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Cedar Point is a 364-acre (1.47 km²) amusement park located in Sanduskymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Eriemarker. It currently holds the world record for most roller coasters (17), one of which, Top Thrill Dragstermarker, is the world's second tallest and second fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of and a height of . Cedar Point is also the only amusement park with four roller coasters that are taller than . , Cedar Point has more rides (75) than any other amusement park.

It also has a mile-long white sand beach, an outdoor water park (Soak City), an indoor waterpark and hotel (Castaway Bay), two marinas, several hotels, and Challenge Park, which features attractions such as go-karts, miniature golf, Ripcord and Skyscraper. Known as "America's Roller Coast", Cedar Point has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" by Amusement Today for the past eleven years.

The park opened in 1870, and is the second oldest amusement park in North America after Lake Compouncemarker. Cedar Point is the flagship park for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (which is headquartered at the park) and, along with Valleyfairmarker, was one of the original parks owned and operated by the company. Cedar Point's normal operating season runs daily from early May through Labor Day, then for nine weekends following Labor Day. Operating hours vary throughout the summer, but on most days the park opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. Guests of the on-site hotels (Hotel Breakersmarker, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point, Camper Village, Breakers Express and Castaway Bay) are granted 1 hour early access to the park. In 2009, Cedar Point will be open daily from May 16 through September 7, then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 18 through November 1 for Halloweekends.

History

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to development, the Cedar Point peninsula was covered by native cedar vegetation and the crystal clear waters provided superb fishing grounds. From the 1840s through the 1870s, local fishermen often leased space on the peninsula in order to ply the profitable waters.

In the 1860s, during the American Civil War, housing for a battery of four field artillery pieces was constructed at the tip of the peninsula to guard access to the Confederate prisoner of war camp on nearby Johnson's Islandmarker. When the war ended, Cedar Point resumed its role as a summer picnic area, and the initial park was constructed in 1870. In 1870, Louis Zistel, a German immigrant, who was a cabinet maker at the time in Sandusky, Ohio, constructed a beer garden with a small dance floor on the peninsula. He also made a set of small, unsightly bathhouses, and constructed a couple of children's playground attractions. Zistel charged 25 cents a ticket to get a ride from Sandusky to Cedar Point on his boat, "Young Reindeer." In 1871, there had been no indication of Cedar Point reopening. The activity level at Cedar Point from 1871 until 1878 was nearly zero. In 1878, James West opened a group of bathhouses, when there were no boating services to Cedar Point. Benjamin F. Dwelle and Captain William Slackford made a lease with the peninsula's owners, Adolph and Stoll, in 1882, and started to make major improvements for the upcoming season. They laid wooden walkways and picnic tables through a couple of acres of the peninsula. Yet another set of bathhouses was built. A gentleman named Theodore Moore also built Cedar Point's first dance hall. Both the steamboats "Lillie," and "R.B. Hayes," made round trips from Biemiller's Cove to Cedar Point for 25 cents. In 1887, the five-year lease for Dwelle and Slackford ended. Captain Slackford was chronically ill, and was unable to participate in the upkeep of the park. Mr. Dwelle was still anxious to see the park grow, so he, along with the peninsula's owners, Louis Adolph, Adam Stoll, Jacob Kuebeler, and Charles Baetz formed a company, Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company. The Cedar Point Steamboat Company also evolved from the five men. Baetz was elected General Manager of Cedar Point for the year of 1888. Architect D. L. Stine from Toledo, Ohio was hired that year to build the Grand Pavilion. The Grand Pavilion was a giant theater and concert hall. The "Candy Pagoda," opened in the mid-1890s, by Max Stenzel sold many confections. In 1892, the peninsula's first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, was opened. The Switchback Railway ran only on gravity's momentum, and the trains often did not have enough "boost" to make it back to the station, and boys or horses had to push or pull the cars back to the station. No other major additions were made to Cedar Point until the appearance of George Arthur Boeckling.



