5th Anniversary (2016)
Valravn opened at Cedar Point in 2016. Valravn broke 10 world records when it opened. It was the tallest, fastest, longest Dive Coaster in the world. Valravn flips riders upside down 3 times! At the exit of Valravn you will find Valravn Gifts, the store for Valravn!
3 Point Challenge was also relocated from its location next to Ocean Motion to in front of Chickie's and Pete's.
In 2016 Cedar Point amped up its Guest Services with several new additions including: a new Marina Gate, WiFi through the park, an all season drink plan, several new drink stands, and the Ride Warriors Club!
Dodgem received new bumper cars. Tiki Twirl was also repainted to look even better!
10th Anniversary (2011)
In 2011 Cedar Point opened WindSeeker! WindSeeker takes riders up 301 feet and reaches speeds of 30 MPH. WindSeeker is a giant swing. To make room for WindSeeker, the Beach Gate was rebuilt.
Ocean Motion was relocated to the front of the park to make room for WindSeeker. The ride received a new pond and more landscaping.
15h Anniversary (2006)
In 2006 Cedar Point Skyhawk. Skyhawk was the largest ride of its kind when it opened. Riders swing 125 feet into the air at speeds of 60 MPH. The area around Skyhawk also got a facelift. New lighting was added and Town Hall was painted.
20th Anniversary (2001)
Lighthouse Point Resort opened at Cedar Point in 2001. The area featured cabins and cottages for guests to stay in. They could also bring their RV if they preferred.
Johnny Rockets opened on the Main Midway.
Vertigo would fling riders into the air in Challenge Park.
25th Anniversary (1996)
Mantis opened in 1996. Mantis was Cedar Point's Stand Up Roller Coaster. The ride also had the most inversions on any Stand Up Roller Coaster in the world. The ride was close in 2014 to be converted into the Floorless Coaster, Rougarou.
RipCord. RipCord opened in Challenge Park. RipCord was Cedar Point's sky coaster.
30th Anniversary (1991)
Mean Streak opened at Cedar Point in 1991. It was the tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster built when the ride opened. Mean Streak crossed over and under itself 9 times. Mean Streak had a beautiful structure. Mean Streak took riders up 161 feet and reached speeds of 65MPH.
Over the years the ride became really rough. It closed in 2016 and was converted into Steel Vengeance.
35th Anniversary (1986)
Thunder Canyon opened at Cedar Point in 1986 on the Frontier Trail. Thunder Canyon simulates what it is like to go river rafting. The ride takes riders on a 1,600 foot long journey. Thunder Canyon gets its water from Lake Erie, the water is socked and treated daily for the ride.
Sir-Rub-A-Dub's Tubs opened in Kiddieland. It was a small water ride that riders would float down a small channel. The ride was removed at the end of the 2014 season.
40th Anniversary (1981)
In 1981 Cedar Point opened a new family thill ride, Ocean Motion. Ocean Motion swings riders 65 feet into the air! The ride was located near the Beach Gate. In 2011 the ride was relocated to the Front Gate to make room for WindSeeker.
45th Anniversary (1976)
In 1976 Cedar Point opened Corkscrew. Corkscrew was so big, a new midway was built around the ride. To make room for the new midway, Jungle Larry's Safari Island was rebuilt within the midway. The attraction was also renamed Jungle Larry's African Safari.
Corkscrew was Cedar Point's first record breaking roller coaster in the world when it opened. Corkscrew was the first roller coaster in the world to go upside down 3 times. The ride was very innovative when it opened. Corkscrew was also the first roller coaster to go upside down over a midway.
To give guests something else to do Cedar Point added Troika, a family friendly thrilling ride to the new Corkscrew Midway. Troika was built by Huss.
Addington Grist Mill would welcome its guests for the first time in 1976 on the Frontier Trail.
50th Anniversary (1971)
In 1971 Cedar Point opened the Frontier Trail. Frontier Trail featured rustic cabins that took guest back to the past. Frontier Trail featured live actors. Today it is home to Millennium Force and Thunder Canyon.
55th Anniversary (1966)
In 1966 Pirate Ride was relocated to Cedar Point. Pirate Ride was a dark ride that came from Freedomland in New York. Riders were taken on a journey to experience what it was like to be a pirate. The ride was great for families. It closed at the end of the 1996 season. Today the space is used as a haunted house.
60th Anniversary (1961)
In 1961 Cedar Point added a number of additions to appeal more towards families. The Rotor began spinning rides on the Main Midway. Sky Wheel and the Satellite Jets opened in the middle of the midway. Cedar Classic Miniature Golf was built near Kiddieland.
65th Anniversary (1956)
75th Anniversary (1946)
90th Anniversary (1931)
95th Anniversary (1926)
115th Anniversary (1906)
120th Anniversary (1901)
130th Anniversary (1891)
Electricity is added to Cedar Point for the first time.
