Archive for October, 2009

Last weekend to scream

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 Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio –- Time is running out!  There is only one weekend left to ride all the best roller coasters or enjoy all the fun and frights of HalloWeekends at Cedar Point.

This will be the last weekend of operation for Cedar Point this year.  The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will only be open on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1) before it closes for the season.

During this last weekend, all nine of Cedar Point’s haunted attractions: five outdoor scare zones and four haunted houses including the new G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate and Happy Jack’s Toy Factory haunted houses, will be in operation all three nights.  All outdoor scare zones will be open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.  And now, because of the time change on Sunday morning, they will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, making the entire HalloWeekends’ experience available on Sunday!

It is also $25 SuperSaver Sunday if you plan ahead.  Admission tickets for Sunday are available for only $25 at cedarpoint.com.  Tickets must be purchased before midnight on Thursday, Oct. 29 and are only valid on Sunday, Nov. 1.  Admission tickets for $29.99 are also available at cedarpoint.com.  These tickets can be used any day of the remaining three-day weekend.  But hurry, there is only a limited supply of these tickets available.  

On Friday night and Sunday, Cedar Point Season Passholders and Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders can Bring-a-Friend for only $14.99.  Tickets can be purchased at the park when you show your season pass.  Other deals on admission tickets, overnight accommodations and meals are also available.  Please visit cedarpoint.com for all the money-saving details.

During HalloWeekends, the park combines its huge assortment of rides and roller coasters with dozens of Halloween attractions that range from outdoor scare zones and haunted houses to live entertainment and children’s attractions that include the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade (4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoon), the Magical House on Boo Hill and the Hay Bale Maze.  

This will also be the last weekend to ride Demon Drop at Cedar Point.  At the end of the season the free-falling thrill ride will be relocated to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.  On Sunday, lucky guests who find a “Golden Ticket” can be one of the last riders on Demon Drop.  See cedarpoint.com/demondrop for all of the details.

This weekend, Cedar Point will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.  

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

Save & Scream For Two More Weekends

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The last two weekends of HalloWeekends are here and so are some terrific savings.

Grab your friends and save with our on-line 4-pack of regular admission tickets for just $148.  Save nearly $32! Or plan a trip this Sunday for only $25 regular admission if you buy on-line before midnight Thursday. Visit Cedar Point’s Online Deals page for more info.

The best deal is for Season Pass holders to Bring-A-Friend for only $14.99, Fridays and Sundays of these last 2 weekends.  Just show your valid 2009 Season Pass at the front gate to purchase your Bring-A-Friend ticket. (Not valid on Saturdays.)

We’re open Friday nights, Saturdays & Sundays through November 1. Plus, enjoy all the family-friendly spooks and the in-your-face scares around the “World’s Best Amusement Park.”

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point – All You Fear Is Here..for a limited time!

Knott’s Berry Farm to add 1980s-era thrill ride in 2010

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From the Los Angeles Times

Knott’s Berry Farm’s new attraction for 2010 is an aging hand-me-down thrill ride that’s older than many of the Buena Park theme park’s patrons.

The Demon Drop attraction will be relocated from sister park Cedar Point in Ohio, where the ride debuted in 1983 — when Ronald Reagan was president, Michael Jackson introduced the moonwalk and leg warmers were in fashion.

Knott’s officials confirmed that the installation of the drop tower ride will begin in January with a grand opening scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend 2010. Knott’s will keep the Demon Drop name, color scheme and theme.

The 131-foot-tall tower features a four-passenger ride vehicle that rises up an elevator shaft, slides forward and falls down a curved track at 55 mph. Riders experience 2.5 seconds of weightlessness during the 99-foot drop.

Cedar Point has been trying to sell the $2.5-million Demon Drop for years as a used ride on the secondary market, with no success.

The recycled ride replaces the Screamin’ Swing, a pneumatically powered pendulum ride with a separate up-charge fee which rarely drew a crowd at Knott’s.

The Intamin Freefall thrill ride, which was popular through the 1990s, was replaced in many parks by the newer compressed-air tower rides — such as Knott’s own Supreme Scream, which debuted in 1998. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia dismantled its aging Freefall ride in 2008.

Knott’s has had its share of problems with Intamin rides. In 2001, a 40-year-old woman fell out of the Perilous Plunge shoot-the-chute water ride and died. In September 2009, the launch cable on the Xcelerator roller coaster snapped and injured two riders.

Screamscape broke the news of the ride relocation after spotting the premature announcement in a city of Buena Park newsletter.

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