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