Archive for September, 2009

Boeckling’s Banquet will offer a HalloWeekends feast

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – For the ultimate Halloween meal, HalloWeekends at Cedar Point is now offering a fine-dining experience that is as tasty as it is spooky.

Held in the macabre dining room of G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, one of two new haunted houses that just opened for this season, Boeckling’s Banquet will provide scrumptious meals for families and groups in a private setting.

G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate

To create the perfect ambiance, the meal will be served by the mansion’s staff of creepy waitresses and gruesome waiters.  With cobwebs and spiders adorning the lights and chandeliers and eerie sounds emanating from the dark, Boeckling’s Banquet will provide a Halloween meal that will not be forgotten.

Boeckling’s Banquet will offer four delicious entrees:  Char Broiled Lamb Chops; Lobster Tail & Petite Filet Mignon; Char Grilled Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce; or Shrimp, Scallop and Lobster Pasta Alfredo.  All meals will also include a Boeckling Signature Salad, Twice Baked Potato, Buttered Asparagus Spears, Rolls and Butter; and Surprise Dessert; plus assorted Pepsi beverages and a serving of wine or beer.  A cash bar will also be available.

The meals will only be served at 5:30 p.m. on Friday nights and 1 p.m. on Saturdays before the attraction opens to the public. Reservations are required and can only be made by calling 419.627.2242 at least four hours before serving time.  Boeckling’s Banquet will be able to accommodate up to 20 guests at one sitting.  Cost of the meal will be $50 per person and includes tax and gratuity.  Admission to the park is required and not included in the price of the meal.

Located just off the main midway across from the Planet Spooky children’s area, G.A. Boeckling’s Erie Estate is one of four haunted houses at the park.  It has more than 20 dimly lit rooms that are inhabited by dozens of ghastly workers.  HalloWeekends also has five themed outdoor scare zones and hundreds of creatures who roam the park in search of prey.
For additional entertainment, HalloWeekends also has three new live shows, a magician, witches, gypsies and friendly monsters who dance along the midway.

For families, the entertainment lineup includes the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade, the Magical House on Boo Hill, the Hay Bale Maze, the Planet Spooky and Camp Spooky children’s areas and the Peanuts Halloween Show and Kids’ Costume Contest on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

HalloWeekends will be held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Nov. 1.  The park will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays (limited ride availability); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.  On Sunday, Oct. 11, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Excluding Sunday, Oct. 11, the outdoor scare zones will be closed on Sundays.

For more information about HalloWeekends, guests can visit the new HalloWeekends.com or call the park’s general information line at 419.627.2350.

Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids planned for years

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From  The Sandusky Register

SANDUSKY

As Cedar Fair’s corporate vice president of planning and design, Rob Decker helps Cedar Point chart its destiny for years to come. But Decker says his wife finds out about new rides at Cedar Point the same way anyone else does — when the news is announced in the media.

“My wife never knows what’s going on,” he said.

It’s not as if Decker never speaks to his wife. Cedar Point’s plans for the future are kept quiet until the amusement park is ready to go public.

Cedar Point announced Sept. 3 it’s building a new water flume ride, Shoot the Rapids, that will be ready when the park opens in May. The ride, which will cost $10.5 million, is aimed at pleasing the whole family but has an element of thrills. Riders will drop down an 85-foot hill before making their big splash.

The announcement wasn’t the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision. Cedar Fair may have announced the ride only a few weeks ago, but it made the decision to build Shoot the Rapids after years of secret planning.

The decision was made three or four years ago, Decker said. When the economy sank, the ride was put off a year. Cedar Point built a cheaper new attraction for 2009, the $1 million Starlight Experience light show.

Cedar Point maintains a five-year plan for capital improvements, and some planning goes out 10 years. The park has plans in place for new attractions in 2011, ’12 and ’13, although Decker says they are “subject to review.”

Only a few Cedar Fair executives who serve on the company’s planning commission are allowed to know about the amusement park’s capital improvements plans.

The code of secrecy also extends to the companies that build rides for the amusement park. They are required to sign nondisclosure agreements, so word about the attractions doesn’t leak out prematurely to coaster fans or to rivals such as the Six Flags chain.

Shoot the Rapids will be built by IntaRide of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force.

The company’s president, Sandor Kernacs, answered questions about Shoot the Rapids last week, but said he was willing to talk only because Cedar Point had announced the ride and now wanted publicity about it.

Cedar Point executives planning new rides often try to excite coaster fans, giving them new reasons to travel long distances and return to the park.

Millennium Force, about 300 feet tall, was the tallest roller coaster ever built when it opened in 2000. Cedar Point officials wondered if they had gone too far, Decker said. Was it too scary, too tall? Would only teenagers dare to ride it?

No, and no.

“When we opened up, everybody got on,” he said.

That emboldened Cedar Point executives who went on to build the even more extreme, 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster.

But aside from delivering the world’s top thrills — Cedar Point has 17 roller coasters, more than any other amusement park on Earth — park executives also have to worry about making everyone happy, not just the extreme thrill-seekers.

Water rides are second in popularity only to roller coasters, said Robin Innes, a spokesman for the park.

Cedar Point will have three water rides after Shoot the Rapids opens. The two incumbents are Snake River Falls, which puts riders in a big boat that takes a plunge into the water, leaving its passengers soaked, and Thunder Canyon, a river rafting ride.

Shoot the Rapids fills the slot for a traditional flume ride, a ride in which boats float along in a water trough, Innes said, although it uses a chain to get up the first hill. A vacancy for a flume ride was created when the last one, White Water Landing, was dismantled after the 2005 season to make room for Maverick, which opened in 2007.

