Typical for a maturing industry, there have been numerous changes in theme park ownership over the last several years. Over the past 25 years there has been a strong trend of consolidation. Major corporations control the dominant share of attendance and revenues in the industry. Re-investment is, of course, a key factor in the operation of any park. Now-a-days, major corporate owners in the industry have consolidated parks into chains under one corporate control. The formed chains normally have power to plan and complete large capital expenditure projects, due to the high percentage of the market share they bring combined with revenue sharing between all the properties in the chain. The US and Europe are headquarters for some of the world largest entertainment chains.
Disney (Disney Resort Parks, Hotels, Cruse Line), Six Flags Inc. (Six Flags, White Water Water Parks), Universal Studios (Universal Parks, Wetn’ Wild), Sea World Parks & Ent. (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place), Cedar Fair (Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, former Paramount Parks), Herschend Family Ent. (Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, Wild Adventure), CNL Lifestyle Properties (Theme parks, Ski Resorts, Wet n’ Wild Water parks, FEC’s)
Parques Reunidos(Parque de Attractions, Mirabilandia, Kennywood Ent. parks, Palace Entertainment FEC’s and water parks), Merlin Ent. (Legoland, Madame Tussauds Museums, The Dungeons Attractions, Alton Towers Resort), CDA Group (Walibi World Parks, Parc Asterix, Pleasurewood Hills)