History TroubledProduction / ThemeParks

7th Nov '16 7:32:30 PM Market43Fan
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** Now going alone, MUI (after moving subsidiary Laura Ashley plc to the former PTL World Outreach Center building, renamed the Regent Building) worked to add a golf course, residential development and briefly attempted to re-open the former Heritage Grand Hotel in partnership with the Radisson hotel chain as Radisson Grand Resort, a short-lived venture that ended with the hotel closing and (after a brief period of falling into disrepair) being restored and re-opened; with some rooms being converted into condominiums and the atrium being used by Rick Joyner's MorningStar Ministries; while some of the other properties such as the old Upper Room chapel; an auditorium for special functions known as "The Barn" and the former PTL studios remain in use.
** However, some of the other properties were demolished or continued to languish in disrepair; such as the Jerusalem Ampitheather (near the campgrounds), which was demolished in 2012 when plans to turn the outdoor ampitheater into a concert venue fell through and "The King's Castle" (originally planned as the world's largest Wendy's restaurant[[note]]The restaurant's construction was underway at the time of the Bakker scandals and subsequent collapse of PTL[[/note]] and later completed as an arcade and skate park by MUI), which was partially on parts of the properties owned by MorningStar and developer Earl Coulston. MorningStar briefly announced plans to attempt a renovation for the church to open a youth center before determining the venue was too badly damaged and vandalized to be salvageable; with Coulston paying for the demolition since it was partly on his property.

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** Now going alone, MUI (after moving subsidiary Laura Ashley plc to the former PTL World Outreach Center building, renamed the Regent Building) worked to add a golf course, residential development and briefly attempted to re-open the former Heritage Grand Hotel in partnership with the Radisson hotel chain as Radisson Grand Resort, a short-lived venture that ended with the hotel closing and (after a brief period of falling into disrepair) being restored and re-opened; with some rooms being converted into condominiums and the atrium being used by Rick Joyner's MorningStar [=MorningStar=] Ministries; while some of the other properties such as the old Upper Room chapel; an auditorium for special functions known as "The Barn" and the former PTL studios remain in use.
** However, some of the other properties were demolished or continued to languish in disrepair; such as the Jerusalem Ampitheather (near the campgrounds), which was demolished in 2012 when plans to turn the outdoor ampitheater into a concert venue fell through and "The King's Castle" (originally planned as the world's largest Wendy's restaurant[[note]]The restaurant's construction was underway at the time of the Bakker scandals and subsequent collapse of PTL[[/note]] and later completed as an arcade and skate park by MUI), which was partially on parts of the properties owned by MorningStar [=MorningStar=] and developer Earl Coulston. MorningStar [=MorningStar=] briefly announced plans to attempt a renovation for the church to open a youth center before determining the venue was too badly damaged and vandalized to be salvageable; with Coulston paying for the demolition since it was partly on his property.
7th Nov '16 7:31:15 PM Market43Fan
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** Things started off well upon the park's opening in 1978; hitting its peak in 1986 with 6 million visitors, behind only the aforementioned Disney parks. However, the next year the entire [[FunWithAcronyms PTL]] organization was rocked by the sexual and financial scandals (specifically on the latter; related to charges of overselling the lifetime partnerships being offered by the ministry) surrounding Bakker, with the organization including the park (already stripped of its tax exempt status by the [[Intimidating Revenue Service IRS]]) winding up in the hands of Lynchburg-based televangelist Jerry Falwell[[note]]unlike the Bakkers, very much '''not''' a Pentecostal[[/note]] of the Moral Majority fame for a time. After Falwell left in late 1987; the park remained open until Hurricane Hugo severely damaged much of the property in the late summer of 1989[[note]]In a curious twist; the hurricane - the strongest hurricane to make landfall in nearly 30 years - came shortly after Jim Bakker's fraud trial related to the lifetime partnerships was underway.[[/note]].
** Following the park's closure the former Heritage USA property would bounce around between different owners. The first came in 1991, when the [[UsefulNotes/Malaysia Malaysian]] investment firm MUI Group partnered with San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the property for $52 million, dubbing it [[NewAndImproved New Heritage USA]]. This partnership was short-lived due to Cerullo wanting to issue discount cards; leading to a lawsuit and MUI eventually buying out Cerullo's interest in the park (though Cerullo would retain the cable channel, known as the Inspirational Network before the name was shortened to INSP).

