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Have they published the rest of the document anywhere?

My initial reaction to this is very much...

oh no lol GIF by iOne Digital


But I definitely need more information about the actual execution to better judge its impact on the park environmentally.
 
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Why is this a bad thing? They’re getting a well-liked, reliable fast food option

Because I don't think chain fast food belongs inside most* theme parks.

Even if it is just CFA served inside of an appropriately themed restaurant exterior, I believe themed culinary is an integral part of the larger theme park experience. Certain sacrifices must be made to make dining accessible to more pedestrian palettes (read: offering burgers/pizza/chicken fingers somewhere in the park), but I believe actual culinary investment should take place on the themed dining front.

If Three Broomsticks at Universal started serving Chick-fil-A, people would be (rightly) confused and angry. The same principles should apply to Busch Gardens parks in my opinion.

Theme parks sell immersion and escapism. If I'm strolling around 18th century Europe and stumble upon a Chick-fil-A, something has gone terribly wrong.



* Chick-fil-A in a theoretical modern, GA-themed, park area? Perfect. Chick-fil-A in an area of a park themed to a chicken farm? Clever AF. There are themes that could reasonably house a Chick-fil-A inside a theme park—none of those themes currently exist at a SEAS park though.
 
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Why is this a bad thing? They’re getting a well-liked, reliable fast food option



Also as @Zachary said, chain fastfood in a theme park makes it feel cheap to me. I expect that of a Six Flags, not a SEAS park.
 

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Though Disney did this with McDonald's for awhile...

Is it still jarring for you to see a CFA in the Safari Village at KD either?
 

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Though Disney did this with McDonald's for awhile...

Yes, sometimes more tastefully than others, but in my opinion, universally bad. (And, note, Disney has long since reversed course and no longer does this.)

Is it still jarring for you to see a CFA in the Safari Village at KD either?

Technically Planet Snoopy I think... But regardless, yes. And Kings Dominion isn't even a theme park in my opinion.
 
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If they offer SEAS exclusive bears, clothes, and accessories, I'm down with this honestly.
I guess my thing with this is (and we will have to wait and see on the exclusive stuff) I rather see outside restaurants than merchandise. Both will be overpriced but at least the food will have a minimum quality to it. The CFA in HP is really good and better than the other options at times.

I get the theming issues, just pointing this out.

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Article says exclusive clothing and accessories. But not bears. Feel like they missed with that.

As for the…other….issues with CFA; I truly get the issues many many many have with it. Many companies do a ton of virtue signaling in June, so sadly many companies mix message themselves without it being an outside vendor.
 
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I was looking on the other parks websites for any other possible closed down restaurant that might also become a chain fastfood restaurant in park and the Rio loco grill at SeaWorld san antonio has been closed for awhile and it's the only restaurant in the park that remains closed
 

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Remember: it might be hard for SEAS to get other companies to align with them at all... they kinda have a bad reputation.
Or it just happens to be one of the largest and still one of the most actively growing FF chains in the country. It also has a proven track record of running restaurants in parks all of which seem like significant plusses.

I was looking on the other parks websites for any other possible closed down restaurant that might also become a chain fastfood restaurant in park and the Rio loco grill at SeaWorld san antonio has been closed for awhile and it's the only restaurant in the park that remains closed
My prediction is that IF they add one at BGW it goes where Joslyne's is/was. Seems like the most logical place.
 
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