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Park Ownership
1888 to 1923 - Unknown
1924 to 1945 - William J. Kuhlman
1945 to 1968 - Carl Adrian, Harvey Schryer and Charles Schryer.
1969 to 1995 - Funtime Inc.
1996 to 1998 - Premiere Parks
1999 to 2003 - Six Flags Inc.
2004 to Present - Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Name Changes
? to 1887 - Refered to the North Side of the Lake as "Picnic Lake" or "Giles Pond"
1888 to 1995 - Geauga Lake
1996 - Geauga Lake An American Classic
1997 - Geauga Lake The Great Escape
1998 to 1999 - Geauga Lake An American Classic
2000 - Six Flags Ohio
2001 to 2003 - Six Flags Worlds of Adventure
2004 - Geauga Lake Family Amusement Park
2005 to 2007 - Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
2008 to ? - Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom

History

1817
-A log cabin is the first structure built near the lake.

1856
-Erie Railroad lays track along side the lake.

1872
-Sullivan Giles establises a picnic area near the lake.
-The lake becomes known as "Picnic Lake"
-The train station welcoming passangers becam known as "Pond Station."

1887
-Early visitors refered to the North Side of the Lake as "Picnic Lake" or "Giles Pond"
and frequented the area to camp, picnic, and fish.
-Alexander G. Kent built his first 75-room luxury hotel called the "Kent House."

1888
-Geauga Lake opens as a picnic area at the end of a trolley line.
-A steamboat towing a barge equipped with a floating dance floor was opperated.

1889
-The first ride is added to the park, a primitive steam powered carousel.

1921
-A ballroom is built by the lakeshore.

1924
-William J. Kuhlman constructed Geauga Lake Park in the 24/25 Winter.

1925
-Geauga Lake park opens on June 20th.
-The Skyrocket (Big Dipper) opens. The ride cost $50,000. (Contradicting documentation
says that Skyrocket opened in 1924.
-The Whip opens.
-The Dodgem opens.
-Aerial Swing opens.
-Miniature railroad opens.
-Free admission and parking for 5,000 automobiles.
-Other park offerings included: a baseball diamond, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, an athletic
field, spacious picnic groves, 100 rental row boats, the country's largest shooting gallery,
midway games, food services, and dancing.
-An Olympic-size swimming pool opened in July. It was 110ftx300ft and up to 14ft deep.

1926
-On July 18th, 1924 ans 1928 Olympic record holder Johnny Weissmuller breaks the world 220-yard
free-style swimming record. He was one of the first men to portray Tarzan.

1927
-John King and Homer Kline build the Bainbridge Park race track on land adjacent to the park.

1934
-An open-air theater is constructed. Nightly operas are staged for 14 weeks.

1937
-The 1926 Marcus Illions Carousel is added. The ride cost $35,000. This 64-horse, hand-carved
masterpiece is one of the only remaining operational Illions carousels in the world. Some
documentation says it is from 1918.
-A boxing training cam was set up by Willie "Young" Stribling for his world heavyweight
fight against Max Schmeling in Cleveland.

1939
-The Ballroom and Dancehall open. Entertainers include the Bigband performers Shep Fields
and Guy Lombardo.

Late 1930's
-The Aeroplane ride is updated with new stainless-steel rocket cars and renamed Rockets.

1941
-A mini-cyclone sweeps through the park, leveling buildings, knocking down trees and
demolishing part of the Skyrocket (Big Dipper). The park reported $50,000 in damage and six people
were injured.

1945
-William J. Kuhlman is killed in an automobile accident.
-The park is sold to Carl Adrian, Harvey Schryer and Charles Schryer.

1947
-An early season fire destroys the bathhouse and nearly spreads to the roller coaster and fun house.
-The park is sued for $75,000 when a Cleveland boy suffered som eparalysis after an injury
on the Dodgem ride.

1947-1950
-Skyrocket is renamed Clipper and the trains are replaced with streamlined metal cars.

1952
-A fire rips through the park damaging the bowling alley, theater, dance hall and roller
rink. The coaster was saved by the Aurora Fire Dept. The estimated damage was $500,000.
When the new dance hall and skating rink were built, it cost $100,000.

1953
-Though admission was free, park attendance for the 1953 season was estimated
between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000.

1954
-A nightwatchman was severly wounded when safe crackers unsuccessfuly attempted to steal $20,000.
$500,000 is invested over the first 8 years since the new ownership took over.

1958?
-Wild Mouse Opens.

1969
-Funtime, Inc. purchases Geauga Lake. Funtime Inc. was established by the 4 former Cedar Point
executives: Earl Gascoigne, Gasper Lococo, Dale Van Voorhis and Milford Jacobson.
-Clipper is renamed Big Dipper.
-$500,000 is invested.
-The monorail opens.
-A new fifteen ride kiddieland opens. Rides include: The Turtle and Junior Aeroplanes.
-Ferris wheel opens. It is 52 feet high.

1970
-Sea World of Ohio opens accross the lake.
-Himalaya opens.
-Tilt-A-Whirl opens.
-Flying Scooter opens.
-Spider opens.
-Trabant opens.

1971
-Paratrooper opens
-Sky Ride opens
-Round-Up opens
-Night Fighter opens in Kiddieland
-Merry-Go-Round opens in Kiddieland
-Wharf waterfront restaurant opens. Fish and Chicken are served.
-(I have a news insert mentions the Romping Rolly Coaster in Kiddieland)
-Final season for Wild Mouse. It reopened in 1972 (+/- 1 year) at Chippewa Lake Park in Ohio.

