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  1. I can’t believe I just found out about this today! Looks great so far, my one comment/complaint would be is why does every park built in the last 20 or so years feel the need for a man made lake. I feel like they are taking a lot of future expansion space up with that.
  2. Good work! I’m surprised as the park just put money into the Salon and they use a part of it for a fright maze, looking at the pictures again I really really hope this doesn’t mean the closure of the Log flume, the exit/ picture building is right up against the salon. I know those type of things can be reworked but I worry especially with how many logs have been closed the past ten years.
  3. Nothing has been announced but based on the size of the new ride and the location of it, it’s hard to see how the Condor could still fit in its current location. Since it’s not a major ride I wouldn’t expect a closing announcement until right before the season ends if we even get one at all. Six Flags has closed plenty of rides without giving notice.
  4. Went to the park this Sunday for the first time since 2016, Only rides I noticed down where the Bobsleds and the launch side of Sasquatch, the park was packed and since it was in the mid 70’s most people stayed in the dry park. As far as the new Hurricane Harbor goes I was underwhelmed by the conversion but it’s about what I expected from Six Flags in 2019. A new staircase has been built from next to the bathhouse down the hill into the old Wiggles World. The Big Red Car and Teacup rides are gone but the Plane ride remains and seems very out of place now. The new Bucket Blasters ride is very small not much bigger then the old Wiggles Teacups, thou the new activity pool next to it seemed nice and was definitely busier then the other two kids areas in the water park. The old Wiggles World water fountain splash pad still remains and actually kind of fits in nicely with the area now. Other then that a few new slide names and some paint on all the older tube slides on the hill, that’s about it for the new Hurricane Harbor. I also made sure to get a ride on and snap some pictures of Condor as I am a hundred percent convinced that is where the new ride will go next year. It was running great and after riding the much slower Condor ride at Marineland earlier this year I was glad to know it wasn’t just my nostalgia kicking in when I swore the Great Escape version was much faster. It will be sad for sure to see another great Huss ride go. All in all it was a good day and I hope to get back before the end of the year
  5. Ride of Steel actually opened for the season at 7:45 on Friday ( the park closed at 8 ) I actually got on the first public ride of the season. The ride was running very slowly and the train barely was making it over the second hill. Also the train seemed to shuffle back and forth pretty badly which is crazy considering it's only a year old and I was on the Superman at Six Flags America two weeks prior and its 17 year old trains ran noticeably smoother. All the coaster trains at Darien are in really rough shape and make some funky noises (mind eraser the worst of the bunch) The whole park just seems really worn this year, I know as the season goes on it may get better but it just seems like they just don't have the budget to keep up with a park of this size. Hopefully the new owners pump some money into the place I would take no new rides for another few years if they just put some money and effort into upkeep and getting two trains on some of the coasters back. At the very least they need to buy the second new train for Ride of Steel and maybe a some of the new Slc trains for Mind Eraser
  6. A few rides that can now be marked as closed SFNE-Splashwater falls Cedar Point-Mean Streak, Shoot the Rapids Valleyfair-Enterprise Hersheypark-Flying Falcon, Also Laff Track is marked as closed but it is still open.
  7. Thanks for the Welcome! I am from the Utica area so I am used to the Weather and the crime already lol. Also a big thank you to Robb for putting this up on the front page, I was so happy when I opened the site today!
  8. No problem and there is still more to come only about half the park has been posted I've just been very busy with work and preparing for my upcoming move to Buffalo in November. The lazy river was really good and your pretty spot on with your comparison to the newer one at Soak City, it's just not as wide and WIidwater's had a much nicer look to it with the fake rocks and whatnot. And yeah Water Safari is definitely worth checking out. The park has the front part you see from the road which is crazy older slides from the 80's, it has the Enchanted Forest which is very similar to the one in Oregon it also has a newer water park section built in the back as well as a section of classic flat rides (no credits) which are a ton of fun. I think its safe to say it's New York's best waterpark and one of the better overall parks in the state.
  9. It honestly shocked me that Six Flags didn't clone that slide complex around their parks. My only guess is that Six Flags didn't like Whitewater West (Which explains why they didn't add more of those spinning rapids rides) Honestly the slide complex looks a lot better then it actually was, The 4 tube slides were average and none really stood out. The speed slides were definitely the best aspect, the green speed slide in particular was really good and didn't rip up your back like a lot of these plastic speed slides. I still wish they made speed slides with foam padding like they used too, my local waterpark Enchanted Forest in upstate NY has a 30 year old speed slide with the foam padding and its smother, faster and more enjoyable then any other speed slide I have been on which is a pretty long list.
