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.
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.
Yeeee Haaawwww!
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!



Tuesday, October 2, 2001 4:37 PM
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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