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Edit: Coney's website has a nice history:
Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes
*** This post was edited by bigkirby 4/24/2003 9:05:05 PM ***
A slower, but more scenic and more direct route is Kellogg Ave West to downtown Cincinnati, then North on IR-71 to Kings Island.
Oh, wait a minute, that's not what you were asking about...!
Well, others have covered it pretty well...perhaps someone can help flesh out this slightly longer timeline:
Taft Broadcasting buys Coney Island
Taft builds Kings Island
Taft moves flat rides to Kings Island and closes AND STRIPS Coney Island, but does not sell
Taft splits into several divisions, and Kings Entertainment Corp. (KECO) is formed
Taft's devolution continues; ultimately Coney Island's ownership passes to Citicasters and KECO is spun off
North American Financial (Carl Lindner) buys Kings Island from KECO, but retains KECO to manage the park
North American sells the Hanna-Barbera assets to Turner Entertainment; Turner launches the Cartoon Network
Paramount buys Kings Entertainment and Canada's Wonderland (Wonderland had been managed by KECO)
Paramount buys Kings Island
Citicasters' Park River Corp. begins redeveloping Coney Island, now that the corporate parent no longer owns Kings Island
(I think somewhere in here, Citicasters became Clear Channel Communications, but I am not positive)
Time-Warner (owner of Six Flags) buys Turner Entertainment, which explains how Scooby Doo ended up at Six Flags as well as at Taft/KECO/Paramount
Viacom buys Paramount
Blockbuster Entertainment buys Viacom
Viacom buys CBS
Park River Corp. buys (forecloses on?) Americana
Park River closes Americana, sells to Jerry Couch
Okay, now the five Paramount parks, Coney Island, Americana, and Six Flags are all very confusingly tied together. Anybody want to make sense of this mess? :)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
It is my personal belief that Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003. I'll let you know if anything is announced.
Coney Island survived because of Sunlite Pool, a huge swimming pool that didn't fit into the plans for the new park. Sunlite was the nucleus around which the new Coney grew.
Parker starred as Davy Crockett in a few movies for Disney in the 1950's and although not involved in the operation of Disneyland, made frequent appearances. He's an extremely successful businessman who made a fortune in real estate so his theme park proposal was a very serious prospect.
Citicasters was bought out by Jacor which in turn was bought out by Clear Channel.
Eventually acquistions and mergers will result in all the amusement park chains being owned by each other in one of those "I'm my own grandpa" situations.
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