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Andrew Borgen, Cedar Point, and Russ Haudan
Welcome to CP Insiders! In January 2021 we have officially rebranded ourselves into CP Insiders! This is a very exciting time for us! CP insiders is a huge upgrade to our former site. We are very excited for our future and we can't wait to bring you more content! Please check back to stay up to date with us!
2020 is Cedar Point's 150th anniversary! 2020 also brings several other anniversaries of attractions that have been popular over the years! Some of the attractions on this list are long gone, but they are an important part of the past.
5th Anniversary (2015)
2015 was a year of renovation for Cedar Point. a built-year renovation project of Hotel Breakers was completed. Inside the park, Mantis was converted to become the Floor-less style Rougarou. Rougarou takes riders upside down 4 times over the Cedar Point lagoon.
10th Anniversary (2010)
In 2010 Cedar Point opened Shoot the Rapids. Shoot the Rapids was Cedar Point's tallest water ride the park ever built. Shoot the Rapids took riders on a journey like no other! The ride featured 2 drops and had a Wild West themed. Shoot the Rapids closed in 2015 and was torn down in the spring of 2016 to make room for future expansion.
15th Anniversary (2005)
In 2005 Cedar Point opened the maXair thrill ride. maXair takes riders 140 feet in the air at speeds of 70 MPH! maXair is a very popular ride in the park!
20th Anniversary (2000)
In 2000 Cedar Point opened Millennium Force. Millennium Force was the first roller coaster in the world to take guest over 300 feet in the air. Riders on Millennium Force reach speeds of 93 MPH and are taken on a journey like no other! To make room for Millennium Force Giant Wheel was moved to the beach midway near Disaster Transport.
25th Anniversary (1995)
30th Anniversary (1990)
In 1990 Avalanche Run was enclosed and re-themed as Disaster Transport. Disaster Transport was an indoor space roller coaster where guest would be taken to space. After a few years the theming in the ride wasn't being fixed and the ride turned into a roller coaster in the dark. Disaster Transport closed in 2012 and was removed o make room for Gatekeeper.
35th Anniversary (1985)
Avalanche Run opened in 1985 on the Cedar Point Beach. Avalanche Run was Cedar Point's Bobsled Roller Coaster. Riders would twist and turn thru the tubes. Avalanche Run simulated what it was like to go on an actual bobsled. The ride was down a lot for mechanic problems. The ride closed in 1989 to be transformed into Disaster Transport.
40th Anniversary (1980)
In 2008, The Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium was converted into the Extreme Sports Stadium. The Extreme Sports Stadium was home to a bike show. The building was tore down after the 2017 season to make way for future expansion.
45th Anniversary (1975)
50th Anniversary (1970)
In 1970 Cedar Point was celebration its 100th anniversary. The park added new live entertained, a new midway, and a new roller coaster. 1970 was a great season for Cedar Point!
55th Anniversary (1965)
Space Spiral opened in 1965. When the ride opened it was the tallest ride in the world. Space Spiral was the first ride in the world to take guest over 300 feet. Space Spiral was an observation tower that took guest up and gave them a view of the entire park. The ride was removed to make room for Gatekeeper. Jungle Larry's African Safari was a live animal show that lasted form 1965 to 1994. On the Main Midway Cedar Point opened Earthquake. The ride was from Freedom Land and closed in 1985.
60th Anniversary (1960)
In 1960 Cedar Point added The Riverboat Cruise. It would later be named Western Cruise then in 1987 was renamed Paddlewheel Excursions. The ride closed in 2011. Dodgem 1 was added to the front of the park. It was removed in 2001. Scrambler opened in what was then the back of the park.
65th Anniversary (1955)
90th Anniversary (1930)
95th Anniversary (1925)-Noah's ark
100th Anniversary (1915)
115th Anniversary (1905)
In 1905 Cedar Point opened its largest hotel. Hotel Breakers contained 600 rooms. When it opened it was one of the largest hotels anywhere. Over the years Hotel Breakers has been expanded and remodeled many times.
150th Anniversary (2020)
Cedar Point opened in 1870. The park started as a simple bath and beach resort. Over the years the park as grown into what it as become today. From the "Queen of American Watering Places" to "America's Roller Coast", it was no accident that Cedar Point had turned into a must visit destination!
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Andrew Borgen, Russ Haudan, Joel Rodgers, and Cedar Point.
It's been many years since we've seen such an important update to our website. We think this is the best time to do it!
In the last few weeks we have added two new staff members to our website. Sarah and Ari are new to our site team.
Sarah is working on our Social Media Team! She has been bringing us current content as well as content from the past. Ari has been working with the Website Operations Team, briging the site up to date and making it more modern.
-Updated Feel: We have changed the look our our site! We have made it more bright and the biggest thing, it's more user friendly! We have broke things down into more categorizes to make things easier to navigate!
-New Rides page: We have completely redesigned our rides page, and it looks fantastic! All of the rides are listed here and they are in alphabetic order, we've even included most of the park's former rides as well!
-We have also have added several new sections of the website that were not here in the past. Many of them have been in the works for a long time!
