The parent company of Ohio rollercoaster parks Cedar Point and Kings Island has announced it will be merging with the world's largest regional theme park operator.

Thursday morning, the announcement came that Cedar Fair will merge with Six Flags Entertainment.

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The plan is to create "a more robust operating model and a strong revenue and cash flow generation profile," according to the press release from both companies.

Richard Zimmerman, who is president and chief executive officer of Cedar Fair, who is excited about their plans.

"Our merger with Six Flags will bring together two of North America's iconic amusement park companies to establish a highly diversified footprint and a more robust operating model to enhance park offerings and performance."

He continued.

"Together, we will have an expanded and complementary portfolio of attractive assets and intellectual property to deliver engaging entertainment experiences for guests."

The company has NO plans to close the parks outside of their normal seasons, and times, and believes the transition should be seamless.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, who also owns Kings Island, is headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. They own and operate 13 properties, including 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, and resorts.

Cedar Point's New (old) Coaster in 2024

Cedar Point is a staple in the amusement park world for the Midwest, and have plans to make 2024 one of their most exciting. Even with the changeover to Six Flags, they'll be adding new attractions.

One of the most anticipated is the Top Thrill 2 Roller coaster, which will replace the original Top Thrill Road, also known as "The Dragster."

Those who have visited the park in the past may remember this ride as one of the fastest in the park. Now, it's even higher, and faster. It's two track towers will surpass 420 feet, and riders will peak at 120 mph on the launch, followed by a backward trip on the track, still reaching speeds more than 100 mph.

Inside the Abandoned Sea World of Ohio Park

The park took almost 3 years and $5.5 million to build giving visitors experiences such as attractions like Shamu, Dolphin Cove, the Pearl Diving Pool, and the Shark Encounter to enjoy from 1970 to 2000. What was left behind was reclaimed by nature and tough to see for those that loved spending time there. Take a look at the sad nostalgia in decay.

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