Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (11/14/16) The labor strike at Cedar Point is over almost as soon as it begun after the union and theme park came to an agreement on a new five-year contract.
(11/9/16) While Cedar Point is now closed for the season, the park hit the news airwaves once again this week with the announcement that workers at the park that are part of the Local 480 Laborers union have gone on strike outside the park and formed a picket line. The union and the park have been negotiating towards a new contract and in the end the latest offer by the park has been rejected once again, leaving the workers currently without a contract at all. Click here to read all the official details about what is going on as quite a bit of the much needed off-season maintenance work has now ground to a halt.
(11/7/16) With the World Series now over and the Chicago Cubs still celebrating their victory, Cedar Fair is paying up on their friendly wager with Six Flags Great America and has posted a video of their team members singing the "Go Cubs Go" song on Facebook, looking suitably miserable while doing so, making the video quite funny. Six Flags has also selected the Cedar Point ride that will be renamed for opening weekend as well... Top Thrill Dragster will be renamed Top Thrill Cubster.
(10/31/16) New photos sent in from Cedar Point this weekend show off demolition crews now on site working to remove the remains bits of the closed Shoot the Rapids flume ride.
2017 - Mean Streak Renovation / Soak City Expansion - (2/13/17) Mean Streak may be gone... but the big question on everyone's mind right now is will it reopen in 2017 or 2018? Cedar Point has been entirely silent on the issue, but given the timeline that saw Mean Streak close long before the end of the 2016 season and the typical length of time RMC has taken to transform the majority of their previous projects, it stood to reason that the new hybrid creation should be ready to roll for the 2017 season.
Several new photos of Mean Streak construction were sent in over the weekend by readers.
But the silence has been deafening... if not a bit maddening as well, as it is just so unlike Cedar Point to keep silent so long about a major new roller coaster project, and miss all those precious weeks of pre-season marketing hype. Of course that may very well be part of the plan, to let the enthusiast community go mad with obsession and start a viral level of obsession with the park's latest creation.
Or there is the more disappointing option... that the new project simply was never intended to open in 2017 at all and will instead open in 2018. RMC's first project too that long to create, when Six Flags over Texas closed the Texas Giant in late 2009 and did not reopen it as the New Texas Giant until April of 2011. There is a lot of history as well between Mean Streak and the original Texas Giant, as both were created by Curtis Summers, one year apart from each other at that, and both feature a very similar look and layout design as well.
Plus the 2016 opening of Valravn did provided The Point with a needed new coaster, so it isn't like there has been a long drought of anything of new hardware, which would allow them to take their time in doing what needs to be done. Still... they are driving their fans crazy with anticipation. So what is it going to be Cedar Point? 2017 or will we all have to wait until 2018?
(12/31/16) A new update posted to CPAmericasRollerCoast has posted some new skyline shots of Cedar Point as seem from the mainland. Here they noticed that the park's RipCord (Sky Coaster) that was taken down to make way for the waterpark expansion has already been reinstalled in a new location at the park. Based on the new location, it is thought that the RipCord may now be located somewhere on the former Shoot the Rapids location.
In other news a series of construction photos of Mean Streak, shot from the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and nearby marinas across the bay, show off the current state of the transformation on the old wooden coaster.
(11/19/16) While I cannot share it, an interesting image was sent in to Screamscape this week showing off the installation of the IBOX track system being installed on the turnaround from the station to the bottom of the lift hill on Mean Streak. While the first rail sections are just being added to the lift, it is the straightaway leading to it that caught my eye, as a pair of fun little humps have been placed just before you hit the bottom of the lift, creating an itty-bitty little double-down style maneuver.
It is nice to see RMC still creating some of these unique little pre-lift elements on their creations, as it is almost becoming something of a new signature element for them. As I recall the first was done on Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain and then we saw similar "twisted" elements on Joker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as well.
(10/24/16) Several new photos of the construction taking place to Mean Streak were sent in over the weekend and added to our photo section. Check them out below.
(10/17/16) Pictures of Rust Brown colored RMC IBOX track sections have now been spotted laid out next to Mean Streak next to the station. A few pictures of the new track have been sent in to Screamscape by a local reader along with the new steel cross-ties added to the supports between the station and lifthill area.
