Midway Carousel is Cedar Point's oldest existing ride.
The 1930's and 1940's was a really bad time for Cedar Point. The world was in a state of depression. The park really didn't have money to make general improvements because the guest didn't have a lot of money to go to the park. During this time, park attendance dropped to an all time low. It was Cedar Point's 1906 ballroom that kept the park going. In 1939 Cedar Point renovated it and turned it into an Art Deco style dance hall.
Midway Carousel was added to Cedar Point in 1946. During the 1940's, very few things were added to Cedar Point. When the ride first opened, Cedar Point didn't own their rides. Anything added to Cedar Point before the 1960's was owned by an outside party. The park would rent space to people who would run their attractions.
Midway Carousel closed in September 1993. The ride was carefully taken apart and began its restoration. It would take 8 months for the park to restore the ride. The restoration cost $250,000. The building was not moved with the ride because it would take too much work to fix it up then it would to build a new one.
The longest line for Midway Carousel is usually 5 minuets.
Midway Carousel was very popular at Cedar Point. It was added during an era when the park around it was falling around. Cedar Point would add: Cedar Point Causeway (1957), Cadillac Cars (1958), 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 (2002-2021), Good Time Theatre (2002-2014), Top Thrill Dragster (2003-2021), 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), Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration (2021), and the Boardwalk (2023).
All of these attractions have helped make Cedar Point what it is today.
Photos by: Jake Hamons, Russ Hauden, Bruce Cassi, and Cedar Point.
Last Updated: 01/20/2023