Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Park News - (9/23/21) With all the focus lately on the closing and removal of Wicked Twister, everyone has forgotten the other large ride nearby that had been sitting silent all year. I’m speaking of MaXair, and prior to the surprise announcement that Wicked Twister was leaving the park, we had begun to hear early rumors that MaXair may also share a similar fate in the not too distant future. Has anyone else been hearing similar rumors lately still?
(9/12/21) Amusement Park Portal has posted a video showing off Wicked Twister’s last day at Cedar Point, including the final launch. After the final rides, a drawing was also done selecting one of the luck riders to win a Cedar Point Ticket of a Lifetime giving them free admission to the park for the rest of their life.
No further information was released that night about the fate of the coaster. While many would love to see it moved to another Cedar Fair park in the system, I’ve got a feeling this may simply be the end of Wicked Twister. While the coaster simply is not old enough to normally be ready for the scrap pile, it is well known that Cedar Point had plenty of issues with Wicked Twister over the years, especially when it came to those spike tracks on the end. Intamin was never able to sell very many of these designs, and probably for a good reason, so it may just be time for Wicked Twister to go.
(9/5/21) Just a reminder, this weekend is the last chance you’ll have to ride Wicked Twister at Cedar Point before the park closes it for good at the end of Monday, Sept. 6th. If you are there on Monday, keep an eye out for free “Last Launch” buttons the park will be giving out, as well as managers wearing golden “last launch ticket to ride” lanyards. If you want to be on the very last launch, as the manager nicely for “last launch” ticket lanyard. There will be 16 of these given out throughout the day, and each one is good for two riders to board Wicked Twister for the “last launch” of the night. Good luck!
(9/4/21) Following along with the trend from most of the other Cedar Fair parks over the summer, Cedar Point has confirmed their plans to make the park “cashless” starting with the 2022 season. As seen at a few parks in the chain that have already gone cashless during the summer of 2021 (like Kings Island and Carowinds), guests are allowed to pay with debit cards, credit cards, Google Pay and Apple Pay methods. For those who typically only carry cash the parks have kiosks in the park that will convert their cash into a card to use for payment.
The great thing is that the cards given out by the theme parks are not just for use in the theme park only. According to Carowinds own website, these are prepaid debit cards that you can take and use ANYWHERE, not just inside the theme park. There are also no fees involved in converting your cash to one of these prepaid debit cards so they have made this process as painless as possible. By today’s standards, where the majority of people have already moved away from using cash for all their transactions, this kind of move does make sense, as it also makes things a lot easier and more secure for the park on the operations side as well.
(8/25/21) According to a local news article, they have discovered a little more information about the accident that took place on Top Thrill Dragster. The piece that struck the woman in the queue was confirmed to have come off the Green Train and not from the coaster structure itself, and was identified as a “flag plate”. The Flag Plate is an L-shaped piece of metal, roughly the size of an adult hand, and is attached to the back of each train where it acts as a sensor to help the coaster’s operating system monitor where each train is on the track.
The Green Train has been out for further inspection, but where the bracket was missing they report that roughly half of the bolts designed to hold the flag plate to the train were still in place. There were signs of impact and deformation reported to the ‘finish line’ area of the ride, as well as signs of impact on the “horizontal track beams” 25 feet away from the brake area. Currently they have not determined how or where the piece broke off from the Green train.
(8/18/21) Another bit of bad news this week as various reports confirm that a woman waiting in line for Top Thrill Dragster was struck by a falling metal object that came off the ride. The park’s EMT team responded and transported the woman out of the park for medical treatment and for the time being Top Thrill Dragster is now closed to investigate what happened.
The story got a little more complicated a couple of days later amid some claims about improper care of the woman by the park’s EMTs. BodyCam footage of the medical responders can be seen here, where a bystander who was there at the scene claims that the woman was ‘inappropriately placed on a gurney” and they did not use a Cervical Collar. Also according to the report, it is believed the piece of the ride that struck the woman was a large bolt (described as being about the size of a soda can!) which was found by an employee and handed to a maintenance worker.
(8/7/21) Cedar Point made a surprise announcement on Friday afternoon, complete with a dramatic but slightly strange video to go along with it. So what was the big news?
Wicked Twister is leaving Cedar Point, with the “last launch” to take place on September 6, 2021 (Labor Day). The only reason stated was that it was leaving “as we prepare for future park improvements.” Take that for what you will, as the departure of Wicked Twister will open up a huge plot of land along the beach that could be re-purposed for any number of new ideas, though if they want to put in a new coaster here, it would likely have to fit into the same narrow foot-print, as Wicked Twister is now blocked in on either side by Windseeker to the north and Gatekeeper to the south, with the Giant Wheel to the side, and the beach on the opposite side. I’m just not seeing Cedar Point putting in a SkyRocket II style coaster from Premier or any of the other manufacturers have are also trying similar design concepts (S&S, Zamperla, etc..) so we’ll have to wait and see what they put in Wicked Twister’s location going forward.
