When the game starts, Rotting Heights is in no condition to be opened right away. The main focus here will be to take care of the problems in the park, which opens two options to the player : clean up and rebuild the park, or demolish everything and start over from scratch.
Rebuilding the former parkPlayers who plan to rebuild the current park will have to hire a few mechanics and handymen as the flat rides start out broken and the pathways need major cleanup and fixing. For the incomplete tracked rides, only good building skills will make them a favorite for the guests.
It's possible to either fix a part of the park and lock off the rest, in order to keep a small money entrance while fixing the rest of the park ; or to borrow all money available and fix everything at once.
Players who plan to demolish the old rides and start over, will start with a few extra bucks and the ability to still operate the park gradually or borrow and build a full park from the get-go, using the fresh money to fill in the blanks.
In both cases, players have to check park entrance and ride fees before opening the park, as the guests here are quite poor ($60 in average). Going overboard with the pricing, especially the entrance fee, will make them leave soon. This isn't a bad strategy, as it keeps the guest generation active, but it holds the guest numbers down, which is counter-productive.