When does one of the waterparks drop in a few flats along with a coaster? The Dells has a couple of places with coasters, why not Sandusky?
I suppose nothing is impossible but I would guess it is one thing to spring a business that compliments a Cedar Point visit and another thing to spring a business that competes against a Cedar Point visit.
If there is any concern at all that CP draws guests awary from Geauga Lake then I can't imagine a coaster out on 250 would do enough business to be worth while. Go down to Orlando. With the exception of Olde Town (a tourist attraction in and of itself) you don't find any stand alone coasters outside of gated attractions.
They're projecting one million guests during their first year. Plus they're far enough out on Rt. 250 where they'd likely have the easiest path of the three with zoning issues.
If anyone could support adding a few rides, it'd be Kalahari. They're already offering day passes to non-hotel guests. But if they do, it'll probably be an afterthought. I think their waterpark and resort will remain the focus.
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Are there any other water parks planned? I know that in a Plain Dealer artcle, they mentioned a fourth indoor waterpark was in the workds. but thats the PD, consider the source (caugh..the magnum is sinking)
I think it's an interesting idea and almost makes too much sense.
While I agree with Gonch that nothing bigger than a mouse or Zyklon style coaster would be feasible, I don't see something like that being a prudent business decision. A mouse or zyklon style coaster would almost have to be built outside as an addition to one of the fun centers (go-carts, mini-golf, arcade type places). It would most likely end up being a pay per ride type coaster and would have to rely on itself to produce its' ROI. Such an investment for a small business doesn't make sense to me, but then again I'm not in business.
Now if something were built within the workings of one of the waterparks (like a suspended setpoint water coaster), it could work. It would be unique and could help sustain the crowds that these places are going to need to profit. But they wouldn't have to solely rely on it to recoup their expenses. It would just add to an already decent list of attractions that are already bringing the people to the park. Would it be fiscally sound, I don't know, but it appears to be more so than adding a mouse to an amusement center.
Now a small kiddie coaster could most definately pop up somewhere in Sandusky and I'm surprised that one doesn't already exist.
They WOULD be fantastic additions for waterparks...if they ran about $2-3M...and had better capacity...;)
edit: Orlando also has the Fun Spot right off I-Drive, and a couple other mini-golf/FEC-type places that sport a flat or two. I seriously doubt anyone wants to "go head-to-head" against the Po!nt, but a smallish place with rides for LITTLE kids and B-day parties (a la American Adventures in Atlanta), maybe that could work.
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But I still think it makes sense that the best place for a coaster in Sandusky (other than a small kiddie oval type) would be integrated into one of the waterparks. How about a spinning mouse getting drenched by geysers and water cannons? Sounds fun to me!
I'm merely speculating on the topic at hand and sincerely doubt anything bigger than an oval or powered coaster will ever spring up in Sandusky.
Edit: Gator, sure it's prohibitively expensive for most water parks, especially the stand alone parks. But they aren't too expensive for SFI and CF waterparks. That still doesn't make it a great business decision, but that does open up quite a few 'waterparks' that could afford one. *** Edited 5/25/2005 11:04:40 PM UTC by Incidentalist***
Now, would that be a better option for those parks with a single gate, or for those with a sepately-gated waterpark...my vote is for option (A). ;)
Everything else is doomed unless it revolves around either.
Cause if it is this then would NEVER support a Rollercoaster in a business district.
Wait until 2007 or so for a new coaster in Sandusky where it should be, at Cedar Point. There are a few rumors that surfaced last year that they were gonna put one in that time. They also have plans to put it in the frontiertown area. The rumor is that White Water Landing was gonna be removed and then it was gonna be a number of different kinds of coasters. A Fourth Dimension was rumored, a dual flyer was also rumored, but i would love to see a good woodie back there, because Mean Streak just isnt cutting it. Thats my thoughts, remember these are rumors so dont think these to be true!
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