Idlewild & SoakZone in Pennsylvania To Retire 3 Attractions
Idlewild Park in Pennsylvania, has announced that they will be retiring 3 of their classic Attractions.
- The Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon
- Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin’ Jungle
- The Ferris Wheel in Olde Idlewild
“One thing that is a constant in life is change. At Idlewild & SoakZone, part of our evolution over the last 143 years has been a continuous examination of the sustainability, capacity and popularity of our attraction lineup. As part of that process, the following attractions will be retired prior to the start of our 2021 season: the Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon, Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin’ Jungle, and the current Ferris Wheel in Olde Idlewild.
We know that these attractions have created countless memories for so many of you over the years, and we join in saying a heartfelt goodbye.
Idlewild remains committed to offering our Guests a mix of classic attractions and new adventures. We look forward to adding new and exciting family experiences in future seasons. Stay tuned!”
There are many reasons for classic ride removals such as sustainability, ride popularity, and the cost to maintain these rides. Earlier this year, Palace Entertainment (IdleWild’s parent company) announced that they would be moving their corporate headquarters to Pittsburgh, PA. These changes are fitting as they seem to be giving all the parks nearby a face-lift. Yinzers can expect even more changes over the course of the next few years.
The sudden removal announcement of these rides will hit hard to amusement park fans as the news comes after the park has already closed for the 2020 season — leaving guests with no closure. A similar situation occurred when the former Geauga Lake park in Ohio closed in 2007 and never opened its gates again. Fans are still bitter after not being able to get those last rides and photos.
IdleWild has not commented on the future of the rides other than “they are being retired”. Kennywood, the nearby sister park has also announced ride closures today.
Are you looking forward to the new and excited experiences? Or will you miss these classic attractions? Join the facebook discussion and tell us your thoughts here: https://www.facebook.com/coasternation/posts/3778614735506733
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