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Price Gouging at Amusement Parks

Samuel Staley
May 22, 2006, 4:15am

Cedarfair, the owner of amusement parks such as Knots Berry Farm in California and Cedarpoint in Ohio, has agreed to buy five amusement parks owned by Paramount for $1.24 billion. The acquired parks include Kings Island outside of Cincinnati and sister parks in Toronto, Richmond (VA) and North Carolina. Fortunately, federal regulators are watching this deal closely to protect consumers from this lifestyle threatening concentration of power:
Cedar Fair, the Sandusky-based owner of Cedar Point & Soak City and six other theme parks, said today that it had signed papers to buy the parent company of Kings Island – Paramount Parks – from CBS Corp. for $1.24 billion in cash. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and closing, but is expected to go through in the third quarter.
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Samuel Staley is Research Fellow


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