Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (12/30/17) Well well... looks like Cedar Point is getting into the Sandusky real estate game as of late. According to the local news the park has purchased 8 separate pieces of property around town over the last few weeks, spending $1.27 million on 6 of the properties alone. Of course the park has nothing to say about what they are up to, and the local news hasn't identified the addresses of all the sites, but they say that the majority of the purchases are located between the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Cleveland Road (U.S. 6) near the Thirsty Pony, including the large empty Herman's Furniture building. From the look of things, most of the new property is located just on the other side of Cedar Point Drive from the Castaway Bay Resort area (also on U.S. 6) that they already own.
Another piece of property purchased however is a bit further away along the end of 2nd St, which I believe butts up against one of Cedar Point's giant employee housing dorm complexes, so perhaps some kind of employee housing expansion is in the works. (If I'm not mistaken this site is known as "The Commons")
(10/25/17) Cedar Point has confirmed that as of now the park's Sandcastle Suites Hotel (at the tip of the peninsula) is now closed for good. Over the winter both it and the Breakwater Cafe next to it will be demolished. Why? They aren't saying, though I would suspect they may have plans to build a bigger and better resort on the waterfront property.
The park also confirm that the Extreme Sports Stadium (formerly Aquatic Stadium) near Wicked Twister will also be demolished over the winter, freeing up the property for future expansion I suppose.
The Cedar Point Boardwalk that runs from the Sandcastle Suites area down the beach to near Windseeker will be expanded so that the boardwalk will soon continue down to connect with the main parking lot providing better access to the beach and waterfront activities (parasail, jet skis, etc...) and better views of course.
On a brighter note, readers confirmed last weekend that Top Thrill Dragster reopened for guests.
(9/27/17) Things are not looking good for Top Thrill Dragster apparently. First we heard reports of it closing suddenly followed by the appearance of a good number of maintenance crew along the launch track. There was much frowning an chin scratching and now we find a rather dismal set of images posted to Twitter claiming that an incident took place between the ride's "catch car" ripping out a good number of brake fins. If all this holds true, there is a good chance that Top Thrill Dragster may be done for the rest of the 2017 season.
(9/7/17) A local news station has confirmed the Cedar Creek Mystic Mine Ride story, adding that it will indeed be an enhancement made to the park’s classic mine train for HalloWeekends starting on Friday, Sept. 15th. They will only say that a ‘part’ of the coaster will be themed, and drop the #whatsintheshed hashtag once again, much like what we saw happen at Kings Island when they announced the new Mystic Timbers coaster last year.
(8/28/17) I'm not quite sure what this is about, but according to a report posted to Coaster Addict a rather odd description of the Cedar Creek Mine Ride was found posted on the mobile version of the park's website the other day before suddenly vanishing. The ride's name was changed to "Cedar Creek Mystic Mine Ride" along with the description, "Cedar Creek Mine Ride becomes Cedar Creek Mystic Mine Ride with special surprises in #whatsintheshed".
Of course the last time we saw that particular hashtag used was for the long tease about Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, which ends with a surprise trip into a shed.
So the question remains, will Cedar Point add a surprise Shed effects room to the end of their mine train coaster sometime in the not too distant future? Could be... I guess we'll have to wait and see, though it is possible that this could be some kind of temporary set-up for HalloWeekends.
While we’re talking about The Point, be sure to check out the Steel Vengeance update below as well.
(8/8/17) According to this local news report Cedar Point will close three HalloWeekends haunts in order to bring three new attractions to life this season. The three haunts that are being retired are: Eden Musee, Eternity Infirmary and Fear-y Tales. Here's the rundown of what's new:
Deprivation: No Way Out - Taking over Eden Musee is this haunt that is describeded as if it will be a trip through complete darkness, with you trapped inside trying to find the way out.
Fearground Freakshow - Replacing Eternity Infirmary - A Freakshow like no other, brought to you by Professor Von Fleece.
Harvest Fear - An outdoor haunt that will celebrate the annual harvest rituals of the local townsfolks. Yeah... that can't be good.
Returning haunts will include: G.A. Boeckling's Eerie Estate, Hexed, Slaughter House and Zombie High School as well as the returning live performance of Midnight Syndicate Live.
2018 - Steel Vengeance - Confirmed - (11/11/17) Cedar Point has posted a new video "Scoop" video showing off the current progress on Steel Vengeance and reveals a bit more about what we can expect from the The Point's newest coaster experience.
(10/4/17) A pair of new pictures posted to Twitter show off that the insane first drop is now in place on Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point.
Wow... you're going to need new underwear after this one.
(9/20/17) WildGravityTravels has posted a new update from Cedar Point showing off a little visit with the new Steel Vengeance coaster... both up close and after dark. Check it out.
(8/28/17) Some fun new pictures of Steel Vengeance under construction taken during a hard hat tour have been posted to Wild Gravity Travels from this weekend.
(8/17/17) Cedar Point unveiled the true form of their masterpiece creation yesterday afternoon under the name Steel Vengeance, and it is a site to behold, as the world's first Hyper Hybrid coaster. According to the story trailer posted on the website the three outlaws we've seen on the wanted posters were really outcasts that joined together to defeat the evil deads of Maverick by creating Steel Vengeance.
This is one BIG coaster, standing 205 feet tall and with a 200 foot tall vertical first drop you'll blast at 74mph through 4 inversions along 5,740 feet of track... so yes... this version is even longer than it was when it was Mean Streak. Steel Vengeance will claim a number of records according to Cedar Point, though most of these would fall into the relatively new "hybrid" coaster record books:
1) World's tallest hybrid coaster at 205 ft
2) World's fastest hybrid coaster at 74mph
3) World's steepest drop on a hybrid coaster at 90º
4) World's longest drop on a hybrid at 200 feet
5) World's longest hybrid at 5,740 feet
6) Most Inversions on a hybrid - 4
7) Fastest Airtime Hill on a hybrid - 73mph
8) Most Airtime on a hybrid - 27.2 seconds
9) Most airtime on ANY roller coaster - 27.2 seconds
10) World's first Hyper-Hybrid roller coaster
Cedar Point is also claiming a few records for the park with this addition as well including most steel coaster track in a single park (57,865 ft), Most coaster track at one park (60,423 ft), Most Rides at one park (71), Most Coasters Over 200 feet at one park (6), Most Coasters with a first drop of 90º or more in one park (5).
That's enough stats through, I know what you really want is to see this sucker in action and the videos (POV and Off-Ride) don't disapoint, so check them out below! Also take notice of the brand new RMC train design as well that will start in 2017.
2018 - Hotel Breakers Expansion - (8/25/16) Cedar Point has announced plans to begin construction on an expansion to the Hotel Breakers, adding another 158 rooms to the resort. Construction will begin in September on a new six-story tower West of the main hotel, but the expansion wont be finished until 2018.
(6/3/16) According to the local news Cedar Point submited plans to the local government for a 69-room expansion to their Breakers Express hotel which was approved. The plan is to turn the "U" shaped hotel into an "O" shaped hotel by filling in the opening at the far end. They say that was actually the original plan for the hotel in the first place years ago.
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.