Knott's Berry Farm planning "restoration" of Ghost Rider roller coaster

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015 3:13 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK

Knott’s Berry Farm is closing two rides in preparation for the theme park’s 75th anniversary of Ghost Town, including GhostRider, the high-speed wooden roller coaster. The coaster will close temporarily for “a comprehensive restoration” on Sept. 8, Knott’s Berry Farm officials announced Wednesday.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015 4:32 PM
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rollergator said:

Dorney's makes a little more sense since it seems to be mostly a waterpark with dry rides right up until the Halloween season.

Not really. It's an especially good family park because of it's huge selection of flat rides. The waterpark isn't really very good as far as waterparks go. I guess some coaster enthusiast elitists see it the way you do though.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015 4:34 PM
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Regardless of how good or bad the waterpark is there, have you ever been there during a normal operating day? Cause the waterpark is always pack and the rides side is always not.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015 4:34 PM
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Pretty sure he's looking at it in terms of where the crowds go...

It's the same way at Michigan's adventure. When the water park season is open, the dry side is deserted. Old Geauga Lake was the same way before 2000 when Six Flags tried to flip it into a full fledged coaster park.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015 5:28 PM
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See? Cedar Fair hates all those parks and proves it by making them have popular waterparks. :-)

(That would be hated and proved in regards to Geauga Lake.)

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Sunday, August 23, 2015 6:55 PM

Actually, CP's problem with Geauga Lake was taking the water park and MOVING IT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE.

Had they kept the water park where it was--next to the "dry side"--they would have had less overhead and more opportunities for guests to use both parks--including the dry side with its higher per caps.

CP moved away from its successful operating model at DP & MA at GL.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:47 PM
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You're right, I think.

When Six Flags left and took the marine life with them, Cedar Fair had a problem: half of a huge park they couldn't use as is -- Cedar Fair not having parks with any type of animal attractions, they had no animals to bring to Ohio. (If only Cedar Point hadn't torn down Sealand and stopped having dolphin shows at Oceana -- could have moved the critters down the pike to Aurora.)

So while I agree that keeping the water park where it was might have extended the life of Geauga Lake, I also understand how senior management would have looked at all that now unused property on the Sea World side of the lake and wanted a way to put it to profitable use. And many of their other parks had big waterparks, and Geauga had room for a big waterpark across the lake....


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Saturday, September 5, 2015 12:06 AM

Actually, Oceana closed because Striker, Cocoa and Misty all died within a single year. Breeze went to a retirement home and the facility closed until they actually took my idea and converted it into a high-dive show.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 6:28 PM
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=No25YkwUJJY

Artwork for the new MilF trains going in Ghostrider. I hope it doesn't end up like Wildcat.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 7:42 PM

I don't think it will be like the wildcat because the entire track bed will be new. The are literally removing the entire track structure, except the supports.


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Sunday, November 15, 2015 3:41 PM
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Anyone know how GCI does their track work? Is it similar to how GG does work? I bet no matter what happens, Mean Streak will probably be the next one to get the GCI treatment. This announcement for Ghost rider makes me want to fly out there, but I don't have the money at the moment. Still am anxious to see what others say about this in 2016.

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