Is there anyone in the coasterbuzz community who lives in the middletown, oh area, and knows anything about the current status of lesourdsville lake park. I normally go to the forums at the unofficial site www.americanaamusementpark.com. Although the site is currently down, hopefully because they know something, and I would like to hear about this park reopening. The last news report on the park was in June about Jerry trying to keep the park from going away. Then in Feburuary when a nebraska man wanted to buy the park, but if I understand correctly he died and that stopped that hope.
I drive past the park almost everyday. It doesn't even seem like they do much business selling campers there, there is never anyone there even looking at them. Maybe if they get those camper sales up, LL can once again reopen.
I feel rather lucky that I had a chance to visit the park in 2002. Absolutely had a blast even though the Screachin' Eagle and the log flume are the only special rides there. If the park doesn't re-open every effort should be made to relocate the Eagle. That is one hell of a coaster and it'd be a shame to lose it, again.
I get kinda angry when people mention that parks have no stellar rides other than blah, blah. Theres more to every park than that. Theres the feel, the smells, the atmosphere.
LL is a park you can go and spend a whole day or a couple hours at your convienence and never feel rushed or overwhelmed. It does have other rides than Screechin Eagle, Perhaps non stellar but some are very good. The scrambler, The second hardest snapping flyers to Knoebels, The tild, A electric Rainbow, A flume unmatched IMHO, Carp to feed LOL, A whip Im sure with just a motor change or adjustment can return to the second best I've ridden compared to Camden's A auto ride under the coaster. Facination.
Call me strange but after the intial thrill of the BIG Giants and mega coasters/parks. I can enjoymyself as much if not moreso at the smaller parks. Heck, we even had a blast at Quassy and Williams grove.
Chuck, who knows Scott was having a hard time funding the site but may put it back up on Yahoo or something soon.
Hey you forgot the Rock-O-Plane! Plus the super slow boat ride on the lake. And yeah, Any whip is a notable ride but that one at Lesourdsville really needed something done to it. Even the one at Knoebels wasn't that bad!
I remember hearing that there is interest moving the Screechin' Eagle if the park doesn't re-open. Wish I had more details on that.
Apparently you missed where I said I absolutely had a blast. For the same reasons you described, we enjoyed a full day at the park. The fact that there are only two rides that really stand out yet we still enjoyed a full day shows that the atmosphere is great.
It's not like we were credit whores who spent just enough time in the park to hit the coasters a few times and then head for the next park. We hit every ride in the park several times, spent over an hour playing Fascination and just enjoyed a relaxing day at the park. But that still doesn't detract from the fact that other than the Eagle (best woodie in Ohio) and the flume (one of the best I've ridden) most of the rides are just your standard small park fair. I personally didn't find the Flyers to be better than PKI's and with the few times I actually ride Scrambler's I'm not anal enough to compare them. Sorry if I offended the first time as none was meant, as for this post I'll let you figure it out. ;)
Forgot about the boat ride, twas relaxing indeed. *** Edited 10/29/2004 9:23:25 PM UTC by Incidentalist***
I didn't say I was upset with you. Im sorry, I should have made that clearer. I all to often see the bigger is better statement. At least you were one of the many who did visit in 2002, Let's hope it's not our last
As for Eagle, I was told there are several interested parties including Cincy's Coney Island.
I will agree that I certainly hope to have a chance to visit again.
I also agree that the small park charm is something special. When I'm at the 'mega' park I spend all day running from one coaster to the next and maybe hit a few of the newest flats. The only time I slow down is to eat, drink and I usually hit the flume once. At the smaller parks I relax more and hit the rides that I loved as a kid that I don't ride too often anymore. Now that I've moved to Colorado, I'd much rather go to Lakeside than to SFEG.
As for the Eagle, it definately needs to stay in operation. Coney Island would be a decent spot. I personally would love to see the lovely people at Holiday World buy it.
The Screechin' Eagle could certainly be moved, after all, it has already been moved once! (it was built for Moxahala Park, then moved to LeSourdsville Lake). But that flume is all concrete. That would be pretty much impossible to move.
Much like the Pavilion and Miracle Strip, I'm VERY happy I got to Americana/LL when I did. It makes me *really* sad to know that these parks are on life support (or past that stage), and makes me wish Williams' Grove had been open the day we were there...
Bottom line: Six Flags, Paramount, Cedar Fair, Disney, HFEC, all great places indeed. But PLEASE get out to support your smaller local parks, you may not get a chance to go there again.