What we should DEMAND of Geauga Lake...

Friday, March 12, 2004 12:25 AM
...with Cedar Fair running the place...


(Last time I was up there, they were still sitting in the parking lot/boneyard across the road from the Villain)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, March 12, 2004 12:27 AM
Friday, March 12, 2004 12:50 AM
I think we should demand the removal of the swamp gas by TKFKABKF.
Friday, March 12, 2004 1:11 AM
As long as there's soap in the main bathroom at 11am I'll be happy (Yes, every soap dispenser was out last time I was there....at 11am no less)
Friday, March 12, 2004 1:48 AM
The Rocket Ships were never re-installed due to one overwhelming fact- they could never decide how to make they handicap accessible.

As long as a ride as old as the Rocket Ships stays in one place, it is, "grandfathered," from new regulations, such as accessibility. Once the ride is taken down and/or moved, it is treated as an all-new attraction and must meet current specifications.

Premier should have never taken the tower down back in the mid-90s- it still could have been running today in its original form.

Friday, March 12, 2004 2:05 AM
And the Flying Scooters... as bad as they were
Friday, March 12, 2004 2:46 AM
"Who's gonna play me? I think I should play me."

I asked one of my roommates who lives in Akron about the Rocket Ships and it was hilarious to watch his face light up and say "Oh my gosh, the Rocket Ships! What a classic and marvel in its time, Danny! Geauga Lake, the history, the nostalgia, the Corkscrew... Did I ever tell you I literally crapped my pants on that when I was 10?" Haha!

Anyways, I think we should demand free drinks, the release of Geauga Dog, a hotel and boardwalk-type experince plus relocation of the waterpark and upcharge attractions to replace the wildlife side, and a Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster. Or maybe just ask really nicely and maybe they'll give us a Sally dark ride one day too. =D


Friday, March 12, 2004 6:21 AM
And while we're at it, I would like to see the Tilt-A-Whirl return (heck, CP has one in Camp Snoopy) along with the Music Express like it used to be - fully decorated with all the lights and tunnel in the back.

+Danny, excellent idea to move the water park over to the former Wild Life side except if they did that, it would probably end up being an extra charge attraction ala Soak City. I think the NIMBY's nearby wouldn't mind a water park in their back yard as it wouldn't generate as much noise as a roller coaster would.

Friday, March 12, 2004 8:16 AM
Awaiting an eplanation of the Rocket Ships, for the less informed of us...
Friday, March 12, 2004 8:24 AM
The rocket ship entrance was a staircase that led up the middle of a tower, on top of which the rocket ships were mounted.

The only viable solution in my opinion would be an elevator up the middle of the tower and I honestly don't know if that would be feasible.

Friday, March 12, 2004 8:38 AM
Does anyone think we should that cedarfair should a ride rotation like Six Flags. I think B:KF would be a good rollercoaster for CP! OR If another park wants to get rid of a ceratin ride the ried could move to another park.

But i do think we should demand CF to keep wild life side open. that was a hure draw for families with kids I can not believe they will demolish all those buildings and things. THey spent the money to buy the prperty and now they spend even more money to demolish their investment. I t also was a great adverisiting campain" MOre Rides More SLides more animals inside,at Six Flags WOrlds od Adventure,THe most world WIde.""come on come on come on lets GOOOO."

Friday, March 12, 2004 8:55 AM

Peabody said:
As long as there's soap in the main bathroom at 11am I'll be happy (Yes, every soap dispenser was out last time I was there....at 11am no less)
I'm sure your goodies were far cleaner than anything else you had to touch there, so it wouldn't have mattered.

Trying to get that ride back would be, in my opinion, the single greatest act of restoring a traditional amusement park feel ever. There's no doubt in my mind it would bring back the oldest of guests. There's a lot of nostalgia there.

Friday, March 12, 2004 9:07 AM
Eh...I dont think we should 'demand' anything. We should be happy in that Cedar Fair bought the park instead of the park sinking into oblivion which it very well could have, if Six Flags could not have sold it or turned it around.
Friday, March 12, 2004 9:49 AM
Yeah... why settle for great when you can settle for mediocre!
Friday, March 12, 2004 9:56 AM
I'd love to see the Rocket Ships come back, but when I was at the park in 2003, it was sad how Six Flags "stored" them. They were just rotting in the woods. At this point, the ride may be too far gone to save. The parts looked a little like the rotting refrigerators and cars you see in the back woods of West Virginia.
Friday, March 12, 2004 10:09 AM
Obviously there are plenty of rides that would fit the "family" atmosphere that they seem to want to go after.

A few that the park does not have that come to mind are:
Nice dark ride (even a shootem up one would be fine)
The Rocket Ships (seems like everyone wants this back anyway)

Among others I am sure we could all come up with. Giving this park a big kiddie area would be an awesome compliment to what Cedar Point offers in thrills. In my personal opinion that is what they should focus on is a nice Kiddie area and things 'families' can do together. They dont have to be high thrills because Cedar Point down the road and owned by the same company already does just that. Why not fill in the one niche area that Cedar Point does not have a huge childrens area (although, there are quite a few kiddie rides somewhat scattered through the park.)

Friday, March 12, 2004 10:18 AM
I'm sure there are ways to defeat the challenge of making the Rocket Ships accessible for the handicap challenged folks out there. Heck, I used to run that ride giving operator breaks from the Dipper back in 1980. What a memory it was to be sitting up there watching those shiny ships soar around the tower and past the trees that surrounded the ride. I would sit there while the ride was running, listening to the low rumbling grumble of it's motor and the music coming from the carousel, as a warm summer breeze would gently blow in from the lake through the trees.

Wood - anything else is an imitation

Friday, March 12, 2004 10:26 AM
I don't quite understand the whole issue of handicapped accessability when it comes to the Rocket Ships. Parks install new Flying Scooters (like PKI), and those are just as unfriendly to handicapped people as old Traver Circle Swings.
Friday, March 12, 2004 10:28 AM
We should band together our CBuzz membership bucks to start a company to manufacture all the old rides and sell 'em to GL - whips, kangaroo, tumble bugs, rocket ships. Why not? If Huss and Zamperla can start a revolution with their giant rides, why not mini-rides?

Speaking of those giant rides though (and on a more realistic note) perhaps the Wild Life side would be a good candidate for the first Huss Land of the Giants ...

Friday, March 12, 2004 10:31 AM
Like Peabody said, I'll be happy with trash picked up and soap in the restrooms. LOL!

I guess since they aren't going to use the wildlife side, then I won't mention feeling like the dock was going to sink into the lake while the queue was standing on it...!


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