-Halloweekends: Our new Halloweekends section includes everything you would want to know about the event! Each house and zone have their own page!
-Point of the Past: Point of the Past is our new Historical section! It features everything you would want to know about the past including Cedar Point's rich history!
- To the Point: To the Point is our new Information Center. It features all the information on our website including how to contact us. This section features two unique new including information on Park Records and Who built Cedar Point's Rides!
Our Social Media channels put out daily content and updates as they become avaialble!
Do you follow us on our Twitter page? If you don't, then your going to want to! Our Twitter page is @CPARC1870 We will be doing something different with our Twitter page. Instead of featuring information about the park, we will be updating the page with stuff we're doing in the park!. We might show you our newest on ride photo from our Funpix account, we might do a food review, but it will be something fun! This will be updated every few days.
Thanks again for following us, we appreciate your support!
All of the information you would want to know is in this book. People who like history of the world's best amusement park are going to love this book! The book features over 1200 images and about 75 maps. It is a very interesting read. Even after running a fanzine for 12 years, I have found a lot of things I didn't know about this book.
Cedar Point: Rolling Through the Years is the best book that has ever been written about Cedar Point. In the context of the book is a lot of information that has many people never knew. It is a very interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Cedar Point. Ken, the author put countless hours into bringing this book to the hands of readers. The book is loaded with history. It features and entire history section that goes year by year and features what happened that year. The book includes facts about everything the park has ever had to offer. Cedar Point Rolling: Through the Years isn't a book you read just once. You will want to read it again and again!
The book cost $100. It will be available in May 2020 on 1870 Publishing Group's website, as well as in the gift shop at Cedar Point! The book is well worth the cost, its the absolute best book ever wrote on Cedar Point!
One last note! We will be making a very important announcement on Friday, April 17, 2020 regarding our website!
Cedar Point is a great place with a lot of different things. Each year the park grows and evolves with new attractions featuring new innovation. 2019 will bring the new Forbidden Frontier attraction as well as some updated dinning options. 2019 also brings quite a few milestone anniversaries for rides that are both still at the park and removed.
5th Anniversary (2014)
10th Anniversary (2009)
15th Anniversary (2004)
20th Anniversary (1999)
25th Anniversary (1994)
30th Anniversary (1989)
40th Anniversary (1979)
50th Anniversary (1969)
55th Anniversary (1964)
60th Anniversary (1959)
8oth Anniversary (1939)
85th Anniversary (1934)
90th Anniversary (1929)
95th Anniversary (1924)
in 1924 Cedar Point added the Caterpillar, a ride that spun around and had a green canvas cover riders. The first Kiddieland was also added.
100th Anniversary (1919)
Eden Musee was added. The attraction was located at present day Jack Aldrich Theater.
120th Anniversary (1899)
In 1899 Cedar Point opened its first hotel, the Bay Shore Hotel. Over the years it would be expanded to become the Cedars Hotel by 1915. Cedars was tore down in January 2019, 120 years after it was first built.
130th Anniversary (1889)
The laddies Pavilion is built on the beach. This is where the woman would hang out.
Photos by: Cedar Point, Coaster-net, Jake Hamons and Andrew Borgen.
On October 24, 2017, Cedar Point announced that the last guest had officially checked out of Sandcastle Suites Hotel. Sandcastle opened in 1990 as a new beach front hotel.
The removal of Sandcastle Suites along with the near by Breakwater Cafe is a bit surprising. Over the past few years a lot of money has been spent on the resort side of the park
With these long time park landmarks out of the way, it leaves room for an interesting future for Cedar Point. Removing the stadium is part of an ongoing plan to open up the views of the beach that was blocked as the park expanded in the 1980's and 90's. While we don't know for sure what will replace these attractions, we do know that a boardwalk will be built connecting the main parking lot with Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.
So we went on a drive today thru the City of Sandusky and saw the forever changing Skyline that is Cedar Point.
RipCord, the park's Sky Coaster that was taken down in September appears as if its been Relocated and already re-installed! The ride looks as it will now be swinging riders over the Cedar Point Lagoons. It appears that Ripcord is now on the land formally home to the park's Intamin flume ride, Shoot The Rapids.
RIpCord originally opened in 1996 as part of a huge Challenge Park expansion. In 2016, Rip Cord was the last ride standing from Challenge Park.
While Exact details on RipCord like "is it going to get a new name and theme" are up in the air right now, it sure is safe to say that RipCord is staying at Cedar Point.
Over at Mean Streak, progress is currently underway at removing its track to make way for future expansion of Frontier Town.
It looks like most of the track from the ride has been removed at this point. The ride is really looking like a skeleton.
Mean Streak opened in 1991 and got "the Axe" on September 16, 2016.
Happy New Year everyone, From everyone at CP's America's Roller Coast!
This weekend I had a chance to visit Cedar Point and check things out. The park was very busy this weekend and most rides had a long line. It was Columbus Day weekend so the park had extended hours, but it was still a fun weekend.
