Posted Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Cedar Point has put an old ride, the Ocean Motion, up for sale, and begun dropping clues about the new ride it will debut next year. Offers for Ocean Motion are being taken by Ital International, which sells new and used rides. The ride is identified on Ital’s website as a Huss Pirate Ship, reference No. 1392. The asking price is $179,000.
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If it doesn't sell immediately, I read that it may be moved to Demon Drop's old spot until it does.Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, August 19, 2010 5:23 PM
Are those new quotes from you Jeff, or borrowed? I agree a swinging ship is a staple of most parks, in fact, I can think of two parks in the UK that binned off their swinging ships, and only a couple of years later ended up buying a new one.
Yeah, I talked to the reporter a couple of days ago. If Ocean Motion is seeing declining ridership, maybe it's the location. I just find it strange because they replaced the frame last year. Seems like a pretty odd investment to make to operate it just one more year.
I've no idea how much those things go for new - but I never imagined them to be a massive investment.
I don't pretend to understand Cedar Fair's reasoning for doing anything anymore. I was confused before the Demon Drop move, but that just made me give up trying to understand how that company functions.
I guess since it's not a record breaking pirate ship, they're no longer interested in it. Almost sounds like CP is trying to become Great Adventure, all thrills and no flats or family attractions.
You can buy Ocean Motion for less than the median price of a new home in the USA.
For some reason that's weird to me.
I wonder if you could find a way to live in it?
I think you should buy it Gonch and find out.
I dunno, my house is now listed below that of Ocean Motion. Stupid economy.
I've often wondered why Holiday World doesn't have a swing ship in their Thanksgiving area. "Mayflower" seems like a no-brainer to me. I know that section of the park is still new and has room to grow, perhaps we will see something like that in the future. Maybe now is the time for them to grab one that is in good shape and for a decent price.
Would look great in the backyard. Though I doubt my homeowners' association would approve it.
How much does a brand new Huss Pirate Ship cost? 500K?
Ocean Motion is in good shape, well made and would cost more than a $1 million as a new ride, he said.
This is an instance that I think they should try moving the ride to see what that does before giving it up. The ridership at it's location may not warrant the budget, but these things are movable and it could fit in a more populated area of the park and perhaps get some business?
I've never actually seen the ride, never walked over to that particular corner of the park, that I can recall on any of my visits.
I could sympathize that they need to take our rides to add rides, from a maintenance perspective. I suspect they crossed that line some time ago.
Existing location for Ocean Motion seems to make the ride destined for removal. The traffic back in that corner of the park is weak. You almost need to go specifically to ride that ride. I suspect many rides would suffer significantly reduced ridership levels in such a location. But maybe the addition of Skyhawk and to a lesser degree Maxair had as much or more to do with reduced ridership for Ocean Motion. Just like I suspect Power Tower reduced ridership for Demon Drop and the rumored Star ride would reduce ridership for the Wave Swinger.
Ocean Motion is pretty forgettable, I love the ride but there are times when I just miss it because it's back there. I'd rather them just move it to Chaos' spot.
I don't know about that. I suspect some people content to get on a Wave Swinger wouldn't do this. Besides, that thing gets mobbed, especially in the fall with a haunted house next to it.
I am sure there will be folks who ride Wave Swinger who would not ride a much taller Star ride (my wife and daughter being two of them). But I would think there were people who would ride Demon Drop who wouldn't ride Power Tower because of the height difference. And maybe the presence of newer/bigger/taller/faster/etc. similar rides doesn't have as much of an impact on decreased ridership as just the fact of simple age of the ride thats fading out.
Wave Swinger is very different. Yes it has seats held by chains, swinging in a circle, but it also has the wave motion that a Starflyer type ride lacks.
Every park needs a wave swinger, in my opinion. Every park needs a swinging ship as well ...For the people who are less able to tolerate the monster sized rides.
Will the new ride suffer the same fate as Ocean Motion? After the first few years, will the park have to move it from out of that secret corner of the park? Maybe they need to cut down some trees in that area, or something. ;)
I remember riding OM in 1980, when Oceana was new. It made a nice nautical area in the corner. But, the swinging ships, like the wave swingers, only do well in a gated park, or in the 'ride all day' scenario.
Its just a ride that is terrible fun, but almost everyone has a ship nowadays. Almost, which it would have fit nicely at Geauga Lake along the water. If they don't sell it, they will move it and store it somewhere, and if it sits for awhile, it can be traded in to Huss.
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