Boeckling Era

Beginning in 1899, businessman George Arthur Boeckling took control of Cedar Point. In 1902, The Racer, a figure eight roller toboggan coaster was built by Fred Ingersoll. Tickets for The Racer were just a nickel. A pony track was built near the beach that same year. Although families flocked to Cedar Point together, the resort was still known as a beer garden. In 1904, the Detroit Dredging Company dug the lagoons that now are home to the Paddlewheel Excursions boats and also run under Iron Dragon. The historical Hotel Breakers was built in 1905, which still is in operation today. In 1906, a new powerhouse was installed and a brand new "Amusement Circle," was formed southeast of the mammoth Coliseum. A circle swing and a carousel were put into place at Cedar Point. The year 1908 brought the Dip the Dips Scenic Railway, which was overlook in 1912 because of the Leap the Dips coaster. A giant part of Cedar Point's history includes the steam boat vessel, G.A. Boeckling, which made rounds to Cedar Point from 1909–1951. The boat was replaced in 1951 by the G.A. Boeckling II. Leap Frog Scenic Railway was constructed in 1917 on the site of the demolished out of date coaster, Dip the Dips. Cyclone, a rickety and rough coaster, was built in 1926. Many more hotels and restaurants were constructed during the 1900–1930 time period, including Hotel Cedars, White House Hotel, Crystal Rock Castle, and Crystal Gardens Ballroom. By 1919, alcoholic beverages left the resort by order of a law. It was clear in 1929 that Cedar Point was trying to update their attractions, by razing Racer, A Trip to Rockaway, the circle swing, and many other rides to make way for Shoot the Chutes water ride, a Tilt-A-Whirl, fun houses called Noah's Ark and Bluebeard's Palace, the huge Cyclone coaster, and many other rides. It was also clear that George Boeckling's health was declining, fast. He was confined to his home, where a local doctor told him that he was suffering with chronic nephritis. In 1931, Boeckling had to be put into a wheelchair. He was pushed around Cedar Point by an employee or a relative to overlook the park. The heat of the summer took its toll on Boeckling, when he collapsed. He was forced to stay home after that, where he developed uremia. At 5:00 pm, on July 24, 1931, George Arthur Boeckling died. His portrait in the lobby of Breakers Hotel were draped in black crepe. Flags in the resort, and on the G.A. Boeckling steamboat were lowered to half mast. Most people think that this event affected Cedar Point more economically than the Great Depression.

After Boeckling

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After the death of George Boeckling, Cedar Point fell into the hands of a man named Edward Smith. Little expansion happened through the 1930s Great Depression. One of the few rides put in place at Cedar Point in the 1930s was the Tumble Bug. The decaying Leap the Dips coaster was razed in the mid-1930s.

In the 1940s, the restaurant business blossomed in Cedar Point, including Ross' Hot Dogs, Coffelt's Fudge, Green and Silver Grill, Castle Sandwich Shop, and the legendary Momma Berardi's Home Made French Fries. French Fries similar to Momma Berardi's are sold in the existing restaurants in Cedar Point, Hot Potato and Mr. Potato.

By the end of the second World War, Cedar Point was in a strong need of financial help. The wood of the Cyclone coaster was rotting away, the boardwalk was cracked in many places, and the fishing dock was in need of repair. Things started to turn around for Cedar Point in 1945. In 1946, Cedar Point's oldest-still existing ride, the Midway Carousel, was installed. By 1951, the Cyclone coaster was razed because of its poor condition. The resort then did not have a single roller coaster after the Cyclone disappeared. While the Cyclone was departing, the Laff-in-the-Dark, Rocket Ships, and Loop-A-Plane were newcomers. Cedar Point Causeway, built in 1957, is still used many times a day. The then current president of Cedar Point, Bernie Zeiher was replaced by George Roose around 1958, and Emile Legros was elected chairman that same year. Berni's penny arcade was removed in 1959 to make way for construction. Back in the 1950s, the Pagoda Gift Shop was a post-office. The Crystal Rock Castle was turned into a maintenance shop in the late-1950s. In 1959, the hotels received a needed fresh coat of paint, concrete had been poured for the new admission gates, and over $1,200,000 had been spent to refresh Cedar Point. Cedar Point's first roller coaster since the Cyclone had been built. It was called the Wild Mouse. The huge resort also got a new kind of ride, a monorail. It was the most ridden ride in 1959. Breakers Hotel was restored to its natural beauty, and the neglected cottages were burned. The Coliseum and Grand Pavilion were both also painted and remodeled. The Crystal Rock Castle Maintenance Shop, bathhouses, and the old powerhouse were burned. A new $50,000 bathhouse, boiler house, and maintenance shop were built to make up for the burned buildings.