  10. Thanks for all the positive feedback guys it's much appreciated. I hope to have the rest of it done in the next few days. As far as the slides I am not sure where they will end up. Knotts also removed there Tornado slide this year so Cedar Fair has two extras lying around now
  11. Bump: I realize now I uploaded my part 2 before I was done and only a few pictures where in it I added over 50 more let me know what you guys think. Thanks-Nate
  12. Any fans of the park please check out my trip report from the last day at Wildwater Kingdom http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=72490 Putting one of these together is more time consuming then I thought and I hope people will appreciate it.
  13. Part 2 Another shot of the river The entrance to Riptide Run This stand sold ice cream, I think Cedar Fair built this and it was not part of SeaWorld but I could be wrong This activity area was actually my favorite attraction at the park. It featured a really cool whirlpool and also had a basketball hoop, It actually had a second level which contained seats in the water and the water here was very warm. The area was actually a SeaWorld attraction called Dolphin Cove and you can still see the original rock work around the "Cove" Coral Cove You can see the rock's here were all part of the SeaWorld exibit and I think Cedar Fair did a great job repurposing much of the cove Looking from the Cove towards Thunder Falls This bridge crosses the other side of the lazy river on your way to Thunder Falls Thunder Falls was actually added by Six Flags In 2003 and moved over to this Side of the lake in 2005 it includes 4 tube slides and three speed slides. The path to the right of thunder falls leads to whats left of the old Happy Harbor area and includes the Happy Harbor cafe one of the parks two main eateries Seating Area Old SeaWorld building in the background Path around the back of the Cafe More Seating Inside the Cafe, At least Cedar Fair Invested in some LED screens This is what I got when I ordered a Yuengling it was the at the bottom of the keg so it's safe to say I had the last Yuengling at Happy Harbor Cafe, they would not give me a discount so I had them fill a smaller soda cup with Bud Light to make up the difference. Leftover from SeaWorld? That treehouse looking thing is a leftover from one of the old simulator rides. I poked my phone through the fence on the right and took some pictures Through the fence According to a 2002 Six Flags map the small green building was a gift shop while the big building was the parks shark exhibit The old SeaWorld Happy Harbor restrooms, on both my trips this year these restrooms where pretty dirty Thunder Falls from the back A little known fact is that in 2016 the park actually expanded back into some of the old Happy Harbor area. Before 2016 you would have to walk down that sidewalk to little tykes town (which in itself was added after it became only a waterpark and before that it was a dead end after the restrooms)and that path to your right was walled of, well surprisingly the park expanded in it's last year which added a lot more seating. They even added a little fountain and repaved some sections of the path. When I visited in July the area was dead with only a few people, it was a little more busy on the last day due to the larger crowds. I actually liked this area as it was a nice quiet peaceful place to lay and get away from the crowds. the area in 2014 and the expanded area in 2016 The "new" area I really think that if Cedar Fair had kept the few flat rides on this side of the park and the huge climbing net structure in the long run it would have helped the waterpark and made people a little less bitter about losing the rest of the rides. You can see some of the new concrete they added Some spots where still very rough and not the most fun to walk on with bare feet New Sidewalk Heading to little tykes town. The Round ride pad was home to the Turbo Bungee trampolines The Round thing was turned into a small fountain The Fence roughly bordered the area where the old happy harbor nets used to be Looking towards the area know as "The Beach" this was also added a few years after the amusement park closed and was made using land the park used to sit on. The round ride pad was home to the Huss thriller bees flat ride- which on a side note was bought by Darien Lake but has yet to be installed. The beach area had a few games as well as a sandy area with chairs This was added a few years after The Beach "The Beach" A view of thunder falls from the bridge which leads from the beach towards the old ski stadium which is now another seating area. This is the bridge you can see in the last photo, once grabbing a tube you have to walk across this to get to the Thunder Falls entrance. A little out of order but I figured I'd include these pictures of little tykes town Back to The Beach this is looking to the left at the old Aquarium building And I will end this update with a picture of the soon to be demolished Big Dipper. That does it for this side of the park the next update will follow the lakefront back towards the wave pool and we will circle back around from there back to the entrance. Hope you guys are enjoying it so far and let me know if you have any questions or request for pictures as I have a ton more that will not make it into the Ptr. Hopefully this makes it to the front page! And as a bonus for comparisons sake this is the area in 2007 the last year of the dry rides