Crews are painting Ripcord so that it will be ready to begin its new life!
Challenge Park began its life at Cedar Point in 1961 as Cedar Classic Miniature Golf. It was located on the west side of Kiddy Kingdom where the 4x4's are now located. I was moved in 1967 to where Planet Snoopy now is located. In 1992, the attraction was redesigned and relocated to Challenge Park where it was renamed Challenge Golf.
Demolition has began on the building that was most currently home to Cinnabon and Auntie Ann's. Over the years this building was used as Subway, an arcade and a cafe style restaurant.
Inside the Park work is differently happening to Mean Streak, the parks 25 year old wooden roller coaster that got its Axe September 16, 2016.
In certain areas, the track has been removed from the ride.
Due to the ride being at the back of the park, and being a twister coaster, it is difficult to get pictures of the ride.
Another surprisingly fun thing i got to do is watch Spooky Shenanigans.
It was a great weekend at Cedar Point!
This past weekend Cedar Point was open on Saturday and Sunday. Now that Soak City has officially closed for the season, Soak City has began its transformation into Cedar Point Shores Water Park! We had an opportunity to go down and check out the progress!
Soak City's East Admission page has started to come down. The new gate will be relocated to the middle of the water park near Magnum XL-200's drop.
Challenge Golf will eventually become a parking lot for the new expansion of Hotel Breakers!
The former Challenge Park is all fenced off so that construction can began on Cedar Point Shores Water Park.
Thats all that we have to report at this time. Please check back in the future for more updates!
Now that the park is open for the 2015 season, and weave had time to walk around the park and take pictures, its time to report the changes for the 2015 season!
Over at Celebration Showplace, the stage is getting new lights and screens to make Luminosity: 2015 Edition a fun and exciting show for the park!
Calypso was moved to near Giant Wheel where it was renamed and retheamed as Tiki Twirl! Its the same fun ride its been since the ride opened at Cedar Point in 1963!
Part 2 will come more this week!
There is just 3 more weeks until Cedar Point opens for the season!!!! So, Kelsi and I decided to have a little fun today! First, we met at Dairy Queen and we got some ice cream there! Dairy Queen is very good and Im glad we ate there! There is so many different things to try at DQ!
After, Dairy Queen, we took a trip out to Battery Park! Batter Park is located on the shores or Lake Erie!
After we left Battery Park, We went to Jackson Street Pier and got some more amazing shots of the lake!
After leaving Jackson Street Pier, we went to the Merry Go Round Museum! The Merry Go Round Museum is located in downtown Sandusky and if you love Merry Go Rounds, you will love this place!
The museum has cool horses on display!
The last thing we did at the Merry Go Round Museum is we rode there Carousel! It was a fun enjoyable and relaxing ride that families could ride together! They've also got a gift shop there!
This past Saturday we took a trip to Battery Park in Sandusky, Ohio! Battery Park has a Marnia, Playground and places to hike! One of the best parts of Battery park is the fact that its right on the water! We went down to Batter Park to get pictures of Cedar Point!
Battery park gives amazing pictures of Cedar Point!
So when you have off season blues, visit Batter Park to get amazing views of America's Roller Coast!
Cedar Point, already known for great wings thanks to its ultra-popular GateKeeper wing coaster, will be home to wings of the edible kind when the park opens a new Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant in 2015.
The restaurant will be located in what is currently T.G.I.Fridays, replacing that eatery.
The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube is known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces that come in a full range of flavors from Louisiana Lickers to Triple Atomic. In addition to Award-Winning chicken wings, The Lube also features specialty salads, burgers, ribs and an extensive kids’ menu. Legendary desserts and a full-service bar round out the entire dining experience.
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., Quaker Steak & Lube has expanded to 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The compelling décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and motor-themed memorabilia, combined with its craveable food and SuperCharged events, has created a cult-like following for The Lube for 40 years.
“Quaker Steak & Lube will be a great addition to our restaurant lineup,” stated Chris Miller, vice president of food and beverage for Cedar Point. “Our goal is to provide our guests with the best food options during their visit to Cedar Point and adding an outstanding restaurant like Quaker Steak & Lube helps us accomplish that.”
The new restaurant will be located adjacent to Castaway Bay indoor waterpark/resort, and is scheduled to open in May, 2015. For more information, visit www.cedarpoint.com.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2014) – Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!®, will introduce a dynamically new riding experience when it unleashes Rougarou™ in the spring of 2015!
Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster.
Rougarou’s floorless trains will take riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below. The trains will be manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, the same team behind rides like Raptor and GateKeeper, and will transform the ride experience dramatically while utilizing the structure and track of the former Mantis roller coaster.
