I'll check up on Geauga Lake in 2005 when they really become what they want to be, as 2004 is too much of a transition year... but considering I've only been to there since 2001 when it was Worlds of Adventure, I don't have any nastalgia of Geauga Lake, so to me... it's like taking away something that was going great.
To the locals, it's like bringing something back what was once lost.
It was also nice to see how enthusiastic and happy the workers and ops were. Or not. Most of them looked bored or tired, they were loading X-Flight ever so slowly for something that already takes a long time, and the guys at Double Loop let a family reride in the front seat and made us wait another train. It was cool to hear the rumors floating about Steel Venom (and we got a couple X-Flight) leaving to Michigan's Adventure. Great job guys! Show them how Cedar Fair does.
I couldn't see anywhere where the park had improved. It actually seemed worse or equal for the most part.
Anyways, more fun was to be had at SFWOA IMO. I spent 6-8 hrs. there three times last year and I was done in an hour and a half the other night... but we decided to stay for 3 hrs. to find the fun. We eventually found it on the front seat on Dominator at 9:53 then on Villain in the back seat at 9:59... and again at 10:00 when it broke down on the lift for 10 minutes... and again when we got a re-ride since we got stuck (yay for Kristin's pouty face!). I enjoyed that day a lot. We *were* at Kennywood until 5 though. :)
Favorite ride op quotes of the day-
"The fun is when you go home."
"The fun is *in* the back (of the park). That's where we do the nasty."
"The fun isn't in the back seat, but the speed is."
"The pain is back."
I have been there twice this year, once in the beginning of the season and the second a couple days ago and it seems like Cedar Fair likes to change ride policies. At the beginning of the season you couldn't bring any bags on the Villain. Now you can. And you could bring bags with you on the Double Loop at the beginning, and now you can't. Is it really that hard to stick to the same ride policies for one season?
Also, I find it absolutely absurd that you cannot leave items on the platforms for the rides. Especially at Dominator where they tell you to put carry on items in lockers at the front of the park. I think this season is definately worse than any Six Flags year with rude employees on numerous occassions and other employees who have appeared to just not care about their jobs.
When I heard the news of SFWoA being bought by Cedar Fair, I was really excited and thought, thank goodness Six Flags is gone. But now I definately miss it and truly wish Cedar Fair had never bought it.
Also, has anyone else noticed that the park services people sort of congregate in the bathrooms. I seen groups ranging from 2 to about 7 just standing around in the bathrooms almost every time I went in.
And at what point did Cedar Point ever advertise itself as the "family park" of the chain? Family friendly, sure, but the family park? Not a chance in the world. Can you honestly tell me that Cedar Point would be doing as good as it is by adding let's say two small flat rides and maybe a kiddie coaster instead of it's Intamin trio? That's family friendly isn't it? And while we're at it making money, let's put multi-million dollar investments into backwater parks that get small comparative attendance no matter what's there instead of pouring that money into the signature park that's a destination. Wow, sure making a lot of sense ... what's next, -Danny?
I don't understand why anyone who truly enjoys coaster riding (instead of coaster complaining) thinks that a park that's empty with no lines for some great coasters is a bad thing? The whole park was a rushjob, they had less than a month really to get the work done they needed done. In three months, they'll have a whole standard off-season to get themselves into the shape they want to be in. *** Edited 7/30/2004 2:34:15 AM UTC by Impulse-ive***
From a more historic perspective, the fun was there. As an early teen I lived within a mile or so of Geauga Lake (Aurora Shores for anyone who cares) and visited many times. I saved up my $5 and went as much as I could. I loved rainy days as the park might close a little early and provide rain checks for another day. Geauga Lake was fun, and it was small. They kept with the times within their budget and added Double Loop and Corkscrew. They kept what they had in good working order. They kept things clean and friendly. They brought us one of the last glimpses into what amusement parks used to be.
Enter Premier Parks and all of that changed. Premier and the ultimate Six Flag branding turned a charming, turn of the century trolley park into a corporate cookie cutter. Gone was the feeling we can still get at Holiday World and Knobles. In its place we got an environment of greed and corporate profit.
So, to wind up my rant of the moment . . .
Cedar Fair has the chance to bring the fun back, let's give them the chance.
On a side note, the FUN that is CF's NYSE ticker symbol comes from Funtime, the company that at one time owned Geauga Lake. So to be literal, CF has already brought the FUN back to Geauga Lake.
*** Edited 7/30/2004 3:19:48 AM UTC by CoasterDad64***
". . . don't you know baby that life is a scream!" - Gordon Gano
Arguing about what? I went to the park for the first time this year a couple days ago and I was telling what happened and why I liked SFWOA better. The rides were either working the same or worse. Mr. Hydes and Pepsi Splash were closed due to "accidents" this season. Steel Venom was making hissing and clunking noises I don't remember from last year (of course, it was closed for a long time at the end of the season). X-Flight was one-train op. All the lines were short, just like last year. Why would I wish, want, or like a park that was less than what it was? It's missing over a dozen attractions it had last season.
I commented about CP with thrill rides because rc-madness said "thrill-ride focus of Six Flags". I was showing that SF wasn't the only chain that had a thrill ride focus and not the entirity of either chain does. Who knows if CP would have done better adding flats or family attractions than some big coasters? Kings Island sure turned some heads when they rethemed a log flume and added a kiddie invert. They had a nice attendance increase and have been awarded Best Kids Area three years in a row. Six Flags was much more family-oriented with Worlds of Adventure than CF was with Dorney, Knott's, or CP lately. Look at all the animal exhibits they had been adding plus the family flats.
I didn't care about employees bored or not having fun, but if they're making me wait another ride because someone wants a reride, that's wrong. The bored employees were the best ones about asking where the fun was and they made my visit better by making me laugh.
And if you're asking me about -Danny, you completely missed the +Danny side of the joke. Koaster King was a name that had to do with one of my favorite steel coasters, King Cobra, and after so many people knew my real name, I just wanted to use that in my screen name. I made up all that silly hoopla about changing names for the fun of it. :)
"I never made a scene. I didn't have to. They came to me."
That obviously hasn't happened with all the TR's and other reports I have been hearing regarding this park being consistently dead when it comes to attendance. While it's great for coaster enthusiasts, it isn't great for business.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
Impulse-ive said:I don't understand why anyone who truly enjoys coaster riding (instead of coaster complaining) thinks that a park that's empty with no lines for some great coasters is a bad thing? The whole park was a rushjob, they had less than a month really to get the work done they needed done. In three months, they'll have a whole standard off-season to get themselves into the shape they want to be in.
Is it not possible for someone who enjoys riding coasters to also enjoy being treated like an actual human being?
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
As for GL, i hope the pace picks up. Although i favor SF over CF, it's never a good thing to hear unfavorable TR's. We all have to pull for the entire industry.
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