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** Things started off well upon the park's opening in 1978; hitting its peak in 1986 with 6 million visitors, behind only the aforementioned Disney parks. However, the next year the entire [[FunWithAcronyms PTL]] organization was rocked by the sexual and financial scandals (specifically on the latter; related to charges of overselling the lifetime partnerships being offered by the ministry) surrounding Bakker, with the organization including the park (already stripped of its tax exempt status by the [[Intimidating Revenue Service [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]) winding up in the hands of Lynchburg-based televangelist Jerry Falwell[[note]]unlike the Bakkers, very much '''not''' a Pentecostal[[/note]] of the Moral Majority fame for a time. After Falwell left in late 1987; the park remained open until Hurricane Hugo severely damaged much of the property in the late summer of 1989[[note]]In a curious twist; the hurricane - the strongest hurricane to make landfall in nearly 30 years - came shortly after Jim Bakker's fraud trial related to the lifetime partnerships was underway.[[/note]].
** Following the park's closure the former Heritage USA property would bounce around between different owners. The first came in 1991, when the [[UsefulNotes/Malaysia [[UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} Malaysian]] investment firm MUI Group partnered with San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the property for $52 million, dubbing it [[NewAndImproved New Heritage USA]]. This partnership was short-lived due to Cerullo wanting to issue discount cards; leading to a lawsuit and MUI eventually buying out Cerullo's interest in the park (though Cerullo would retain the cable channel, known as the Inspirational Network before the name was shortened to INSP).
7th Nov '16 7:30:25 PM Market43Fan
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** It wouldn't be until Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide opened in 1991 that the park had something that could truly compete with Disney's nearby offerings, which had (and continue to have, most of the time) a reputation for rarely breaking down, beginning a long, slow ascent for the Universal complex to its current position as Disney's one true [[TheRival rival]].

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** It wouldn't be until Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide opened in 1991 that the park had something that could truly compete with Disney's nearby offerings, which had (and continue to have, most of the time) a reputation for rarely breaking down, beginning a long, slow ascent for the Universal complex to its current position as Disney's one true [[TheRival rival]].rival]].
* Heritage USA; created as TheMoralSubstitute to the Disney parks by televangelist Jim Bakker's PTL network eventually fell into this.
** Things started off well upon the park's opening in 1978; hitting its peak in 1986 with 6 million visitors, behind only the aforementioned Disney parks. However, the next year the entire [[FunWithAcronyms PTL]] organization was rocked by the sexual and financial scandals (specifically on the latter; related to charges of overselling the lifetime partnerships being offered by the ministry) surrounding Bakker, with the organization including the park (already stripped of its tax exempt status by the [[Intimidating Revenue Service IRS]]) winding up in the hands of Lynchburg-based televangelist Jerry Falwell[[note]]unlike the Bakkers, very much '''not''' a Pentecostal[[/note]] of the Moral Majority fame for a time. After Falwell left in late 1987; the park remained open until Hurricane Hugo severely damaged much of the property in the late summer of 1989[[note]]In a curious twist; the hurricane - the strongest hurricane to make landfall in nearly 30 years - came shortly after Jim Bakker's fraud trial related to the lifetime partnerships was underway.[[/note]].
** Following the park's closure the former Heritage USA property would bounce around between different owners. The first came in 1991, when the [[UsefulNotes/Malaysia Malaysian]] investment firm MUI Group partnered with San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the property for $52 million, dubbing it [[NewAndImproved New Heritage USA]]. This partnership was short-lived due to Cerullo wanting to issue discount cards; leading to a lawsuit and MUI eventually buying out Cerullo's interest in the park (though Cerullo would retain the cable channel, known as the Inspirational Network before the name was shortened to INSP).
** Now going alone, MUI (after moving subsidiary Laura Ashley plc to the former PTL World Outreach Center building, renamed the Regent Building) worked to add a golf course, residential development and briefly attempted to re-open the former Heritage Grand Hotel in partnership with the Radisson hotel chain as Radisson Grand Resort, a short-lived venture that ended with the hotel closing and (after a brief period of falling into disrepair) being restored and re-opened; with some rooms being converted into condominiums and the atrium being used by Rick Joyner's MorningStar Ministries; while some of the other properties such as the old Upper Room chapel; an auditorium for special functions known as "The Barn" and the former PTL studios remain in use.
** However, some of the other properties were demolished or continued to languish in disrepair; such as the Jerusalem Ampitheather (near the campgrounds), which was demolished in 2012 when plans to turn the outdoor ampitheater into a concert venue fell through and "The King's Castle" (originally planned as the world's largest Wendy's restaurant[[note]]The restaurant's construction was underway at the time of the Bakker scandals and subsequent collapse of PTL[[/note]] and later completed as an arcade and skate park by MUI), which was partially on parts of the properties owned by MorningStar and developer Earl Coulston. MorningStar briefly announced plans to attempt a renovation for the church to open a youth center before determining the venue was too badly damaged and vandalized to be salvageable; with Coulston paying for the demolition since it was partly on his property.
7th Nov '16 4:57:09 PM RisefromYourGrave
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*** Disney went into damage control mode upon poor public response -- which only got worse after the 9/11 attacks crippled tourism -- with a series of quick "fixes". Attempts at a summer concert series and a Christmas-season fireworks show flopped due to a weak lineup for the former (bigger acts that might have done a theme park gig were already booked at state fairs and the like) and a lack of infrastructure for both. An additional pavilion themed to ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' featured nothing but ''more'' off-the-shelf rides -- albeit ones that little kids could ride. Disneyland's much-loved Main Street Electrical Parade was revived here to the disgust of fans who'd patronized it in its much-merchandised "final year" next door (which, remember, was succeeded by the aforementioned ''Light Magic'' debacle). Even the addition of the popular Florida ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was greeted with yawns. (It's telling that, to date, only one of the charter California Adventure attractions -- Soarin' Over California -- has been exported to other Disney resorts; elements of the Disney Animation exhibit were also duplicated in Florida.)

