Six Flags sucks, I will never go back to the one in KY. If anyone has no clue why, then google Six Flags KY feet, or accident. If I'm going to a local park to have some fun I just go to Holiday World. Its cheap friendly and fun. Admission is like $20 something dollars with a pepsi can, free parking and free unlimited drinks.
That accident was actually at fault of the ride manufacturer, Intamin. Do a google search for Inatmin Accidents and you'll see lots of info on them. They're the biggest ride and rollercoaster manufacturer in the world, and they're based out of Switzerland. Some of the rides they've done are Kingda Ka, Top Thrill Dragster, and California Screamin. They make some of the most intense and awesome rides, but have god awful reliability.
Ugh...Six Flags sucks! The quality of their parks has declined dramatically over the last several years, although they still have the best coasters. I've visited the Georgia park and the SoCal park several times in the last 5 years. I used to have season passes, but never will again. The paint is fading from their rides, there are cobwebs in the line areas, and you're lucky if you see even one employee picking up trash. The roving packs of teens far outweigh the families, and I didn't particularly enjoy being with my kids and eating at a table that had profanity carved into it. We moved twice and found the same thing. On one memorable occasion, we approached Yosemite Sam to get a picture with the kids, and he kept walking and said "I'm on a break. Look for me later." WTF? As far as I'm concerned, they'll never get another penny of my money.
Actually, the past 2 years they've been putting a lot of effort back into the park, thanks to the new CEO. Magic Mountain (the socal park you mentioned) has been repainting rides like crazy, remodeling sections of the park and have been disciplining employees if they don't give the guests hospitality. Things started to go down hill when Six Flags was bought by Premier Parks. They thought more about quantity, not quality. Then they got a new CEO in 07, and ever since then, he's been changing things drastically. How do I know? I worked at Magic Mountain for the past 3 years. That employee you mentioned would get fired if he did that today. They've been turning into more of a family park now, trying to get rid of the Teens that run amok.
Six flags is nothing. I grew up by the world famous Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. Six flags doesn't even come close to the point!!
X2> Top Thrill Dragster
Seriously though, I really hope they make it. I don't work there anymore, but I still love going to Magic Mountain. And to be honest, spring break and summer are coming up. People are gonna be going there more. I mean, they're only source of revenue is Magic Mountain right now. Wait til all of the parks open up again, I'm sure they'll survive.