It’s late July, so the speculation is flying about those amusement parks that might be on the endangered list to close for good at the end of the season.
Two regional parks — including Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora and Conneaut Lake Park in western Pennsylvania — are among the most talked about parks that could be in trouble.
The enthusiast website, Coasterbuzz, started the ball rolling about Wildwater’s future last month with this post:
"If you like visiting Wildwater Kingdom, the waterpark that is the only surviving attraction from the former Geauga Lake and SeaWorld Ohio attraction site, you may want to be sure you visit this season. I’d take this rumor with a HUGE grain of salt right now, but I’m told that attendance is just not anywhere near where Cedar Fair would like it to be and if things don’t improve… Wildwater Kingdom could go the way of Geauga Lake, with the park’s collection of slides being sent out to the other parks in the chain, much like they did with Geauga Lake’s collection of roller coasters. Cedar Fair knows the Sandusky area down the road is ready to pick up the slack between Cedar Point’s Soak City, Cedar Fair’s own Castaway Bay waterpark resort as well as the giant Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge resorts along with the smaller Maui Sands and Rain Water Park resorts also in town.To read more or comment...
Memphis Kiddie Park notes that two pony carts and frames along with frame for one of the cars from the Speedway ride arrived at the park this week from the sandblaster.
Next up will be the paint job as restoration continues to put them back into service.
The amusement park off Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn near Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn is in the process of restoring the two rides.
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Memphis Kiddie reports that a wheel on one of the passenger cars on its train broke last week.
The park is now running a slightly shorter train while repairs are being made to the affected car.
Memphis Kiddie Park features a nice selection of retro amusment park rides geared toward the preschool crowd. There are three rides that "big kids" can join in on including the train, Merry-Go-Round and the Little Dipper roller coaster.
The roller coaster can be a bit tricky for adults to squeeze into though.To read more or comment...
The band organ on Kings Island’s Grand Carousel was turned back on over the weekend.
The carousel’s band organ, which was built in 1918, last operated in 2006.
The park’s Grand Carousel features 48 horses — 28 jumping horses and 20 stationary horses.
The carousel was built in 1926 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and was among the rides that were brought to the park for its opening from Coney Island in Cincinnati in 1972.To read more or comment...
Cedar Point says more than 500 roller coaster fans have signed up to participate in the park’s first Coaster Campout.
The event kicks into high gear at 10 p.m. tonight when the participants will get some exclusive ride time on the park’s Maverick, Mine Ride and Skyhawk until midnight. Registration for the event that was limited to members of national coaster clubs is now closed.
Since the park is open until midnight, the event will force the park to close some rides in Frontiertown early tonight. The Mean Streak, Maverick, Wave Swinger and Antique Cars will close at 8 p.m. The Mine Ride and Skyhawk will close at 10 p.m.
Cedar Point said the participants "will be treated to a few overnight surprises."To read more or comment...