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Geauga Lake
Previously known as Geauga Lake (1887–2000, 2004)
Six Flags Ohio (2000)
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure (2001–2003)
Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom (2005–2007)
GL-Entrance.jpg
Park entrance, 2005
Location Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 41°20′54″N81°22′09″W / 41.34839°N 81.36919°W / 41.34839; -81.36919 Coordinates: 41°20′54″N81°22′09″W / 41.34839°N 81.36919°W / 41.34839; -81.36919
StatusDefunct
Opened1887;136 years ago (1887)
ClosedSeptember 16, 2007;15 years ago (2007-09-16)
Owner Funtime, Inc. (1969–1995)
Premier Parks/Six Flags (1995–2003)
Cedar Fair (2004–2007)
Operating seasonMay through September
Area550 acres (220 ha)
Attractions
Total54
Roller coasters8
Water rides3
Website www.geaugalake.com (archived)

Geauga Lake was an amusement park in Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio. It was established in 1887, in what had been a local recreation area adjacent to a lake of the same name. The first amusement ride was added in 1889, and the park's first roller coaster  later known as the Big Dipper   was built in 1925. The park was sold to Funtime, Inc., in 1969 and was expanded over the years with additional rides and amenities. Funtime was acquired by Premier Parks in 1995, and for the 2000 season, they re-branded Geauga Lake as Six Flags Ohio, adding four new roller coasters. The following year, Six Flags bought the adjacent SeaWorld Ohio and combined the two parks under the name Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

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The park changed ownership again in 2004 after a purchase by Cedar Fair. The park's SeaWorld portion was transformed into a water park in 2005, and together they became known as Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom. On September 21, 2007, less than a week after Geauga Lake closed for the season, Cedar Fair announced that the amusement park would be permanently closed. The water park continued to operate as Wildwater Kingdom through the 2016 season, before meeting the same fate.

History

Pre-amusement park era

Geauga Lake was originally known as "Picnic Lake" or "Giles Pond." [1] The Geauga Lake area was home to early settlers such as the Staffords, Mark Patterson, Capt. Simon Henry with his wife Rhoda Parsons and their children, Charles Swires, the Brewsters, and Bohan Blair. There is a city park and ballfields on East Boulevard in Aurora, named after this lake. Sullivan Giles chose this area for his log cabin in 1817. He later built a large frame home on the spot behind Geauga Lake depot on the north side of the lake. When the railroad came to town in 1856, it made a stop at "pond station". Giles took advantage of his scenic lake location and, in the last half of the 19th century, established picnic grounds, a dance hall, and other entertainment near his home for the all-day pleasure of residents and those taking the train to the country.

Geauga Lake opened for picnics and swimming in 1872. An 1880 history of Geauga County reported the Giles residence "being easy of access by rail, has become, within a few years, a very popular place of resort during the summer months, for fishing, picnic, and excursion parties" and "for the convenience of such parties, Mr. Giles has recently erected a hall of considerable size near the lake. The surrounding grounds are kept clean and attractive, and, without exception, this is the most charming place to spend a leisure day to be found in this section." [2] At the time, a full-sized steamboat circled the lake, towing a large scow, topped with a dance floor. The boat, first owned by William Banford and Rowe Fuller, was later purchased by the Kents. In 1907, the boat was shipped by rail to Brady Lake near Kent.

1887–1969: Geauga Lake amusement park

Geauga Lake park was established in 1887. Three major league baseball games were played on Sundays at Geauga Lake in 1888 (plus a Thursday exhibition game) by the Cleveland Forest Citys of the major league American Association. [3] By 1889, the park installed its first ride, a steam-powered carousel. [4] More rides would follow.

Big Dipper from across the lake. Big Dipper Geauga Lake.JPG
Big Dipper from across the lake.

