Conneaut Lake, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA
Doug and I got in to my car and headed across Pennsylvania to a place I’d never been, but had toyed with stopping by on my last trip this way. I knew I’d better stop thinking and just go, because it’s a park that just may not be with us much longer. After what seemed like an eternity driving thru the countryside of Pennsylvania, we finally arrived…at Conneaut Lake Park.
The front of the park actually shows what kind of potential the park has (had?), but it is totally unused. This is one of those parks that I just wish I had some money, time, and labor. After walking thru the front gate area, there are 4 pads with rides, and some empty or half empty pads. We walked around all of that and headed back towards the middle of the ‘park’ (I use that term very loosely) and got what ended up being my 4 wristband ($10 was actually kind of a steal, and I do feel better about supporting a small park, even one struggling).
There were actually a decent amount of people in the park, and everything that could be running was up and running. The only thing I wish I’d ridden that we skipped was the Tumblebug. After the $10 band purchase, we went to Devil’s Den. This reminded me so much of the Haunted House at Camden Park. It was fun. Then it was time to hit up the reason we’d came to the park, the infamous Conneaut Lake Blue Streak.
Blue Streak-Okay, this ride has so so so much potential. The trains were actually comfy with padding. Going up the lift, I knew it was going to be something, I just didn’t know what. The first drop is kind of good, but the crunch and hurt at the bottom just isn’t pleasant. Every hill was crunchy, painful, and not that fun. It could be. The ride has an aggressive layout, and if it had a nice long renovation to retrack and replace wood, it could be an amazing coaster. Plus, it really is neat to go thru the trees like it does, and the beginning tunnel is different.
I was in too much pain to go for another spin. Sad. The Blue Streak has potential. Hopefully this park can eventually get turned around. It’s just a sad little business, listing hopelessly too and fro. At least I won’t feel the need to return in the mean time.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Sadly the TV special on Travel Channel didn't help them fix the park as much as they made it look.
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