Lake Compounce- Clipper Cove for 2003

Monday, November 11, 2002 2:21 PM

The Lake has made a wishy-washy announcement, with no real statement of the addition. Just a picture of one of those kiddie waterparks and a "Coming in 2003" sign.

This means no setpoint i guess.... o well. Maybe they will announce something else? Didn't they have a major increase in attendence in 2002?

http://www.licensetothrill.net/news.php

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Monday, November 11, 2002 6:43 PM

MForceXtreme, the link you provided suggests that this kid's water park will likely be located behinded the log flume. I think that is unlikely because when I visited Lake Compounce in mid-September, an employee said that in 2003 the area from the mini-golf course to the pizza stand on the other side of the lakefront stage was going to be used for a waterpark expansion. This makes sense to me because of it's proximity to the waterpark, and it makes sense that the expansion could be the rumored Clipper Cove.

I think that since the Top Spin was removed and presumably sent to Kennywood, that there could be something else coming next year in that area, which could encompass the area beyond the log flume as the link mentioned. This could be the coaster (wild mouse/Exterminator) previously rumored elsewhere for the area near the Zoomerang. Top Spin was located betweeen Zoomerang and the Log Flume, so these rumors are kind of making sense in a way.

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Monday, November 11, 2002 6:48 PM

We just got Splash Harbor in 1998. The water park is completely childproof and tame already, now they're going to expand the water park with a splash zone? They're building it on the oppostie side of the park, quite a distance away from the water park?!! AND......oh, Lord help me please... this is my biggest heart attack ever...Sweet Georiga, I'm comin' on that midnight trian to heaven...THEY'RE WASTING ARE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN TO MAKE ROOM!!!

Did someone knock Dr.Walsh upside the head? He's got a Ph.D., runs the world's quietest amusement park, and yet he still can concentrate.

The main reason why Lake Compounce's attendance rose so much this season was because Univision, you know the Spanish channel that runs out of Providence, desided to run their music countdown at Lake Compounce the entire summer. The park was packed with teens, looking for some good Latin music, a little Ca Bas here and there, and a good time. They sure gulped down the soda, but this little hole in the wall isn't going to bring the people back. They'll most likely go back to the beach or the Galleria next year.

Think serious though, I may be over reacting, but you would think the park would respond to they're highest yearly attendance with something more dramatic. What would you say if Holiday World decided to come off of their best year by adding a water play structure to Splasin' Safari? Lucky, their management wouldn't make such a bland decision. What do they expect us to buy season passes for now? The park is so empty that you can get a seasons worth of rides on Boulder in one brisk day. I love Lake Compounce, but there is really little by little to come back for each year, especially with Zoomerang being closed so often now.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:20 AM

Boulder Dash, provided they continue to maintain it, will always be a good reason to go back, but I agree that more is needed than a small waterpark expansion.

Even with BD, there is very little to do at LC for an entire day... the park badly needs some flat rides and another coaster to make it a more well-rounded experience. I was hoping for a Crazy Mouse or something like it... that would be more than enough for me and lots of other people.

Don't get me wrong... I love The Lake... but with it being close to three hours away (Knoebels, Hershey, SFGAdv, Dorney, SFNE and Wildwood are all within three hours as well), I need more than BD to keep me coming back more than once a year.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 6:23 AM
With the park as quiet and small as it is personally makes it a draw for me to make the many hour drive up there for a visit. Call me crazy, but the fact that they didn't add any major attraction for next year doesn't make me want to go to the park any less.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 6:41 AM

The park was never considering a Setpoint, AFAIK. The major expansion of the waterpark is not the only ting happening at LC for next year. I'm sure the park will make an official announcement soon.

As for the complaint that the addition is for "kids" you gotta remember one thing: kids come with parents, and they bring their wallets. LC - and other parks like HW and PKI - are smart to recognize this.

Moosh

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 7:04 AM

Thank you Moosh, for keeping my hopes alive for something new at The Lake!

Don't get me wrong, I love the park. It is quaint and quiet, which is indeed a BIG draw for me. The park is well-run, clean and fairly inexpensive, and has a fantastic wooden coaster that will keep me coming back for years and decades to come. The one complaint I have about the park is that, at some point in the afternoon, after having wandered through the park and had a half dozen spins on BD, I am left wanting something else to do besides Wildcat, Zoomerang and Ghost Hunt. When I'm at Knoebels or Kennywood or another traditional parks, I don't usually run into that problem.

I always thought that a Crazy Mouse would be absolutely perfect because it would fit right in without seeming out of place. It is perfect for families and enthusiasts. A drop tower like an S&S Double Shot would also be nice- something rather small but still exciting.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 7:16 AM

You're welcome, Rob, but don't hope for a coaster for 2003...its not going to happen. Don't take this as gospell but from what I've heard the new ride next year is not "new" at all, but I still think it will be a great addition.

