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Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
is an abandoned theme park in Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio, United States. 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. In 1969, the park was sold to Funtime, Inc., and was expanded over the years with additional rides and amenities. Further expansion occurred in the mid and late 1990s after Funtime's acquisition by Premier Parks in 1995. Prior to the 2000 season, soon after Premier Parks acquired Six Flags, the park was re-branded as Six Flags
Six Flags
Ohio and four new roller coasters were added. A year later, Six Flags bought the adjacent SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio
Ohio
and combined the two parks under the name Six Flags
Six Flags
Worlds of Adventure. The park changed ownership again in 2004 after a purchase by Cedar Fair. The park's SeaWorld
SeaWorld
portion was transformed into a water park in 2005, and together they became known as Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
and Wildwater Kingdom. On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
announced the closing of the amusement park in 2008, and that the property would operate solely as a water park under the title Wildwater Kingdom. Cedar Fair announced Wildwater Kingdom would not reopen after the 2016 season.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Pre-amusement park era 1.2 1887–1969: Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
amusement park 1.3 1969–2000: Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
amusement park (Funtime era) 1.4 2000–2004: Six Flags
Six Flags
era 1.5 2004–2007: Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
era 1.6 Closing and land redevelopment

2 Fate of Geauga Lake's coasters 3 Past coasters and attractions 4 Previous names and management 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit] Pre-amusement park era[edit] Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
was originally known as "Picnic Lake" or "Giles Pond."[1] The Geauga Lake
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
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
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
Geauga Lake
amusement park[edit] Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
park was established in 1887. Three major league baseball games were played on Sundays at Geauga Lake
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.

William J. Kuhlman expanded the park in 1925. At that time, Geauga Lake built the Big Dipper, the largest wooden roller coaster of its time, 2,800 feet (850 m) long and 65 feet (20 m) high. Geauga Lake's Olympic-sized swimming pool was built, and it stayed in operation until the mid-1960s. On Sunday, July 11, 1926, Olympic medalist and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller
Johnny Weissmuller
set a new world record in the 220-yard free style 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 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
Geauga Lake
amusement park (Funtime era)[edit] In 1969, Funtime Incorporated purchased the park. The focus continued to be rides and swimming. The racetrack closed and was razed in 1969. In 1970 a marine life park, SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio, was built across the lake from the amusement park after Funtime persuaded SeaWorld
SeaWorld
to build the marine park on the other side of the lake. SeaWorld
SeaWorld
and Geauga Lake were friendly neighbors for 30 years working together to become a regional destination. SeaWorld
SeaWorld
focused on marine life and shows, while Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
focused on thrill rides and swimming. SeaWorld
SeaWorld
was purchased by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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
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
Geauga Lake
the first amusement park in Ohio
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 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. In 1988, Geauga Lake
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
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
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. In 1998, Premier Parks purchased Six Flags
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
Skycoaster
were added. Premier Parks re-branded Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
in 2000 as Six Flags
Six Flags
Ohio. 2000–2004: Six Flags
Six Flags
era[edit]

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

In 2000, Geauga Lake
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.[11] 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
Looney Tunes
themed kids' area known as Looney Tunes Boomtown. Busch Entertainment
Busch Entertainment
determined that its SeaWorld
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
Six Flags
Ohio's close proximity, as well as the fact that the SeaWorld
SeaWorld
side of the lake had height restrictions, Busch approached Six Flags
Six Flags
about buying the Six Flags
Six Flags
park. Six Flags
Six Flags
then made a counter offer to instead buy SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio. That winter, Six Flags purchased SeaWorld
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
Six Flags
created the largest theme park in the world to date, at 700 acres.[12] The SeaWorld
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 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
Vekoma
Flying roller coaster
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
Cedar Fair
era[edit]

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
Cedar Point
located 85 miles (137 km) away, was announced. The deal was finalized less than a month later for $145 million.[13] The park was immediately "unflagged", "unbranded", and reverted to the name Geauga Lake. The Six Flags
Six Flags
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
characters and DC superhero branding was removed. To conform with copyright laws, the names of many of the rides and roller coasters were changed. The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Boomtown kids area was renamed Kidsworks. The Hurricane Harbor
Hurricane Harbor
water park area was renamed Hurricane Hannah's Waterpark. The marine life side was shut down immediately before opening. The animals were retained by Six Flags and relocated to other parks such as Six Flags
Six Flags
Marine World and Wild Safari. While most of the marine area was razed, the amusement park area attractions and rides remained the same except for name changes. As part of Cedar Fair's 2004 purchase of Geauga Lake, many of the coasters received new names as Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
does not own the rights to DC Comics
DC Comics
characters. Below is a list of renamed rides:

Batman: Knight Flight lost the Batman theming and opened in 2004 under the name of Dominator Mind Eraser was renamed Head Spin Serial Thriller was renamed Thunderhawk Superman: Ultimate Escape was renamed Steel Venom Road Runner Express was renamed the Beaver Land Mine Ride

In 2005, Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
invested $26 million in Wildwater Kingdom, a new water park on the former SeaWorld
SeaWorld
site, which resulted in the name being altered slightly to Geauga Lake
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.[14] 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
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. Closing and land redevelopment[edit]

One of the last standing rides, Ripcord, pictured in 2011

In 2007 the summer-only operation of Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
continued. Rumors ranging from the total closing of Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
to closing everything except the water park to scaling back the rides area even more were rampant. Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
refused to comment on the rumors. The 2007 Oktoberfest held on September 14–16, 2007, was the final weekend for the amusement park. On Friday, September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced its decision to permanently close the ride side of Geauga Lake park and that Wildwater Kingdom side would reopen exclusively as a water park called Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom.[15] This led to efforts to save Geauga Lake, especially landmarks such as the Big Dipper and the Carousel, including an online petition and letters to public officials. Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
placed the land of the amusement park side of the park 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.[16] As late as January 2013, the Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
side was still for sale and projects similar to Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio
Ohio
were being considered.[17] Bainbridge Township and Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
hoped to have it resolved by the end of 2013.[18] In March 2013, Cedar Fair
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.[19] Several companies showed interest in the land.[20][21] On September 17, 2017, a plaque was unveiled in memory of the park.[22] Fate of Geauga Lake's coasters[edit]

What's left of the Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
entrance, pictured in 2011

Beaver Land Mine Ride: Sold to Papéa City amusement park in Yvré-l'Evêque, France Big Dipper: The roller coaster was listed for auction on eBay in 2010 but failed to receive a bid;[23] it was demolished in October 2016.[24] Dominator: Now open at Kings Dominion Double Loop: Demolished, sold to Cleveland Scrap for $25,000 Head Spin: Now open at Carowinds
Carowinds
as The Flying Cobras Cyclone: Now Avalanche and travels with Amusements of America.[25] Removed in 1980.[26] Little Dipper: Removed in 1975 Raging Wolf Bobs: Demolished. Purchased for $2,500 at auction; some wood and track sold in online auctions;[27] steel track, station, and all mechanical elements removed in 2008; part of track and car donated to Geauga County Historical Society;[28] Steel Venom: Now open at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom as Possessed Thunderhawk: Now open at Michigan's Adventure Villain: Demolished, sold to Cleveland Scrap for $2,500 Wild Mouse: Relocated in 1972 to Chippewa Lake Park. Was taken down in Spring 2013 at Chippewa Lake Park. X-Flight: Now open at Kings Island
Kings Island
as Firehawk

Past coasters and attractions[edit] 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.

Ride Year Opened Year Closed Description

Americana 1999 2007 Ferris wheel, now open at Kings Dominion

Bayern Curve 1974 1980 Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve

Beaver Land Mine Ride 2000 2007 Zierer steel kiddie coaster formerly known as Road Runner Express, now operates at Papea City in Yvré-l'Evêque, France

Bel-Aire Express 1969 2006 Monorail

Big Dipper 1925 2007 John A. Miller wooden coaster. The park officially became an amusement park when this coaster opened. The ride formerly served as the park entrance gate. Former Names: The Clipper and Sky Rocket, demolished

Big Ditch 1973 1985 Boat ride

Black Squid 1970 2007 Eyerly Spider, relocated to Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion
but was in too poor of condition to reassemble

Boardwalk Typhoon

2007 Eli Bridge Scrambler, sold to Schlitterbahn water parks

Bounty 2001 2007 Chance Sea Dragon, sold to Schlitterbahn water parks

Bug

1977 Traver Tumble Bug

Calypso 1975 1986 Ramagosa Calypso

Carousel 1937 2007 Marcus Illions Grand Carousel, relocated to Worlds of Fun
Worlds of Fun
in 2011

Casino 1991 1999 Chance Casino

Corkscrew 1978 1995 Arrow Dynamics corkscrew steel coaster, Relocated to MGM Dizzee World as Roller Coaster since 1996.