William J. Kuhlman expanded the park in 1925 and added the Big Dipper and the park's Olympic-sized swimming pool which stayed in operation until the mid-1960s. On Sunday, July 11, 1926, Olympic medalist and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller set a new world record in the 220-yard freestyle swim in the pool in front of 3,000 spectators. [5] Lake swimming also continued over the coming decades. Many amusement parks at the time had race tracks, dance halls, and sometimes a theater and bowling alley, making them year-round attractions. The race track was added in 1931, although it closed in 1969. The theater, dance hall, and bowling alley were also added around the same time. In 1937, the park's 1926 hand-carved Marcus Illions Carousel was added, after having been located in Philadelphia and Birmingham, at a cost of $35,000. [6]

At that point, the park's dance hall and ballroom were major draws, with big band music performed by Guy Lombardo, Fred Waring, Artie Shaw, and other big names of the time.

In 1942, a tornado hit the park, injuring six, destroying multiple buildings, and damaging the Big Dipper. [7] The park reported $50,000 in damages, but it quickly rebuilt. [8]

In July 1944, Viola Schryer ("Vi") took over management of the park after the death of her uncle William Kuhlman. [9]

In 1952, a fire destroyed the park's bowling alley, theater, dance hall and roller rink with damages estimated at $500,000. [10] At that time the park became strictly a seasonal amusement park, beach, and swimming area. The pool was closed and razed in the early 1960s, but lake swimming continued.

1969–2000: Geauga Lake amusement park (Funtime era)

In 1969, Funtime Incorporated purchased the park. Funtime was formed to purchase Geauga Lake by former managers of Cedar Point, Earl Gascoigne, Gaspar Lococo, and M.P. Jacobson.[ citation needed ] The focus continued to be rides and swimming. The racetrack closed and was razed in 1969. In 1970 a marine life park, SeaWorld Ohio, was built across the lake from the amusement park after Funtime persuaded SeaWorld to build the marine park on the other side of the lake. SeaWorld and Geauga Lake were friendly neighbors for 30 years working together to become a regional destination. SeaWorld focused on marine life and shows, while Geauga Lake focused on thrill rides and swimming. SeaWorld was purchased by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1976 and later by Busch Entertainment Corp in late 1989.

In 1972, the Gold Rush log flume water ride was added, and two years later Geauga Lake added the Skyscraper, which took passengers up 21 stories for views of the park. Admission to the park was free until 1972. Until then, rides on various attractions were purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis. Beginning in 1973, the park converted to an admission charge with a pay-one-price for all the rides and attractions. The Geauga Dog became the park's mascot and would remain so until 1999. In 1976, the park added the Wildcat compact steel roller coaster, and a year later the park added the Double Loop, a looping steel coaster. For a time, the park ran a short-lived series of TV commercials featuring Geauga Dog and a singing, dancing adolescent boy performing a song about the park. The boy's off-key singing and awful dancing were deliberate, a means of getting viewers to notice the ad. It succeeded.

Corkscrew coaster made its debut in 1978, making Geauga Lake the first amusement park in Ohio and one of the first amusement parks anywhere to have two looping coasters. Swimming in the lake continued to be a feature at the park, and in 1983, the park added Boardwalk Shores, which featured a paddleboat marina, a new bath house, a children's swimming pool area and water slides. A year later, The Wave, the only authentic tsunami wave pool in the Midwest at the time, opened to rave reviews.

In 1985, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, owner of SeaWorld, announced their intent to purchase Funtime [11] and combine the two parks, but the deal fell through. [12] In 1986, more children's rides were added and themed as Rainbow Island, a children's dry ride area. Stingray water slides and the Euroracer Grand Prix rides were added.

Raging Wolf Bobs, added in 1988, was added to celebrate the park's centennial anniversary Raging Wolf Bobs.png
Raging Wolf Bobs, added in 1988, was added to celebrate the park's centennial anniversary

In 1988, Geauga Lake celebrated its centennial by introducing the Raging Wolf Bobs, a wooden roller coaster with a hybrid twister/out and back design modeled after the original Bobs roller coaster at Chicago's defunct Riverview Park. Two years later, the park re-themed the children's water area as Turtle Beach, which was advertised as the ultimate children's water playground. Geauga Lake expanded its midway with The Mirage and the $2.1 million Texas Twister in the early 1990s.

