|Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom|
Aurora, Ohio, USA
Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom was an amusement park in Aurora, Ohio that closed on September 16, 2007. The water park, however, remained open until September 5th, 2016 when Wildwater Kingdom closed. All buildings, and roller coasters not sold were demolished. Big Dipper was the last one to stand until October of 2016, when it was finally demolished due to trespassers climbing on the rotting structure.
Geauga Lake was founded in 1887 and started out as a picnic meadow before it was soon home to a ballroom, and a steamboat that hosted dance parties on weekends. In 1925 the Big Dipper opened and it was the fastest and tallest rollercoaster of its time. Sea World opened across the lake in 1970. Geauga Lake was bought by Premier Parks in 1995 and they added Mind Eraser and Grizzly Run. Renamed Six Flags Ohio in 2000, the park opened 20 new rides including 4 major rollercoasters. Villain, Batman Knight Flight, Superman: Ultimate Escape, and X-Flight. In 2001 Anheuser Busch (the owner of the adjacent Sea World) wanted to buy Six Flags Ohio. Six Flags countered Sea World’s offer and bought Sea World for $110 million. Sea World would be combined with Six Flags. The park opened up as Six Flags World Of Adventure in 2001 and became the largest amusement park in the entire world. In 2004, 4 years after the park was called Six Flags and 3 years after it combined with Sea World, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was purchased by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. They changed the name back to Geauga Lake and eliminated everything having to do with Looney Tunes or Marvel characters. If that wasn’t enough they also changed the names of all the popular rides and rollercoasters. Cedar Fair wanted nothing to do with animals so the Sea World side of the park was left with only climbing nets, a 4D simulator and rides. The park removed X-Flight and Steel Venom (Superman) from the park in hopes to give off a more local and family feel to the park. In 2007 the park shut down the Raging Wolf Bobs at the beginning of the season and eliminated the spring and Halloween events and closed on September 16, 2007.
Past roller coasters (10)
|Big Dipper||John A. Miller||Wooden||1925||2007||-|
|Beaver Land Mine Ride||Zierer||Family||2000||2007||Papea City|
|Dominator||Bolliger & Mabillard||Floorless||2000||2007||Kings Dominion|
|Double Loop||Arrow Dynamics||Sit-Down||1977||2007||-|
|Steel Venom||Intamin AG||Shuttle||2000||2006||Dorney Park|
|Raging Wolf Bobs||Dinn Corporation||Wooden||1988||2007||N/A|
|Villain||Custom Coasters International, Inc.||Wooden||2000||2007||N/A|