amusement parks

Fun and Profit: Amusement Parks are Riding High

Amusement park companies are climbing up the coaster hill, and investors are enjoying the ride. This summer, Six Flags stock hit a new all-time high. Shares of regional amusement park operator Cedar Fair hit a seven-year high on Wednesday. And Disney hit an all-time high on Thursday.

What Makes This Ex-Undercover Boss Different? Love (and a Book)

Two years ago, Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, went incognito into his company's amusement parks on Undercover Boss. This month, he released Love Works, a guide to effective business leadership. And unlike some bosses, it's clear he really gets it.

Amusement-Park Stock Battle: Six Flags vs. Cedar Fair

If you haven't had enough of roller coasters after the ups and downs of the stock market this month, you might consider adding an amusement-park operator to your portfolio. Between Six Flags and Cedar Fair, which stock has the potential to deliver the smoothest returns for investors?

Don't Let Roller Coasters Take You for a Ride

How do you deal with a thief that's 230 feet tall and robs you at 80 miles per hour? Hordes of Americans will descend on amusement parks this weekend, so this is a good time to remind everyone of Murphy's Law of Roller Coasters: If your stuff can get loose, it generally will.

A Theme-Park Pop Could Help Disney Sparkle

The holidays drew sell-out crowds to Disneyland, shutting ticket sales on two days. Could this be a sign that its all-important parks and resorts may turn into money makers in 2011? That would be a big from last year, when they pulled down the company's overall earnings growth.

Can Harry Potter Work Magic for Beleaguered Theme Parks?

he unveiling of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando has officially raised the bar for vacation attractions in summer 2010. The bold move is only one of many strategies that theme parks are using to turn around an industry that has been brutalized by the recession.