Cyclone 1976 1980 Pinfari Z47 portable coaster[26]

Dodgems 1983 2007 Bumper cars

Dominator 2000 2007 Bolliger & Mabillard floorless steel coaster formerly known as Batman: Knight Flight, now open at Kings Dominion

Double Loop 1977 2007 Arrow Dynamics double looping steel coaster, demolished

El Dorado 1991 2007 Weber 1001 Nachts pendulum ride. Moved to Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion
but was closed in 2011 to make room for WindSeeker

Euroracers Grand Prix 1987 1999 Go Karts

Ferris Wheel 1969 1998 Eli Bridge Ferris Wheel

Ferry Boats 2001 2005 Two Ferry Boats operated as Cuyahoga Queen and Aurora Belle

Flying Scooters 1958 1999 Flying Scooters

Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
Stadium 1975 2007 Lakeside stadium originally built to host Sea World's water-ski shows

Geauga Queen

1980 Boat ride

Giant Slide

1980 Sack slide

Grizzly Run 1996 2007 Intamin
Intamin
Water rapids ride

Harbor Theatre 1998 2007 4-D Cinema

Hay Baler 1976 2007 Mack Matterhorn

Head Spin 1996 2007 Vekoma
Vekoma
steel boomerang coaster formerly known as Mind Eraser, now open at Carowinds
Carowinds
as The Flying Cobras

Hook's Lagoon 1997 2004 Water tree house

Kidworks Playzone 2000 2007 Kiddie rides area formerly known as Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Boomtown, rides located to Cedar Point
Cedar Point
in the Planet Snoopy
Planet Snoopy
section of the park

LEGO Racers 4-D 2007 2007 4-D Cinema film

Lighthouse Cruise 1985 2000 Boat ride

Little Dipper

1975 Wooden Family Coaster (NAD Comet Jr.)

Merry Oldies 1972 2007 Arrow Dynamics Antique Cars

Mission: Bermuda Triangle 2000 2004 Simulator film

Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall 1997 2005 Intamin
Intamin
first generation freefall, scraped parts for Demon Drop

Muzik Express 1978 2002 Spinning Himalaya-type ride

Palace Theatre 1977 2007 Entertainment Venue that was the park's Fun House from the 1940s through 1976

Pepsi Plunge 1972 2007 Log Flume formerly known as Gold Rush

Pirates 4-D Adventure 1998 2004 4-D Cinema film

Power City Stage 1993 2007 Amphitheatre formerly known as Gotham City Stage

Raging Wolf Bobs 1988 2007 Summers/Dinn wooden coaster, demolished

Ripcord 1999 2007 Skycoaster

Robots of Mars 2005 2006 4-D Cinema film replaced by LEGO

Rotor 1981 2000 Rotor-type ride

Shark Attack 2003 2005 Water slide tower

Shipwreck Falls 2000 2007 Shoot-the-Chutes water ride

Silver Bullet 1976 2003 HUSS Park Attractions enterprise ride

Skyscraper[29] 1974 2007 Observation tower, dismantled

Starfish 2003 2007 Spinning family ride

Steel Venom 2000 2006 Intamin
Intamin
impulse steel coaster formerly known as Superman: Ultimate Escape, now open at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom as Possessed

Texas Twister 1993 2007 The first HUSS top spin in America, it was relocated to California's Great America as Firefall. It was removed in 2016.

