I agree with you JT325. I love classic rides and parks even if they are dealing with hard times and poor ownership. I'd travel to ride a classic John Allen coaster even if it was stuck in the middle of some walmart parking lot in Terre Haute.
Belmont is a great example. I'm sure if it were in the same situation these days you'd see "enthusiasts" rush to post about how much it sucks and should be torn down. It shows that there's always hope that someone can bring new life to classic attractions, but a new approach is often warranted. If they take out most of the rides at Lakemont except the few classics worth saving and fill the voids with more standard park amenities, that will be a win-win for everyone. Expanding the water park would also be a good idea.
Looks like I had good timing going to the park last summer. A shame Leap-The-Dips was closed during then, but I'm glad they aren't absurd enough to remove one of the park's financial arteries. Only reasons I say to go there was:
1. Leap-The-Dips (Obvious reasons) 2. Lakemont Park History Book (It's fun reading about the park when it wasn't a agonizingly humid place without trees...) 3. Twister (If I remember correctly, this is the only one of its kind left. It's somewhat like a weird cross between a tilt-a-whirl and whip.) 4. Paddleboats 5. The Train & Antique Cars (SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE) 6. Skyliner 7. Toboggan (If only for how rare they are now, and also being able to say you got into a roller coaster with a cage as the car.) 8. Swings (Never really paid attention to it until I saw it was a custom chair-o-plane swing; pretty cool to see past scenes of the park on it. Also a good way to cool down.)
The only flat rides I hope they don't get rid of are the swings and rare twister, the former if only for being a way to temporarily feel better in the humidity. Otherwise I really don't see people doing anything other than the rides they confirmed they are keeping and getting a ride on the three coasters. I doubt they won't remove the Toboggan though.
^I went on it for the first time a few years ago expecting it to be awful, but it didn't hurt at all and was rather enjoyable and exciting to me. I would say it is worth saving just because it is a rare classic, but in addition it is actually a fun ride.
Thunder_Run wrote:Swings (Never really paid attention to it until I saw it was a custom chair-o-plane swing; pretty cool to see past scenes of the park on it. Also a good way to cool down.)
Their swinger was absolutely terrible. I went on expecting your standard swing ride to give myself a break after the beating I took on Toboggan, but the swings managed to be even more uncomfortable. The seats were so un-ergonomically designed that they gave me Charlie horses in both legs by the time I got off.
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