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CEDAR POINT
Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

icon_STOPPark News - (8/29/15) For anyone still wondering, Cedar Point's Tony Clark tweeted out the new announcement date for the park's 2016 ride the other day as being September 9th.
    (8/14/15) There was a death at Cedar Point around 5pm on Thursday, as a guest entered into the restricted area (likely jumped the fence) that contains the Raptor coaster and was struck by the coaster, killing them. It's so crazy... as guests have no reason to enter into a restricted area like this, and yet this keeps happening to B&M inverted coasters over and over. There is NO REASON to enter into these kind of dangerous zones... because the coaster ALWAYS wins. A reason hasn't been given yet, but typically guests do it to try and retrieve a lost item like a cell phone or a hat rather than notifying employees and waiting until they can safely retrieve any lost items. (Update: Confirmed, he was after his lost cell phone)
    (6/23/15) People do the dumbest things sometimes… and unfortunately they do them in alarming numbers at our favorite theme parks each summer. Case in point today… a man apparently tried to slip through the already closing safety gate to board the Raptor roller coaster at Cedar Point and got his leg caught and trapped by the gate. The guest was treated for the injury locally at first and then transported to a nearby hospital “for further evaluation.”
    (5/4/15) As rumored, Cedar Point's Tony Clark confirmed on Twitter over the weekend that Maverick has replaced the hard restraints with new softer/padded belt restraints instead. (And there was much rejoicing...)

    (2/24/15) A few interesting notes from Cedar Point came out over the weekend. Going along with the removal of the Good Time Theater (which is now 80% complete) the park has already removed the Dodgem and will move it closer to MaXair. The Calypso will also be removed from next to Blue Streak and moved over near the Ferris Wheel where it will be rethemed and renamed as Tiki Twirl, a great throwback to the name of the ride's twin that was removed from the park long ago. To help make room, the kiddie bumper cars will also be moved from Kiddie Kingdom over to Planet Snoopy. Also the Sir Rub a Dub's Tubs and Gazebo will also be removed.
    While there has been some speculation about the possible removal of the Turnpike and Cadillac Cars previously, I'm hearing that it was mentioned that the Cadillac Turnpike Cars would be removed eventually, but I'm not sure if a timeline was set or not. We'll know more as we get closer to seeing just what The Point has in store for the ever growing site they are clearing around the former Good Time Theater.
    In other news, I'm also told that Maverick's trains will get all new restraints this season, dropping the hard should bars and replacing them with the softer padded style restraints used on Intimidator 305.

 

2015 - Rougarou - Confirmed - (5/12/15) Rougarou Lives! The Point’s latest roller coaster experience opened over the weekend and you can see a video of it in action below.

 

 

2015 - Hotel Breakers Refurbishment - Confirmed - (5/12/15) The Hotel Breakers has reopened at Cedar Point and one of our readers has posted a video tour of the new rooms shot over the weekend, which give you a little walk-through the new room and the views available.

    (10/30/14) The local news has posted a great video showing off the front entrance to the Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point being demolished right in front of your eyes. By late Spring 2015 it will be replaced with a brand new entrance and lobby area as part of the overall refurbishment to The Point’s famous 500 room hotel.
    (10/15/14) The latest update to the Cedar Point blog goes into detail about the ongoing massive refurbishment taking place at the Hotel Breakers that will see the famous resort hotel reopen in 2015. Pictures taken inside the Breakers show that they’ve stripped down the hotel to the bare wood framework and completely rebuilding it from the inside out in order to preserve this famous icon for years to come, while bringing it up to the standards of today’s guests.
    (12/5/13) Cedar Point has begun this winter’s renovation work at the Hotel Breakers, part of a 3 year, $60 million plan to renovate the historic park hotel. The first half of the project, which has just begun, will see the exterior of the hotel repaired and replaced, including adding a new roof and all new paint. Next winter the restoration work will move indoors.
    (8/28/13) Hotel Breakers will complete the first year of a 2-Year Renovation plan by 2014, with the first year focused entirely on upgrading the outside of the hotel. Year two will focus on upgrading the interior.
    (12/3/12) Cedar Point confirmed that they will spent around $60 million over the next three years to update, improve and restore the park’s on site hotel properties in an effort to lure more guests into multi-day stays at The Point as a destination resort location. Much like his experience with Disney, Matt Ouimet reported that they would be looking at offering a similar “Good, Better, Best” level of resort offerings to cater to families with different budgets.

