Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (8/5/20) Good news for Cedar Point fans… the park has updated the calendar posted on the site to now include days of operation beyond Labor Day. The new schedule shows the park open from Noon to 8pm every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 12 through to November 1st.
Unfortunately HalloWeekends will not take place in 2020, but they will put on a new family friendly event starting on Sept. 12 called Tricks and Treats Fall Fest.
(7/30/20) Good news from Cedar Point, as I’ve been hearing that most of the coasters are open once again. Our source even saw a full crew and managers/supervisors overseeing testing of Wicked Twister as well, so even that one may open again any time now.
Now for the bad news… the park is cutting back their schedule to only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting the week of August 17th. What is more disturbing is that the current schedule only shows operating hours through to Monday, Sept. 7. Beyond that ever day is listed as being closed… even the weekends. Could Cedar Point be giving up on 2020 after Labor Day, or have they just not posted their schedule yet? Previous comments from the park indicated that the original plan was to stay open through HalloWeekends.
(7/23/20) Good news for Cedar Point fans, Top Thrill Dragster is now reopen, as confirmed by guests who visited the park as well as the Cedar Point website.
(7/22/20) The latest updates from Cedar Point reveal that the theme park is no longer requiring reservations to visit. This previously announced restriction has been dropped just two weeks after the park opened, suggesting that the low attendance levels plaguing most parks so far this year has made the concept of reservations no longer required in order to limit capacity and ensure social distancing.
(7/20/20) Cedar Point has confirmed that Top Thrill Dragster, when it opens, will also require guests to get one of the new access passes in order to ride. They don’t have a date, but hope that they can reopen it very soon. The word from many guests who have visited lately do report that Dragster has been seen testing, so it is only a matter of time.
(7/14/20) According to many reports, Cedar Point had some operational issues over their first weekend. I’m told many of the coasters were still closed, including Top Thrill Dragster, Gemini, Blue Streak and Wicked Twister, along with numerous closed shops and restaurants. According to one report, Top Thrill Dragster didn't even look as if it was prepared to open at all, as unlike other rides, they didn’t see social distancing markers added to the queue yet, or any updated signage within the station. All trains were also left sitting parked on the storage tracks as well.
In an interesting twist, Dragster’s sister ride, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure, was also said to be closed over the weekend as that park reopened to guests. While neither park has mentioned an exact reason, it seemed clear Cedar Point knew in advance they were not going to open Dragster and did not prep it with the new warning stickers. It does make you wonder if there is concern about the ability of riders being able to keep their face masks on during the ultra-intense launch. I did see one news article mention that Dragster was closed and claimed that Cedar Point hoped to open it at some point in the future.
(7/12/20) Cedar Point has responded to crowding and social distancing issues by confirming that guests will now need a “Timed Access Pass” to ride Maverick, Steel Vengeance and Millennium Force. These passes will be handed out at the entrance to each ride at the start of the day. Unfortunately, the reports have already come in that these passes are being gobbled up in the first couple hours, making it impossible to ride these star coasters unless your have paid extra for a Fast Lane pass. Cedar Point says that they are still working out how this will be handled, so be prepared for some further modifications to this process as we move forward.
(7/10/20) According to a local news piece, while speaking with Cedar Point about their plans and procedures to reopen the theme park they confirmed that the park will start by limiting the number of guests to about 10,000 to 12,000 per day, roughly 20% of capacity. From there, they hope to slowly raise this limit as the weeks go on. The plan right now is to keep the park open through the HalloWeekends event that runs from September to October.
Other items worth noting:
Castaway Bay - They are unsure if they will open the indoor waterpark resort.
Sawmill Creek Resort - While they started the remodel, it will not be finished in 2020.
Steel Vengeance - Cell Phones are banned in the queue again, they will not be using the phone pockets that were added to the trains as they would be difficult to sanitize.
If the lines get too long as the season goes, they may add a ride-reservation system for popular rides like Steel Vengeance.
(7/9/20) A quick update about Cedar Point, as the park has updated their plans and will now be open to all guests (not just passholders) starting on July 11.
(7/7/20) According to a local news piece, Cedar Point’s passholder and resort-guests only reopening will continue until at least July 22 at this point. Currently the park has no set date at all to allow single-day ticket guests into the park, unless you are staying at one of the resorts. One more interesting note I had not heard before was that Cedar Point is now 100% Smoking Free inside of the theme park. The only place Smoking is permitted is in a designated area just outside of the theme park.