The ride begins with a climb to the top of the 145-foot-tall first hill, providing amazing views of the Cedar Point skyline. After reaching the apex, the trains will make a 180-degree turn to the right and plummet 137 feet, at a 52-degree angle, to within inches above the water. Thrill-seekers caught in Rougarou’s grasp will then be flipped upside-down by a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, spun around a 103-foot-tall dive loop, whipped around a highly-banked 360-degree turn and then twisted upside-down again by the world’s only inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at a wicked 45 degrees. Just when guests think the ride is over, the steel beast will take them through a 360-degree flat spin, tight and twisty turns and a figure-eight finale. Riders must be 54” tall to ride Rougarou.
“Rougarou is going to be a fantastic addition to our coaster lineup and our guests are going to love it,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “With the swampy waters below, the vibrant colors of the supports and track, lighting and other effects, it will be a ride like no other at the park.”
2015 will also mark the debut of the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. Located along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will complete its two-year transformation into the ultimate resort destination. Along with a new exterior, the modernized hotel will have a new entrance portal, classic interior finishes, newly-furnished and remodeled rooms with LCD TV’s, new furniture, bedding and décor, and many other amenities and offerings. Additional enhancements include a new Starbucks and the Surf Lounge bar inside the famous rotunda, widened exterior green space with panoramic views of Lake Erie and an outdoor water play area with zero depth entry and splash features.
“We want to provide a well-rounded and complete vacation experience for our guests, and the enhancements at the Hotel Breakers will help them have just that,” said Jason McClure. “It will have a fun and fresh feel, is steps away from the park and it’s a great place to start new family traditions.”
Other amenities include two pools and Jacuzzis, access to the Cedar Point Beach and Boardwalk, a gift shop, arcade, exercise room, three restaurants, Early Entry (access to some of the biggest rides and coasters before the park opens to the general public), discounted Cedar Point admission tickets, complimentary Wi-Fi and the comfort and convenience of staying right next to the rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point. Reservations for the 2015 season can be placed now online at cedarpoint.com/hotelbreakers or by phone at (419) 627-2106.
The charming waterfront hotel first opened its doors in 1905 as the “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes.” Known for its breathtaking views and cool summer breezes, Hotel Breakers has been an important part of any complete Cedar Point experience. Notable guests over the years have included celebrities such as sharpshooter Annie Oakley, comedians Abbott and Costello, composer John Philip Sousa and six U.S. presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Located on a sandy peninsula along the shore of Lake Erie, Cedar Point has been named as one of the best amusement parks in the world by USA Today, TripAdvisor, The Travel Channel and more. Cedar Point’s amazing lineup of roller coasters has received top billing by CBS News, Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many more.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2014) – It’s the “last stand” for one of Cedar Point’s steel scream machines. Earlier today, the park announced that the Mantis roller coaster will soon give its final rides.
Mantis was billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996. Featuring trains that secure guests in a standing position, Mantis provides its passengers with a unique ride experience. Mantis was built by the same legendary manufacturers that brought guests the Raptor and GateKeeper roller coasters – Bolliger and Mabillard (B & M), Monthey, Switzerland. In its 18-year history, Mantis has given more than 22 million thrilling rides.
“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”
Guests still have time to give Mantis a “standing ovation” before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date.
Press Release for Cedar Point.
Cedar Fair is a leader in the world of amusement parks and it is striving to create leaders in the community.
It is being done through a program launched a year ago: FUNdementals of Leadership, a partnership between Cedar Fair and Bowling Green State University Firelands.
Cedar Fair simply wants to be the entertainment of choice; the employer of choice and the investment of choice.
They need leaders to help achieve all three goals.
Bowling Green State University had the experts in its facility, such as industrial psychology and business writing, said dean William Balzer.
It was a natural fit.
“We are a college of the community," Balzer said. "We want to support our community in every way, including how do we help our business community.”
One of the biggest businesses in Sandusky's community that BGSU Firelands students can benefit is Cedar Point.
That included Thaddeus Rada, a BGSU Firelands student in the industrial/organizational psychology program who worked with Cedar Fair on the program to create a profile of employees who would excel in a customer service driven environment like Cedar Point, Balzer said.
“What an opportunity we have to have our students work for a billion dollar company,” Balzer said.
The program concept was green-lighted by Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet.
A well-trained employee provides customer service that makes a difference and helps make a company successful.
“While we are famous for our roller coasters, the biggest impact on our guest experience comes from the interactions our guests have with our employees," Ouimet said. "The collective impact of these programs improves the guest experience as well as the employee experience.”
Ouimet once was asked what keeps him awake at night. He replied sincerely it was the number of people whose livelihood Cedar Fair was responsible for.
The program seems to be a step toward a good night's sleep.
Duff Milkie, corporate vice president general counsel for Cedar Fair and Balzer both sit on the board for Firelands Regional Medical Center. They began to recognize there is leadership opportunity between the school and the amusement park operator that had never been explored, such as matching the university expertise to Cedar Point and Cedar Fair while offering real world hands-on experience to BGSU students and faculty.
“We discovered we had something to offer each other,” said Craig Freeman, Cedar Fair vice president of administration.
They created the Cedar Fair and BGSU leadership program and Freeman put the idea into practice with the pilot program at Cedar Point.
