What just happened to Great America
It was announced on June 27 2022 that Cedar Fair sold the land under California's Great America. The plan is for Cedar Fair to keep the park running for up to 11 years. They signed a long term lease with Prologis. My guess is that they will keep the park open while the real estate development is planned and approved. I have the feeling that will take years.
I feel that Cedar Fair is battening down the hatches for a recession. California's Great America a is under performing but highly valuable assist. I went to the Season Pass Holders Party night in March of 2020. It was clear to me they had big plans for the 2020 season. I think that was the only day CGA was only for the 2020 season. It seems like the world turned against Cedar Fair's plans.
There were a bunch of stuff that never came to Great America. They had only been open five days a week for much of the season. It seems like they have struggled with staffing. I have notices the food and customer service is not as good.
In 2019 Cedar Fair purchased the land under Great America from the City of Santa Clara for $150 million. They flipped it for twice what they paid. I wonder how many people in Santa Clara feel like a sucker. I really want to hear a tick tock of what happened. I'm not sure any news outlets will cover this.
This really a sad thing. Great America has been one of my happy places over the last few years. Since 2018 I've been to Great America a lot. I go there for lunch and a roller coaster ride while working at Arlo.
I started a Theme Park Instagram account in the last few years. I have taken joy in going to theme parks and riding roller coaster. Maybe this is a sign I need to move onto to a new obsession.
There is a change that California's Great America is dying so the rest of the rest of the Cedar Fair parks can live. That is cold comfort for people around here.