Cadillac Cars are old fashioned cars that guest can drive around on a track.
The 1940's and 1950's was a really bad time for Cedar Point. The resort was losing money and couldn't do regular maintenance because of the lack of money. In 1956, Cedar Point was bought by George Roos and Emile Legross. Their plans were to demolish the resort and replace it with a housing development.
The housing development wasn't popular with the general public at all. It started a storm of complaints all across northern Ohio. People even went all the way to the state congress to try to keep the park open. George Roose and Emile Legroos began studying Cedar Point's operations for nearly two years. They developed a plan to turn Cedar Point into ''The Disneyland of the Midwest".
The first attraction they added to the new Cedar Point was the Cadillac Cars. The ride was placed on the Main Midway.
Cadillac Cars was the first ride at Cedar Point to be built and designed by Arrow Dynamics. Arrow had built rides for dozens of parks over the years, including most of the original rides at Disneyland. Over the years Cedar Point and Arrow Dynamics would build some of the most unique rides on the planet. Arrow Dynamics would return to Cedar Point to build: Turnpike Cars (1959-2014), Mill Race (1963-1993), Shoot-the-Rapids (1967-1981), Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969), Antique Cars (1969), Corkscrew (1976), Gemini (1978), White Water Landing (1982-2005), Iron Dragon (1987), Magnum XL-200 (1989), and Snake River Falls (1993).
The longest was time for Cadillac Cars is 10 minutes. The line keeps moving for this ride.
Cadillac Cars was very popular at Cedar Point. It started an era of expansion that continues to this day. Cedar Point would add: Turnpike Cars (1959-2014), Riverboat Cruise (1960-1960), Western Cruise (1961-1986), Sky Ride (1962), Mill Race (1963-1993), Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad (1963), Blue Streak (1964), Space Spiral (1965-2012), Pirate Ride (1966-1996), Frontiertown (1967), Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1966), Antique Cars (1969), Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration (1970), Frontier Trail (1971), Giant Wheel (1972), Jumbo Jet (1972-1978), Cedar Point Cinema (1975-2001), Corkscrew (1976), Troika (1976), Witches' Wheel (1977), Gemini (1978), Wave Swinger (1979), Gemini Children's Area (1979-2013), Oceana (1980-1998), Ocean Motion (1981), Kid Arthur's Court (1982-1999), White Water Landing (1982-2005), Demon Drop (1983-2009), Avalanche Run (1985-1989, Thunder Canyon (1986), Iron Dragon (1987), Soak City (1988-2016), Magnum XL-200 (1989), Disaster Transport (1990-2012), Mean Streak (1991-2016), Challenge park (1992-2016), Snake River Falls (1993), Raptor (1994), Cedar Point's 125th Anniversary Celebration (1995), Mantis (1996-2014), Chaos (1997-2010), Power Tower (1998), Camp Snoopy (1999), Aquatic Stadium (1999-2006), Millennium Force (2000), Wicked Twister (2002), Good Time Theatre (2002-2014), Top Thrill Dragster (2003), maXair (2004), Skyhawk (2006), Maverick (2007), Planet Snoopy (2008), Extreme Sports Stadium (2008-2017), Shoot the Rapids (2010-2015), WindSeeker (2011), Dinosaurs Alive on Adventure Island (2012-2018), GateKeeper (2013), New Gemini Midway (2014), Rougarou (2015), Valravn (2016), Cedar Point Shores Water Park (2017), Steel Vengeance (2018), Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island (2019), and Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration (2021).
All of these attractions have helped make Cedar Point what it is today.
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Andrew Borge, Russ Haudan, and Cedar Point.
Last Updated: 5/20/2020