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Zippin Pippin helping to post big numbers in first month of Bay Beach


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Zippin Pippin roller coaster is exceeding expectations and proving it by posting big numbers during the first month of operation. 

The city owned Bay Beach amusement park brought in more than $226,000 over last year because of the new ride, with more than $726,000.  That represents a more than 45% increase.  The city was anticipating about a 20% increase. 

The roller coaster is gaining attention, with a buck a ride, it brought in over $110,000 alone.

Park Director Tina Westergaard says more people are spending longer periods of time in the park.  Receipts show spending increases in other areas of the park with concessions, souvenirs, soda machines, commissions, and video games. 

May Jim Schmitt says this is about lifting a whole park, not just a roller coaster. 

Schmitt received critical comments of his effort to bring the ride to Green Bay.

Overall ridership was lacking on all the other rides, with attendance down 7.3%. The other 16 rides saw ridership decrease by neary 25%.