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ABANDONED: Inside the Epic Life and Closure of the World's Largest Theme Park

Sincerely overnight, little Geauga Lake – the family park located amid the tiny towns of Northeast Ohio – had become Six Flags Ohio, with a dozen coasters, each taller than the one before. The park was quite literally not your grandfather’s park. If you took him, he might not recognize it! This was a new Geauga Lake for a new millennium, and the park now counted itself as a jewel in Six Flags' crown of thrill parks. And don't forget, all the while, SeaWorld Ohio sat across the lake in a harmonious relationship with Six Flags – two parks run completely independendly, nestled up against one another.

It wouldn’t last.

Consider how odd it really was, though: For thirty years, visitors of SeaWorld would sit in a stadium on the water’s edge and watch a ski-show, with the hundred-foot-tall roller coasters of another amusement park as the backdrop! Likewise, visitors to Six Flags Ohio would glance across the lake and see the distinctive clamshell stadiums of SeaWorld nestled into the hillsides. It’s an odd dichotomy that’s not seen anywhere else on Earth to have two such preeminent theme park brands peacefully sharing opposite shores of a lake. 

After three decades of peaceful cohabitation on opposite sides of Geauga Lake, Six Flags’ thrill park and SeaWorld’s marine life park would soon change roles. 

An offer you can’t refuse (2001)

Eager to enter into the 21st century, SeaWorld’s parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio began to emphasize adrenaline-packing thrills at the dawn of the new millennium. Formerly operating more like zoos than amusement parks, suddenly SeaWorld was in the business of coasters, simulators, and thrill rides to punctuate its sea animal shows. That was all well and good, as SeaWorld Orlando opened Kraken (2000) and SeaWorld San Antonio upped its arsenal with Great White (1997) and Steel Eel (1999). It was a very intentional choice to shift the parks into competition with roller coaster parks, and it has served SeaWorld well even unto today. 

But rides were not coming to SeaWorld Ohio. 

There are conflicting theories as to why SeaWorld Ohio was not building thrill rides the way that its sister parks in Florida, Texas, and California were.

One theory is that local ordinances forbade such expansion at Ohio’s SeaWorld park. The county line, it seems, runs right down the middle of Geauga Lake, and SeaWorld’s side of the lake couldn’t build structures over a certain height or noise level, making coasters impossible.

A second version of the story is that SeaWorld couldn’t build coasters thanks to a long-existing non-compete agreement with Geauga Lake / Six Flags Ohio.

A third is that, under new management and branding, Six Flags Ohio refused to continue the cross-promotions that had helped the two parks co-exist for three decades, from which SeaWorld’s attendance was suffering.

Either way, the story goes that SeaWorld (then managed by Anheuser Busch) was ready for a change. Allegedly, the company offered to purchase Six Flags Ohio in hopes of managing both parks and keeping harmony in advertising. Though we don’t know, it’s safe to guess that the thrill park might’ve been branded as Busch Gardens Ohio, absorbed into the other park chain owned by Anheuser Busch… It's odd to imagine how things might be different if that had happened.

Six Flags allegedly declined SeaWorld’s offer, but counter-offered to buy the marine park! The deal went through. For just $110 million, SeaWorld folded and sold its Ohio park to Six Flags, taking their animals with them. Six Flags quickly re-populated the animal park with their own (mostly borrowed from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California) and did the unthinkable... 

A whole new world (2001 – 2003)

After just one year as Six Flags Ohio, the park opened in spring 2001 as SIX FLAGS WORLDS OF ADVENTURE, combining the two parks into one. A new forested path along the lake’s edge and a floating boardwalk united the former SeaWorld and Six Flags into a giant, 700-acre mega-park that offered a full marine life zoo, a full thrill park, and Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor water park. Six Flags was fond of advertising Worlds of Adventure as three parks for one ticket, and it really and truly was - each was large enough to stand as its own gate. In fact, they had been!