1972
-The Main Gate is redesigned. Merry Old Mobiles antique car ride and Gold Rush log ride open.

1973
-The park goes from a ride ticket system to a pay-one-price plan.

1974
-Skyscraper opens. It is 15 stories tall with a rotating cabin.
-Old World Oktoberfest premieres.
-Big Ditch! boat ride adds new animation.
-Park currently has 48 rides.

1975
-Geauga Dog is introduced as a "fun" ambassador to visitors. The other Funbeach characters
include: Dandy Lion, Penny Panda, Gunky Monkey.

1976
-Cyclone Opens on the former spot of Little Dipper.

1977
-Double Loop opens as the first double looping coaster in America.
-Final season for Bug.
-Scrambler is relocated to Western Village.
-Park currently has 50 rides.
-Free Admission for kids 3 and under
-Free Parking

1978
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on April 29 and closes on September 4th.
-Corkscrew opens. Geauga Lake becomes the first park in Ohio to have 2 looping coasters.
-Some of the Camper/Bus Parking is used to make room for Corkscrew.
-Trabant is relocated to the former Bug location.
-Spider is relocated to West side of Corkscrew.
-Regular admission is $6.50 and Kids 3 and under are Free.

1979
-Enterprise opens.

1980
-Final season for Cyclone. It is sold to Santa Clause Land and Renamed Firecracker in 1981.
-Final season for Geauga Queen.
-Final season for Giant Slide.
-Final season for Paratrooper.
-Final season for Bayern Kurve.
-Final season for Round-Up.

1981
-Yo-Yo opens.
-Rotor opens.
-First Annual Old World Octoberfest is held.

1982
-Final season for Rock-O-Plane.
-Admission is $8.95

1983
-The Boardwalk Shores are constructed. This includes Neptune Falls with 1,200 feet
of water chutes, the Undertow a 60 foot water toboggan slide at a 55 degree angle, a new
bath house, paddle boat marina and wide boardwalk area. The 1987 Park Guide says
1600ft of slide, 360 degree turns, and 45 degree drops.
-Flying Scooters are relocated next to Corkscrew.
-Rocket Ships are relocated next to Corkscrew.
-Final season for Cuddle Up.

1984
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 12th and closes on September 3rd.
-The Wave, the only authentic Tsunami wavepool in the midwest at the time, joins Boardwalk
Shores. At 2 million gallons and 2-1/2 acres (108,900 sq. ft.), it is the 2nd largest
wave pool in the U.S. and the first pool of its kind in the U.S. to create a 6-foot
ocean-like surf every 65 seconds. In the 1987 Park Guide it says 57,000 sq. ft.
-Trabant is relocated adjacent to Spider and Corkscrew.
-Carousel is relocated to Western Village.
-Tilt-A-Whirl is relocated next to Corkscrew.

1985
-Lighthouse Cruise Boat openes.

1986
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 10th and closes on September 14th.
-The Sail Company restaurant opens.
-Rainbow Island opens as a children's dry ride area with 16 attractions including:
Carousel, Century Cycle, Critter Express, Flying Jumbos, Guppys, Horseless Highway, Lickety
Split, Pinwheel, Rainbow Racers, Salt Water Tugs, Smackers, Space Patrol, Star Shooters,
Toddling Turtles, Toot n' Hoot and Venture River canoe ride.
-Final season for Calypso.
-Final season for Super Slide.
-Final season for Beach.
-Admission is $11.95 Reduced admission after 5pm.

1987
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 9th and closes on September 20th.
-Stingray Wet Slides open. Three 75 foot slides include: a 70 foot sheer drop slide
and 2 outside racing slides with a digital timer. 400ft. of water lined track.
-Euroracer Grand Prix Raceway opens. 25 mini Formula K race cars on a 1,500 foot track.
Sponsored by SOHIO ProCare.
-New slick back to the 50's stage show called "The Heart of Rocn 'n' Roll"
-New Palace Theatre Broadway show called "That's Entertainment"
-The Kodak Variety Gazebo features the "Abra-Ca-Dazzle" magic and illusion show.
-Cinema 180 features "Galaxy of Thrills"
-The Pepsi/Buzzard 500 is held on Memorial Day weekend. WMMS, Pepsi, Sohio ProCare and others
race for the checkered flag on the all new Euroracers Grand Prix Raceway.
-"The Run to Fun" 10K & 2 mile race is held on Sunday June 14th
-A Beach Party is held on Sunday July 18th. It includes Sand Castle Building, Bikini Contests, Ice Cream Eating, prizes and a beach party concert.
-Various artists perform contemporary Christian music for an insperational concert on Saturday August 29th.
-Tilt-A-Whirl is relocated to former site of Calypso.
-Flying Scooters are relocated to Western Village.
-Trabant is relocated to former site of Ferris Wheel.
-Ferris Wheel is relocated adjacent to Trabant.
-The Undertow is renamed The Rampage
-Final Season for the Yankee Clipper Raw Bar.
-Final Season for the Main Gate Souvenir Shop
-Reduced admission after 5pm Mon to Friday. $7.95
-Children 3 years and under are Free.
-Season Passes are $39.95 and includes free admission to Darien Lake and Wyandot Lake
-Octoberfest admission is $6.95 and advanced tickets are $5.95