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*** Disney went into damage control mode upon poor public response -- which only got worse after the 9/11 attacks crippled tourism -- with a series of quick "fixes". Attempts at a summer concert series and a Christmas-season fireworks show flopped due to a weak lineup for the former (bigger acts that might have done a theme park gig were already booked at state fairs and the like) and a lack of infrastructure for both. An additional pavilion area themed to ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' featured nothing but ''more'' off-the-shelf rides -- albeit ones that little kids could ride. Disneyland's much-loved Main Street Electrical Parade was revived here to the disgust of fans who'd patronized it in its much-merchandised "final year" next door (which, remember, was succeeded by the aforementioned ''Light Magic'' debacle). Even the addition of the popular Florida ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was greeted with yawns. (It's telling that, to date, only one of the charter California Adventure attractions -- Soarin' Over California -- has been exported to other Disney resorts; elements of the Disney Animation exhibit were also duplicated in Florida.)



*** Another problem: the Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon was in a DorkAge at the TurnOfTheMillennium, so it couldn't provide a new park with hot, fresh properties to base rides, shows, and character meet and greets upon. 2002's ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'', their one meaningful success of this period, yielded up only a poorly received street show. (Most of the Disney parks never properly, fully capitalized upon it, in fact.) They had to resort to newer Pixar and aging Disney films that hadn't yet warranted standalone rides and shows at Disneyland Park itself to flesh out the attraction lineup (an ''Aladdin'' stage musical, the aforementioned ''A Bug's Life'' pavilion, etc.).

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*** Another problem: the Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon was in a DorkAge at the TurnOfTheMillennium, so it couldn't provide a new park with hot, fresh properties to base rides, shows, and character meet and greets upon. 2002's ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', their one meaningful success of this period, yielded up only a poorly received poorly-received street show. (Most of the Disney parks never properly, fully capitalized upon it, in fact.) They had to resort to newer Pixar and aging Disney films that hadn't yet warranted standalone rides and shows at Disneyland Park itself to flesh out the attraction lineup (an ''Aladdin'' stage musical, the aforementioned ''A Bug's Life'' pavilion, area, etc.).
9th Oct '16 12:09:37 PM KamenRiderKrypton
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*** Florida's Frontierland would eventually receive a water-based attraction in 1992, when ''Splash Mountain'', a log flume themed to the film ''Film/SongoftheSouth'', opened.

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*** Florida's Frontierland would eventually receive a water-based attraction in 1992, when ''Splash Mountain'', a log flume themed to the film ''Film/SongoftheSouth'', ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', opened.
8th Sep '16 5:53:55 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** When the park finally opened on June 7, 1990, Universal's most highly-hyped rides -- Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}, Ride/{{JAWS}}, Earthquake, and Ride/ETAdventure -- were ''all'' prone to frequent breakdowns and technical malfunctions. On opening day, over a thousand disgruntled guests received either refunds or free tickets for another visit, and the following day, the park simply gave ''everybody'' who purchased a ticket a voucher for another one at a later date.

