Not the transactions themselves, but what led up to them.
Compare: Both Jazzland and SFWoA experienced declining attendance over a short period of time due largely to poor financial and strategic park management.
Contrast: Jazzland suffered from financial mismanagement that led to understaffing, early park closings and rides promised but not delivered. SFWoA suffered from strategic mismanagement in which Six Flags attempted to offer a Sea World-type experience without the benefit of Sea World's star attraction. Among other things...
Irony: In just over a year, Six Flags has both purchased a park with a besmirched reputation, and has sold a park with a reputation they besmirched.
Irony: Both Ohio Cedar Fair parks (which also happen to be the two closest Big Name Chain parks that I can think of) are located on a lake. In both situations the parks are there because of their lakes.
One of my college English professors once defended poor Alanis' misuse of "irony," in that everything she described was cosmically ironic, which is to say, they weren't truly ironic - they just sucked.
Alanis irony: Mr. Play-it-safe was afraid to ride X-Flight. He packed his sunscreen and kissed his kids goodbye. He waited his whole damn life for just one ride. And when X-Flight broke down while he was in line, he thought, "well isn't this nice?"
Irony: I suggested Cedar Fair picking up Jazzland in 2000, when the park was still looking good. They pass, sighting that it didn't look up to the CF standard. Six Flags buys it a year or so later. In 2004 the same guys buy Geauga Lake.
Maybe not ironic, but interesting you made a topic on two parks that I've talked to them about. I never would have guessed in a million years they would buy the one they did. *** Edited 3/11/2004 6:50:08 PM UTC by Zero-G***