What's up with GL Lately?

Saturday, February 9, 2008 6:15 AM


Vater said:

Re: the lack of Ferris wheel at KI--do any of the former Paramount parks have one? I know KI and KD don't, and I'm fairly certain Carowinds doesn't either. What about GA and CW?

*** Edited 2/7/2008 2:13:10 PM UTC by Vater***


CW doesn't or never had one.. EVER! That is something I would LOVE to see there... a Ferris wheel.


Rob Ascough said:
It's very rare to see a large Ferris wheel operated at capacity. Ones I've seen at Cedar Point, Morey's Piers and Great Adventure are never completely full, despite a line. Come to think of it, the only large Ferris wheel I've ever seen filled to capacity is Coney's Wonder Wheel.

Darien Lakes has been full quite a few times actually WITH full or half full queue lines. But then again that wheel IS big compared to everything at the park besides ROS. Also the new one they built on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, ON has been full on the day I visited, all those new high-tec gondals full of tourists checkin out the falls.


S:ROS = <3
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Saturday, February 9, 2008 8:51 AM
I know Carowinds doesn't, and CGA had a triple-arm like the one that was at SFGAm, ironically they both were removed for inverted boomerangs.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:00 PM

Jeff said:
Actually, I hear the die-hards are accusing Cedar Fair of secretly starting the fire at Conneaut Lake. I wish I were joking.


LOL. Best rumor of the year so far.

And to think I thought it was PETA trying to let the stuffed animals free...


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 3:04 PM
King's Island had the Zodiac until the early 90's, which was replaced by the horrbile Flight Commander. It was a 2-arm Intamin Star Wheel. Great America had the 3-arm Triple Tree Wheel that was replaced by the lackluster Invertigo.

A ferris wheel is one of the worst logistically designed rides for loading there is, closey followed by an Eyerly monster. They take forever to load and the ride time is way too short because of it. The Intamin double and trip wheels fixed this problem, and were spectacular rides to look at. It is a shame that they are all just about gone and none in the US.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 3:14 AM

FLYINGSCOOTER said:

Jeff said:
Actually, I hear the die-hards are accusing Cedar Fair of secretly starting the fire at Conneaut Lake. I wish I were joking.


LOL. Best rumor of the year so far.

And to think I thought it was PETA trying to let the stuffed animals free...



Yea...thats funny. I mean I liked Geauga Lake...but personally I think they like to blame Cedar Fair for almost anything these days...
RIP Geauga Lake 1888-2007
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Friday, February 15, 2008 10:27 AM
^^ The Intamin wheels fascinated me because of the way they made loading/unloading a non-issue. That, and they looked really cool. Hershey's dual wheel was something special to watch in action so I can only begin to imagine how great the triple wheels were. Too bad all the U.S. Intamin wheels are gone. There are at least two triples overseas, right?
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Friday, February 15, 2008 3:45 PM
I hope MADV gets sky scraper it would give the park a much needed tower icon. And some of the rustic buildings to create a fronteir town like trail behind wolverine wild cat to shirvering Timbers.

Any park could benifit from having GL's enterance gate and fountain.

Valleyfair could use head spin.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 9:18 PM
^Cedar Point got it, it was announced a few days ago.

Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:54 PM
Even better about the Intamin ferris wheels is that they could double as really evil teacups in the sky! I've told this story before, but my friend Alan had us spinning so hard at HP that my other friend had a coin sticking to the back support!

And to think they tore it down for a ride that never was erected!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 11:23 PM
^ Yea, Rob. That's too bad. Hershey's Giant Wheel was like a park icon for years. It was cool to look at, and you're right--you could get those things spinning good. One of the scariest parts of the ride, though, was the fact that each car was held on only by 2 chains!

coastin' since 1985

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:10 AM
I never witnessed anyone spin one of the cages on Sky Whirl at SFGAm. Heck, I didn't even know it was possible.

Sounds kind of dangerous.


My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:26 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Only if you turn in the direction of "unscrew" ;)
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 3:45 AM

Audioslaved said:
^Cedar Point got it, it was announced a few days ago.


What Cedar Point got was not Geauga Lakes Skyscraper. What they got was a thrill ride for their challenge park that was moved from Vallyfair! and before that was at Dorny Park.

http://www.pointbuzz.com/newsstory.aspx?id=1220 *** Edited 2/20/2008 8:46:18 AM UTC by rider85***

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:18 PM
Thank you GL, we (WOF) have received even more from the park...
  • Toll Booths
  • Game Booth
  • Benches

iWOF
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Friday, February 22, 2008 2:05 PM

iWoF said:
Thank you GL, we (WOF) have received even more from the park...
  • Toll Booths
  • Game Booth
  • Benches

I wonder what park will get GL's 7000 garbage cans???


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Friday, February 22, 2008 4:27 PM
So, on a semi-related note, what happens with the hotel/campground?
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Friday, February 22, 2008 5:07 PM
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Mamoosh said:
Only if you turn in the direction of "unscrew" ;)

Does "lefty-loosey" apply in Swiss engineering? :)

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Friday, February 22, 2008 5:32 PM
^^ Where do you think the materials for renovating Sandcastle Suites came from?

My author website: mgrantroberts.com

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Friday, February 22, 2008 8:04 PM
rollergator's avatar ^^In Swiss terms, I think it HAS to be either clockwise or counter-clockwise.... ;~P
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Friday, February 22, 2008 8:08 PM
Does Cedar Fair own the hotel and campground? And if they do is it possible to relocate the campground.
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