Geauga Lake announces water park and other attraction plans
Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 12:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Geauga Lake today announced the addition of Wildwater Kingdom, a 20-acre water park on the former Sea World site that will include new attractions like a ProSlide Tornado, as well as relocated rides from the old water park.
"Robots of Mars" will occupy the Harbour Theater, while "Escape From Dino Island" will be the new simulator ride. General rehabilitation, including retracking of the Villain and Raging Wolf Bobs will be extensive throughout the park.
Perhaps most noteworthy is the new $24.95 standard admission price for the 2005 season.
I'm sorry to say this but the name for the new waterpark is not original. Once again Cedar Fair has taken the easy way out for GL and given it a used name. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of waterparks but com'on.
$25.00 for 10 coasters and an expanded waterpark - this has got to be the best bargain in the country. I'm glad to see them move the waterpark into the Seaworld side - it will allow them to use at least some of the infrastructure already in place. Hopefully these moves will restore some of GL's lost luster.
Check out the rendering...seems ALL of the waterpark will be rebuilt in a completly new location for 2005 with the clockwise connection around to where the previous waterpark was not completed until 2006 with the opening of Phase II. Wow, they really are changeing the entire look of things.
This is an amazing move by the park, absolutely genius maneuvering. The biggest thing that I'm worried about is that Kennywood now has some mega competition. Geauga Lake (well, not so much GL, more like SFWoA) had to have been a draw on their attendance, simply because of the higher coaster count. Now that the Lake can handle picnics too ... I wonder what Kennywood's reaction will be? Hopefully the regional appeal will stick to Ohio and both can coexist as they are (or will be). If nothing else, Kennywood might bring their gate down next year ;) Or perhaps that rumored move of Sandcastle to next door to the park will happen ...
I think Geauga's gonna really have a breakout season next year. Way to go Cedar Fair, if I wasn't using up the last of my savings soon, I'd buy in more ;)
Edit: I just realized I hadn't clicked into the WWK page - all I gotta say is holy s***! That place is gonna rock hardcore come '06! Swim up bar? 38,000 sf wavepool? Captain Obvious, Wavepool Defender of the Universe will certainly approve of that one! I sure do too! Again, way to go Geauga - took ya less than 12 months to do what Six Flags wishes they could have.*** This post was edited by Impulse-ive 11/10/2004 12:32:51 AM ***
I like the idea, such a Cedar Fair thing to do. Lay back see a trend developing and then blow it all out. Slowly they started and blew up the roller coaster arms race. Now they just dropped the biggest bomb in the water park boom, establishing themselves as the best yet again. Great move by Cedar Fair seeing the trend and then mastering it.......again. As a former employee I am proud.
One of the first things I noticed was Snoopy and Woodstock to the Geauga Lake logo. So much for the return of Geauga Dog, not that I really even wanted him back (I'm biased to Snoopy). I wanted to see Snoopy and the Peanuts implemented into the park since all of the other Cedar Fair parks have them.
i think it looks awesome too. ill be stoked when the whole thing is done....too bad they cant open both phases at once...although i reckon that would be mad expensive, lol. anyway.....didnt make it to GL this year, but ill definitely have to get out there next year.....
Kudos to Cedar Fair. Hurricane Hannah had zero character and was crammed in. I always thought the Sea World side would be perfect for a waterpark. The new waterpark looks incredible!!!! At $24.95, I'll be going a lot now.
I like the announcement....I may have to visit once next summer, on a weekday....only problem I have is that they claim that Starfish & ThrillerBees are new to the park, but in 2003 we rode them almost every visit.