Geauga Lake:Wild Water Kingdom Opening Delayed

Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:41 AM
"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.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:46 AM
Once again CF falls behind schedule. CF Suxors! I can't believe they missed another deadline!

;) Waiting for the attacks to follow... ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:54 AM
Cut & Paste the entire "Kingda Ka Media Day Postponed" thread here, and replace "Six Flags" with "Cedar Fair." Watch hilarity ensue...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:17 AM
Does anyone know if that means Rageing Wolf Bobs refurbishement will also be delayed?
Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:21 AM
This is going to cause a very crowded park over Memorial Day weekend.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:13 PM
Yeah, missing that weekend is not going to be cool.

I got more use out of my snow blower than the last three winters combined. The Cleveland record for snowfall was 101", I think in '95/'96. We beat it this year at 103".

We're already behind two inches in rainfall for the year.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:30 PM
^ Thank God for that.

If it rains as much this summer as it did last summer, I'm going to cry.

I don't mind a good t-storm every once in a while, but last year got a little bit out of hand.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:42 PM
At least its only a two week delay
Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:29 PM
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. :(

Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:30 PM
HEY! Inclement weather made for an overall poor foam-ball crop this year. Back off!


Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:35 PM
Where exactly are them imported from?
Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:41 PM
Foamatopia--where they hunt stuffed bears and rabbits for their fabulous faux fur.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:55 PM
So I guess the property holds the "inclement weather" excuse no matter which company is at the helm...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:16 PM
I hear naugas live in foamtopia too. It might be a bad year for naugahyde.

(I didn't realize until after I posted that link that the page actually has a drawing of a nauga! Look by the US flag.)

*** Edited 4/21/2005 7:42:59 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:36 PM
Cedar Fair has only used the "inclement weather" excuse for not having their water park complete, not the attendance figures.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:41 PM
You're wrong, CBuzzer: Cedar Fair has definitely mentioned weather as a factor affecting attendence.

mOOSH *** Edited 4/21/2005 6:47:08 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:10 PM
PETSA (People bluh bluh Stuffed Animals) has been distributing shocking videos of cruelty....supposedly proving stuffed animals are choked, eye-gouged, beak-tweaked, sucker-punched, attacked by little kids, even smuggled on rides they're clearly too short to board.

Lies, I say. All lies.


*** Edited 4/21/2005 7:17:00 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:24 PM
Well, Moosh, maybe you're right, but they have had the park ONE season. If they continue to say that year after year, then I think you can make the comparison to Six Flags.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:13 PM
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. ;)
Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:30 PM
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.


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