Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (6/17/16) A reader sent in a new picture of The Point’s newest water tower, now with the top section finally in place. So with the tower now appearing to be fully up and in place, this story now comes to a close.
(In other words, don’t expect an ongoing saga about the rise of the new water tower and removal of the old one over the course of the summer. LOL!)
(6/17/16) A new virtual game can now be played in Cedar Point on your mobile device called The Battle for Cedar Point, contained within the official Cedar Point app. If you choose to play you will join one of five possible clans, represented by five of the park’s top coasters: Valravn, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick. As you visit the park you will make your clan stronger by scanning various signs, symbols and even t-shirts within the park, marked as being part of the game. More unlockable game experiences and items to scan are also to be found in the Valravn queue itself, adding to your clan’s overall point value. By the end of the day if you clan wins, you can buy a victory pin or t-shirt for your specific clan. The Cedar Point app can be downloaded for both Android and Apple devices.
(6/10/16) For those wondering, a reader claims to have been told that the park's existing old fashioned water tower will be torn down once the new one is complete. I know some of you consider the old tower as something of an iconic structure and were hoping it would stay.
In other news, I think we have figured out which one of Cedar Point’s coasters will be the one to get the VR Coaster treatment. According to a tweet from MontanaRusa, they spotted some VR Coaster testing taking place on Iron Dragon yesterday. In the lower center of the photo you can clearly see a rider seated on the coaster with the white headgear on their face. This also makes sense as a great way to add a new thrill to one of the park's older coasters that also happens to have a unique physical dynamic in the form of the swinging motion.
(6/7/16) Regarding the new tower spotted at Cedar Point near the Breakers hotel, several sources have confirmed that it is indeed a new water tower. Apparently this is the park's answer to the incident in 2014 when the water main to the park broke, forcing it to close for a few days. This new water tank / holding area will be the backup in case of another such water main break in the future, able to hold enough safe clean water to keep things running in the park and on-site hotels for awhile. Think of it as an emergency backup generator, but for the Point's water supply.
While there is an older water tower nearby, I'm not sure if the water is classified as safe for guest use or not, or if it is simply a backup water supply for other purposes, such as fire hydrants and such.
(6/6/16) Sounds like Cedar Point has an interesting weekend. While CoasterMania apparently went off rather well for most guests, things turned a little sour on Sunday afternoon when a storm blew through the area and toppled power lines on the causeway, which left the park running on minimal power... which was not enough to run the major rides. According to the local news the park has already announced that Cedar Point and Soak City will be closed down entirely on Monday to allow for the damage to be repaired. One of our readers on site sent in a picture of the long line of guests waiting at Guest Services because of this. They also noticed an interesting new tower structure going up at the park in a back area. Kind of makes me wonder if it might be some kind of new water tower or something. Anyone know more about what this is?
(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.
(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.)
(2/22/16) Cedar Point confirmed to the local news the removal of the park's Shoot the Rapids flume ride, along with the removal of two other park upcharge attractions: Skyscraper and the Challenge Racing go-karts. Other new changes coming to the park this season include the repainting of Raptor and Top Thrill Dragster, new cars for the Dodgem bumper car attraction and the opening of the Frontier Inn restaurant near Maverick that will specalize in chicken tenders, sandwiches and buffalo chicken dishes. The park will also begin to offer an early morning park tour program where a limited number of guests can see what goes into "waking up" the park each morning, with the highlight being a tour of the new Valravn coaster that will include a trip to the top of the 223 foot lift hill.
2016 - VALRAVN - (5/5/16) Cedar Point has released the first official Valravn POV video this week. Check it out below and there as the media and special guests were invited out to ride, there is another funny video of a terrified rider taking the plunge below that. Oh, and if you haven't heard yet, Valravn will feature a 52" height limit instead of the typical B&M 54" height limit, so good news for the kids!
(4/5/16) While I didn't see anything myself, mainly because I didn't get to check the webcam until after dark, a reader claims that it looked as if some kind of odd new structures, possibly trench-walls or tunnels, were being added to Valravn.
The good news is that someone did post a picture to Reddit of what looks like Walls going up around the low points in the track at the bottom of the drop after the mid-course brake and again after the inversion that immediately follows that. There are also markings on the ground for possible other structures to go up just after the first drop and at the low-point just before the brake run. Take a look and see what you think.
(3/7/16) According to the local news Cedar Point is still keeping one last secret about Valravn under wraps. All we know so far is that it will involve something new and unique in the queue that has never been done at Cedar Point before. The key there may be that is hasn't been done at CP before... not that it isn't something we may have seen at another park elsewhere. However, I am curious about just what it could be that it would be worth teasing about to the local news. Anyone know more?