A corporate deal in 1995 saw Premier Parks acquiring Funtime, giving Geauga Lake a new owner. Premier Parks invested $9 million in new rides, including the Mind Eraser, a steel looping shuttle coaster designed by Vekoma, and Grizzly Run, a water rapids ride designed by Intamin. These attractions opened in 1996, and the Corkscrew was closed and sold and moved to Dizzee World in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India. The next year, the park expanded its water area by 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) with Hook's Lagoon. Several new water slides were also added. Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall, an Intamin first generation freefall ride was also added in 1997.

In 1998, Premier Parks purchased Six Flags from Time Warner. Serial Thriller, later known as Thunderhawk, was added. The next year, Americana, Time Warp, and an up-charge attraction Skycoaster were added. Premier Parks re-branded Geauga Lake in 2000 as Six Flags Ohio.

2000–2004: Six Flags era

The logo when it was known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Sfwoalogo.gif
The logo when it was known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure

In 2000, Geauga Lake received a $40 million expansion and became Six Flags Ohio. As part of that expansion, the park received 20 new rides, including four new roller coasters. [13] A junior roller coaster called Road Runner Express, a wooden roller coaster called Villain, a Floorless roller coaster called Batman: Knight Flight and an Inverted impulse roller coaster called Superman: Ultimate Escape. Also added was a new shoot the chute water ride named Shipwreck Falls and a new wave pool in the water park. The old wave pool was razed, filled, and used for a new Looney Tunes themed kids' area known as Looney Tunes Boomtown.

Busch Entertainment determined that its SeaWorld parks should feature roller coasters, water rides, and other attractions to supplement the marine displays and shows, and the company began de-emphasizing the educational aspects of its parks. They began modifying their Orlando, San Antonio, and to a lesser extent their San Diego parks to reflect this. Due to Six Flags Ohio's close proximity, as well as the fact that the SeaWorld side of the lake had height restrictions, Busch approached Six Flags about buying the Six Flags park. Six Flags then made a counter offer to instead buy SeaWorld Ohio. That winter, Six Flags purchased SeaWorld for $110 million in cash, merging the two complexes into one, and changing the entire complex's name to Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. By combining the parks, Six Flags created the largest theme park in the world to date, at 700 acres. [14] The SeaWorld side became known as the "Wild Life" area and remained primarily marine life shows, with a few portable children's rides placed throughout. In 2001, the park had plans to construct a 200-foot tall hypercoaster on the SeaWorld side of the park, but later abandoned those plans due to height restrictions and other conflicts with the city of Aurora. [15] In 2002, Shamu was replaced by Shouka, who came on a breeding loan from Marineland in Antibes, France. The original amusement park area became known as the "Wild Rides" area and continued expansion with a Vekoma Flying roller coaster called X-Flight. The small water park area also continued, so the park was marketed as "Three Parks for One Price".

In hopes to expand the water park area, the addition of Hurricane Mountain, the then-largest water slide complex in North America, occurred in 2003 and the water park area was later renamed Hurricane Harbor.

2004–2007: Cedar Fair era

View of Thunderhawk (yellow), Dominator (blue), and Raging Wolf Bobs (white) with the ferry boats (then unused) in the background in 2006 Thunderhawk06.png
View of Thunderhawk (yellow), Dominator (blue), and Raging Wolf Bobs (white) with the ferry boats (then unused) in the background in 2006

Facing financial difficulties across its chain and high debt, Six Flags considered selling the park. Two months before the 2004 season, a sale to Cedar Fair, owner of Cedar Point located 85 miles (137 km) away, was announced. The deal was finalized less than a month later for $145 million. [16] The Geauga Lake name was promptly restored to the park. To conform with copyright and trademark laws, all Looney Tunes and DC Comics branding was removed from the names of rides, roller coasters, and attractions, as well as walk-around character costumes which were replaced with Peanuts characters (other Cedar Fair parks began doing it in 2010 replacing Nickelodeon characters). The Looney Tunes Boomtown kids area was renamed Kidworks. The Hurricane Harbor water park area was renamed Hurricane Hannah's Waterpark. The marine life portion of the park was closed and demolished, and the animals were relocated to other Six Flags parks such as Six Flags Marine World and Great Adventure.

