Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio – In 2000, fears and concerns about Y2K were running rampant across the world. Closer to home, then Vice President Al Gore and George W. Bush, the governor of Texas, were campaigning for the presidency of the United States. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was the year’s top grossing movie, and Beverly Hills 90210 aired its final episode.
In May of that year, Cedar Point made history. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort had just introduced the Millennium Force roller coaster. Standing 310 feet tall and reaching speeds of 93 mph, it was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world!
Now 10 years and more than 17 million rides later, Cedar Point will commemorate this legendary coaster by hosting the Millennium Force 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 21. Some of the special festivities on that day will include a 10th anniversary ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. and contests for Millennium Force prizes.
One of these contests will be for guests who follow Cedar Point on Twitter and the park’s in-park mobile messaging program. During the day, several messages will be posted instructing guests on how to win an awesome Cedar Point and Millennium Force prize package.
“From Day One, Millennium Force was an instant hit,” said John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager. “It is an international icon for Cedar Point and symbolizes the best in roller-coaster-riding.”
Designed and manufactured by Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland, Millennium Force is one of the most popular roller coasters ever built and has repeatedly been selected as the best coaster in the world in polls throughout the decade.
This steel giant towering over Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie was the first roller coaster in history to surpass the 300-foot threshold and to exceed 90 mph. With a track length of 6,595 feet, Millennium Force is still the longest steel roller coaster in North America.
At a cost of $25 million, Millennium Force is one of the most expensive ride projects in the history of Cedar Point.
To learn more about the Millennium Force 10th Anniversary Celebration or any of the other rides and attractions at Cedar Point, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350