In the 1960s, the idea of "pay one price" season passes was spread. In 1964, Cedar Point's oldest existing roller coaster, Blue Streakmarker, was planned and built. It was named after the local sports team, the Sandusky Blue Streaks. By 1967, the Dodgem, Cedar Downs Racing Derby, San Francisco Earthquake Ride, Pirate Ride, Sky Ride, Mill Race, and the Cadillac Cars had been built, along with many others. George Roose loved to plant flowers all around the park, and made sure many magnificent flower displays were seen by guests. Jungle Larry's Safari Island was a well known attraction from the mid-1960s until Jungle Larry's death in 1991.

1970 brought the Centennial Theatre, due to Cedar Point's 100th birthday. In 1975, Robert L. Munger Jr. took over as president of Cedar Point after Roose's retirement. The record breaking coaster, Corkscrewmarker, was built in 1976. It was the first corkscrew roller coaster to span a midway and have three inversions. In 1985, the San Francisco Earthquake Ride was transformed into the Berenstain Bear Country. The bears occupied this area of Cedar Point until 1998, when Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts characters replaced them. Thunder Canyon, White Water Landing, Avalanche Runmarker, Geminimarker, and Demon Drop were notable rides at Cedar Point in 1985.

Modern Era

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1987, just one year before the death of Robert Munger Jr, Iron Dragonmarker, a suspended swinging roller coaster, debuted on the Million Dollar Midway, near the station of the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad Station. Soak City, Cedar Point's own outdoor water park opened just a little way away from Breakers Hotel. It featured speed slides, more than 10 body and tube slides, a family raft ride, a water playhouse, and two lazy rivers.

For the 1990 season, the roller coaster Avalanche Run was transformed into the indoor Disaster Transportmarker. Richard Kinzel, the president of Cedar Point at the time, hired a man from Toledo, Ohio, named Eric to design the building that would enclose the Avalanche Run. The 12E on the current building stands for the 12th building design by the man named Eric. The interior of the building was painted and designed to recreate a battered, worn down and abandoned shuttle launching facility. More than 150 moving robots, projectors, lasers, wind making machines, audio-visual and other props were installed. Guests entering the air-conditioned building are informed that they are on a mission to deliver cargo to Earth, and on the way, they have many drops, curves and screams. The sound effects in the structure were removed in 2008 and many of the props have been dismantled, making it more of a dark ride.

The Magnum XL-200marker roller coaster opened in 1989, breaking world height and speed records. Two years after the opening of Magnum XL-200, the mammoth wooden Mean Streakmarker opened in 1991 as the northernmost attraction in Frontier Town and the park. It as well broke records for the fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster in the world.

In 1992, Cedar Point celebrated its 100th year of having roller coasters in the park. Challenge Park was created between Hotel Breakers and Soak City that same year. Challenge Park included a go kart car race track, and two eighteen hole mini-golf courses. The Berenstein Bear Country expanded outside, with slides, a miniature train rides, and other playground equipment. Snake River Falls was constructed in 1993, because of the popularity of Soak City. The 83-foot-tall structure sent riders plunging down at forty miles per hour. At the bottom of the hill, a splash landing tops off the ride. When landing in the water, the boat creates a large wave that hurdles over a bridge, soaking all people on it. A year after Snake River Falls, in 1994, Cedar Point installed a new roller coaster near the legendary Blue Streak. The inverted coaster was called Raptormarker. The Mill Race was removed from the park, and the circular Calypso was relocated in order to make room for the Raptor, which featured a Cobra Roll. In 1996 Cedar Point opened Mantismarker, then the tallest and fastest stand up roller coaster in the world. The original name for the Mantis was "Banshee," but many people thought it was offensive and the name was changed (the logo for the Banshee was later used as the logo for Steel Forcemarker at Dorney Parkmarker, another Cedar Fair holding).

