Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment
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(6/26/22) A Major Change In Coming To The Park's Police / Security Departments (MORE...)
(6/18/22) 2023 Project Construction Update (MORE...)
(6/13/22) 2023 Construction Update (MORE...)
(5/29/22) 2023 Construction, A Maverick Note and Top Thrill Dragster Rumors
(5/28/22) 2023 Boardwalk Construction Update (MORE...)
Park News - (6/26/22) A big change is going to be taking place behind the scenes at Cedar Point over the next year. Several reports have confirmed that the park has decided to make big changes to how their security enforcement is done on property. Previously Cedar Point handled most of their security / police enforcement matters with their own staff and the park’s “Cedar Point Police Department”. As part of a new agreement with Sandusky Police Department, the police / enforcement duties at Cedar Point will be transitioned over to the Sandusky Police Department, while the former Cedar Point Police Department’s duties will be refocused entirely to handle internal “security operations” at the theme park resort.
This new agreement will hand over “all policing responsibilities for Cedar Point and its affiliated properties” to the Sandusky Police Department. To handle the extra duties, the department will hire extra officers with Cedar Point paying the costs for their salary, benefits and training. According to Sandusky Mayor, Dick Brady, “This will improve the quality of police protection for everyone. It's an upgrade for every resident, every tourist and every park guest."
What wasn't mentioned, which is sure to be a key focus here as well, is this being an upgrade to the safety of Cedar Point staff, in particular those living in dorm facilities owned by Cedar Point near the theme park. As they said, the Sandusky Police will now cover not just Cedar Point but all “affiliated properties”. This is very important as earlier this year reports about 27 possible “sexual assaults” said to have taken place at Cedar Point’s employee housing units over the past five years resulted in just three arrests.
This is clearly not the kind of thing that should ever happen, let alone to happen without repercussions of any kind. With this in mind, it does sound like Cedar Point’s Police force was unable to handle the issue, which I can only hope will be a new priority for the Sandusky Police Department going forward to ensure the safety of everyone, guests and employees alike. No one should have to work at a job where they feel unsafe and worried about being assaulted, especially from co-workers.
(5/29/22) We received an odd report from Cedar Point possibly worth mentioning. Has anyone had trouble fitting into Maverick this season thus far? We did get one report from a reader who never had a problem with Maverick before, who claims he was not allowed to ride after successfully latching into the restraint because the ride-op said that the lap bar now needs to go down further so that it will “touch” the rider’s legs.
(4/30/22) Cedar Point is trying something new this June with the arrival of the 21+ Adult Only “Wild Frontier Nights” upcharge ticket event on four select nights in June. WIth tickets to this limited time event set to start at $99 per person, the park will conduct an after-hours event from 9pm to Midnight on June 3-4 and June 10-11.
“Your limited-attendance event ticket to Wild Frontier Nights comes complete with private access to Frontier Town for a dust storm full of activity, including hearty tastes from the chef’s private recipe collection, hand-crafted cocktails you can’t sip anywhere else, boot-scootin’ live music, dancing, bull riding and fun event-only activities for adults.”
Please note that this is NOT an event that takes place across the entire park. It will only take place in the Frontier Town area and include unlimited rides on “Cedar Point’s baddest attractions like Steel Vengeance, Maverick, Skyhawk and more.” Special foods and adult beverages will be offered, but are either purchased separately or you can pre-purchase one of two more expensive ticket package options:
Lil’s Libation Bundle for $139.99 adds on free parking, three flavor samples of the food offerings and two premium cocktails.
Bucking Bronco Bundle for $169.99 comes with free parking, six food samples and three premium cocktails.
(4/24/22) According to local reports Cedar Point has set the dates to reopen their Castaway Bay waterpark resort and the remodeled Sawmill Creek resort in the coming weeks.
Castaway Bay has actually been kept closed since 2020 and is now set to reopen to guests starting May 6th, the day before Cedar Point itself opens for the 2022 season on May 7th. The waterpark resort will offer 237 renovated rooms and several restaurants. While the resort itself has been given a small facelift, the 38,000 sqft indoor waterpark should remain essentially the same as before.