Guests have been asking for another water ride, said John Hildebrandt, the park’s general manager.

“Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days,” he said.

It’s also meant as a ride that everyone can enjoy, including Grandma and little kids, Decker said.

“We are hoping we can catch families and not dissuade the thrill seekers from coming to the park,” he said.

You’ll SCREAM For $25 Tickets

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Right now, purchase one-day Regular Cedar Point admission tickets for ONLY $25 when you stay at Castaway Bay, Cedar Point’s indoor waterpark resort, or Sandcastle Suites, our all-suite hotel at the tip of the Cedar Point Peninsula!

If that’s not enough, you won’t find a better hotel deal in the Sandusky area. Enjoy HalloWeekends and stay at Castaway Bay for JUST $79* plus tax per night or stay at Sandcastle Suites for $129* plus tax per night!

Oh, and not only are you saving massive amounts of money, but you’re also getting the benefit of EARLY ENTRY – enter the park ONE HOUR before the general public to ride some of our biggest scream machines.

Considering a trip to HalloWeekends? Now’s the time. Click here to reserve at these special rates and get ready to scream with all the fun you’ll have (and the money you’ll save!).

*Does not include waterpark passes. All discounted rates apply to standard rooms only. Subject to availability; available on limited number of rooms only. Rate subject to change. $25 tickets can be purchased at the Front Desk by registered guests of Castaway Bay and Sandcastle Suites only. Limit 1 ticket per registered guest.

Kirk Franklin headlines JoyFest Gospel Music Festival Saturday, September 26 at Cedar Point

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, – Some of gospel music’s best-known performers will take center stage at Cedar Point next weekend when the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will host the JoyFest Gospel Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26.

During Joyfest, Cedar Point guests will be able to watch some of the most popular entertainers in gospel music and a family-friendly comedian. The first-ever JoyFest Gospel Music Festival at Cedar Point will be held from 4-9:30 p.m. in the Soak City parking lot. (Admission to Cedar Point is required.)

Performing at JoyFest will be:

Kirk Franklin whose album, Hero, won two Grammy Awards;
Dr. Marvin Sapp, the 2008 Best Gospel Artist award winner;
Crystal Aikin, winner of BET’s Sunday Best gospel competition;
Tye Tribbett who received a Grammy Award nomination for his Victory Life! album in 2006; and
Comedian Bone Hampton, who has appeared on BET’s Comic Views and Comics Unleashed, will emcee the festival.

Combo tickets to Cedar Point and the concert are available online until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 and at Cedar Point on the day of the show. Concert only tickets for season passholders and deals for groups of 15 or more are also available. For more information and a link to purchase tickets, please visit cedarpoint.com.

Inside the park, Cedar Point will be hosting its annual HalloWeekends festival that combines the thrills and excitement of Cedar Point’s rides and roller coasters with the fun and frights of Halloween. New for this season are two haunted houses, three live shows and the Overlord, the powerful chieftain of all the creepy monsters who prowl the park during HalloWeekends.

HalloWeekends also offers a variety of entertainment for young families that includes the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade, the Magical House on Boo Hill, the Hay Bale Maze and Planet Spooky and Camp Spooky children’s areas.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will be held Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. Cedar Point will be open 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights (only a portion of the park is open); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. (On Sunday, Oct. 11, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

For more information about these events, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

HalloWeekends to open at Cedar Point with more thrills than ever before

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – With the addition of two all-new haunted houses, a mysterious leader of the creatures and three new live shows, HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will take fun and frights to a whole new level.

To make its 13th season the best ever, HalloWeekends combines the park’s unmatched collection of rides and roller coasters with a broad assortment of Halloween attractions that range from outdoor scare zones and haunted houses to live entertainment and themed children’s attractions.  Fall festivities at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort have always featured fun scary by day and scary scary by night.

New this year for HalloWeekends will be:

  • The Overlord, a caped chieftain who will exhort his minions to scare guests at every opportunity;
  • G.A. Boecking’s Eerie Estate, a haunted mansion with more than 20 exquisitely decorated rooms of terror;
  • Happy Jack’s Toy Factory , a behind-the-scenes look at the world of toys and dolls that will change the way you feel about opening presents for a long time to come; and
  • Three new live shows:  The Edge of Madness, The Return of Dr. Cleaver and The Goodtime Ghouls: A Halloween Hullabaloo.

Overall, HalloWeekends will have five outdoor scare zones and four haunted houses inhabited by legions of unearthly monsters lurking in the dark recesses.  During HalloWeekends, hundreds of creatures will roam the midway in search of their prey.

But for family fun, the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade is a “must see.”  With floats, friendly monsters and marching bands, the colorful parade will be a hit with everyone in the family.  The Monster Midway Invasion Celebration will be presented at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting).

Other family favorites will include the Magical House on Boo Hill, the Hay Bale Maze and Planet Spooky and Camp Spooky children’s areas.  There is also a magician, witches, gypsies, friendly monsters who dance along the midway and the Peanuts Halloween Show and Kids’ Costume Contest on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

To create the proper atmosphere, the park does a complete makeover for the start of HalloWeekends.  This transformation is completed with an infusion of tombstones, cobwebs, skeletons, spiders, bats, hundreds of corn stalks and bales of straw and tons of pumpkins.

HalloWeekends will be held on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 1.  The park will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays (limited ride availability); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.  On Sunday, Oct. 11, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Excluding Sunday, Oct. 11, the outdoor scare zones will be closed on Sundays.

For more information about HalloWeekends, guests can visit the new HalloWeekends.com or call the park’s general information line at 419.627.2350.

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