The 2018 season at Cedar Point kicks off on Saturday, May 5, when the Ohio park welcomes the public onto their new multi-record-breaking Steel Vengeance roller coaster for the first time.
This weekend marks the grand opening of Steel Vengeance, the world’s first hyper-hybrid roller coaster. Cedar Point will open for the 2018 season on May 5 & 6 with all rides and attractions scheduled to be open, including Millennium Force, Power Tower, Camp Snoopy, the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad, maXair and more. The park is then closed Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 10 and reopens for daily operation on May 11.
On opening weekend, guests can enjoy live music, receive commemorative giveaways and win park prizes, and ride the latest addition to FrontierTown. Loop Rawlins, best known for his trick roping and whip cracking on the show America’s Got Talent, will have several performances on the Gossip Gulch stage.
Steel Vengeance stands 205 feet over the park and breaks 10 world records, including tallest, fastest and longest hybrid coaster, steepest drop on a hybrid coaster, most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster, the roller coaster with the most airtime (the feeling of weightlessness over large hills) in the world and more. You can watch a POV video of the new coaster here:
In addition to Steel Vengeance, FrontierTown is also home to a variety of new food locations, including Sidewinder Sue’s, which serves curly potato fries with choices of toppings like pulled pork, brisket, or chili. Miss Keat’s Smokehouse is serving up barbecue brisket, pork, wings, sausage, and savory sides, with many of the meats, smoked on-site. Steel Vengeance-themed food comes to the Round Up where new gourmet burgers debut, like the Blackjack Burger, Sizzlin’ Chess Burger, and the Digger Challenge Burger. Steel Vengeance Brownie Bandit ice cream is available at Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Vengeance Funnel Cake, available at CJ’s Provisions and Bayou Refreshments, adds soft-serve ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, caramel topping, and whipped cream to the dessert.
In Coasters Drive-In, the new Hot Rod Burger features two patties, Applewood smoked bacon, barbecue sauce, and beer cheese, and a new Birthday Cake Shake is offered at Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor. And on the Main Midway, Cotton Candy Creations offers custom flavors including maple bacon, bubblegum, birthday cake, sour grape, Georgia peach, strawberry-banana, and more.
Live entertainment in the park during Cedar Point’s 2018 season will include “The Traildust Trio,” performing classic country in the Gazebo near Town Hall Museum; “The Tomfooleries” guitar duo entertains with comedy and music in the Palace Theatre and on FrontierTown’s streets; “The Swell Tones” serenade guests with their classic 50’s musical stylings on the Main Midway; the “Roving Beach Crew” wanders the midways, interacting with guests on their quest to find the Cedar Point Beach; and the “Summerdaze Band” takes the stage at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. The high-energy “Vertical Impact,” located in Celebration Plaza, features acrobats, bikers, dancers and stunts. “Lusty Lil’s French Revue” comes to the Palace Theatre and “Peanuts Block Party” comes together on the Main Midway. Cedar Point shows are available at various times during the summer; schedules and times vary.
At the front of the park, a completely renovated gift shop opens as Point Plaza, offering t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, magnets and collectibles. In FrontierTown, the General Store & Trading Post have also undergone makeovers and provide a wide variety of themed souvenirs.
The beachfront Hotel Breakers opens with a new six-story tower, located adjacent to the main hotel. Featuring a total of 669 guest rooms and suites, the classic hotel offers several guest amenities, including Early Entry – the chance to enter the park one hour before the general public to ride some of Cedar Point’s biggest rides, dining options, discounted ticket packages and the closest rooms to Cedar Point’s gates.
The Lighthouse Point resort property, located on the tip of the Cedar Point Peninsula, introduces 25 new Ultimate RV Sites that feature full hook-ups, a private patio area, dining table with chairs, built-in charcoal grill and fire pit, new restrooms and a new bathhouse. The Ultimate RV Sites will open in June. The expanded boardwalk allows guests to stroll along the Cedar Point Beach as they make their way from the main parking lot to the tip of the peninsula. The boardwalk also connects to Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.
For more information, visit cedarpoint.com and watch these videos: