Geauga Lake ready to open just three weeks after purchase closed

Posted Friday, April 30, 2004 7:59 AM | Contributed by The One The Only Coaster God

Geauga Lake amusement park is scheduled to open,just 23 days after Cedar Fair LP completed its purchase from Six Flags Inc. The tight time-frame made for a hectic three weeks. The park says all but Raging Wolf Bobs are expected to open on time.

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Friday, April 30, 2004 8:35 AM
...said Tom Jones. "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone..."
Friday, April 30, 2004 8:41 AM
Very impressive.
Friday, April 30, 2004 9:33 AM
Jeff...good one.

Tom is a good guy. With him in charge of maintenance at G.L. I expect good things. But hey, things cetainly couldn't get any worse. I suspect he will have the place running well.

Friday, April 30, 2004 10:32 AM
This worst part about opening day is going to be the weather.

The park is calling for thunderstorms today and Opening Day. Sun. it's calling for rain all day also.

This week Aurora, OH has had 30 degree weather and snow, and 73 degree weather and blazing the thunderstorms. Gotta love Ohio :)

Friday, April 30, 2004 1:15 PM
We had snow on Monday and 80 degrees yesterday. They are claiming rain in the morning with scattered thundershowers in the afternoon. Weather like that has never stopped me from going to CP. In fact, it generally insures crowds will be lower.

I will be there tomorrow.

Friday, April 30, 2004 1:55 PM
Is Tom Jones the new Maintenance Director or was he always there?
Friday, April 30, 2004 7:15 PM
I'm curious to know what they're doin with RWB thats keeping it from opening on time. Did they finish retracking the other part of the ride or are they just behind on regular maintainance?

Anyway, its great to see that every ride will be open. I can't wait to see what CF will do with this park, especially in 2005. I'm not gonna be used to seeing clean midways and rides run at full capacity.

Friday, April 30, 2004 8:08 PM
I went on Wednesday to get my Season Pass and drove by RWB - it had no track on the initial drop at all and maintenace was all over the ride. The retracking still going on at this time.

Friday, April 30, 2004 11:19 PM
Yeah according to an ATL it won't be open til at least Memorial Day. I'll be at the park. Good to hear they aren't procrastinating on the ride.
Friday, April 30, 2004 11:24 PM
The project on Wolf Kabobs was started before the acquisition. I'm sure if it were up to Cedar Fair, it would've been done long before the park opened.
Saturday, May 1, 2004 8:17 PM
I don't like the fact that the "Bobs" wont be opening right away, but at least all rides will be operational because last year when I went there last year the X-Flight was not operational, and the walkways/midway was a mess. I love the park, its just it wasn't the cleanest park. Cedar Fair i think will do a good job of that. One question if anyone knows, according to the Geauga Lake map posted on the site it looks like there is a barrier blocking the other side off, is it really barracaded off? Otherwise, I can't wait! :)
Sunday, May 2, 2004 1:35 AM
Of course CF has never had issues with off season projects, Jeff, they can do no wrong.

Tom Jones worked for GLP back in the day. I forget now why he left the park, but he ended up with Cedar Point before his return this season to Aurora.

Sunday, May 2, 2004 8:43 AM
What are you trying to say, Gene? What's your point?
Sunday, May 2, 2004 9:02 AM
i see that they did however get rid of the least for now anyhow......

2004: Cedar Fair L.P, owner of Cedar Point (located in Sandusky, Ohio), announces its purchase of the Six Flags Worlds of Adventure property. The park changes its name back to the familiar Geauga Lake and begins the process of re-introducing a family amusement park back to the community. Though the animal park is shut down and all animals are transported to other Six Flags parks, Geauga Lake continues its tradition of great family fun, rides and attractions!

Sunday, May 2, 2004 5:08 PM
It was really rather lame on opening day. Good weather in the afternoon and light crowd, but X-Flight only had one car running (typical), Superman (now "Steel Venom") was closed for maintenance, as was the Raging Wolf Bobs and Mr.Hyde's Nasty Fall. Everything else was open with multiple cars running, but otherwise it didn't feel much different than usual, so far.

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