(3/4/16) Valravn's track is now complete and Cedar Point shared a new video shot by a drone that shows off the entire layout quiet well.
(9/10/15) Cedar Point announced their new 2016 coaster on Wednesday morning and as rumored, it is called Valravn. This will be a B&M Dive Machine coaster that will stand 223 feet tall. You'll rise up at a 47º angle on the lift hill and begin a slow turn before leaning over the 90º vertical first drop where the train comes to a stop on the edge of the drop for a moment to give you time to reflect.
Then you'll plunge 214 feet straight down, rise up into a huge Immelmann at 75mph and approach a second vertical drop that will rise up into a dive loop, a 270º roll inversion, hit an airtime hill and head for the brakes. The train itself will be a little different from other Dive Machines. It will feature 3 rows, each holding 8 riders across, but the restraints that will be used here will be the same soft-vest restraints used on Gatekeeper and other B&M Wing Coasters.
(9/1/15) An interesting little thumbnail image was discovered on the Coaster Appreciation Night page on the Cedar Point website. At the bottom they seem to show off the images of all the Cedar Point coasters in order once again, ending with an interesting little icon image labeled CP2016.
As for the name itself... assuming Cedar Point stick with the name, the Valravn is a legendary creature from Danish folklore, also referred to as the Raven of the Slain. There are a couple of different versions of the creature, one claims that a Valravn is a Ravin that has fed on the bodies of the dead on a battlefield and could gain human levels of knowledge and supernatural skills. Another legend takes this a step further than claims that these supernatural birds could then transform into a Knight if they consumed the blood within a child's heart. Of course, I have a feeling Cedar Point isn't going to use either of these versions and may instead opt to use another version of the legend that simply describes Valravn as creatures that are Half Wolf and Half Raven in much the same way that the Griffin is half eagle, half lion. You can see some fun artwork of these Valravn creatures here.
(8/10/15) Cedar Point's VALRAVN logo, some renderings and even the coaster's layout appear to have possibly leaked over the weekend. I was unable to see the source of it myself, but apparently for a brief time period a new official app for Cedar Point was released on the Google Play store that included the 2016 coaster's logo and layout images before it was quickly yanked from the store an hour later. A few individuals lucky enough to have grabbed the app and some screen captures have posted the images online for everyone to see.
The renderings looks fairly legit, with the brownish track color matching that of the Dive Machine track spotted at the Ohio factory in mid-July. The layout itself starts off with something that looks similar to the first half of SheiKra or Griffon with the big vertical drop followed by an Immelman before swooping up to a high brake position to position for the a second vertical dive. From there you'll hit another another mini Immelman followed by a second roll-out style inversion that will put the train into a downward helix before shooting up over an airtime hill and then into the brake run.
(8/4/15) According to the teaser image sent out by Cedar Point, the announcement date for The Point’s 2016 project will be August 18, 2015. Meanwhile a Screamscape source sent in some new pictures of the brown-ish track on site at the B&M track fabricator along with blue supports. They also managed to get a shot of label sticker from one of the support pieces, which also seems to confirm to me that not only is this for a Dive Machine, but likely for the XL sized 10-across seat version as opposed to the narrower and newer style 6-across version that we’ve been seeing put into European parks over the past couple of years.
According to our source, they believe they spotted at least 7 lift hill track sections so far and using some rough size/scale calculations to compare the length of them with a nearby flatbed truck, they estimate that each piece could be somewhere between 45 to 50 feet in length. Not counting for any extra height of the crown or whatever height the lift is off the ground when it start, and taken at an aproximate 45º angle, we’re already looking at a possible height between 225 to 250 feet so far, and it could grow from there. To date, I believe the tallest B&M Dive Machine built would be the Diving Coaster at Happy Valley Shanghai (China) which stands 213.3 feet tall.
(5/2/15) An interesting new trademark was sent my way this way for VALRAVN, which was filed for my Cedar Point itself on April 17th. An interesting name, for what could end up being an interesting new coaster, if the rumors about a new B&M Dive Machine end up being true. It is worth pointing out that the trademark applicant was Cedar Point itself and not Cedar Fair, which is normally the case for rides going elsewhere in the company.
(1/14/15) According to the local news, Cedar Point is in talks with B&M for a new Dive Machine coaster that would cost around $15 million. The Point’s Bryan Edwards confirmed that the B&M coaster is just one of several proposals the park is looking at for the 2016 season. Though likely a coincidence, the same day the Twitter of CP’s TonyClark posted a picture of the closed and soon to be demolished Good Times Theater structure from the air with the message, “That’s a lotta land down there…”
The site would be a good one to use for the new coaster for sure, especially if combined with the nearby property used for the car ride at the backside of Raptor.
2017 - Mean Streak Renovation - Rumor - (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.