Geauga Lake 6/9/07 (Griswoldian slip)

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Sunday, June 10, 2007 8:17 PM
Well, we planned our first trip ever to GL, so at 7:00am we loaded the crew into the Family Truckster to head north 2 1/2 hours from Columbus.

An uneventful drive with my wife, kids and a neighbor from down the street.

Then we arrived around 9:30... "Sorry folks we're closed for two weeks to clean and repair America's favorite family fun park, Sorry!"

Not quite, the sign actually said "We are closed today for a private function as advertised."

I was on their website Thursday & Friday planning what rides I wanted to hit, and what entertainment, but not once did I think to check the calendar (Who would suspect a park that has attendance issues to close to the public the second Saturday of June?)

After a few expletives, and finally a couple of laughs at the turn of events, we grabbed a map at BP then headed to CP.

We arrived at CP 10:45, and had a great time. 2 rides on Maverick were the highlight, That ride is awesome!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007 9:43 PM
SFGAd is closed on the same day (yearly, though I'm not sure if it's the same weekend every year). Especially at a park that big I personally think no "buy-out" money is worth all the pissed off guests and the word of mouth they would spread. Even I would never think to check any big park calendar between memorial day and laborday to see if they are open! *** Edited 6/11/2007 1:59:48 AM UTC by Peabody***
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Sunday, June 10, 2007 10:28 PM
I feel you pain Buckeye beast! I once flew to Mexico City to hit the Coaster at Chapultepec Park but when I got there It was closed for Maintainence! :(

Returning Home I got a newsletter from ACE Informing me it was going to be closed while the facilities were being overhauled. NOW YOU TELL ME!!!

Answer My Prayers, Overbook my next Flight!

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Monday, June 11, 2007 8:45 AM
It's kind of early for Cleveland Clinic day, but even for that they didn't do a 'closed to the public' thing.

I wouldn't have thought to check a calender this early in the season either, but from now on I will.
Thanks for posting this.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 8:49 AM
I talked with a guy yesterday and he said it was the Mead Corporation. For the right price, you can guarantee any park will take a buy-out. You figure a park that is "struggling" will take the guaranteed cash from the buy-out, not to mention the potential money in games and merchandise.
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Monday, June 11, 2007 9:06 AM
Sorry to hear about your trip Buckeye, but I'm glad you were able to salvage it and go to CP.

I think in this type of a situation a park website could better inform someone with a pop-up from the start, something along the lines of what the Kennywood website is doing for the construction alert. It's not able to be blocked by a pop-up blocker either.

This happened to someone a few years back with King's Island under the same circumstances and posted their story here.

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Monday, June 11, 2007 9:27 AM
Keep in mind, GL has another buyout on Sept 9. This is usually when the Progressive Insurance buyout takes place.
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