Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom

Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
Geauga Lake's Logo.jpg
amusement park
Aurora, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1887 to September 16, 2007
Owner Cedar Fair
Previous names Six Flags Worlds of Adventure

Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom was an amusement park in Aurora, Ohio, USA. First opening in 1887 as a local recreational area; Geauga lake would gain its first ride, a steam powered carousel, in 1889. It closed on September 16, 2007. The water park continued to operate until September 5, 2016.

History[edit | edit source]

View of Thunderhawk and Dominator.
The entrance in 2005.

In 1969, a group of former Cedar Point executives formed Funtime Parks and purchased Geauga Lake.[1] The company owned the park until 15 August 1995, when it was sold to Premier Parks as part of a $60 million deal in which it acquired Geauga Lake, Darien Lake, and Wyandot Lake.[2]

It was renamed Six Flags Ohio in 2000.[3] In 2001, the nearby SeaWorld Ohio became an animal park and became Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

After the 2003 season, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was struggling as it faced financial problems. In 2004, the park was sold to Cedar Fair.[4] The DC Comics and Bugs Bunny franchise were replaced by Peanuts franchise and some of the rides were renamed. The animal park was also removed and Hurricane Harbor became Hurricane Hannah's.

In 2005, Wildwater Kingdom opened in the former animal park.

Staring in 2006, Geauga Lake began to downsize the attractions, because Cedar Fair wanted Geauga Lake to become a small family park, like Michigan's Adventure. Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall was dismantled prior to the 2006 season. In addition, the Halloween Haunt event was removed and Geauga Lake began to run from Memorial Day weekend to mid-September.

Geauga Lake's final operating day was September 16, 2007. Five days later, Cedar Fair would publicly announce the park's closure on September 21, 2007. The rides were dismantled and sold to other Cedar Fair parks. However, Wildwater Kingdom remained open for the next few years.[5]

On August 19, 2016, Cedar Fair announced that Wildwater Kingdom would close on September 5 and would not reopen for the 2017 season.[6]

Former roller coasters (14)[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Beaver Land Mine Ride Zierer Family 2000 2007 -
Big Dipper John A. Miller Wooden 1925 2007 -
Corkscrew Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1978 1995 MGM Dizzee World
Cyclone Pinfari Sit-Down 1976 1980 Holiday World
Dominator Bolliger & Mabillard Floorless 2000 2007 Kings Dominion
Double Loop Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1977 2007 -
Head Spin Vekoma Shuttle 1996 2007 Carowinds
Little Dipper National Amusement Device Company Wooden Family 1952 - 1962 1975 -
Raging Wolf Bobs Dinn Corporation Wooden 1988 2007 -
Steel Venom Intamin Shuttle 2000 2006 Dorney Park
Thunderhawk Vekoma Inverted 1998 2007 Michigan's Adventure
Villain Custom Coasters International, Inc. Wooden 2000 2007 -
Wild Mouse B. A. Schiff & Associates Wild Mouse Unknown Unknown Chippewa Lake Park
X-Flight Vekoma Flying 2001 2006 Kings Island

Closed attractions[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Americana Chance Rides Ferris Wheel 1999 2007 Relocated to Kings Dominion
Bellaire Express Unknown Monorail 1969 2006 Scrapped
Black Squid Eyerly Aircraft Company Polyp 1970 2007 Scrapped
Boardwalk Typhoon Eli Bridge Company Scrambler 2001 2007 Scrapped
Bounty Chance Rides Pirate Ship 2001 2007 Scrapped
Carousel Marcus Illions Carousel 1937 2007 Relocated to Worlds of Fun
Dodgems Unknown Dodgems 1983 2007 Scrapped
El Dorado Weber 1001 Nights 1991 2011 Relocated to Kings Dominion
Grizzly Run Intamin River Rapids 1996 2007 Scrapped
Hay Baler Mack Rides Matterhorn 1976 2007 Scrapped
Merry Oldies Arrow Dynamics Antique Cars 1972 2007 Scrapped
Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall Intamin Free Fall 1997 2005 Scrapped
Pepsi Plunge Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1972 2007 Scrapped
RipCord Sky Fun 1 Inc. Skycoaster 1999 2007 Scrapped
Shipwreck Falls Hopkins Shoot The Chute 2000 2007 Scrapped
Silver Bullet HUSS Enterprise 1976 2003 Scrapped
Skyscraper Intamin Gyro Tower 1974 2007 Scrapped
Starfish Chance Rides Wipeout 2003 2007 Scrapped
Texas Twister HUSS Top Spin 1993 2007 Relocated to California's Great America
Thunder Alley Speedway J&J Amusements Go-Karts 1998 2007 Scrapped
Time Warp Chance Rides Inverter 1999 2007 Scrapped
Yo Yo Chance Rides Waveswinger 1981 2007 Relocated to Carowinds

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