(10/13/16) An assortment of new photos showing off the work taking place to Cedar Point’s Mean Streak coaster were sent in by a reader this week. As you can see, bit-by-bit, sections of the old ride are slowing coming down, especially the old coaster’s lift hill. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing that the new version of this ride may end up having a taller and steeper drop.
(10/3/16) A reader sent in some new pictures of the start of demolition taking place on Mean Streak at Cedar Point.
(9/27/16) One of our readers has sent in a few photos from Cedar Point showing off signs that workers have already begun removing parts and pieces from Mean Streak over the weekend.
(9/22/16) Don't say I didn't tell you all months ago that Mean Streak would be getting the RMC treatment, but photos of a Rocky Mountain Construction crane truck sitting on-site backstage at The Point have been making all the fanboys geek out for the past 24 hours. But Screamscape readers have known all along what was coming.
(9/20/16) It has been pointed out that during the last rites cerimony held to close Mean Streak down for good, it was mentioned that the character's name who was giving the last rites was "Richard Michael Crosby"... another fine R.M.C. reference apparently.
(8/25/16) Cedar Point has confirmed that with the expansion and transformation of the waterpark into Cedar Point Shores, the Challenge Park area will be closed to help make way for the expansion as well as an expansion to Hotel Breakers. So no more go-karts or mini-golf, though Ripcord will stay, it will have to be relocated.
Meanwhile, the official announcement about what is happening to Mean Streak wont come until sometime after the coaster's last day on Sept. 16th.
I've added a couple of images showing off Cedar Point Shores.
(8/18/16) Cedar Point is rebanding the Soak City waterpark as Cedar Point Shores in 2017. The 18 acre waterpark will feature three all new attractions next season along with upgrades to the food offerings, new cabanas and more.
Point Plummet - Four 6-story tall slides that will begin with a near vertical plunge through a trap-door when you step into the Aquapods at the tops.
Attached to the same structure will be two 5-story tube slides called Starboard Surge and Portside Plunge, that will send riders through an enclosed tube before exiting down a series of intense drops to the pool below. (If this combo sounds familiar, this looks like the same slide tower design coming to Knott’s Soak City that was confirmed yesterday.)
Lakeslide Landing - A new “family splashground” that will feature 12 kid-sized slides surrounded by a zero-depth entry pool.
Many new food items will be served up at the new Crystal Rock Cafe including fresh baked flat breads, salads, chicken sandwiches and tenders, waffle fries, brats and much more.
Cedar Point Shores will also now have a brand new entrance gate, poolside bar, family changing/shower areas, more lounge chairs, better views, improved landscaping and more when it opens in 2017.
(8/18/16) According to the local news Cedar Point will expand their Soak City waterpark in 2017 as one of their big capital projects. The details will be released sometime Thursday morning.
(8/2/16) Cedar Point confirmed on Monday morning that Mean Streak will be getting the axe and close down for good on September 16th. While the park doesn't go into any more detail than that, it sure sounds like the rumored transformation by RMC will begin this fall, allow Mean Streak to reopen as an all new hybrid creation for 2017. I'm sure we'll have to wait until they close it down before they have anything more to say.
As for what will happen on the night of Sept. 16th... this will be the opening night of HalloWeekends and from 6-7pm guests are invited to take their last rides, but at 7:30pm the park will hold a special closing ceremony and give "last rites" to Mean Streak, followed by a procession march from FrontierTown to the Dead Rides Cemetery near the front of the park.
(6/10/16) According to some early rumors, I'm guessing we could see Mean Streak close down early for the season, possibly as early as late July. It seems there is some rumbling amongst some of the staff who work the ride about being told they will be trained (and transferred) work other attractions by then.
(6/8/16) Regarding the rumored changes planned for Mean Streak... forget what I said last week. The plans have now only been green lit, but Screamscape sources tell us that RMC will be coming to The Point to transform Mean Streak into something bigger, faster and much meaner for the 2017 season. Typically this usually means that Mean Streak will close down before the end of the season so they can begin to work on it, but no wors on exactly when this will be. With this in mind, be sure to get your rides in now on Mean Streak, because you never know which ride may be y our last.
(5/31/16) Is something going on with Mean Streak at Cedar Point, or is park management just playing mind games with the coaster enthusiasts? Coaster fans who visited The Point last weekend (May 21-22) spotted some pink paint markings and flags all around Mean Streak... including one interesting one that even said "RMC" on it. So does this mean RMC is working up plans to revamp Mean Streak for Cedar Point?
