Archive for July, 2011

Guinness World Records

Cedar Point sets two new world records during Guinness World Record Day

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – It is two for the record books.

Beach balls were bouncing and sunscreen was being smoothed onto arms, legs and noses as Cedar Point set two new world records earlier today (Sunday, July 31) during Guinness World Record Day held at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.

During the first record-setting event, 401 guests were able to bounce beach balls for 10 seconds to establish a world record for most people bouncing beach balls at the same time. This was a brand new category for Guinness World Records.

Discount Drug Mart, Inc. supplied the beach balls for the event.

Shortly afterward, 681 guests applied sunscreen to set a new world record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time. Sunscreen had to be applied continuously for two minutes to qualify for the event. This effort eclipsed the previous best of 675 set last month in Belgium.

Panama Jack donated the packets of sunscreen for the participants.

The events were monitored and certified by Philip Robertson, adjudicator for Guinness World Records, based in New York City.

“It was a very exciting morning,” Robertson said. “The turnout was excellent and the participants were very enthusiastic. The events were the embodiment of Guinness World Records: Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

In addition to setting two world records, the events also helped raise money for a good cause. Participants could purchase discounted tickets to the park. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Cedar Point’s Coasting for Kids Three Years and Thriving

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Coaster-riding will take on a new meaning when Cedar Point hosts Coasting for Kids on Sunday, July 24 at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.

This special event helps raise money for Give Kids The World, a Florida-based nonprofit organization that provides weeklong vacations to children who have life-threatening diseases and their families.

Cedar Point has participated in the event since 2009. In two years, it has raised more than $27,000 for the organization.

During Coasting for Kids, the top 60 guests who raised the most pledge money will have the opportunity to ride on the park’s legendary Gemini and Magnum XL-200 roller coasters for up to nine hours. They will start their day on the Magnum from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then make their way to the Gemini from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each participant is required to raise at least $75 by Wednesday, July 20 through their own fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/gktw. Interested guests who want to participate but cannot attend may sign up as a “virtual rider.” Last year, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company that owns and operates Cedar Point and 10 other amusement parks raised more than $40,000 for the organization!

Participants will receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch, event T-shirt and free admission into the park. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three fundraisers. First place will be awarded a four-hour VIP Tour for four people, second place will receive four tickets to HalloWeekends and a behind-the-scene tour at Cedar Point and third place will earn a Give Kids The World bag, filled with gifts from the Give Kids The World Village.

Any guest who brings an item from the Give Kids The World wish list on Sunday, July 24, will receive a coupon for $10 off regular one-day admission to Cedar Point. The coupons are only valid that day and cannot be used with any other coupon or discount.

Founded in 1986, Give Kids The World also provides children in poor health and their families with accommodations and donated tickets to many popular attractions around the country, including Cedar Point.

For more information about Coasting for Kids, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419-627-2350.

Power Tower Fireworks

Two nights of fireworks highlight Cedar Point’s Fourth of July celebration

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Power Tower Fireworks

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Cedar Point will present eye-popping fireworks on two nights:  Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4th.

The fireworks displays are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on both evenings.

During the holiday weekend, the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will also be open later each evening so there will be even more time to enjoy the fun and festivities.  On Sunday, July 3, Cedar Point will be open until 1 a.m. giving guests nearly three more hours to enjoy all the park’s rides and attractions after the fireworks display comes to a close. The park will also be open until 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4.

In addition to the fireworks displays, special entertainment, delicious meals and money-saving deals will also be available throughout the weekend.

For additional savings, Starlight Admission, beginning at 5 p.m., is only $29.99 and is good for almost eight hours of fun on Sunday evening.

Some of the special activities planned for the holiday weekend include:

Fourth of July Fireworks
On two nights, Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, Cedar Point will set the sky ablaze with amazing colors and lights with their spectacular fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. each night.

Presented by Zambelli Internationale, Inc., of New Castle, Pa., one of the oldest and largest companies in fireworks displays in the United States, the program is synchronized to patriotic music.

Salute to the Armed Forces
Cedar Point will salute members of the armed forces, Saturday through Monday, July 2-4.  Any active, honorably-discharged or retired member of the military with a valid ID can receive one free regular admission ticket valid for one day during the holiday weekend. They may also purchase discounted tickets for members of their immediate family for only $37.99.

Special Entertainment
On Saturday, July 2, the Singing Angels, Cleveland’s world-famous children’s choir, will be performing by the fountain on the Main Midway. This non-profit coral youth group consists of 120 students who range in age from 8 to 18. They will be performing from 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Point Patrol Giveaways
For additional excitement, the park’s Point Patrol will be distributing prizes at select live shows from Friday through Monday.  Giveaways will include prizes from Red Gold Ketchup, Toft’s Ice Cream and Johnsonville.