The park map alone is astounding and worth zooming into and exploring, and doing so will help make sense of some changes we'll see soon… On the map, you can see SeaWorld staples in the same park as Six Flags rides – Superman roller coasters, killer whales, Batman water ski shows, pearl diving, a motion simulator, Happy Harbor, penguins, and Looney Tunes, all for one price! Two parks – each with their own themed lands – were brought together. Truly astounding. For locals who recalled being at one and gazing at the other across the lake, they could now walk between them. Or take a ferry. Or a forested path. Two parks that had been independent for decades were now connected.

The largest theme park in the entire world, Worlds of Adventure seemed a park enthusiast’s wildest dream. Those three decades of harmony between two dissimilar parks had come to a head in their union.

It was unthinkable and somewhat mind-boggling that Six Flags Worlds of Adventure could exist at all, so perfectly divided into "Wildlife" and "Wild Rides" sections, each on opposite sides of a beautiful lake. In other words, they couldn’t have built the park more conceptually interesting if they’d tried. Everything theoretically fell together in a really picturesque and wonderful way. It felt like Worlds of Adventure was a new kind of theme park, poised to become a new flagship, even against the infallible Cedar Point.

It was dizzying.

It was doomed.

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Geauga lake closed because dick kinsel, head of cedar fair at the time bought the park with an agenda. He couldn't just close it right away so he waited 5 yrs to. He also did not want anyone to be able to buy the land tomake it I to another thriving theme park, which it very much was. Now it sits abandoned and so many kids and families opportunities to be able to enjoy the park are gone because of this greedy man. His plan all along was to close Geauga lake so that cedar point had no competition . You can tell it's really worked we'll for them since people still pay 50$ to go even though there are 3 hr long waits for rides . Dick retired so my resentment towards cedar point has weakened but I still hesitate to give any money to the selfish company . Since he has been retired I still haven't seen a change. my advice is to explore outside of cedar point and visit parks like Busch gardens , knoebels or knots berry farm and you may just see the great difference .

F.Y.I. Knott's Berry Farm is a Cedar Fair Park. Not just now, all while Kinsell was CEO too. Not that I'm a huge fan of either Kinsell or Cedar Fair I would argue that CF has gotten even more greedy since his retirement. Paying extra for premium parking,dinosaurs alive, fast lane and now fast lane plus. Not allowing refills from sister park cups, all strategies to get money out of your pocket and into thiers. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Its called business here in America. The entertainment industry is thick with these practices.Really wanna get sick, look into professional sports or even the NCAA, (not to get off topic).

Knott's is no longer the same it's all money, money, money. Raised prices so high it's to high to get a Pepsi and eating there is just sas bad. plus Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner is not the same as when she ran it. Cedar Point changed the recipes and the are not as good and the price went up

Geauga Lake /sea world is nowhere near Amish country or corn fields. The surrounding area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country and within a days drive of 100 million people, the only reason cedar fair bought it was to eliminate competition with its crown jewel, Cedar point. Geauga Lake was stripped like an abandoned house then they had the balls to say that the area couldn't support the park even though both did quite well before cedar fair. The final nail in the coffin is that the land has become quite valuable as the east side old money continues their migration south east, as the only 700 acre tract in the county with a beautiful Lake in the middle and utilities already present I conservatively estimate the value at 100+ million if it were allowed to be developed as a high end condo community.

While it's true that it's within a reasonable driving distance of Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, it IS in the middle of nowhere. It's just not an area that can sustain serious tourism; when you get done with a long day at a 700 acre amusement park, you don't want to drive 45 minutes back to one of the major cities where there are enough hotels to sustain that many visitors. I agree with you, though; Geauga Lake was picked apart to eliminate competition with Cedar Point. I loved going there as a kid. We went every year when it was still Geauga Lake, and I remember going maybe once while it was Six Flags. By the time I got to Hiram College just down the road (and very much in the middle of nowhere), it was completely leveled. I'm still mad about it!