Examples of name changes that took place include:

In 2005, Cedar Fair invested $26 million in Wildwater Kingdom, a new water park on the former SeaWorld site, which resulted in the name being altered slightly to Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom. The Wildwater Kingdom side had about six water slides and a children's water play area. The Hurricane Hannah area remained. Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall was closed at the end of 2005. Usable parts were salvaged for Demon Drop, then at Cedar Point, and the rest was scrapped. [17]

In 2006, Wildwater Kingdom was expanded to include Tidal Wave Bay. The Hurricane Hannah area was then shut down, leaving Wildwater Kingdom as the remaining water park. The season was also scaled back, eliminating the spring and fall weekend operations and opening strictly between Memorial Day and Labor Day with one last weekend in mid-September. At the end of the season, the X-Flight roller coaster was removed, as well as Steel Venom (formerly Superman The Ultimate Escape). X-Flight was relocated to Kings Island and opened as Firehawk in 2007. Steel Venom was relocated to Dorney Park, where it opened for the 2008 season as Voodoo, until 2009 when it was renamed Possessed.

Decline

Combined attendance at both parks reached an estimated 2.7 million visitors in 2001. [18] [19] By 2004, total park attendance had fallen to approximately 700,000 despite a $40 million investment on rides in 2000. [20] [21] Citing the Cleveland area as their "most difficult market", Six Flags sold Worlds of Adventure to Cedar Fair in March 2004. [22] Speculation that the amusement park side would eventually close began after Cedar Fair relocated two major roller coasters – Steel Venom and X-Flight – to other parks prior to the 2007 season. [21] [23]

Closing and land redevelopment

One of the last standing rides, Ripcord, pictured in 2011 Geauga Lake Ripcord 2011.jpg
One of the last standing rides, Ripcord, pictured in 2011

In 2007, the summer-only operation of Geauga Lake continued. The annual Oktoberfest festival weekend held in September every year concluded on September 16, 2007, marking the amusement park's last day of operation. [24] On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced that the ride side of Geauga Lake would permanently close, and that the water park side would continue to operate the following season as Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom. [25] Cedar Fair also announced plans to move existing rides to its other properties. [25] This led to efforts to save Geauga Lake, especially landmarks such as the Big Dipper and the Carousel, through an online petition and letters to public officials.

Cedar Fair placed the amusement park side's land up for sale. The remaining rides and remnants were auctioned separately on June 17, 2008. Many returned to the park for one last visit preview and auction days. [26]

In 2012 and 2013, Cleveland-based photographer and artist Johnny Joo visited Geauga Lake to capture the park in a state of decay. [27] These photos brought heavy local attention from families who had remembered the park in its heyday.

As late as January 2013, the Geauga Lake side was still for sale and projects similar to Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio were being considered. [28] Bainbridge Township and Cedar Fair hoped to have it resolved by the end of 2013. [29] In March 2013, Cedar Fair announced that they were putting Geauga Lake's property up for sale again. Unlike before, they were willing to sell the land in parcels. [30] Several companies showed interest in the land. [31] [32] On September 17, 2017, a plaque was unveiled in memory of the park. [33]

On August 25, 2020, it was announced that PulteGroup, a home construction company, would be building a housing development on the site of the Wildwater Kingdom parking lot. [34] PulteGroup acquired the 245 acre portion of the property that is in the city limits of Aurora, Ohio for $2 million. [35] The development, known as Renaissance Park at Geauga Lake, would include street names like "Carousel Court" and "Dipper Way" to pay tribute to former Geauga Lake attractions. [36] PulteGroup said that homes will be available for sale by March 2021. [37] In October 2020, developer Industrial Commercial Properties bought the remaining 377 acres of the property with plans to build homes, restaurants, and retail establishments there. [38]

Fate of Geauga Lake's coasters

What was left of the Geauga Lake entrance as pictured in 2011 Geauga Lake entrance 2011.jpg
What was left of the Geauga Lake entrance as pictured in 2011

Past coasters and attractions

The number of former attractions at the park reflects the different visions each of the owners had for the park. Below are some of the park's former rides that have been removed or are now operating at another amusement park.

