Geauga Lake announces new and removed attractions, smoke-free

Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

Get ready for plenty of fun this summer on the shores of Geauga Lake. With more than 40 rides and attractions, including eight roller coasters and a massive 17-acre waterpark, Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom has announced details about a wide variety of park improvements for the upcoming season.

Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom will introduce two brand-new shows this summer – the “Magic and Comedy of Tim Hill” and “LEGO Racers.” Located in the Palace Theatre, guests will be treated to the comedic antics and unbelievable magic of Tim Hill. Call him a funny magician or an amazing comedian, either way the audience will leave the show laughing and wondering, “How did he do that?”

In the Harbor Theatre, “LEGO Racers” is a family-friendly movie that will put guests in the middle of the action. Wearing 3-D glasses, moviegoers will feel the excitement as the adventure unfolds around them. Animated race-car-driver Max Axel will race his opponent through a series of challenging terrains. Each time Max and his crew face a difficult situation, teamwork, creativity and imagination save the day.

In addition to the added entertainment, the park will completely renovate a restaurant and will offer two new dining options.

Located in the 1950s section of the park, The Jukebox Café will receive a full make-over from top to bottom. New black-and-white checkered flooring, red parlor-style chairs and booths and new wall coverings and memorabilia will highlight the changes at this family restaurant. The Jukebox Café will feature classic American cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, salads and a build-your-own burger station. As an added treat, kids will be able to enjoy eating meals made just for them and served inside a miniature 1950s-style car.

Aunt Em’s Sandwich Shop, located in Western Village, will feature a wide variety of sandwiches, from subs and Philly cheese steaks to gyros and chicken wraps. Hungry park-goers will be able to pick their own sandwich toppings and combo their selection with a side of french fries and a great dessert.

And, for the first time, the park will offer fried chicken dinners. These family favorite meals will be served at the new Lunch Basket, formerly the Hot Dogger.

For water-lovers, more VIP cabanas will be added to the $30 million Wildwater Kingdom waterpark that opened in 2005. Located adjacent to Tidal Wave Bay, a 390,000-gallon wave pool, the VIP cabanas will include lounge chairs, a table and chairs for dining and full food and beverage service.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” stated Bill Spehn, vice president and general manager of Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom. “These new additions and upgrades will not only improve the overall guest experience at Geauga Lake, they also show our commitment to making Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom the perfect summertime family destination.”

The “it” game of 2007 will also be at Geauga Lake this summer! The All-American Cornhole Toss will be similar to horseshoes except wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags are used instead of horseshoes and stakes. Players will win prizes by tossing the most corn bags in the hole or on the platform. The All-American Cornhole Toss will be located in Coyote Creek, across from the 3-Point Challenge game.

Other changes for this summer include new paint jobs on two classic Geauga Lake thrillers, Head Spin and Texas Twister. Three rides, X-Flight, Steel Venom and the Bel Aire Express will be removed from the park. Renamed Firehawk, X-Flight has recently been introduced at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati, while Steel Venom will be relocated to another Cedar Fair Entertainment Company park at a later date.

The park will also introduce a smoke-free environment that includes designated smoking areas. The new designated smoking areas will have seating and shade and will be located throughout the park. Smoking will not be allowed outside of those areas or in the waterpark.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:14 AM
... waiting for Gonch's cornhole comment.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:46 AM
Designated smoking areas. Good idea! That should help keep the place cleaner as long as they enforce it.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:50 AM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar The All-American Cornhole Toss?

I think I'll pass ;)

~Rob "I'm dieing laughing over here!" Willi

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:53 AM
What? No Gravy?

:)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:27 AM
I think it's funny that a press release would tout the removal of rides. "Geauga Lake, now with 10% less coasters. No MSG"

I still think the place is screaming for a "steam" train.

"Are you threatening me? I need TP for ..."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:39 AM
crazy horse's avatar I love the "no smoking" policy. I think that all cedarfair parks will soon be smoke free:).

Kind of weird that they are not putting in a coasters where the jukebox cafe is, but instead giving it a make-over.*** This post was edited by crazy horse 2/28/2007 10:42:48 AM ***

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:47 AM
Anyone remember the RTA radio commercials about 10 years ago in Cleveland? Catchy jingle. In fact, it was so catchy the average person never caught the message til the change took place.
We're RTA
We're raising our rates!
We're RTA
Isn't it great


!We're Geauga Lake
Isn't it great!
Geauga lake
less rides, higher rate!
*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 2/28/2007 11:54:13 AM ***
*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 2/28/2007 11:55:32 AM ***

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 11:36 AM
I know my family hates amusement parks with rides. I worry about the crowds getting too big if they remove any more. ;)
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 11:46 AM
So CF is adopting the paramount smoking policy chainwide it seems?

They really need to clearly mark the areas better,as well as spread them throughout the park more evenly as I had ohh so much trouble finding them at KD.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:16 PM
beast7369's avatar They would likely have to make some drastic changes to put ina "steam" train in a normal park scale sense (ie: Cedar Point size). However they could put in a miniature train with some relative ease. Could be one of the options that they will look into in the future. I would also suspect depending on how the park does going forward a monorail that actually does transportation might not be too far off either. All that depends on how the park does. If I was GM of this park there are a lot of areas that I would change and I think that they appear to be tackling some of them now.

As far as the no-smoking policy that may have more to do with Ohio state law than anything else. Just food for thought.*** This post was edited by beast7369 2/28/2007 12:17:06 PM ***

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:33 PM
They oughta run that monorail between the water park and the regular park. Then they could get rid of the pathetic golf cart shuttles.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:46 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

... waiting for Gonch's cornhole comment.

Yeah. Unfortunately, I can't put those here. :)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:50 PM
rollergator's avatar In a futile attempt to keep this family-friendly (desperately futile, LOL).

http://www.playcornhole.org/

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:30 PM
I read the release and know its not in there, but I was really hoping to hear that they were cleaning up the old water park area. Of course, without the monorail going over top of it, it probably doesn't matter as much now. Also, maybe that's the kind of thing you don't announce.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:40 PM
It's funny that their excuse for removing rides is to create a more family-freindly atmosphere while places like Cedar Point and Kings Island both tout themselves for being family-oriented parks.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 1:46 PM
Kings Islands smoking areas are directly in the paths of walking patrons. Not separated and nowhere to sit down

Chuck

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 2:15 PM
"Kind of weird that they are not putting in a coasters where the jukebox cafe is, but instead giving it a make-over."

Thats one of the things I was expecting to read when it started mentioning Jukebox Cafe, its a perfect spot for one.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:57 PM
I feel like not making it a Coasters might be a good thing. My main complaint with the Coasters I've been to, (CP & MiA) is that they have no capacity...they're very small, and on a busy day it's pretty unbearable to squeeze into one.

Jukebox Cafe as it stands now, seems to have twice as much seating capacity, which will be nice as long as it stays that way. Glad to see it's getting a makeover, and good to see more selection being added with the new places.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:08 PM
john peck's avatar Plus, Jukebox Cafe is a concept that works, nice to see they are making it a more appealing eatery by carrying the theme thoughout a bit more.

As for the paintjobs, those really weren't the first choices I would make, but considering how much repainting costs, they are at least tackeling a coaster that has a dominance both inside and out of the park.

Id love to see them do to the 50's area at Geauga Lake what Silverwood did with their Worlds Expedition and Dollywood's County Fair.

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