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Cedar Point to hold weekend interviews for summer jobs

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, Feb. 19 — With Opening Day less than three months away, Cedar Point will be holding open interviews next Friday night and Saturday for summer jobs at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.

The interviews will be held on Friday night, Feb. 26 from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The interviews will be held at the park’s Breakers Express Hotel, located at 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.  Open interviews are also planned for March 26-27 and April 10.

The park will be looking to fill more than 4,500 positions for this summer’s operating season.

Prior to attending the interviews, all applicants need to complete an online application.  To apply, visit www.cedarpoint.com and click on “Jobs.”

Available positions include ride operator, food service attendant and merchandise and game associate.

There are more than 50 different job classifications available.  Other positions include admission employee, lifeguard, marina dockhand, parking/toll attendant and room attendant.  Many of the jobs will qualify for college credit for an internship at many schools including Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, Recreation, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and more.

Cedar Point offers positions starting at $7.30 per hour.  Employees under the age of 16 will earn $7.25 per hour.  Other benefits include low-cost housing for employees who are at least 18 years old and live more than 30 miles from the park, employee cafeteria, free uniform exchange, recreation center and employee activity program.

Cedar Point employees also have free admission to Cedar Point, the Soak City waterpark and the park’s sandy beach.

Cedar Point will be open daily Saturday, May 15 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.  The park will then reopen for weekend operations through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010.

With thrilling rides, award-winning live entertainment, special attractions and resort accommodations, Cedar Point is one of the most popular amusement parks and vacation destinations in the country.  It has been named the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for 12 consecutive years.

New this summer will be Shoot the Rapids, an exciting river-ride adventure that will feature two hills, rocky canyons with spraying water and a splashy grand finale.

To obtain additional information about jobs at Cedar Point, please call 1.800.668.JOBS (5627) or visit cedarpoint.com.

Snoopy Song and Dance

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From The Morning Journal

Auditions took place at Cedar Point yesterday for three separate song and dance shows, two Snoopy children’s shows, ice show and extreme all-wheels show in Sandusky. Each of the three different shows are performed 25 to 30 times a week during the summer season. Today, the park will interview candidates for summer jobs such as ride operator, food service attendant and merchandise and game associate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Breakers Express Hotel, 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.

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Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids water ride begins to take shape

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, – Midway through the winter on Lake Erie, construction crews on Shoot the Rapids, the new water ride at Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, are taking the park’s new river-ride adventure to a higher level.

Throughout the fall, crews cleared the 2.5-acre site and completed a majority of the groundwork — mostly below the surface.  Trenches were dug, footers for support columns were poured and waterlines for the ride’s landing areas and special effects such as geysers and water sprays were installed.

Now the crews’ focus is higher — about 8.5 stories above the ground.

Earlier this week, crews began erecting portions of the ride’s steel track.  Although Shoot the Rapids will be the park’s third water ride, it will still use steel tracks and two lift chains to carry the boats to the top of two hills, one of several exciting features of the ride.  The $10.5 million project will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point.

“Planning and timing are crucial to any major construction project on Lake Erie in the winter,” said Ed Dangler, Cedar Point’s Director of Maintenance and New Construction.  “All the underground work has to be completed before the ground freezes.  Working on frozen ground takes a lot more time which adds to the cost of the project.  Plus, after the ride is built, there has to be time for testing and training before the ride can open.”

The ride’s first hill, its largest, will be 85 feet tall.  It will be three feet taller than the park’s Snake River Falls that opened in Frontiertown in 1993.  It will also be one of the tallest water ride hills in the world.  After plunging down the first hill, riders will travel through a rustic setting with wooded areas and canyon walls that spray guests with water.  The second hill will carry riders up nearly five stories before sending them to the ride’s grand finale — a splash landing through churning rapids and spraying water from all directions.

Before the track can be erected, several steel support columns, some as tall as 80 feet, must be lifted into position and bolted onto the concrete footers.  Overall, 18 steel columns will be required to complete the project.  Under normal weather conditions, Dangler expects the lift hills to be completed toward the end of the month.

At the same time the lift hills are being assembled, crews on the ground are framing and pouring the ride’s concrete trough.  When completed the trough will be nearly 1,500 feet long and will require more than 5,800 cubic yards of concrete.  The slope of the trough and the ride’s pumping system, consisting of 12 pumps, will move the boats along the 2,100-foot-long course.

In March after the ride’s structure has been completed, the electrical and water-pumping system will be installed and the ride’s loading station will be built.

After that, it’s weeks of inspections, testing and training so that Shoot the Rapids will be ready to provide a brand new and exciting ride experience for park guests on Saturday, May 15 when Cedar Point opens for its 141st season.