It is really miles from Amish country, and miles from the middle of nowhere, but it was also not a convenient drive. It is true that it was quite a ways from any interstate, and the roads leading into the park from both directions were quite narrow. They widened the areas immediately around the park during the switch, but it was still pretty insane, especially if you came up from Aurora. They also never bothered to add more parking attendant booths to do anything about the bottleneck right at the parking lot, and a lot of ire was generated when SF would raise the price of parking in the middle of the day, so people who spent an hour or more inching towards the parking lot would then see the price go up a dollar right before they got to it. It's hard, in an online comment, to truly capture the ire of a parent who, after hours in line in a car with their kids, gets welcomed to the park in such a manner. The parents did a pretty good job of expressing their ire to the employees, though.

It's in Ohio. Enough said.

Reconcile this frustrating and uninformed opinion with the fact that Kings Island and Cedar Point - two of the top three most visited seasonal parks in North America - are in Ohio.

I grew up near Youngstown. Geauga Lake was my FIRST amusement park. The Double Loop was my first coaster, and for a few years (I had to have barely even been tall enough to ride it) was the only one I would ride. The Big Dipper scared me, haha. I never did go again after the Six Flag names moved in. Kinda sad I didn't. But whenever articles like this come my way, it just breaks my heart to remember being a little kid and overwhelmed by it all.

I worked as a foreman on The Big Dipper back in 75 -77 with a couple guys i would love to hook up with, one guy played the shows part time

I absolutely love Geauga Lake. I was at the park everyday, from open to close, from age 14-22, mostly as an employee but other days as a guest. Working in the games department, I learned some of my best skills, as a sales person, a manager and a leader. This park was my childhood and my livlihood, making enough money in the summer to support my college education without having to work during school. I am the person today because go "GL". What an amazing place. If I could reopen it myself I would.

This was the most interesting and informative article I have ever read regarding Geauga Lake. I visited the park frequently between 1975-2005 and I did see all of the changes. I was hoping you would have expanded your article a little more after the Six Flag purchase in 2001. You are SPOT ON, because when I visited during the Six Flag years we enjoyed the rides themselves, but absolutely everything regarding customer service was awful. Not just bad, but truly awful. The park was dirty, restrooms almost unusable. Food lines were non-existent, and employees did not want to work/did not care. The super inexpensive prices brought in all kinds of chaos and it did not always feel safe. I did not realize (no longer living in the area) how flattened it has become. There used to be an excellent vegetable market across the street I loved to go to after a long day at the park. I can't help but to wonder how the local area is doing after everything that happened. A sad, sad ending to a delightful park.

My family moved out to Ohio when I was a little girl. Before the move it was always Idlewild Park. We lived outside of Youngstown and at that time we had Idora park in our backyards. As an older teen my parents took us to Geauga Lake and Sea World constantly. When my girls were born I took them and then my grandson. I will never have the chance to take my granddaughters. It doesn't matter that it's not near "Amish Country" or that the person who bought it had an agenda. What matters is that Geauga Lake and Sea World were magical and they are gone. It's up to us to find other magical places for our families no matter how we ours the loss of our old memories. I for one am so very glad that the old Idora Park carousel stands beautifully restored close to where the twin towers went down on 9/11. Although I am sad that the place of so much joy in my childhood is gone, how wonderful that it now might bring joy to a child where such tragedy struck. I ramble. I guess I'm trying to say we never know what may come, even of what we think are very sad circumstances. I will continue to hope ❤️

Growing up Geauga Lake was the local "small park" that we went to every year. Cedar Point was the "big park" that we went to only a couple times...we liked Geauga Lake better. Late teen years I spent many evenings there (mid-80's). Then the park was in its prime. Didn't get there much for many years but when we did it seemed to be getting too big for itself even before Six Flags. As soon as they took over it was already over. Took my wife (a different girl, and who grew up out of state so hadn't ever been there) and it was filthy, staffed with govt subsidised "underprivileged" labor, and didn't even have some of the rides operating. We went one more time after CF took over (company picnic or we probably would not have). As described in the article it was already half-dismantled by them. I do wish I had cash and land to buy and setup the Big Dipper though.