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** When the park finally opened on June 7, 1990, Universal's most highly-hyped rides -- Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}, Ride/{{JAWS}}, Earthquake, Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne, and Ride/ETAdventure -- were ''all'' prone to frequent breakdowns and technical malfunctions. On opening day, over a thousand disgruntled guests received either refunds or free tickets for another visit, and the following day, the park simply gave ''everybody'' who purchased a ticket a voucher for another one at a later date.
16th Aug '16 8:04:05 AM Sapphirea2
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* Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's sixth theme park resort and their first in mainland China (Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005) had its share of troubles too on the way to its June 2016 opening -- itself delayed by a few months from the spring. Smog issues could be distracting for visitors from other countries. Disney had to make a lot of changes to certain sections of the park to appeal to local guests, since their characters and properties (except, perhaps, Mickey Mouse) aren't as well-known in mainland China as elsewhere. Budget overruns in Shanghai were made up for by budget ''cuts'' at the American resorts in 2015-16, leading to cuts in operating hours and general upkeep and delays for new attractions and refurbishments. And even though it was hugely popular from day one, the Walt Disney Company [[TooSoon couldn't trumpet their success internationally]] -- '''the night before''' the grand opening took place, a toddler at one of their Florida complex's hotels was dragged into a lake by an alligator and drowned, making ''that'' the Disney-related story that made headlines in North America for days instead.

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* Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's sixth theme park resort and their first in mainland China (Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005) had its share of troubles too on the way to its June 2016 opening -- itself delayed by a few months from the spring. Smog issues could be distracting for visitors from other countries. Disney had to make a lot of changes to certain sections of the park to appeal to local guests, since their characters and properties (except, perhaps, (except Mickey Mouse) aren't as well-known in mainland China as elsewhere. Budget overruns in Shanghai were made up for by budget ''cuts'' at the American resorts in 2015-16, leading to cuts in operating hours and general upkeep and delays for new attractions and refurbishments. And even though it was Shanghai Disneyland ended up hugely popular from day one, one -- it welcomed its one millionth guest in mid-August -- the Walt Disney Company initially [[TooSoon couldn't trumpet their success internationally]] -- '''the internationally]]. '''The night before''' the grand opening took place, a toddler at one of their Florida complex's hotels was dragged into a lake by an alligator and drowned, making ''that'' the Disney-related story that made headlines in North America for days instead.
5th Aug '16 4:14:24 PM mlsmithca
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** What was the nail in the coffin for the ''Western River Expedition'' happened in January 1979, when groundbreaking took place in Frontierland for ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'', a mine train roller coaster, on the plot of land that had been reserved for the ''Western River Expedition''. While ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' was under construction, Marc Davis, desperate to save his project, tried to offer a compromise, where the roller coaster could be built as long as a scaled down ''Western River Expedition'' was built opposite the railroad tracks. This version would only contain the boat ride. Unfortunately, this was not the way things turned out. The proposed compromise never was enacted on, and construction of ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' continued.

