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Geauga Lake - It's Gonna Be Fun! (2004)

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Published on Nov 23, 2006

NOTE: Due to some strong comments, including on the border of personal attacks, comments have been removed. This video is for documentary purposes, and not for stirring debates as to who is to blame for Geauga Lake's demise and closure.

"The Fun is Back!" The television commercial from 2004, the park's first season under its ownership by Cedar Fair.

Geauga Lake was bought by Premier Parks in 1996, who later went on to buy the Six Flags theme parks. To compete with Cedar Point, the traditional park added five coasters over two years, and renamed the park Six Flags Ohio in 2000. In 2001, Six Flags bought the adjacent Sea World property from Busch, and combined the two into one gate as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. But faltering attendance and reports of poor customer service tainted the park's reputation, and was sold to Cedar Fair, L.P., the owner of competitor Cedar Point prior to the start of the 2004 season.

Cedar Fair changed the park's name back to Geauga Lake, and marketed it as a family amusement park. The wildlife section was closed, and was redeveloped into a large new water park, Wildwater Kingdom for 2005.

Since attendance has been stagnant and disappointing recently, one of the large coasters, X-Flight, was dismantled after the 2006 season, and was relocated to Kings Island, near Cincinnati, which Cedar Fair acquired as part of the Paramount Parks chain from CBS in June 2006. The coaster was repainted and renamed Firehawk, and is located next to Flight of Fear. Also removed after 2006 was the Bellaire Express monorail, and the Steel Venom roller coaster. SV is rumored to be relocated to Dorney Park in Allentown, PA in 2008.

After four years of ownership, and declining attendance, Cedar Fair pulled the plug on this amusement park after the 2007 season, while continuing to operate the Wildwater Kingdom water park. Many rides were relocated to other Cedar Fair properties, others sold, others demolished. Many are still wondering what will become of the historic Big Dipper, which remains on site.

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