Pavilion -- Going - Going - Soon gone. -- We do have the new Hard Rock Park to look forward to, however.
Erieview -- Another park that has announced its closing. Maybe Conneaut Lake can benefit from this.
Joyland (Kansas) -- They have had trouble getting their coaster back in operation. Also, a new Western theme park might be on the way here that could seal its fate.
Santas Village (Illinois) -- Closed this season, up to its elf ears in debts and liens. May go on the block in October.
Ghost Town in the Sky -- Closed at present but it plans to reopen next spring.
Bushkill -- Flood damage closed the park in 2005. They reopened this year but the future remains in doubt.
Conneaut Lake -- They barely got off the ground this year but the park has improved. If they can work out the land sale to clear their debt, this park might survive.
Six Flags Magic Mountain -- Up for sale and it sits on million dollar an acre land. Condos, anyone?
Frontier City -- a former Six Flags park whose future is clearly in doubt. What will the buyers do with it?
Six Flags Elitchs Gardens -- The city wants it to remain a park but are the investors around to make this possible?
A day at the park is what you make it!
Among the SBNO parks that I am aware of, Ghost Town in the Sky apears to have the best chance of returning.
Santas Village is a real question mark. It all depends upon whether someone comes forward that can make the necessary investments in time to get it going again and to clear the liens.
WG sold one of its coasters and the wooden coaster is not in that great of shape. Does that look promising?
Whalom appears to be in the process of being sold to developers.
Six Flags is trying to get out of the SFNO commitment. They are not in a good position to rebuild the park.
Libertyland sold one coaster to a Pennsylvania park and Zippin Pippin is slated for demolition if its buyer doesn't remove it. This park is not likely to reopen.
The speedway is apparently doing well, at least enough that some local TV stations do reports on the weekly races.
Many family parks face the same problems as other family run businesses: no retirement/succession plan.
As of last week, The Pirat, Scoooters, coasters flyers and several other rides were still at LL.
As for endangered parks.
SFDL I would not say is in danger at this point.
SFEG is a gonner.
SFDL is promising, in a good location, and I can't see it turning into anything but another amusement park. Supes, with new ownership, that's a good fit... :)
IMO, LeSourdsville cannot succeed without corporate picnics and family outings...Coney seemed to be doing OK with that formula, and I was there on a Tuesday...
Chuck, who says Coney's never been in trouble. People were back two years after KI Moved to mason and the pool never closed.
-mark(have camped in Camperland many times.
Great Lakes Brewery Patron...
If the large camping population doesn't translate into lots of admissions (and I don't know if it does or doesn't), I suspect it has something to do with people who aren't all that interested in the amusement park and are either (1) old people traveling the country in those giant RVs, and (2) People who want to get drunk and obnoxious while sitting around a campfire but can't do it at state park campgrounds because those don't allow alcohol.
Santa's Village in New Hampshire and Santa's Village in Ontario are not associated with the Illinois park and neither is in danger of closing at this time. Two other Santa parks that were in danger recently were Santa's Workshop in New York, and Santa's Land in Vermont. Both survived and are doing better now although the Vermont park's future may still be somewhat questionable at this time. Santa's Land in North Carolina is just over a mouuntain from Ghost Town in the Sky and appears to be doing all right. Same for Santa's Workshop in Colorado on the slopes of Pikes Peak. Of course, no one has any misgivings about Holiday World which has grown far beyond its Santa area and is on the verge of becoming a major theme park.
I would sincerely want to see the Illinois park reopen and survive. I have been in online contact with the park manager who is one of the leading professional Santa Clauses in the Midwest.
His involvement with Santa's Village included a major role as Santa at the park. He is one of the few Santas that devotes his work time exclusively to Santa related matters on a full-time basis. *** Edited 8/21/2006 7:31:22 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
Arthur Bahl said:Ghost Town in the Sky -- Closed at present but it plans to reopen next spring.
Don't forget about Tweetsie Railroad, also in the North Carolina mountains. I don't think they've moved foward any with their land lease problems.
BATWING FAN SFA said:
One word:SIX FLAGS!
That's TWO. :)
A day at the park is what you make it!
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