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Paramount Parks was an operator of theme parks and attractions, which annually attracted about 13 million patrons. Viacom had assumed control of the company as part of its acquisition of Paramount Pictures in 1994. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ferris wheel Amusement park is the more generic term for a collection of amusement rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a fairly large group of people. ... Viacom (pronounced with a long i as in eye) began life as CBS Films, the television syndication division of CBS. In 1971, the division was renamed VIACOM (VIdeo & Audio COMmunications), and in 1973 it was spun off, amid new FCC rules forbidding television networks from owning syndication companies (the rules... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


The company once owned and operated five theme parks in North America and managed Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, California. From late 2001 until late 2004, Paramount Parks also managed Terra Mítica, an amusement park in Benidorm, Valencia, Spain. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gilroy (IPA: ) is the southmost city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. According to the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 41,464. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Terra Mítica is a theme park in Benidorm, Spain. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name València (Valencian) Spanish name Valencia Founded 137 BC Postal code 46000-46080 Website http://www. ...

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History

Paramount Communications, previously known as Gulf and Western, in turn had acquired the parks from Nelson Schwab and his management group. Schwab and his KECO Entertainment acquired the group in a management-led LBO from the Taft Broadcasting Company, which had built Kings Island in Cincinnati using cast off rides from Cincinnati's Coney Island [1] and to this day there is a small area in the Cincinnati park called "Coney Island" (Named "Coney Mall" in later years) still featuring some of those original rides. Paramount Communications resulted from the 2000 restructuring and renaming of Gulf and Western Industries, Inc. ... Gulf and Western Industries, for a number of years known as Gulf+Western, was a United States conglomerate. ... KECO(Kings Entertainment Company) owned and/or operated 6 theme parks around the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... Coney Island is an amusement park in the California area of Hamilton County, on the banks of the Ohio River east of Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


The parks were part of Viacom's Blockbuster Entertainment division until 2002 when they were moved back to Paramount Pictures. After another Viacom corporate shuffle in 2004 the parks became part of Viacom Recreation, a division of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks. Blockbuster logo Blockbuster Video, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA, is the name of the largest chain of video tape, video game and DVD rental shops in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Germany and Taiwan. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel. ...


In early 2006, as Viacom went through a corporate split (creating a new version of Viacom and renaming the original company CBS Corporation), Paramount Parks was assigned to CBS Corporation. Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ...


Each of the individual Paramount parks maintained their own individual names and identities until 1993, when they were each granted the "Paramount's" prefix (Paramount's Kings Island, Paramount's Great America, etc). Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Sale to Cedar Fair

On January 27, 2006, the CBS Corporation announced its intent to sell Paramount Parks due to the fact that it didn't fit well within the company's core business (producing and distributing television content). A number of groups expressed interest in purchasing the company, several placed bids, and on May 22, 2006 it was announced that regional theme park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment Company had outbid competitors and intended to purchase all five parks in the Paramount chain, including Star Trek: The Experience and the management agreement of Bonfante Gardens. is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, legally known as Cedar Fair, L.P.,(NYSE: FUN) is a publicly-traded company based in Sandusky, Ohio that owns and operates amusement parks in North America. ... The view from the outside of the Las Vegas Hilton Star Trek: The Experience is a theme park at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, based on the fictional Star Trek universe. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


On June 30, 2006, Cedar Fair announced that it had completed its acquisition of Paramount Parks from CBS Corporation in a cash transaction valued at $1.24 billion. Shortly following the transfer of ownership, Cedar Fair began the process of integrating the two companies by eliminating the Paramount Parks corporate office in Charlotte, North Carolina and transferring all decision-making to Cedar Fair's offices in Sandusky, Ohio. is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS, NYSE: CBSA) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Aerial view of Sandusky, Ohio on Sandusky Bay Muddy brown water fills Sandusky Bay, just south of Lake Erie in this astronaut photograph. ...


The individual parks continued to operate under their Paramount names during the 2006 season, however Cedar Fair began removing the Paramount name and logo from the parks in January 2007. The names of the parks were changed back to their original pre-Paramount names with the Cedar Fair corporate logo added.