1988
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 7th and closes on September 25th.
-Geauga Lake celebrates it's Centennial Anniversary.
-Raging Wolf Bobs (a replica of the Chicago Riverview Bobs 1924-1967) opens at a cost of $2.5 milion.
-The Raging Wolf Bobs debuts on Memorial Day Weekend.
-ACE holds their national meeting on June 21-23 and was expected to draw 600 enthusiasts.
-You Sing Recording Studio opens.
-Nature's Harvest is added to the map though the location is already on the map.
-Matterhorn is renamed Yukon Yahoo.
-Revco Map & Information Booth is changed to CIA Camera in Action
-Garrity's Fudge is renamed Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen
-The steam powered Mississippi River boat opens and cruises you accross the lake.
-The Waterfront Deck opens in the Boardwalk Shores area.
-Special Events Area & Stage are relocated from the new Raging Wolf Bobs site to the
opposite side of the pathway.
-Eastern Resorts Theater is renamed Palace Theater
-Final season for Trabant.
-Final season for Kiddie Pool.
-Final season for the Nautical Bar.
-Final Season for Patio Barbeque
-Admission is $11.95 through July 3rd and $12.95 the remainder of the season.
Admission after 5pm and Senior Citizen admission is $7.95. Parking is $2.

1989
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 6th and closes on September 24th.
-Turtle Beach opens. It includes Tortois Tube, Turtle Chute, Snapper Run, Kahuna Kurls,
Sneaky Squirts, Crayon Fountains, Lazy River, Hightide Fun Hats, Otter Wide Slide,
Turtle Chase Run, Monkey Swing, Lily Pad Walk, Log Roll and tumbling water walls.
-Kodak Variety Gazebo presents "The mouse that sneezed when he ate the cheese" & "Bedazzled"
-Cinema 180 presents "Zoom"
-Palace theater presents "Give my regards"
-Gold Rush theater presents "Country Connection"
-Butch Hightide joins the Funbeach characters.
-Rotor is relocated to former site of Trabant.
-Western Village gifts is renamed The Stage Coach Gift Shop
-1 of the 2 Cofflets Candy Factory locations is renamed Collins Candy Factory and the
other is renamed Collins Carmel Corn
-Garrahy's Fudge Kitchen is renamed Collins Swiss Fudge
-1 of the 2 sketch stands is renamed Photo Phantasy and the other is renamed Portrait Shoppe
-The Arcade in the lighthouse landing area is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-Lemon Coral is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-Old World Fare is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-TCBY Yogurt is added to the map though the location was already on the map. it is gone
from the map the following season.
-Bathhouse Botique is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-Games Complex is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-Raging Wolf Bobs is sponsored by Taco Bell.
-Admission is $12.95. Reduced admission of $8.50 after 5pm Mon-Fri. Senior admission is $8.50.
Children 3 and under are free. Parking is $3
-Season Passes are $39.95. Buy 3 get the 4th free.

1990
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 5th and closes on September 23th.
-Turtle Beach is expanded. Additions include, anphibious action area. Hightide Fun
Huts are sandy dry fun in a multi-level interactive play fortress. Ropes, Ladders,
Tunnels, Bridges all under tropical thatched roofing shaded by real palm trees. Specialy
designed play for physicaly challenged children, Coconut Cave Canal aquatic tube ride,
Rad Reef multi-station aquatic playground, Lazy River and Otter Water Slide
-Palace Theater presents "Sing our Songs America"
-Gold Rush theater presents "Country Connection"
-Cinema 180 presents "Cavalcade of Thrills"
-Variety Gazebo presents "Rockin' in the 90's" & "Abra-Ca-Dazzle"
-The Casino Opens.
-The Sand Volleyball Court opens.
-The Musek Express is renamed Musik Express.
-Lost and found / Lost hildren is relocated to the first aid building.
-Lovable critter shop is relocated to the former lost and found location.
-Nature's Harvest is renamed Old Fashion Ice Cream
-Pizza and Cream is renamed Midway Pizza
-Kodak Variety Gazebo is renamed Polaroid Variety Gazebo
-T-Shirt Shack opens in the old Lovable Critter Shop
-Plain & Fancy Gift Shoppe opens next to the Big Dipper entrance
-Arcade refreshments is added to the map though the location was already on the map.
-Paradise Pizza opens near the bathhouse.
-Gold Miner Grove is added to the map though the location was alreadt on the map.
-Final season for Collins Carmel Corn
-Turtle Beach is sponsored by Kool-Aid
-Admission is $13.50. Reduced admission of $8.50 after 5pm Mon-Fri. Senior admission is $8.50.
-Season Passes are $39.95. A family pass for 4 people is $120.
Children 3 and under are free. Parking is $3

1991
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 4th and closes on September 29th.
-$1.6 Million is invested.
-Mirage opens on the former site of Cinema 180.
-Casino opens and is located near Mirage.
-Cinema 180 is relocated to the former site of Spider and Remote Race Cars.
-Spider is relocated next to Mirage and renamed The Black Widow.
-TCBY opens behins Midway Pizza.
-Penny Arcade is relocated to the former Arcade Refreshments.
-Popcorn is renamed Funnel Cakes
-Stop and Munch is renamed Pit Stop
-Ruggles Ice Cream Parlor is relocated to the old Collins Carmel Corn
-Remote Race Cars are relocated to area opposite from Enterprise and Boats are added.
-Coco's Barn is renamed Sub Station.
-Fry Works is renamed Potato Works.
-Old World Fare is renamed Boardwalk Pizza.
-Arcade in the lighthouse landing area is taken off the map, thought the venue still ramians.
-Beer Garden is removed from the map, though the venue still remains.
-Regular admission is $14.95, After 5pm is $9.50 and Senior Citizen admission is $8.95.
Season passes are $45 and Family passes are $135. Parking is $3.

