Private Amusement Parks

Wednesday, January 22, 2003 1:18 PM

I’ve always wondered about those parks that are only available to private groups to rent out (i.e. Hillcrest Park, Strickler’s Grove). What’s the incentive to only operate for private groups? Are they always booked? Do they make money? Are they run any differently from other small parks? Anyone been to an outing at one? Who books these parks? Have any coaster enthusiast groups held an event there? Since I can’t see my employer ever holding an outing at an amusement park, I’ll have to live vicariously through the response of others.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 1:25 PM
I have tried to get ACE to organize an event at Stricker's in conjunction with SRM....we never seem to be in the area when the park is open...:(. But someday, somehow, I *will* get a ride on Teddy Bear....
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 1:28 PM

I forget the numbers but I think Stricker's requires a rather high number of attendees for the rides to operate.

Anybody can rent the place though if you want to restrict yourself to the banquet hall :)

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 1:30 PM
Must not be money since Hillcrest is out.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 1:50 PM
Well Stricker's isn't anything to write home about, Tornado is ok, it givess some pretty intense airtime in two spots, and the Teddy Bear........was.........fun?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 2:52 PM
I think it is the fact that these are two coasters that are rather difficult to get on your track record. The park is only open to the GP twice a year afterall.

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"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 6:18 PM
....all the more reason that a collection of COASTER enthusiasts *should* rent out the park (Stricker's) some time, no....;)
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 6:23 PM

How far is Stricker's from Holiday World?

And just how many people would it take to get the rides open?

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 6:26 PM
Its right outside Cincinnati, so it would be on the way to PKI for those that are making a swing by there after SRM.

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Wood Rules!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2003 7:02 PM

rollergator said:
....all the more reason that a collection of COASTER enthusiasts *should* rent out the park (Stricker's) some time, no....


I totally agree. I am going to try to get there when they are open in August. I think right after SRM would be a perfect time to rent the place out, it would be nice if ACE could do it. It is really not far from HW, and anyone coming from the Northeast pretty much has to go right past it to get home.

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"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
-Bill Cobb - Designer, Texas Cyclone

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