You had me until the barely disguised racism. Any park without you is automatically a better one.

The beginning of the end for Geauga Lake was the city bus line that ran from Cleveland to the park. Once the city kids had a way to get to the park, the families started leaving, the thug element started taking over and crime started to rise. At the same time, the suburban kids didn't feel safe working at the park, so management resorted to hiring the same folks who were the cause of the problems. I lived five minutes from the park and quit going there soon after Six Flags took over. This after years of good times and good memories with the Funtime version of the park.

When my girls were little we would buy a pass to Sea World every year. Living in the Kent area we could drive up and spend half a day many times over the season. When Sea World left we bought a season pass for the following year, but the difference between Sea World and the new entity was awful. It went from pristine manicured grounds to filth and I didn't get free parking or the option to picnic inside the park anymore. That was enough to keep me from coming back! So sorry it had to end that way.

Your comment about Aurora and it's location is frustrating. The park is located by 422, 480, and the 80 turnpike. There are multiple hotels in aurora, Twinsburg, and Streetsboro, and both Akron and Cleveland are only a half hour away. Cedar point is in the middle of no where, if anything. The park brought in many with SeaWorld and Geauga Lake and Aurora did just fine. Also, from the three major freeways around Aurora to Geauga Lake, there are no cornfields. You keep talking about how the locals feel burned and you, sir, added insult to injury.

Relax. I stated that the park is not near an interstate. It is not. Six Flags billed the park as "located in Cleveland." It was not. Not by a long shot. Mapquest tells me that the park is 45 minutes from Cleveland, an hour from Akron, which lines up well with my memories and what I know today as a Northeast Ohioan.

SeaWorld and Geauga Lake did just fine, because they were local parks aimed at a local audience. When Six Flags Worlds of Adventure asked for (and received) destination-park sized crowds in its first years, it completely overwhelmed the infrastructure. The roads of Aurora, Twinsburg, and Streetsboro were not wide enough for traffic coming from neighboring states and across the U.S. Sure, the area had a handful of hotels. Of course. Enough to support a few visitors. But to deal with the enormous crowds Six Flags earned? No.

If you're offended, I apologize. But if your argument is that the location did NOT play into the park's demise... Well... I can't help you there. If you've decided that its location was well-suited for a national destination park and that there were more than enough hotels in Aurora, Ohio to handle the park's sold out crowds, what can I say? The other dozens of comments here are recollections of backed up traffic taking hours to reach the parking lot on tiny roads in the middle of no where. It's not an insult to your town. It's a disconnect between the park's rate of growth and the growth of the infrastructure around it. Cedar Point developed organically over a century and the area grew with it. Geauga Lake grew from a local park to a national destination all at once, and road widths / hoteliers / infrastructure couldn't keep up. If you don't believe that, then I don't know what else to say...

I don't know much about you personally, but you've at least inspired me to craft a response to your article; the fact that there is only one real point on which we both agree leads me to this end. Simply put, your oversimplification of the financial crisis and the unnecessary focus placed on geography and what people have "told" you are ludicrous. Granted, I may be wearing some rose-colored glasses since I grew up not only in Cleveland (well a suburb, technically, because that clearly matters), but also in Aurora, and many of your points couldn't be further from the truth. We agree that the parks were marketed for a national crowd, when in reality, it was the local economy by which the park was supported. It may take me a week or so to craft a response, but I wouldn't feel right being content with a prima facie statement that you were wrong; you probably only need to re-think how you compare realities between each of the past few decades.

Geauga Lake was definitely a local park. Sea World however did attract visitors from through the Midwest region, sometimes even further than that. It was, after all, the only park of its kind within a days drive of any major Northeastern or Midwestern city. So there was some infrastructure in place in the area because of this (including hotels and yes, easier access to freeways like 422 and 480, even if you don't want to call them "interstates").