The heavily remodeled Sawmill Creek resort located about 7-miles east of Cedar Point will open to guests starting June 13th, 2022. This will be the first time the Sawmill Creek resort will open under the Cedar Fair banner, having been purchased by the company in 2019 and closed to undergo extensive renovations later that year. The resort was first opened back in the 1970’s and features three restaurants, a bar, marina, indoor and outdoor pool areas, a beachfront and an 18-hole golf course.
(10/24/21) Cedar Point and the City of Sandusky has struck a deal that will raise the local sales tax on park admission tickets to 8%, as well as add an 8% tax onto the cost of parking. The result from the new taxes will go to fund about $100 million in new projects for the city, as well as a new bigger causeway to get traffic in and out of Cedar Point. The new causeway will also include a dedicated and protected pedestrian route across the causeway.
A new water taxi system will also transport guests to the park from downtown Sandusky, which will involve a property swap between the city and Cedar Point, with the city getting the Boeckling Building and Jet Express pier downtown, and Cedar Point getting the former Sandusky drive-in movie theater site along U.S. 6. For those wondering, the site of the former drive-in is just a short distance down the street from the new Cedar Point Sports Center complex.
Cedar Fair has also vowed to keep a corporate presence in Sandusky, as well as add more full time staff to Cedar Point.
(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?
2022 - Internal Improvements - (2/26/22) Cedar Point has released some details about the new Farmhouse Kitchen and Grill restaurant opening this season in Frontier Town on the site of the former Antique Cars ride. On the menu will be flank steak, chili, ribs, roasted corn and more. Based on the artwork, the new restaurant reminds me quite a bit of Harmony Hall at Carowinds, and like Harmony Hall, the Farmhouse restaurant will also feature a small stage for live entertainment performances.
Cedar Point is also planning to hire 6,500 seasonal workers this season, and unlike last year, I believe they are starting those efforts early. If you recall the park had trouble finding enough staff last year and as a result, raised the starting wage for new employees to $20 per hour. That wont be the case in 2022 however, as the park has announced starting pay this year will be $15 per hour. While this is a big drop from last year, it is still higher than what the park paid starting employees previously, which was likely closer to Ohio’s $9.30 minimum wage level. The good news however is that if you worked at Cedar Point last year for $20 an hour and want to return this season, you will be able to keep your $20 wage apparently.
Of course, as opening day approaches and they are behind in terms of hiring, I’d expect to see that $15 starting wage possibly increase again.
(11/14/21) It has been confirmed that not only is Wicked Twister being removed from Cedar Point, but demolition crews have started removing another ride… the Antique Cars. According to the local news the old car ride is being removed to make way for a brand new restaurant that will take over the site. The old car roadway is already mostly removed and some of the nearby trees, but the old covered bridge that the cars drove over will remain to be incorporated into the new project. For the time being, the park isn’t ready to release any details about the new restaurant or what kind of food it will specialize in.
To be clear, only the Antique Cars ride that sat between Maverick and the Cedar Creek Mine Ride is being removed. To be honest, it sits on a sizable piece of property, so I think eventually there will be much more planned for this site going forward, beyond just a new restaurant. This is not to be confused with the park’s Cadillac Cars ride closer to the main entrance, down off the main midway next to the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, which will remain.
(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 - Boardwalk Project / Project 2023 - (6/18/22) Some new construction photos were posted to FB by CP Rundown now include a bit of interesting “themeing” on the construction wall as well as a look at the foundation footers being formed.
The walls now include a small logo that simply says CP 1870, along with a larger logo for the G.A. Boeckling Company. CP Rundown did the initial search on this and discovered that G.A. Boeckling is the name of the park’s newest engine on the railroad, named in 2013 for the 50th anniversary of the park’s railroad. As for who “G.A. Boeckling” is, apparently he was the general manager of “Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Co.” in 1897.