1992
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 9th and closes on September 27th.
-Introduction of Free Admission for Guests under 42".
-Regular admission is $15.95, After 5pm is $9.95 and Senior admission (61+) is $9.50.
Season passes are $45. Parking is $3.

1993
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 15th and closes on September 26th.
-$2.1 Million is invested.
-Texas Twister opens. It is the first ride of it's kind in North America.
-New path to Captain's Galley is created.
-Final season for Sky Glide.
-Final season for the Sand Volleyball Court.
-Regular admission is $15.95, After 5pm is $9.95 and Senior admission (61+) is $9.50.
Season passes are $50. Parking is $3.

1994
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 14th and closes on September 25th.
-The Marcus Illions Carousel is restored.
-A 5-year rehabilitation of Big Dipper is completed. The rehabilitation included the
replacement of every nut, bolt and piece of wood.
-Boat tag opens.
-Stage Coach Theatre opens.
-Gold Rush Theater is converted into a video arcade.
-Final Season for Miniature Golf.
-Regular admission is $17.95, After 5pm is $11.95 and Senior admission (61+) is $10.95.
Season passes are $50. Parking is $3.

1995
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 13th and closes on September 24th.
-Butch Hightide's Funtime Fortress (designed by Little Tikes) opens in the former
location of Miniature Golf.
-Final Season for Corkscrew.
-Final season for Rocket Ships.
-On the park map is shows a new ride called SkyCoaster. It is belived that this ride
didn't get installed until 1999 when they called it Geronimo. It is shown to be in
the future location of Grizzly Run.
-Regular admission is $17.95, After 5pm is $11.95, Senior admission (61+) is $10.95
and a New Junior admission of $5.95 is added for guests under 48".
Season passes are $50. Parking is $3.

1996
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 11th and closes on October 31st.
-Premier Parks purchaces Geauga Lake from Funtime Inc.
-$9 Million is invested.
-The one-of-a-kind Mind Eraser opens and is located on the former site of Corkscrew.
-Grizzly Run opens.
-The entrance and main gate are redesigned.
-Enterprise is renamed Silver Bullet
-Gold Rush is renamed Cuyahoga River Logging Company
-Merry Oldies is renamed America On The Go
-Euroracers Grandprix is renamed Thunder Alley Speedway
-On June 20, Geauga Lake celebrates the 70th birthday of Big Dipper.
-Hallowscream premieres.
-Final season for The Rampage (Water Racers).
-Regular admission is $19.99, After 5pm is $12.99, Senior admission (61+) is $11.99
and Junior admission (Under 48") is $5.99. Children 2 and under are Free.
Season passes are $59.99. Parking is $4.

1997
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 10th and closes on November 2nd.
-$11 Million is invested (estimated based on $30 million from 96 to 98).
-Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall opens in the 50's area.
-Yo-Yo is relocated closer to Thunder Alley Speedway
-Yukon Yahoo is relocated to the current location of Dominator
-Muzik Express is relocated next to Parkview Express station.
-Tilt-A-Whirl is relocated next to Parkview Express station.
-Hook's Lagoon opens as a 32,000 sq. ft. addition to the water area. Hook's Lagoon is a
5-story treehouse tower features 150+ water powered gagets including geysers, shower
bursts, water cannons, jets and sprays. Topping the treehouse is a marooned pirate ship
ready to sens 1000 gallons of water splashing down.
-Paddle Boats are relocated.
-Regular admission is $21.99, After 5pm is $12.99, Senior admission (61+) is $12.99
and Junior admission (Under 48") is $7.99. Children 2 and under are Free.
Season passes are $59.99. Parking is $4.

1998
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 9th and closes on October 31st.
-Premier Parks, Inc., purchases the Six Flags corporation.
-$10 Million is invested.
-Improvements are made to the parking lot and new toll booths are added.
-Serial Thriller opens.
-Final season for Ferris Wheel
-Regular admission is $22.99, After 5pm is $13.99, Senior admission (61+) is $13.99
and Junior admission (Under 48") is $11.99. Children 2 and under are Free.
Season passes are $69.99. Parking is $5.

1999
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 8th and closes on October 31st.
-$5 Million is invested (estimated based on $35 million from 96 to 99).
-Giant Wheel opens.
-Geronimo opens.
-Time Warp opens.
-Red Canyon Climbing Wall opens.
-Final season for The Wave.
-Final season for The Black Widow.
-Final season for Casino.
-Final season for Flying Scooters.
-Final season for Scrambler.
-Final Season for Mirage.
-Final season for Rainbow Island.
-Final season for Main Arcade.
-Final season for Tilt-A-Whirl.
-Final season for Sirna's Fresh Choice.
-On December 8, 1999 the park is renamed Six Flags Ohio.
-Regular admission is $25.99, Senior admission (61+) is $14.99 and Junior admission
(Under 48") is $12.99. Children 2 and under are Free. Season passes are $69.99.
Parking is $5.

