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  1. ^ No I agree that none of their "other" parks outside of those you mentioned and Knotts get much. But every once in a while they do need some kind of investment, and Worlds of Fun and Dorney have not had anything go into their parks in quite a while.
  2. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is the last weekend that CP will be open. There could be a few extra people there for that reason. Also, CP released a $100 season pass for next year that included the remainder of this season. Crowds have been way up in general due to that. But more likely it will depend on the weather. While Fall Saturday's are usually crazy busy, if the weather doesn't look good people will stay away. At this point most of the park goers are local and not staying overnight (as much). If you haven't already bough your fastlane pass it may be worth it to wait until you are in the park to see if it is truely needed. Early in the day waits can be pretty low, also later as more people go into the Haunts.
  3. I don't think Cedar Fair could have rejected this offer any quicker. I have to believe that Mr. Zimmerman was laughing as he presented the offer to the board, I mean 48 hrs to turn them down .... that's pretty much a corporate slap in the face. It will be interesting to see what comes in the next few year for Cedar Fair, and how they integrate their Schlitterbahn purchase. Also, their expansion in the Sandusky area is becoming quite diverse (Sports Force Park Arena, Sawmill Creek purchase, BGSU partnership). Some of the other parks in their portfolio are probably in need of an update too. The one thing it does seem that Cedar Fair does well, is focus more on what makes their individual parks different and find ways to highlight that. Whereas Six Flags tries to give each park the same ride.
  4. Honestly surprised that KI got their long rumored giga this year .... supposedly both Mystic Timbers and Banshee did not do much to increase attendance or more importantly for KI season pass sales. If Orion doesn't move people through the gates then I think it could be a good while before another major roller coaster is installed. Among the other Cedar Fair parks Worlds of Fun, Dorney, and Valleyfair are all due to get something of a significant upgrade soon. And I would not be surprised if Cedar Point gets something significant for 2021, the year after they celebrate their historical 150th season.
  5. having grown up, and worked, at KI this whas the thing that always stood out to me when going to CP. There was no gradual transition from small to large coaster. It was basically kiddie coaster and then you were expected to just be OK with a 100+ foot drop. KI def has a better stepping stone line up of coasters in that regard, while CP has the higher end of the coaster realm covered. I think adding the rumored giga coaster to KI will do wonders for their line up. And I would say the same about CP either adding a true family coaster that has a moderate height requirement, or just changing some of their existing requirements (you can't tell me with a straight face that Iron Dragon or Mine Train need to have a 48" requirement when Millennium Force has the same).
  6. Have any of you actually been to a soccer game at FES? Even with the US mens team drawing a healthy crowd of say 25K the stadium still feels empty, and FES is one of the better NFL stadiums to use. Part of the reason it feels so empty, besides the deserted upper levels, is that the field is much further away thank at a Soccer Specific Stadium. This is really true along the sidelines, there isn't all the associated personnel that come with a football game so it becomes wasted space. A new stadium downtown would be best, with 15K that is easily expandable to 25K as capacity would be best. The atmosphere going into the stadium is just as important.
  7. Exterior is always going to be better for antennas, less interference. Also, moving even just a foot in any direction can make a big difference. I would expect that the metal studs are impeding the signal too. Channel 19 has always seemed to have the weakest broadcast of the major local over the air stations, probably just because they aren't pushing out the power of the others. I had noticed more issues with channel 8 recently which is what pushed me to install the exterior antenna. So far that has made quite the difference.
  8. ^ and this is what Ohio (and some other rust belt states) misses out on. Ohio gets split between 3 major cities and 4 or 5 smaller ones. also, as we all know, they tend to cannibalize on each other. So without having the state able to focus on any one major city, or two major cities, all that collective wealth gets spread out.
  9. I am really glad to be a marina member this season, platinum pass included with dockage so I get an hour early entry. Pretty sure that the only time I will ride as a 2+ hour wait is going to be insane. Although maybe Millennium Force and other rides will benefit with drastically reduced wait times. I don't recall a ride being installed with there being this much hype surrounding it since I have been up here. That was 2005 though so I was not around for all the build up to Millennium or Top Thrill Dragster, were they at all like this? I don't recall Maverick, Gatekepper, or even Valraven having this much hype.
