The Info List - KECO Entertainment

Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) owned and/or operated six theme parks around the world. The company was originally owned by Taft Broadcasting and in 1984 was purchased for $167.5 million by senior executives and general managers of Taft's Amusement Park Group. In 1992, the company was sold to Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western, and later acquired by Viacom), then the parent of Paramount Pictures, which changed the name of the parks by adding "Paramount's" in front of their names. The park in Australia
was not purchased by Paramount and was sold to a local company. The company was renamed Paramount Parks
Paramount Parks
in 1994, around the time of the Viacom
purchase, and remained in existence until 2006. As part of the 2005 Viacom
split, ownership of Paramount Parks
Paramount Parks
was transferred to the CBS Corporation. CBS, in turn, sold the parks to the Sandusky, Ohio-based amusement park management company Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
on June 30, 2006 (CBS decided that the parks would not fit a new corporate strategy that they were implementing). As of January 2007, Cedar Fair has begun dropping the Paramount name from the individual parks and restoring their original KECO names with new Cedar Fair logos. This transaction also returned the parks to Ohio-based ownership, as Taft was once headquartered in Cincinnati
(meanwhile, Gulf+Western was once headquartered in one of Ohio's neighboring states, Michigan). The company owned:

Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
(sold to Paramount, now owned by Cedar Fair) Great America, Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, California
(Sold to Paramount, now owned by Cedar Fair) Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
Mason, Ohio
(Sold to Paramount, now owned by Cedar Fair) Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
(Sold to Paramount, now owned by Cedar Fair) Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia
Doswell, Virginia
(Sold to Paramount, now owned by Cedar Fair) Australia's Wonderland, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
(Sold to Sunway Group, now defunct) Hanna Barbera Land, Houston, Texas
(sold to Six Flags
Six Flags
and reopened as Splashtown) Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes, California
Palos Verdes, California
(sold to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich then owner of SeaWorld
and promptly closed)

See also[edit]

Hanna-Barbera theme park attractions