Conneaut Lake Park 08/21/2014

So at the beginning of the season my friend John said he really wanted to make it out to Conneaut Lake this year since it might be the last year for the park. It took us a little while to make it out there, but I’m glad we did. At this point we still don’t know the fate for next season but we’ll see what happens, at least we got to ride the iconic Blue Streak coaster. So come along for the short and quick ride of Conneaut Lake Park!

Conneaut Lake!

Conneaut Lake!

Doesn't look too busy today I count only five cars in the parking lot.

Doesn’t look too busy today I count only six cars in the parking lot.

7 flag poles with nothing on them.

7 flag poles with nothing on them.

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That water looks nice and clean…. NOT!

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Apparently they didn’t have room for the C.

The entrance area of the park, we thought this is where we buy the tickets but we were wrong. There was nobody in the booths. Is the park even open?

The entrance area of the park, we thought this is where we buy the tickets but we were wrong. There was nobody in the booths. Is the park even open?

I'm assuming a ride used to be here.

I’m assuming a ride used to be here.

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Flyers that look quite a bit rusted.

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Tilt a Whirl with no riders.

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Remnants of a fire from a year ago, still cleaning up the mess apparently.

Ahh so there's where we buy the tickets.

Ahh so there’s where we buy the tickets.

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This sign has obviously seen better days.

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Looks like the tickets are over there. There sure doesn’t seem to be anyone here. It’s like a ghost town.

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Help save the park jar, hmm looks like it’s a little beyond saving at this point. Well anyway we bought tickets for Blue Streak, Devils Den, the Carousel, and Bumper Cars. So let’s check them out.

First up was of course the star of the show the reason why we came.

First up was of course the star of the show the reason why we came.

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ACE Landmark plaque for the Blue Streak.

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You must be as tall as Connie to ride.

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The train looks like it’s also seen better days, heck they were drilling something into it before we rode, but it sure was comfy seats.

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Old style squeeze brakes and levers.

Let's go for a spin.

Let’s go for a spin.

So the bummer is I didn't get any pictures of the actual coaster, besides this one. It does go off into the woods but there are spots to grab shots of it. Clearly I wasn't thinking that day. Hopefully it survives another year and I'll grab pictures of it next year.

So the bummer is I didn’t get any pictures of the actual coaster, besides this one. It does go off into the woods but there are spots to grab shots of it. Clearly I wasn’t thinking that day. Hopefully it survives another year and I’ll grab pictures of it next year.

So I'm gonna borrow two pictures from http://www.rcdb.com instead. This is the actual view climbing the lift, and yes it does look uneven.

So I’m gonna borrow two pictures from http://www.rcdb.com instead. This is the actual view climbing the lift, and yes it does look uneven.

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And even though this picture is from 1994 apparently it still looks like that today. About to fall over any minute, but it’s still a great ride!

So Blue Streak is actually a really good coaster, there were four of us in our group. Since there were two John’s in our group I’ll refer to them by last names haha. Holly and Roberts rode in the back seat on the very first ride and Fud and I rode in the front seat. When Roberts got off the ride he was saying “I’m never riding that thing again someone is gonna die on that.” The three of us thought he was a little crazy, it was a bumpy and rickety ride but nothing too extreme. Later in the day we convinced Roberts to ride again and Holly and him sat in the front seat, while Fud and I took the back this time. Holy cow! Going down that first hill in the back really feels like you’re going to fly out, it really takes you by surprise. It was nuts! Some of the craziest air time on any coaster I’ve experienced. When we got back we understood what Roberts was talking about, its a completely different ride from front to back. So to really experience this coaster you must get a front seat and back seat ride for sure!

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Devils Den featuring the infamous gum wall! That’s a rather gross idea but the park actually encourages you to chew gum and stick it on a certain wall of the ride. Very weird concept but of course we all took part in the tradition. haha

This doesn't look like it's operated in a long long time.

This doesn’t look like it’s operated in a long long time.

Just a bit rusted I'd say.

Just a bit rusted I’d say.

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No one is serving French Fries today and I sure could use some!

The lake looks really nice and the park seems to have great potential because of it.