Moosh

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:19 AM
Anything that The Lake decides to add will be most welcome... the park definitely needs more rides to keep the crowds occupied throughout the day. For some, the park will ultimately need more than one great coaster to grow. Look at Holiday World and the strides they have made to grow and keep up with the growth.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:53 AM

For one, I work at Lake Compounce. Secondly, the new water park are is *NOT* going by the Log Flume. Whoever told you that gave you bum information. Why do you think they are moving the Carousel? Hmmm. Why do you think they are removing the Philly cheese steak? Hmmm. Why do you think that they are removing Odies Dog House and the Funnel Cake Stand? Hmmm. And, yes Top Spin is going to Kennywood, but no, there are going to be *NO* new rides in the park. They are putting in the Flying Scooters that were originally where Mammoth Falls is, in place of Top Spin.

The Carousel will be placed on a platform near the mini golf course. I am not completely sure of their plans for the golf course, but AFAIK, it will stay.

I am pretty sure that there is going to be more then just the Clipper Cove. It wont have a small footprint, it should be bigger.

Moosh, they did have Setpoint in the park in 2001 to talk to them about a Super Saturator type ride. Too much money. With building removal, clearing, moving stuff, rebuilding buildings it was going to be around 4-5 million. They also had Chance-Morgan in the park in 2001. They were looking at something like a Test Track type attraction.

Want to contact me about any questions? Macktrk6129@aol.com Thanks and have a good day.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:44 AM

Kyle - regarding Setpoint...I was referring to 2002. I knew they were at the park in 2001 but that those talks didn't lead to a deal.

Thanks for the update. Good to see you here at C-buzz ;-)

Moosh

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:42 AM
Forgive me, as I have yet to make it to this park, but why are they removing their Top Spin and sending it to Kennywood? From the way it sounds, the park should add more flat rides rather than remove them, especially something as "new" as a topspin. Although they are a newer variation, I find their ride motion to be very exciting without the "sick" side effect.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:23 PM

Matt said:
why are they removing their Top Spin and sending it to Kennywood? From the way it sounds, the park should add more flat rides rather than remove them, especially something as "new" as a topspin.


Good question. Lake Compounce is a fantastic park, but they are not big enough to be removing rides. I hope there is another 'newer' flat ride coming or something else besides just the Flying Scooters (and the waterpark expansion of course).

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:53 PM

The park will still have the same number of flat rides next year as they did this year.

Moosh

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:40 PM
So they add one, flying scooters(again) and lose one top spin. Then they're flat. Well, i'll hope for something extra like a dark ride of some sort..... Also dont y'all think that lc already brings in most of their business from families? I mean they have always advertised themself as "new england's familiy theme park" I mean this of course helps, but i dont see it as being as great for the park as the Parmamount parks when they decided to go all "family-oriented."
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 5:34 PM
I agree that Lake Compounce's focus on families is the right move, but their focus on the waterpark while not providing more 'dry' attractions seems unbalanced. The waterpark is limited in both it's potential audience and it's season of operation. I think they need to balance an expansion to the waterpark with an equally nice addition to the rest of the park, and returning the Flying Scooters, although it's a welcomed move, just doesn't cut it for me. Lake Compounce would benefit nicely from a wild mouse coaster.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2002 2:29 AM
Actually, I think the waterpark is probably the backbone of Lake Compounce already, much like Holiday World. People will come to ride the rides, but in the middle of the day they are probably going to spend a lot of time in the waterpark, and there are definately capactiy issues there. Just look at all horriffic crowding problems that the other park up the road has with their waterpark. If Compounce can offer a better waterpark environment, with much shorter lines, then that's a big leg up.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002 7:08 AM

Just be patient, people. This waterpark expansion will be all they'll need to do in that section for a while. New [dry] thrills are coming, you just have to wait a little longer for them.

Besides, look at it this way: if this new waterpark expansion helps pay the way for something bigger than they had origninally planned isn't that a good thing?

Moosh

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Wednesday, November 13, 2002 8:32 AM

I don't mind the Clipper Cove addition for '02. I might mind a little more if I lived closer and could get to this park more than once a year...but from what I have seen, Splash Harbor is way too crowded. That means two things, an expansion is necessary to relieve the lines/crowds in SH and that even if it doesn't bring in more people, it will create an overall better experience for park-goers (via shorter lines).

And I have to agree with Moosh, if it does indeed bring in more money for the park, that would mean that much more that they can spend on "thrill" rides in the future.

Sean

*who wishes they would "trade" a ride other than Top Spin, but understands that is a business decision*

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