VisionLand may see partial opening this summer

Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2002 9:47 AM | Contributed by rampagelover

Tuesday afternoon, bondholders who own VisionLand theme park sent a letter to the City of Bessemer's mayor detailing an agreement worked out last Thursday, which would allow parts of the park to open this summer. If city council approves the agreement, the city will operate the park on a limited basis.

Read more (with video) from WVTM/Birmingham.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:23 AM
Sawblade5's avatar Let the records show that Rampage is now SBNO. This may be the end for this ride.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:59 AM
I have a question. If a park like Visionland shuts down and they sell off their rides, how easy is it to take apart a wooden coaster and relocate it? Has it been done before? I know they do it with steel coasters all the time but I can't think of a wooden coaster that has been relocated. If someone doesn't bail Visionland out could Rampage be relocated?
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 12:48 PM
Many wooden roller coasters have been relocated. Two or three automatically come to mind:

Arkansas Twister- http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail418.htm orginally at Boardwalk and Baseball

The Phoenix- http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail143.htm orginially at Playland Park

Twister II- http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail210.htm relocated from the old Elitch park

Wooden coasters can be located fairly easily but most parks dont like to do it. Since Rampage was a top 10 woodie, I can definitely see a park snatching it up very quickly if and when it goes on the market.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:24 PM
An update can be found at http://www.msnbc.com/local/wvtm/a1210305.asp

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:25 PM
I could see Wild Adventures buying Rampage.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:29 PM
john peck's avatar Twister 2 was not re-located. It was a re-design of the original which is now demolished.

The Screechin' Eagle at Americana was relocated from Moxihala Park in the 1930's as was the Comet at Crystal Beach to the Great Escape. The Skyliner at Lakemont was as well.

This coaster will operate again at Visionland. Mark my words.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 1:56 PM
rollergator's avatar Atlantis104, I have suggested to WA that they look into Rampage, MegaZeph, and certainly the SBNO CoasterWorks! design. Got a *feeling* however, that their plans for the near future have already been cast.....
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:23 PM
I would like to see Rampage relocated but it probably wont happen cause it is built into the terrian.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:31 PM
Only a part of Rampage was built into the terrain, plus you could easily replace those parts with new wood or higher footers.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 4:11 PM
Fafolguy's avatar I know that all of the flat rides would be costly to run, but at least run Rampage and the water park. That is what people go to the park for.

Actually, what I'd REALLY like to see is that the park is bought by somebody who knows what they're doing (are you listening CF?. Then the Rampage could stay where it is, we could see some new rides, and the staff would be well trained on how to be good park employees...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 5:20 PM
Reopening would be a smart idea. How do they expect to make money with it closed, donations?

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 6:10 PM

They note that if they open, the kiddie rides will operate while adult rides will not...Does this mean that they will not operate Rampage but operate Marvel Mania? That would make me VERY angry if I go.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 8:13 PM
john peck's avatar Cedar Fair already pulled out of possible ownership with Visionland back last year.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 10:44 PM
Fafolguy's avatar

Cedar Fair already pulled out of possible ownership with Visionland back last year.

Actually, that was 2 years ago, and the deal was very bad. Essentially, the bondholders wanted Cedar Fair to manage it into profitibility, then take over management duties from there. CF wanted the park and the outlet mall next to it. Now that park is in such hot water, the outlet mall and total ownership are in the offerring. If CF decided they could turn in it to a profitible park, I'm sure they'd be interested now with the mall thrown in.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 5:00 AM
Jeff's avatar

I'm wondering if it's even worth any operator's time. I don't know the market, but can it sustain the business? Was it just poor management that got it into its present situation?

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 6:09 AM
I'm sure the park can be profitable if run properly, Birmingham is not a small place. I remember reading something about a former operator who handed the park over to a relative or something, and another ownership scandal as well. All they are doing now is asking for more money to lose more money in operation this year. Asking for more money won't help if they don't work to get their act together.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 5:24 PM
I would like to see Cedar Fair some in and buy the place along with the mall. With the present situation, the current owners would be well advised to make the offer. This whole affair is pretty sad and stupid, really. If you're going to build a park, properly train your employees and market the thing so it will work. Sounds to me like they were just bungling the whole thing from day one.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 6:00 PM
Any updates on what was decided today???

EDIT: Here is an updated story (Visionland will most likely open in some form soon): http://www.nbc13.com/news/1488461/detail.html

It has already been submitted to news.
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