As for the fate of Wicked Twister, nothing was also revealed, though I can’t help but think that we’ll see it show up again a fellow Cedar Fair park in 2022 or 2023. With a long but narrow footprint, it would be easy to fit it into most of their park’s somewhere and after the past two seasons, several of their parks are in need of a new coaster. I can see California’s Great America, Carowinds, Michigan’s Adventure or Worlds of Fun being the most likely for various reasons.
(7/31/21) Cedar Point Esports Arena In Development
(7/29/21) It was confirmed that Gatekeeper opened earlier this week once again, likely on Monday morning.
(7/27/21) I’m not currently sure if Gatekeerp at Cedar Point has reopened or not. We’ve heard several reports that it has been seen testing all three trains with water dummies, but I haven’t heard if it has reopened or not.
Meanwhile, does anyone know what’s going on with MaXair? According to one source the giant pendulum ride has not opened at all this season. It was seen testing a few times way back in June, but apparently there has been little or no activity seen at all in quite some time.
(7/20/21) While Gatekeeper opened once again on Sunday, we’ve heard they’ve had some more issues with it. The new lift hill chain is intact but all trains were stopped and riders removed from the bottom of the lift hill on Sunday evening from what I’m told. As of Tuesday afternoon, Gatekeeper has only made empty test runs, and it has not reopened to guests yet.
(7/18/21) Good news for Cedar Point fans, as a reader just sent in word first thing Sunday morning that Gatekeeper is now open to guests once again, after completing the replacement of the broken lift hill chain.
In other news Cedar Point has confirmed that the haunted HalloWeekends events will return this fall, with expanded hours that will see it open on Thursdays as well as Fridays. This is welcome news after HalloWeekends was canceled in 2020. The exact details are still to come about what will be offered but the basic plan right now for the new fall schedule is starting Sunday, Oct 3 through Oct. 31, 2021 the park will be open from 6pm to Midnight on Thursdays, and will be open from 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and open 11am to 10pm on Sundays, with the HalloWeekends fun set to start on Sept. 17th each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, and then expand into the Thursday night hours in October. More Haunt means more fun, so stay tuned for more details as they are released.
(7/11/21) We’ve got an update on the status of Gatekeeper this morning, as photos were posted to Facebook yesterday showing that a new lift hill chain has been installed. Now they’ve just got to run it through the paces and test procedures and should be able to reopen it very soon. Depending on how long this takes, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to get it up today or tomorrow if all goes well.
(6/27/21) CoasterNation posted a video to Facebook showing off the Celebrate 150 Spectacular that just kicked off at Cedar Point last night. You can see it below and it includes footage of the parade, the Plaza Celebration and the big Finale show at the end of the night.
(6/26/21) A new blog update from Cedar Point confirms that the park’s schedules are now back to normal daily operations for the theme park and Cedar Point Shores waterpark. This means on most nights Cedar Point is now open until 10pm, and until 11pm on July 4th. More operating days have been added to the calendar for both parks in August that will keep them both open daily through to Sept. 6, 2021.
They also report that starting on July 1st, capacity restrictions will be completely lifted at Cedar Point, and reservations will NOT be required from that point on to Cedar Point, though reservations are STILL REQUIRED for the Cedar Point Shores waterpark.
(6/15/21) If you’ve ever wanted to see what a roller coaster lift hill chain looks like close up, check out these three new photos showing off the Gatekeeper chain laid out on the back of a truck. As you can see, it’s a giant greasy mess in order to keep the chain lubricated to work all day long in the summer heat.
(6/13/21) A quick word of warning for anyone heading to Cedar Point… Gatekeeper is currently closed. According to a couple of reports sent into Screamscape, Gatekeeper’s lift hill chain broke sometime early Saturday afternoon, leaving the train stuck near the top of the lift. Riders were evacuated safely of course and just had to walk down the steps, and the remains of the lift hill chain slid down the hill and piled up near the bottom, as you can see in one of our photos.
Exactly how long Gatekeeper will be down depends on if Cedar Point keeps a spare lift chain on site for exactly this kind of problem, or if they have to order one and wait for it to arrive before repairs can be made. (Photo Credit for the image of the chain piled up at the base of the lift goes to Molly Brimm)
(6/12/21) According to reports, Cedar Point may be preparing to adjust their operational hours as we move further into June to something that looks more like a regular day schedule. The park is still listed as being closed on June 15-16 and 22-23, but will transition from 8pm closings to 10pm closing starting June 25, and looks like 10am to 10pm hours and 7-days a week operation will be the norm for all of July. Apparently the new $20 per hour starting wage offer has caught the attention of job seekers in the area.
