GL taking a "Jab" at Coaster Enthusiasts?

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 12:20 PM
Hello Coaster Fans Who Are Deciding What Coaster To Carve Into Thier Pumpkin,

I don't know how many people have read any of the trip reports, but one thing stands out from a few of them that I thought some people should check out.

This year at GL, they have A LOT of cool Halloween decorations. One that REALLY sticks out from my trip is over by X-Flight. It's more or less GL's friendly "jab" at coaster enthusiasts. The display uses one of GL's old Rocket Ships. In it sits 3 aliens (ones that use to be in Brutal Planet). These aliens now move, and talk to each other. On the ship is A.C.E.- Alien Coaster Enthusiasts! It also has bumper stickers all over it; such as, "I'd rather be going ludicrous speed" or "Geagua Lake or Bust" and "Please keep arms, hands, tencales, inside the vehicle at all times"

Like I said, these things carry on conversations with themselves. Some of the comments are (pardon the bad transcipt):

3rd Alien- "Hey is this that 8 flags place?"

1st Alien- "No, this is GL. We were here just a couple a years ago remember?"

2nd Alien- "Doesn't this place have animals? What happen to the animals?"

They then go on to say:

3rd Alien- "What is that tall thing ahead of us?"
1st Alien- "That is Space Spiral."
2nd Alien- "Yeah, that thing never works!"

The conversations are very funny. They go on comapring Big Dipper to the "Big Dipper in the sky" and how it doesn't match. They also talk about why Villain's train is on RWB. All inbetween they make fun of the guests walking by.

It really is quite funny, and I watched it for around 10 minutes laughing out loud :) It's quite obivious though, that some coaster enthusiasts insiders did the voices and transcipts for it. But either way, I give a Kudos to GL for it! It's definetly worth checking out.

Pictures of these aliens can be found: Here

*** Edited 10/6/2004 1:59:30 PM UTC by RollerCoasterGod***

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 12:33 PM
Bwahaha, sounds like funny stuff. I'm sure they're pretty happy that people are taking notice.
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 1:25 PM
I was there twice so far for the Haunt event, but never payed attention to what they were saying.
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:01 PM
There are some great pictures of the rocketship at the Geauga Lake Today website.

I overheard the Aliens refering to thier currency as Kinzels, and also heard them mentioning several employees by name. (Bill, Rob, ect.)

On the tail of the ship is the logo "Dispatch Transport Shuttle", along with a label "destination 12E"

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:03 PM
I can't wait to go there and check out the Halloween event in a couple of weeks. I hear its unbelievable... the best in the CF chain.
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:48 PM
I haven't ever been to the other CF parks during this time of year but it's pretty good, but still not as good as Kennywood's Phantom Fright Nights. In fact just the other day some Food Service Managers from Geauga Lake came to Kennywood and I was talking to them about the event. After a while of exchanging chit-chat they said "So who's the company that designs/builds your haunted attractions". As far as I know Kennywood designs there own stuff. I know there are a few more KWTM's on the boards here that may be able to shine some light on the subject. BTW, the new Gory Park section of PFN's, is awesome. I walk through it every night!
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 4:14 PM
Halloween Productions created the mazes, as well as many of the more intricate props around the park.

This isn't meant to downplay Kennywood's role, though, as they do a tremendous job dressing the park up for the event. In addition, I believe that most or all of the theming for Gor y Park was created in-house.

*** Edited 10/5/2004 8:16:50 PM UTC by PhantomTails***

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:17 AM

Rob Ascough said:
I can't wait to go there and check out the Halloween event in a couple of weeks. I hear its unbelievable... the best in the CF chain.

Best in the CF chain? Not even close. Its all about Knott's Scary Farm. Knott's was the first theme park to host a Halloween event, starting 32 years ago. Short of Universal's HHN, I don't think anything in the industry is *remotely* close to what Knott's does for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 3:54 AM
I haven't been to the one at GL, but I have been to a lot and nothing compares to the haunted nights at the Farm.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 9:55 AM
Here's a photo.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 9:57 AM
I forget that Knotts is part of the CF chain... I stand corrected.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 10:05 AM
Knott's goes so far as to retheme rides for their event. It is extraordinary. I know it used to sell out every year. I suspect it remains as popular today.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 2:32 PM
^Yeah, it seems like its popularity is growing every year, based on the fact that they continue to add more days. Now, Knott's Scary Farm runs Wednesday-Sunday each week, with additional days around Halloween.

