AURORA -- Geauga Lake Amusement Park itself is gone, and now so is the "Geauga Lake" name on Cedar Fair's Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora.
It is no longer "Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom" but just "Wildwater Kingdom."
Sandusky-based Cedar Fair owns, among other properties, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora and the 550-acre adjacent property in Bainbridge where Geauga Lake Amusement Park once stood.
Cedar Fair closed the amusment park in September, 2007, citing declining attendance. Geauga Lake had been open in one form or another for 119 years.
The waterpark remained in operation. While many mourn the loss of the amusement park and the still uncertain future of the last remaining ride standing -- the historic Big Dipper roller coaster -- some see the removal of the Geauga Lake name from the waterpark as the final blow.
Asked why the name was removed, Wildwater Kingdom/Cedar Point Director of Public Relations Robin Innes said, "It has been a stand-alone attraction for four summers. This is more appropriate and better describes its offerings and the facility."
Asked about this year's waterpark attendance numbers, Innes replied, "Waterparks are very dependent on the weather. They are extremely popular in hot weather." He did not include specific attendance numbers.
In 2005, parent company Cedar Fair invested $26 million in Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom, a new waterpark created on the former Sea World site, adjacent to Geauga Lake Amusement Park.