Across the lake the Big DIpper stands intact and tall. It is about the only structure on the former ride side visible from Wildwater Kingdom other than the ballroom, many of the smaller buildings that were visible in years past near the lake are now gone. The Raging Wolf Bobs is entirely gone and the neatly stacked painted white Raging Wolf Boards have moved on to their new destination. . . .
Conneaut Lake was moderately crowded on Saturday, July 5 with crowds building steadily toward evening. Volunteers were circulating petitions to delay the September sheriff's sale and collecting donations to save the park. A lot has been said about the run down, faded and cracked aspects of the property, but as I was leaving I looked back down the main midway toward the lake and saw a lot of life left. The Blue Streak was running well, you have to love a coaster that runs through the tree tops and woods, much like Raging Wolf Bobs on the shore of another lake carved by glaciers. The Dodgem ride operator was particularly friendly and making sure everyone was having a fun time, even though only 3 cars were running. Tumble Bug was up and running, a bit faster and more chaotic (in a good way) than the Kennywood version. The Carousel and former Euclid Beach Flying Scooters are other old favorites that were also running, but the Tilt-a-Whirl was not. The operators at Devil's Den were giving some the riders a surprise scare as the exited the ride, everyone seemed to enjoy that.
I was disappointed to see the Music Express disassembled down to the track, I understand they need some parts. It is rumored to be the former Super Cat from Geauga Lake. Behind the Music Express and Dodgem building was a pile of neatly stacked painted white boards that someone in the park told me were being used on the Blue Streak.
Who knows how long either of these parks has, if you get the chance this summer get out to Wildwater Kingdom at Geauga Lake and to Conneaut Lake to ride the Tumble Bug, Carousel and Blue Streak (which now includes some of those painted white boards). If the sale goes through it could be the last year for Conneaut (although people have counted Conneaut out before and it keeps coming back).