Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 10:33 AM | Contributed by Gemini
A weed-choked parking lot and the skeleton of the Big Dipper roller coaster now loom where grocery superstore Meijer – and maybe a movie production back lot -- could soon stand. The future of the now defunct Geauga Lake Amusement Park will be the result of who wins the tug-of-war between Bainbridge Township and Cedar Fair, the amusement park giant that owns the land.
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I hope they do something with that eyesore. I really like the movie studio idea. Ohio has been pushing to get movies filmed here, so I think that would be a big draw for the industry.
A lot of movies are filmed in Cleveland, I know that. We just watched CA America 2, and both of the car chase / shootout scenes were filmed downtown. Also, there's a completely abandoned terminal at (K)CLE, ;) Terminal D, which I'm surprised hasn't become the go-to site for filming airport scenes. It would actually make sense for this to become a movie lot, then the city, and the area could attract quite a bit of movie production. Maybe even bring a few jobs to the area?
A movie lot would be wonderful use of that property. Maybe there could even be some tourist based activities such as a back lot movie tour, a simulator ride and some dining and souvenir shops by the lake shore.
Hey, I know! How bout antique wooden roller coaster rides!
A grocery store to replace Big Dipper. COOL!
Just thinking about this makes me sick.
I suppose something has to happen there eventually, though.
They should build a solar farm...
...and a statue to honor the hundreds and hundreds of butthurt enthusiasts.Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11:07 PM
Meijer? Maybe Timber Rider can transfer to Ohio and bitch about the parks there.
...And if they somehow rebuilt the Big Dipper, he could park Mid-Dipper every day when he went to work!
Knott's got a brand new dark ride and all Cedar Point got was different trains on an old coaster! Cedar Point never gets anything!
I think the best use of this former coaster land would be Jungle Jim's International Market (any non Ohio enthusiast should check out this place when visiting King's Island or Stricker's Grove...it's truly a one of kind...well now two of kind...shopping experience)...they seem to have this odd habit in Ohio of using old theme park stuff (Kings Island's monorail, Americana's bears, etc)
Granted the Big Dipper is more than likely truly a loss...but I could see some Crocker Park/ Easton developer coming in and building some shops. It would be cool to theme it towards an old school board walk park while keeping some of the nostalgia around for us "pitch fork carrying fools" ;)
Maybe they can ship some of the irrational hatred to Dorney and market it as new for next year.
Ohio is Giant Eagle country not Meijer country.
No, northeast Ohio is Giant Eagle country. There are plenty of Meijer's'es in the western half of the state, from Toledo to Cincy. I believe the first one in the Cleveland area will be the one opening in Avon next year.Last edited by birdhombre, Friday, June 5, 2015 12:12 PM
Both Giant Eagle and Meijer are here in Columbus. (we call em The Iggle and The Mahrs)
The nice thing about that is Giant Eagle ain't got socks or curtains, or lawn mowers.
Our local Meijer also has your 2 park Kings Island/Cedar Point tickets, there, Koolcat, and last I checked both parks were in Ohio. In Northern Ohio you can get your Cedar Point/Michigans Adventure bundled tickets.
You just don't get any new rides with the bundle because Meijers hates MiA.
....looking for the "Vote Up X 10" button....
As someone who used to work there when it was Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, I think it is great to see the land reused for something. It's always sad to see the empty land across the lake when I visit the waterpark there. A movie studio would be great, but I think it will probably become some sort of retail area. We Ohioans do love to shop. ;)
Meijers is more like a Target or Walmart Super Center where Giant Eagle is a true grocery store. I don't think you can directly compare the two.
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