The parent company of Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks is merging with Six Flags.

A press release Thursday from parent company Cedar Fair said the merger should be completed sometime next year, and will result in an $8-billion company with 27 amusement parks, 15 water parks, and nine resorts.

The new company will keep the name Six Flags.

TV station KMBC reported it’s unknown so far if any changes are coming for Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun.

Worlds of Fun opened in May of 1973 and was founded by Lamar Hunt, the late owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. Oceans of Fun opened nine years later in May of 1982.

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