Now with a beach-side location, I’m assuming the building under construction here won't be themed to the railroad, plus the other logo mentions 1870, the opening year for Cedar Point itself. Under Boeckling’s leadership of the resort from 1897 to when he passed in 1931, saw the property transformed from a simple picnic property into a well known amusement park and beach resort. This era saw the addition of not only rides and roller coasters, but also the opening of the Hotel Breakers in 1905, followed by Hotel Cedars, White House Hotel, Crystal Rock Castle and the Crystal Gardens Ballroom.
While Cedar Point still isn’t saying what they are working on here, the latest permits discovered do back up the rumor from last month that we will see a two-story restaurant structure built here that will offer views of Lake Erie to diners. The permit itself describes the structure as a two-story “food building” featuring 25,700 sqft of space, at a cost of $12 million.
So while the mention of Boeckling on the wall may seem a bit odd at first, Boeckling’s era was defined by promoting the property as a resort destination featuring all the various things you can do at Cedar Point, while never highlighting it as an amusement park. So while the construction of what may become a landmark new dining destination for the park along Lake Erie isn’t going to be what the ride lovers want, it does fall in line with the old concept of ensuring that Cedar Point has far more to offer than just being a top tier amusement park.
(6/13/22) A series of new construction pictures of what is taking place at Cedar Point around the former Wicked Twister site was posted to FB by CP Rundown.
(5/29/22) Today we have another look at the construction progress taking place in the beach area where Wicked Twister used to be. Looks like they’re preparing to pour some large foundation pieces in the sand, which makes sense as any building placed here would likely be elevated slightly to rest above the surface to stay above any rising water.
(5/28/22) New pictures of the 2023 construction project now taking place at Cedar Point can be found on Facebook.
(5/21/22) A reader sent in some incredible pictures of the former Wicked Twister construction site at Cedar Point, where the construction walls have been expanded not only further into the park, but also out onto the beach and down around the former site of the old Extreme Sports Stadium / Oceana Stadium location that I believe closed way back at the end of the 2017 season.
So what’s the future plan for this location? The more confirmed whispers indicate that a nice bar and restaurant with views of the beach and water is the most likely addition for the narrow strip formerly occupied by Wicked Twister. As for the rest, the rumor is that we may see a collection of small rides come here to fill in the gaps the same way that Tiki Twirl and Troika do. There is also a rumor that one of these rides could be a Wild Mouse style coaster that could be branded as a throw-back experience to one of The Point’s lost attractions, The Wildcat.
(5/15/22) Some interesting pictures from Cedar Point have been posted to Facebook this week, showing off a series of red and yellow markings along the ground next to the fence blocking off the former Wicked Twister site. If traditional ground marking colors are being followed, these are simply markings for underground utilities on the site, with red paint typically used to mark power lines and yellow paint used to mark off gas line locations. (Not seen yet, but blue paint is used to mark water lines, green for sewer and orange to mark communications lines).
The marking of the location for underground utilities is always done before any future digging or excavation work happens at a site to prevent accidental damage to those lines.
(4/10/22) While Cedar Point hasn’t said much about what they have planned for the location formerly occupied by Wicked Twister, it has been hinted by the park that guests will see a few changes to this area take place throughout the 2022 season. In typical Cedar Point style, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did start to add little teasers of some kind to this area as we got further into the season, essentially dropping breadcrumb style hints about what they may have planned.
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.
Top Thrill Dragster Status - (5/29/22) Screamscape has been sent some unsettling potential news about the fate of Top Thrill Dragster. Now given the whole Kumba debacle that took place earlier this year when someone intentionally spread false news claiming that particular roller coaster was to be closed, I’m going to be a little more cautious here. That said. there really is no easy way to say this, other than to say that the fate of Top Thrill Dragster may have been decided. If you haven’t ridden it by now… you most likely never will.
On a related note, a source claims that little in the way of Dragster specific themed merchandise is being sold in the park this season. You may find some items that show off the park’s skyline that show Dragster, but SOME new specific merchandise items that list the park’s coasters no longer include both Wicked Twister and Dragster, so these are new items where the omission was made on purpose. Otherwise if you find something that lists Dragster, it may be leftover merchandise from last season.