I have no idea how GL's Halloween event works, but how many other parks are able to be open during the day, then close and charge a seperate admission to their halloween event? I know that Universal's HHN does, but I have no clue about any others.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 5:16 PM
We are open all day. We do not close and then re-open, however, we do have the twilight admission on saturday and sunday starting at 5pm.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 7:26 PM
Actually, Worlds of Fun does exactly what Knotts does this year! They close and then offer a seperate admission for the haunted houses and stuff Their halloween events are really, really good this year!
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 10:03 PM
No Worlds of Fun does not charge separate admission for the Halloween stuff. They just start some of it at a later time in the day/night and close anything that is in that area.
Thursday, October 7, 2004 12:33 AM
For those who are not familiar with the set-up of Halloweekends at WOF, let me explain. They have seperated the event into two parts BooBlast! (scare-free) and Halloween Haunt (scares).

BooBlast! includes the Magical House on Boo Hill (maze), Trick or Treat Town, Snoopy's Haunted Playground (maze), Monster Mash (dancing with the "scare-free" monsters), Hexaba's Hogwash (witch telling stories). These attractions all close at 6pm for the most part.

Halloween Haunt includes shows and mazes. There are several shows include Meat Cleaver High (music review), Digger's Used Coffins, Witch Doctor's Revenge, and Spooktacular (magic show) these all have their last shows on the 5 o'clock hour and then are closed the rest of the day.

The mazes work as follows: Carnival of the Carnivorous Clowns and Lore of the Vampire are both indoors and open at 3 and close when the park does. Camp Gonnagitcha and Fright Zone open at 7 and close when the park does (except Sundays when they are not open).

Friday nights there are no BooBlast! activities and no shows the only thing is limited rides and the haunted mazes. Sunday is the "scare-free" day and that has the most things for kids that day.

Rides are shut down only in the Fright Zone area, which ends up only being Zulu. The Children's area (Camp Spooky) usually starts clearing people out about the time that the "BIG" haunts open.

That about sums it up. The park is pretty much dead until 4pm when the Twilighters come in and then they stay until close. No extra admission like Jeff Mast said, but still a lot of fun.

Thursday, October 7, 2004 2:08 AM
I'd rather go to the "Edge of Hell".
Thursday, October 7, 2004 8:52 AM
I love the tounge-in-cheek enthusiast references in parks.

Good example of making fun of their fans is XPlay on G4TechTV (TechTV was so much better). They have a commercial where the guy watching HATES Adam, who he thinks is annoying (he's not the only one) and hates him for reviewing games for a living, and also working with the hot Morgan Webb. If you read thier message boards, that's what 99% of the people always complain/talk about.

I hope more parks do things like this!

Thursday, October 7, 2004 9:00 AM
Geauga Lake sorta works the same way.

There are 2 types of Haunts : Scary & Mild/Scary & Wild

Scary & Mild

  • Candy Corral - Kid's maze in which they collect candy from different characters.
  • Haunted Ferry Boat - Haven't been on this one yet so can't give a review.
  • KidWorks Costume Contest - I believe this is just a standard contest. Haven't attended this one either.
  • Monsters & Magic Show, Fright Fever - Family shows that take place in the parks Palace Theatre. I have seen both shows and rate them 9/10!
  • Midway Monsters - Friendly monsters walking round the main entrance plaza. Although I have seen them in other places of the park.

Now for the Scary & Wild stuff :

  • Scary Oldies - The parks Merry Oldies car ride with a fright. Ride is open all day but doesn't become haunted til 8pm on FRI/SAT, closed on SUN.
  • Phobia - I believe this is new for 2004. Located in waterpark. Only problem is that you have to walk the entire waterpark to get to it. Opens at 7pm on FRI, and 2pm on SAT/SUN.
  • Big Top Terror - Basic haunted clown maze. Nothing special. Open 7pm on FRI, and 2pm on SAT/SUN.
  • The Gaunlet - I was actually really excited by the name and thought that it was going to be good, but disipointed me. Open 8pm FRI/SAT, closed on SUN.
  • The Fright Zone - Also new for 2004 I believe. This was actually pretty neat. Takes place in the whole Double Loop/Villian area. When the Fright Zone goes haunted, it's really scary cause your only going through to ride the coasters but the only way in is through the fright zone gates. I give this area a 8/10. Great job Geauga Lake. Open 8pm on FRI/SAT, closed(not the area just the effects) on SUN.

Well there you go, If I misspelled anything I'm sorry!


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