In the late 1990s, Cedar Point built the Vekoma Junior Coaster Woodstock Expressmarker in the Camp Snoopy area of the park.

In 2000, Cedar Point built for the future when Millennium Forcemarker debuted. When it opened, it was the tallest and fastest complete circuit coaster in the world. Today, it is still one of the tallest and fastest, as well as one of the longest. In 2002, Wicked Twistermarker debuted, the first 2nd generation Intamin Inverted Impulse Coaster. Today, Wicked Twister is the tallest and fastest Inverted Coaster in the World.

In 2003, Top Thrill Dragstermarker opened. This record breaker has been beaten, but today it is still the 2nd tallest (behind Kingda Kamarker at Six Flags Great Adventuremarker) and 2nd fastest coaster in the world (420 feet and 120 miles per hour) (behind Kingda Kamarker).

For 2007, Cedar Point debuted Maverickmarker, their first rollercoaster in 4 years. Maverick became an instant favorite with its terrain layout, 95 degree drop and LSM launches. In 2008, management wanted to aim for kids, thus Planet Snoopy, a kiddie area was constructed where Peanuts Playground used to be. This area consists of kiddie rides that were relocated from Cedar Point's sister park Geauga Lake after its closing. The area also consists of a "Kids Only" restaurant called Joe Cool Cafe (there is a small menu for adults).

2009 saw the addition of the Starlight Experience, a night time LED light extravaganza with floats themed to the four seasons. This $1,000,000 attraction takes place on the Frontier Trail on a nightly beginning at twilight. In order to prepare for Starlight Experience, the Frontier Trail closes for approximately 30 minutes before the event.

On September 3, 2009 Cedar Point announced its new 2010 attraction "Shoot the Rapids".

Roller coasters



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Thrill rides

  • Chaos – A Chance-Morgan Chaos that opened in 1997 as one of the first ride of its kind in the world. It inverts its riders in three degrees of motion: lifting, inverting, and spinning. Chaos is currently for sale.
  • Demon Drop – An Intamin AG first-generation Freefall attraction. It carries four passengers at a time up an elevator shaft, slides forward, and then falls downward on a track, giving two seconds of weightlessness. It is the only remaining ride of its kind in the United States and one of only a handful in the world. Demon Drop was for sale for 4 years but has disappeared from the for sale list on italintl.com where it was originally posted for sale. It is now confirmed to be installed at Knott's Berry Farmmarker for the 2010 season.
  • maXair – A Huss Giant Frisbee ride that swings back and forth at an arc of up to 120 degrees.
  • Skyhawk – An S&S Screamin' Swing, it is currently the world's largest swinging ride, reaching speeds of and swings up to an arc of 92 degrees.
  • Power Tower – A Drop Tower ride featuring both a Space Shot and Turbo Drop. Power Tower is the only four-towered Drop Tower ride in the world, devoting two towers to each drop cycle.
  • Troika – A common Troika ride.
  • Witches' Wheel – an Enterprise attraction. A thrilling variation of the Ferris wheel, the Witches' Wheel turns riders upside down more than a dozen times nearly above the midway.


Water rides

  • Snake River Falls – A Shoot-the-Chutes ride designed by Arrow Dynamics, Snake River Falls opened in 1993 as the tallest, steepest water ride in the world upon opening.
  • Thunder Canyon – A River Rafting Ride designed by Intamin AG, Thunder Canyon opened in 1986. Thunder Canyon was the second ever Intamin AG River Rafting Rides built, and currently is the oldest operating water ride of its type. Thunder Canyon normally closes in early September in order to transform into a Halloween attraction called CornStalkers (formerly Werewolf Canyon).
  • Shoot The Rapids- A Log Flume by Intamin AG, set to open for the 2010 season. Shoot the Rapids will have two drops, one of 85 feet and another of 49 feet. It will take riders through an illegal moonshine business and more and is set for the whole family.


