Today I learned that the Bellaire Express monorail at Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom is closed indefinitely. From what I was told by the manager of ride operations, this may be due to the condition of the old waterpark. It could be for mechanical reasons though, but I doubt the park would tell us if that is the case.
I'm not shocked. I was waiting for it to happen. That monorail was great in the early 90's. Actually had a view of the park booming. Now, it's a trashy ghost town waterpark, and the old turtle beach is just nasty.
I saw on Screamscape that the Monorail "may have given its last rides." I certainly hope not - a refurbished, reconfigured monorail would fit great in the area that may be redeveloped in the not too distant future. This monorail is one of the things I love about Geauga Lake - I know it's not really for transportation (only one station) but it's something everyone could do.
When I was at the park for CoasterEXT on 6/4, the operator at Skyscraper said that the monorail was down due to mechanical reasons. Now, are they saying that the old Hurricane Hannah's site is so bad that it's unsafe to operate the monorail through it? I remember that this one segment between the old wave pool and Aurora Rd. had to be operated at a much lower speed that in the first half of the course. *** Edited 6/14/2006 4:19:21 AM UTC by CoastersNSich*** *** Edited 6/14/2006 4:21:11 AM UTC by CoastersNSich***
Update the monorail to run across the lake and move people. That'd be especially useful now that there are no more ferry boats (Which were HORRIBLY run, by the way. It shouldn't take 45 minutes to make a round trip.).
The monorail in its current state is a disaster, especially that painfully slow turn around the old wave pool. But when (and if) they figure out what they're doing with the old waterpark area, they should restore the monorail to operation, and maybe reconfigure it as an actual transportation ride.
Geauga Lake needs...something. I can't quite figure it out but there is something about that place that makes it seem like it isn't quite a "real" park. The removal of a unique ride that provides some atmosphere and helps it to stand out from other parks would be a real loss.
I love the monorail there... it provides a great family-park atmosphere that's fun to ride & fun to watch, too...
...but the problem I have with it is what the main complaint is... 1> It really goes nowhere. That is where Geauga Lake's main park used to be located, but now it just feels more like an isolated corner, so a reconfiguration of the layout would be needed. 2> The ride is boring after the 1st half because you go into a deserted former-waterpark that's disgusting, dirty, and void of any life. 3> The final stretch is EXTREMELY slow. I think it's because of the configuration of the monorail & the "tight" S-turns (I use that term loosely)... so therefore it has to take 'em extra slow & that just makes the last half of the ride absolutely DRAG!
If they could make the layout a little more interesting by stretching across the midway by the lake and then go around the Big Dipper, it would be much better, trying to keep a somewhat even oval so there's not so much slow-down...
...but for the love of God... please do not remove that ride! They've already removed what seems like a half a dozen rides since Cedar Fair took over (the Enterprise & Mr. Hyde's for example)... so let's just modify it & put some capital expendature into the ride-side next year, can we please? Even if it's to clean up the junk from the old waterpark.
Those ferry's were time consuming. It'd take 20 mins to load and unload. It never occured to me before that the Monorail always slowed down by the waterpark, but it did. I'll miss that ride, though. My kids loved it.