Conneaut Lake Park's Blog

Monday, April 10, 2006 11:49 AM
From the park's website, check out their new blog. It shows some interesting behind the scenes photos of work on the Witches Stew and Tumble Bug.

The park's website is the nicest I've every seen it. Hopefully this is a sign of more good things to come.

Monday, April 10, 2006 12:41 PM
For the record, the URL is:
Friday, April 21, 2006 11:58 AM
Check out this week's entry--the park is getting a new sight seeing ship to replace the Barbara J which vanished a few years ago because of a dispute between the park and the original owner's siblings after the owner passed away.
Friday, April 21, 2006 12:18 PM
Strangely that boat looks like Lesourdsville Lakes Belle of Lesourdsville.


Friday, April 21, 2006 12:22 PM
Of anywhere I worked, that is still my favorite park.
Friday, April 21, 2006 12:38 PM

Charles Nungester said:
Strangely that boat looks like Lesourdsville Lakes Belle of Lesourdsville.


Well I just sent email to CLP asking about that... lets see what they say.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 9:02 AM
I'm glad to see they have another boat.
I've got a ton of memories of CLP.
My youngest daughter weened herself off of 'binkies' by tossing hers over the side of the Barbara J. and right into the sternwheel.
"Binkie go bye-bye?" she said. "ohhhhh nooooooo!.... Oh wellllllll.'
Saturday, April 22, 2006 11:18 AM
Don't worry Chuck,

The onlyt way the new Conneaut Lake boat is the LeSourdeville Lake boat is if they took it to a shipbuilder for some major changes:

I just compared the photos of the Conneaut Lake boat from the Conneaut blog and a photo of the belle of lesourdsville from *another coaster website*.

Anyway, the most obvious change is in the 'pilot house' (whcih I beleive was decorative in at least the LeSourdsville boat).

Conneaut Lake Boat: Small square pilot house
LeSourdsville Lake Boat: Long rectangular decorative second deck , with a small square pilot house on the third deck.

CLP Boat: Two decks with pilot house
LL Boat: Three decks with pilot house, although only the main deck is functional.

CLP Boat: white safety rails that consist ot two horizontal rails reinforced with vertical cross rails, meant to give it an old fashioned wooden safety rail look
LL Boat: red metal safety rails, no veretical members

LL Boat: has functional gangplank on bow
CLP Boat: no gangplank

CLP Boat: looks like the loading point is midship on the sides
LL Boat: loaded passengers either using the gangplank on the front, or a side exit located at the stern next to the paddlewheel

CLP Boat: looks like a functional enclosed pilot house on main deck
LL Boat: no such enclosed control room on main deck

Seating layout differs

The Conneaut Lake boat looks more seaworthy, as in it doesnt look like the stern end of the boat is going under water. The LL Boat always looked like the siderails of the boat were always just about an inch abover water.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 2:05 PM
Its a great blog, to the point, showing behind the scenes that would interest the general public. Unlike Holi-blog, (ie media hogs).
Friday, April 28, 2006 1:13 PM
I checked the blog this week. No updates or photos.
They were keeping up with it like clockwork until this week.
Hope this doesn't have anything to do with the meaville trib article.
Friday, April 28, 2006 2:24 PM
I was wondering about that too. I've been constantly checking it (just like HW and CP) to see if anything new has come up and it's been very quiet, too quiet.


Friday, April 28, 2006 2:42 PM
Friday, April 28, 2006 3:00 PM
I've got patience. :)
I just can't wait to ride The Bug again.
Friday, April 28, 2006 6:01 PM
Wow! This is just a gret blog the park is doing, it's nice to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff!

Too bad about the Yo Yo.. at least it's being totally removed instead of just sitting there. I wonder if they can sell parts of it? Nice to see they are making better use of the land where Round Up is Now, I wonder if the Taboggan will be moved at a later date.

I need to get back up to CLP

Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:18 AM
I think they could pretty much park the toboggan anywhere in the park.
It would be nice if they start concerts again.
Concerts used to pack that park up bigtime. Looking back, the locals complained about the traffic. Now, the cry to get traffic.
Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:49 AM
Man, I worked their when they had some bangin' shows. All day from like 2pm to 10 pm, with 3 headliners, plus openers.

Patty Lovelace-Aarron Tippon-Eddie Rabbit.
Quiet Riot-Romantics-Cheap Trick.
Johnny Angel-Jan & Dean.
Mitch Ryder-Molly Hatchet.

Not stadium fillers now, but enough to pack the park.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 10:01 AM
(raising lighter) Cheap Trick rocks!

I was there when they had Loverboy and REO Speedwagon. They started okay then a major storm came thru and killed the power. The park was closed the following year.
Without a doubt, that was one scarey storm. It knocked off those round light covers which smashed against the pavement. The Midway flooded under ten inches of water, which made for an awesome river.
The wind hit so hard, game-booth stuffed animals flew everywhere.
The Tornado sirens even went off, though we didn't see a touchdown.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 11:16 AM
Was REO doing 'Riidin the Storm Out' at the time?
Saturday, April 29, 2006 11:33 AM
^as a matter of fact, they did an accoustic version of that.
Wow, i'd forgotten about that. LOL
Saturday, April 29, 2006 12:26 PM

Agent Johnson said:
Quiet Riot-Romantics-Cheap Trick.

That show was indirectly responsible for my meeting the woman who would later become my wife. :)

Basically a bizarre series of events were put into place starting with me and some friends deciding to go to that concert.

The place would get PACKED for those shows.


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