Great Eats
Back by popular demand will be the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill.  From Friday through Monday, July 1-4, the world’s largest touring grill will be at Cedar Point cooking up Johnsonville bratwursts in front of the Dodgems from 11 a.m. to closing each day.
Hungry guests will also be able to enjoy a good-old-fashion all-you-can-eat picnic with broiled Johnsonville Brats, fried chicken, hot dogs, baked rigatoni, potato salad, baked beans, cookies, ice cream and ice-cold Pepsi beverages.  Picnic at the Point will be served Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Coral Courtyard.

For a different start to the morning, the Breakfast Buffet with the PEANUTS Characters will be available Friday through Monday, July 1-4.  Serving scrambled eggs and pancakes to fruit and yogurt, dining with Snoopy and the Gang is a memorable experience for the whole family.  The all-you-can-eat buffet will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Midway Market on the park’s main midway. Admission to Cedar Point is required.

Tickets for Picnic at the Point and Breakfast Buffet with the PEANUTS Characters can also be purchased online at cedarpoint.com or at the park’s admission gates.  Please visit cedarpoint.com for other money-saving deals throughout the summer.

For more information about Cedar Point’s Fourth of July celebration, please log on to cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419-627-2350.

Cedar Point now offering Lake Erie cruises

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – There are two new ways to experience the sights and sounds of Cedar Point, the Lake Erie waterfront as well as the many exciting attractions of the North Coast.

Based out of the Cedar Point Marina, the Sandusky Riverboat Company and North Coast Excursions are now offering two different boating services:  paddlewheel boat tours and personalized cruises. Both of these services will be offered every day during the summer through the end of Cedar Point’s daily operating season. The paddlewheel boat cruises will operate from noon to 9 p.m. daily, while North Coast Excursions will be scheduled based upon personal preference.

The 40-minute paddlewheel boat trips will take passengers on a relaxing voyage along Sandusky Bay and will provide beautiful views of the Lake Erie shoreline, the Cedar Point Marina and Cedar Point including picturesque looks at the Maverick, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster roller coasters.

Guests will board the Winnebago, one of the paddlewheel boats used on Cedar Point’s Western Cruise boat ride that operated in the park for nearly 40 years. The Winnebago holds up to 49 passengers and will be docked next to Famous Dave’s in the Cedar Point Marina. Reservations are recommended but not required.

The cost for the paddlewheel cruises will be $10 for adults and $5 for Juniors (ages 5-12), while Seniors (age 62 and over), active and retired members of the armed forces and Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders can purchase tickets for $8.

There will also be special Fireworks Cruises on the Winnebago on Sunday and Monday, July 3 & 4 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Cedar Point will present holiday fireworks displays on both nights beginning at 10 p.m. (weather permitting).  The cost of these cruises is $16 for adults.  Reservations for these special trips are recommended.  Reservations can be made by calling the Cedar Point Marina at 419.627.2334.

The paddlewheel boat is also available for private charters, weddings, parties and group outings. For more information, please contact the Cedar Point Marina at 419.627.2334.

At North Coast Excursions, passengers can create a customized cruise aboard a 31-foot Tiara.  These cruises allow boaters to select their own itinerary for an afternoon or evening cruise or even a full-day adventure.

These personalized excursions are ideal for entertaining family, friends or clients.  Possible itineraries include sunset cruises, trips to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Kelley’s Island, Put-in-Bay or simply enjoying the beauty of Lake Erie to cater to specific requests and needs.

For $800, guests can reserve a half-day cruise.  A full-day cruise is only $1200.  Reservations are recommended. For reservations and information, please call 440.315.3478.

Cedar Point admission is not required for either service. A $10 parking fee will be required.

For additional information, guests can visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

Locals Lead the Pack In First Cedar Point 5K Challenge

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Area runners captured top honors in the men’s and women’s division in the first Cedar Point 5k Challenge held earlier this morning (Sunday, June 19) at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Decker of Perkins Township was the top overall finisher with a time of 16:44.  Decker, a junior cross-country star at Perkins High School, also won first place in last fall’s Sandusky Bay Conference Meet.

“I am excited about my performance,” Decker said.  “I was pleased with my time.  It is early in the season.”

Overall, nearly 500 runners competed in the first-year event.  The race also had some national and international appeal.  There were nearly two dozen states represented in the event.  Plus, runners from Canada and Germany came abroad to race.

“It was a really nice course with some great scenery,” said Jaclyn Jensen, of Sandusky, who was the top overall finisher in the women’s division.  She had a time of 19:21.  “I think this was a great idea and event.  I hope they do it again next year.”

The race’s 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) course led runners from the tollbooths in the main parking lot, up the main midway to Frontiertown and down the other side of the midway before finishing in the park’s public picnic shelter.

A portion of the race proceeds will be used to support the cross-country teams at Sandusky High School, St. Mary Central Catholic High School and Perkins High School.

For their efforts, Decker and Jensen received plaques featuring Snoopy.  The top three male and female placers in the event’s seven different age groups also received a commemorative race medal.

For complete race results, please visit the event’s web site at:
www.cedarpoint5kchallenge.com.

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