GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — There's plenty of thrilling rides to choose from at Bay Beach Amusement Park. From the Zippin Pippin, to the Sea Dragon, to the Tilt-A-Whirl.
But one thriller not available — The Bay Beast.
"When that one came here, I liked it a lot," park-goer Ava Zietlow said.
The Bay Beast was a fan favorite to many.
"I just miss that it was the only ride that was one of the drop rides," Zietlow said.
"Everyone seemed to love this ride," Bay Beach park manager Jason Arnoldi said.
Arnoldi says the Bay Beast closed before the start of the season. He says it would have cost about $300,000 to repair it.
But don't worry Bay Beast fans, because a ride to replace it is on the way.
"We're really confident in this ride that's coming up," Arnoldi said.
Arnoldi says Friends of Bay Beach, the park's fundraising team, is bringing in a ride from Orlando similar to the Bay Beast.
Earlier this week, the city council approved the group's purchase of it.
"Maybe it will be a little bit faster, a little bit higher," Zietlow said.
Well, Zietlow is getting her wish.
"The new beast is going to be a little bit bigger, and add a little more fun, a little more drop time," Arnoldi said. "And we're really looking forward to getting it up here."
Arnoldi says the incoming ride is 50 feet tall.
It doesn't have a name yet and needs some upgrades, but it could open by the end of the season.
"We're just happy to get all the rides going, to have an answer on the Bay Beast and moving forward on that one," Arnoldi said.
Set to be another thriller being brought to a place loved by many.
"It's really exciting when new rides come to Bay Beach," Zietlow said.
Arnoldi says the Falling Star ride is also closed, and the park is looking to replace it.
However, the park just announced Friday that the Scrambler is open again.