Geauga Lake in the 80's-90's

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Postby DenDen » Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:54 pm

Wow, this is the Geauga Lake I remember, and I actually have a couple of those brochures!

What scares me is I can remember the jingles they used on their commercials as far back at...

"Douuuuuble looooop, and Corkscrew toooooo, only at Geauga Laaaaaaaake."

Like you mentioned, they're marketing was very lacking back then.

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Postby montezooma » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:39 am

Here are some pictures I took at the park of the 3 major coasters at the time. Summer 1979

Big Dipper
Double Loop
Corkscrew
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Double Loop
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Double Loop
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and here is the way the Corkscrew looks today relocated to India. photo from rcdb.com
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Postby coastercrazed49 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:11 pm

Great find again Montezooma. This park looked really cool before six flags bought it. :(

Its really sad now that its gone.

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Postby airforcekid » Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:16 pm

Shockwave was the first to have double loops right?

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Postby montezooma » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:00 pm

airforcekid wrote:Shockwave was the first to have double loops right?


No the arrow Double Loop at Geauga Lake was the first coaster to have back to back vertical loops. It opened in 1977. The Shockwave at Six Flags over Texas, although a much better ride IMHO, opened in 1978.

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Postby wierdo135 » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:21 am

Before six flags jumped the shark with the park it was actually going good...
I personally think a giant waterpark may just be the new direction for the park....

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Postby stormrider » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:45 am

Were parks really better quality back in the 80s? I wonder what happened to make today's parks less charming then. Where the people back then really smiling all the time and didn't have to worry about people swearing in front of their kids or lazy park employees, or are these brochures really just "glamorizing" their park? Anyways, judging from all these pictures, the parks seemed more colorful back then.

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Postby montezooma » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:27 am

The parks back then really put an emphasis on themes. For instance when Worlds of Fun opened their steel coaster back in 1980, it was located in the Orient section of the park and was cleverly and appropriately named "Orient Express".

That seems to be some of the magic that is lost, today it is just a free-for-all. Ninja in the cotton states section of Six Flags Atlanta, Flight of Fear and Italian Job in the Congo Section of Kings Dominion, Top Gun in New Orleans at Great America and worse of all Superman and Batman rides anywhere they can fit them into the park, no regard for the theme sections.

Also back then there was more of an emphasis on overal experience. Unique dinning, shopping and entertainment. Now you can eat at Subway, pizza hut and buy the same kind of merchandise inside the park that you can outside. How is that supposed to take you away from everyday life?

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Postby coaster05 » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:30 pm

I personally put most of the responsibility for the demise in parks on us. As customers we stopped wanting to go to little parks because the big ones had more rides. The employees are rude, because we don't want to pay more for tickets unless the park has just put something new in. We can't understand when parks charge more when they haven't added anything in awhile. Every year we want every park to put in a new coaster. Well we got this ride, but I was hoping for a B&M hyper this year, well maybe next year. Our attitudes toward parks have not changed since the 80's and in fact have gotten worse. We continue to let small parks dissapear and some, not all, heap praise on to the CF chain when all they do is give us several cookie cutter ideas of the same park. If you want the old fashioned quality then start visiting your old fashionshed parks, instead of visiting SF 16 times a season then complaining about it 15 times. Load up in your car and visit some new places, and if not be prepeared for more of the same in the future as you read Shane's great post and say "I wish it was like that now" or "If we had parks like that today I would definately go". We do have parks like that today, but lots of people don't go.


Indiana Beach
Knoebels
Adventureland (IA)
Waldameer
Martin's
Seabreeze
Idlewild
Compounce
Canobie
Kennywood

These are all traditional parks that have a feeling similar to GL before SF "ruined it". I am sure all these parks would be very happy if you spent some of your money there as opposed to trying to ride (place coaster name here) 300 times a year at your local chain park.

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Postby gr8LAboy » Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:12 pm

Great pics! Having worked at GL in high school in the late 80's early 90's they brought back a lot of memories.

Something I have always wondered though..

In a few of the pics of the Corkscrew (and in images in my memory) you can see a second train on the transfer track.

Did the Corkscrew at GL..or ANY Arrow Corkscrew for that matter..ever actually run two trains at the same time?

I know CP's Corkscrew frequently to this day runs 3 but I'm wondering about any of the copy cat two inversion standard model.

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