 

icon_STOP2016 - New CoasterVALRAVN - Rumor - (9/1/15) An interesting little thumbnail image was discovered on the Coaster Appreciation Night page on the Cedar Point website. 2015_0831_CP2016At the bottom they seem to show off the images of all the Cedar Point coasters in order once again, ending with an interesting little icon image labeled CP2016.
    As for the name itself... assuming Cedar Point stick with the name, the Valravn is a legendary creature from Danish folklore, also referred to as the Raven of the Slain. There are a couple of different versions of the creature, one claims that a Valravn is a Ravin that has fed on the bodies of the dead on a battlefield and could gain human levels of knowledge and supernatural skills. Another legend takes this a step further than claims that these supernatural birds could then transform into a Knight if they consumed the blood within a child's heart. Of course, I have a feeling Cedar Point isn't going to use either of these versions and may instead opt to use another version of the legend that simply describes Valravn as creatures that are Half Wolf and Half Raven in much the same way that the Griffin is half eagle, half lion. You can see some fun artwork of these Valravn creatures here.
    (8/29/15) For anyone still wondering, Cedar Point's Tony Clark tweeted out the new announcement date for the park's 2016 ride the other day as being September 9th.
    (8/27/15) Several more photos of ValRavn track were sent in by an reader today. Enjoy!
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in a holding pattern about when Cedar Point will finally announce their new coaster (the announcement was put on hold following the death at the park when a guest climbed into Raptor's restricted area to retrieve a phone) you can see what the wall of coasters has been moved if you click here. Meanwhile a few pictures of track have also been sent out way.
    (8/20/15) While Cedar Point has delayed the official announcement for their new coaster in the wake of the death at the park last week, the first pieces of track for the huge new Dive Machine have arrived. A Twitter user posted a picture of a piece being unloaded into a fenced off area next to the Breakers Express.
    (8/10/15) Cedar Point's VALRAVN logo, some renderings and even the coaster's layout appear to have possibly leaked over the weekend. I was unable to see the source of it myself, but apparently for a brief time period a new official app for Cedar Point was released on the Google Play store that included the 2016 coaster's logo and layout images before it was quickly yanked from the store an hour later. A few individuals lucky enough to have grabbed the app and some screen captures have posted the images online for everyone to see.
    The renderings looks fairly legit, with the brownish track color matching that of the Dive Machine track spotted at the Ohio factory in mid-July. The layout itself starts off with something that looks similar to the first half of SheiKra or Griffon with the big vertical drop followed by an Immelman before swooping up to a high brake position to position for the a second vertical dive. From there you'll hit another another mini Immelman followed by a second roll-out style inversion that will put the train into a downward helix before shooting up over an airtime hill and then into the brake run.
    (8/4/15) According to the teaser image sent out by Cedar Point, the announcement date for The Point’s 2016 project will be August 18, 2015. Meanwhile a Screamscape source sent in some new pictures of the brown-ish track on site at the B&M track fabricator along with blue supports. They also managed to get a shot of label sticker from one of the support pieces, which also seems to confirm to me that not only is this for a Dive Machine, but likely for the XL sized 10-across seat version as opposed to the narrower and newer style 6-across version that we’ve been seeing put into European parks over the past couple of years.
   According to our source, they believe they spotted at least 7 lift hill track sections so far and using some rough size/scale calculations to compare the length of them with a nearby flatbed truck, they estimate that each piece could be somewhere between 45 to 50 feet in length. Not counting for any extra height of the crown or whatever height the lift is off the ground when it start, and taken at an aproximate 45 angle, we’re already looking at a possible height between 225 to 250 feet so far, and it could grow from there. To date, I believe the tallest B&M Dive Machine built would be the Diving Coaster at Happy Valley Shanghai (China) which stands 213.3 feet tall.
    (7/15/15) The construction wall of coasters at Cedar Point is now almost complete... plus one more listing I never thought of. They added Gatekeeper but kept right on going and put another listing on the end of Pipe Scream also... though technically I would consider than a flat ride and not a coaster.
    (7/8/15) According to the latest photo sent in showing off Cedar Point's growing wall of coasters attached to a construction wall, Top Thrill Dragster and Mavericvk have now been added.
    (7/3/15) If you look at the last picture at the bottom of Cedar Point's latest blog posting, you'll see that the sign on the construction wall of Cedar Point's coasters has grown considerable longer and faster than we had intended. The list of the park's coasters now represented, and in the order they were opened, goes from Blue Streak all the way up to 2002's Wicked Twister. Given the accelerated timeline for how fast these new additions have been added to the wall, I can only hope that the big announcement, or at least the start to the teaser campaign has been pushed forward as well.
