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What Happened to Geauga Lake, Six Flags Ohio, and SeaWorld Ohio?

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What Happened to Geauga Lake, Six Flags Ohio, and SeaWorld Ohio?

There used to be plenty to do at Geauga Lake.

Cedar Fair. Used with permission.

Located in Aurora, Ohio (near Cleveland), Geauga Lake has had quite a tumultuous history.

Premier Parks acquired the classic amusement park in 1995. In 1998, Premier Parks purchased Six Flags and adopted the Six Flags name for its company. It changed Geauga Lake's name to Six Flags Ohio in 1999.

In a bid to take on two other Ohio parks, King's Island and, especially, Cedar Point, Six Flags purchased the neighboring SeaWorld Ohio, built a water park, dropped the Six Flags Ohio moniker from the amusement park, and combined the three parks under the highfalutin name Six Flags World of Adventure. Whew! Are you still with me?

The mega-park never generated the numbers Six Flags had anticipated, and the troubled company reduced some of its mounting debt by selling the property to rival chain, Cedar Fair (owner of Cedar Point) in 2004. Cedar Fair closed the marine life exhibits, and relocated the water park to the former SeaWorld site in 2005. After four disappointing seasons, Cedar Fair (which purchased Kings Island and the rest of Paramount Parks in 2006 and faced its own debt issues) announced that it would permanently close the amusement park in 2007.

Geauga Lake will live on, in name anyway. The water park, now known as Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom, remains open.

Pictures:

Geauga Lake and Wildwater Kingdom Photo Gallery- See photos of the closed park.

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