History & Tourism

Looking Back And Forward At Cedar Point

16 Apr , 2018  

One of the world’s greatest amusement parks is located within a day trip’s drive of Richland County, and generations of locals have ridden its roller coasters, gotten wet on its water rides, and eaten delicious fair food.

Recently, we came across this interesting 2016 article on Cleveland.com which looks at 13 of the best rides at Cedar Point that no longer survive. From the Pirate Ride to Disaster Transport, from the Space Spiral to the Demon Drop, these rides are remembered fondly by many visitors.

May 5 is Opening Day, and this 149th season provides another new set of attractions at Cedar Point. Two months ago, we profiled the new Steel Vegenace, the world’s first “hyper-hybrid” roller coaster, combining a massive wooden structure with smooth, steel track, creating a dynamic experience that includes a massive 200-foot drop, four inversions, a top speed of 74 mph and the most airtime on any roller coaster on Earth. In all, Steel Vengeance breaks 10 roller coaster records and is another first-of-its-kind for Cedar Point. Included in that look was a virtual video ride; if you didn’t get a chance to “try it out” before, that story and video can be found here.

Other improvements this year include the addition of 25 “ultimate” RV sites at Lighthouse Point, as well as a new six story tower expansion at the Hotel Breakers with 158 new rooms.

Additional changes:

Point Plaza – The former Park Plaza gift shop, located at the park’s main entrance, is undergoing a complete renovation. With beach-themed décor, Point Plaza will feature a wide variety of Cedar Point souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, bathing suits, candies, snacks and more.

Frontier Foldovers – Located in the former BBQ Shack on the Frontier Trail, this new quick-service food stop will offer folded brisket, chicken and Italian meat sandwiches.

Sidewinder Sue’s – Located near the FrontierTown train station, guests will enjoy new “twisty” fries with meat toppings of pulled pork, brisket or chili.

Miss Keat’s Smoke Shack – New barbecue brisket, pork, wings, sausage and savory sides will be served at this restaurant adjacent to Last Chance Saloon in FrontierTown.

Roundup – The menu gets a shake-up at Roundup with bigger, bolder burgers to match Steel Vengeance’s big and bold thrills, located near Maverick’s entrance.

Chick-fil-A® – Chicken sandwiches, waffle potato fries and hand-spun milkshakes are back. Chick-fil-A returns to FrontierTown in the former Frontier Inn.

FrontierTown Shooting Gallery – The popular game of skill, complete with animated scenes and sounds, returns in the Jitney Arcade.

Western Shoot-out – The Western Shoot-out in FrontierTown becomes the popular basketball game of H-O-R-S-E as guests attempt to sink baskets from strategically-placed spots on the midway.

Gossip Gulch – The new Gossip Gulch stage, located adjacent to Roundup, will feature themed live entertainment, including the park’s Bluegrass Jamboree.

“Lusty Lil’s French Revue” – Lusty Lil’s FrontierTown friends are performing their idea of a French Revue, but misadventure and misunderstanding get in the way. It results in a family-friendly show filled with live music, comedy and cancan dancers. Lusty Lil’s French Revue will play in the Palace Theatre in FrontierTown.

“Vertical Impact” – Acrobats and dancers perform in this new fast-paced, high-energy show in Celebration Plaza.

“Snoopy’s Dog Days of Summer” – Snoopy and his PEANUTS® pals will gather on the Main Midway near Pagoda Gift Shop in this new family-friendly celebration of music, dancing and fun.

Midway Entertainers – Live music comes alive on the midways with The Traildust Trio, performing classic country in the Gazebo near Town Hall Museum; The Tomfooleries guitar duo will entertain with comedy and music in the Palace Theatre and on FrontierTown’s streets; The Swell Tones will serenade guests with their classic 50’s musical stylings on the Main Midway; the Roving Beach Crew will wander 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.

Source: Cedar Fair; Photo: Creative Commons License

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