2000
-Six Flags Ohio opens for the season on May 5th and closes on October 29th.
-$40+ Million is invested.
-Superman Ultimate Escape (Worlds first Vertical Spiraling Coaster) opens.
-Batman Knight Flight opens. The Midwests only floorless coaster. The Worlds longest
floorless coaster.
-The Villian opens.
-Roadrunner Express opens.
-Hurricane Harbor opens. It includes a 25,000 sq.ft. wave pool and 1,000 foot lazy river.
-Shipwreck Falls opens. A 50 foot chute the chute ride.
-The Looney Tunes Boomtown opens. It features a foam factory and Larger Than Life play complex.
Rides for Boomtown include: Daffy's Sub, Marvin the Martain's Rocket Ships, Speedy's Big Trucks,
Taz's Twister, Tweety's Treehouse, Wile E. Coyote's Balloons and Yosemite Sam's Train.
-New Batman Thrill Spectacular stunt show.
-New Chevy Venture Loony Tunes Rockin Road Show. Bugs and the gang plan a trip from
Hollywood to Broadway at the ACME Travel Agency.
-The Paddle Boats are relocated.
-The Aquacycles are relocated.
-Yukon Yahoo is relocated adjacent to Double Loop to make room for Batman. It is also
remaned to The Haybaler and rethemed.
-Cuyahoga River Logging Company was renamed Deer Park Plunge.
-The Stagecoach Theater is renamed Gotham City Stage and features the Batman Stunt Show.
-3 Catering pavilions are removed to accommodate Roadrunner Express.
-The Parkview Express monorail is rerouted to accommodate Hurricane Harbor.
-HalloScream is renamed Fright Fest.
-Silver bullet does not opperate for most of the season.
-Final season for the Lighthouse Cruise Boat.
-Final season for Rotor.
-Final season for The Paddle Boats.
-Final season for The Aquacycles.

2001
-Six Flags Worlds of Adventure opens for the season on May 5th and closes on October 28th.
-Six Flags purchaces Sea World Cleveland for $110 Million. The 232-acre marine park was
combined with the 520-acre Six Flags park, and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was born.
The park becomes the World's Only marine life, thrill park and water park all in one.
-X-Flight (Midwest’s only flying roller coaster) opens.
-The Mirage is reopened, relocated to the other side of Big Dipper, re-themed and renamed El Dorado.
-Scrambler, now renamed as Typhoon, is re-added to the park in the Wild Life section.
-Bounty opens.
-4 new dolphins added.
-Geauga Queen and Aurora Belle open and ferry guests from either side of the park.
-A floating boardwalk is added on the east side of the lake.
-A walkway around Raging Wolf Bobs to the Wildlife side of the park is added.
-The Batman Water Thrill Spectacular Show premieres.
-3 new pavilions of a different style are constructed North of the existing ones.
-The Black Widow is reopened on the former site of Rotor.
-Admission is $37.99. Juniors and Seniors admission is $18.99

2002
-Six Flags Worlds of Adventure opens for the season on May 4th and closes on October 27th.
-Shouka the killer Whale from Antibes, France joins the family in March.
-4 new Bengal tigers are featured in the new Tiger Island Exibit.
-Turbo Bungee opens.
-Base Camp Zebra opens.
-Reptiles Wild opens.
The Garden Carousel opens.
-Beachcombers opens. Season Pass Member's Prvate Clubhouse.
-Coyote Creek Shootout opens. Interactive western themed show.
-Ham on Rye opens. An upcharge Virtual Reality show.
-Sparkler Spectacular - A Family Fireworks Show opens at the Batman Stadium.
-Yo Yo is relocated to the Wild Life side of the park.
-Children's rides (most or all of which were removed in the previous 2 seasons from the
other side of the park) are opened on the Wildlife side of the park including:
The Pirate's Flight, Wave Skippers, June Bug Jump, The Tea Party, Flight of the Bumble Bee,
Star Castle Voyage and Swan Dance.
-The Black Widow is renamed The Black Squid and relocated to the Wildlife side of the park.
-Metal detectors are added to the front gates.
-The Floating Boardwalk is Removed.
-Final season for Music Express.
-General Admission is $39.99, Junior (Under 48") is $19.99, Senior (61+) is $19.99. Children
2 and under are free. Upgrade your general admission to a season pass for $24.99. Upgrade
your 2 Day pass to a season pass for $10.00. Upgrade your season pass to an Adventure Pass
for $29.99.

2003
-Six Flags Worlds of Adventure opens for the season on May 3rd and closes on November 2nd.
-14 New Family Attractions.
-Hurricane Mountain (the largest waterslide complex in North America) opens. It has 4 tube
and 3 body slides. It stands 10 storys tall.
-Shark Attack opens with 3 slides. Over 1,000ft. of wicked, twisted, slide action.
-Paul Bunyan's Lumber Jack Camp opens in the Animal Adventure's area of the park.
-Tropical Treasure Bird Show opens.
-Star Castle Voyage is relocated near the Bourbon Street Cafe.
-Starfish opens in the old Star Castle Voyage Location.
-Thriller Bees opens.
-Deer Park Plunge is renamed Ice Mountain Splash.
-The Floating bridge is reopened on the west side of the lake.
-El Dorado does not opperate this season.
-Final season for Silver Bulet.
-Final season for Virtual Quest.
-Final season for The Wave Skippers.
-Final season for all animal attractions including everything listed under
-Final season for Red Canyon Climbing Wall.
-Wild Life South Gate and Animal Adventures.
-Final season for Ballroom.
-Regular admission is $39.99, Senior admission (61+) is $24.99 and Junior admission
(Under 54") is $24.99. Children 3 and under are Free. Parking is $7.

