Geauga Lake's Big Dipper for sale on eBay

Posted Friday, August 27, 2010 6:03 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The landmark Big Dipper roller coaster from the now-closed Geauga Lake Park here has been posted on eBay for bidding or outright sale. The bidding runs through Sept. 6 but you can buy it outright for $65,000.

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Friday, August 27, 2010 9:57 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

If Ocean Motion listed for less than a new home wasn't nutty enough, Big Dipper with a starting bid that's in the used car range certainly is.

Certainly seems like a time for the people who want to see it preserved to nut up. Here's a chance to grab this thing for next to nothing.

Friday, August 27, 2010 10:08 PM
LostKause's avatar

Let pool our money together. I have $35! ;)

Friday, August 27, 2010 10:17 PM

As we all know by now, the purchase price isn't the obstacle. It's what's it going to cost to dismantle and move it is the problem.

Friday, August 27, 2010 10:33 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Dutchman said:
It's what's it going to cost to dismantle and move it is the problem.

Oh. Then taer it down.

Friday, August 27, 2010 10:35 PM

For that price i would move in. However, i hear it gets a bit drafty in the winter.

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Friday, August 27, 2010 10:59 PM
James Whitmore's avatar

"Shipping: Local Pickup"... I'll loan you my GMC.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 12:42 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

Think they are doing this because they've been reading about Zippin Pippin?

Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:20 AM
CoasterDemon's avatar

Such a GREAT ride, I hope someone gets it. Last time I was at the park in 2000, it was still the best ride at the park (even my not so big coaster geek friends loved it).

Those trains alone are worth it, beautiful.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:09 AM
Jeff's avatar

Perhaps there are no takers or interest because it really isn't that great of a ride. That it has some level of old-timey goodness is apparently not enough.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010 4:15 AM

I agree. There are coasters that are worth saving, but IMHO the Big Dipper isn't one of them. The ongoing SBNO-ness of Aska is far more of a tragedy IMHO.

I develop Retro Games for macOS, iPhone, and iPad when not riding coasters.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:29 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Big Dipper was OK, but it's not a GREAT ride, and I never thought it was.

R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:34 AM

Richard Bannister said:
I agree. There are coasters that are worth saving, but IMHO the Big Dipper isn't one of them. The ongoing SBNO-ness of Aska is far more of a tragedy IMHO.

Giving away my ignorance..."Aska?"

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:36 AM
kpjb's avatar

Go ahead... Aska-me how to search for it.


Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:39 AM

Why they just demolish it and get it over with

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:51 AM
Rick_UK's avatar

I'm all for preservation, but there has to come a time where demolition is the only option. I suspect we don't have another Corey Island Thunderbolt on our hands - this thing isn't going to hang around for the next 15 years.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 11:15 AM

I think it is a good opertunity to own a piece of history. is it the best roller coaster ever? No. does it bring back memories of a different time in people's lives? Yes. I, for one really enjoy dipper. This ride has been part of so many generations of families and desreves to be saved. I have to say a big thank you to the gentleman who bought it at auction. he was the only bid and is the only reason it is standing right now. I would really like to see someone come along and save this fun piece of cleveland history.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 11:30 AM
birdhombre's avatar

Maybe if we start a rumor that it was Frankie Yankovic's favorite ride, the city of Cleveland will buy it and move it to the Flats or something. :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:04 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

I am not "Mr Nostalgia" and I think it's a great ride. But half of it needed re-tracked when the park closed so most likely you would get the trains, some metal to recycle and the lift motor/ brake mechanisms?

Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:01 PM

Dipper is closer to running than you might think. It is in very good shape.


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