(5/22/21) Cedar Point dropped a hell of a bombshell late yesterday afternoon, and one that ties directly into an article I wrote that was just published to BlooLoop that is definitely worth a read.
So what happened? According to the official statement from Cedar Point, due to an extreme lack of staffing, the park has been forced to update their operational schedule for the month of June, and will not be closed on select weekdays due to staff shortages. The move is sure to affect a good number of theme park travelers next month, many of which have already booked flights, car rentals, hotels and more to make their coaster pilgrimage to The Point happen. Instead, their trips to the theme park are likely going to resemble that scene from National Lampoon’s Vacation when the Griswold family finally arrives at Wally World, only to find a Moose statue out front telling them that the park is closed.
In this case, Cedar Point says that they simply don’t have enough staff to keep the park open 7 days a week, and will now close the park and attached waterpark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June (June 1,2, 8,9,15,16,22 and 23).
To help increase staffing for the rest of the summer, the park has also taken another extreme move unseen in the industry to my knowledge. Cedar Point has now raised the starting pay wage for all employees to $20 per hour, which they say is double what their starting pay was last season. I’m curious to see how this plays out at other Cedar Fair properties throughout the nation, many of which will likely experience staffing shortages of their own. Cedar Point however is particularly affected, as the mega park lies in the tiny town of Sandusky, Ohio, and has always had more of a struggle to reach out and bring in labor from outside the immediate area, and has increasingly turned towards importing foreign labor visa workers as more college and high school age local workers began seeking summer employment elsewhere for higher wages.
(4/30/21) Good news for Cedar Point guests in 2021. Last year the park required the use of special “Access Passes” in order to ride some of the most popular coasters like Steen Vengeance, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick. According to the latest updates from The Point, they currently do not plan on using the Access Pass program for the 2021 season. This is great news, because last year if you were not able to get a pass early in the day when they were being handed out, you were not able to ride these specific coasters for the entire day.
(4/28/21) Kings Island and Cedar Point will be ready to open to guests very soon, and the rules to visit in 2021 have been updated to reflect new COVID-related safety standards. While many safety concepts will remain in effect, one major change is that face masks will no longer be required to be worn by guests while OUTSIDE in the park, unless it is not possible to maintain social distancing.
Guests will be asked to wear masks while indoors however, unless you are eating or drinking. The use of temperature scanning of guests before entry will also be discontinued.
One difference between the two parks is that Kings Island will not require reservations to visit the theme park, reservations are only required if you visit the Soak City Water Park.
Cedar Point however will require reservations to visit both the theme park as well as the Cedar Point Shores waterpark.
There is good news about the rides however, as most rides will return to full capacity loading this season, however you’ll have to break out the face masks again if you want to ride any indoor attractions.
(4/25/21) Cedar Point has a new VP and GM this season with the naming of Carrie Boldman to the park’s top spot. Boldman started off her theme park career as a teen and worked for six seasons as a seasonal associate. Later on she also moved on to Orlando to work for 16 years at Walt Disney World and 3 years working in Japan to open Tokyo DisneySea before returning to Cedar Fair, where she became the first woman in the park’s history of 151 years to hold the VP/GM position, moving up from her previous spot as CP’s VP of Merchandise and Games.
Carrie Boldman replaces Jason McClure who was promoted up to the corporate level as Cedar Fair’s Senior VP of chainwide Park Operations.
(4/18/21) Technically this really isn’t Cedar Point news, but is sure to be familiar to regular guests. I’m not really too familiar with the location myself, but those who frequent Cedar Point probably are more than familiar with the sight of the Rain indoor waterpark tower at the intersection where guests turn onto Cedar Point Drive. From what I’ve heard, the waterpark has been closed for awhile and is now being demolished, as seen in the video clip below.
(3/21/21) According to local news reports guests to Cedar Point may find that the lines for certain rides will be closing early this season in order to “accommodate riders within park operating hours.” Previously guests used to be able to run and get in line for one more ride up until closing time but starting this season attractions that have extremely long lines will begin to close access to the queues far earlier than in year’s past. For example, if the park closes at 10pm, and Top Thrill Dragster has a 2 hour line, then you better get in line before 8pm.
(2/24/21) Theme Park Archive has posted some new information about Cedar Point as well as a ton of pictures from the Winter Chill Out special event that took place over the weekend.
(1/30/21) Cedar Point has announced May 14th as the park’s opening date for the 2021 season.
