It's been an... interesting year in the theme park business. A year ago, 2019 looked like it was going to be the year of Disney's Star Wars land. Well, that did end up being the big story of the year, but not for the reasons that Disney had hoped.
Disappointing attendance left the door open for Disney's competitors in 2019. So who took advantage? Which of America's top theme park companies has the best momentum going in the theme park industry right now?
Disney collectors and enthusiasts now have a chance to get their hands on decades of coveted Disney memorabilia dating back to the 1950s.
The History of Disneyland & Walt Disney World auction, hosted by Van Eaton Galleries, will offer a collection of more than 1,500 collectible relics from the Disney dynasty.
The auction will take place December 7-8 and will be preceded by an exhibit of celebrated artifacts from the collection. The exhibit will be open to the public until December 6.
Bidders will be able to vie for historic props, posters, and memorabilia from iconic rides such as the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.
November 13, 2019
Companywide Initiative Encourages Volunteerism
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, continues its longstanding tradition of community service and volunteerism with Project 6, the company’s annual Day of Service. Throughout the fall months, team members from all of the company’s 26 parks and corporate office offer their time and energy to spread the joy of Six Flags and make a difference in the lives of others.
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“Six Flags’ geographic span, coupled with the size, talent and heart of our workforce, affords us the opportunity to inspire real and impactful change,” said Senior Vice President of Human Resources Kathy Aslin. “Celebrating our 10th year of service, Project 6 underscores our commitment to corporate responsibility by helping the communities in which we work, live and play.”
Over the past 9 years, the company has committed more than 60,000 person-hours, working with 100-plus organizations to address the needs of children and families, public welfare or environmental issues. In 2019, Six Flags team members are once again answering the call to go where they are needed.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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The past few weeks have filled news reports with dramatic video and reports of wildfires burning throughout California. The flames and smoke have prompted some to declare the state 'unlivable'. With Southern California the birthplace of the global theme park industry, many readers are concerned about not just the community, but also the beloved theme parks that call it home.
Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane ushers in the 2019 holiday season this weekend.
Beginning Friday and continuing on select dates through Jan. 1, the park transforms itself from a summertime destination to a winter wonderland filled with the lights and sparkle of the holidays.
Santa will listen to Christmas wishes in his indoor, heated Candy Cottage, and his (real) reindeer will welcome visitors outside.
The parent company of Carowinds, Cedar Fair, is facing a $42,000 fine after a worker's hand was severed earlier this year.
A contractor was inspecting the Windseeker ride in March when the incident happened at the top of the ride, 300 feet in the air.
The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Carowinds in September, listing six serious issues. Each one led to a $7,000 fine.
Two areas at a popular Midlands theme park were forced to close this weekend.
Alton Towers saw two areas shut on Saturday, November 9, after a stray firework sparked a blaze.
The theme park apologised for any inconvenience on Saturday following the fire near the Dark Forest and X-Sector areas.
The areas are home to roller coasters including Th13teen, The Smiler and Oblivion, reports
Disneyland’s premises are understandably rife with cringe-worthy dad moments — from one father accidentally cropping his own kids out of a photo op with Buzz Lightyear to another making some apt wisecracks as he recorded a man jumping off Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to retrieve his lost phone.
Rarely, though, do they cause entire attractions to be shut down for the whole day. Yet, a parent with something to prove reportedly triggered such an incident on Sunday afternoon.
Legoland Resorts and Six Flags parks are honoring Veterans Day with special offers. In addition to being open throughout the holiday, both plan unique events to show off the importance of the holiday. Unlike other park options, Sesame Place will not be open for the Veterans Day weekend.