Not quite so fast!
Not only is it too early to jump the gun on that kind of assumption, but the blatant labeling of "RMC" is a bit too obvious in my opinion. Why? Because Cedar Point knows their coaster enthusiast fans all too well... and they've been known to play a prank or two, especially when they know a large number of them may be in town. For example, these markings were spotted last weekend when sister park, Kings Island, was hosting their own multi-day enthusiasts event. Also keep in mind that CoasterMania will be taking place at The Point this Friday. So I don't put it past them at all to leave a very obvious and probably misleading clue right out in the open.
In fact, they are even going out of their way to send their biggest fans over to Mean Streak to look for clues. A reader of ours took part in the first Sunrise Trills Tour several days ago (where they get to go to the top of Valravn's lift hill). During one part of the tour the guide mentions that these coaster fans should be sure to go over to Mean Streak to check out some kind of new early construction prep work taking place.
But back to that stake in the ground that says "RMC" on it, I believe that may be a huge red herring to throw everyone off track. Cedar Fair has done this before, as just such a tactic used at Carowinds back in July of 2011. In the grassy field in front of Intimidator they put several stakes in the ground that said, "Huss GF" on them. If memory serves, there was some kind of Coaster enthusiasts event at the park that week, which led to a ton of rumors that Carowinds would get a Huss Giant Frisbee for 2012. (You can find photos of this posted to TheCoasterCritic) About a week later all these stakes vanished and a new one was placed that said "GCI 2012", before it quickly vanished as well.
The park actually added a Windseeker in 2012 on a completely different location. Clearly the park was playing mind games with their fans, and I believe Cedar Point could be doing the same right now. Not that seeing Mean Streak get worked on for 2017 isn't a possibility... I just don't think it will be RMC.
2017 - Youth Sports Complex - (4/13/16) The Cedar Point Resort is expanding into a new market segment beyond theme parks it seems. According to an announcement Cedar Point is now planning on building a $23.5 million Youth Sports Complex on the mainland, four miles to the south of the theme park peninsula, on a 57-acre site that was previously used as a small airport. The complex will open in 2017 and feature 9 multipurpose fields with synenthic turf, four NCAA regulation size baseball fields, a baseball/softball stadium, 8 soccer/lacross fields, a “great lawn” area, as well as some upcharge fun activity areas that will offer mini-golf, a ropes course, a bungee/trampoline challenge area, a playground as well as a offer on-site food & beverage sales.
Most of the budget for the project is actually being paid for by Erie County who put up $17 million from their hotel bed tax fund. Cedar Point put up $3.5 million and handled the purchase of the property. Lastly a company called The Sports Force & Fields Inc. is putting in an additional $3 million, and their company will be the ones to manage the facility.
As a parent of kids who have played in a few sports leagues, where the championship games have involved traveling away from home for a time, I can see how a complex like this could be a huge benefit to
Cedar Point in much the same way that the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex benefits Walt Disney World’s massive infrastructure when family groups travel to participate in games at the complex, but those family groups will also be in search of overnight accommodations and likely to spend a day at The Point before they head home. If this works out at Cedar Point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they look into building a couple more of these in key locations near some of their other primary theme parks where youth sports tournaments are a huge deal. (Carowinds… I’m looking at you as the Charlotte area could use a place like this, as my kids have traveled all over between Tennessee and South Carolina for various tournaments.)
2018 - Hotel Breakers Expansion - (8/25/16) Cedar Point has announced plans to begin construction on an expansion to the Hotel Breakers, adding another 158 rooms to the resort. Construction will begin in September on a new six-story tower West of the main hotel, but the expansion wont be finished until 2018.
(6/3/16) According to the local news Cedar Point submited plans to the local government for a 69-room expansion to their Breakers Express hotel which was approved. The plan is to turn the "U" shaped hotel into an "O" shaped hotel by filling in the opening at the far end. They say that was actually the original plan for the hotel in the first place years ago.
2020 - New Major Attraction - Speculation - (8/30/16) So when is Cedar Point planning to add their next coaster? It’s a bit far out to know for sure, but 2020 seems to be a very likely date, as the park will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Cedar Point that year.