The thought of Kennywood coming under SF control scares me too... The chain has come a long way, but they are still cheapskates and I could certainly see them railroading any remaining historic charm to squeeze in more advertising, games, and cheap rides.
Fortunately it seems Magic Springs and FC are "safe". I use quotation marks mainly for Magic Springs, because who knows what the real plan is even now. I am glad they are pushing the park again. Perhaps this summer will show them what is worth truly investing in - depending on whether or not people show up and what they show up for.
If the goal is to use the gold passes to feed the larger parks, more parks than in the northeast will be needed. And geographically speaking, magic Springs is good spot. Like I said not too close but in the middle of Arlington and St. Louis with with Atlanta and San Antonio still doable. I imagine this would be to increase the near give away price of Gold Passes and get them up to close to 100 dollars in instead of 55 to 65 dollars ( yes, darn cheap) they promo them for now. They likely figure a typical family may go to one of the other parks for that pass year year and isn't like me, and plan on exploiting the heck out of it.
(StL, America, Great Adventure, Atl, Arlington and San Antonio this year). If they can get folks that buy these parks passes to pay 80 bucks to 100 bucks for a gold, it's not really that much off a GA tix if they only get to one other. It's the lure of multiple parks that's the bait.
That one water park over in Cali they once owned, was announced as a Premier managed park by the same folks that bough Magic Springs and Frontier (it's an REIT so long term ownership ain't their thing, return on investment is)They yanked it and it went to Six Flags again as they once owned it.
The truth is that I own a little of SIX stock as part of a portfolio of theme park related stocks. If you had bought into Six and Cedar during the recession you have had made a killing. I cobbled it together about 3 1/2 years ago and still have done well.
Magic Springs has plenty of space to dump used rides, a Tony Hawk spinner would be a nice addition there.