But you're also right in saying that the crowds that SFWoA attracted at times were too much and Solon, Aurora, and Bainbridge did have to make some big changes to accommodate the crowds.

Can't disagree with you there. I think a lot of people look at Streetsboro today and place it into the 2000's when the park was in decline. There is a lot more now than there was then.

This makes me sad to think about. I hot my first job when i was fourteen working at geauga lake. Worked every summer till i was 18. I loved that park!!!

Having lived in the neighborhood across from the park that first year, I remember the traffic and parking situation quite well when Six Flags opened that first day. Once both parking lots had filled up, there were still miles of cars, holding families who traveled hours to go to the new park, as far as you could see down St. Rt. 43. The fun seeking out of towners literally pulled their cars into what is known as the Geauga Lake neighborhood, pulled infront of yards, parked, and walked to the park. The locals living here had to deal with the hundreds of abandoned cars taking over our, I know exactly what you mean about the oversized crowds it brought that first year...The first weekend of Six Flags having been horrible for those of us who had to work, or get through every day life...I don't know about Aurora, but I remember my family and friends weren't prepared for the chaos! Also, 43 was widend after that first year...wasn't it? After that first weekend, the crowds seemed to never be so had made the news and I think that's what kept so many from coming out again...

Back then they're weren't that many hotels in the aurora area. The article is correct

You're saying the park was 700 acres? That place was tiny, the Batman coaster was built 1/2 in the pond. You even say the pond is 60 acres.

Great article BTW!

I think this was a very well written article and hits the nail on the head on the demise of Geauga Lake. I worked for Cedar Fair during the time period that Six Flags purchased the park and later sold it to Cedar Fair. I believe both ownership groups are to blame for such a beautiful and successful park closing. Six Flags took a great small family park and a Sea World park that I loved coming to as a kid, and tried to make it something that was too big for the local population and infrastructure. Six Flags tried to get out from under their mistakes by selling the property for a huge loss. Cedar Fair came in and did the right thing by pulling out rides and trying to return it to it's true glory days as a small family and local park. Unfortunately, Cedar Fair made a few poor decisions and failed to make the park successful again. I think Cedar Fair pulled the plug a little too early. They should have given it another season or two. Probably the worst decision made between 1997 – 2007 was how the park was closed. A 119 year old amusement park deserved a proper send off.

They should have got the guy that stayed on the Rotor all day. If anyone understood that park, he did. BTW, do you think he had a season pass?

I'm laughing out loud now. He is one of my funniest childhood memories! There is no way of having a GL memory of the Rotor without him. I remember him on that ride well before GL started having season passes. Seriously, if anyone knows, please post!

I left the park before the Cedar Faire part, so maybe they bought the park to scuttle it and maybe they didn't, but this article lets Six Flags off the hook way too lightly. It's entirely possible Cedar Faire closed it simply because they found they'd caught a hot potato, and couldn't afford it after all. For example, calling what Six Flags put in after Sea World left "a full marine zoo" is really super nice of you - they inherited some animals from SW, and it became immediately clear that they had no idea what they were doing with sea animals, they had no idea how to maintain all of that stuff, and they had no business even trying to buy and care for a killer whale. People who came to the park looking for some rebranded marine park magic were greeted with empty tanks and dying stingrays. Sea World customers left and never came back basically as soon as the switch was official. And without their money, stuff that needed to get done didn't get done. There may have been a huge gulf between what Cedar Faire was expecting to get and what they actually got when they finally took possession of all that water infrastructure.

Sea World had a lot of nice expensive stuff, but it required a staff of nice, expensive employees to maintain, and SF seriously overestimated their own people's abilities to waltz in and take over when they were cutting positions. I mean, sure, my department maybe could have lost three or four full time year-round positions and no customers would have noticed the difference, but you can't reduce a staff of 10 specialists to 1 dude who did something similar in college and expect the standards to remain where they were, yet SF did basically that to every department. SF management sucked so hard, I assumed they did so on purpose. To this day, you can't convince me that the whole thing wasn't some kind of The Producers-style tax scam.

