Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Overview

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company currently owns and operates 11 large-scale amusement parks across North America, with 10 in the United States and 1 in Ontario, Canada. In addition, it owns and operates two separately gated outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and several park-adjacent hotels.

Additionally, Cedar Fair operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, which is owned by the City of Gilroy in California, United States.

In June 2022, Cedar Fair announced a plan to sell the land of California’s Great America and eventually close the park within 11 years. The company intends to use the funds to invest in its existing destinations such as upgrading the its resorts.

Cedar Fair’s licensing of third-party intellectual property is limited. The most notable example is the Peanuts Characters – via Camp Snoopy – featured at Knott’s Berry Farm. It also licensed the Mass Effect IP from Electronic Arts (EA) for its rides at California’s Great America and Carowinds.

Key facts:

  • 11
    theme parks owned
  • 12
    theme parks operated

Product type

Regional theme parks

Market locations

United States

Canada

Investment

USD 500 million+/-

Strategy

  • Maximize revenue from its existing parks by upgrade and expansions
  • Improvement of guest experience and operations at existing park
  • Targeted marketing and development of adjacent lands

Theme Park Locations

Existing locations

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Existing Theme Parks

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Licensed Theme Parks

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Pipeline Projects

Current Theme Parks

Cedar Point

  • Location

    Sandusky, Ohio, USA

  • Opening Year

    1870

  • Peak Price

    USD 75

     

Dorney Park

  • Location

    Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Opening Year

    1884

  • Peak Price

    USD 60

Knott’s Berry Farm

  • Location

    Buena Park, California, USA

  • Opening Year

    1940

  • Peak Price

    USD 89

Michigan’s Adventure

  • Location

    Muskegon, Michigan, USA

  • Opening Year

    1956

  • Peak Price

    USD 45

Kings Island

  • Location

    Mason, Ohio, USA

  • Opening Year

    1972

  • Peak Price

    USD 75

Carowinds

  • Location

    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

  • Opening Year

    1973

  • Peak Price

    USD 70

Worlds of Fun

  • Location

    Kansas City, Missouri, USA

  • Opening Year

    1973

  • Peak Price

    USD 60

Kings Dominion

  • Location

    Doswell, Virginia, USA

  • Opening Year

    1975

  • Peak Price

    USD 70

California’s Great America

  • Location

    Santa Clara, California, USA

  • Opening Year

    1976

  • Peak Price

    USD 60

Valleyfair

  • Location

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

  • Opening Year

    1976

  • Peak Price

    USD 52

Canada’s Wonderland

  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Opening Year

    1981

  • Peak Price

    CAD 68

Gilroy Gardens

  • Location

    Gilroy, California, USA

  • Opening Year

    2001

  • Peak Price

    USD 45

Notable Intellectual Property