The lake looks really nice and the park seems to have great potential because of it.

However that dock doesn't look too stable.

However that dock doesn’t look too stable.

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Fud decided to get a picture on it though.

And of course so did I. haha

And of course so did I. haha

Even the beach area appears to be run down as well. There was a building here I'm told that also burnt down in a fire.

Even the beach area appears to be run down as well. There was a building here I’m told that also burnt down in a fire.

Decent looking sign.

Decent looking sign.

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This was the only place to get food inside the whole park and the guy in the wife beater there, well he’s the cook. Yeah think I might want to eat elsewhere.

So the midway looks really abandoned and in very bad shape.

So the midway looks really abandoned and in very bad shape.

A haunted attraction that operates during Halloween events is here I'm told, so I'm hoping this sign is part of the theming for that attraction but Im not quite sure, could be a real flyer.

A haunted attraction that operates during Halloween events is here I’m told, so I’m hoping this sign is part of the theming for that attraction but Im not quite sure, could be a real flyer.

Creepy looking clowns!

Creepy looking clowns!

Kiddie carousel.

Kiddie carousel.

So we tried to get a ride on the mini Blue Streak, can't even remember what it's called, but there appeared to be no ride operator in sight.

So we tried to get a ride on the mini Blue Streak, can’t even remember what it’s called, but there appeared to be no ride operator in sight.

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And when we found one, we were DENIED! Missed credit there, oh well. They actually said there was a big kid coaster and they’d direct us in the location of it. Oh you mean the one you have to walk by to even get in the park?!? Yeah I’d like directions to that, somehow I must have missed it.

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Anyway the ride looks like it’s in better shape than the Blue Streak.

Only mildly rusted I'd say.

Only mildly rusted I’d say.

So we checked out the gift shop which weirdly enough had more Geagua Lake merchandise than Conneaut Lake Park merchandise. Seems rather silly.

So we checked out the gift shop which weirdly enough had more Geagua Lake merchandise than Conneaut Lake Park merchandise. Seems rather silly.

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All kinds of Geagua Lake shot glasses.

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This is as close to an abandoned amusement park as you’re gonna find I bet.

Next up we gave the carousel a shot!

Next up we gave the carousel a shot!

And I picked this tiny bear creature to ride on.

And I picked this tiny bear creature to ride on.

The carousel was actually very good, also a nice surprise. All the classic details kept intact and well maintained on that ride alone. Plus the operator was having quite a bit of fun with us while we were riding. Definitely a high point of this park.

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Next up were the bumper cars which clearly had also seen much better days.

Only three cars were working so we split the group up so that at least we'd have someone to bump. Crazy that you'd have bumper cars with only three cars working. Also appears Roberts car lights aren't working either.

Only three cars were working so we split the group up so that at least we’d have someone to bump. Crazy that you’d have bumper cars with only three cars working. Holly trying to avoid Roberts there.

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Holly having quite a bit of fun bumping Roberts. Also appears Roberts car lights aren’t working either.

Next up was mine and Fud's turn

Next up was mine and Fud’s turn

The yellow car was quite a bit faster. He had no chance of catching me.

The yellow car was quite a bit faster. He had no chance of catching me.

Bump!

Bump!

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One final look at the Blue Streak station before heading out.

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Looks a little bit more like an amusement park up here now.

We found flag poles with flags on them!

We found flag poles with flags on them!

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Only open a few days a week and yet it was still empty. Very bizarre.

Conneaut Lake Park is truly a bizarre place, it’s almost like the place was abandoned but is still hanging on for dear life somehow. The Blue Streak is an incredible coaster and truly a classic, it would be a shame if the park closed and the Blue Streak removed. However the park needs more than just that coaster to thrive clearly. I’m sure that’s how they hang on for dear life because so many people love the Blue Streak but for the park to have any sort of successful future they need to start repairing their rides, and I’d start with the bumper cars. Otherwise people will do what we did after our visit and drive 50 minutes north to Waldameer Park in Erie, PA which is a lot nicer than this place.

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Well that’s it for now Conneaut Lake Park, see you next year if you’re still around.

 

Next up it’s off to California for some fun in the sun!

 

 

 

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