Geauga Lake much better than opening day

Friday, May 27, 2005 11:39 PM
I had nothing to do today so I took my first solo trip to an amusement park today.

Back to Geauga Lake since opening day. It was a sunny day to start but ill get back into that.

The rides were all running today, i mean they had a tremendous staff, and the rides that were shorthanded were ran by maintenance staff. They were going beyond the call of duty, or maybe they still are shorthanded, call it whatever you want, but at least they were all about the customers today. The ops were watching each person as the trains were leaving the station on all the coasters, to make sure no funny business was going on and even told a guy to take off his hat when he had it on his head before dispatching a ride. That speaks a huge difference from opening day.

Thunderhawk looks good completed in the paint job.

Then the rain came and they were great at getting the rides back up in ten to fifteen minutes. The rains were still lingering when they did this, so big thumbs up to them again here.

When summer comes it looks like all of us who thought this park was bad opening day will be more than ready, so congrats to them making this a great day.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:17 AM
GL Maintenance deserves major props for their efficiency in running Dominator today. As soon as I got to the park today, it started to rain :(
Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:03 AM
Im planning on being there Saturday.

Looking forward to seeing the finished to near-finished stuff

Saturday, May 28, 2005 3:55 AM
john, look us up :)


Saturday, May 28, 2005 7:46 PM
Is there any other good performance, or was there any problems at all, if not...well it will be good to know the park is running smooth.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:30 PM
Everything was up and running well today. The only problem was there were no lines. Yeah, that was good for us, but not for the park.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:17 PM
yes, but families usually travel after memorial day, if any. Also keep in mind, most schools they get out thursday or sooner. So, It would be interesting to see how they do when the run at their peek and how attandance will be when they are open each day.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:47 PM
I was just at the park today, and I'm sorry, but even though rides didn't have lines, there was a nice crowd today. I walked back to my car once through the day, and the cars were backed up to A-4 and A-5, and B2 on the left side. Thats a pretty good turnout. You'd be amazed at how many people love being at the park, but just don't ride rides.

The park is doing very well, and it's definately stepping in the right direction tword returning to it's former glory. CF needs a few years to really get used to running the park. their still fresh in the game, with only a little over a year under their belt.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:51 PM
One of my personal wonderments about Geauga Lake, how long will Cedar Points funds its sister/ brother park going to have Geauga Lake until it gets on its feet (or cedar fair funds)? I understand it needs time, but I hope it can return to its former glory.
Monday, May 30, 2005 12:19 AM
I had a very good time. So much better than last. The crews, though identical in size to my last and, more "okay" visit seemed more friendly and efficiant which I expected. Cedar Fair has improved that park by about 170% in just over a year, it will be great to see what happens by next year this time.

I had to voice a couple issues with Guest Relations. I didn't care much for the girl working there. I had to ask for a form to write stuff down on, and she appeared a little snotty, kinda like a snob... but not too bad. I found a broken bench on the carousel, which i notified the ride opt and GR about, and I also had a few issues with the safty restraints on Dino Island, which I also remarked on.

I had an odd occurence on the 1981 Chance Yo-Yo when the ride opt started the ride without ever checking our belts. (there were only 2 of us on the ride) Perhaps she just watched us buckle them.

The rain came and went with a quick test and re-opening of all the rides.

Ran into C-Buzzes own "Avalanche Sam" on one of the rides who was as friendly and hard working as he has been in the past.

Received a better ride on Wolf Bobs and was happy to hear the possiblity of more trackwork next year. Heard the new-used train from Holiday World is being serviced and should begin operation in mid-June.

Got a wonderful front seat ride on Villian. The fiancé actually had a good ride on it this time. It tends to beat her up too much. Why does this ride still have Gerslauers????? It would run so much better with PTC's

Dominators new sign is great and the ride feels a lot better. The Peanuts stage is looking great as well.

As for new attractions, it was good to see ground work beginning on the Thriller Bees as well as a few of the ride parts on site behind the white fence near the Yo Yo (which you can see while on the ride)

The waterpark looks very close to opening, I found it odd that they decided to close Turtle Beach as opposed to just operating it one more year in its location. I still find it odd that the floating bridge is not moved to the other side of the park yet. Maybe soon... we'll see.

As for the trip, it was so much better than last time, even with comparable staff. The park has had many things done in just wo weeks, it will be good to get back again eventually!

Grade this time: B, Last time: C
John P's Average grade for two trips: B- (they still have a way to go)

Monday, May 30, 2005 2:27 AM
OOOO, very interesting news, thanks for the tid bit, keep us updated! :)
Monday, May 30, 2005 2:40 AM
anyone have a pic of the new dominator sign? i'm interested in seeing it.


Monday, May 30, 2005 2:52 AM
It was here last week:

He updated his page, so you may have to email him for it.

Monday, May 30, 2005 8:03 AM
Dominator's Sign
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:36 PM
cool, thanks for the link. I searched two other geauga sites w/ no luck.

-- alan jacyszyn

Monday, May 30, 2005 5:23 PM
I think its very spiffy lookin! ;)
Thursday, June 2, 2005 2:37 AM
Spiffy is a god word to describe it. Too bad it's hard to see due to the canopy, but I couldn't think of a better place to put it.

I kinda wish the Thundehawks sign would get re-painted to match it's new orange and yellow


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