Archive for April, 2011

WindSeeker aims for May 13 debut

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From the Sandusky Register

SANDUSKY

Cedar Point officials racing to complete WindSeeker have a new deadline.

They want to have it ready for a charity event May 13 to benefit the American Red Cross.

The park opens for the season May 14.

Last year’s new ride, Shoot the Rapids, opened several weeks late.

John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s general manager, said he’s confident this year’s big new ride will open on time.

Asked earlier this week if WindSeeker will be ready, he laughed, paused a moment, then said, “I’m confident we’ll have the ride on opening day.”

The 301-foot-tall tower to which the ride’s swings will be attached has been completed.

Every year, Cedar Point debuts its new attraction with a charity event to benefit the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In the past, the Red Cross auctioned the seats. This year, in a change of format, the Red Cross will admit anyone willing to pay the $100 fee to be among the first riders. There will be a $50 fee for people who want to attend the event but aren’t going to ride.

Ron Rude, executive director of the Firelands Red Cross, said the nature of the ride prompted the Red Cross to try a new approach.

Thrill seekers riding a roller coaster or a similar ride are willing to bid to be in the front seats, a roller coaster’s most thrilling location. WindSeeker riders, however, whirl around in swings. There’s no front row.

“We knew there were 64 seats on the new ride. And there isn’t any front seat,” he said. “So we decided rather than have competition for the first couple of seats in the train, like we normally do, we hope that more than 64 people would like to join the party at Pink’s and ride on WindSeeker.”

The price of admission for the event includes hot dogs at Pink’s, the new gourmet hot dog stand at Cedar Point, a preview performance of “Tropical Heat, Island Beat” at the Red Garter Saloon, a commemorative medallion, a certificate of participation, a drawing for special prizes and free parking.

 

Cedar Point’s Season Pass Center to Open Next Week

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Although Old Man Winter is not giving up without a fight, summer fun is right around the corner. Two sure indicators of summer’s arrival are the start of baseball season and the opening of Cedar Point’s Season Pass Center, less than three weeks before the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort begins its 142nd season on Saturday, May 14.

Amid much anticipation, Cedar Point kicks off the summer countdown by opening the doors to its Season Pass Center on Wednesday, April 27. The Center will be open to purchase and/or process season passes Wednesdays through Sundays until Friday, May 13. Hours will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays while extending its hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginning Saturday, May 14, the Season Pass Center will be open from 9 a.m. to park closing.

New for this summer, Cedar Point introduces Instant Online Renewal! Current passholders can simply purchase a renewal pass online to insure an updated pass for the 2011 season.  No need for a new picture or pass to be made. Some restrictions apply. Please visit cedarpoint.com for complete details.

For new season passholders, Cedar Point Season Pass and Cedar Fair Platinum Pass exchange vouchers must be redeemed for a non-transferable photo ID card before being used for admission to Cedar Point, Soak City waterpark or any other Cedar Fair Entertainment Company amusement or outdoor waterpark.

Returning for its fourth year, the Cedar Fair Platinum Pass is the biggest and best ticket to fun and excitement around. For only $165, the Platinum Pass includes unlimited admission and free parking at all of the amusement and outdoor waterparks owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, including Cedar Point, Soak City waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom, and Kings Island. Plus, each park will offer additional benefits that will vary throughout the year.

Currently, a four-pack Platinum Pass is available online at cedarpoint.com for only $155 per pass, a savings of $40. For a complete listing of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company Parks, please visit cedarfair.com.

Cedar Point Season Passes (for guests ages 3-61, 48 inches and taller in shoes) are $106 and are only valid for admission to Cedar Point. Parking passes for Cedar Point are not available. For additional savings, a two-pack Cedar Point Season Pass can be purchased online for $99.99 each at cedarpoint.com.

Cedar Fair Junior/Senior Platinum Passes (for guests under 48 inches tall in bare feet or age 62 and older at time of redemption) are $92; Cedar Point Junior/Senior Passes are $69. Children age 2 and under are always free.

Cedar Point will open for the 2011 season on Saturday, May 14. For more information on season pass benefits, guests can visit cedarpoint.com or call 419.627.2309.

Red Cross’ WindSeeker First Rider Fund-Raiser Offers a Night of Firsts!

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Sporting a new look and format, this year’s Red Cross First Rider and Party at Pink’s hosted by Cedar Point will offer participants rides on the park’s new WindSeeker towering swing ride and more!