Roller coasters

RideManufacturerModelYear OpenedYear ClosedDescription
Big Dipper John A. Miller Wooden 19252007After this coaster opened, Geauga Lake officially became an amusement park, and the ride formerly served as the park entrance gate. Former Names: The Clipper and Sky Rocket, Demolished in 2016
Wild Mouse SchiffWild Mouse coaster19581971Relocated to Chippewa Lake Park in 1972 to 1978
Little DipperNAD Comet Jr. Wooden-Family roller Coaster19521975
Cyclone Pinfari Z47 portable coaster19761980 [44]
Double Loop Arrow Dynamics Double looping steel coaster19772007Demolished
Corkscrew Arrow Dynamics Corkscrew Steel coaster19781995Relocated to MGM Dizzee World as Roller Coaster since 1996.
Raging Wolf Bobs Dinn Corporation Wooden twister coaster19882007Closed on June 16, 2007 (2 months before the park closed) due to a train derailment, Demolished between 2011-2014
Head Spin Vekoma Steel boomerang coaster19962007Formerly known as Mind Eraser, now open at Carowinds as The Flying Cobras
Thunderhawk Vekoma Steel Looping Coaster19982007Formerly known as Serial Thriller, now open at Michigan's Adventure
Beaver Land Mine Ride Zierer Steel Kiddie Coaster20002007Formerly known as Road Runner Express, now operates at Papéa Parc in Yvré-l'Evêque, France
Dominator Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless steel coaster20002007Formerly known as Batman: Knight Flight, now open at Kings Dominion
Steel Venom Intamin Impulse steel coaster20002006Formerly known as Superman: Ultimate Escape, now open at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom as Possessed
Villain Custom Coasters International Wooden/steel hybrid coaster20002007Demolished
X-Flight Vekoma Flying Dutchman 20012006Relocated to Kings Island as Firehawk. This ride was closed and demolished 2018 to make room for Orion.

Other attractions

RideYear OpenedYear ClosedDescription
Americana19992007Ferris wheel, moved from Old Indiana Fun Park, now open at Kings Dominion in 2009.
Bayern Kurve19741981Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve
Bel-Aire Express19692006Monorail
Big Ditch19731985Boat ride
Black Squid 19702007Eyerly Spider, relocated to Kings Dominion but was in too poor of condition to reassemble
Boardwalk Typhoon2007Eli Bridge Scrambler, sold to Schlitterbahn water parks
Bounty20012007Chance Sea Dragon, sold to Schlitterbahn water parks
Bug1977Traver Tumble Bug
Calypso19751986Ramagosa Calypso
Carousel19372007Marcus Illions Grand Carousel, relocated to Worlds of Fun in 2011
Casino19911999Chance Casino
Dodgems19832007Bumper cars
El Dorado19912007Weber 1001 Nachts pendulum ride. Moved to Kings Dominion in 2009 but was closed in 2011 to make room for WindSeeker
Euroracers Grand Prix19871999Go Karts
Ferris Wheel19691998Eli Bridge Ferris Wheel
Ferry Boats20012005Two Ferry Boats operated as Cuyahoga Queen and Aurora Belle
Fly-O-Planes19521985Eyerly FLy-O-Planes
Flying Scooters19581999 Flying Scooters
Geauga Lake Stadium19752007Lakeside stadium originally built to host Sea World's water-ski shows
Geauga Queen1980Boat ride
Giant Slide1980Sack slide
Grizzly Run19962007Intamin Water rapids ride
Harbor Theatre199820074-D Cinema
Hay Baler19762007Mack Matterhorn
Kidworks Playzone20002007Kiddie rides area formerly known as Looney Tunes Boomtown, rides relocated to Cedar Point in the Planet Snoopy section of the park in 2008.
LEGO Racers 4-D200720074-D Cinema film
Lighthouse Cruise19852000Boat ride
Merry Oldies19722007Arrow Dynamics Antique Cars
Mission: Bermuda Triangle20002004Simulator film
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall19972005 Intamin first generation freefall, scrapped, parts salvaged for Demon Drop
Muzik Express19782002Spinning Himalaya-type ride
Palace Theatre19772007Entertainment Venue that was the park's Fun House from the 1940s through 1976.
Pepsi Plunge19722007Log Flume formerly known as Gold Rush
Pirates 4-D Adventure199820044-D Cinema film
Pirates Flight20022007Zamperala Balloon Race with Pirate theme
Power City Stage19932007Amphitheatre formerly known as Gotham City Stage
Ripcord19992007 Skycoaster
Robots of Mars200520064-D Cinema film replaced by LEGO
Rock-O-Planes19531982Eyerly Rock-O-Planes
Roll-O-Planesearly 50'smid 70'sEyerly Roll-O-Plane
Rotor19812000 Rotor-type ride
Shipwreck Falls20002007Shoot-the-Chutes water ride. Relocated to Celebration City in 2008, then closed in 2008.
Silver Bullet19762003HUSS Park Attractions enterprise ride
Skyscraper [48] 19742007Observation tower, dismantled
Starfish20032007Spinning family ride
Texas Twister 19932007The first HUSS top spin in America, it was relocated to California's Great America as Firefall in 2008. It was removed in 2016.
Thunder Alley Speedway19982007Go-karts
Time Warp19992007Chance Inverter thrill ride
Yo-Yo19812007Chance Yo-Yo chairswing ride, was at Carowinds 2008-2022.
Tilt-A-Whirl1999Operated at Geauga Lake, Operated at Wyandot Lake (Columbus Zoo) from 2000 to 2017, relocated to Funtimes Park for 2018

