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Should Six Flags Serve Alcohol? 12 year old girl says NO!

Six FlagsSix Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX applied for a permit to serve alcohol at their theme parks.  At first, I thought "What's the big deal?"  I mean, they serve alcohol at other "Family Friendly" venues like baseball games, basketball games, and football games.

Six Flags is just another Family Friendly event, right?

Well, there's this 12 year old girl, Christi Campbell, who got about 300 signatures to oppose selling alcohol at the park, and she made a point that made me rethink my thoughts.

She pointed out that if you have a bunch of adults drinking and then going on rides, there is a higher probability of them getting sick, especially if they're drunk, and they're going to just throw up all over the rides, and that makes it no fun for others, especially the kids.

Even though the park officials say that the beer will be served in only a special part of the park and in specially marked cups, that doesn't mean you're not going to have people taking advantage and drinking to extreme and then getting sick all over the place.

At least at baseball, basketball, and football games, there are no rides to get you dizzy and help you get sick when you drink too much, like there are at Six Flags.

There is a two day heering about this, with today being the second day. It's not too late.  You can go to the Innsuites Hotel at 2000 Beach St in Fort Worth.  The judge will have 60 days to make a decision.

What do you think?  Alcohol or no alcohol?

Here's the full story.

**Graphic courtesy of the Six Flags website.

Comment balloon 21 commentsDonna Harris • October 15 2008 02:32PM

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It does take teenagers to come up with the realities of what "could" happen! Way to the girls for remembering something that most folks just wouldn't think about.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 11 years ago

They serve it at Seaworld and also served it at Astroworld.  Each party, in any situation should be responsible when they drink.  They serve beer at fairs across the nation. 

Posted by Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert (Southwest Realty Advisors LLC) over 11 years ago

Lindsey, Exactly!

Christina, At "fairs", there are many activities going on.  Whereas at Six Flags, the entire premise is based around the rides. If they're there, they're going to go on the rides.  At a fair, like my husband, many adults never go on the rides.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

At Astroworld, where we went my whole young life my sister, who had one or two beers, never rode the rides b/c she did not enjoy them.  There are other activities at Six Flags, where I have been a customer many times.  They are losing revenue by not allowing responsible adults to have freedom to have a beer if they so choose. 

They give away beer at the  Anheuser-Busch sponsored Seaworld and is is all fine.  They have MANY large scale roller coasters at Seaworld since it is quickly becoming a theme park for all type and not just an aquarium based center.

An opinion is just an opinion and mine differs from your mainly b/c of the economic lose Six Flags has always suffered.  I would not have a beer at Six Flags but some may want the choice.  The economy is not good so they need to drawn in visitors at $40 bucks a pop any way they can.

Posted by Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert (Southwest Realty Advisors LLC) over 11 years ago

By the way I think the 12 year old is awesome so its not like our opinions are as far of as you want to beleive.  You just have to look at things from a business point of view.

Posted by Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert (Southwest Realty Advisors LLC) over 11 years ago

Donna - they do serve beer at the 6 Flags in Louisville.  I can't remember if it is only in the waterpark area or throughout the whole park.  Regardless, I haven't heard of any major problems, but I'm sure minor ones come up often.  For responsible people this should never be a problem.  But when irresponsible people get involved (and they certainly will) it exacerbates the situation because kids are around. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 11 years ago

I think there are many theme parks where beer is served without incident. How about Busch Gardens? And beer is served at Cedar Point, the park I always went to when I was growing up. I don't remember ever encountering a bunch of drunk people throwing up.

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 11 years ago

Christina, I see the business side and think it makes sense for them to serve alcohol for revenue. I'm just not gung-ho about them actually doing it.

Erik, Our "water park" is a completely different park, next door at Hurricane Harbor.  No alcohol there either.  I think it would be more dangerous to serve there where people can competely lose their senses when going down a slide into the water.

