Posted Friday, September 21, 2007 3:37 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company announced today that Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio, will become exclusively a water park attraction beginning with the 2008 season.
“After four years of operating Geauga Lake as a combined water park/amusement park attraction, we have concluded that its future should be entirely as a water park,” said Dick Kinzel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. “Visiting Geauga Lake is a 119-year-old tradition in northeastern Ohio. That tradition will continue, but in a new and exciting way.”
“Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom has been recognized as one of the finest water parks in the country,” Kinzel said. “Over the past three seasons, we have invested approximately $25 million to create and develop the premiere water park in northeastern Ohio. Since its opening in 2005, Wildwater Kingdom has been the park’s highest rated attribute.”
Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom attractions will include Tidal Wave Bay, a 30,000 square-foot wave pool featuring seven different types of wave patterns; Liquid Lightning, a 60-foot-tall tornado slide; Thunder Falls, Ohio’s tallest water slide complex; an activity pool; an action river; and a multi-story play structure. The park will also provide a catering facility and picnic pavilions for group outings and poolside cabanas will be made available for daily rental.
Read the full press release from Cedar Fair.
And, I like Geauga Lake. I will miss the classic rides. On the record. Cedar Fair will miss having a secondary park with a decent ride package. I hope Lake Erie does not rise again.
I have no respect left for Cedar Fair.
So glad I bought into the rumors and drove out ther fore closing day.
I can't say we didn't see it coming, but seeing it in print still makes this a painfully difficult pill to swallow. The article talks about other rides being introduced at other CF properties but I'm sure the crown jewel of the park- the Big Dipper- will be left for demolition. What a shame. What a waste. What a crock.
With this, Cedar Fair has shown that they have absolutely no respect for any kind of amusement history. I know, I know... CF parks are not museums. But this could have ended a lot differently. It didn't have to end at all. What happened to the plans to make Geauga Lake a smaller, more family-oriented traditional park? They never tried. All the company did was remove ride after ride and expected that was going to be the silver bullet that would save the park? Get real. There was never a plan to do anything with the rides. This was a tactic meant to eliminate Cedar Point's competition and it came with a very high price for people that appreciate amusement parks... and there are more people out there aside from the people on this site that are going to be affected by this.
I'm crushed, I'm saddened, I'm a whole bunch of things that I can't say right now. It's safe to say it will be a long time before any CF park sees my business again. That's not a boycott, it's just my personal decision.
I guess I'm the only one who is happy with this announcement.
Rob, you're gonna deprive yourself of coasters that you probably love, just because the company doesn't save an old wooden coaster? Yes, I know you're the wooden preservation king on Cbuzz.
Then again, we don't know for sure if Big Dipper's being demolished, do we?
I'm all for the expression of personal opinion, but I see no reason why anyone with a remote interest in amusement parks would be happy about this. It's another park gone... erased from the map... for good. And it's not just about a wood coaster, it's about a place that serves as a fun distraction for many people. Places like that are becoming fewer and father between, and now Cedar Fair can be thanked for that as well.
And somehow I think I'll survive without Cedar Fair's collection of overbraked wood coasters and unreliable steel monsters in sterile parks completely lacking personality and character.
However, the waterpark is top notch, and if they have the vision to keep building for the future, it could be one of the best waterparks in the country down the road.
To each his own.
This decision is going to have so many negatives. Has anyone considered what will happen to the employees? Most seasonal employees at amusement parks go back year after year expecting to have their job for them. I feel bad for the GM too, now all he has left is a waterpark.
Along with Rob, I don't see myself visiting any other Cedar Fair parks in the next few years. Its not because I want to boycott or prove a point, but because Cedar Fair parks are getting so expensive and not getting any more fun.
*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 9/21/2007 4:13:52 PM ***
^^ Paul Blackstone, CF is getting to expensive?!? I can get into Cedar Point for 42.95 and SFGAdv or SFMM for 59.99. Explain that to me.
Yeah, what he said.
SFGAdv lover said:
CF is in the business to make money, not to save coasters for enthusiasts, not to preserve a historic ride for a couple thousand people to enjoy and be happy about.
Its not just the coasters. It's the whole park. That's why I was upset that CF bought the park. They seem to look only at $$$ whereas other companies, like Knoebels for example, seem to look at the whole picture, not ONLY $$$.
Without Conneaut Lake Park making noise, KP went unchecked into Geauga's market, and Cedar Fair was powerless to stop them. Enter 2008, and no-one will oppose them, if your group wants a ride-style outing. Not every group wants waterslides.
Now, go back to 1993, the Flynn family, former owners of Conneaut Lake, makes (against my advice, mind you) the bonehead press conference announcing the mothballing of the Blue Streak, selling the rides, and focusing on the waterpark market. well, that really worked out well.
Cedar Fair should really think through about keeeping 'Old Geauga Lake' vs only water rides. Just my thoughts, but in this industry, like the NFL, history repeats itself.
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