The gavel came down and The Big Dipper, Geauga Lake amusement park's centerpiece roller coaster, went for $5,000 to Apex Western Machinery Movers of Akron. A shouting match erupted between the auctioneer and former ACE president Carole Sanderson over a dispute over whether or not ACE was offered the ride.
Read more from WKYC/Cleveland.
The biggest ride buyer of the day was buying on behalf of the new Schlitterbahn Kansas City park. Rides bought by the Schlitterbahn buyer included...
Shark Attack slides ($47,000)
Turtle Beach tube slides
the entire Kids Play Zone/Rocket Sled ride($10,000)
Gotcha Games Ball Factory ($11,000)
Time Warp ($5,000)
Eli Scrambler ($3,000)
Pirate Swinging Ship ($35,000)
Pirates Flight ($14,000)
Shark Encounter Tank w/ accessories ($35,000)
3-D Movie Theater building w/contents (9,000)
Again, just scratching my head.
Does anyone know what happened with any of the other flat rides that were not sold to Schlitterbahn? Specifically the starfish and el dorado??
Not sure what to think about the Big Dipper. Something smells fishy, but I'm not sure which side stinks. All things considered, even if ACE did aquire the Dipper for free, would they have the means to actually maintain and/or run it? I think it would take a bigger pockets investor to do that.
The ride sold for 5,000. I could have bought that ride myself, and I just graduated from grad school. If ACE really cared about the ride, why didnt they buy it?
Put your money where your mouth is.
*** This post was edited by OhioStater 6/17/2008 10:49:14 PM ***
SK610, El Dorado wasn't for sale. Star fish wasn't part of the auction either. It was listed on Intermark Ride Group and may have been sold already, though is still listed there.
As originaly stated on the Norton website, Cedar Fair still has to approve of the sale of Dipper. My guess to wht they did that is because of the potential development proposal that Herschman Architects and a Developer whose name eludes me right now suggested. If they want to use their proposal, the Dipper would have to remain right where it is. I'm not holding my breath though.
*** This post was edited by Jason Hammond 6/17/2008 10:55:00 PM ***
I would like to visit the places that will have former GL rides operating in the more local region, if possible.
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