Its nice to dream..
If I hit the powerball,maybe I'll buy it :)
Waldameer appears to be profitable at this time and should only get better with RF2. The location at the entrance to Presque Isle should help them attract more tourists and the locals remain supportive of this park.
KW could be counted on to take good care of the park, especially RF2, Comet and the darkrides.
Arthur Bahl said:
I would look at Waldameer as a possible KW buyout if Mr. Nelson dies and the heirs don't want to run a park.
For what he has done with that park, it would be an absolute travesty for one of his family members not to take over.
If not one of his family members, than a person that he has hand picked that has as much love for that park as he has had.
Waldameer would be a sensible fit if were to be available. I bet others would covet it as well.
I thought KW might have been interested in Williams Grove with lots of room to grow and being located between Pgh and Lake Compounce it would have made geographic sense, but I am guessing they did not want to try and compete with Hershey being that close.
Whatever KW does decide it usually works out well.
The public stewards involved with CLP will eventually need to decide if the land is to be sold off or retained for public use. That to me needs to be the next step. Either way it will be a contentious affair and could lead to the amusements on site sitting unused for years. The state of Pennsylvania needs to step up and prevent this with a grant to keep the park going. 2008 will be the absolute final chance and we will know the result by May 1, 2008.
When Riverside metamorphasized into a megapark, that left a niche for LC to fit into. It also helped that the park was historic (the oldest amusement park in North America) and had some infrastructure improvements left over from the ill-fated Hershey renovations.
Traditional park/thrill rides = KW
Idlewild aims mostly at the kiddieland market... "family" park at its best , with neat themes and side attractions for the non-riders of the family.
Sandcastle is the water park.
What would KW turn Conneaut into? If they fixed the place up a bit, the most it would equal to is Idlewild without the story book forest/Mister Rogers land. Not that its a bad thing.. just a thing that KW would probably not invest in, especially since they already have that, plus the added family attractions at Idlewild.
What Conneaut needs is to be taken over by someone like Del Grosso's. But who the heck wants to absorb that kind of debt???
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