Looney Tunes Boomtown

RideDescriptionNow Known As:
Taz's TwisterZamperla Mini Tea CupsWoodstock Whirlybirds
Daffy's Deep DiverZamperla Crazy BusSnoopy's Deep Sea Divers
Tweety's Club HouseZamperla Jumpin' StarKite Eating Tree
Wile E. Coyote Canyon BlasterZamperla Samba BalloonsFlying Ace Balloon Race
Yosemite Sam BoomTown ExpressSnoopy's Express Railroad
Speedy Gonzales' Trucking CompanyPEANUTS Road Rally
Marvin the Martian Rocket Ship RideSnoopy's Space Race

Hurricane Harbor

RideYear OpenedYear ClosedDescription
Shark Attack200320053 raft slides
Hurricane Mountain20032005America's largest water slide complex at the time
Stingray Wet Slides19872005Speed Slides
Neptune Falls198220053 body slides
Hook's Lagoon19972005Water tree house
Turtle Beach19892005Kids play area
The Rampage19821996Water Tobbogan, replaced by Hook's Lagoon
Hurricane Bay20002005Wave pool
Calypso Creek20002005Lazy River
The Wave19841999Wave pool, removed to make way for Looney Tunes Boomtown

Previous names and management

This property has changed hands several times, although there were only four ownership changes in the 124-year span from 1872 to 1996.

The park was originally two parks: Geauga Lake and SeaWorld Ohio. Geauga Lake became Six Flags Ohio in 2000; before the 2001 season SeaWorld was purchased by Six Flags and the entire complex was combined and renamed Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

Amusement ParkMarine Park
YearNameOwnerManagerNameOwnerManager
1872Giles Pond / Picnic LakeSullivan Giles-Same-
1888Geauga LakeAlexander G. Kent-Same-
1925Geauga LakeWilliam J. Kuhlman-Same-
1945Geauga LakeCarl Adrion, Harvey Schryer, & Charles Schryer-Same-
1968Geauga Lake Funtime, Inc. Gaspar Lococo, Earl Gascoigne, Dale Van Voorhis, & Milford Jacobson
1970 SeaWorld Ohio SeaWorld Milton C. Shedd, Ken Norris, David Dement, and George Millay
1976 SeaWorld Ohio Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
Combined Amusement/Water Park
1983Geauga Lake Funtime, Inc.
Fall 1989 SeaWorld Ohio Anheuser-Busch Daniel Trausch
1996Geauga Lake Premier Parks Gaspar Lococo
1998Geauga Lake Six Flags
1999 SeaWorld Cleveland Anheuser-Busch
2000Six Flags Ohio Six Flags Jack Bateman, Daniel Trausch, Joe Costa
Combined Amusement/Water/Marine Park
NameOwnerManager
2001-2003Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure Six Flags Rick McCurly
Combined Amusement/Water Park
NameOwnerManager
2004Geauga Lake Cedar Fair Bill Spehn
2005–2007Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom Cedar Fair Bill Spehn

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The Roller Coaster is a steel roller coaster located Papéa Parc amusement park in Yvré-l'Evêque, France, formerly known as Beaver Land Mine Ride at Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio. It was a standard production model junior coaster from Zierer. It is known for having the longest train of any coaster at Papea Parc, and it is also the only coaster in the park to complete a full circuit twice while in operation.

