|Location||Sandusky, Ohio, USA|
|Owner||Cedar Fair Entertainment Company|
|Operating season||May – early November|
|Area||364 acres (0.569 sq mi)
|Slogan||"America's Rockin' Rollercoast" and "Ride On"|
Cedar Point is a 364-acre (1.47 km²) amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, United States on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. As of 2010, the park is tied with Southern California's Six Flags Magic Mountain for the world record of most roller coasters in a single amusement park (17). Cedar Point is also the only amusement park with four roller coasters that are taller than 200 feet (61 m). As of 2009, 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 Compounce. Cedar Point is the flagship park for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (which is headquartered at the park) and, along with Valleyfair, 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 Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point, Camper Village, Breakers Express and Castaway Bay) are granted 1 hour early access to the park.
Prior 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 Island. 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.
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 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 Streak, 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, Corkscrew, 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.
In 1987, just one year before the death of Robert Munger Jr, Iron Dragon, 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 near the Breakers Hotel. It features speed slides, over 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 Transport. 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-200 roller coaster opened in 1989, breaking world height and speed records. Two years after the opening of Magnum XL-200, the mammoth wooden Mean Streak 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 Raptor. 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 Mantis, 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 Force at Dorney Park, another Cedar Fair holding).
In the late 1990s, Cedar Point built the Vekoma Junior Coaster Woodstock Express in the Camp Snoopy area of the park.
In 2000, Cedar Point built for the future when Millennium Force 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 Twister 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 Dragster opened. This record breaker has been beaten, but today it is still the 2nd tallest,(behind Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure) and 2nd fastest coaster in the world (420 feet and 120 miles per hour) (behind Kingda Ka).
For 2007, Cedar Point debuted Maverick, 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".
Top Thrill Dragster
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 Maverick.
The following steel and wooden coasters were ranked by Amusement Today in 2009:
Cedar Point also holds several IAAPA Big E Awards for Live Entertainment productions.
Among the notable rides and attractions Cedar Point was home to in the past (with their last year of operation):
Former flat rides included:
Cedar Point has surfaced in several movies, TV shows, and books:
Cedar Point Amusement Park  is a 364-acre amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio on one of the North Coast Beaches overlooking Lake Erie. It is often billed as the "Worlds Largest Amusement Park", and draws visitors from throughout Ohio and surrounding states. It was voted the best amusement park in the world in 2008 by Amusement Today for the eleventh year in a row
Cedar Point is one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks, having begun in the year 1870 as a beach resort on the shore of Lake Erie. Today it covers 364 acres and is home to some of the tallest, fastest rides in the world including Top Thrill Dragster and Millenium Force which are considered by many to be the best feeling in the world (make sure you keep your hands up throughout the entire ride). All up it contains more than 75 rides. Without doubt Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the world. It is a MUST for any serious thrillseeker out there with the largest number of roller coasters ever found in a single amusement park (17 altogether with the opening of Maverick in 2007). Although its primary attraction is the assortment of coasters, the park has rides and other attractions, including kiddie rides, water rides, a traditional arcade, award-winning musical shows, and a PEANUTS-themed ice skating show, etc. The park also offers access to the lovely beach on Lake Erie -- something which has been attracting visitors since its inception.
Two separate attractions are part of Cedar Point but not included in the general admission. Soak City is an outdoor water park; Castaway Bay is an elaborate indoor waterpark. Challenge Park features four attractions: 'Ripcord,' 'Skyscraper,' 'Challenge Racing' go kart tracks, and 'Challenge Golf', a fantasy miniature golf course.
One can easily spend a full day at the main Cedar Point by itself. If you plan to take in all the attractions, you should buy the 2-day "ride and slide" pass and to spread your enjoyment of Soak City and Cedar Point over two days.
The park is located on a peninsula into Lake Erie at:
Once you get to Sandusky, just follow the signs to the Cedar Point Causeway; the causeway is a toll road. Cedar Point can also be accessed via the Chausse, a single lane road along the entire peninsula which connects to Cleveland Road a few miles east of Sandusky.
Cedar Point has two large Marinas on Lake Erie. The Cedar Point Marina allows daily slip rentals for $25 per day; it and the Castaway Bay marina also have seasonal docking arrangements.
Cedar Point's 2008 Admission prices are as follows:
In addition to the discounts for seniors, combined days, children and military mentioned above, other discounts are available to Cedar Point. 
Because its size is constrained by surrounding Lake Erie and its own parking lots, Cedar Point is pretty tightly packed, so you can get around pretty easily on foot throughout the park. In addition, two of the more tranquil rides offer a means to get around the park itself.
Roller coasters, rides, water park, Challenge Park, Lake Erie. The Cedar Point blog has confirmed that no new rides are coming for the 2009 season, but there will be a few in-park improvements on the way as well as a peek at the new Cedar Fair corporate HQ. Some of the updates will include some new signs that are sure to impress around the park, including an LED screen going in at the causeway. A new ride sign for Magnum XL-200 will go up to promote the fact that this will be the ride’s 20th anniversary. The old fountain near Raptor on the midway will also be removed to make way for a new interactive water sprayground area.
4x4 Dune Buggies
Sir Rub-A-Dub's Tubs
Rock Spin & Turn
The park has many food concessions operated by the park, including stands selling walking-around snacks and restaurants where you can sit and rest a short while. All are very fast-food oriented, with limited menus, and prices geared for a semi-captive market of visitors unwilling to endure the time-consuming hassle of driving back to the city just to get a meal. However, there are also several restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the park and fairly convenient to get to with a free park re-entry stamp... but these are also on the pricey side, for the same reason.
Beer and wine coolers are sold at various restaurants in the park, with a policy of one drink per valid U.S. driver's license or state photo ID (to prevent friends buying for their under-21 friends). The out-of-park restaurants generally have full bars and typical alcohol-sales requirements.
The city of Sandusky itself has numerous hotels and motels catering to Cedar Point visitors.
Cedar Point hires over 4000 seasonal employees from all across the US and beyond every year; about 2500 live at Cedar Point itself in employee housing. Actors and musicians in particular can find gainful work in their field (entertainment-related jobs are offered via auditions). While the wages aren't great, the park offers its workers a choice of subsidized dormitory accommodation and meals, as well as a bonus at contract completion, and many opportunities for overtime, so it is possible to save quite a bit of money over the course of the summer. With so many young people working there, as well as perks like free access to the park and other special events, Cedar Point can be a fun way to work over the summer.
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