Guests are able to enjoy augmented and virtual reality experiences at Cedar Point now through Sept. 4, with “The Battle for Cedar Point” mobile game and Iron Dragon: VR. [Read more…]
Cedar Point opens its new waterpark, Cedar Point Shores today, located on the park’s shoreline on Lake Erie in Ohio. This new waterpark is 18 acres of thrills for guests of all ages. [Read more…]
Cedar Point is holding its annual Brew and BBQ event this summer, which started on Friday, May 19. Showcasing delicious barbecue from five sections of the U.S., this festival also features craft beer from national and local breweries. [Read more…]
Water lovers and philanthropists alike will soon be able to join forces, as Cedar Point and The LeBron James Family Foundation are working together to give guests a chance to experience Cedar Point Shores Waterpark before anyone else on Thursday, May 25. [Read more…]
A new virtual fly-through of Cedar Point Shores Waterpark highlights the blend of thrills and relaxation that are set to officially open on May 27, 2017. [Read more…]
Select Cedar Point fans recently got a sneak preview of the Ohio park’s upcoming 2017 season while raising funds for charity at the Winter Chill Out exclusive tour event. [Read more…]
Ohio’s Cedar Point and Illinois’ Six Flags Great America are getting in on the World Series action with a friendly wager over whose hometown team will take home the championship.
It started when Six Flags Great America issued an online bet to Cedar Point: if the Cubs win, the Cedar Point team must post a video of the staff performing “Go, Cubs, Go” to their social channels. Cedar Point accepted, stating that if the Indians win, Great America’s team will post a video of their staff performing “Cleveland Rocks” to their social channels. Cedar Point also upped the ante with another challenge: the “losing” park must rename one of their rides for their entire opening weekend in 2017, and the winning park will choose the losing park’s ride and new name.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this wager,” said Hank Salemi, park president of Six Flags Great America. “Our park is rallying around Chicago for a World Series win and can’t wait to hear ‘Go, Cubs, Go’ all the way from Sandusky.”
Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point added, “I think all of us in Ohio and Illinois are excited that our teams are playing October baseball. Our two parks are in the business of fun – so why not get into the spirit in our own unique way? We’re not going to lose, so they should probably get their video ready!”
At press time, Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series is even at one game each, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Chicago.
HalloWeekends has returned for its 20th year as Cedar Point’s fall fright festival, and is running on Fridays through Sundays, now until October 30 at the Sandusky, Ohio park. [Read more…]
Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of Sandusky, Ohio, has announced several new projects for 2017, including the transformation of Soak City to the new 18-acre Cedar Point Shores Water Park, and an expansion and transformation of Breakers Express will transform into Cedar Point’s Express Hotel. [Read more…]
Cedar Point has announced that Mean Streak, the park’s colossal wooden roller coaster, will be closing for good next month. [Read more…]
Cedar Point Nights takes over the Sandusky, Ohio amusement park destination from July 15 through August 14 with extended park hours, special food, and nighttime activities for the whole family.
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Guests at Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point can now experience “The Battle for Cedar Point,” an interactive, competitive gaming experience inside the new Cedar Point mobile app.
The free game allows guests to compete against each other in a fun new way as they walk through the park, wait for a ride or sit down to enjoy a meal.
Guests who choose to play The Battle for Cedar Point will first join one of five “clans” on the day of their visit – Valravn, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster or Maverick. Each clan is signified by its own unique character avatar, along with a custom battle shield.
They will then “battle” against other guests inside the park that day as they earn points by scanning select ride signs, T-shirts and game symbols located throughout the park. Once scanned, these items will come to life on the guest’s Apple or Android mobile device, enabling them to see characters, animated signs and achievement symbols as they appear to co-exist with the real world. They can then share these interactive experiences on social media, encouraging others to join their clan.
In addition, players who ride the new Valravn dive coaster will have the opportunity to earn even more points by unlocking the “Secrets of Valravn” as they walk the queue line. Hidden clues are located along the path; the more secrets that are found, the more points players will achieve. Points can also be earned by answering park trivia questions inside the game.