2004
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 1st and closes on October 31st.
-On March 10th Cedar Fair L.P. purchaces Six Flags Worlds of Adventure for $145 Million
and rename the park back to Geauga Lake.
-All the animals are transported to other Six Flags parks.
-The water park entrance is relocated to allow season long entry to the Bel-Air Express
and the Sky Scraper.
-A major track overhaul is performed on the wood coasters.
-Geauga Lake is a Host Park for ACE's Coaster Con XXVII.
-First and Last season for a New Ski Show.
-Firght Fest is renamed Halloween Haunt.
-Many rides are renamed due to licensing issues. These include:
-Mind Eraser is renamed to Head Spin.
-Serial Thriller is renamed to Thunderhawk.
-Road Runner Express is renamed to Beaver Land Mine Ride.
-Batman Knight Flight is renamed to Dominator.
-Superman Ultimate Escape is renamed to Steel Venom.
-Ice Mountain Splash is renamed Pepsi Plunge.
-Skycoaster is renamed RipCord.
-Typhoon is renamed Boardwalk Typhoon.
-Hurricane Harbor is renamed Hurricane Hanna's Waterworks after one of Cedar Fair CEO
Dick Kinsel's grand-daughters.
-Gotham Sicy Theater is renamed Midway Ampitheatre.
-Loony Tunes Boom Town is renamed Kidwork's Play Zone.
-Daffy's Deep Sea Diver is renamed Dippy Divers.
-Tweety's Club House is renamed Tree Hopper.
-Taz's Twister is renamed Mad Whirl.
-Yosemite Sam's Boomtown Express is renamed Half Pint Express.
- Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ships is renamed Rocket Relay.
-Speedy Gonzales' Trucking Company is renamed Road Rally.
-Wile E. Coyote's Canyon Blaster is renamed Hot Air Express.
-Great Acme Raft Race is renamed Rocket Sled Ride.
-A dozen or so games and vendors are also renamed.
-The Floating bridge is relocated to the east side of the lake.
-Final season for Turtle Beach
-Final season for Stingray Wet Slides
-Final season for Hooks Lagoon
-Final season for Neptune Falls
-Final season for Peg Legs Paddleboats
-Final season for Mission: Bermuda Triangle
-Final season for Pirates! 4D Hi-Tech Adventure
-Final Season for Ferry Boats.
-Final season for Silver Bullet.
-Regular admission is $34.95, Senior admission (61+) is $24.99, Junior admission
(Under 48") is $19.95, Military admission is $26.95 and Starlight admission is $17.95.
Children 2 and under are Free. Season Pass $59.95.

2005
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 7th and closes on October 30th.
$15.5 Million is invested.
-Wildwater Kingdom, a 20-acre water park is built on the 56 acres formally occupied by
Sea World. Phase 1 is completed by June 18th.
-Attractions deputing in Wildwater Kingdom are: Liquid Lightening, Splash Landing,
Coral Cove, and Riptide Run.
-Hurricane Mountain is renamed Thunder Falls and moved to Wildwater Kingdom.
-Turbo bungee is relocated from adjacent to Thunder Alley Speedway to Happy Harbor children's area.
-Starfish is relocated from the old Animal Adventures area of six flags and reopened at the
former location of Turbo Bungee.
-Thriller Bees is relocated from the old Animal Adventures area of six flags and reopened
in Happy Harbor.
-Snoppy and the PEANUTS gang are added as strolling charactures and are featured in
their very own show in the Midway Ampitheatre.
-The new 3-D/4-D films "Dino Island" and "Robots of Mars" are added.
-The Lakeside Catering Pavilions are constructed on the former Neptune Falls and Hooks
Lagoon locations.
-Final season for Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall.
-Final season for Hurricane Bay.
-Final season for Shark Attack.
-The walkway around Raging Wolf Bobs to the Wildlife side of the park is closed.
-Admission drops $10 to $24.95. Season Pass $79.95, Junior Season Pass $65, Season
Parking Pass $60.

2006
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 13th and closes on September 17th.
-6-acre expansion of Wildwater Kingdom includes Tide Wave Bay (30,000 sq. ft. wave pool),
VIP Cabanas, Sandals Beachwear.
-Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is shown for the 2006 season only in the Geauga Lake Stadium.
-In the former location of Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall is Central Park. The Boogie Down Band
performs here.
-The walkway around Raging Wolf Bobs to the Wildlife side of the park is reopened and a
Shuttle Service is added.
-The Boardwalk is relocated to the center of the lake and streches from the old North
ferry transport dock to the West side of Geauga Lake Stadium.
-Cotton Candy is sold throughout the park for 25 cents as a single season promotion.
-Final season for Bellair Express. (Scrapped)
-Final season for X-Flight. (Relocated to Kings Island as Firehawk)
-Steel Venom closed in June and does not opperate the rest of the season.
-Final Season for Steel Venom. (Relocated to Dorney Park as Voo Doo)
-Regular admission is $24.95, Senior admission (61+) is $9.95, Junior admission
(Under 48") is $9.95, Season Pass $79.95, Junior/Senior Season Pass $54, Regular 2 Park
Pass $130, Junior/Senior 2 Park Pass $79, Regular Combo Pass $154.95, Junior/Senior
Combo Pass $84.
-The 2 Phase Wildwater Kingdom expansion was suposed to bring $26 Million in investments
but Phase 2 was scaled back. Items originaly included in Phase 2 were a second Lazy
River, 2 Slide Towers a restaurant and Swim-up Bar.

