I was looking at their web page and they have some cool historic pictures. More importantly, the park added a drop tower, a sign that the park is movig ahead again rather than stagnating as it had for a number of years.
Has anyone been there this year that can provide a trip report? I do know that high gas proces and airfares mean that the park will be primarily patronized by the locals this year but maybe someone out there has more to say about the park.
2006 - 2009 Cedar Fair Ride Operations
2009 - Walt Disney World Attractions.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
Now if only they'd restore the star and swing rides. The entire place could use a bit of paint, but the lights were all working and the atmosphere is fantastic.
*** Edited 7/9/2008 5:02:34 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Only coaster I rode was the Cyclone, ouch.
Pass da' sizzrup, bro!
Dave Dragon, go Dave Dragon, and the Star Force Five!
The ONLY shortcoming I found at Lakeside was the way the flying scooters were run....everything else was awesome...esp. the lights, and the train ride at night.
Pass da' sizzrup, bro!
First of all, the place was packed on Friday night and all of Saturday. No ride was without a line, especially Saturday night. I was told the park hasn't been busy in years past and it was likely we'd have the place pretty much to ourselves, but that wasn't the case. While I selfishly wished for shorter lines so I could ride more, it was great to see Lakeside doing so well. I hope they continue to attract crowds so the place can survive well into its second century of operation.
Cyclone is a weird coaster. It's crazy intense for the first half of the ride (think the spaghetti bowl section of Kennywood's Thunderbolt on steroids) and then it turns into the Rye Playland Dragon Coaster. Only one train was running and was comprised of both red and blue cars. The other train- also comprised of red and blue cars- was sitting unused. While the first half of the ride was intense, it wasn't at all rough. It offered the kind of ride one should expect of a classic wood coaster.
Wild Chipmunk is a lot of fun. I think it's the best of the three old Miler mice I have ridden (the other two being Tree Top Racers and Mighty Mouse at Playland in OC, NJ- now at Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights). It's one of those rides that I'd love to have in my backyard. For a small mouse, it has six very good drops, and a fantastic helix at the end of the ride.
The Flying Scooters is a 10-tub ride with 8 tubs. Two were missing. It's possible to snap the cables but the ride stays at full speed for only a minute or so. The rest of the ride (about three minutes) is the thing slowing down, as it seems to operate without brakes... or working brakes.
The Eli Bridge wheel had the most ridiculous operation I had ever seen on a Ferris wheel. The ride was loaded and unloaded with no obvious pattern (car 1 followed by car 10 followed by car 6 and so on, or something like that) but instead of loading up the cars as they were unloaded, the wheel was completely unloaded before loaded again. Our ride was literally 30 minutes long. The ride op also did nothing to scold a couple of kids that were throwing rocks from the ride. He talked to them but they walked away laughing so he obviously didn't do much to get through to them.
The Kasper Klaus Satellite Jet was not working, and seems to have been SBNO since last summer. Too bad, as I really wanted to ride it. At least the thing is still illuminated at night. Everything said about the way the park looks when the sun goes down is true. It looks perfect at night, despite it's obvious blemishes. Some swing-type ride called the Flying Dutchman was also down. The bumper cars were awful- very slow, and they often stopped moving for no reason. It was funny sitting in an idle car, getting bumped back into motion by another car, and watching that one sit idle instead. Everything else seemed to be working just fine, from the Spider to the Rock-o-Plane to the Scrambler to the Whip.
Eventually I'll get around to posting photos, at which point I'll post the link.
*** Edited 7/14/2008 3:56:32 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***
A friend of mine told me that Lakeside struggled for many years and it would often take the park years to save up enough money to make necessary repairs once rides broke down. Perhaps the bumper cars don't receive much work because they work (albeit not very well), while other rides like the Satellite Jets are down?
I got a chance to meet Rhoda's daughter and she more or less suggested that she was "forced" to work at te park by her mother. I'm not sure if she was joking around but she didn't seem too unhappy. Still, that makes me wonder what happens to the park when Rhoda's no longer able to keep it going. I'm assuming she's in her fifties, right?
Rhoda's daughter, or Rhoda? Frankly I'm not touching that.
I did find this interview
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