Bonfante Gardens set to open in 2002

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:10 AM | Contributed by StealthmF5m3

After news of Bonfante Gardens being closed early this season, Michael Bonfante, says that he is extremely optimistic that the park will re-open for the 2002 season. The founder says that they chose to close the park early despite what would be a "marginally profitable" winter, and instead focus on future funding and the development of additional attractions. Season passes will be honored for discounts and admissions to a number of regional attractions, including Six Flags Marine World.

Read the press release from Bonfante Gardens.

Tuesday, October 2, 2001 7:34 AM
That's encouraging news.  This was the one park this year that comlpetely blew away my expectations and I can't wait to return in 2002.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 8:24 AM
Well...I guess a new CCI is probably out of the question. Seriously though, this park CAN'T close! We were planning to go this fall! I've wanted to check out those trees ever since I saw them on the old Ripley's Believe it or Not show with Jack Palance.
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Yeeee Haaawwww!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 11:04 AM
Last rumors that were flying about before he closed the park were that they were going to get a Setpoint suspended family coaster, which may or may not involve water (it was jokingly refferred to as the Dehydrator by the staff because of the heat.) I am glad the park will reopen, I heard a news report on the local news (Oakland for me) and they named the firm investing the money, although I haven't been able to find any similar reports on the net.

 

Anyways, I'm glad the park will reopen, it looks so good that they can do no wrong!

 

-djansi

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Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:37 PM
Interesting.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 10:07 AM
I'm very glad to see that this park isn't disappearing after all -- I've heard nothing but good reviews and comments about it, and I hope to be able to visit one day soon!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2001 6:04 PM
djansi:  there is a sign infront of their 2002 expansion construction walls that claims a new "family thrill ride" for 2002:  the Dehydrator.  When I visited over Labor Day weekend and saw that sign we all agreed it just *had* to be a water ride of some sort [river rapids or shoot-the-chutes] but never gave a Setpoint a thought.  I think a Setpoint fits PERFECTLY!!
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