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Darien Lake season will be 'business as usual' after sale

The operator of Darien Lake Theme Park says visitors won't see changes during the upcoming season after the Genesee County attraction was sold this week.

CNL Lifestyle Properties completed its sale of Darien Lake Theme Park to EPR Properties on Thursday.

Darien Lake has new owner, who isn't talking about theme park's future

The theme park was part of a bundle of entertainment properties purchased by EPR for $456 million.

The park's operator, Premier Parks, will remain in place. It signed a 40-year operating lease with EPR that covers Darien Lake and 11 other theme and water parks, including Rapids in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Myrtle Waves in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Premier Parks president and CEO Kieran Burke said the upcoming season will be "business as usual" and that parkgoers will not see any changes in the park's day-to-day operations. He also said the deal will bring the park "greater stability and investment" in the future.

"Darien Lake has an even brighter future under this new agreement with EPR Properties as it gives Premier Parks new resources to grow and improve our theme and water parks," Burke said in a statement.

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EPR Properties is a publicly traded, Missouri-based real estate investment trust. CNL Lifestyle Properties is a real estate investment fund based in Orlando.


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