Former Properties

Amusement Parks

Paramount's Carowinds logo

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gilroy (IPA: ) is the southmost city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. According to the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 41,464. ... Canadas Wonderland (often referred to locally as Wonderland) is a 330 acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, 30 kilometres north of Toronto, Ontario. ... Motto: The City above Toronto Vaughans location in York Region. ... Carowinds is a 105 acre theme park, located adjacent to I-77 on the stateline between North and South Carolina, in Charlotte and Fort Mill, respectively. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Fort Mill is a town in York County, South Carolina, and a suburb of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... View of Great America from above Great America is an amusement park owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. ... Location of Santa Clara within Santa Clara County, California. ... Kings Dominion is a 400 acre amusement park located in Doswell in Hanover County 23 miles (37 km) north of Richmond, Virginia and 83 miles (134 km) south of Washington, DC on Interstate 95. ... Doswell is located in Hanover County and in the Central Region of the state of Virginia. ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... {{Infobox City image_seal=Mason, Ohio Seal. ... Terra Mitica is a theme park in the holiday resort of Benidorm, Spain. ... Location of Alicante province in Spain. ...

Water Parks

Boomerang Bay is a chain of three water parks owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. ... Carowinds is a 105 acre theme park, located adjacent to I-77 on the stateline between North and South Carolina, in Charlotte and Fort Mill, respectively. ... Kings Island is a 364 acre (1. ... View of Great America from above Paramounts Great America is an amusement park located in Santa Clara, California. ... Splash Works is a water park in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, located in Paramount Canadas Wonderland, which is owned by Cedar Fair, L.P. Splash Works is a 20 acre water park that is located at the opposite end of the park from the entrance. ... Canadas Wonderland (often referred to locally as Wonderland) is a 330 acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, 30 kilometres north of Toronto, Ontario. ... Sewage is domestic, municipal, or industrial liquid waste products. ... Kings Dominion is a 400 acre amusement park located in Doswell in Hanover County 23 miles (37 km) north of Richmond, Virginia and 83 miles (134 km) south of Washington, DC on Interstate 95. ... Raging Waters is the name of two water theme parks located in San Dimas and San Jose, California, USA. They are the largest water parks in the state of California. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ...

Other

Note: All Paramount Parks offered the water park free with park admission The view from the outside of the Las Vegas Hilton Star Trek: The Experience is a theme park at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, based on the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Vegas redirects here. ...


Paramount Action FX Theater

A simulator ride in Paramount Parks with two sides - one is 3-dimensional the other shows films. Simulator rides are a type of amusement park ride, where the audience is shown a movie while their seats move to correspond to the action on screen. ...


In 1994, Paramount Parks opened a two-sided motion simulator called Days Of Thunder, based on the movie Days of Thunder. This ran from 1994 to 1997. In 1998, Days Of Thunder was replaced with James Bond 007: License to Kill. In 2001, the theme park presented The 7th Portal (based on the web comic by Stan Lee) as a three dimensional ride in which the riders help the Data Raiders fight the Nullifiers. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Days of Thunder is an auto racing drama film released in 1990 by producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The 7th Portal is the name of a webisode series created by Stan Lee. ...


In 2003, SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D made its debut at the theme park. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D is a ride based upon the popular television series SpongeBob SquarePants. ...


In 2006, The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera was presented. It had been in a four-year hiatus after its last run in 2002 at Universal Studios Florida. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera is the name of a syndicated block of animated television programming and a former ride at Universal Studios Florida. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Universal Studios Florida is a theme park in Orlando, Florida, part of the Universal Orlando Resort. ...


External links

Former Paramount Park Sites


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Paramount Parks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Paramount Parks is an operator of theme parks and attractions, which annually attract about 13 million patrons.
Paramount, previously known as Gulf and Western, in turn had acquired the parks from Nelson Schwab and his management group which included current parks' president (as of 2005) Al Weber.
The parks were part of Viacom's Blockbuster Entertainment division until 2000 when they were placed under Tom McGrath at Paramount Pictures who served as chairman until 2005.
Paramount Pictures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3281 words)
Paramount was split in two, with the 1,500-screen theater chain handed to the new United Paramount Theaters on December 31, 1949.
Paramount Pictures was unconnected to Paramount Records, until it purchased the rights to use Paramount Records' name (but not its catalogue) in the late 1960s.
Paramount's mountain was fl with the Gulf + Western byline positioned on a single line at the bottommost of the mountain, surrounded by an animated white circle, this in turn encircled by white stars.
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