The Beach waterpark closes, cites competition, economy

Posted Saturday, March 10, 2012 9:36 AM | Contributed by LostKause

After more than 27 years in business, The Beach Waterpark announced plans to close for the 2012 season Friday. The park said the closure begins immediately and is the result of a challenging competitive and economic climate and changing patron entertainment habits.

Read more from The Enquirer and WLWT/Cincinnati.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:47 PM

No refunds? That's insane. I'm no student of this stuff and don't know a helluva lot about the business end of things. But if you're not delivering the product that was purchased, you've gotta give a refund. Maybe I'm over-simplifying, but that's the only way I can understand ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 2:51 PM

The let's simplify it even more.

Your money doesn't exist anymore. There's nothing to give back.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:06 PM

File a dispute with Visa/Mastercard if that's how you paid. They'll investigate and it'll turn up that the place is closing its doors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:27 PM

I'm still waiting for my refund from Mark Wyatt for the issues of Inside Track I never received.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:56 PM

Isn't it against the law to sell something to someone and not give it to them?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 4:36 PM

^^I remember that fiasco, Vader. I'll have to admit, I was pissed, but I've lost much more money in worse ways.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:53 PM

Where's that +1 button for Vater?

--Dave Althoff, Jr, who never subscribed to Inside Track, but always picked up the IAAPA edition when he could...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:14 PM

Wow, you have to remember Usenet to know what Inside Track is.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:55 PM

Another +1 for Jeff.

--Dave Althoff, Jr., who last posted to Usenet *yesterday*

Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:24 AM

^^I have no clue what Usenet is/was, but I knew Inside Track pretty well :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012 2:55 AM

I remember Usenet (I assume you're referring to rec.roller-coaster?), but wasn't aware of it at the time I'd heard about Inside Track. A friend gave me the book White Knuckle Ride by Mark Wyatt for my birthday in '97. In the back there was information for how to subscribe to Inside Track. What wasn't in the back of the book was a disclaimer stating that I would receive a grand total of three issues of the supposed monthly periodical at very random intervals, the first arriving eons upon eons after I subscribed.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:32 AM

rec.roller-coaster is a subset of Usenet.

Inside Track actually published on a regular...even monthly...schedule for a very long time until the late 1990s. Right about the time Mark Wyatt decided to make the publication his occupation instead of his hobby, the issues stopped coming. For the last couple of years he managed to get a November issue out, but that was about it. Finally the publication disappeared altogether.

It was after Inside Track vanished that Amusement Today started publishing. Amusement Today was a really nice blend of industry-focused and enthusiast-focused material, and has been so nicely balanced that it was able to pick up where Amusement Business left off after it was unceremoniously killed off.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:49 AM

Trade magazines in print still strike me as completely absurd in the Internet age.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:07 PM

Vater said:
I'd heard about Inside Track {...} in '97.

RideMan said:
Inside Track actually published on a regular...even monthly...schedule for a very long time until the late 1990s.

My timing is impeccable!

Thursday, March 22, 2012 9:48 PM

^^The pictures in Rollercoaster! magazine are beautiful. Looking at a screen is great (most of the time, in my case) but I wouldn't trade anything for those beautiful Rollercoaster! magazines. They are great for trips, too...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:42 PM

That's not a trade magazine, that's porn for coaster nerds.

Friday, March 23, 2012 1:59 AM

^If that's true, First Drop is the hardcore stuff...


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