Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (7/30/14) If you follow Screamscape on Twitter or Facebook, you already heard about the accident that took place at Cedar Point over the weekend on the Skyhawk ride when a cable broke on the swing ride. According to the latest report, two guests were treated for injuries, one at the park and one at a local hospital and then released. Cedar Point is keeping Skyhawk closed until further notice while they conduct an investigation into what happened.
According to many online reports on Twitter and Facebook, the cable broke free, swung down and broke a section of wooden fence around the ride. Debris from this impact is thought to have caused the less severe injury. The exact nature of the other injury hasn’t been confirmed, but there were on-site reports of guest who may have broke their leg, but no explanation as to how it happened. Other reports claimed another guest may have been struck in the the head by the cable, but again… these are unconfirmed. A video has appeared on YouTube however, posted by Theme Park Maniacs, as an unknown guest arrived on the accident scene shortly after the accident, camera in hand, while the ride’s arm were still slowly coming to a stop. There is some “adult language” in the video, so consider this NSFW.
One guest tells the camera man that someone was hit by a piece of wood, and you can see the wood debris scattered on the ground where the section of the fence was smashed outwards from the ride by the cable, which acted as a whip as it was drug back and forth by the swinging arm before the ride could be stopped.
A follow-up video was shot on site the very next morning, where the fence has been repaired overnight and you couldn’t even tell it was ever broken unless you knew where to look, and there was no sign of a problem on the closed ride.
(7/14/14) I really don’t give a hoot about the NBA, so this posting may seem a bit out of place. As for why I don’t care about the NBA... I grew up in San Diego and any faint interest I had in the NBA vanished when the Clippers moved to LA for no good reason... but that’s a story for another day. Anyway...
The point is that Lebron James has confirmed he will return to play for Cleveland once again, but before this was confirmed the other day, Cedar Point put the word out on Social Media that if Lebron came back to Cleveland, Cedar Point would rename one of their roller coasters after him. Well, he’s back and The Point has announced that they are ready to make good on their offer, they just aren’t ready to say which coaster will be renamed, or what the final name will be. Of course whatever takes place, Cedar Point and Lebron will have to work out some kind of contractual agreement and get everything approved before they can make it official, so I’m sure we’ll be waiting a bit longer to find out what the final result will be, so stay tuned.
(7/3/14) Cedar Point quietly soft opened their new SlingShot ride yesterday and should be open to the public on a regular basis starting today.
(6/11/14) From the sound of things Cedar Point may have 16 new job openings this week, as 16 park employees got themselves arrested at The Point over the weekend when the park was closed due to the water main break. According to this report a brawl broke out between the staff members at Cedar Point Commons, on-site housing for certain park employees, including one who was also charged with assault on a police officer. Ouch! I can only assume with access to water cut off, and extra free time on their hands, they may have resorted to drinking some alternative beverages before things got out of control.
(6/10/14) Great news for Cedar Point… the news of Dragster’s problems were perhaps either over exaggerated or The Point has the best maintenance crews on the planet. I’d guess that the answer is a bit of both. Either way, Top Thrill Dragster reopened to park guests late Monday afternoon! Go get your ride on!
(6/9/14) Sorry for the news, but Cedar Point had a BAD weekend. So bad that the entire complex was shut down both Saturday and Sunday because the primary water main in Sandusky that feeds out to The Point broke. The repairs have now been completed to the point that Cedar Point is reopen today, Monday June 9th. We’ve got a little more bad news however, as Top Thrill Dragster is closed, and is rumored to have blown its hydraulic launch motor earlier in the week, so depending on how severe the damage is and if they have to wait on spare parts or not, the length of the closure could range from short to quite lengthy. Stand by and be patient!
(5/26/14) I have to take a quick moment to congratulate Cedar Point’s classic Blue Streak wooden coaster on turning 50 years old this past week. Blue Streak opened back in 1964 and plans on holding a special ceremony to commemorate the ride on June 21st for the park’s official ‘Ride Anniversary Day’ where they will also acknowledge achievements for Raptor, Magnum XL-200, Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy.
