Pirate Ride was one of Cedar Point's famous dark rides.
The 1950's were a really bad time for Cedar Point. The park was in a failing state due to a lack of business. In 1956 the park was bought and there were plans to close the park and redevelop it as a housing development. After public outcry, and studying the operations for two years, the owners decided to keep the park. Plans were made to turn Cedar Point into "The Disneyland of the Midwest". More spectacular rides would open. In 1961 Satellite Jets, Rotor, and Sky Wheel opened. The Sky Ride would start to take riders 92 feet over the Cedar Point midway in 1962. Western Cruise would also open in 1962. In 1963 Cedar Point would open a very unique ride when Mill Race opened as well as the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad. Blue Streak opened in 1964 as Cedar Point's tallest roller coaster. In 1965 Cedar Point opened the Earthquake and Space Spiral. Space Spiral was the tallest amusement park ride in the world. All these rides were great, but there would be much more to come over the years.
Pirate Ride was built and designed by Arrow Development. Over the years would build several ground breaking rides for Cedar Point including: Cadillac Cars (1958), Turnpike Cars (1959-2014), Mill Race (1963-1993), Shoot-the-rapids (1967-1981), Antique Cars (1969-2021), Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969), Corkscrew (1976), Gemini (1978), White Water Landing (1982-2005), Iron Dragon (1987), Magnum XL-200 (1989), and Snake River Falls (1993). Arrow would build some of Cedar Point's most popular rides.
Pirate Ride's Legacy
After Pirate Ride opened in 1966 Cedar Point would add more rides that would round out its collection. It would add: Frontier Town (1967), Shoot-the-rapids (1967-1981), Sky Slide (1968-1991), Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1969), Million Dollar Midway (1970-1984), Frontier Trail (1971), Giant Wheel (1972), Cedar Point Cinema (1975-2001), Corkscrew (1976), Troika (1976), Witches' Wheel (1977-2018), Gemini (1978), Gemini Children's Area (1979-2013), WildCat (1979-2011), Oceana (1980-1997), Ocean Motion(1981), White Water Landing (1982-2005), Demon Drop (1983-2009), Avalanche Run (1985-1989), Thunder Canyon (1986), Iron Dragon (1987), Soak City Water Park (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), and Mantis (1996-2014). All of theses attractions would give Cedar Point something it didn't offer before.
Last Updated: 02/17/2023
Photos by: David Chapman, Cedar Point, Russ Haudan, Ron Hintze, Jake Hamons, and Bradley Kilgore.