SeaWorld Ohio was a theme park and marine zoological park, located in Aurora, Ohio. It was owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, formerly known as Busch Entertainment Corporation. The Ohio location was the second SeaWorld park to be built in the chain, following SeaWorld San Diego which opened just six years earlier. The park was developed by George Millay, founder of the SeaWorld brand. Wildwater Kingdom, a waterpark built by Cedar Fair in 2005, occupied the property until its closure in September 2016.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Firehawk (roller coaster)</span> Former roller coaster at Kings Island

Firehawk was a flying roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Manufactured by Vekoma, it originally opened as X-Flight at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure on May 26, 2001, billed as the Midwest's first and only flying roller coaster. Cedar Fair purchased Worlds of Adventure in 2004 and began efforts to downsize the park. X-Flight was relocated to Kings Island following the 2006 season, where it reopened as Firehawk on May 26, 2007.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Possessed (roller coaster)</span> Launched roller coaster at Dorney Park

Possessed is an Inverted Impulse launched roller coaster located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel, the roller coaster originally debuted at Six Flags Ohio amusement park as Superman: Ultimate Escape on May 5, 2000. After Cedar Fair purchased the park and renamed it back to Geauga Lake in early 2004, the coaster was immediately renamed Steel Venom. The ride closed in 2006 and was moved to Dorney Park. It reopened in 2008 briefly under the name Voodoo, and was renamed Possessed for the 2009 season. The model is identical to five other impulse coaster installations at other amusement parks. A larger version called Wicked Twister was located at Cedar Point until its closure in September 2021.

Amusement rides and stunt shows themed to the Batman franchise its derivative elements are commonly found at Warner Bros. and Six Flags amusement parks across the world.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Flying Cobras</span> Roller coaster at Carowinds

The Flying Cobras is a steel boomerang roller coaster manufactured by Vekoma. It is located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the County Fair section of the park. The Flying Cobras was the first roller coaster addition to Carowinds following the park's purchase by Cedar Fair in 2006. It originally debuted in 1996 at Geauga Lake in Ohio as The Mind Eraser, and was later known as Head Spin from 2004 to 2007 after Geauga Lake was purchased by Cedar Fair. After Geauga Lake closed in 2007, the coaster was relocated to Carowinds in 2009 and renamed Carolina Cobra. Following the 2016 season, the roller coaster was refurbished and renamed again in 2017.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Impulse roller coaster</span>

An Impulse roller coaster is a form of a launched inverted roller coaster manufactured by Intamin. The first Impulse roller coaster appeared in Japan, and the ride type has since evolved to include four specific layouts, three of these varieties being built in the United States. It uses LIMs to launch a train out of the station and up a vertical spiral. The train then falls backward, is powered again through the station, and heads up a back tower. The train then falls forward, and continues in this fashion for a total of 2½ cycles per ride. On the final forward launch, with a slightly reduced speed, the train is sent up the front tower, and brakes then deploy on the launch track. The train then slows down and heads back into the station.

Wildwater Kingdom was a water park located in Aurora and Bainbridge Township, Ohio, United States. Owned by Cedar Fair, the park opened in 2005 as part of the larger Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom resort. The site was previously the location of SeaWorld Ohio (1970–2000) and later served as the marine life section of the larger Six Flags Worlds of Adventure (2001–2003). Worlds of Adventure was purchased by Cedar Fair in 2004 and the marine life area was converted into a water park for the 2005 season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Martin & Vleminckx</span>

Martin & Vleminckx is a roller coaster manufacturing and construction company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with an affiliated office and manufacturing facility in Haines City, Florida, United States, and two subsidiaries, including a warehouse, in China.

Mission: Bermuda Triangle was a motion simulator attraction that operated at the SeaWorld parks and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. The ride was themed to the legend and mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. This attraction was replaced by Wild Arctic at the two SeaWorld parks.

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