Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (9/17/14) Time to play Good News / Bad News:
Good News – Cedar Point made an announcement yesterday…
Bad News – It wasn’t the announcement about Mantis or Rougarou or anything else you were hoping for.
Good News – The Point has come to an agreement with LeBron James that wont actually involve renaming any of their coasters something as silly as “King James”. Instead the park has established a long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation that will involve hosting an event at the park for the kids actively involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and Akron I PROMISE Network for a day of fun at the park. The park’s First Ride auction in the Spring of 2015 will also see 100% of the proceeds go to the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Result: While there is always disappointment when the park teases a big announcement that isn’t what we expect it to be, the end result here is win-win… the park isn’t stuck with a coaster with a silly name, and any benefit to help kids get a better life is always a good thing. Really the only losers here would be the Red Cross, who was previously the benefactor of the park’s First Ride auctions. Speaking of which… they did say there was a First Ride auction coming in Spring 2015… which means something NEW is still coming and that big announcement I know you are all craving is still lying in wait for us just around the corner… so stay tuned!
(9/16/14) Cedar Point has announced that they will make a big announcement on Tuesday (today) at 11am. According to the Twitter post, “It’s BIGGER. It’s BETTER! It’s our news on @KingJames”. So this sounds like it could be the rumored announcement regarding the transformation of Mantis into something new… and named after LeBron James.
(9/2/14) BREAKING - The rumors appear to be true. Cedar Point's latest announcement says that MANTIS will get "squashed" on October 19th. If the rest of the rumor follows through, we'll see it reborn as a B&M Floorless coaster next season, with a brand new name, possibly one themed to Lebron James.
(8/30/14) Cedar Point has tweeted out that they will make a major announcement on September 2nd at noon. I wonder if this could be that long rumored dark ride project.
Cedar Point’s Halloweekends page is now live. This year’s event will feature one new haunt: HEXED (Witches await you!) along with returning favorites: Zombie High, G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Eternity Infirmany and the Eden Musee wax museum. There is also a new Scare Zone: Tombstone Terror-tory along with the returning scare-zones: CornStalkers, CarnEVIL, Blood on the Bayou, Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks and Cut Throat Cove.
There are a variety of live shows as well: Sideshow-A Carnival of Magic, Skeleton Crew, The Edge of Madness-LIVE and sure to be a big hit… the brand new Midnight Syndicate LIVE! Legacy of Shadows concert experience. The park will also offer Fright Lane with Skeleton Key to give you priority access to the six haunts and unlocks a secret extra room inside five of them. And for those wanting a special dining experience, the park has Boeckling’s Banquet… where you dine inside the Boeckling’s Eerie Estate haunted house in the dining room, along with creepy characters and food that’s “to die for!”
(8/17/14) UPDATE: Cedar Point reopened Gatekeeper to guests on Friday evening after being closed most of previous week. Go get your thrill on!
(8/8/14) I forgot to mention it here (but did on Twitter and Facebook at the time) that Cedar Point has reopened the one undamaged side of Skyhawk.
(7/30/14) If you follow Screamscape on Twitter or Facebook, you already heard about the accident that took place at Cedar Point over the weekend on the Skyhawk ride when a cable broke on the swing ride. According to the latest report, two guests were treated for injuries, one at the park and one at a local hospital and then released. Cedar Point is keeping Skyhawk closed until further notice while they conduct an investigation into what happened.
According to many online reports on Twitter and Facebook, the cable broke free, swung down and broke a section of wooden fence around the ride. Debris from this impact is thought to have caused the less severe injury. The exact nature of the other injury hasn’t been confirmed, but there were on-site reports of guest who may have broke their leg, but no explanation as to how it happened. Other reports claimed another guest may have been struck in the the head by the cable, but again… these are unconfirmed. A video has appeared on YouTube however, posted by Theme Park Maniacs, as an unknown guest arrived on the accident scene shortly after the accident, camera in hand, while the ride’s arm were still slowly coming to a stop. There is some “adult language” in the video, so consider this NSFW.
One guest tells the camera man that someone was hit by a piece of wood, and you can see the wood debris scattered on the ground where the section of the fence was smashed outwards from the ride by the cable, which acted as a whip as it was drug back and forth by the swinging arm before the ride could be stopped.
A follow-up video was shot on site the very next morning, where the fence has been repaired overnight and you couldn’t even tell it was ever broken unless you knew where to look, and there was no sign of a problem on the closed ride.
2015 - Rougarou - Confirmed - (9/19/14) Cedar Point quietly released the beast into the world today… confirming all our rumors for the past several months. Mantis will become Rougarou, getting an all new paint job and new B&M Floorless trains, transforming this Stand-Up coaster into a new beast entirely. Check out the great new animation below.
(9/2/14) BREAKING - The rumors appear to be true. Cedar Point's latest announcement says that MANTIS will get "squashed" on October 19th. If the rest of the rumor follows through, we'll see it reborn as a B&M Floorless coaster next season, with a brand new name.
(8/8/14) According to Screamscape sources, the new paint test on Mantis is indeed linked to a plan to renovate the coaster from a stand-up design into a more popular B&M Floorless design that will also be renamed if they go ahead with the plan.
(8/7/14) Lots of strange rumors coming from Cedar Point this summer… including many who are quite persistent that not only will Mantis likely get a name change in the future
(Not sure if this is the King James coaster or not) but could possibly get converted from being a stand-up coaster into using either regular B&M Sit Down trains, or a possible full conversion into a Floorless coaster instead, for higher capacity and better guest reviews, as Mantis is said to just not be popular with park guests any longer.
Of course Cedar Point is always full of crazy rumors each and every summer, so there is no way to tell if this is true at all. Only that it is certainly possible. Adding a little more fuel to the fire about Mantis is a a very small section of the ride has been repainted in some dramatic new colors as a test on the box-beam.
(7/30/14) Note: The real French word for Werewolf is apparently Loupgarou, while Rougarou is apparently a Cajun and French Canadian variant on the spelling, with their own special lore for the legendary creature known across French Louisiana. Apparently some Native Americans and First Nations folklore also refer to it as the Rugaru, where the legend seems to crossed with that of the Sasquatch and Wendigo as well. And of course, if you love monster hunters... we’ve also seen a couple of them featured over the years on the long-running TV series, Supernatural.
(7/24/14) Cedar Point held a unique opportunity for select fans to camp out in the park overnight last weekend, calling the event the Coaster Campout. In what seems to be a sure fire hint about the park’s 2015 addition, they called the temporary campground “Camp Rou”… as in Rougarou? You know, the unknown trademarked name Cedar Fair filed for not long ago that is the
French Cajun / French Canadian word for Werewolf? Adding fuel to the fire, CP’s Tony Clark tweeted out that night, “Currently working diligently on 2015. Did I spel that rite? More importantly, did I say it right...” Take from this what you will…but unless it is another bit of deception (Whyte Lightning anyone?) my money is on the 2015 attraction being named Rougarou. But what will it be?! A coaster? A new dark ride? Or something else entirely.
2014/2015 - Hotel Breakers Refurbishment - Confirmed - (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.