Classes are half a day for five weeks at the Firelands campus. Some of the skills they are hoping to develop include problem solving, communication, working with multi-generational colleagues and coaching for performance.
Positive feedback from Cedar Point employees and from department heads has convinced the company to roll out the program in all 11 of its parks.
Training has already began for full-time managers and supervisors at Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio (August 25, 2014) – There is still time to get your thrill on at Cedar Point! This weekend, Cedar Point will be celebrating Labor Day with its first-ever Dollar Days, two nights of fireworks, money-saving offers on admission and exclusive deals and benefits just for season pass holders.
Dollar DaysThe highlight of this weekend’s events are Dollar Days! For only $1, hungry thrill-seekers can enjoy hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, popcorn and more at select locations while supplies last. Also, several games of skill will be just $1. Guests of all ages can enjoy learning more about the mammoth creatures that once roamed around the planet at Cedar Point’s Dinosaurs Alive!, also for just $1! Dollar Days will be held Friday through Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
FireworksAlso this weekend, Cedar Point will be hosting two fabulous fireworks displays. On Saturday and Sunday night, Aug. 30-31, the sky above the park will come to life with a fireworks extravaganza that is sure to thrill. The fireworks display will take place each night at 10 p.m.
Money-Saving OfferPark-goers can save money on admission all this week with the new Summer Send-Off ticket, available exclusively online. Guests can purchase a ticket for only $44.99, that’s a savings of $15! Ticket valid for a one-day visit now through Sept. 1. Please use promo code SUMMER to take advantage of this great offer.
Season Passholder Appreciation WeekendCedar Point will be honoring all current passholders during Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, all 2014 passholders can purchase a special bring-a-friend ticket for only $19.99! Passholders can also enjoy exclusive ride time on some of the park’s most popular roller coasters, including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and GateKeeper.
2015 Season PassesThe absolute best way to save time and money is with a Cedar Point Season Pass. 2015 passes are on sale now at their lowest price of the year! And with the installment plan, payments have never been easier and more budget-friendly. For a limited time, new passholders will receive a free admission ticket to Cedar Point, valid on any operating day in 2014 – including HalloWeekends!
For more information on these special offers and events, please visit cedarpoint.com.
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SANDUSKY, Ohio (August 19, 2014) – Cedar Point is adding an extra splash of color to the fall with The Color Run! The “Happiest 5K on the Planet” will be hitting the midways on Saturday, September 20 as a part of its 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour
The 5K run, which begins at 8 a.m., will wind its way around Cedar Point’s 17 coasters and through four vibrant color stations. Runners can sign up individually or in a team, with tiered pricing based on sign-up date. Every registered Color Runner will receive an official “Color Run Race Kit,” which includes a custom t-shirt, tri-color headband, shoulder sling bag and more! Cedar Point is also offering special deals on admission and accommodations for all Color Run participants. Participants will be able to purchase one-day entry to Cedar Point for only $35 during registration or on the day of the run at any Cedar Point ticket booth. Runners can also receive discounts on accommodations at Cedar Point’s Breakers Express.
The Color Run is an extremely popular 5K, untimed race that began in March 2011 and now hosts more than 170 events in over 30 countries. The race is aimed at promoting healthiness and happiness in the community, a feeling that is enhanced by the colorful paint powder thrown on runners at designated color stations along the route.
For more information or to register for the Color Run, please visit http://www.cedarpoint.com/plan-a-visit/events
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We arrived at Cedar Point for Media Day 2014 at 3:00 P.M!
After arriving to the Soak City parking lot and the Magnum entrance we waited outside the gate. We entered the park around 4:30.
Once entering the park Cedar Point had their new Crab Fries at Chickie's and Pete's, Coca-Cola Refresh and Yogurt Plus. Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles were also open until 5:45
So..... What did we think? This Midway looks really nice, it was give a refreshed look and it was a lot of fun. We had a blast and cant wait to ride the new Gemini Midway rides this summer!!!!
In 3 minutes and 10 seconds, he was hooked.
That was 22 years ago. More than 11,000 rides later — 11,290, to be exact, as of Oct. 13 — Henry Sievers still can’t get enough. “I knew it was fast,” Sievers said, recalling his first ride on the Mean Streak at Cedar Point when the ride opened in 1991. “It was great. I’ve been riding it ever since.” During Cedar Point’s operating season, Sievers rides Mean Streak about 30 times a day, on average. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But when he says “riding,” consider adding the word religiously next to it.
He has kept meticulous track of his rides over the decades.
It’s a curious feat, and it has earned him the name “Mean Streak Henry.”
There’s something about the coaster’s thrills and noises — the trains thundering by, the creaking of the wood frame — that continues to lure Sievers, day after day.
He said he loves the view that Mean Streak offers of the lake and the amusement park.
His love for coasters was ignited when he was a 12-year-old boy growing up in New York. At Eldridge Park, with his mom and dad by his side, he rode his first wooden coaster.
If memory serves him right, it was smaller than Cedar Point’s Junior Gemini. “It was great,” Sievers said.