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** What was the The nail in the coffin for the ''Western River Expedition'' happened in January 1979, when groundbreaking took place in Frontierland for ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'', a mine train roller coaster, on the plot of land that had been reserved for the ''Western River Expedition''. While ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' was under construction, Marc Davis, desperate to save his project, tried to offer a compromise, where the roller coaster could be built as long as a scaled down ''Western River Expedition'' was built opposite the railroad tracks. This version would only contain the boat ride. Unfortunately, this was not the way things turned out. The proposed compromise never was enacted on, and construction of ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' continued.
5th Aug '16 12:20:30 PM dmcreif
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* The never-built ''Western River Expedition'' was a planned ride pavilion at the Magic Kingdom, designed by Animator-Imagineer Marc Davis, and would have been built in Frontierland. If built, it would've contained a western-themed boat ride, a runaway mine train roller coaster, themed hiking trails, a Pueblo Indian village, and a pack mule attraction. Lots of things conspired to doom the originally planned pavilion:
**For one, the most common complaint from parkgoers in the first few months of the Magic Kingdom was, "Where are the pirates?" as the park had not been built with the popular ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride that Disneyland had received, especially since pirates are a major part of Florida's history. To pacify these people, Disney hastily built a second ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride in the Magic Kingdom. This 86ed plans for the ''Western River Expedition'' because much of the budget planned to build it was used in building ''Pirates of the Caribbean'', not to mention that it would be redundant to have two boat rides.
**The economic downturn of the early 1970s and changes in Disney management also contributed to keeping the project from going through, along with concerns over the stereotypes of Indians and the loss of popularity of Westerns.
**Towards the end of the 1970s, there was the possibility that the ''Western River Expedition'' would be built. Unfortunately, such chances were very slim, due to several factors, which besides changes in management and an economic downturn, included the construction of a massive expansion of Tomorrowland, which resulted in the addition of ''Space Mountain'', the ''Tomorrowland Transit Authority [=PeopleMover=]'', Walt Disney's ''Carousel of Progress'', and the ''Astro Orbiter''. The construction of these four attractions meant that money and resources couldn't be allocated to construction of attractions in other lands.
**What was the nail in the coffin for the ''Western River Expedition'' happened in January 1979, when groundbreaking took place in Frontierland for ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'', a mine train roller coaster, on the plot of land that had been reserved for the ''Western River Expedition''. While ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' was under construction, Marc Davis, desperate to save his project, tried to offer a compromise, where the roller coaster could be built as long as a scaled down ''Western River Expedition'' was built opposite the railroad tracks. This version would only contain the boat ride. Unfortunately, this was not the way things turned out. The proposed compromise never was enacted on, and construction of ''Big Thunder Mountain Railroad'' continued.
**Despite the plans for the ''Western River Expedition'' being axed, many of its would-be elements would be incorporated into the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland as well as into other parks:
***Florida's Frontierland would eventually receive a water-based attraction in 1992, when ''Splash Mountain'', a log flume themed to the film ''Film/SongoftheSouth'', opened.
***More notably, Disneyland Paris's Frontierland is themed as the mining town of ''Thunder Mesa'', named in tribute to the ''Western River Expedition''.
***Marc Davis's plans for the ''Western River Expedition'' boat ride included a section where riders would pass through a mining town called Dry Gulch. Dry Gulch would be the basis for the literal ghost town of Phantom Canyon in ''[[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]]''[[note]]Disneyland Paris's version of the Haunted Mansion[[/note]].



* In 2000, Kings Island built a wooden roller coaster called the ''Son of Beast''. It was the world's first wooden hypercoaster (coaster with a height between 200 and 299 feet) and the first to feature an inversion (a vertical loop), and the second longest wooden roller coaster in the world behind only ''The Beast'' on the other side of the park. ''Son of Beast'' was plagued with problems from the start, compared to ''The Beast'':
** Then-Kings Island owner Paramount fired the Roller Coaster Company of America, the company hired to engineer and build the ride, before the construction was completed and had to make several design corrections in the ride’s initial year.

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* In 2000, Kings Island built a wooden roller coaster called the ''Son of Beast''. It The fourth wooden roller coaster to be built at the park, it was the world's first wooden hypercoaster (coaster with a height between 200 and 299 feet) and the first to feature an inversion (a vertical loop), and the second longest wooden roller coaster in the world behind only ''The Beast'' on the other side of the park. ''Son of Beast'' was plagued with problems from the start, compared to ''The Beast'':
** Then-Kings Island owner Paramount Parks fired the Roller Coaster Company Corporation of America, the company hired to engineer and build the ride, before the construction was completed and had to make several design corrections in the ride’s initial year.
17th Jul '16 9:34:46 PM mlsmithca
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** Nobody felt the effects of Six Flags Ohio's growth more than the park across the lake, Ride/SeaWorld Ohio, which had traditionally been the bigger of the two parks in the area and existed in a symbiotic relationship with its neighbor. However, for various reasons (local ordinances, a non-compete clause with the former Geauga Lake park, and simple spite for Six Flags), [=SeaWorld=] Ohio couldn't or wouldn't build the thrill rides that were now starting to pop up at its sister parks in San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio. Attendance began to suffer as a result, leading to [=SeaWorld=] Ohio getting sold to Six Flags in 2001. Under new management, the two parks were merged into '''Six Flags Worlds of Adventure''', a 700-acre megapark with thrill rides, a waterpark, and all of [=SeaWorld=]'s old marine zoo. To this day, it was the largest single theme park in history (if one counts the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World Resort]]'s multiple parks as separate rather than part of one complex), and on paper, it was perhaps the ultimate theme park, a serious rival to Cedar Point (Northern UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}'s other major theme park, and typically held to be one of the best in the world)........
** .......And it was doomed. Six Flags' overinvestment in this and other parks put them deep in the red (the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009), turning Worlds of Adventure into a financial liability despite its popularity. Furthermore, the two combined local parks simply did not have the infrastructure for the Cedar Point-sized crowds that showed up daily. By all accounts, Worlds of Adventure was hopelessly cramped, crowded, and filthy despite its massive size, and given that one of Six Flags' main selling points at the time was cheap ticket prices (a season pass cost only ''$50''), many of the guests were rowdy teenagers and {{Lower Class Lout}}s who created a bad image in the minds of locals who remembered when Geauga Lake was a small family park. Finally, while the park had previously been able to avoid direct competition with Cedar Point by virtue of its smaller size and different market, its mammoth expansion meant that it no longer had that luxury -- and given the above problems, the comparisons were not flattering.

