Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (12/4/13) December is here… and right about now all you Cedar Point fanboys and girls may be getting that itch you can’t scratch to ride a coaster at The Point. To help ease your pain, a fairly definitive photo trip report from the park with incredible photos has been posted this week to the Theme Park Review forum. Check it out!
(11/4/13) Fans of Cedar Point who are already going through withdrawl may want to think about this… CPRundown has created a nice 2014 wall calendar showing off all your favorite rides. Check it out here.
(10/28/13) As Cedar Point heads into winter hibernation, park GM John Hildebrandt also prepares to ride off into the sunset, closing down the park one last time as he prepares to retire at the end of the year. You can read a brief interview with Hildebrandt at the Sandusky Register.
(10/18/13) Cedar Point appears to have raised ticket prices sometime during Halloweends. Park tickets are now $58.99 at the gate (up $4) and $48.99 if you purchase online. However they also appear to have lowered the price of a child’s ticket from $31.99 to just $29.99.
(10/1/13) Fun pictures taken inside Cedar Point’s Zombie High School haunt during a light-on tour have been posted to Facebook.
(9/23/13) A reader reported in from The Point over the weekend that SkyHawk was seen running again, though only the one side, as before.
(9/3/13) ThePointOnline has restored an old section of their website all about the history of Cedar Point. In other news, I’ve heard from park guests that a boat was seen making test runs on Shoot the Rapids this past week.
(8/22/13) The latest word from the park claims that the front basin at Shoot the Rapids which has been drained since the accident is now being filled with water once again. The rumor mill suggests that The Point may attempt to get SkyHawk up and running again in time for HalloWeekends if possible. Speaking of HalloWeekends, I’m hearing that Mean Streak may close down during the last two weeks to begin off-season maintenance.
I also have a bit of Gatekeeper gossip that will make those of you who don’t care for the rubber bib style restraint it uses. I’m told that a small number of these restraints have now been modified so that the flexible harness does not lock into place like it used to. Look for these special restraints on the outside seats in rows 2 and 4 on both sides. According to our source the modification allows for much better freedom of movement and a much more enjoyable ride experience. If these work out, the park will hopefully modify the rest of them as well as we approach the end of the season.
(8/2/13) AmusementToday reports that Cedar Point GM, John Hildebrandt will retire at the end of 2013 and be replaced by Jason McClure, the current VP and GM of Dorney Park.
(7/22/13) The latest updates to the Shoot the Rapids accident on Friday at Cedar Point say that the boat that slid down the first lift hill before flipping over into the nearby water held seven riders. Six of which were treated at the scene but a seventh was taken to a nearby hospital for possible head trauma and was later treated and released as well.
The ride remains closed while the accident is under investigation, but I do have to wonder if we might see some kind of sweeping change made to the restraint system before they can reopen it. I’ve always felt that having any kind of locking restraint system on a boat ride was a bad idea and Cedar Point is very lucky that no one died from this.
(7/19/13 - 9:40pm EST) Horrible news from Cedar Point tonight as the local news has confirmed that one of the boats on Shoot the Rapids somehow slipped back down the lift backwards, and then flipped over at the bottom with 10 riders aboard. Nearby people jumped into the water to help flip the boat back over (which is why I think restraints on a boat ride are a bad idea...) because the riders (adults and children) were trapped underwater. Fortunately no deaths have been reported.
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?
2014/2015 - 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 - Dark Ride - Rumor - (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!