Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (7/14/19) Well we never did hear the results of any kind of investigation into what happened, but it seems that Cedar Point has been able to reopen Valravn to guests this weekend. Word from a guest was that they are only running two trains, with the third one spotted sitting at an off-site maintenance facility.
(7/9/19) A reader sent in a quick Valravn update from Cedar Point this week. While Valravn isn’t open to guests yet, they did say they saw the ride testing with two trains in the evening, one with water dummies and the other was empty. This was done for a short time and then the ride shut down and trains put away.
If I had to guess however, this wasn’t a test of trying to reopen the ride, it sounds like they may have been trying to determine what went wrong during the incident, as the combo of a loaded train and an empty train running is what took place just prior to the incident.
Elsewhere in the park, they reported that the Blue Streak as well as the Railroad were both closed due to some flooding issues in the park that had caused the water levels to rise.
(7/4/19) Cedar Fair has made another interesting purchase this week with the confirmation that they have bought the Sawmill Creek Resort which is about 7 miles from Cedar Point. The 236 room resort will be upgraded and modernized over the next two years, and sits on a 235-acre site that includes 28-acres of waterfront property on Lake Erie, a marina, indoor and outdoor pools, on-site restaurants, a conference center and an 18-hole golf course along with 50-acres of undeveloped land.
(6/30/19) Screamscape has done a little more digging into the train bump incident that took place on Cedar Point’s Valravn coaster a couple days ago. I was able to get in touch with someone knowledgeable who witnessed the incident first hand and was willing to answer questions and tell us more about what happened.
Keep in mind this is not part of an official investigation into the incident, as we don’t know all the facts. This is only being reported to prevent the spread of misinformation and exaggeration by others.
Now first, here is one item of information that hasn’t made it into all the public reports. Immediately before the incident, Valravn was down briefly, with a train paused on the lift hill. The ride was restarted, rechecked and cleared for operation again.
They were able to get two trains onto the line following this, and the first train came through just fine and stopped in the station, floor plates raised, and was being loaded with riders. At this point in time, the second train (loaded with riders) was making it’s run around the course, and slowed down as designed when hitting the magnetic brake run.
As designed, the train is supposed to slow to a crawl while passing through the magnetic brakes and then stop near the bottom of the brake hill when entering the friction brakes. The train will pass through a series of friction brakes that are supposed to control the speed of the train it approaches the flat ‘transfer track’ area, where the train is then controlled by drive tires.
According to our witness, after passing into the friction brake zone, the train began to accelerate down the hill, as if the friction brake system was not engaging at all. By the time the train rolled onto the drive tires on the short transfer track, it was simply moving too fast for the drive tires to stop it and it collided into the back of the train in the station.
According to our source’s best guess, they believe the train was moving somewhere around 20-25mph at the point of collision. The B&M’s trains have a pair of large round impact bumper style devices mounted to the front and back of each train which took the brunt of the damage, but since the floor plated in the station were raised to load the train, those floor plates are also said to have taken extensive damage. I’m told that almost all of these floor plates will likely have to be replaced before Valravn can run again due to the damage.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, though if this and other witness reports are accurate, the point of failure seems to be the friction brakes, though the cause for this isn’t known as the brakes reportedly worked as designed when the first train went through, which has led some to wonder if the computer failed to activate them when the second train came through untouched, or if perhaps the system was left in some kind of maintenance mode from the previous stoppage.
Despite some early rumors of trying to operate the ride with just one train for the rest of the season, I believe it may be several weeks until the investigation is over, the damage repaired and Valravn is cleared to take to the skies once more.
(6/27/19) A quick update on the Valravn collision at Cedar Point. According to additional guest reports (including reports from a rider who was one the train that hit the other), they say that the train did not slip through the brakes, but instead nearly came to a stop before suddenly accelerating forward again. This makes sense as all modern B&M coasters use magnetic braking systems, so it sounds like the train stopped as designed in the magnetic brakes, but then was pulled forward by the tire-drive positioning system which must have malfunctioned and caused the collision. Keeping in mind that these are Floorless trains, that means the floor plates that rise up between around the seating rows were in place during the collision, and were reportedly bent and damaged in the incident. As these will have to be repaired before the ride can reopen, I can only imagine that it will be several weeks before Valravn is ready to run.
