Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. has sold its Dutch Wonderland amusement park in Lancaster County to Palace Entertainment, the U.S. subsidiary of Parques Reunidos.
Garrett Gallia, spokesman for Hershey Entertainment, said his company had not offered Dutch Wonderland for sale, but was approached by officials with Palace Entertainment. He said the sale will help Hershey Entertainment concentrate on its Hershey holdings, including Hersheypark and the Hotel Hershey.
"In the past ten years, we have been growing our destination here in Hershey," he said. "By selling, we can devote all our energies to Hershey."
Entertainment is the nation’s largest operator of water parks and family entertainment centers. Based in California, Palace operates seven amusement parks, 10 water parks and 21 family entertainment centers in 11 states. It has three theme parks and one water park in Pennsylvania: Kennywood, Idlewild, Soak Zone and Sandcastle, which are located in the Pittsburgh area. It hosts more than 14 million visitors annually at 38 locations across the United States.
The companies had been in negotiations over the sale since May. Neither Gallia nor Palace Entertainment spokesman Rolf Paegart would reveal the selling price.
Paegart called Dutch Wonderland "a wonderful park that fits well with the company's portfolio.
He said there are no immediate plans for changes at the park.
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Last edited by ItsDavidU on Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:12 pm.
To be honest though, Dutch Wonderland does seem like it *fits* Palace's park profile more than it does Hersheypark. If you've ever been there it feels a lot more like a larger FEC than an actual park the way it's right on the street and surrounded by other FEC-like places. And with Palace owning properties like Castle Park, Story Land, and Boomers, this is much more like those.
I can't speak to how well/not well Palace runs parks, but this does seem like a better fit for them.
Last edited by robbalvey on Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:14 pm.
^^Yeah, please explain. I didn't see anything wrong with the park during our visit in 2008, of course that was my only visit so I have nothing to compare it too. But, I'd say the Boulder Dash retrack was highly successful which was done under their watch.
Last edited by ernierocker on Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:04 pm.
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