(3/20/14) Cedar Point will offer something special this fall during HalloWeekends… a live multimedia special performance series by the well known horror music, Midnight Syndicate. “Midnight Syndicate Live - Legacy of Shadows” will perform every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from Sept. 12 through Nov. 1st.
(2/27/14) Cedar Point fans… are you tired of winter and ready for the sun to come out so you can get back to The Point? Check out a video report from the Gemini Midway construction area posted by CoasterCrew below.
(2/24/14) Cedar Point held a special backstage tour for various enthusiast groups this weekend and you can find a couple of great photo tour reports posted to the TPR Forum.
(2/21/14) Cedar Point announced the details of a new extra additions coming to the park for the 2014 season. In addition to the previously announced Gemini Midway / Camp Snoopy projects, the park has also confirmed that they will add a new 360 foot tall SlingShot upcharge ride near Gemini. I’m not sure what the record is, but if a 360 foot tall SlingShot isn’t it, it has to be damn close. The cost to ride has not been determined at this time, but the ride will be manufactured by Funtime in Austria.
Other improvements coming to the park include a full-service Starbucks (taking over the former Donut Time), as well as an Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon in Challenge Park. Chickie’s & Pete’s Sport Bar was also confirmed and will take over the former Game Day Grille. Over on the Gemini Midway look for a new Coca-Cola Freestyle station and a new Yogurt Plus location near the new Pipe Scream.
(2/13/14) Interesting news for Cedar Point guests this season… according to the park’s website Platinum Season Passholders (not Standard) will also get free unlimited access into Dinosaurs Alive this season.
(2/7/14) CPFansite has made an interesting find this week… a hit on the FAA website says that Cedar Point is seeking approval to install a 236 foot tall slingshot ride to be installed near Gemini. I’m not sure if they are hoping to have this ready for the 2014 season or just planning ahead for 2015.
(2/2/14) It looks like Carowinds isn’t the only Cedar Fair park adding a Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Shack to the lineup in 2014, as this article about Cedar Point’s new GM (Jason McClure) mentions that Cedar Point will also add a C&P this year, as well as some new changes on the way to the park’s Luminosity night show.
2014 - New Attractions / Gemini Midway Upgrade - (8/28
/13) Cedar Point has announced a major overhaul is coming to the Gemini Midway for 2014 that will see several improvements, some changes and two new rides. The first is Pipe Scream, a Zamperla Disk’o Coaster ride. Next up is the Lake Erie Eagles, a new Flying Scooters flat ride. Other changes on the way include the moving of the Frog Hopper into Camp Snoopy where it will be renamed Woodstock’s Airmail. The Junior Gemini will move it’s entrance into Camp Snoopy and be renamed, Wilderness Run.
Hotel Breakers will complete the first year of a 2-Year Renovation plan by 2014, with the first year focused entirely on upgrading the outside of the hotel. Year two will focus on upgrading the interior.
(8/23/13) I’m told that Cedar Point is expected to make an announcement regarding their 2014 plans on Tuesday, August 27th. Stay tuned!
(8/21/13) Is Cedar Point getting a new dark ride for 2014? While earlier rumors seemed to suggest that it may be so, the latest whispers coming in from the four corners suggest that a secondary Cedar Fair park may try out the dark ride concept first. If true, what else could The Point have in the works for 2014?
2014 - Lighthouse Point Expansion - Confirmed - (3/5/14) Cedar Point confirmed the rumored upgrade and expansion plans for Ligthouse Point earlier today. By late May 2014 they will offer 52 new deluxe 2-story cabins, each able to accommodate up to 10 guests, each with two bathrooms, four flat screens, a small refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, outdoor charcoal grill and picnic table. Don’t forget… free WiFi as well so you can spead your love of The Point over your favorite social network.