Then, when he was visiting Geauga Lake in 1985, a chance conversation got him to visit Cedar Point. “Someone said I should check out this park called Cedar Point, that was about an hour away,” he said. “I’ve been coming ever since.”
The first coaster he rode on his first visit: Gemini. “I rode it and rode it,” he said. Mean Streak came along a few years later, and a love affair was born. “I always see Mean Streak Henry,” Cedar Point general manager John Hildebrandt said. “He always has a smile on his face and he is always walking to the Mean Streak.”
When Sievers retired in 2008 from his job as a custodial worker at Corning Community College, he and his wife started living at the local KOA campground six months out of the year. The arrangement gives him plenty of opportunity to visit Cedar Point several times each day during the summer.
In the winters he and his wife return to their home in New York.
Sievers could quite likely claim rights to a “Most Rides on Mean Streak” award, if such recognition existed. But the park doesn’t track any individual’s rides, Hildebrandt said.
Ultimately, Mean Streak Henry is a living testament to mankind’s love of coasters — especially the ones at Cedar Point.
“Cedar Point is an emotional experience,” Hildebrandt said. “(Guests) bond with certain rides.”
Article by Sandusky Register.
SANDUSKY -- A Lake Erie legend is about to be silenced forever. The Disaster Transport indoor roller coaster at Cedar Point will make its final screech-filled run on Sunday, July 29.
The ride, which has been sittingnear the park's main entrance since opening in 1985, will be completely demolished and removed to make room fora new attraction set to be unchained in 2013.
Park officialsannouncedDisaster Transport's closure back on July 13.
Photos: Cedar Point closing Disaster Transport, Space Spiral
The ride first made its debut as Avalanche Run -- an outdoor bobsled-style coaster. Then, in 1990, the ride was re-named Disaster Transport, enclosed and given a new outer space theme.
The two-minuteride, which takes 10-person trains along the dark track at speeds up to 40 mph, has thrilled more than 30 million people since it was first unleashed.
A "last ride celebration" will be held at 9 p.m. Sunday to use Disaster Transport's final day as a way to raise money for Give Kids The World. Registration for the party, which involved a $20 fee and $50 minimum donation, ended at noon Friday.
As of Friday afternoon, more than $16,000 had been raised.
Those at the party will be given a Disaster Transport T-shirt and a souvenir.
The special eventwraps upwith an hour of exclusive ride time on Disaster Transport from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Those who raised the most money will have the privilege of choosing their seats on the last train while riding with the lights turned on.
Disaster Trasnport will become the second roller coaster permanently closed at the Sandusky scream park this year.Prior to the 2012 season starting, Cedar Pointsent the WildCat roller coaster to its ride graveyard and removed ittocreate space for Luminosity, a new night-time show.
In addition to Disaster Transport, the Space Spiral, a 330-foot rotating observation tower and icon of the park's skyline, will also be closed before the end of the 2012 season. It, too, will be demolished to make room for the new 2013attraction. Its final operating day has not yet been announced.
Photos: Cedar Point debuts Luminosity
As far as the new attraction for 2013, a leaked memo indicated it would be a wing-style roller coaster with the biggest drop, fastest speed and longest run of any similar ride.
It would be the first roller coaster Cedar Point opens since they first debutedMaverick in 2007.
Park spokesperson Annie Zelm said an official announcement about the 2013 attraction should come in mid August. Until then, the park has beenreleasing multiple teases about the upcoming attraction.
Meanwhile, Kings Island, which is Cedar Point's sister park near Cincinnati, announced on Fridaythe permanent removal of the long-dormant Son of Beast wooden roller coaster.
SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 13, 2012 — This summer, when the sun sets on another day of thrills at Cedar Point, guests will be treated to an entertainment encore that ignites all of their senses.
Cedar Point’s new live show, Luminosity, Powered by Pepsi, will transform the park’s Main Midway into a dance club aglow with flames, lasers and more than 1 million lights that extend beyond the stage, illuminating rides and buildings.
Luminosity will take the stage with a grand opening on Friday, June 8, igniting the night through Sunday, Aug. 19. Guests can experience the magic before then as the show unofficially starts Friday, June 1.
“Cedar Point is a magical place on a summer night, and Luminosity is going to treat our guests to a very special nighttime experience,” said John Hildebrandt, Vice President and General Manager of the park. “Luminosity will be many things: midway and ride lights, music, singing and dancing on a 75-foot stage, pyrotechnics, video and a few surprises — but it will also be a way for families to connect at the end of the day and create new memories of their visit to the park.”
“We believe all our rides and shows are special, but the real joy comes from sharing those experiences with family and friends.”
This conceptual artist rendering shows the Luminosity stage, where 30 talented performers will entertain guests as special effects light up the night at Cedar Point. (Cedar Point)
Each day at dusk, the park will begin to glow with enhanced lighting on the Giant Wheel, Power Tower and Millennium Force, as well as along the Main Midway.