Thunder Alley Speedway 1998 2007 Go-karts

Thunderhawk 1998 2007 Vekoma
Vekoma
SLC steel inverted coaster formerly known as Serial Thriller, now open at Michigan's Adventure

Time Warp 1999 2007 Chance-Morgan inverter thrill ride

Villain 2000 2007 Wooden/steel hybrid coaster built by Custom Coasters International (CCI), demolished

The Wave 1984 1999 Wave pool

Wild Mouse 1958 1971 Schiff wild mouse coaster. Relocated to Chippewa Lake Park
Chippewa Lake Park
in 1972

X-Flight 2001 2006 Vekoma
Vekoma
flying steel coaster, now open at Kings Island
Kings Island
as Firehawk

Yo-Yo 1981 2007 Chance-Morgan Yo-Yo chairswing ride, now open at Carowinds

Previous names and management[edit] It is not uncommon for amusement parks to be sold and this property has changed hands a number of 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
Geauga Lake
and SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio. Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
became Six Flags
Six Flags
Ohio
Ohio
in 2000; before the 2001 season SeaWorld
SeaWorld
was purchased by Six Flags
Six Flags
and the entire complex was combined and renamed Six Flags
Six Flags
Worlds of Adventure.

Amusement Park Marine Park

Year Name Owner Manager Name Owner Manager

1872 Giles Pond / Picnic Lake Sullivan Giles -Same-

1888 Geauga Lake Alexander G. Kent -Same-

1925 Geauga Lake William J. Kuhlman -Same-

1945 Geauga Lake Carl Adrion, Harvey Schryer, & Charles Schryer -Same-

1968 Geauga Lake Funtime Inc. Gaspar Lococo, Earl Gascoigne, Dale Van Voorhis, & Milford Jacobson

1970

SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio SeaWorld Milton C. Shedd, Ken Norris, David Dement, and George Millay

1976

SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Combined Amusement/Water Park

1983 Geauga Lake Funtime Inc.

Fall 1989

SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Ohio Anheuser-Busch Daniel Trausch

1996 Geauga Lake Premier Parks Gaspar Lococo

1998 Geauga Lake Six Flags

1999

SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Cleveland Anheuser-Busch

2000 Six Flags
Six Flags
Ohio Six Flags Jack Bateman, Daniel Trausch, Joe Costa

Combined Amusement/Water/Marine Park

Name Owner Manager

2001-2003 Six Flags
Six Flags
Worlds Of Adventure Six Flags Rick McCurly

Combined Amusement/Water Park

Name Owner Manager

2004 Geauga Lake Cedar Fair Bill Spehn

2005–2007 Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
& Wildwater Kingdom Cedar Fair Bill Spehn

References[edit]

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Geauga Lake
to become Six Flags
Six Flags
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agrees to sell Ohio
Ohio
park for $145M". Pittsburgh Business Times. March 10, 2004. Retrieved July 5, 2012.  ^ " Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
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Geauga Lake
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Geauga Lake
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Geauga Lake
eyesore". WEWS-TV. Retrieved January 26, 2013.  ^ Bullard, Stan. " Geauga Lake
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land". wkyc.com. WKYC. Retrieved July 13, 2015.  ^ Bullard, Stan (May 11, 2014). "Developers are sizing up massive Geauga Lake
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Further reading[edit]

Smolko, Tom; Joe Taylor (2014). Geauga Lake: Sunrise to Sunset. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Landmarks Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-936760-36-0. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Geauga Lake.

Geauga Lake
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at the Roller Coaster DataBase Official Site of Wildwater Kingdom Aurora Historical Society, has a large collection of GL and Sea World items and history Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
Park 1888-2007- Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
Park, Today and Forever. Photos and maps Ryder, Diane (2009-06-09). "Wildwater Kingdom survives". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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American Adventures Atlantis AstroWorld AutoWorld Belgium Bellewaerde Darien Lake Elitch Gardens Frontier City Holland Kentucky Kingdom Movieland Wax Museum New Orleans Power Plant Splashtown Walibi Aquitaine Walibi Rhône-Alpes Walibi Lorraine Warner Bros. Movie World Germany Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid White Water Bay Wild Waves and Enchanted Village Worlds of Adventure Wyandot Lake

Upcoming locations

Bishan Dubai Zhejiang

Other topics

Fright Fest Glow in the Park Parade Holiday in the Park Kidzopolis Incidents at Six Flags
Six Flags
parks Mr. Six Six Flags
Six Flags
Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark Six Flags
Six Flags
Hurricane Harbor Six Flags
Six Flags
Wild Safari Whistlestop Park

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Former rides at Geauga Lake

Roller coasters

Beaver Land Mine Ride Big Dipper Double Loop Dominator Head Spin Raging Wolf Bobs Steel Venom Thunderhawk Villain X-Flight

Rides

Shipwreck F

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