Yosemite’s Big Trees Lodge, formerly the Wawona Hotel. Photo by Edward Smith.
Written by The Business Journal Staff
After years in court, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite Inc., a subsidiary of Delaware North, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, an Aramark subsidiary, have settled a lawsuit filed by Delaware North in regards to name changes to several of the park’s iconic structures and locations.
DNC Parks and Resorts ran the park’s lodging, retail and food services for more than 20 years before Yosemite Hospitality LLC replaced it in 2016. The concessionaire filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service claiming ownership of some of the park’s trade names and trademarks.
The Ahwahnee Hotel became the Majestic Yosemite Hotel; Yosemite Lodge at the Falls became Yosemite Valley Lodge; the Wawona Hotel became Big Trees Loge; Curry Village became Half Dome Village and Badger Pass Ski Area changed to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard area.
As part of the $12 million settlement paid to DNC Parks and Resorts, names that were changed during the lawsuit will go back to their original names. Upon the expiration or termination of Aramark’s contract, the trademarks and service marks will transfer to the National Park Service at no cost.
The settlement also calls for payments to Delaware North from Aramark and the National Park Service to resolve any and all contractual disputes stemming from Delaware North’s departure as a concessionaire at Yosemite, and Aramark’s assumption of its concession contract.