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November 11, 2004

Geauga Lake 2005 Expansion Includes New Water Park

Article written by:
Eric Gieszl, Editor

Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair announced plans to expand Geauga Lake for the 2005 season. The plans include a brand-new, multi-million dollar water park to be built over the next two years, expanded catering and picnic grounds, a new Peanuts character show and gift shop. The park will also lower the adult admission price by $10 to $24.95.

The new park named Wildwater Kingdom, will be located on the former Sea World side of the park and cover 20 acres. When completed it will be one of the largest water parks in the country.

Construction on the first phase has begun and will be completed for next season. Construction on the second phase will begin the following winter to open for the 2006 season. After both phases are completed the existing water park will be closed.

New water park attractions for next year include a 60-foot tall tornado slide, an activity pool, an action river and a new children's area with a multi-story interactive play structure. Hurricane Mountain, Ohio's tallest water slide complex, will be moved this winter from the existing water park.

The second phase of Wildwater Kingdom will include a 38,000 square-foot wave pool, an adult pool with whirlpool spas and a swim-up bar and a number of additional water slides.

The total cost for this project will be $24 million and the first phase will cost approximately $16 million.

Geauga Lake will also expand its catering facilities and picnic pavilions this winter to accommodate twice as many groups. Also, a new Peanuts themed live show will debut and gift shop with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters will open.

"We're very excited about the capital expenditure program we have planned at Geauga Lake for next season," said Kinzel. "Continued reinvestment in new attractions and the upgrading of existing facilities is a significant element in our Partnership's long-term growth strategy. In total, we will be investing approximately $18 million at Geauga Lake for the 2005 operating season."

Kinzel added that in 2005 Geauga Lake will lower its general admission price, which includes access to the new water park, by $10 to $24.95 in an effort to further increase the value to our guests of a visit to the park. "The introduction of this new everyday-low-price admission ticket, along with an exciting capital program, should position the park to rebound strongly in 2005," he said.