(6/26/19) I just heard from a reader visiting Cedar Point on Wednesday that there was a train collision in the station on Valravn as the incoming train slipped through the brakes and ran into the back of the train in the station. We don’t know any details about possible damage or operational status, though I would assume Valravn will be closed for awhile while they investigate what happened.
You can also see a Twitter post from another park guest who was in line when it happened.
(5/19/19) The local news went for a quick ride on the 10-passenger Grave Digger monster truck attraction course set up at Cedar Point. I’m not sure if they are being a bit conservative on this test run or not, but it looks to move a bit slow. Check it out below.
(5/15/19) A reader sent in more photos from Cedar Point showing off the course they are setting up for the Mosnter Jam truck ride, a new Italian food restaurant called Hugo’s, and a new sign celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cedar Creek Mine Ride.
(5/13/19) A reader stopped by Cedar Point over the weekend and sent in some pictures from the park. They report that the new Forbidden Frontier experience area is set to open on May 24th, with the entrance placed in the former Shoot the Rapids station area. The Monster Jam Thunder Alley area is being set up, with a few trucks on site already in the Luminosity area, with tarps thrown over them. That last bit is kind of amusing, as the giant wheels and other parts (zombie arms?) of the trucks are sticking out everywhere.
(5/6/19) According to Screamscape readers, Cedar Point has installed a metal detector at Steel Vengeance and is asking guests to remove cell phones and keys from their pockets and put them in a zippered pouch mounted to the train by your legs. Other small objects can also be “secured in cargo pockets” if you are wearing the right clothing.
(4/14/19) Three different Cedar Fair parks will have a visit from a new traveling exhibit attraction this summer called Monster Jam: Thunder Alley. The exhibit will feature five different famous Monster Trucks (Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Zombie and El Toro Loco), where guests not only be able to get up close and get a photo, but also climb inside the trucks to see what they are like from the driver’s point of view. You’ll also be able to stroll around the Monster Jam Garade to learn more about the creation of these massive vehicles. They also say there will be a “Monster Jam Freestyle Ride” where guests can climb into a 10-passenger Grave Digger or Megalodon car and be taken through a freestyle course. No major details were given about that, but apparently this is a real vehicle and not a simulator.
Look for Mosnter Jam: Thunder Alley to appear at the follow parks:
Cedar Point - From May 18 through to June 30
Kings Dominion - From July 20 through September 2
Dorney Park - From September 14 through November 3.
One more fantastic bit of news… unlike the old Dinosaur Alive exhibits, admission into Monster Jam: Thunder Alley will be included with park admission, though I believe you will be able to purchase a VIP Reservation for the Freestyle experience if you want to cut ahead of the line. As you might expect, availability for this unique attraction is expected to be limited.
(3/3/19) I’m told a couple of new eateries will arrive at Cedar Point this season. The Midway Market Buffet near Raptor and Blue Streak will be replaced with Hugo’s Italian Kitchen, offering up all new flavorful dishes. Meanwhile the former site of The Witches Wheel is said to become home to a new MoTown musical themed outdoor dining space called BackBeatQue.
(2/27/19) According to a local news report Cedar Point will change their policy about allowing riders on Steel Vengeance to keep their phones with them when they ride in 2019. They say that they have added zippered pouches to the bottom of the seats to hold phones and other loose items, because the ride quickly gained a reputation of pulling loose items out of riders pockets when it opened last year before the total ban on loose objects went into effect.
(1/12/19) Cedar Point fans… want to buy one of the park’s old Dodgem cars or a car from the old Witches Wheel? Looks like an Ohio based used car dealer picked up all of them and is now selling them online, asking $325 each for of the 20 Witches Wheel cars, or $695 each for a Dodgem bumper car.