Throughout the day, guests can scan park maps located throughout the park to see which clan is leading the battle. They also have the opportunity to purchase their chosen clan’s souvenir pin, located at select gift shops, once they reach a specific point level. Guests in the clan claiming victory at the end of the day can purchase an additional “victory pin,” signifying that they reigned supreme from the day’s battle. A special T-shirt is also available for purchase. When scanned inside the game, the front of the T-shirt will appear to transform, adding even more points to the selected clan’s total.
The victor of the day’s crusade will be revealed nightly at the park’s Luminosity show. The Battle for Cedar Point will reset each operating day.
“Cedar Point is once again redefining what the guest experience is like. The Battle for Cedar Point is interactive, it’s immersive and most importantly, it’s just plain fun,” said Jason McClure, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager. “Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional day at the park, or, they can take their visit to the next level by playing the game in our new mobile app. It adds a unique twist to their summer visit.”
The Battle for Cedar Point is now available inside the new Cedar Point mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
By Andy Guinigundo
Sandusky, Ohio – Cedar Point has been a long-time destination for coaster enthusiasts worldwide. Nestled on the coast of Lake Erie, between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, the park bustles to life each summer having entertained and thrilled generations of amusement park fans. This summer seems to be no exception. Valravn debuts as Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster. Among the multitude of record-breaking coasters located at the “Roller Coast”, Valravn broke 10 records when it opened this past weekend. [Read more…]
The Lake Erie skyline is changing once again as Cedar Point will introduce Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, in 2016. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Sandusky, Ohio – “Orlando Attractions Magazine” debuted in 2007. That same year, Cedar Point’s 17th roller coaster debuted, the wild-as-the-wild-west Maverick. The Intamin linear synchronous motor launched coaster features a steeper than vertical initial decent and is the first coaster to integrate a “twisted horseshoe roll”. It was the first coaster debut we covered. Fast-forward to 2013 and we are (finally) talking about another incredible coaster debut by Cedar Point. GateKeeper is Cedar Point’s 16th roller coaster. [Read more…]
This week Photo Finds ventures outside the Sunshine State to see roller coasters and amusement parks up and down the coast. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
In 2003, the Top Thrill Dragster coaster debuted at Cedar Point on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Ridiculously, that was the last time I was at Cedar Point. I say ridiculous since I live in Cincinnati, a short four hour drive to Sandusky. [Read more…]
Column by Andy Guinigundo
Amusement park company Cedar Fair announced the addition of WindSeeker to its ride lineup at four Cedar Fair parks for 2011. The high spinning ride will grace the landscapes of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio near Cleveland, Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., and Canada’s Wonderland Park near Toronto. [Read more…]
We’ve had a few beautiful spring days in Southern Ohio. The temperature has been close to 80 degrees. I cautiously embrace the coming summer and the coming theme park season.
I say cautiously because, over the past week, I have awoken to frost and temperatures in the low 30s a few times. And it was just a few weeks ago I woke up to a dusting of snow! If fact, we recently celebrated a make-up neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt that was cancelled by rain and cold just two Sundays ago. Mercifully, I hope, what are officially referred to as “calamity days” are behind us. These are school days cancelled by some sort of heinous act of Mother Nature: snowstorm, ice storm, even a windstorm back in 2008. With these days tentatively behind us, I await the sounds of coasters, the smell of cotton candy and the warmth of a summer day.
All seasonal amusement parks have opened or are about to open. Here are the opening dates of a few:
Alton Towers, United Kingdom, Now Open
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, V.A., Now Open
Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto, Canada, May 2
Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C., Now Open
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio May 15
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Now Open
Hershey Park, Hershey, Penn., open spring break, but not again until May 1
Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind., May 1
Kennywood, West Mifflin, Penn. (Pittsburgh), May 8
Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, April 17
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas, April 24
Six Flags America, Baltimore/DC area, Now Open
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J., Now Open
Six Flags Great America, Chicago, Ill., April 24
Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta Ga., Now Open
Thorpe Park, United Kingdom, Now Open
Now most of these parks, even after the stated open date, are open limited schedules and limited hours. Call or check the park’s Web site before arriving.
What happens at parks over the winter? Some sites are busy with new construction of that next great attraction or other area improvements. Unfortunately, some parks closed last season never to reopen, i.e. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Some parks, like people, lay in waiting all winter. Here is a glimpse of a few parks, no doubt dreaming of a hot, humid summer day.
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. Out of the Loop keeps you up-to-date with attraction news outside of Central Florida. Andy lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year.