They Live. We Sleep.
EDIT: Nice pictures, the park looks great. Cedar Fair picked up a great park it seems like. *** Edited 9/17/2006 2:44:04 AM UTC by gomez***
Who could pass up a ride on a giant swinging banana?
I don't think Michael Bonfante wanted to give up the park. I believe he was forced out by the Board of Directors -- the same Board of Directors/Investors that spent all the park's money on rides before opening the park. Mr. Bonfante's original plan was just a "garden" park. No rides, just more or less an educational and inspirational horticortial park.
Unfortunately, the park bled money the first year and Mr. Bonfante didn't have the bankroll to keep it going. I think it only opened for half a season the second year.
I'm not sure who approached Paramount, but thank goodness they were able to keep this park alive. Except for some product marketing changes, they have pretty much kept the park the same, leaving the beauty of Mr. Bonfante's original vision intact.
If you haven't been, definitely make a trip out there. The Arrow Mine Train coaster doesn't look like much from a distance, but it has an amazing custom layout and packs more punch than you expect.
More about the Paramount operation of the park can be found here:
And, oh yeah, thanks for the photos!
*** Edited 9/17/2006 10:39:19 PM UTC by thrillerman1***
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