Erieview Park's Fright Zone dark ride donated to Conneaut Lake Park

Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:16 AM | Contributed by Brother Dave

Erieview's quirky Fright Zone dark ride was sold intact to a Toledo antique dealer during the park's auction in October. It was then sold complete to a collector who in turn has donated it to Conneaut Lake Park for use at the park in 2007.

Read more from The Star Beacon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:52 AM
That's wonderful. This is absolutely the best thing that could have happened to this historic darkride. It stays within hour's drive from Erieview.

CLP will benefit from having this ride in a number of ways. Many people that formerly went to Erieview will come to this park because of this. Some people from Pittsburgh that miss the former West View Park will be attracted as well by this ride (most of which was in the West View Haunted House) and the Harten/Vettel built Blue Streak (which shares many features with the former West View Dips). Finally, the ride puts CLP in a better position to compete with Waldameer (which has their own Tracey darkride, Whacky Shack) once Ravine Flyer 2 goes in.

I wonder, how did CLP make out on the Ferris Wheel that was being auctioned. They were interested because their old wheel is in need of major repairs.

Best wishes for Conneaut in 2007. Everything is looking up now and it is so great to see a park with such tradition survive and grow again.

*** This post was edited by Arthur Bahl 10/11/2006 10:02:31 AM ***

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:55 AM
Great Catch Bro Dave!

This is good news for CLP!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:02 AM
Great news! I deffinately will be making the trek to CLP next summer. I would've been there 2 years ago, but my POS Blazer broke down. This looks to be a sign of good things to come.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:06 AM
Erieview's ferris wheel is going to the Firehouse Winery, which is right next door to the Erieview site. The carousel will be going to the Adventure Zone mini-golf/go-karts/bumper boats place just down the road.

You can read more auction results here and here.

Great news about Frightzone. I'm really glad that it stayed in the "local" area. Conneaut is really the best place for it. It will have a good home there.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 12:45 PM
Rihard's avatar Anybody happen to know where are the Flying Scooters off to?
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 2:32 PM
crazy horse's avatar Why is wyandot lake listed on the auction list? I thought the zoo bought the park and was keeping it.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:38 PM
That makes three must-visit parks in western PA for darkride enthusiasts: Conneaut Lake, Waldameer, and Kennywood.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:13 PM
With the devil's den that will make 2 good hanted houses.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:00 PM
kpjb's avatar The zoo bought Wyandot, but the rides and attractions owned by Six Flags are being auctioned off.

The coaster is staying put.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006 3:38 AM
beast7369's avatar Wonder what happened to The Brat rollercoaster...dont recall seeing that mentioned.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006 9:37 AM
Conneaut Lake has a bit of info about Frightzone on the blog.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:49 AM
rollergator's avatar ROFL...I went up to the DAFE booth at PPP and inquired about this...apparently it involved some hush-hush dealmaking...

Personally, I'm excited that this particular darkride will live on....it's a winner! :)

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Thursday, October 12, 2006 6:04 PM
beast7369's avatar Wonder what happened to The Brat rollercoaster...dont recall seeing that mentioned.
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Friday, October 13, 2006 1:40 PM
I'm glad to see the darkride kept together. My biggest concern though is Conneaut stable enough to deal with a new ride yet, as well is there a building in good enough shape for a new ride? I know last year there was yellow caution tape all around the old indoor scrambler, as I understand the roof was ready to cave in.
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Friday, October 13, 2006 10:59 PM
From what I've heard, that won't be the building they will be using.
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