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CEDAR POINT
Sandusky, Ohio (Abbreviation: CP)
Cedar Fair Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

icon_STOPPark News - (11/27/21) Cedar Point has confirmed that the updated Sawmill Creek Resort will return for guest stays in 2022. Sawmill Creek was a resort they purchased located about a 10-15 minutes drive from the theme park that has been undergoing major renovations throughout the pandemic that features on-site restaurants, meeting spaces, a marina and an 18-hole golf course. Drop by their latest blog post to take a look at how the renovations are going as they work towards the 2022 reopening.
 
    (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.
 
    (11/6/21) For those still hoping that Wicked Twister at Cedar Point might reappear at another park elsewhere in the chain, or world, this will not be happening. An official statement from Cedar Point’s Tony Clark confirms that full demolition on Wicked Twister will begin in the next week or two and that the coaster is “being disposed of”.
    “For clarity, Wicked Twister is not being reincarnated as a new ride at any of our sister parks; it’s not coming back to life as a climbing structure (although, wouldn’t that be amazing to climb the spike like we used to do as kids when playgrounds had big climbing structures??); it’s not being inserted into Maverick’s layout to bring back the heartline roll.
    It’s being disposed of. Not coming back, anywhere.”
 
    (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? 
 
    (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
 
    (7/27/21) 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.
 
    (7/18/21) 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.

 

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. 
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Track Record

Cedar Point
Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Fair Entertainment

Abbreviation: CP

Tickets: as of 3/7/18
Adults (48” or over): $72
Parking: $20.00
Open: Seasonal May - Oct.

Fun Facts
 - During 2012 season The Point removed two coasters: Wildcat was removed entirely in May before the park opened for the season and Disaster Transport closed on July 29th.
 - The Space Spiral was also closed after Labor Day 2012, and demolished with explosives, dropping the tower like a massive tree onto the nearby beach.

Newest Developments:
2021 - Snake River Expedition

2019 - Forbidden Frontier

2018 - Steel Vengeance

2017 - Cedar Point Shores

2016 - Valravn

2015 - Rougarou & Hotel Breakers Refurbishment

2014 - Pipe Scream / Lake Erie Eagles

2013 - Gatekeeper

2012 - Dinosaurs Alive & Dragster H20

2011 - Windseeker

2010 - Shoot the Rapids


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