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Geauga Lake video

GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile

Posted:
9/5/13 at
12:07:48 PM

So sad. I wish I had the chance to go there when it was still operational.

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/09/05/video-this-footage-of-geauga-lake-amusement-park-looks-like-something-straight-out-of-the-walking-dead

Jen

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Re: Geauga Lake video by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 9/5/13 1:18:18 PM
Cool video - impressive that he used an RC Helicopter to get this footage. It does look sad. What an eyesore.
Re: Geauga Lake video by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 9/5/13 2:30:46 PM
Very nice and sad. A shame those wood coasters are going to be reclaimed by nature. Oh well, i guess in a few more years it'll end up in the same group as those abandoned park photos.
Re: Geauga Lake video by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/5/13 3:45:30 PM
Where was Dominator located in this view? I know it was by the water -- are those its footers by the water at 1:22?
Re: Geauga Lake video by alpengeistno3 at 9/5/13 4:51:35 PM
Those are the footers for Serial Thriller (the SLC that is now Thunderhawk at MA). Dominator is further back. The Skycoaster was nestled right between the Cobra roll/turn combo and the interlocking spins (more or less where KD's current queue pen is)

The lift, block brake and final brake run sat right on the lake shore (the current pathway around the ride at KD was all water at GL) and you used to enter right between the loops of the cobra roll (you can see how the supports are divided to form a path when you exit the ride at KD today.)

I found you a video if you want to see how the ride really fit in at GL. Watching this again reminds why I count the ride as a completely different ride at KD.

Paul

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Re: Geauga Lake video by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/5/13 5:22:30 PM
Wow, the presentation looked top notch. Everything about it looked kind of grandiose when they show that aerial shot at the beginning.
Re: Geauga Lake video by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/5/13 6:34:36 PM
Big Dipper! Brings tears to my eyes.

I agree with Paul re the conversion of Knight Flight to Dominator changing the ride not in name only. I still like it at KD, tho.

And that video!
David E and Stevie U, may they rest in peace.

Mike B.
Re: Geauga Lake video by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/5/13 8:29:47 PM
I didn't know David Escalante passed. I've only known him from various videos I've seen over the years. Steve Urbanowicz? I've mentioned this before, but one of my favorite nights ever was an evening into the early morning hours spent with Steve in a booth at the Bayonne Diner, just drinking (no alcohol) snacking and talking...not just about roller coasters and amusement parks, but everything under the sun. We were becoming friends, then he passed unexpectedly. I went to his memorial service here in Bayonne.
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Geauga Lake video by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/6/13 7:17:52 AM
Oh, what memories!! I miss GL sooo much! I never saw the Travel Channel footage before so thank you for posting that. Wile it was great to see BKF dominating my old stomping grounds it's also sad to see what has become of the place.

I agree that Dominator is different at KD; it doesn't feel like the same ride.

G-Dog

Re: Geauga Lake video by Coaster316 at 9/6/13 10:12:58 AM
The closing of Geauga Lake marked the beginning of the end of my run as a park enthusiast. The three years that the property was Six Flags Worlds of Adventure were far and away the best three years for me personally as far as visiting parks go. SFWOA once a month, KD once a month, at least one other park mixed in on another weekend and then multiple trips to my home park, Dorney. It was a great time.

When Cedar Fair bought SFWOA, I continued to visit up until its final year. I was there its last operating weekend. To me, the writing was on the wall. I understood closing and moving attractions to other parks…but leaving the sites in a state of abandonment really showed to me that CF didn’t really care. I don’t think they bought the park to close it, I think they just mismanaged it. I also don’t blame them solely. As much as I personally loved SFWOA, I know it had a lot of problems and that CF wasn’t exactly buying a jewel of a place. CF may have been thrown a knuckler but they were the ones who ultimately dropped the ball.

But to my point, the thought that a place that meant so much to my enjoyment of this hobby was gone and rotting took a lot out of me. I didn’t sit home and cry, or anything like that, but visiting parks the next year just didn’t mean as much to me. There were other factors, like losing patience waiting in lines and the opening of casinos in Pennsylvania taking up much of my time and entertainment budget, but it all started with the loss of Geauga Lake.

A few months ago I was getting gas at the Hess station across from Dorney Park, watching the rides. I thought to myself…I don’t miss it. In the spring I planned on doing a weekend getaway and spent a lot of time researching places to go. As I was discussing it with family someone said, “How about an amusement park” and I realized that in all of the hours and hours I spent planning the thought of a park never even crossed my mind.

Re: Geauga Lake video by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/6/13 10:20:32 AM
GoYanks34 said:

So sad. I wish I had the change to go there
Jen

That'd take a lotta change ;)

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Geauga Lake video by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 10:24:42 AM
beastmaster said:

GoYanks34 said:

So sad. I wish I had the change to go there
Jen

That'd take a lotta change ;)

I have no idea what you're talking about - it says "chance". :-P

Jen

Re: Geauga Lake video by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 9/9/13 4:20:43 PM
Sad. Happy I was able to get in at least a short visit to the park when it was still open.

One thing I don't understand is all of the piles of rubble. So many spots weren't just left abandoned but they had to destroy and reduce so many things to piles of junk? Why?

Re: Geauga Lake video by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/10/13 2:18:29 PM
Something from the archives, one of my favorites.
Who in URC remembers "the Reverend?"
I know you do, Chuck...

Time was the Rev was quite the active enthusiast and poster here in URC.

He was known to some lucky folks such as myself for his VHS videos he sent out free of charge. He called them Coaster Chronicles. Sub-titled Coasters 'n Gravy and later Coasties 'n Cream.

Always good for a laugh, and always good for seeing coasters in action. Hard to imagine it was all pre-youtube.

the Rev always included aspirin with his videos, and always said "I'm sorry, very sorry" as if we had no choice in watching.

Anyway, below is a link to my all time favorite of his "productions", and he had made quite a number of them while he was an active enthusiast.
It is Geauga Lake.

I love the Big Dipper stuff at 1:10 to 1:50 and of course his infamous finishing "rev-elation."

He is the videographer and narrator, and no, his name is not Darrel Gann (although Allen Ray is real).

Chuck appears briefly in the beginning, and he has the one posted comment.

If you like the following at all, and want to see more of the Rev's stuff...some bizarre stuff no less...search on revieup in youtube. I counted 19.
Heck, I'm even in some of 'em.

rev-elation (and other things)

Mike B.