Family rides

  • Antique Cars – An automobile track ride designed by Arrow Dynamics. One of three track rides in the park.
  • Cadillac Cars – A second track ride with cars designed to look like a 1914 Cadillac. Also made by Arrow Dynamics.
  • Calypso – A Mack Calypso ride that spins riders in two degrees of motion.
  • Cedar Downs Racing Derby Built in 1920 by Prior and Church and brought to Cedar Point in 1967, this Carousel simulates a horse race and is one of only three still operating today. The other two are located at Playlandmarker, in Rye, New Yorkmarker; and Pleasure Beach, Blackpoolmarker, in Blackpoolmarker, UKmarker.
  • Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad – Opened in 1963. The 15-minute train excursion encompasses a two-mile (3 km) trip along Lake Erie and through a western themed "Bone Town". [22582]
  • Giant Wheel – A Ferris wheel Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf. At tall, Giant Wheel is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.[22583]
  • Kiddy Kingdom Carousel – A carousel designed by the William H. Dentzel firm of Philadelphia. It is located in the Kiddie Kingdom section of the park.
  • Matterhorn – A Mack Matterhorn circular ride that swings riders as it moves in a clockwise motion while traveling up and down.
  • Midway Carousel – One of the few remaining Daniel Muller Carousels, it was built in 1912 and moved to Cedar Point 1946. It is the oldest operating ride at Cedar Point.
  • Monster – A standard Eyerly Monster ride.
  • Ocean Motion – A Huss swinging pirate ship ride.
  • Paddlewheel Excursions (formerly Western Cruise) – Boats that transport its guests on a relaxing voyage around Cedar Point’s lagoons past scenes depicting early Americana.
  • Scrambler – An Eli Bridge Scrambler ride that is one of the oldest rides at Cedar Point.
  • Sky Ride – Manufactured by Von Roll, this standard aerial tram-way opened in 1961.
  • Space Spiral – This tall Von Roll observation tower gives riders a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. Space Spiral was the first amusement park ride in the world to top and was the tallest in the world when it was built. Space Spiral is the second tallest ride in the park if you include the antenna.
  • Super Himalaya – A circular Mack Musik Express ride that travels in a clockwise motion on a track of various elevations.
  • Tilt-a-Whirl – A Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl ride.
  • Turnpike Cars – The park's third car track ride, it features big 1960's-style cruising cars.
  • Wave Swinger – A Zierer Wave Swinger ride featuring hand painted murals.


Children's rides

  • 4x4's
  • Balloon Race
  • Bumper Boats
  • Camp Bus
  • Dune Buggies
  • Flying Ace Balloon Race
  • Frog Hopper
  • Helicopters
  • Hot Rods
  • Kite Eating Tree
  • Krazy Kars
  • Lolli Swing
  • Motorcycles
  • Mustangs
  • Old Timers
  • Peanuts 500
  • Peanuts Road Rally
  • Police Cars
  • Red Baron
  • Rock Spin & Turn
  • Roto Whip
  • Sir Rub-a-Dub's Tubs
  • Sky Fighters
  • Snoopy's Deep Sea Divers
  • Snoopy's Express Railroad
  • Snoopy's Space Race
  • Space Age
  • Woodstock's Whirlybirds


Resorts

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Offsite nearby:

Awards

Cedar Point has received the Golden Ticket Award by Amusement Today for "Best Amusement Park in the World" in 2009, winning for the twelfth consecutive year. The park also placed in the categories for "Friendliest Staff", "Best Outdoor Night Production" and "Best Halloween Event". Cedar Point also won "Best New Ride of 2007" with their new roller coaster Maverickmarker.

Roller coaster rankings

The following steel and wooden coasters were ranked by Amusement Today in 2008:

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Cedar Point also holds several IAAPA Big E Awards for Live Entertainment productions.