At the new Celebration Plaza in front of the Iron Dragon roller coaster, more than two dozen dancers, singers, drummers and other performers will accompany guests on a multi-sensory adventure. Onstage with a backdrop rising nearly 25 feet, performers will journey by land, under the sea and through space, with eye-catching costume changes and scenery that unfolds throughout the show to set the mood. They’ll twist and twirl to the tune of dynamic pop favorites, firing up the crowd. The adventure culminates in an explosion of fireworks and pyrotechnics that will light up the sky.
While guests are riding high on a wave of excitement, a DJ will crank up the dance hits and take requests.
Pulsating rhythms from top performers such as Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Britney Spears will coax even the most reluctant dancers from the sidelines. They’ll take a cue from flash mobs that will make surprise appearances throughout the day to give guests a glimpse of what’s to come. Another DJ stationed in front of the Cedar Point Ballroom will invite families to join the party along the midway. It’s the perfect way to continue celebrating together after an action-packed day at the park.
“It’s very much an all-encompassing experience,” said Charles Bradshaw, Corporate Vice President of live entertainment. “There will be many technical accents and special effects, combined with concert-style music and 30 talented performers that really connect with the audience in a close setting. We want them to feel like they’re part of the excitement.”
Luminosity is one of many ways Cedar Point is connecting people through thrills, in addition to its 17 roller coasters, award-winning entertainment and resort accommodations. Watch a preview of the show atluminosity.cedarpoint.com.
Cedar Point opens for the summer on Saturday, May 12 and will be open daily through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 and Friday through Sunday through Oct. 28. For more details and additional information about Cedar Point, please visit the new cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419-627-2350.
Cedar Point has announced that it will introduce WindSeeker, a 30-story-tall swing ride to the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort for next summer. WindSeeker will tower above everything around its location on the beach, rising almost as high as the Millennium Force roller coaster’s giant first hill.
In the early 1900s, the Cedar Point Beach was a hub of activity as families played in the sand or frolicked in the lake. One of its most popular attractions was the Sea Swings that would dip riders into the cool waters of Lake Erie as it spun in a circular motion.
Now 100 years later, Cedar Point will add a 21st century version of that thrilling ride to the park for next summer.
The new WindSeeker will be a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders nearly 30 stories above the Lake Erie shoreline. Seated in two-person swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. At the top, the swings will be reaching speeds between 25-30 mph, flaring out almost 45 degrees from the tower. WindSeeker will be able to accommodate 64 riders (32 swings) at one time.
“Spinning almost 300 feet above Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach will be a very exciting ride experience for our guests,” said John Hildebrandt, the vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Day or night, WindSeeker will provide riders with dramatic views of the park and the Cedar Point Peninsula. It will be an extremely popular addition to Cedar Point.”
In comparison to other Cedar Point rides, WindSeeker will climb nearly two stories higher than the cabin on the park’s Space Spiral observation ride and is only a few feet shorter than the first hill on Millennium Force. Another swing ride, the Wave Swinger that opened in Frontiertown in 1979, is 31 feet tall and has a top speed of approximately 9 mph.
The ride is manufactured by Mondial, a 23-year-old Dutch-based company. WindSeeker will cost approximately $5 million to build. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall and will be secured with individual over-the-head lap bars with interlocking seat belt.
Overall, Cedar Point will add more than $6 million in capital improvements to the park for 2011.
Photos by Cedar Point
SANDUSKY - The Cedar Point attraction once known for being the longest hydro-flume ride in the world is nearing the end. White Water Landing will be removed from the park after the season ends Oct. 30. Although there are no plans for the space, "it's valuable land for potential future improvements," park spokesman Bryan Edwards said Thursday. White Water Landing is in the rear of the park, between the Mean Streak and the Antique Cars rides. Built in 1982, White Water Landings simulates a wild river ride, according to a Cedar Point press release. When it opened it was the longest hydro-flume ride in the world. Edward said the ride's waning popularity was another reason to remove it. "We don't like to take rides out of the park," he said. "We really like our ride and roller coaster collection, but we might have something better to put in area, or use it for something else." In 24 seasons, White Water Landing has given more than 28 million rides. In August, Cedar Point announced it also wanted to get rid of the Demon Drop, off of the Main Midway in the front of the park. Edwards said the free-fall ride hasn't been sold yet, although the park has been talking to a couple of interested people. The Demon Drop will remain at the park next season if it isn't sold. Cedar Point is also removing the Demon Drop to make room for improvement projects, but nothing is planned. Edwards didn't know if Cedar Point was going to try to sell White Water Landing. FunCoast.com is your online guide to summer fun for Cedar Point, the LakeErie Islands and Sandusky area. Our site offers up-to-date information on area attractions, restaurants, hotels, gasoline prices, ferry schedules, swimming, birding and fishing, along with a complete listing of events happening in the Sandusky/Cedar Point area. To use our Webcam and zoom in on Cedar Point's rollercoasters, go to http://funcam.funcoast.com