The world’s largest amusement park has closed, the second-largest amusement park in North America has been sold, and the third-largest in North and South America has announced it is ending its season.
Read moreThe closing of the Pittsburgh and Portland parks will leave approximately 4 million visitors and visitors to the parks alone, according to the amusement park’s parent company, Universal Parks & Resorts.
A spokesperson for Universal Parks said the company would not provide any further details.
Universal Parks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I would like to thank the millions of people who visited the Pittsburgh park in the last four years, and their families and friends who have supported us through the years,” Universal Parks CEO Brian DeLuca said in a statement.
“I would also like to acknowledge the thousands of employees, contractors and volunteers who made this park what it is today.
I am grateful for all the support and gratitude from our guests and guests and their community.”
Cliff’s announced Thursday that it would end its season in 2019.
In its statement, the company said the closure of the park was “a difficult decision.”
“Cliffs legacy will live on through our guests who continue to be the heart of our community and our families,” Cliff’s said.
“It was a great honor to share the stage with thousands of visitors and friends from all over the world for many years.
We will miss the fun, but we are thrilled to announce we will be shutting down in 2019.”
The closure of Cliff’s in 2017 sparked a national debate about the safety of amusement parks and how they manage crowds.
The park’s closure came at a time when attendance at many parks was declining, and many were closing their gates in an attempt to reduce crowds.
In March, an employee at the park in Wisconsin was injured when a fan hit a railing and broke her ankle.
In December, a man died after he was run over by a vehicle during a high-roller ride at a Cliff’s party in New York City.
The death prompted a new investigation into the park and its management.