  14. As many of you may have heard this past season was the last for Wildwater Kingdom aka the last remaining piece of Geauga Lake and Sea World Ohio and I was fortunate enough to attend the last day of operation. Growing up in New York about 5 and a half hours from Geauga Lake I was unfortunately never able to make it to the theme park while it was still in operation (my father did ask when on a trip to Cedar Point in 2002 if I would have liked to spend a day at what was at the time Six Flags World's Of Adventure and give up a day at Cedar Point but being 9 years old and not knowing really anything about the park I immediately said no because I was so excited to go to Cedar Point and I already had Six Flags park's (Darien Lake, TGE and SFNE) nearby. after growing up and learning the amazing 7 year saga (2000-07) of the two parks I came to regret not taking the opportunity to visit. So flash forward to 2016 and I finally got a chance to visit what was left of the park, I visited in July during a trip to Ohio which also included a trip to the Columbus Zoo/ Zoombezi bay and while Zoombezi bay definitely had a better selection of slides and pool's I actually enjoyed Wildwater more as Zoombezi just felt like a bunch of slides popped down on flat land with not many other buildings or landscaping (which I know will come in time as the park was built from scratch) while Wildwater had great landscaping and felt still more like a theme park then a water park. You could bring somebody to Wildwater who had no idea about the history of the property and between the parking lot, the main entrance and how the attractions were spread out they would be able to tell this was once part of something much larger. So when I heard the news that the Water park was also going to close for good I made plans to get back there one last time, It just so happened that the one day I would be able to go was Labor day which also the last day of operation. Now I am not normally one to take many pictures at Amusement Parks but with this being the last day of operation I arrived at the park with the intention to document everything not just the slides and attractions. I think this is important because one thing I've noticed when looking back at pictures of closed parks such as GL or Astroworld is that there is plenty of pictures of the rides but not half as many of the park's themselves and I think pictures of the midways, the shops and the scenery give you a much better feel for what a park was like then just pictures of the rides. So anyways enough with me rambling on... on to the pictures! No better way to start the day then with some cheap beer Cedar Fair's Signature Item also note Geauga Lake is still in the title despite being removed from the parks name around 2010, about half the cans had this sticker while the other half where updated with just Wildwater Kingdom Looking Back towards the parking lot, this was the general lot and parts of it where in rough shape, one half of the lot looked like it had not been used in years, (it was opened due to the crowds on the last day) and near the back of the lot where you enter one of the big light post had its lights removed and they where sitting in a parking spot next to the pole, this was like that in July when I visited and it had not been touched when I came back in September, this part of the lot near the pole was also being used on the last day due to the large crowd. There is also a smaller lot near the main entrance which I believe used to be preferred parking when the amusement park was still in operation but was now the same price as the upper lot and usually seemed to fill pretty quickly This was the old Seaworld lot A little picnic area in the parking lot before you cross the road to the park From the upper lot you walk along this nice little path to get to the main entrance More of the path and Cedar Fair decorations Rounding the bend towards the entrance The entry plaza area, this is also what you would see first if you parked in the lower lot A nice looking main gate, it's crazy to think that in 8 years from 2000-08 this gate had 4 different names attached to it. (Seaworld, Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure, GL/WWK and finally WWK The entry plaza area, The building to the left used to be a gift shop and I know when they held the GL blowout sales they where held here so I am not sure when it Closed nothing much was inside except a few retail displays It really was a nice looking park The first place I ran to was The Wildwater Surf Shop as I figured they would be blowing out the merchandise and I was right, all merchandise except some name brands like quicksilver and under armour was 75 percent off. I made sue to grab anything I could with Wildwater Kingdom on it. I was even happier when I found a sign from the day before saying everything was 50 percent off, I will take the extra 25 percent any day! To the immediate Right of the entrance is Boarders Surf Shop, here you could rent tubes as well as purchase flip flops and other souvenirs , There was not much worth buying left in this shop at this point. The first sight upon entering the park I am trying to lay these photos out in order the best I can so you can feel as if you where taking a loop around the park. So from the main gate we are taking a right. Liquid Lightning a proslide tornado is the first attraction we see. I really wish all parks had an elevator lift for the tubes on there tornado's it makes life so much easier and makes waiting in line much more manageable Next we cross a bridge over Riptide Run the park's lazy river and get our first view of Thunder Falls This was a really fun lazy river with a good amount amount of elements which all appeared to be working. I also like that they have three different sized tubes, It really seemed to help younger children and larger guest. Edit- That is all for now as I have to run to a beer league kickball game (don't laugh its a great time) but don't worry I have plenty more to come, hopefully you guys have liked what you've seen so far and will stay tuned for many many more pictures of this once great place!
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