Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Park Chains On The Move

With Six Flag's recent announcement that they are selling 7 more parks, I got to wondering; how long until Six Flags is actually smaller than Cedar Fair?

Six Flags got really big for a while there, and the race wasn't even close. Remember when they had all those parks in Europe? Well those are gone, so are the 7 they just sold, plus Geauga Lake and a few water parks and such.

With Cedar Fair purchasing Paramount Parks, they now have quite a collection of facilities themselves. I wanted to figure it all out, so here goes:

Number of Facilities:

Cedar Fair:
Owned Amusement Parks: 12
Cedar Point
Worlds of Fun
Dorney Park
Michigan's Adventure
Knott's Berry Farm
Geauga Lake
Kings Island
Kings Dominion
Great America
Canada's Wonderland

Managed Amusement Parks: 2

Bonafante Gardens
Star Trek Experience

Water Parks: 5
Oceans of Fun
Soak City (OH)
Soak City (CA)
Soak City (CA)
Soak City (CA)

Hotels: 7
Hotel Breakers
Sandcastle Suites
Knott's Resort Hotel
World's of Fun Village
Lighthouse Point
Breakers Express
Geauga Lake Hotel

Indoor Water Parks: 1
Castaway Bay

Estimated attendance with all parks: 25 million

Six Flags:
Owned Amusement Parks: 12
Six Flags America
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Great Adventures
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Mexico
Six Flags New England
Six Flags St. Louis
La Ronde
Great Escape
American Adventures

Safaris: 1
Six Flags Wild Safari

Owned Water Parks: 3
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (NJ)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (CA)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (TX)

Managed/Leased Amusement/Water Parks: 5
Six Flags Marine World
Six Flags New Orleans
Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags White Water (GA)
Six Flags Over Texas

Managed/Jointly Owned Indoor Waterpark Hotels: 1
Great Escape Hotel

So, it would appear as though Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is really almost as large as Six Flags, if not as large. (depending on other factors such as financials) Back when Cedar Fair had 4 parks I used to compare them to the (then) giant Six Flags. I had no idea what the future held!