SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 13, 2012 — After 28 seasons of launching riders to Alaska and outer space, Disaster Transport will complete its last mission July 29.
Before Cedar Point’s only enclosed roller coaster disappears into the galaxy forever, fans will have the chance to bid farewell to a ride that’s been a familiar part of the Cedar Point skyline since 1985. Anyone who has ever pondered the meaning of the “12 E” sign or wondered what’s lurking in the darkness won’t want to miss this!
To commemorate the final launch, Cedar Point is hosting a celebration to benefit Give Kids The World, a nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to a weeklong fantasy vacation free of charge.
At Disaster Transport Final Dispatch: A Mission for the Kids, guests can become a part of history while helping children with life-threatening illnesses and their families make memories that last a lifetime.
For a $20 registration fee and a $50 minimum donation to Give Kids The World, they can enjoy a private party and exclusive ride time after the coaster closes to the public! The fundraisers with the highest totals will earn the privilege of choosing their seats on the last train while riding with the lights on.
“Cedar Fair has developed a strong partnership with Give Kids The World, an organization whose mission is close to our hearts,” said Annie Zelm , marketing programs representative for Cedar Point. “In the past four years, the Coasting for Kids events at our 11 parks have raised more than $200,000 for the families they serve, giving them a much-needed break from the hospital and something to look forward to during the most difficult times of their lives. Each year, Cedar Point’s fans have come forward with an incredible display of enthusiasm and generosity, and we’re counting on them again for this one-of-a-kind event!”
Give Kids The World President Pamela Landwirth said an expanded relationship with Cedar Fair will help the agency make dreams come true for even more families.
“Although we have served over 116,000 families, the need continues to grow,” Landwirth said. “Through the generous support of Cedar Fair we are able to create the happiness that inspires hope for many more precious children, giving them the time of their lives while there is still time.”
- The celebration begins with a reception at 9 p.m. July 29 in the patio outside Disaster Transport, followed by exclusive ride time from 10:30-11:30 p.m.
- Registration includes park admission all day July 29, a Disaster Transport T-shirt and a special souvenir. The three highest fundraisers will receive grand prizes from Cedar Point and Give Kids The World.
- Registration begins Friday, July 13, and runs through noon July 27. The clock is ticking, so don’t wait!
Disaster Transport is a bobsled coaster that shuttles its passengers on an eerie journey through dark corners and unseen dips. It has welcomed more than 30 million adventure-seekers since it opened as Avalanche Run in 1985. The ride is being dismantled along with the Space Spiral to make better use of prime space in the front of the park and enhance the overall appearance of that corridor, although a timetable for Space Spiral’s removal has not yet been determined. The Space Spiral’s rotating cabin has offered spectacular views of the park since it opened in 1965. Towering 330 feet above the main entrance and beach, it served as a beacon in the days before Cedar Point reached new heights with the 420-footTop Thrill Dragster.
About Cedar Point:
Cedar Point will be open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 3, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 7 through Oct. 28. For a complete operating calendar and more information about the 2012 operating season, guests can log on towww.cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at (419) 627-2350.
About Give Kids The World:
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 110,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. For more information about GKTW and its mission, visit givekidstheworld.org.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 3, 2012 — You’ve heard her smash single, “Call Me Maybe”– now see Carly Rae Jepsen in person as she performs this Saturday, July 7, at Cedar Point!
All season passholders and guests who purchase general admission tickets to the park are invited to attend.
A competition between Northeast Ohio’s seven leading dance crews, sponsored by Cleveland’s 96.5 KISS-FM, will usher in Jepsen’s appearance at Cedar Point’s new Celebration Plaza in front of the Iron Dragon roller coaster. The 96.5 Kiss FM Dance Crew Competition runs from 5-7 p.m., and Carly Rae will perform with her band immediately afterward.
Her show sets the stage for Luminosity, Cedar Point’s new high-energy show that transforms Celebration Plaza into a dance party after the sun sets each evening through Aug. 19.
“Luminosity is designed to attract people of all ages, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s music has that same widespread appeal,” said Charles Bradshaw, Cedar Point’s corporate vice president of live entertainment. “She’s a perfect fit for our park and a great way to add to all the excitement we’re creating this year.”
The 26-year-old singer has been generating buzz up north since her 2007 run on Canadian Idol, but she’s more recently skyrocketed to fame in the United States and beyond. After joining forces with teen idol Justin Bieber on his School Boy Records label, she’s visiting Sandusky for the first time as she works her way through an ambitious tour schedule.
Her irresistibly catchy hit, “Call Me Maybe,” has climbed to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. iTunes chart, and its music video has become a viral sensation since it was released in March.
It has attracted nearly 140 million views and inspired countless remakes, with lip-synching videos featuring everyone from Katy Perry to the Harvard baseball team.
Cedar Point’s employees even channeled their enthusiasm for Carly Rae Jepsen into a video of their own, parading through the park with a unique take on her song. Nearly 200 employees -from ride operators, sweeps and lifeguards to Snoopy and even the park’s general manager– came together to rehearse and produce the clip within an hour, just before the park opened. The result was a 3-minute, 25-second YouTube video showcasing the many lively personalities that make Cedar Point a world-class act.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s appearance was made possible by Pepsi and Cleveland’s 96.5 KISS-FM in conjunction with the station’s one-of-a-kind dance competition. Dance crews who have made the cut will step up to the stage, where the crowds can text to vote for their favorite. The most popular crew wins a private screening of Step Up Revolution, in theaters July 27, and tickets to return to Cedar Point with all-day access to the front of the lines.