Slogans

  • Early 1900s: "America's Most Beautiful Summer Pleasure Health Resort"
  • Mid 1930s: "Queen of American Watering Places"
  • 1951-56: "The Most Popular Summer Vacationland in the Midwest"
  • 1972: "Cedar Point 72, It's like you've never been there before!"
  • 1974-75: "All the places that you wanna go this summer are at Cedar Point"
  • 1976: "Cedar Point, for the time of your life"
  • 1977: "With more rides than ever before, and a lot more than just rides. Cedar Point."
  • 1978: "And share it, with someone you love, Cedar Point"
  • 1979-1985s: "The Amazement Park," while ads featured "Cedar Point is the cure for the summertime blues" (sung as a modified version of the classic Eddie Cochran song "Summertime Blues")
  • 1986-87: "The Cure for the Summertime Blues!"
  • Late 1989-early 1990s: "Get to the Point!"
  • Early 1990s - present: "America's Roller Coast"/"America's Rockin' Roller Coast"
  • Mid 1990s: Commercials featuring hairstyles caused by Cedar Point's collection of roller coasters hit local television. One actress had a large wind-whipped "Frankenstein's Bride-esque" hairdo caused by a day at Cedar Point and her line at the end of the commercial was: "I call it the Sandusky!" This commercial ran during the "Get to the Point!" ad campaign.
  • 1995: "Real Thrills"
  • 1996: "Get to the Point!"
  • 2000-03: "Hold On!"
  • 2003-04: "Are You Ready?"
  • 2004-05: "Absolutely Amazing"
  • 2006-Present: "America's Roller Coast"/"America's Rockin' Roller Coast", "Ride On!"


Retired attractions

Among the notable rides and attractions Cedar Point was home to in the past (with their last year of operation):
  • Switchback Railway (c.1907) Cedar Point's first roller coaster.
  • High Frolics (1940) Built in 1918 by Andy Vettle, this coaster was originally called "Leap Frog Railway"
  • Cyclone (1951)- A Traver built wooden twister built in 1929.
  • Scamper (1969) Wooden Wild Mousecoaster built in 1962
  • Jumbo Jet (1978) — a steel roller coaster similar to the Wildcat, but larger and longer. It used individual self-powered cars to run up a spiral lift hill unassisted. The coaster run had some 90° sections, and an ATC-style radar prop rotated up above the ride. The Jumbo Jet had the tallest height requirement in the park at the time. One of several built by Schwarzkopf, CP's Jumbo Jet is now at Beoland in Russiamarker.
  • Sky Wheel (1980) — Two smaller Ferris wheels mounted on opposite ends of a giant pivoting arm, allowing one wheel to turn high in the air while the other was being loaded. It was located in the middle of the Funway in front of the main entrance.
  • Fun House (1981) — A creepy 3-story walk-through house. Of particular popularity was the upside-down room (which featured someone in a rocking chair on the ceiling) and the labyrinth room where the floor was at an angle. At the end of the tour was a stairway back to ground level, but kids had the option of exiting via one of three enclosed spiral slides. Replaced with the Kid Arthur's Court play area, which would also eventually be removed. Portions of this attraction are used in the Holloweekends attraction "the house on boo hill"
  • Shoot the Rapids (1981) — a lengthy flume ride with twin tracks. Located in Frontiertown near the train station. (A new water ride for the 2010 season is also planned to be named "Shoot the Rapids".)
  • Earthquake (1984) — a dark ride based on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This ride formerly operated at Freedomland U.S.A.marker and was relocated to Cedar Point in 1966.
  • Frontier Lift (1985) — A second sky ride which operated separate from the existing one. It ran from the main midway to Frontiertown. The midway station is now the queueing area of the Iron Dragon, but the Frontiertown station still stands with restrooms on the ground floor. The second floor is used for employee meetings and storage.
  • Avalanche Run (1989) — Opened in 1985, this ride reopened in 1990 as Disaster Transport after it was enclosed and rethemed.
The Sky Slide in 1975.
Note the Colosseum in the background.
  • Sky Slide (1991) — a huge cyan-colored fiberglass slide located just west of the Main Arcade. Guests had to sit on a burlap mat while sliding down. There were two long steep drops followed by a short dip, and the slide had 15 "lanes" for riders. Unfortunately, the adjacent first-aid station saw many treatments for slide-related friction burns.
  • Mill Race (1993) — A more compact flume ride than Shoot The Rapids that was located near the main entrance. It was one of the first Arrow Dynamics flume rides opened. The final drop on this ride was once sponsored by "Nestea" and was called the Nestea Plunge, named after a very popular advertising slogan of the time. This ride was retired after the 1993 season to make room for Raptor.
  • Jungle Larry's African Safari (1994) — a zoological attraction with live animal exhibits, including some trained-animal shows. Originally, guests had to walk a long bridge over a lagoon to get there. When the midway was extended in 1976, this part of the lagoon was filled in. For its remaining 18 years, Jungle Larry's was located in the shadow of the Corkscrew.
  • Pirate Ride (1996) — a pirate-themed dark ride located near the Blue Streak queueing area. This ride formerly operated at Freedomland U.S.A.marker and was relocated to Cedar Point in 1966.
  • Vertigo (2002) - An air powered thrill ride that used three tall towers and cable to propel riders over . This ride was damaged during a storm and partially collapsed after its debut season. Park management felt the potential for failure of this ride design outweighed the positive impact made by repairing it for the next operating season.
  • White Water Landing (2005) - a log flume built by Arrow Dynamics in 1982 on the former site of Shoot the Rapids. It operated for twenty-three years before it was retired to make room for Maverick. The station and queue are now part of Maverick's queue.
  • Demon Drop (2009) - an Intamin generation one freefall attraction that was removed following the 2009 season. It will be relocated to Knott's Berry Farmmarker.