(1/30/14) KDFanssite has interesting news to share this week for Kings Dominion as well as Cedar Point. After a little field trip to the permit office they have discovered plans to expand Kings Dominion’s Camp Wilderness area by adding 32 new cabins as well as upgrade the RV sites. The funny thing is that an extra page for Cedar Point was accidentally filed in with the Kings Dominion paperwork showing off an image of a cabin that is part of a 2014 expansion coming to Cedar Point’s Lighthouse Point.
2014/2015 - Hotel Breakers Refurbishment - Confirmed - (12/5/13) Cedar Point has begun this winter’s renovation work at the Hotel Breakers, part of a 3 year, $60 million plan to renovate the historic park hotel. The first half of the project, which has just begun, will see the exterior of the hotel repaired and replaced, including adding a new roof and all new paint. Next winter the restoration work will move indoors.
(8/28/13) Hotel Breakers will complete the first year of a 2-Year Renovation plan by 2014, with the first year focused entirely on upgrading the outside of the hotel. Year two will focus on upgrading the interior.
(12/3/12) Cedar Point confirmed that they will spent around $60 million over the next three years to update, improve and restore the park’s on site hotel properties in an effort to lure more guests into multi-day stays at The Point as a destination resort location. Much like his experience with Disney, Matt Ouimet reported that they would be looking at offering a similar “Good, Better, Best” level of resort offerings to cater to families with different budgets.
2015 - Rougarou / Possible Dark Ride - Rumor - (7/30/14) Note: The real French word for Werewolf is apparently Loupgarou, while Rougarou is apparently a Cajun and French Canadian variant on the spelling, with their own special lore for the legendary creature known across French Louisiana. Apparently some Native Americans and First Nations folklore also refer to it as the Rugaru, where the legend seems to crossed with that of the Sasquatch and Wendigo as well. And of course, if you love monster hunters... we’ve also seen a couple of them featured over the years on the long-running TV series, Supernatural.
(7/24/14) Cedar Point held a unique opportunity for select fans to camp out in the park overnight last weekend, calling the event the Coaster Campout. In what seems to be a sure fire hint about the park’s 2015 addition, they called the temporary campground “Camp Rou”… as in Rougarou? You know, the unknown trademarked name Cedar Fair filed for not long ago that is the
French Cajun / French Canadian word for Werewolf? Adding fuel to the fire, CP’s Tony Clark tweeted out that night, “Currently working diligently on 2015. Did I spel that rite? More importantly, did I say it right...”
Take from this what you will…but unless it is another bit of deception (Whyte Lightning anyone?) my money is on the 2015 attraction being named Rougarou. But what will it be?! A coaster? A new dark ride? Or something else entirely.
(7/18/14) According to this local news report Cedar Point’s Jason McClure briefly mentioned what the park has planned for 2015, saying that it “will be a thrill ride aimed at teens and other hard core thrillsters, rather than a family-oriented ride."
(8/21/13) While earlier rumors seemed to suggest that CP would get a dark ride in 2014, it now looks like it may not come until 2015. The latest whispers coming in from the four corners suggest that a secondary Cedar Fair park may try out the dark ride concept first in 2014.
(6/18/13) An interesting rumor has started this week, claiming that Cedar Point management may be looking at repurposing the inside the park’s existing Coliseum building as the home to a new dark ride. Currently the lower floor serves as the park’s giant arcade while the upper floor hides a giant ballroom that is used for private events from time to time. I don’t know if they are looking at putting the ride on just one of the two floors, or on both, but the outside of the building certainly has a great look. Has anyone else heard about this?
(6/6/13) I don’t know if we’re looking at a possible 2014 or 2015 project, but rumor has it that Ouimet has tasked the staff to get a killer dark ride into the park as soon as possible. So far we know Ouimet, true to his Disney background, is taking a serious look at adding dark rides where possible to a number of the Cedar Fair parks. We’ve already seen the first fruit of this effort with the newly refurbished Timber Mountain Log Ride that just reopened at Knott’s Berry Farm and it looks beautiful!
If this is a taste of what we can expect to see from Cedar Fair’s future dark ride efforts under Ouimet’s leadership, then there are good times ahead. Stay tuned!