“With the popularity of so many dancing shows on television, we wanted to do something that would showcase local hip hop dance crews,” KISS-FM program director Bo Matthews said. “We wanted to find an amazing venue and give these talented groups an opportunity to show their moves and compete for a great prize. They are all very excited at the opportunity to perform on the Luminosity stage, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about how popular Carly Rae Jepsen has become. She will be at Cedar Point while she has the No. 1 song in the country.”
For more information about Carly Rae Jepsen and Luminosity, visit cedarpoint.com. To watch Cedar Point’s employees rushing to the stage as they sing along to “Call Me Maybe,” click HERE.
Cedar Point will be open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 3, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 7 through Oct. 28. For a complete operating calendar and more information about the 2012 operating season, guests can log on to www.cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at (419) 627-2350.
From the 13abc.com…
Cedar Point was one of eleven parks hosting Coasting for Kids and giving people a chance to spend time high in the sky while raising big money for sick children.
The event raises funds for children with lifelong illnesses and their families to enjoy a dream vacation through the organization “Give Kids the World.”Coaster fans raised more than $109,000. Cedar Point took the lead in fundraising efforts again in its fourth annual event, raising nearly $25,000.
For more information on how to become involved, visit GKTW.org.
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SANDUSKY, Ohio, Oct. 5, 2011 — If you “like” Cedar Point on Facebook, the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort has some money-saving deals and lots of fun waiting for you on Sundays at the park through the end of October.
Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 9 and all Sundays through Oct. 30, Cedar Point will be hosting the Climbing to a Million contest when current and new Facebook fans of Cedar Point will be able to receive a $10 discount on admission to the park ($39.99 per person) by downloading and printing a special voucher from Facebook and redeeming it at Cedar Point on any Sunday in October.
There is even more fun and prizes to be had for Facebook fans on Sundays at the park.
On all Sundays in October, all Facebook fans at Cedar Point will receive a specially designed Facebook sticker. If a Facebook fan is spotted by an official fan-finder (only on Sundays), those Facebook fans could win valuable prizes such as complimentary merchandise, food or front-of-the-line privileges on a favorite ride.
And when the park reaches one million fans (before or after the season), a special fan will win the Ultimate Opening Day Experience that includes complimentary tickets to the park on Opening Day 2012, the first ride of the season on your favorite ride, plus tours and more. Plus, all Facebook fans will be able to unlock a special prize when the park reaches one million Facebook fans. To enter the Climbing to a Million contest, please visit facebook.com/cedarpoint.
During HalloWeekends, there is fun for guests of all ages that includes more than 70 rides, including 16 roller coasters, and a variety of Halloween attractions.
With 10 haunted attractions, HalloWeekends has more creatures and spooky areas than ever before. This fall, Screamworks on the Frontier Trail and Blood on the Bayou, located in a wooded area along the lagoon, add to the screams.
HalloWeekends also has gypsy fortune-tellers, dancing monsters on the midway, two new shows and the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade that features floats, marching bands and dozens of strange-looking creatures.
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will be held Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28-30. Cedar Point will be open 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights (only a portion of the park is open); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. This Sunday, Oct. 9, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information about the Climbing to a Million contest, please “like” Cedar Point on Facebook.com or follow us on Twitter. For additional information on HalloWeekends at Cedar Point, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio, – Frights, fun, mouth-watering food and a firefighters competition are just some of this weekend’s activities during HalloWeekends at Cedar Point.
In addition to challenging Cedar Point’s rides and roller coasters, guests of all ages at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will also be able to enjoy a variety of Halloween attractions that range from encounters with ghastly creatures to friendly monsters who dance on the midway.
With two new fright zones, HalloWeekends now features 10 haunted attractions. This fall, Screamworks on the Frontier Trail and Blood on the Bayou, located in a wooded area along the lagoon, add to the screams.
HalloWeekends also has two new shows (The Edge of Madness – Six Feet Under and Dr. Cleaver in the Clink). Plus, the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration, a parade that strolls down the main midway at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, has several new floats and dozens of strange-looking characters.
In the middle of the park, the sleeping ogre who talks and recites poetry is also a crowd-pleaser.
Not to be outdone, G. A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, one of four haunted houses at HalloWeekends, is adding a new service. In addition to the Boeckling’s Banquet that offers a fine-dining experience on Fridays (5:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (12:30 p.m.), the ghostly mansion will now serve a Boeckling’s Brunch on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. (excluding Oct. 16 when the Boeckling’s Banquet meal will be served).
Served buffet-style, Boeckling’s Brunch will include eggs, breakfast meats, pastries, potatoes, rice, vegetable medley, carved prime rib, signature dessert, beverages and mimosa for only $49.99 including tax and gratuity. Price does not include admission to the park. Reservations required. (Visit cedarpoint.com for more information.)
Next door in the Soak City parking lot located adjacent to the park, the first Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.
More than 100 firefighters will participate in the competition that includes climbing stairs, carrying a rescue manikin and dragging a fire hose – all while wearing full firefighting gear. There will also be a kids’ event on Saturday. The activities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 30) and 9 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 1). Admission to Cedar Point is not required but a parking fee will be collected.
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point will be held Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28-30. Cedar Point will be open 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights (only a portion of the park is open); noon to midnight on Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. (On Sunday, Oct. 9, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) For more information, including attractions, entertainment and hours of operation, please visit halloweekends.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.