shows on tap for 2011 in the US parks!"
Although the tweet - from the central Six Flags public relations office - confirmed the removal of Glow in the Park from the US parks, confusion has been caused by an official response to a guest question on the Six Flags Great America Facebook page. The reply claimed: "Sometimes they are called rumors for a reason. Our park will have the Glow in the Park parade in 2011."
With Six Flags' management team taking significant cost-cutting measures since taking control in May 10, the removal of the Glow in the Park parades would come as little surprise. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether Great America is correct in its statement that it will retain the parade in 2011, or whether the central office has yet to communicate the decision to the affected parks.
The nighttime Glow in the Parks incorporate drummers, puppeteers, singers and dancers to create a display of light, sound and motion. Their removal would save Six Flags the cost of retaining dozens of performers and support staff at each park, although it may also have a knock-on impact on evening attendance.
Six Flags runs 12 theme parks across North America and Mexico, along with a number of associated water parks. The company successfully restructured its debt in order to emerge from bankruptcy in 2010, with a new board of directors and CEO being appointed to replace the previous management team.