I'm not sure I buy this. There are almost no markets in which there is a significant overlap. Magic Mountain is northwest of LA, while Knotts is to the southeast by Disneyland with several million people in the middle that are probably more influenced by traffic than price. CA Great America is in the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, while SF Discovery Kingdom is well to the north; most of the people who live in that market have another traffic hellscape to get to one or both. SF America is the eastern Maryland suburbs of DC, within easy driving distance to Baltimore while Kings Dominion is almost two hours south of DC, but fairly close to Richmond. None of the others are within 3 hours of each other, unless there's a pair I'm not thinking of. These are mostly drive-to/regional draws. If few of them are competing on price, pricing power seems iffy as a rationale.The move shows how Six Flags, already the world’s largest regional theme park operator, wants to expand its footprint so it can increase ticketing pricing power, even as Chief Executive James Reid-Anderson is preparing to retire by the end of February.
That would explain why I've stayed at Breakers Express and at Lighthouse Point. Naturally, at the time, we thought *we* were the ones making the choice.Six Flags isn't really worried about gate integrity (the price someone pays to get in) and works hard to upsell later. Cedar Fair is more focused on the gate, though both are starting to bend towards the other. Cedar Fair also has more out-of-park investment in the form of hotels, etc.
Interesting. Did not know.CF focuses on dividend returns, SF on share price growth.
Perhaps a somewhat charitable summary of that discussion.There's a lot of discussion about this over on Coaster Buzz. It can be summarized with "Six Flags would ruin Cedar Fair" so maybe worth avoiding.