Kelly, I'm not familiar with those other parks.  I don't get out much.  I haven't even been to Six Flags in almost 15 years...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

Although I like a cold beer on a hot day, I think there are places where family fun is more important than my enjoyment. Keep the ban.

Posted by Rick Fitzgerald, The MultiFamily Expert (AAM Capital) over 11 years ago

I think it potentially adds more complications than extra enjoyment.  They have done really well there without it, so I don't understand the need to change it.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

I can remember the first time I went into a Chucky Cheese (when my now-grown children were little) for a party and seeing that they served beer and wine and had an "adult" room and thinking that was absolutely brilliant - no adult should be required to be at Chucky Cheese without the possibility of a little alcohol! 

I don't see a real problem with Six Flags serving alcohol.  Yes, people should drink responsibly, but Six Flags is and always has been more than a kiddy park.   (Thinking of the San Diego zoo where the food concessions were real, civilized cafes where you could get really good food and a glass of wine with lunch.  Impressed the heck out of me when I was there.  It didn't seem to cause any problems that I observed.) 

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) over 11 years ago

Tricia- I was shocked when I moved to Vegas and went to Chuckie Cheese.  They served beer and all was fine.  It was a bit weird at first coming from Texas where this does not happen at a CHuckie establishment (yet is should b/c that place can make you nuts).  Most parents would not go to Six Flags to get loaded.  They did this for the life of Astroworld and all was fine.

Erik and Donna- They serve beer at a water park in North Houston, Splashtown, and some go there just b/c of that reason.  I think its weird but the have never had any big issues.  I am sure isolated issues occur. 

At the end of the day its all about the number.  I respect the 12 year old but since she not even old enough to vote, drink, or pay for that matter then it should be the adults who decide this.  In truth it should be the park an not up for public debate.  If they are granted a license to do so then its their business not mine.  Fun topic however.

Posted by Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert (Southwest Realty Advisors LLC) over 11 years ago

I do not like amusement park rides.  I can't even watch the kids ride them, it tends to make me sick.  So If they served alcohol I still could not imagine sitting in the hot sun all day drinking beer.  Now give me an A/C cooled bar and a TV, and I could!   I can see the girls point though about getting thrown up on from a drunken fool on a ride YUCK!!!!!  I don't care though either way.  If I wanted to go and drink I would just buy my wife a huge pair of pants and sneak them in. 

I also support Chuck E Cheese serving beer.  There is only so much one can endure before the beer become nessacery! 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) over 11 years ago

Hey, Donna. I have to think that if you need beer to tolerate your kids then there is a problem. I know that kids require a lot of patience but drinking on a family outing is not the way to handle it. Thanks, Jim

PS. Christi is a smart little girl.

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Christina, I've never been to Chuckie Cheese anywhere but Texas, and that's where I had a small glass of wine while the 20-odd toddlers ran wild at a birthday party.    The fathers who'd brought their kids retired to the TV room with a beer.   Nobody got sloshed, and none of the kids got screamed at, which was amazing to me under the circumstances. 

I agree that it should be up to the owners of the park to make the decision.  It is, after all, their establishment and they should be the ones to make the informed decision as to whether this is good for their business or not.

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) over 11 years ago

I could easily imagine fights, and arrests for various disagreements at the parks.  I agree with the 12 year old...they do not need it. 

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Donna - I think the 12-year-old girl is pretty smart.  Good for her to speak up!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

The 12 year old wins with me also. Crowds, Heat, stomach churning rides and the smell of stale beer in the air

is not at all appealing.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I guess they're going to think about it over the next 60 days since nothing has been announced yet...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

If you are THAT hard up that you have to have alcohol at a theme park, you need to seriously consider what is wrong with you. I too don't mind a beer but I don't think having it at a six flags makes sense. I don't want to take my kids to six flags and watch people act stupid.

Posted by LaNita Cates (REMAX of Joliet) over 11 years ago

LaNita, Well said!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

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