For additional information about Cedar Point and the new Shoot the Rapids water ride, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419.627.2350.

More bad news for Cedar Fair deal proponents

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From the Sandusky Register

SANDUSKY

The ‘no’ votes are piling up against the proposed $2.4 billion Cedar Fair buyout.

Neuberger Berman, an asset management firm in New York, has announced in an SEC filing that it opposes the proposed merger agreement. Neuberger manages 9.6 percent of Cedar Fair’s outstanding units, and has full discretion on voting for 8.6 percent of those units.

Neuberger’s disclosure follows an announcement from Q Funding, a Fort Worth company controlled by Texas investment banker Geoffrey Raynor, that it intends to vote against the proposed merger and is asking other unitholders to join it in opposing the deal.

The most recent SEC filing indicates that Raynor now controls voting rights for about 15 percent of Cedar Fair’s units.

Cedar Fair must win approval of the Apollo Global Management deal from votes representing two-thirds of its units, and unitholders who don’t bother to vote will have their units counted as ‘no’ votes.

The amusement park company is expected to mail out a final proxy statement within days giving a deadline on when to vote on the proposed deal.

The merger agreement reached in December by Apollo and Cedar Fair offers unitholders $11.50 per unit. Cedar Fair’s units closed Tuesday at $12.19 per unit.

The announcement that two entities controlling about 23 percent of the votes oppose the deal makes it “very difficult” for the merger to go through, said analyst Justin Lumiere, who runs the Special Situations/Risk Arbitrage Group for Summit Securities Group in New York.

Small investors in Sandusky also have not greeted the merger agreement with open arms, according to local brokers and lawsuits filed at the courthouse.

John Sprau, who lives in Sandusky, said he continues to believe the $11.50 offer is too low.

Stacy Frole, director of investor relations for Cedar Fair, said Tuesday the company will continue to communicate its message that Cedar Fair’s board believes Apollo’s offer was fair.

“We will continue as we go through this process to reach out to investors, including Q Funding and Neuberger Berman,” she said.

Asked if Cedar Fair believes the merger agreement now appears likely to fall through, she said, “We wouldn’t be able to speculate on the outcome of the vote at this point.”

Lumiere said Cedar Fair no doubt has lawyers advising Frole and other company officials about what to say. Once Cedar Fair signed an agreement with Apollo, its spokespersons have little choice but to repeat that the board supports the deal with Apollo, he said.

“They’ll just keep repeating it over and over again,” Lumiere said.

He issued a new report about the proposed merger on Monday. In it, Lumiere applied the latest financial numbers from comparable entertainment companies to arrive at an estimate for what Cedar Fair’s units might really be worth. He arrived at a possible value of $13.19 per unit.

“It could feasibly trade where it is trading right now, without a deal,” he said.

Cedar Point to hold summer job weekend

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, – This will be an important weekend for people interested in working at Cedar Point this summer.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will hold auditions and interviews for performers, musicians and show technicians for this summer’s live shows.  The auditions will be held in the Live Entertainment Office at Cedar Point from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To audition, applicants must be at least 18 years old by May.  A CD player and piano will be available, but other instruments and amplifiers will not be provided.  Applicants should also bring a one-page resume with references to the audition.

For more information about the auditions, interested applicants should contact the Live Entertainment Division at 419.627.2388, by e-mail at liveshows@cedarpoint.com or online at cedarpoint.com.

The next day, Saturday, Feb. 6, Cedar Point will be holding open interviews for summer jobs in the park such as ride operator, food service attendant and merchandise and games associate.

The interviews will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s Breakers Express Hotel, located at 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky.  Open interviews are also planned for later in February, March and April.

The park will be looking to fill more than 4,500 positions for this summer’s operating season.

Prior to attending the job interviews on Feb. 6, applicants need to complete an online application.  To apply, visit www.cedarpoint.com and click on “Jobs.”

Overall, there are more than 50 different job classifications available.  Other positions include admission employee, lifeguard, marina dockhand, parking/toll attendant and room attendant.

Cedar Point offers positions starting at $7.30 per hour.  Employees under the age of 16 will earn $7.25 per hour.  Other employee benefits include low-cost housing for employees who are at least 18 years old and live more than 30 miles from the park, on-site employee cafeteria, free uniform exchange, recreation center and extensive employee activity program.  Summer employees are also eligible to enroll in a seasonal health care program.

Cedar Point employees also have free admission to Cedar Point, the Soak City waterpark and the park’s sandy beach.

To obtain additional information about jobs at Cedar Point, please call 1.800.668.JOBS (5627) or visit cedarpoint.com.

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