2007
-Geauga Lake opens for the season on May 25th and closes on September 16th.
-On Friday September, 21st 2007, Cedar Fair Announces that starting in 2008 Geauga Lake
will exclusivly be a Water Park. It will be renamed Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom. The
ride side of the park will be dismantled and evaluated for future sale or development.
Many rides will be relocated, others will be sold if there is a market for them.
-LEGO Racers replaces Robots of Mars at the Harbor Theater.
-Magician Tim Hill replaces The Magic of Michael Mage at the Palace Theater.
-Aunt Em's Sandwich Shop replaces Shorty Pete's BBQ. It offers Subs, Cheesesteak,
Gyros, Wraps and Fries.
-Gabe's Grill replaces the Outpost (which I belive has sat idle for 2 seasons).
Gabe's offers Turkey Legs, Italin Sausage and Hot Dogs.
-All American Corn Hole Toss midway game is added accross from the 3-Point Challenge.
-Lunch Basket replaces Hot Dogger.
-Scara's Italian Ice is added next to Midway Caricature & Airbrush.
-Jukebox Cafe is remodeled.
-Additional VIP Cabanas are added around Tide Wave Bay.
-Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop (Northern Location) now accepts Credit Cards.
-Carriage House now sells Starbucks Coffee.
-On June 16th Raging Wolf Bobs suffers a derailment. There are no severe injuries.
The ride sits idle the remainder of the season.
-Skyscraper sits idle for the entire season.
Signs are posted at both gates reminding guests of the removal of Steel Venom,
X-Flight and Monorail.
-Texas Twister recieves a fresh paint job.
-Regular admission is $26.95, Senior admission (61+) is $11.95, Junior admission
(Under 48") is $11.95, Starlight admission is $17.95, 2 and under are Free. Season
Pass $79.95, Junior/Senior Season Pass $49.95, Maxx Pass $125, Maxx Plus Pass $164.95,
Junior/Senior Maxx Plus Pass $79.95, Season Parking Pass $65, All Ohio Season Parking
Pass $75, General Parking $9, Oversized Parking $14.
-Buy a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass before Nov. 11th 2007 for $140 and get a free Cedar Fair
Jacket. Junior (Under 48") and Senior (61+) Platinum Passes are $89.95 and are subject to
the same deal. All Platinum Passes get you Free Parking and Admission to all Cedar Fair
Amusement and Water Parks. Some restrictions for special events. Season Passes to
Geauga Lake only are not for sale.
-September 21st, 2007 Cedar Fair announced that begining in 2008, Geauga Lake will
exclusivly be a water park. The park has been renamed Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom. Many rides will be relocated. The remaining will be auctioned. Anything left will be scrapped or leveled.
In October we learn that Cedar Fair secured Colliers Ostendorf-Morris to sell 500+ acres of Geauga Lakes land. Bids are due late spring 2008. (May 31st?)
-Thunderhawk (Vekoma SLC) - Relocated to Michigan's Adventure. Opened in 2008 as Thunderhawk.
-Dominator (B&M Floorless) - Relocated to Kings Dominion. Opened in 2008 as Dominator.
-Half Pint Express (miniature train), Hot Air Express (spinning baloons), Dippy Divers
(sub ride), Mad Whirl (mini tea cups), Road Rally (4x4 trucks), Rocket Relay (rocket ships)
and Tree Hopper (bouncing tower) were moved to Cedar Point and put into the new for 2008
Planet Snoopy kids area on the former site of Peanuts Playground.
-Texas Twister (Huss Top Spin) - Relocated to California's Great America, rethemed to
Firefall and opened in 2008.
-Shipwreck Falls (OD Hopkins Chutes Ride) - Sold and Relocated to Celebration City.
It was rethemed and renamed to Roaring Falls and opened in 2008.
-Yo Yo's (Chance) - Being Relocated to Carowinds. It will open in 2008 as Yo Yo.
-Head Spin (Vekoma Boomerang) will reopen at Carrowinds for the 2009 season as Carolina Cobra.
-Black Squid, Americana and El Dorado will reopen at Kings Dominion in 2009.
-Beaver Land Mine Ride - Sold and Relocated to Papea City in Yvré-l'Evêque, Pays
de la Loire, France. It is under construction and will reopen in 2009.

