Disney execs did steer the company in the wrong direction, but management at Six Flags wreaked havoc on a national scale over dozens of parks...leaving a mess that will take years to fix, if it ever gets fixed anyway.
Cedar Fair's great sin in recent times is reducing the 125 year old Geauga Lake from a nice regional park into a mediocre water park. Paramount parks have gotten new rides alright...from the corpse of Geauga Lake. Firehawk (KI), Dominator (KD), Carolina Cobra (Carowinds), Voodoo (Dorney), Thunderhawk (Michigans Adventure), Firefall (Great America). All are additions in the last few years, all former rides from Geauga Lake. At least they are out of those now, and are bringing out new coasters in the next couple of years.
Thankfully, John Lasseter is now in charge and working hard to save this park. I (heart) Lasseter.
Kennywood- Pittsburgh, PAHersheypark- Hershey, PAHoliday World- Santa Claus, INSilver Dollar City- Branson, MODollywood- Pigeon Forge, TNMorey's Piers- Wildwood, NJRye Playland- Rye NY
Affordability, family atmosphere, and charm still exists at these places. Most are either independent or owned by small companies who can't afford to dazzle you with eye candy, but also can't afford to not be competitive by charging high prices or cutting corners on genuine customer service, quality, and atmosphere. We are talking about villians in this thread, these parks are some of the good guys.
There are other theme park villains, too:
Who?Southern Baptist Convention (and similar religious sects)Why?Trying to boycott Orlando theme parks and theme park-owned companies for their open celebrations of "Gay Days"
Who?Evil TouristsWhy?Too many reasons to count - whining, disobeying rules, general idiocy, etc.
I'm too tired to think of others at the moment.
He was there purely to generate a profit for the shareholders and , while that's no bad thing in itself, it was being done at the expense of very people Walt and Roy set out to entertain.
Family entertainment are not two dirty words. Walt perceived his patrons as guests and his staff as cast members.It's not naive to want this ethic to continue in the new millenium. It's what set Disney apart from the other runners in the field.It's what made Disney such a magical experience in whatever medium it happened to be.
Sure you have to be competetive and show a profit. But there are better ways of going about it. Just ask Roy Disney.