It turns out that the easiest way to frighten a Knott’s Berry Farm fan isn’t with jump scares in a Scary Farm maze or chainsaw-wielding zombies lurking in the fog of Ghost Town.
It’s to say the words “Six Flags Knott’s Berry Farm.”
The news that Six Flags had made a $4 billion offer to buy Knott’s corporate parent, Cedar Fair, stunned and enraged theme park fans around the nation. Knott’s fans especially recoiled at the thought of Six Flags running their favorite park.
It’s not that Knott’s fans don’t like Six Flags. I and many other Knott’s fans love Six Flags Magic Mountain and appreciate Six Flags’ commitment to building some of the best thrill rides in the business. But Cedar Fair and Six Flags take very different approaches toward running their parks. Many fans love having that choice between these two types of parks. We don’t want to lose it.