Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 6:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
As long as you get a good rep in the community, and provide a fun day at a reasonable price the people will come. I actually think that Noah's Ark is a better example for CF to look at going forward since unlike Schilterbahn they have to deal with a 3 month season.
Jeff, I must ask, "What if" Geauga Lake Amusement Park and WildWater Kingdom Water Park co-existed as seperate gates? Your Sea World references made so much sense.. it's much clearer now... it's still sad, but it's much clearer.
They invested $40 Million in 2000 on 4 Coasters.
There was also X-Flight in 2001
They also had multiple additions in 2002 and 2003.
Cedar Fair then bought the whole park in 2004 minus the animals for $145 Million.
<edit>I'm not sure how much Premiere Parks bought Geauga Lake for, but Premiere spent $35 Million between 1996 and 1999.
*** This post was edited by Jason Hammond 9/24/2007 11:02:54 PM ***
I know Im dreaming.. but really, it works for Kennywood.
Nice work, guys.
That was a great podcast guys.
In a poor attempt to be modest, thanks and thanks. :)
With Conneaut (and I'm sorry, yet again, CP Blue Streak, I am lucky to have worked the ride in 92-93), and the endangered Coney Cyclone.. it's just 'no fun' with all these big PTC seat dividers, etc....
Jeff, it was just a "what if" topic as far as if Shapiro was CEO back in 2000. Sure, he has unloaded some parks, but at the same time, he purchased SFDK outright which means he has high hopes for this park. It's essentially the same type of park that SFWoA was.
If he had his hands on SFWoA, I just believe the outcome would have been different.
Oh, and about Shouka being all alone when he was in Ohio, it seems they have remedied that as he is now performing with dolphins in the same tank and show at SFDK. Seems to be a popular show and I am sure Shouka doesn't feel lonely even if his companions are of a different species.
There are going to be plenty of P.O.'d peeps who drive 2 and a half hours or so to find out the park is gone and they didn't bring a bathing suit.....
-Tambo (using a little known thing called, common sense)
No qualms with that at all.
And if I'm wrong my short term memory is completly shot.
I just hope he's been told it's going to a nice lot on a river flood plain in Minnesota.
GL, whether owned by Funtime, Six Flags, or Cedar Fair, regardless of whether Sea World existed or not, needed to be run as a family park.
Funtime understood that. They added coasters every so often, they built a waterpark, they added flats.
Six Flags, obviously, never understood that. They built mega coasters all at once. They took out flats. Under Six Flags GL was in competition with CP--and losing badly.
Cedar Fair never understood that either. They relocated and expanded the water park. Fine. But when did they ever try to run the ride side as a family park? They added no new flats, nothing that they could market as a new attraction. Just running it better than SF did not make it a family park, and I don't think CF ever understood that.
Why was no attempt ever made to tie the two sides together? CF understands that at Dorney, even if the waterpark is the draw, the ride park is where the percaps come from. How much traffic would Frontiertown at CP get without the railroad? If they spent $250,000 on a railroad or a people mover they only needed 50,000 people to come over to the ride side and spentd $5 each to pay for it. Not per year, total.
Cedar Fair never understood that to make GL work, they, like Funtime or SF needed to run GL as a family park, not like a CF version of a SF park.
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