Worlds of Adventure neighbors: Not in my backyard

Posted Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure near Cleveland wants to build a 200-foot coaster, but it's going to be a battle with the neighbors.

The park recently approached the city of Aurora's zoning officials about building a coaster on the former Sea World side of the park, where they were not previously permitted to build rides.

Read more from The News-Herald.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:34 AM
I guess they zoning came through, and they are aloud to build there, they are still getting noise from the neighbors though.

Looks like this is getting ugly.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:40 AM
I just cannot believe they are still building coasters. If they do get the go for this new project, that would make 6 coasters in 3 years!

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:42 AM
I was there last week and was told by a lady in customer service on the WILD side that they had the goahead! - if they can't build any new tall stuff at SFWOA there going to be in real trouble


Build it and they will come - ALL CLEAR
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:44 AM
Why would SFWOA be in trouble without "tall stuff"
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:44 AM
The park did get the go ahead for the 2002 coaster. They told us on Sunday.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:07 AM
Yesterday, While waiting in line for the Aroura Bell. Some Old employee was giving trivia to me and my friend. But then he asked... "Does anyone know why those cranes are over thier on the othwer side of the lake" And me and him both said New Coaster. And He said no, but then he did say, How tall is the new coaster going to be, we said 200ft!. He said to us, its actually going to be 223ft and be made by a manufacturer in Holland. And after that he said the Big I. If you put these facts together it might be a 223ft Hyper, made by Intamin AG?

And he didnt just tell me. He told the other 100+ people waiting for the boat. And he wasnt a teenage either. It was about a 60yr old employee. So Im guessing hes right.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:16 AM
the thing i would say with these complaining neighbors that say not in my backyard. the VERY first question i would to all the complainers would be "When did you move here?". If its anytime after park opened. I would say live with it you moved here the park was here first you knew there may be a possible high amount of thrill-rides. if you dont like this move then. it may seem strict but its true. if you move anywhere close to an amusement park thats it right behind prepare for rides. cause if the board approves it your gonna hear noise so live with it.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:19 AM
Well, I'll say one thing...Six Flags is really going after the Ohio market! While I am a huge Cedar Point fan, I say good for Six Flags...becuase competition is good for business...

Mikey :)
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:44 AM
Man, I cant believe that people are getting upset over something like this. If SFWOA cant put something in the area, like a coaster or something that can bring in business like a coaster, then thers a possibility that IF there are other people around the park, they could easily say you cant build something here, look at the other area of the park. Its a business that is constantly expanding, and the neighbors should understand this.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:50 AM
Typical NIMBY crap. While I used to live close to an amusement park I always figured the park was there before me, so I should be thankful they were contributing to the local tax base.

What do others think?
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:54 AM
To me more noise comes from the neighbors than the ride could ever make.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:55 AM
Great news! I just hope we aren't getting our hopes up for the residents to make a final stand. If it is built by Intamin that really crushes anyone's thoughts who always said they won't build similar coasters in park that are close to each other.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:58 AM
Six Flags should build something over 200 ft. on either side. It doesnt really matter as long as theres one there at the park. I was told that the people that live around Six Flags didnt like that they were taking over all the land around them and all the people everywhere, too. That was a few weeks ago when I heard from the driver of my shuttle from the Six Flags hotel to the park, who was indeed a local. I guess Six Flags is running into a few problems with the people around them. But like someone else said if they dont like it they should move.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:10 AM
People seem to frequently cause problems for parks. Waldameer in Erie is facing similar problems from its neighbors who don't want the Ravine Flyer II, a coaster which would surely help that park out. In both cases I want the parks to build these coasters because I'd love to ride them. I'm not going to miss Wood's Arena, and besides aren't they moving it somewhere else? The hypercoaster would be a nice addition, but since my favorite kind of rides are dark rides, I really hope they build the "dark ride that will send guests to the deepest abyss of the ocean" and the "monorail system". Also sounding cool are the " 6 ½-acre lushly landscaped tropical land where guests will walk through a volcano and rain forest to reach numerous interactive areas with exotic birds, reptiles, flamingos, marsupials, swimming
tigers and alligators," "deep diving submarine Nautilus ride," and the "Motion simulator and IMAX theatre experiences including a Dinosaur 3D spectacular." Does anyone know if they'll do this stuff for next year? Like I said, I love coasters, so I'm happy about the hyper, but I like indoor attractions as well, and whether it be something like Cedar Point's old Pirate Ride which would be really fitting for this park, just as Pirates of the Caribbean would be, but even using more modern technology and stunts like Escape from Pompeii or Journey to Atlantis effects for a dark ride would be great. The whole Worlds of Adventure wildlife/wildrides concept has the potential for some great themed rides, so I hope they live up to that potential.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:11 AM
beastnum1, that's just it...they were there before the park.

In an article a while ago, they said that when Sea World proposed their park to them, they were a little iffy on whether to let them in. Eventually, they complied, but now they are upset about a coaster being literally in their back yards. (or within 300 ft. of it)

If my parents were in their position, they'd say the exact thing. Even though I'd welcome the addition, it would scare people away from being potential buyers in the future.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:13 AM
The thing that i find funny about this whole situation is that these people complaining probobly go to the park all the time, and will be in line the day this ride opens. And if its an Intamin...once they ride it, they're goin to shut up. lol
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:32 AM
actually guess who sold them the land to build their houses? They wouldn't even be affected, from where i'm sitting if you walk just 1/4 of a mile you can see BKF, is that cool or what? You can only see the crest but still pretty cool. I'd be able to see this huge dark green structure very closely. So far the estimated guess is 254 which sounds resonable, and could result in a 300 some foot drop because of a mini ravine.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 10:36 AM
I do believe the neighbors have the right to complain. They lived next to a sea park, not an amusement park. I'll agree with someone above about having built 5 coasters in 2 years. Would not having a six really hurt them that bad? Not likely.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 11:19 AM
I do sympathise with the People who's this rollercoaster will affect. I would think that these people should move or something. I would Love to buy their house because I am A total Fanatic of Roller Coasters. Why Wouldnt any one want to live one step away from all day fun? Listen how quiet BKF is! Geeze and that was Built 2 years ago, the new Systems and Style of wheels Are Much Smoother And Create less noise. And As Fas As The Screaming, why just not put that Section of the Ride in a Tunnel? it would Re-Direct the sound in another Direction, Or Line the inside of the Tunnel with Acoustic Absorbers?!?

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