I Want to Own an Amusement Park!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:28 PM


Does anyone know of any books, magazines, web sites (books mostly) where I can find out a little bit more on the life of owning & managing an amusement park?

Not that I'm seriously thinking into it... but if anybody is fimilar with the Adirondack area, there is a little gem of land in the Village of Lake George, NY that used to be "Gaslight Village", which was a small 6 acre amusement park filled with some great classic flat rides. It's been closed down for a number of years, and was even attempted at a ressurection as "Lake George Action Park", but that never took off. As of right now, it's for sale, and a number of proposals have been made... but nothing has ever been done.

I've been fantasizing about buying that gem of a spot (with what money? Not sure yet) and turning it back into a "Gaslight Village" filled with some great flat rides (both used & new) themed to a village of the '20s or '30s. I know the land cost some 4 million... but if I got some funding & loans, I bet I could turn it profitable within a few years, especially in the heart of a tourist destination such as that. I remember that it used to be very crowded in that park when I went as a kid, and even though it's just 6 acres... a lot could be done with that land if given the proper imagination!!

It'd be nice to give The Great Escape just a little competition... despite the small size, I'd have either a "pay-one-price" or "pay-per-ride" kind of deal.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:33 PM

I'd love to do that someday. I probably will only be able to be a CEO or President if I set my mind to it, but it would be way to expensive to start a park.

I sorta did it when I made a rollercoaster in my back yard along with a few water slides, and homemade rides. The kids loved it but unfortunately the coaster car was very hard to build and too heavy so I called it quits. The first 2 years it worked great though. The third year I tryed to improve it but ruined it. It was a good experience though.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:48 PM

Ride of Steel said:

I sorta did it when I made a rollercoaster in my back yard along with a few water slides, and homemade rides. The kids loved it but unfortunately the coaster car was very hard to build and too heavy so I called it quits. The first 2 years it worked great though. The third year I tryed to improve it but ruined it. It was a good experience though.



Yeah...and you are 13 years old...haha

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:56 PM

NitroExplodes said:
Yeah...and you are 13 years old...haha


Are you making fun of me? I did and I swear on it. It was 20 feet long and went down a hill in my backyard. I had a bungee brake system. Also I can be a CEO someday if I want to and if I work hard. If I were you I wouldn't be laughing I'd be really surprised that a 10 year old (my age when I completed it) accomplished that.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 5:34 PM
Bungee Brake system, hmm, maybe you could sell that idea to B&M, or Intamin ;)

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 6:02 PM
Dawg, I say go for it. You never know if an oppertunity will come by again.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 6:08 PM

Don't doubt Ride of Steel. I made a 3 story dog-house with a patio and a yard will real grass. It's a VERY long story but I'll just go along with the rest of the topic though.

I say go for it too. You only live once, so why live without owning an amusement park?

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 6:39 PM

CP ismyhome said:
Bungee Brake system, hmm, maybe you could sell that idea to B&M, or Intamin

Yeah lol it was great. See there were too bungee cords attachted to the top of the ride and the other side attached to the car along with ropes incase the bungee ever snapped. It would slowly brake the car down at the end of the track then we brought it back up again. It was really fun to ride.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 7:04 PM

Let us coasterbuzzers know if you ever get it started. If I make my way up to NY I'll stop by and give it some of my business. I would love to open a park. I'm still trying to think of a way to make the several million dollars that I would need. That'll take a while tho. Meanwhile I say go for it. The biggest risk is not taking one (I heard that somewhere).

Hey Ride of Steel, that sounds cool with the coaster and stuff. What else did you use to build that, the waterslides, and whatever else you built.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 7:11 PM
How did you build the coaster ROS

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 8:13 PM
You have any pictures of your homemade coaster??

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 8:25 PM
I wanna know how he built his waterslides! I'd like one of those in my back yard. I know they aren't big, but it gets awfully borng around here...:(

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 8:38 PM

I hope that you win the lottery dawgbite so that you can buy your park. That would be great. Do you know what kind of shape the rides are in? How many rides are there?

It would be great to own a park. Drive around in a golf cart and do all of the test rides every morning.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 9:55 PM
Hey Dawgbite, is Gaslight Village limited to 6 acres? In othere words, Is 6 acres the size of the developed park with additional undeveloped land or is it the size of everything including the undevelope land. I would hope there is much more than 6 acres available for parking and expansion space such as a world class out and back woodie otherwise I wouldn't buy a park unless I have room and the freedom from whining neighbors to build a large woodie. Now I am not telling you not to buy the park if you have the money for it but for me I'd want that extra space for a large woodie.
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Monday, August 19, 2002 2:31 AM
I would hope for 4 million it totals more than 6 acres (about the size of my yard, not much space).

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Monday, August 19, 2002 4:32 AM
Hey I'll tell you guys how I did the coaster and water slides this afternoon so check back. As for now I gotta leave and don't have time to go into detail. Cya!

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Monday, August 19, 2002 6:51 AM

Actually, the land is limited to a toatal of 6 acres. I'm not sure if that includes the small parking lot or not, but there is a small area for parking. Otherwise, the rest of the visitors have to park along the sides of the streets.

There is no undeveloped land to the North, South, West, or East... it's all taken up, so you gotta make due with the land you got. There's no room for a rollercoaster, and I think they have a height limit of around 100 feet, so there goes the idea of having a drop tower. I figure that Huss sells a lot of good "experienced" rides among other manufactures, so that might save a few bucks.

It's not completely unrealistic if I really, really look into it. I'd just like to read more into the amusement business side of things, and was looking for books that were put out by some owners in the past. Anybody know of any (hense the main theme of this thread)?


The main problem is really just finding collateral in case it flops. I know it'd be successful for awhile, but would it be successful in the long run to replace some rides or add new ones?

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Monday, August 19, 2002 10:27 AM
Darn, no coaster. I was hoping for an Intamin hyper with Bungee Brakes ;)

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