(1/11/19) We know Cedar Point has been buying up extra property along the mainland for the past year, mostly near their existing employee dorm facilities. The expectation was that they would be building new bigger and more modern dorm space for the future, and they were even granted the zoning to do so a few months back. While Cedar Point has still not officially said what they are planning, I’m guessing work on new dorms could begun sooner than later as the park has begun to demolish the smaller dorm buildings on the peninsula itself directly connected to the park. The red buildings in question was formerly known as The Cedars Hotel before being converted into dorm space when newer guest hotels were built to replace them.
(11/24/18) The Sandusky Register reports that Cedar Point has obtained a little more property just outside the theme park complex along the corridor leading to the causeway. This time around the park actually acquired some actual roads that ran through the properties and connected to property they obtained last year.
2019 - Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island - (3/3/19) Cedar Point has revealed a map showing off just one section of Forbidden Frontier called Snake River Swamp. It sounds like this could be one of the first areas you encounter after arriving from the mainland, and you’ll be tasked with finding a way to cross through it in order to explore more of the island. The drawing shows off some interesting boats you might use to gain access to the other side, or risk traveling along a floating (and bouncing / splashing?) bridge pathway. Then there are areas to explore, like a boat at a dock, waterfalls, buildings and more… but that’s supposed to be the fun of Forbidden Frontier, taking the time to explore it all for yourself and discover what you can along the way.
(2/22/19) Cedar Point released a little more information about Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island this past week. As explained before, they confirm that much like Knott’s Ghost Town Alive attraction, this can best be explained as being as “experiential attraction” as you take park in a grand storytelling adventure “that begins with YOU.”
“You’re invited to explore an island previously closed off to visitors, but in a way, it has its loose connections to Frontier Town.” “It’s a live-action, as-it’s-happening story. Only instead of just sitting back and watching (which you can), you can be IN the story. And it doesn’t matter what time of day you visit – something is always happening, and you’re always welcome to see it.”
Visit the island and you’ll find yourself inside what appears to be a thriving community. “In fact, you may be asked to roll up your sleeves and help farm the land. Or perhaps go on a secret mission, deliver special messages or decipher a cryptic puzzle. You may run into goats, chickens and even an emu. Or better yet, dig for that rumored treasure.”
In the end, this is the kind of attraction that is whatever you make of it, and the rabbit hole can be as deep or shallow as your level of participation and willingness to play along. The best thing however is that it is free for everyone to experience.
(1/30/19) Coaster-Nation reports that Cedar Point’s new Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island attraction may very well feature a new ropes course attraction with some interactive elements, based on comments made during a Masterplan presentation about the California’s Great America park and attractions they were working on.
(10/31/18) According to the Sandusky Register the new Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island coming to Cedar Point in 2019, guests “will interact with characters as they unlock puzzles and enjoy active challenges” with activities designed to stimulate guests brawn and brains. While not much more has been revealed just yet, I’m guessing Cedar Point will be borrowing heavily from the Ghost Town Alive playbook from sister park, Knott’s Berry Farm, who has been running a similar guest-interactive role-play experience over the past three summers with evolving storylines.
(8/23/18) Cedar Point is closing Dinosaurs Alive this fall and will replace it with something new called Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island for the 2019 season.
"Grab your map and prepare for a minute-by-minute real-life adventure, where you and others are challenged, questioned and pushed to the limits in both brain and brute power. Be immersed in interactive encounters with the island inhabitants, push yourself with physically active challenges that test your resourcefulness and fortitude! It's your job to discover and uncover all that you can; to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier, and return to tell the tale. Every ending is different and determined by you and the secrets you unlock!" So check in on the official webpage over the off-season as the unveil more about this new project to us over the off-season.
2020 - New Major Attraction - Speculation - (8/30/16) So when is Cedar Point planning to add their next coaster? It’s a bit far out to know for sure, but 2020 seems to be a very likely date, as the park will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Cedar Point that year.