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P. 130: Park land purchased for retail, dining & commercial development

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I do wonder why Cedar Fair tore it down.

I'm pretty sure the 293 pages of this thread covered it pretty well, but I'll give you the cliff's notes: "Everyone go to Cedar Point." There. Done.

 

I understand, but attendance was up in 2007. Did they just realize that it would just be easier and more economical to run one big park? I understand both sides. Its sorta obvious that everybody would go to CP.

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Do you think that if Six Flags never bought Geauga Lake and overexpanded, we would still have it?

 

There's so much to it that Six Flags buying Funtime alone isn't going to be the one domino that starts the whole chain of events.

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Do you think that if Six Flags never bought Geauga Lake and overexpanded, we would still have it?

 

There's so much to it that Six Flags buying Funtime alone isn't going to be the one domino that starts the whole chain of events.

 

Why did the park collapse? It had existed next to CP for decades, through Gemini, Magnum, etc... and still survived. I don't get it. Why did the park suddenly fail? Was it CP's boom in coasters in the early 2000s?

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My understanding of the situation is that having two separate gates (Geauga Lake AND Sea World) was what kept both parks going. People would come to the area to go to TWO parks, but just one park didn't seem worth it to people. So, attendance spiraled downward. Of course this is just what I remember. I'm sure there were other contributing factors as well, but this seems to be the overall issue. Once Sea World left, the writing was on the wall.

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Why did the park collapse? It had existed next to CP for decades, through Gemini, Magnum, etc... and still survived. I don't get it. Why did the park suddenly fail? Was it CP's boom in coasters in the early 2000s?

 

Dude, there's so much to it that we're recycling stuff said in this thread and argued about a million times. Do you want me just to message you with my viewpoint to save an intercession?

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Why did the park collapse? It had existed next to CP for decades, through Gemini, Magnum, etc... and still survived. I don't get it. Why did the park suddenly fail? Was it CP's boom in coasters in the early 2000s?

 

Dude, there's so much to it that we're recycling stuff said in this thread and argued about a million times. Do you want me just to message you with my viewpoint to save an intercession?

 

Sure. Sorry that I'm not up to date on this, i don't usually delve in to investigating GL's closing.

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I haven't been to the water park since it became a stand alone "attraction" in 2008 but based on prior visits during the years GL was open there is still the whole other half of the former Sea World side where the old Shamu Stadium used to be to develop. It was supposed to be part of a Phase II in 2006 that was drastically cut back to just being the Tidal Wave Bay wave pool.

 

There is also the former Happy Harbor area, which is the area behind the Thunder Falls water slides. When you go up the stairs you'll get a good look at the decrepit remains.

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I always wished that they would have expanded the water park further, even after closing the dry side. It's probably the nicest water park in the chain theme-wise (mostly thanks to SeaWorld), and with a few more slide towers it would actually be worth it. I just can't imagine the park sticking around that much longer. I haven't been there in probably three years now. It was so weird seeing all the remains of SeaWorld, I always liked that park more than GL when I was very young.

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I always wished that they would have expanded the water park further, even after closing the dry side. It's probably the nicest water park in the chain theme-wise (mostly thanks to SeaWorld), and with a few more slide towers it would actually be worth it. I just can't imagine the park sticking around that much longer.

 

Compared to Soak City it is a much, much nicer water park and thankfully CF was smart in keeping some of the Sea World landscape intact when they built it. It's sad, though, that the Columbus Zoo has a much better looking water park with Zoombezi Bay, where they actually have some unique slides.

 

Northeast Ohio has lost a few water parks over the years like Dover Lake and who remembers Wildwood Lake back in the day and I also think WWK's days are numbered.

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Northeast Ohio has lost a few water parks over the years like Dover Lake and who remembers Wildwood Lake back in the day and I also think WWK's days are numbered.

 

Ah, Dover Lake... I still remember the tube slide with the pools at the bottom of the little drops and how it nearly sucked off my trunks every time. Little 8-year-old me was not terribly happy about that. I wonder how many people knew that place had a kiddie coaster credit? I suppose I was "lucky" enough to get it, not that I actively count which coasters I've ridden these days.

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Just got back from a drive by even though it was something I didn't want to do. As stated Wolf Bobs is completely gone. I took a couple of photos. I did not take photos of Big Dipper though it is still standing but it is amazing how fast nature has taken over the former ride side. I'm sure trees have sprouted up through Dipper's structure by now.

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I went the back way (Pettibone Rd. to Geauga Lake Rd. to where it ends at Depot Rd.) Raging Wolf Bobs would have been visible from this angle.

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The old concrete trough of the Grizzy Run rapids ride still remains. This is where the ride platform used to be.

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Seven years ago you would have seen maintenance buildings on the left, park offices in the distance, and Double Loop's lift hill and Villain from here.

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Seems they've been doing some work, huh? Am I losing my mind, or did I not see the one remaining rollercoaster in the aerial video?

 

This is incredibly sad to me. I know many scoff at how romantic some get over closed places like this, but as a guy with zero attachment to this place (I've never been anywhere even near the park) I really do feel for those that had a strong attachment and relationship with the place.

 

I've paid attention to this place since the multiple ownership changes/ride removals/sudden shuttering, but I'm still unclear - was it really "one guy" that decided to bullet the place?

 

I know economies change, and the proof is in the bottom line, but it's amazing how a park with this kind of history is so quickly wiped off the map. This seems to be a similar, yet much larger scale, of the loss of Kiddieland in Chicago. Though that land turning into a Costco was a result of a split in the family heirs, with the distribution of funds from the sale being the only way to settle the estate....not a calculated acquisition/closure like what happened here.

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