"The plans for our new waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom, required an aggressive construction schedule to meet the projected opening date of May 28th. However, because of the severity of the winter, including record snowfall, it has become apparent that the opening of Wildwater Kingdom will be delayed by approximately two weeks. We now expect the waterpark to premiere in mid-June."
This was sent to me by e-mail. Just thought some of you would like to know.
Well honestly, if Cedar Fair can't get a foam-ball playhouse ready by opening day at WOF (they also opened 2 weekends later than normal) -- what made you think they could get a new waterpark open on time?
Attractions were always ready opening day when HME ran WOF. :(
I don't know about you, but i was a little dissapointed with construction progress, they should have alot more workers, and been working for a long while, because there were alot of good days, or maybe they had thought the snow would of been over by then, Anyways, It will be fine, I don't mind it being delayed, I don't go on water stuff that much, at the time of year I usually attend. The one thing I'll like is the lowered admission because of their late deadline. ;)
I hate to say it, but I really am questioning their construction schedule. While this winter did dump an extraordinary amount of snow on the region, it's not like anyone was surprised; in fact, I was amazed by the lack of precipitation that we experienced before the middle of January came around. Many parks have trouble with early starts because they don't wish to interfere with park operations. This just wasn't the case with Wildwater Kingdom, as everything past the Pirates theater was closed off to guests since Six Flags left. Quite a few Geauga Lake staff and fans that I communicate with have been wondering about the deadline from the start, as the plans called for the destruction of one park and construction of a brand new one in just under 7 months. From what I could determine from their construction updates, physical construction on the water attractions didn't even start until mid-February!
While only the park knows if the delay is a result of poor planning or the weather, the park is going to take a hit from it. The price reduction is going to make people visiting the park feel better, but sure as heck isn't going to attract others to it. Given that a lot of visitors only go once or twice a year, I'm thinking that they're going to hold off until Wildwater Kingdom opens--14 days might not seem like a lot, but if attendance is greatly reduced it could cause a lot of pain for GL.