And the cash grab, oh man, their naked, greedy cash grab. You could say $50 admission is "dirt cheap" compared to say, Disney, but $50 x your whole family is still a lot of money, and when parents battled through the terrible parking bottle neck (on especially crowded days, it wasn't unheard of for Six Flags to raise the price of parking right infront of a line of cars) only to be greeted by a filthy, weird-smelling park and a list of broken rides that was never less than 4 items long, they weren't exactly praising the great price they got on tickets. The price of food, water and souvenirs just made them angrier. And they complained. A lot. Loudly. To all of their friends. Cedar Faire would have had to take one hell of a loss for quite a few seasons to undo the damage SF had done to park's reputation.

I used to work for SFWOA It's a good thing cedar fair bought the park before somebody got killed. Six flags was so broke they neglected to fix stuff all the time I can remember a certain coaster
needing new brakes at the end of June and not getting them till the following spring all because the brake budget had run out. There were so many other things that never got replaced we used to just fix things the best we could cause the park didn't want to spend money it didn't have to fix all the broken shit the person who said the park wasn't 700 acres your wrong. Geauga lake side was 550 acres alone. It's too bad cedar fair didn't buy the park originally we would probably still have an open park.

I agree. I had a friend who was a ride mechanic before Six Flags took over. He was responsible for one roller coaster and he knew that ride forward and back. When Six Flags came in, he was responsible for 3 to 4 rides and he quit. He knew he couldn't effectively be sure that a ride would be safe and not fail. He was really afraid of an accident that would be on his watch. Six Flags really ran the park into the ground before Cedar Fair dealt the death blow.

Oh and Sea world was 400 acres plus the lake that was just under 80 acres

The acreage you're quoting is for the ENTIRE property they owned. You're not comparing apples to apples. When Disney says that Epcot is 300 acres, they are not including the parking lot and the surrounding property they own. Look at the maps, the lake takes up 50% of the map.

No I'm right I worked in the maintenance department and saw the maps all the the time with the square acreage of the different parts of the park if u want to include the parking lots it's close to 2000 acres total. so I know I'm right

I worked at a Lawson Store across from Geauga Lake when Sea World was being built. I remember making sandwiches for the construction workers. Boy, that was a muddy job for those guys. The highlight of every spring after that was waiting and watching the huge truck that brought Shamu into Aurora from the Cleveland Airport. It was amazing to watch. Shamu was probably one of the major reasons for Sea World's success and when he left, the animal park changed. Most out-of-visitors made their trip to the two parks a two day event. I remember the crazy traffic especially if it rained! Sea World has excellent educational programs for children during school year. I don't remember much about time period when Six Flags came in, but I think all would agree, trying to run two major theme parks and make a profit, when there were only 5 month out of 12 that you could be open and you could count on rain for over 1/3 of that time would have been difficult. I do agree that Cedar Fair did purchase Geauga Lake to shut it down. That fact is obvious. But the many years I got to attend both parks were the best years. Ps. You can find the childrens' rides from Geauga Lake at Cedar Point now. Snoopy and his gang are all there now.

Thank you for a very informative article. I have many fond memories of both Geauga Lake and Sea World. We had season passes for many years starting in the late 80s and one of my sons worked there through the Six flags era almost till the park closed. I know that many locals believe that Cedar Faire bought the park just to close it to do away with the competition. Maybe this was true, but probably was purely a financial decision to get out from under a money losing operation. They were not really in competition as Geauga Lake was local and Cedar Point was somewhere you went once a year. Still, they could have given the place more of a chance or tried to sell it to someone who would instead of tearing it down.
I believe the park was destroyed by the Six Flags people. They may have put money into adding rides, but it was poorly done. As you pointed out, the park was large geographically, but they never utilized the space. Instead, they crammed many rides in the exsisting space making it too crowded. The lines for the rides would run into each other, and the midways were so narrow that you couldn't walk through. They destroyed the whole atmosphere of the park. Also, they raised prices. I remember going to Disney World the first summer and coming home to find that Six Flags now charged $4 more to park than Disney. Also, they raised the prices of food etc.
The other downfall, of course was when the Sea World people sold out taking their name and Shamu with them. The Marine park after that was very poor. I remember walking on that side of the lake and finding many deserted and closed buildings and few people except in the kiddie play area!
I still feel sad when I drive by today. The Big Dipper is all that is left. I love old wooden coasters and this was a favorite. So sad to see it sitting there rusting.
Thanks again for the article,