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** Nobody felt the effects of Six Flags Ohio's growth more than the park across the lake, Ride/SeaWorld Ohio, which had traditionally been the bigger of the two parks in the area and existed in a symbiotic relationship with its neighbor. However, for various reasons (local ordinances, a non-compete clause with the former Geauga Lake park, and simple spite for Six Flags), [=SeaWorld=] Ohio couldn't or wouldn't build the thrill rides that were now starting to pop up at its sister parks in San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio. Attendance began to suffer as a result, leading to [=SeaWorld=] Ohio getting sold to Six Flags in 2001. Under new management, the two parks were merged into '''Six Flags Worlds of Adventure''', a 700-acre megapark with thrill rides, a waterpark, and all of [=SeaWorld=]'s old marine zoo. To this day, it was the largest single theme park in history (if one counts the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World Resort]]'s multiple parks as separate rather than part of one complex), and on paper, it was perhaps the ultimate theme park, a serious rival to Cedar Point (Northern UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}'s other major theme park, and typically held to be one of the best in the world)........
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And it was doomed. Six Flags' overinvestment in this and other parks put them deep in the red (the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009), turning Worlds of Adventure into a financial liability despite its popularity. Furthermore, the two combined local parks simply did not have the infrastructure for the Cedar Point-sized crowds that showed up daily. By all accounts, Worlds of Adventure was hopelessly cramped, crowded, and filthy despite its massive size, and given that one of Six Flags' main selling points at the time was cheap ticket prices (a season pass cost only ''$50''), many of the guests were rowdy teenagers and {{Lower Class Lout}}s who created a bad image in the minds of locals who remembered when Geauga Lake was a small family park. Finally, while the park had previously been able to avoid direct competition with Cedar Point by virtue of its smaller size and different market, its mammoth expansion meant that it no longer had that luxury -- and given the above problems, the comparisons were not flattering.



** Binkowski postulated that giving the theme park a brand name would attract more people as opposed to a generic approach with typical carnival rides. A relationship between Renaissance Entertainment and Hard Rock International (the two had been together on prior projects like Universal’s [=CityWalk=] and the Hard Rock Café restaurant chain) allowed him to get the Hard Rock license with ease. The Fantasy Harbor project was dropped, and work on Hard Rock Park began in the early 2000s. Some of the attractions included a [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion “British Invasion”]]-themed area, a dark ride based off of [[Music/TheMoodyBlues The Moody Blues’]] 1967 song ''Nights in White Satin'', and a [[Music/LedZeppelin Led Zeppelin]] roller coaster.

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** Binkowski postulated that giving the theme park a brand name would attract more people as opposed to a generic approach with typical carnival rides. A relationship between Renaissance Entertainment and Hard Rock International (the two had been together on prior projects like Universal’s [=CityWalk=] and the Hard Rock Café restaurant chain) allowed him to get the Hard Rock license with ease. The Fantasy Harbor project was dropped, and work on Hard Rock Park began in the early 2000s. Some of the attractions included a [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion “British Invasion”]]-themed area, a dark ride based off of [[Music/TheMoodyBlues The Moody Blues’]] Music/TheMoodyBlues' 1967 song ''Nights "Nights in White Satin'', Satin", and a [[Music/LedZeppelin Led Zeppelin]] Music/LedZeppelin roller coaster.
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