Posted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 9:11 AM | Contributed by Goccvp1
Workers recently started taking down X-Flight from its Geauga Lake location along Ohio 43 near the park's front gate, said Bryan Edwards, a Geauga Lake spokesman. The ride is destined for another park owned by Cedar Fair LP, the parent company of Geauga Lake.
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Face it, Six Flags built too much at the park, and the attendance makes it too expensive to maintain all of that. Scaling down the rides side and boosting the water park puts it on scale with many of the other parks in the chain, like Dorney or Valleyfair. Makes a lot more sense.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they remove SV and Head Banger...er....Spin also to shrink that area. Send SV to Dorney or Knott's and HS to MiA. As much as I would hate to see them do this, the park as it is now can not continue on their attendance figures. It's twice the size of HW, has 6 more coasters and draws 250,000 LESS people. I'd rather see them piece meal some of it out, make the park smaller, more profitable and keep it in operation. If that's what it's going to take to ensure the park and Big Dipper continue running, then so be it.
*looks at Renegade construction photos*
Wait. What was I talking about?
*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 11/22/2006 10:04:05 AM ***
I still don't understand what Six Flags did...and I guess I never will. It just seems odd to me that I (and many others who have more than a passing background in the park business) could see the missteps they were taking but Burke and the gang could not. To me, it came down to nothing but inflated ego on their part.
I think Cedar Fair has a chance to do something special with the waterpark. It could become the "Schlitterbahn" of the midwest.
I for one, being a Canada's Wonderland fanboy, would like to see it go there. Of course, in order to have room for it, we'd have to bulldoze another one of CW's world class coasters such as Tomb Raider or Dragon FIre. ;)
Of course I've only been on the three Vekomas and non of the B&M flyers.
To be honest, I don't want to see that uncomfortable peice of cARp rebuilt anywhere else.
MiA's waterpark is the big draw...but putting in a flying coaster would increase MiA's visibility to more of the state.
It will be interesting to see where it ends up. MiA is an interesting guess---it's been a while since they've gotten a thrill upgrade, and their attendance has been going up steadily. Perhaps enough to justify a new installation, and this one can be done on the cheap.
I'll mention the ironic possibility of PGA.
Bite off more than they could chew is what they did.
As for where X-Flight is going? My guess: PGA :)
As for X-Flight...another point is that the ride is stuck out in the parking lot like a wart, and it's configured in such a way that it makes no sense at all for foot traffic. The only good thing about the way it is situated at Geauga Lake is that they can close a single gate and pretend it doesn't exist. Just from the standpoint of trying to straighten out the layout at Geauga Lake, the ride has to be moved, and while it could be relocated within the park, it probably makes more sense to try it out in another market.
Wahoo, what Six Flags did with Geauga Lake was to try and go head to head with Cedar Point. If they had thought a little harder about it, taken more time, and if they had understood that the Six Flags brand name was practically worthless in Ohio to begin with, they might have been able to do it. They should have continued a measured expansion of Geauga Lake, brought in the Sea World stuff as they did, brought the overall park experience up to the point of being on par with Sea World, and THEN re-branded it...and they probably should have re-branded it "Six Flags Geauga Lake" because "Geauga Lake" actually meant something while "Six Flags" meant nothing at all. Had they actually provided an experience that was comparable to Cedar Point (instead of merely a similar coaster count) they might have done well. Instead, they shot through three name changes, confused their existing customer base, alienated everybody who came through the gate, and basically burned the lot. They promised Disney World and offered something that was not even as good as Geauga Lake. Is it any wonder that Cedar Point ate their lunch?
I don't know; I am convinced, especially after what happened to AstroWorld, that Burke and Story were driven almost entirely by ego, not at all by a good sense of how to run amusement parks.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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