(6/29/20) Cedar Point has now confirmed that they will NOT be opening their Cedar Point Shores waterpark in 2020. They claim that this is now due to the short summer season they will have that will simply not make it worth it to bother opening it this season. They look forward to opening it again in 2021.
(6/10/20) Cedar Point has confirmed that they will reopen the park to passholders on July 9-10. Starting on July 11 they will open to passholders and Cedar Point resort guests. This is a phased reopening plan, and while they will reopen to regular day guests sometime later, they have not yet picked a date to do so. Reservations are required to get into the park in order to limit the overall capacity level and everyone must undergo a temperature screening before being allowed into the park and face masks are required.
(6/5/20) The latest update from Cedar Fair declares that their Ohio area theme parks (Cedar Point and Kings Island) have been cleared by the state to reopen. They are currently working out the details about how and when to reopen and should be ready to announce a date soon.
(6/4/20) While it has not been confirmed as to when Cedar Point itself will reopen, it seems that Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers will reopen to guests on June 12.
(5/11/20) Cedar Point sent their fans a special video message over the weekend about the status of the park.
(5/9/20) According to this local news report, Cedar Point is going to postpone all the celebration events they were planning to have this summer for the park’s 150th Anniversary event until the 2021 season. The delay also includes the debut of the new Snake River Expedition riverboat ride along with the Town Hall Museum display and the Celebrate 150 Spectacular night parade and shows.
The park went on to confirm that popular group events, CoasterMania!, Frontier Festival and Coaster Campout, will also be delayed until 2021.
2021 - Snake River Expedition / 150th Anniversary - (5/9/20) The attraction has now been delayed until the 2021 season.
(4/27/20) According to this local news post, construction work is still ongoing inside Cedar Point on the park’s new Snake River Expedition boat ride.
(12/12/19) Cedar Point announced their plans for the 2020 150th Anniversary season of the park a bit ago, highlighting a new attraction on the way called Snake River Expedition. This new boat ride is a nod to the park’s former Paddlewheel Excursion ride, with new riverboats that will travel along the “Snake River” that surrounds Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island. The boat ride will include a storyline as well as some live actors, animatronics and special effects along the way.
The park also announced something called “Ticket of a Lifetime”. Starting this February the park will begin holding drawings where guests can enter to try and win one of these special tickets that quite literally, will be good for the rest of their lifetime. 150 winner will be chosen over the season, with each winner able to select three family or friends to also get their own Ticket of a Lifetime pass that includes unlimited admission to Cedar Point, the Cedar Point Shores waterpark and free parking.
Also coming in 2020 will be a new nighttime celebration at the park called “Celebrate 150 Spectacular”, which will include floats and a hundred live performers that will travel down the Main Midway and end with a street party in Celebration Plaza nightly from June 12 through to August 16.
(11/9/19) Cedar Point says that they are set to make their ‘biggest’ announcement for the 2020 season on December 11th, so stay tuned!
(11/1/19) While Knott’s just leaked out that something was in the works between Knott’s Berry Farm and Triotech last week regarding a new unannounced 2020 attraction, Cedar Point has also begun teasing a forthcoming announcement for the 2020 season as well. At this point it is safe to say that it won't be a major roller coaster or thrill ride, as there would have been signs of construction already. That said… during the announcement about the 150th Anniversary celebration, they did drop a hint about some kind of new “river” expedition experience would be
announced in the future.
It does make me wonder if the partnership with Triotech could be two-fold… with some kind of virtual or interactive dark ride experience being developed somewhere indoors and away from prying eyes.
(8/20/19) Cedar Point shared early information about the park’s 2020 season, claiming that they will celebrate the park’s 150th Anniversary next season. There will be a variety of new and special “throwback” food items in the park, a collection of nostalgic merchandise items, a new nighttime celebration and displays about the park’s history.
There was also a hint about a possible new attraction, claiming that details about a new “river” expedition would be revealed at a future date. Oh, and the park is also selling an annual “Gold” level pass to the park for just $99.
2020 - Sawmill Creek Resort - Renovation - (10/30/19) While Cedar Fair just bought the Sawmill Creek Resort near Cedar Point earlier this year, the company has announced that the resort will close down next month to undergo a massive renovation. There is no exact date for Sawmill Creek to reopen, but they expect it to be ready sometime between late-Spring and Summer 2020.