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Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, Calif. is 10 acres of adorable fun for small children. Opened in 1950, it’s the longest continually operating storybook theme- park in the U.S., according to Nancy Friedman, who handles media and marketing for the park. “It was the inspiration for Disneyland,” she relates. “Over the 68 years we’ve been open, there have been a lot of changes in the park. For example, we’ve always had live animals, but in the early years we had seals, a monkey, and other exotic animals. ......[read more]
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Celebrating its 60th anniversary this season, Oklahoma City’s rootin’, tootin’ Frontier City theme park is a guest favorite and staple in the area, according to Alyssa Baier, promotions manager for the park. “We started out with some very classic, simple, carnival-like rides, and a Western theme. We had Old West gunfights with staged gunfighters as entertainment. Since we began in 1958, we’ve grown to be a world-class theme park with four major roller coasters and many thrill rides.” She adds that the park ......[read more]
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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags EntertainmentCorporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of Premier Parks, LLC to acquire the lease rights to operate five parks owned by EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR). The parks have previously been operated by Premier Parks, LLC of Oklahoma City. These latest acquisitions will expand the company’s portfolio of North American parks to twenty-five.

“Today’s announcement represents another milestone in our strategic North-American growth initiative to seek out park acquisitions that expand our addressable market,” said Six Flags Chairman, CEO, and President, Jim Reid-Anderson. “These are all fantastic properties that complement our existing portfolio and provide tremendous added value and cross-visitation opportunities for our extensive Membership and Season Pass base.”

The parks joining the Six Flags family are:

  • Wet n’ Wild Splashtown, Houston’s largest waterpark, with more than 48 lush acres and a wide selection of thrilling waterslides and attractions, along with two children’s areas;
  • Wet n’ Wild Phoenix, the largest waterpark in Arizona (located in the Adobe Dam Recreation Area), featuring 35 acres of high-speed slides and two pools, and also offering a Wet n’ Wild Jr. section with kid-friendly versions of some of the park’s most thrilling attractions;
  • Darien Lake near Buffalo, NY, a beautiful resort property located on approximately 1,000 acres that includes a theme park, waterpark, campground, hotel, and a 21,000-seat amphitheater;
  • Frontier City, an iconic part of the Oklahoma City landscape, is steeped in tradition. The park features a western theme and offers an extensive lineup of exciting rides, attractions, and shows geared to every member of the family; and
  • White Water Bay, near Frontier City, a tropical oasis with more than 25 acres of waterslides, interactive water play areas, and pools.
  • Six Flags is the largest regional theme park operator in the world and upon closing of the transactions, will be the largest waterpark operator in North America. With the addition of these five properties that entertained approximately two million guests in 2017, there will be an additional 20 million guests within a 100-mile radius of a Six Flags park, significantly expanding the company’s national footprint.

“We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding properties and employees into our family of parks and look forward to sharing the thrill of Six Flags with guests of all ages in these key markets,” added Reid-Anderson.

Closing of the transactions contemplated by the agreement is expected to occur in June, 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

Read the official release here.

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Posted by: Six Flags Press Release on 5/22/2018

As you know, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary Labor, with the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 H-2B visas if she determines"that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor."

So far, we have not heard anything official from DHS about the release of additional visas. We have heard rumors and seen press reports that indicate that DHS plans to release 15,000 additional visas around the middle of this month.

We need your help to encourage DHS to immediately release all of the additional 69,302 visas. Please take the following actions below.

What Can You Do?

• Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to continue to reach out to DHS and DOL and demand that the Departments to immediately resume H-2B processing up to the full number of visas authorized by the FY18 omnibus appropriations law. You can reach your elected officials at through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 or you can call the toll-free number set up by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at (833) 728-3422. You will be prompted to enter you zip code will then be automatically connected you to your Senators and Representative. Please call today, even if you have done so recently.

• Tweet at Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen and Labor Secretary Acosta about the need for immediate cap relief using #SaveH2B. Their addresses are: @SecretaryAcosta, @USDOL,@SecNielsen, @DHSgovAND your Senators and Representative. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/members-of-congress/members?lang=en. Some sample tweets are below or create your own that talks about the impact of the cap on your business and your American workforce.

• Record a short one-minute video that includes the name and location of your business and the consequences to your business and your domestic workforce if you to not get H-2B workers soon. This can be a simple statement recorded on a cell phone while sitting in your office or out in the field, or you could ask your U.S. workers to record a short video. Send them to Laurie Flanagan at lflanagan@dclrs.comand she will post the videos on H-2B Workforce Coalition Facebook page. You can also tweet this at your DHS, DOL and your elected officials using @saveH2B.

• Send a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed to your local newspapers. A template is attached that you can edit and personalize. Try to make the op-ed relevant to the local economy and keep it to about 750 words.

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Posted by: H2B Workforce Coalition on 5/7/2018
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