Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (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.)
(4/8/16) Cedar Point is now putting the seats for the first rides on Valravn up for sale to benefit the LeBron James Family Foundation. The first ride event will take place on May 5th, before the park even opens to the public, and you can either pay $75 to be there at the First Ride event, but a seat on one of the first 8 front row seats will cost you $500. Look for the seats to go on sale later today here.
(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.
Meanwhile you can also see a few new pics of Valravn posted to the Mako Madness facebook page.
(2/12/16) Consider me not surprised, after all the trouble the ride has caused, but sources have confirmed that workers have begun to remove the Intamin made Shoot the Rapids flume ride at Cedar Point as of Tuesday. Shoot The Rapids was just installed for the 2010 season, but opened later than anticipated that season due to problems. This was followed up by a major incident in 2013 that saw one of the boats slide backwards down the lift, eventually falling down into the water and flipping over, with guests still trapped inside. Fortunately there were no fatal injuries from that incident, as bystanders standing nearby jumped into action to free the riders from the capsized boat.
While the local news has confirmed the ride’s removal, Cedar Point itself has not been willing to confirm it, or even remove the ride from their website as of Thursday afternoon.
2016 - VALRAVN - (4/11/16) Unfortunately the Periscope video showing Valravn testing over the weekend has now expired and been removed.
(4/9/16) A video of Valravn making a test run was posted to Periscope by CP's Tony Clark late yesterday afternoon. You can watch it here, but jump ahead to the 5:30 mark to get to the action. This video also gives you a ground-level view of those walls they are building up to enclose the bottom sections of the layout that could be turned into tunnels. From the looks of things, the empty train is really hauling ass around the track, which should bode for a fast and furious ride if they don’t slow it down with trim-brakes along the way during later testing.
(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?
(3/5/16) A complete time-lapse video showing off the entire construction of Valravn has been posted to YouTube this week.
(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.
(1/14/16) A fun time lapse video showing off the progress of Valravn over the first part of January can be found embedded below.
Good news for Valravn fans... the massive first drop has now been completed. Check out a new still capture from the webcam that was sent in to us to see what's in store for you in a few months.
(12/30/15) The latest photos posted to the official Valravn construction blog show that the lift hill was topped off last week, but there are a few more recent ones on Tony Clark’s Twitter that show the turn-track at the top installed as well just before Christmas.
(12/21/15) A reader sent in two new pictures from Cedar Point taken over the weekend, giving us a new look at the construction of Valravn.
(12/11/15) A time-lapse video showing off the construction progress on Valravn at Cedar Point from Nov 30 to Dec 6th can be found below.
(10/21/15) One of our readers spent the weekend at Cedar Point and sent in some pictures of the Valravn construction site, as well as the track in storage near the Breakers Express hotel.
(10/8/15) A new construction video from In The Loop for The Point's Valravn coaster project can be found below.
(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.