I grew up in northeast Ohio, moved away for school in the late 90s and only go back now to visit family. I always wondered what happened to Geauga Lake and Sea World. Great to finally have some answers. I was enthralled until I read this: "The plan only exacerbated #2, above, and attracted undesirable crowds from the city."

Perhaps you can explain what you mean by "undesirable crowds from the city?"

Undesirable, as in: Ghetto thugs walking around in large groups...openly smoking marijuana and "having fun" by jumping at, and trying to frighten other park guests. I saw it many times, and that's why I stopped going.

For so many years, my husband's company had it's yearly picnic there. It was a place that we made so many memories with our kids. Even after they grew up, it was my favorite place to go....I loved it even better than Cedar Point and we went to Geauga, the water park, and Sea World, many, many more times than CP. Our hearts were broken when it closed and haven't gone to an amusement park since.

It is totally clear that cedar fair had it in for that park (whether the park was already on the outs because of six flags is debatable) and the proof is in the manner in which it closed. July 2007, the wolf bobs comes off the track and is in need of repair, the ride stays closed for the remainer of the season and is never repaired ( forever basically). One asks why wouldnt you fix the coaster unless you knew that this was the last season? Sept 2007 is the final month for geauga lake, after closing for the "season" multiple high level officers from cedar fair ride the historic big dipper for the last time. This only adds insult to injury because not only did none of us get to say goodbye, no warning, nothing, but these cold hearted cedar fair execs get the last ride. Further there is a roller coaster museum in which we could have had a car or train from the big dipper, but cedar fair decided to leave this piece of history outside to rot just like they did with the park we all loved so much.

Meh. I was always a bigger fan of Cedar Point anyway.

I go for the roller coasters, and Cedar Point's were always the best, hands down.

Cedar Point is not the best Hands Down. After what they did to Geauga Lake, and how that park is run operationally, from what it was, it is by far not hands down, and I have worked at both parks, and speak from experience. GL was a jewel of a park.

I remember visiting GL in 60's. Believe it or not there was a time when you were allowed in just to purchase one of the great ice cream sandwiches.

My grandfather use to take us to GL every year for the company picnic. I loved that place. I use to ride the kiddy rides then moved on to rides like the Big Dipper and the Double Loop. My first time on a rollercoaster was the Corkscrew. I remember one year it was almost the end of the night and I got to ride the Double Loop five times straight no body else was riding it. I also have great memories of a trip to Sea World. GL Wild Water Kingdom is nothing compared to what it was.

My first roller coaster ever was the corkscrew as well. I will miss that place.

I loved geauga lake and still love cedar point despite what they did but I think the ultimate blame is on six flags. They tried to hard and when it came time to sell they destroyed much of the plumbing and interior of the sea world side. It would have cost cedar fair too much to fix all the damage that six flags caused to those buildings. That was really the death of the sea world side. As for the ride side it was hard to go backwards. As stated the lower cost of a mega park started to bring in a different crowd that most loyal park visitors didn't want to deal with.

I am not sure who is to blame for WHY the park closed, but I am sure that Cedar Fair IS to blame for HOW the park closed. My family and I were there on the park's last day and if we had any idea it truly was the last time we would have done so much more. When the announcement came a few days later it was just so sad. We had held season passes for years and it was like losing an old friend and never being allowed to say goodbye. I have no use for Cedar Point and their management style.


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