(8/27/20) CoasterNation has posted some photos from earlier this year along with some updated ones from August, showing off the ground markings spotted at Cedar Point this season around the Antique Cars in the Frontier Town section of the park. Could this be a sign of something new in the works, or just infrastructure upgrades? Time will tell.
(8/12/20) I haven’t seen them myself, but I’ve heard from a few readers that some construction markings may have been spotted on or around the Cedar Point Antique Cars ride. Anyone know more? We’ve heard an early rumor that suggested that CP may have been planning to add an extra new attraction to the park’s 2021 lineup. Anyone know more about what’s going on?
2021 - Snake River Expedition / 150th Anniversary - (5/31/21) After a couple of rough days, Cedar Point finally opened their new Snake River Expedition riverboat ride. In the video below from CoasterNation you can see the full queue, pre-show and riverboat experience. The experience is an interesting one, sort of like what you would expect if Knott’s Berry Farm were to try and make their own Western themed version of Disney’s Jungle Cruise. It’s a cute and fun riverboat adventure past various sets with animatronic animals, live actors and narration that is perfect for the whole family.
(5/29/21) While Cedar Point said they would be opening the new Snake River Expedition yesterday, Friday, May 28th, we also heard that the park had to close early (at 2pm) due to poor weather conditions and was not able to open the new ride or any of the big coasters before the shutdown. So far I haven’t spotted any videos of the actual experience on YouTube yet either from any preview rides, so if you’re able to take the new ride for a spin this weekend we’d love to hear about it or see your video.
(2/20/21) Cedar Point has confirmed some of the special things taking place at the park in 2021 as part of the delayed 150th Anniversary Celebration that was originally planned to have taken place in 2020. This will include some extra special events this season, such as the Frontier Festival that will take place starting on opening weekend and continue on weekends through May 23, and then become daily from May 28 to June 13, 2021.
The park will also be ready to open their new ride on May 29, Snake River Expedition, a fun throwback style interactive boat cruise past several scenes with animated effects as well as some live action characters. Snake River Expedition is listed as a seasonal attraction however and will only run through Labor Day Weekend. Of course the interactive nature of the attraction does make me wonder if they are planning to give it a spooky overlay to run it again for HalloWeekends. Just a fun thought. For now the park isn’t announcing any fall plans just yet, as they are probably playing it safe to see how things go with the battle against COVID in 2021.
Other big seasonal items on the slate for 2021 will be a 150th Anniversary themed nightly parade from June 26 through Aug. 15, the return of the Cedar Point Nights celebration along the beach with fire pits and games (Aug. 6 through Labor Day), and a ton of special merchandise items, some new along with the return of some special throw-back items.
(12/24/20) CoasterNation has posted an interesting set of images and a video they’ve generated, showing off how they expect the new Snake River Expedition attraction MIGHT LOOK when it opens at Cedar Point in 2021. Keep in mind this is just a creation of their best guess along with a lot of creativity to try and give us a basic idea of what to expect, and not an official video from Cedar Point itself.
(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.
2022 - Internal Improvements - (8/13/21) In a company wide announcement from Cedar Fair released on Thursday, it details the plans for Cedar Point in 2022. For those hoping for the new coaster to replace Wicked Twister, this does not seem to be the case just yet. Instead the park seemed focused on bringing back their live entertainment, special events, a new signature restaurant and improvements to some of their resorts.
“Cedar Point’s full lineup of entertainment returns in 2022 with the popular Frontier Festival at the start of the season, Cedar Point Nights and the Celebrate Spectacular Parade during the heat of the summer and HalloWeekends in the fall. In addition, the park’s Frontier Town will introduce a new chef-inspired signature restaurant that is sure to delight guests throughout the season. On the resort front, the re-imagined Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark hotel will welcome back families with all-new guest rooms, enhanced amenities, kid-friendly activities and a new take on dining, all intertwined with a whimsical theme that connects sea, land and air. Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts, located just a short drive from Cedar Point, will be reintroduced as a natural escape ideal for a retreat from the ordinary. The resort will showcase a full renovation of guest rooms, eclectic dining options, golf course upgrades, outdoor amenities and an enhanced convention and meeting space experience. Castaway Bay and Sawmill Creek are scheduled to debut before the 2022 summer season.”
2023 - Cedar Point ESports Arena - In Development - (7/31/21) The local news reports that Cedar Fair is making plans to build a 1,500 seat E-Sports Arena site near their Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky. If all goes as planned, construction on the $28 million facility will begin before the end of the year that will feature 200 gaming stations and able to host gaming tournaments year-round once it opens in mid-2023. The design of the site will also allow it to be used for concerts and other large events.