You're going to need a big crane--and that might need special permits just to get it down the road and/or a police escort.
I would also imagine that the Americana Ferris Wheel and the Skyscraper observation tower might need cranes as well.
When they put it in, didn't the use a barge crane on the lake? (i may be way off on that, but I remember that being done on some coaster.) *** Edited 9/29/2007 9:09:08 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***
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RGB is right, the Thunderhawk/Dominator story was only of story among many floating. The rumors I heard (or at least the ones I can remember, there were a lot) were as follow:
(1) Nothing was going to happen.
(2) Thunderhawk and Dominator were going.
(3) Just Raging Wolf Bobs was going to be torn down.
(4) Thunderhawk and Dominator were staying, but Villain, RWB, and Head Spin were on the way out.
(5) The entire park was closing.
(6) The ride side was closing and the waterpark was staying.
(6-A) All the rides were going to be sold at auction.
Obviously, #6 turned out to be the winner. (Or loser, as it were.) But that doesn't make #2 the original real intention of CF, not by a long shot.
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I wish the waterpark all the best! I might even pay a visit once they expand a little more. I hope that they keep the theming going as they expand.
I would also LOVE to see the Tidal Wave style water ride moved to that side of the park. It would be awesome to have some water rides mixed in to make the park even more unique.
The park really has potential.
The final decision was made at the last board meeting, period. You can speculate whatever you want, but thems the facts.
Unless you were in the next office emptying trash cans, I really don't know how you can say that with any authority. Do you think that because you have some kind of working relationship with Cedar Fair due to this site that they're going to be completely, 100% honest with you? Sorry, but what was done and what they say was done are likely two very different things. It's not a conspiracy theory, it's just that you know nothing more than anyone else outside that company's leadership.
Really, what were they suppose to announce publicly? "Get out to Geauga Lake and hit your favorite rides one last time because we may or may not be closing"? Then you'd all be accusing them of false PR to drive attendance at the end of the season.
Bottom line: Some of you won't be happy with any answer or explanation so it hardly matters to belabor the point any longer.
Then again, maybe it's my inability to understand why people are so willing to accept everything they're told as if companies never tell lies. That's all.
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Let's assume the decision was de facto made earlier---that the board decision was just a formality. A reasonable person, in that position, could decide to let the public know. A reasonable person, in that position, could also decide to keep it to themselves. If you were the GM, you could imagine having good reasons to go either way, can't you?
For what it's worth, I completely believe the decision was all-but-made months ago. I also believe that the "formal decision" was made at the board meeting, but that decision was literally a formality. I believe that the PR person is picking and choosing what to tell us as to when the decision was made.
I don't particularly much care, though. I am certainly not losing any sleep over it. In the big list of global injustices, not getting my "last rides" in at GL just isn't high on my list of things to worry about.