I think a lot of it may have to do with CF taking ownership of the Paramount Parks. Even though those parks were already more successful than their own, they still instituted policy changes and introduced their cedar-fairisms.
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Obviously, the larger an entity becomes the more flack it takes, whether in the form of envy or media bashing. I personally haven't seen too much bashing, just the usual "what is management thinking?!" and Maverick's problems earlier this year.
Six Flags has started to improve again, and that is credible stuff to talk about. Even the "ignorant" general public has noticed (aka my friends who go just to go, and could care less about Shapiro and coaster trims, or trash for that matter).
Cedar Fair is becoming huge, and really making its footprint in the industry. Of course with that power will come troubles, and I guess it's up to the handy critical parade known as us to analyze them.
SF has stopped being bashed (for the most part) because they are at least TRYING make their parks better and they are trying to bring themselves up to being a well respected park chain amongst park-goers. Their parks are improving greatly over the last couple of seasons.
CF...I can't really put my finger on the reason they're being bashed, but I think that the generic themes, lack of trees and shade and the charm that many of the CF parks once had is being lost.
My biggest comlaint is that Cedar Fair is trying to make all their parks as similar as possible. They've all got those boring logos and many of the parks are transitioning towards chain-wide unifoconcerned with the Cedar Fair image rather than how to rms for employees. They seem more best fulfill the potential in each individual park.
I think I have to agree with Audioslaved. I've heard much more positive things about SF since Shapiro took over, and I think all of this improvement is making people wonder why Cedar Fair isn't improving as much as SF has.
SF made a smart move. They killed the Magic Mountain v Cedar Point rivalry for now and made it a full SF v CF competition, and apparently, SF is finally winning.
Honestly, I think people got tired of bashing Six Flags. It got to the point where there was nothing left to say because everything had already been said. Cedar Fair was the obvious target after that. The company was growing and it's no secret there's a lot of Cedar Fair love on this site so it makes sense that people decided to beat up on them instead of Six Flags.