Green Bay City Council approves purchase of Sea Dragon for Bay Beach

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

The Sea Dragon could make its new home on Green Bay’s waterfront by this summer. The Green Bay City Council agreed Tuesday to spend $670,000 to acquire the new swinging boat ride as the latest addition to Bay Beach Amusement Park. The acquisition is part of a new plan for investing millions to expand and upgrade the city-owned amusement park over the next several years.

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Rick_UK's avatar

Sounds expensive?!

Nothing to see here. Move along.

$670,000 for a twenty year old portable Chance SeaDragon no less, I'd question their sanity.

rollergator's avatar

I was wondering if the 670K price tag wasn't inclusive of installation...

bjames's avatar

my God, $670,000 for a Sea Dragon that they charge $2 per ride will take forever to pay for itself....

Jason Hammond's avatar

Not if it helps grow overall attendance

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That is way too much money for a 20 year old Chance ride. About twice as much as they are worth.

I agree with everyone else that is overpriced. A quick search brought up a Sea Dragon for sale for $149,000

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Maybe this is a "Super Deluxe Sea Dragon in great shape - barely used." The price tag probably includes dismantling of the ride, transportation, refurbishment/certification, installation (electric work, cement, etc.), paperwork, etc. etc....

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GayCoasterGuy said:

(electric work, cement, etc.), paperwork, etc. etc....

Hopefully they mix the cement with water, coarse and fine aggregates so it becomes concrete before installation. ;)

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What cement work? Its a portable mount, on two trailers. You drive it up, and park. The boat is on trailer, and the a-frame is on another. The Sea Dragons are cheap, because they are out dated. Chance went to a Pharoh's Fury ride which is on one trailer, which means means keeping only one CDL driver on payroll to move the ride.

Jeff's avatar

Are you really suggesting they're going to drop a ride they do not intend to move in the grass and put up portable barriers for a queue?

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Surely they wouldn't take the request before city council for approval unless the total included all costs - planning, site prep, electric, cee-ment, etc. I can totally see where the actual cost of the ride would be far less than the sum of all parts.
Hey... unless it's Michael Jackson's Sea Dragon...

john peck's avatar

I have a feeling that this Sea Dragon will be brand new. Chance built a brand new one for the Galveston Pleasure Pier Last year.

I have a feeling it isn't. The article states the ride is 20 years old and has been travelling the county fair carnival circuit on the east coast. The name of the current owner of the ride has not been released.

LostKause's avatar

The person who wrote the news article is only human, and was probably on a deadline to get the story finished, so it's a possibility that the article has a careless mistake or two in it somewhere. No?

Careless mistake where? In the cost quoted in the article? Once again, I'm not surprised if the cost of the total project is near that. From the rendering it looks like they've got a nice design that will keep the ride from looking so portable. City council has approved a certain amount, and if they come in under they've come in under, which would be a good thing.

john peck's avatar

Oh never mind... I had read a different article and not the one above thinking that it was the same article I previously read. It does indeed sound used.

LostKause's avatar

Then ignore my last post and carry on. lol

The new SeaDragon looks lame. The small sign, no crows nest in the middle, and Pharaoh's Fury pyramid thing on top instead of the Viking dude, it just looks wrong.

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