Snake River Expedition
Snake River Expedition is a family boat ride that is located on Gemini Midway. The ride is a re-introduction of a classic Cedar Point ride.
Snake River Expedition opened as part of Cedar Point's 150th Anniversary Celebration.
In 2012, guest would journey 65 million years into the past to experience Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island. Gatekeeper would fly over the parks front gate when it opened in 2013. In 2014 Gemini Midway was updated and received 3 new rides. Rougarou opened in 2015 as Cedar Point's first Floorless Roller Coaster. In 2016 Valravn opened as the world's tallest, fastest, and longest Dive Coaster. Cedar Point Shores Water Park opened in 2017 replacing Soak City. In 2018, Steel Vengeance opened as the world's first Hyper-Hybrid Roller Coaster. Forbidden Frontier sent guest on a journey like no other in 2019.
The story of Snake River Expedition beings all the way back in 1960, 61 Years before Cedar Point opened Snake River Expedition they opened an old favorite that would someday inspire the 2020 attraction.
In 1960 Cedar Point opened the Riverboat Cruise. Riverboat Cruise was built to utilize the old lagoons in the middle of the park. The lagoon was originally built in 1906 to control bugs.
The original boats for this ride were built by the park using what materials they could find. It was a very low budget ride, but it was a huge success.
In 1987, The Western Cruise was relocated to the Gemini Midway where it received a new name, Paddlewheel Excursions. The ride received an all new loading platform and the ride course was changed for the first time in many years. The ride was reduced to half its length and only traveled around one island.
Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island opened in 2012. It was a walk thru attraction that was located on the island. Over the years the attraction wasn't really that popular. Guest didn't like that Paddlewheel Excursions was removed for the attraction. Due to its lack in popularity, Dinosaurs Alive would close on September 3, 2018.
On August 15, 2019, Cedar Point announced for 2020 they would be celebrating the park's 150th anniversary. As part of the anniversary they would open a river boat experience. On December 11, 2019, it was annoced that that river boat ride would be named Snake River Expedition that that the ride wold use Paddlewheel Excision's old docks as the ride entrance.