Former flat rides included:
  • Zugspitz(1966) - a Himalaya-like ride; demolished when Super Himalaya was built in 1972.
  • Comet (1969) - a Hrubetz Round-Up; removed to make room for Trabant/Schwabinchen in 1990.
  • Bayern Kurve (1984) — a bobsled-themed ride that ran around an ovoid track.
  • Rotor (1984)
  • Tiki-Twirl (1984) — a Tilt-A-Whirl type ride. Similar to the Calypso except for tropical theming.
  • Trabant (1990) and Schwabinchen (2002) — two rides in which the riders sat on the ends of a round disc-shaped object similar to a flattened cone. The ride motion pattern resembled that of a spinning coin before coming to rest. Theming was different; the Schwabinchen featured a beautiful German tavern dancer in the ride's center, where riders "sat" on the outskirts of the "Lady In Red's" dress, while the Trabant had a disco ball as its centerpiece.


Popular culture

Cedar Point has surfaced in several movies, TV shows, and books:
  • In Bob Greene's book Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964, Greene and two friends, who all live in suburban Columbus, Ohiomarker, take a trip in August to Cedar Point. While there, Greene has a brief affair with a 26-year old married woman who was a chaperone for a group of girls vacationing at the park.
  • Characters in the series finale of Gilmore Girls discuss taking a summer-long trip to notable amusement parks, among them Cedar Point.
  • A character in the TV adaptation of the Jean Shepherd short story "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss"a sequel to A Christmas Story. is seen wearing a Cedar Point cap.
  • A character in the Michael Crichton novel Next indirectly discusses visiting Cedar Point in order to film a documentary on "the novelty gene."
  • In the movie "Knute Rockne, All American," as a life guard on the beach at Cedar Point, Knute and his college roommate and teammate, Gus Dorais, worked on the forward pass. The forward pass was first used in a scrimmage game on the Cedar Point beach.
  • Characters in the gay "coming of age" movie, "Edge Of Seventeen" work at a restaurant at Cedar Point. The movie is set in the 80's. However, the only shot featuring the park is filmed at a distance and clearly shows "Raptor", a coaster which wasn't built until 1994.
  • The 2004 movie, "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Infestation From Mars" is set in Sandusky and contains numerous scenes set at the park. Cedar Point plays an integral role to the plot of the movie. Some Cedar Point executives appear in the movie in cameo roles.
  • Mentioned in the song "Gospel Weed Song" by Bizarre_
  • Mentioned in the song "Posse On Vernor" by Insane Clown Posse, released in 2000.


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