For starters, the new-look event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13, the night before the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will open for its 142nd season.
That night, special guests will be treated to rides on the 301-foot-tall WindSeeker, (Riders must be at least 52 inches tall.), complimentary hot dogs at Pink’s, Cedar Point’s new gourmet hot dog stand, and a preview performance of Tropical Heat, Island Beat that will be presented at the Red Garter Saloon throughout the summer.  (WindSeeker will be the only ride that will be in operation that night.)

Participants will also receive free parking and guests who preregister for the event will automatically be entered in a drawing for special prizes that will include WindSeeker merchandise and membership to the Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC).  All WindSeeker riders will also receive a commemorative medallion.

To register, interested guests must complete the entry form on the event’s website (www.firelandsredcross.org) by Thursday, May 12.  Preregistration will begin immediately.  There will also be day-of event registration at the Guest Services Booth at Cedar Point on that night.  Guests who register that day will also receive a Certificate of Participation.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Cost to participate will be $100 for riders and $50 for non-riders.  Children age 2 and under are free.

For more information about the event, please call the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross at 419.626.1641 or toll-free at 1.800.589.2286 or visit its website at www.firelandsredcross.org.

20 Years of Putting at the Point Red Cross Miniature Golf Challenge Returns to Cedar Point

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – For the 20th consecutive year, Cedar Point will host the American Red Cross Miniature Golf Challenge at the park’s Challenge Park miniature golf course on Wednesday, May 11.

The first Red Cross Miniature Golf Challenge was held on the newly opened Challenge Park miniature golf courses on Wednesday, May 6, 1992.

The American Red Cross Miniature Golf Challenge will be a four-person, 36-hole scramble.  Registration will begin at 4 p.m. with a shotgun start at 4:30 p.m.  Teams of four can enter the challenge for $120 or individuals can enter for $30 each and will be placed on a team.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.  Deadline for registration is Friday, May 6.  A special Hole-In-One contest will also be held.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Spectators can attend the event by purchasing three raffle tickets for $5.  A raffle will be held for the chance to win a Cedar Point Getaway Package.  With an approximate value of nearly $900, the Getaway Package includes an overnight stay on Saturday, June 4 in a Horizon Suite at Breakers Tower that features a Jacuzzi and panoramic views of Lake Erie, plus four one-day admission tickets to Cedar Point.

Individuals and businesses can also participate by sponsoring one or more of the holes at the event.  For a $50 sponsorship fee per hole, the name of the business or individual will be featured on a special sign placed at the tee of their sponsored holes.  Businesses can choose a specific hole to sponsor or one will be selected for them.

Sign-up sheets, hole sponsorship information and raffle tickets for the Cedar Point Getaway Package are available at the American Red Cross office at 300 Central Ave. in Sandusky.

For more information about the event, please call the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross at 419.626.1641 or toll-free at 1.800.589.2286.

Buy Now and Save Big on a May Visit to Cedar Point

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio –- With all the fun at Cedar Point slated to start in less than five weeks, now is the best time to buy and save big on a May visit to the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.

Through April 30, a single-day Spring Fever ticket can now be purchased online for only $31.99, a savings of $15.  A Spring Fever ticket can be used any day the park is open in May, including Opening Day, Saturday, May 14 and Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31, but these tickets must be purchased online in April.  Tickets for juniors, age 3 and older, under 48 inches tall, and Seniors, age 62 and older, are only $21.  Children, age 2 and under, are free.
Cedar Point will be open daily Saturday, May 14 through Labor Day, Sept. 5, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 9-11 through Oct. 28-30, 2011.

With 75 rides, including 17 roller coasters, Cedar Point has more rides and more roller coasters than any park in the world.

New this summer will be WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall swing ride that will spin riders nearly 30-stories above the Cedar Point Beach.  Near the front of the park, Pink’s, world-renowned for its gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, onion rings and fresh toppings, will open its first franchise east of Las Vegas.

Cedar Point also has a huge assortment of family rides such as the 136-foot-tall Giant Wheel Ferris wheel, the Sky Ride cable cars and three antique carrousels.

For young families, Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy are two of four special ride areas that offer plenty to do with Mom and Dad.  The park also presents a variety of live shows including Tropical Heat, Island Beat in the Red Garter Saloon on the Frontier Trail and Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics in the Camp Snoopy Theatre in Camp Snoopy.

The Spring Fever Ticket is only valid for May visits, but can be used with an upgrade to regular price for a visit to Cedar Point on any other 2011 operating day.

For more information about Spring Fever tickets at Cedar Point, please visit Admission (Online Deals) under Plan A Visit at cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

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