  10. So these Shaker Heights townhomes are listing/selling for up to $350,000 but not selling very fast. Meanwhile in the Midtown thread, townhouses at East 72nd Street are listing/selling for up to $479,000. Either someone is doing/not doing their marketing very well, or we're really in an upside-down real estate market these days. I think they made a mistake when only making them 2 bedrooms, and not having any 3 bedroom options in the first phase.
  11. Seems like there's an opportunity for some of these inner ring suburbs, especially on the east side, to reinvent themselves. I haven't heard much of the County Land Bank recently but it would be good to see what parcels they have available and start having some real discussions on redevelopment at this point. Cleveland Heights doesn't seem to be having the same success as Lakewood but I've heard anecdotally that Shaker Heights is buzzing. Completely anecdotal as far as trends, but the house behind me (in Shaker Heights) sold without going to market; and they are from Florida. The house does need a lot of work though as the previous owner was 90+ before her kids moved her out. And much like another poster alluded to, the houses that have been updated in the Heights, and are above 2K sq ft, seem to be selling rather quick.
  12. Cedar Point, despite having the greatest collection of coasters overall, may have the worst names for almost all of their major rides. Magnum XL 200 (that is the full name though no one uses it), Millenium Force, Steel Vengance, Wicked Twister, Iron Dragon, Power Tower. Maverick, Gemini, and Corkscrew are easily their best named rides. Another thing that was added for this coming season is a Boardwalk that stretches from the front parking lot all along the beach past Breakers. This will hopefully help some of their parking problems that they had with the water park last year. We keep our boat there and there were some afternoons when the road to get back there was bumper to bumper all the way to the marina. My excitement for the expanded boardwalk is solely due to them adding an outdoor bar along said boardwalk, and appropriately named "Sandbar". Cocktails and sunsets this summer.
  13. Please for the love of god don't call it that. I hate people that call Millennium Force "Millie". Regardless this does look amazing, and should keep the park at record attendance for another year. This will be a good year to get quick rides on Raptor and maybe Millennium as everyone gets sucked to the back of the park. On another CP note, they are going to create a Resort and Attraction Management major in conjunction with BGSU. It is interesting as the only other university that has something like it is Central Florida in conjunction with WDW. http://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2018/03/cedar_fair_bowling_green_state.html Cedar Fair, Bowling Green State University partner to offer new tourism degree in Sandusky SANDUSKY, Ohio - There's more to working at an amusement park than operating rides and filling drink cups. There's accounting and marketing, customer relations and safety regulations. Those topics, and more, will make up a new four-year degree offered by Bowling Green State University, in a partnership with the city of Sandusky and Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point. The new degree in Resort and Attraction Management will be offered at a new BGSU campus in downtown Sandusky, set to open as soon as the fall of 2020.
  14. ^ I have to imagine that they have looked at where their online sales are going to in the CLE MSA, and determined that Van Aken gives them better access to those that are making purchases. While there is good money in Gates Mills, etc. there is also the same in the country club district of Shaker. You are right though that they are spending a good chunk of money for the development. So I too am hoping that it succeeds wildly. I know my wife is eagerly waiting for the Mitchells to open. We have biked to the one in University Circle from Shaker, and that hill back up after ice cream is not so easy. A quick trip down Van Aken will be much better.
  15. ^ I think the Van Aken District is not trying to be like those lifestyle centers though, its smaller and not bringing in bigger chains from out of the area. There really isn't a ton of retail space, 1/3 of pinecrest. I just hope if this does well they don't go too overboard with their second phase across the tracks. They still have the space that Fresh market was going to move to as well to build on. One thing they have done well is to provide lots of opportunities for shakerites to come together, having events both in the summer and winter. Keeping those going will help all the prospective business that open there.
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