Conneaut Lake trustees optimistic about year ahead

Posted Monday, April 5, 2004 8:33 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After several bankruptcies and the conspiracy conviction of a former owner, Conneaut Lake is poised for a comeback, its court-appointed overseers say. Years of declining attendance and financial woes have put the park in jeopardy for the last decade.

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Monday, April 5, 2004 8:36 AM
While optimism is a good thing, when is someone going to actually develop a business plan that will make the park work? All the good will in the world doesn't make money. Look at VisionLand's turn-around. There's an example of how a strategic plan and focused sales and marketing can make things happen. Year after year all we hear from these trustees are good intentions. It's a damn shame.
Monday, April 5, 2004 9:06 AM
this is by far my favorite tradional amusement park. It has the best feel and sends you back in time like no other park can. If you havent exsperienced the feeling you have to take a break from the mega coasters and gigantic themers ang go ! you wont be dissapointed.The Lake is just beautiful and the hotel is a visit back into Old victorian times!
Monday, April 5, 2004 11:49 AM
To me it seems like their only game plan the last few years has been just opening for the season.

$2.4 million isn't too bad for a park thats struggling and had horrible weather for half the season. Maybe this summer will be more weather friendly to the park. With a few good summers they may be able to turn the place around.*** This post was edited by coasterpunk 4/5/2004 12:03:03 PM ***

Monday, April 5, 2004 4:15 PM
I pensonally think the only way to possibly make a comeback is to add a new major ride. An example is that nearby Waldameer is adding a new major ride (spinning coaster) after a few years of attendance decline. Also Waldameer is adding other updates as well. In my opinion, if Conneaut Lake Park can find the funds to add a major attraction they could possibly make a comeback. So I think that attendance may only improve a little bit this year if the weather is nice. Finally, it would really be nice if they opened some of the rides they didn't operate last year due to lack of parts.
Monday, April 5, 2004 9:51 PM
I hope it makes a go of it, the Blue Streak is really a great ride.

Can anyone tell me if the Bug ride is still there and if it will operate? Rides come and go so quickly at that park. I remember riding the Whip, Calypso, Flying Scooters and Wild Mouse...all of which are now gone. If the Bug ride was removed does anyone know where it went to (Kennywood for parts? Scrapped??)

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 5:21 AM
As far as I know, the Tumble Bug is still there. Lets hope that it operates this year...
Tuesday, April 6, 2004 8:41 AM
I think the Bug will be opertional this year.

There is a portable flying scooter ride as well.

Thursday, April 8, 2004 10:37 AM
This is the picture of the Tumble bug in 2003.


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