    Four more to go. Look for Top Thrill Dragster to go up next (2003) followed by Maverick, Gatekeeper and ending with Rougarou.
    (6/8/15) A reader tweeted me an interesting photo from Cedar Point this weekend, showing a series of panels added to a construction wall showing off "A Legacy of World Class Roller Coasters" that so far is followed by panels for Blue Stream, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew and Gemini. The shapes of the panels will allow for more to be added and the list to grow longer as the summer goes on.
    I'm told that the sign panels are being mounted to a wall blocking off the old Dodgem attraction site, which is part of the area where where next year's new coaster should go. The other interesting thing is that if the first panel was put up on opening weekend, then there have been four more weekends since then, and four new panels added for the park's four oldest coasters. If they continue to add one each weekend, in order of when the coaster's were opened, we would see Wilderness Run added next weekend, followed by Iron Dragon and Magnum XL-200 and so on. If they kept that schedule, the 16th and final coaster panel would be added on the weekend of August  29-30th, and making perfect timing for Cedar Point to make a big announement for the 2016 coaster the following weekend, which would mark the end of the daily operational schedule on Sept. 5-7 for Labor Day Weekend.
    Again, this is just a hunch, but damn if the timing doesn't work out perfectly.  Keep and eye out on this sign to grow all summer long.
    (5/2/15) An interesting new trademark was sent my way this way for VALRAVN, which was filed for my Cedar Point itself on April 17th. An interesting name, for what could end up being an interesting new coaster, if the rumors about a new B&M Dive Machine end up being true. It is worth pointing out that the trademark applicant was Cedar Point itself and not Cedar Fair, which is normally the case for rides going elsewhere in the company.
    (1/14/15) According to the local news, Cedar Point is in talks with B&M for a new Dive Machine coaster that would cost around $15 million. The Point’s Bryan Edwards confirmed that the B&M coaster is just one of several proposals the park is looking at for the 2016 season. Though likely a coincidence, the same day the Twitter of CP’s TonyClark posted a picture of the closed and soon to be demolished Good Times Theater structure from the air with the message, “That’s a lotta land down there…”
   The site would be a good one to use for the new coaster for sure, especially if combined with the nearby property used for the car ride at the backside of Raptor.
    (2/25/15) It seems there may have been a bit of conflicting information sent in regarding the fate of the cars at Cedar Point. According to this news report the park IS removing the Turnpike Cars. Meanwhile the Cadillac Cars are safe for now.
    (2/24/15) A few interesting notes from Cedar Point came out over the weekend. Going along with the removal of the Good Time Theater (which is now 80% complete) the park has already removed the Dodgem and will move it closer to MaXair. The Calypso will also be removed from next to Blue Streak and moved over near the Ferris Wheel where it will be rethemed and renamed as Tiki Twirl, a great throwback to the name of the ride's twin that was removed from the park long ago. To help make room, the kiddie bumper cars will also be moved from Kiddie Kingdom over to Planet Snoopy. Also the Sir Rub a Dub's Tubs and Gazebo will also be removed.
    While there has been some speculation about the possible removal of the Turnpike and Cadillac Cars previously, I'm hearing that it was mentioned that the Cadillac Turnpike Cars would be removed eventually, but I'm not sure if a timeline was set or not. We'll know more as we get closer to seeing just what The Point has in store for the ever growing site they are clearing around the former Good Time Theater.
    (11/26/14) The official CP Blog says goodbye to the Good Time Theater this week, confirming that the show arena is being removed to make room for a future expansion project. The building started out in 1975 as the Cedar Point Cinema, showing IMAX movies for a number of years before turning into a show theater for “Snoopy Rocks! On Ice” in 2002.

 

 

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Cedar Point
Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Fair Entertainment

Abbreviation: CP

Tickets: as of 10/17/12
Adults (48” or over): $58.99
Child (under 48”): $29.99
Parking: $15.00
Open: Seasonal May - Oct.

Fun Facts
 - During 2012 season The Point removed two coasters: Wildcat was removed entirely in May before the park opened for the season and Disaster Transport closed on July 29th.
 - The Space Spiral was also closed after Labor Day 2012, and demolished with explosives, dropping the tower like a massive tree onto the nearby beach.

Newest Developments:
2014 - Pipe Scream / Lake Erie Eagles

2013 - Gatekeeper

2012 - Dinosaurs Alive & Dragster H20

2011 - Windseeker

2010 - Shoot the Rapids

2009 - Starlight Experience

2008 - Planet Snoopy and Skyscraper

2007 - Maverick

2006 - Skyhawk

2005 - maXair


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