Both Elitch Gardens and Darien Lake will now be managed by Herschend Family Entertainment. The change was effective as of today, the 25th of January.
CNL will still own the parks, which means capital expansions will still come from their wallets. I would hope that Herschend's influence is taken seriously when making those selections!
managed by NorPoint Entertainment, which was formed by the park's former owner Jeff Stock specifically to manage it. Jeff owned and operated Wild Waves from 1992 to 2000 when he sold it to Six Flags.
He is encouraged by the fact that CNL seems interested in investing in Wild Waves, unlike previous owners. With the park's infrastructure upgraded over the last decade it is now poised to make even more expansions. We like that!
AMP, the company was also selected to run many of PARC's former family entertainment centers as well, such as the chain of Zuma Fun Centers. It's also worth checking out the biographies of the individuals behind AMP, there's a lot of amusement industry experience between those guys.
operating Frontier City and Whitewater Bay starting this season. They previously formed Premier Parks after acquiring both properties in the early '90s. As we all well know, Premier Parks grew and eventually purchased and created branded Six Flags parks across the globe.
The park's operations have really gone full circle at this point, since CNL purchased the parks from Six Flags in 2007, and in a sense are right back where they started, only with different owners. Confused yet?
These announcements only leave Splashtown in Texas and Waterworld in California as the remaining PARC properties without new management. I have a feeling those decisions have been made, just not yet posted online.
What do you guys think of all the changes?