It is also worth noting that no trains for Dragster have been returned to the coaster’s main or transfer tracks in the park, and a few comments on Twitter also claim there have been no signs of the trains anywhere visible backstage either. So where are the trains? As I recall, Top Thrill Dragster opened with six trains, but we’ve also heard a very strange and unverified rumor claiming that up to three of Dragster’s trains may have been loaded up and shipped off to Knott’s Berry Farm in California, possibly for use as spare parts for Xcelerator.
Again, all rumors are unverified at this time, but hopefully some hard truths will come out about the fate of Top Thrill Dragster before too long. Specifically, it sounds like we may have to wait until at least August until The Point is ready to confirm anything.
(2/19/22) Ok folks, we got some bad news this week from Cedar Point, as the park has officially confirmed that Top Thrill Dragster will remain closed for the 2022 season. Not just the start of the season… but the whole season. Ouch!
Now I can’t say that I didn’t expect there to perhaps be at least some kind of delayed opening. After all, this is all fallout from the incident last August that saw Dragster get shut down for the remainder of the season after a piece of metal broke away from one of the trains and struck a guest in the queue, causing severe injury. Fans have been waiting for some kind of status update on the coaster ever since, and following the release of the state’s accident report yesterday, confirming the shut down of Dragster for the season was Cedar Point’s official response.
So what did the accident report say? After six months of investigation, the investigation determined that “'after examining the documentation provided and conducting interviews of Cedar Point staff, ODA found no evidence that Cedar Point had knowledge of or reason to believe that the Top Thrill Dragster was in an unsafe condition that could cause a hazard to riders, employees, or the public on Aug. 15, 2021.”
So this appears to officially release Cedar Point from any kind of accusation of negligence regarding the accident. This isn’t surprising, as this is Cedar Point we’re talking about, and no one knows more about taking care of their fleet of rides than they do, plus the park has a fairly impeccable safety record for the most part. On the other hand, this is Top Thrill Dragster we are talking about, and this isn’t the first time that something has broke free from a train and been thrown. Anyone remember Dragster in the first season, back when the tail of the train still looked like the backside of a Drag Racer car, giant tires and all? Much of that theming vanished after one of those tires ended up in the bushes between the base of the tower and Camp Snoopy.
Those big hunking tires were all quickly removed from trains, leaving them running with just the tail of the dragster. About a season or two later the back car was entirely transformed to look like a regular coaster car, adding an extra row of seats to the back car in the process for extra capacity, leaving the front car as the only remaining piece of Drag Racer theming on the trains.
So let’s get back to the decision to close Dragster for the entire 2022 season. While the report clears the park of blame for the incident, the closure seem to indicate that Cedar Point is planning to take some kind of action to further prevent this kind of thing from happening. This could take the form of something simple, such as an internal assessment regarding the long-term feasibility of keeping the ride in operation, but following the removal of Wicked Twister I would think that the last thing they want to do is to remove another major piece of the park’s iconic skyline. So with that in mind, we have to think along the lines of what else the park can do to further protect guests from harm? Compared to other similar coaster designs that have followed, one of the unique things you could say about Dragster would be the placement of the ride’s queue in the center of the ride, with guests entering this area about half-way down the launch track where the trains roar by at extreme speed on both the launch and return trip down the tower. If Cedar Point has a failing, it would be a general rejection of the idea of building solid roof structures to cover their ride queues. Instead the park’s standard design is to use large cattle style switchbacks mostly left wide open to the exposure of the sun. On the longer queues, about the most you can expect is some soft tent-fabric style coverage over certain queues (like Millennium Force) which would do little to stop a stay piece of metal from ripping right through them. So with this in mind, the safest solution to add another layout of protection to the guests in the queue would be either to move some of the queue away from these high-speed areas, or to construct a more solid building to enclose the queue in these areas. Maybe with Air Conditioning? Ok that last part may be asking too much, but you get my point. They could also perhaps install some kind of barrier walls, or tunnels along these points of the ride as well as an extra protective measure.
However it plays out, Cedar Point is putting Dragster operations on hold this year, so keep your eyes open to see if the landscape around the coaster begins to change this season.
(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.