Tuesday, August 6, 2002 6:59 PM

Can one park company buy another park from another park company?

For example, say CF wanted to buy Six Flags Great America for whatever reason. Could CF pay SF to get the park? Or could they make a trade off like MIA for SFEG? It's kinda like trading in sports, you get what you bargain.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 7:07 PM

You can do anything, the question is, why would you?

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 7:11 PM

If you ask me MIA for SFEG isn't a fair trade. SFEG isn't horrible, but Shivering Timbers looks awsome.

I like the idea, but it wouldn't make much sense. Whereas in sports, you trade players to make up the best team. But amusement parks are all about Location, Location, Location. Unless they strategically trade coasters and rides.

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 8/6/2002. ***

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 7:34 PM
Busch sold Sea World to Six Flags.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 7:57 PM

Yeah, as far as I know chains have only sold parks, not traded.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 8:15 PM

Well, that kinda goes with my first example. I could see CF buying a park from another company. But, the thing is, there are hardly any more parks *to* buy. Aren't the easiest ones to buy the small family owned parks? If all of them get bought, then I think parks will start trading and swapping.

The only problem with buying one park from another company is the owner of the park that is going to be bought can choose the price. If CP wanted to buy SFEG, then Six Flags could charge anything they want to. They could charge as much as they would for a SFMM or CP like park.

BTW, Is there any "in the middle" company that can is basically the owner and big time enforcer of park rules and stuff? Like kind of the comprimiser between parks and the big communicator? I guess it's like the actual NFL association and all it's teams. Like the big comprimiser is the actaul NFL association and all the teams are like the park companies.

It's kinda confusing, I know. I think I'm thinking if the IAAPA or something. Sorry if I'm not making sense.

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If you like Wicked Twister in the back, does that mean you like to get screwed in the rear?

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Tuesday, August 6, 2002 8:17 PM
Not to sound mean or offensive, but some of you guys should really take a business class. Honestly.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 12:46 AM
And you know so much about buisness Valleyfair Fan?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 6:35 AM

SpongeBobAlex said:

Aren't the easiest ones to buy the small family owned parks? If all of them get bought,



But they won't all get bought. Some families have more pride in their parks than the pretty check waved in front of them.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 6:38 AM

Yeah, there are still some family owned parks out there that will refuse to sell out. Personally, I admire that and the only reason on family park should sell out is it meant the future of the park all-together.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:39 AM

I don't think we'll see Six Flags Holiday World or Six Flags Elysburg (Knoebels) for a long time.

I guess alot would depend on how bad a company would want a park and how much they are willing to spend for it. Also how many visitors can they get from a paticular area.

Take Dorney for instance in about a two hour driving distance you have NYC, Allentown, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Scranton, And a lot of Jersey. All those cities mean lots of possible visitors. The nearest Parks are Hershey about an hour away, SFGAdv, and Knoebels each about an hour and a half. Even with those 3 parks theres still several million possible guests.

I think if companys buy other park most of them will be over seas. I don't see any parks being traded like baseball cards any time soon.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 8:00 AM

Blink3020 said:
And you know so much about buisness Valleyfair Fan?


Not a lot, but being in my 3rd year on a Business Administration major I know that businesses try and stay away from regulatory commissions as much as possible.

Amusement Parks already have the IAPPA and heck I believe PA even has their own Amususement Park organization so why would a park want to spend a truck load of money to do something that SpongeBob suggested. Quite frankly, the suggestion through me for a loop.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 2:46 PM

Valleyfair Fan said:
Not to sound mean or offensive, but some of you guys should really take a business class. Honestly.

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I thought this site was also about 'explaining' and not 'flaming' things to eachother...

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