2008
Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom reopens as Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom and is now a Water Park only.
-Friday night dance parties are held on June 27th, July 11th & 25th and August 8th & 22nd.
There is a DJ, contests give aways and more. It is for kids only from 13 to 17 and costs $10.
It runs from 9pm to 11pm. There is a private area for parents to wait.
-48" and up in bare feet - Reegular Admission $23.95 - Season Pass is $44.95 - Platinum Pass $150
-Under 48" - Junior Admission is $11.95 - Season Pass is $34.95 - Platinum Pass $89.95
-Age 62 and older - Senior Admission $11.95 - Season Pass is $34.95 - Platinum Pass $89.95
-Starlight admission is $15.95 for people 48" and taller in bare feet.
-Children 2 and under are free
-The north side of the park is no longer in use. A wall is set up beyond Happy Harbor Cafe, the Paddlewheel boats have been sold and are no longer in use, and the walking bridge has been sold and removed.
-The Ski Stadium appears to sit idle for the entire season.
-June 17th and 18th Norton Auctioneers host an auction for the remaining rides and equipment at Geauga Lake.
-Thriller Bees (Huss Bee Bee) and possibly one other ride were sold at auction and are
currently being stored at Darien Lake ans may reopen at Wild Waves in 2009.
-The Palace Theater and a pavilion were sold at auction and have been moved to the
Geauga County historical society's Century Village in Burton. The pavilion will be the base
for the new Ohio Maple Museum. The Haybayler building was also sold at auction and sould
be there within 2 weeks. It cost $9,500 to remove and move the haybayler building. It
will cost another $21,800 to rebuild it. Anyone who would like to help the GCHS save the
Haybaler building can call the office at 440-834-1492.
-Big Dipper (John A. Miller) - $5,000 - Tom Woosnam of APEX Western Machinery Movers
-Raging Wolf Bobs (Dinn & Summers) - $2,500 - Tom Woosnam of APEX Western Machinery Movers (Resold to Ray Edgehouse Jr.)
-Villian (Custom Coasters) - $30,000 - Cleveland Scrap
-Double Loop (Arrow Dynamics) - $25,000 - Cleveland Scrap
-Happy Harbor Nets (Harrison Industries) - $37,500 - Cleveland Scrap
-Hay Baler (Mack Himilaya) - $3,000 - Cleveland Scrap
-Hay Baler Building - $50? - Buyer donated it to the Geauga County Historical Society.
-Sky Scraper (Intamin Space Tower)- $12,500 - Ralph Plumpton of RP Motors
-Sky Scraper was listed on eBay and was resold for $50,000
-Main Fountain - $400 - Larry Rickard of The Great Lakes Medieval Faire
-Various Decorations - Larry Rickard of The Great Lakes Medieval Faire
-Shark Attack - $47,500 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Turtle Beach tube slides - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Kids Play Zone/Rocket Sled ride (SCS) - $10,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Gotcha Games Foam Factory (SCS) - $11,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Time Warp (Chance Double Inverter) - $5,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Boardwalk Typhoon (Eli Bridge Scrambler) - $3,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Bounty (Chance Pirate Ship) - $35,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Pirates Flight (Zamperla Balloon Race) - $14,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-3-D Movie Theater building w/contents (Simex) - $9,000 - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-The Aurora Bele & Cuyahoga Queen Ferry Boats (Skipper Line Side Wheeler Type 2) - $? - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Shark Encounter Tank - $? - Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks
-Tables, booths and equipment inside the Checkers Diner - $450 - Bernie Thompson of Aurora
-Six-hoop basketball game - $100 - Scott Festa of Bedford
-The head of Geauga Dog - $400 (straight purchase) - Jason Dlugokecki of Garrettsville
-Starfish (Chance Wipeout) - $10,000 - (I don't know who, but it wasn't Dick Knoebel)
-Ripcord (Skycoaster) - $85,000
-2 Concrete Benches - $225 - Jason Goscinski of Parma
-28 Thunder Alley Speedway Go Carts (Formula K Ltd.) - $4,500 or $4,800 - Timothy Bragg of Cleveland
-700 Trash Cans - $5,000
-Sign for the Cornhole Game - $800
-Unknown number of Cabins & Trailers - $? - Dick Knoebel
-June Bug Jump (Zamperla Mini Jet Clown Around) - $? - Dick Knoebel
-Dog Pounder Game - Dick Knoebel
-Various Kitchen Equipment - Dick Knoebel
-Pile of Rcoks - $3,000
-Thriller Bees (Huss Bee Bee) - (PARC Management)
-Grizzly Run (Intamin River Rapids) - Sold to ?
-The Palace Theater and it's contents - $1,000 - Geauga County Historical Society
-A Pavilion - $4,500 - Geauga County Historical Society
-Pepsi Plunge (Sansel Flume Ride) - Did not Sell and will likely be scrapped and/or leveled
-One 11 acre parcel that the Geauga Lake Hotel sits on is sold to Grant Edward Enterprises
LLC. Their preliminary plans include turning it into a limited service traditional hotel
and children's residential center. Further details are not known at this time.

2009
-48" and up in bare feet - Reegular Admission $23 - Season Pass is $49 - Platinum Pass $150
-Under 48" - Junior Admission is $11.99 - Season Pass is $39 - Platinum Pass $89.95
-Age 62 and older - Senior Admission $11.99 - Season Pass is $39 - Platinum Pass $89.95
-Starlight admission is $15.95 for people 48" and taller in bare feet.
-Children 2 and under are free


Events with unknown dates:
-In either 2000 or 2001 Geronimo was renamed Sky Coaster
-The final season for Big Ditch Boat Ride, Fly-O-Planes, Super Cat and Puppet Wagon was
in 1984, 85 or 86.
-Musek Express and Matterhorn opened sometime from 1980 to 1984.
-Some time from 1979 to 1983 was the final season for Caterpillar, Bump Bump,
Himalaya, Miniature Railroad.
-Miniature Golf moved in either 1974, 75 or 76. It moved from the south west corner of
the park to the east side of the entrance.
-The year Palace Theatre opened (1975 or 1976), Round Up was relocated toward the front of the park.
-Calypso and Super Cat opened sometime from 1974 to 1976.
-The year before Palace Theatre opened (1974 or 1975), was the final season for Funhouse and Loop-O-Planes.
-On the 1973 park map it shows a ride called Little Dipper and is located in the future
location of Cyclone. This is a National Amusement Device kiddie wooden roller coaster.
I do not know when it opened or closed.


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