Geauga Lake 2007 Opening Date May 27th

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 8:53 PM
I don't get what you're saying. Since 2004, Idlewild has not been open for 2 or 3 weekends in May that they normally were.
In 2004, they had a very short season from May 25th to Labor Day. Now 2005 and 2006, Hallowboo was added in October so the season was expanded.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:20 PM

Natas said:
Would you rather have the park open in April and close in October but keep half of the rides not operating or only operating one train? I have a feeling that you answer to that is no.

Geauga Lake is already running with many rides not operating, and coasters (aside from one or two) only running one train. Their maintenance budget seems to be non-existent, as rides that would be fixed in a manner of days if they were at Cedar Point back before the budget cuts now sit idle for months!

-Sam

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006 9:24 PM
What about parking and food prices? Is the increase to counter lower parking and food prices? That would be a smart move. And the admission price only went up $2. It's still much cheaper than CP, and probably still cheaper than Kennywood.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:07 PM
I think the raise in admission price is a positive move. I would assume that meant that the attendance was up this year.

It wouldn't make any business sense to raise the admission price, if even with the lower admission this year attendence went down. So I am thinking the park must be somewhat healthy, if CF thinks that they can raise the admission fee.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:35 PM
People here can defend GL all they want with whatever move they take, but the fact is that the ride side of the park has more than enough stuff to justify a late April opening to October schedule.

If they are going to continue down this path with a short ass operating season, then relocate some of the coasters. 10 coasters in a park to me justifies having a normal operating schedule like the rest of the parks in the upper midwest.

Valleyfair is open now until the end of this month and Minnesota is a cold ass month in October along with early May. Makes no sense to me.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:51 PM
It's a good thing you aren't running a park, Chitown. Sure the ride park has enough rides to justify an early opening, but the people just aren't coming. I'd like to know if you have been to GL in early May or after Labor Day. I have, and all three times I did not see more than 100 cars in the parking lot all day.

The waterpark, however, is drawing people and they will open only for that this year. They'll cut their losses in non-peak months, get some people to come for the waterpark, and hopefully show them a good enough time that they'll come back. And when they do, the park will start opening for longer periods of time.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 2:39 PM
Quite honestly, It all comes down to a lack of creativity and failed marketing on the parks part.

They could have CHEELEADER DAYS, Scout days, A event, Half price for honor student days, Grad nights ect. ect.

I'll be attending a event a full week before they open at another (So called waterpark).

Quite honestly their big mistake is taking on Kennywood and not being able to do so.

Chuck

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 3:20 PM
I'm more interested in the "Kennywood's open/look at crotch thing" than Geauga Lake. ;) Honestly, I have no interest in water parks so only a new coaster will get me back there unless they do some work on The Villain.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 3:28 PM
Chuck, I'm sure the only event that'd get you to GL is an all-you-can-eat super buffet. However, it disturbs me that you have "cheerleader days" in all caps....
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 3:51 PM
I WANT GEAUGA DOG BACK!
I WANT FREE PIZZA, ON COLD APRIL DAYS LIKE I HAD 22 YRS AGO WHEN I WAS HALF MY CURRENT AGE.
Yeah, i know i want a lot.
:)

JUST GIVE US THE DOG BACK!
:)


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-Mark

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 3:57 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar Didn't they have a poll in which the only question was "Should Geauga Lake bring back Geauga Dog?" when CF first took over?

I know I answered "yes".


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:09 PM
In Pittsburgh, "Kennywood's Open" means that your fly is open. Or can mean exactly what it says. It just depends upon the time and place where the expression is used.

Anyway, back to the topic. GL just simply has too many coasters for a park with its attendance level. The park could use more rides of other types including more family-oriented rides.


Arthur Bahl

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:21 PM
rollergator's avatar You guys thought I was trying to move rides out of GL *for kicks*?

Fact is, wrong park, wrong place, wrong line-up of "rides, shows, and attractions"....CF will figure it out...eventually. Until then, you get to listen to me telling them what they should have ALREADY known... :~P

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:28 PM
Lettuce, Im sure your man enough to come out from behind that screen
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:34 PM
Chuck, if you want to meet up, I'll be at CP this Friday night and twice on closing weekend. Let me know if you'll be there and I'll arrange for your first meeting with MagnumAllan. And no, I won't meet you at the all-you-can-eat super buffet or at a cheerleading convention.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:36 PM
Gee, this is a hard one to figure out.

Next time you IM me, Threaten me, Harrass me in any way. Im bringing up charges. IP's aren't hard to track dillweed.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:37 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar Wow.

Very ballsy to being setting up a fight online dude, you've got some guts man!

~Rob Willi

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 4:59 PM

Chitown said:


If they are going to continue down this path with a short ass operating season, then relocate some of the coasters. 10 coasters in a park to me justifies having a normal operating schedule like the rest of the parks in the upper midwest.

Valleyfair is open now until the end of this month and Minnesota is a cold ass month in October along with early May. Makes no sense to me.


Chitown: That might be the single most short-sighted-enthusiast-type post I've ever seen you make. The bottom line is really this, GL doesnt bring in a whole lot of people without the waterpark open. We can argue all day about *why* more people dont come, but the simple fact is that they dont. Having a whole park open for such paltry numbers of people is not good for business, so better to just stay closed. ESPECIALLY, when the next closest place for those precious few who actually *want* a park in May/Oct is Cedar Point.

I mean really, why operate two parks with limited attendance when you can funnel people to just one? In the summer months, there is enough attendence to support both parks, but not so much in May/Oct. And I really dont think they are losing that much to Kennywood by doing so.

But who knows, but one day all the "big rides" will end up at other parks (The former S:UE would fit nicely in PKD's launch suite :))
lata, jeremy

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:27 PM

Charles Nungester said:
Gee, this is a hard one to figure out.

Next time you IM me, Threaten me, Harrass me in any way. Im bringing up charges. IP's aren't hard to track dillweed.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 6:38 PM

Charles Nungester said:They could have CHEELEADER DAYS, Scout days, A event, Half price for honor student days, Grad nights ect. ect.

They had those.

Aug 21-27 and Sept 2-4 were Military Appreciation Days

Aug. 21-25 was Home School Celebration

Aug. 20 was the park's 3rd annual Cheerfest celebration (cheerleader competition)

June 19-23 was Scout Week

June 26-30 was a new Day Care/Day Camp Week.

They also had a new birthday party program for kids 3-11 years old which I have heard was somewhat a success.

Opening weekend is usually when school bands have award presentations.

Of course there was Oktoberfest which had very large crowds all weekend.

So what else could they do? It seems they've attempted to attract different groups all summer. There seemed to be quite a few company picnics this year.

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