Tag Archives: April 2011

Cedar Fair Partners With Guinness World Records® LIVE! for a Record-Breaking Summer

Cedar Fair Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 13, 2011 — For more than two decades, Cedar Fair has been shattering world records for having the tallest, fastest, steepest, most thrilling rides and roller coasters on the planet! This summer, park guests will be able to get in on the record-breaking fun as Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has announced plans to partner with Guinness World Records’ new division, GWR Live!, for a summer-long series of interactive record-breaking-events at the Company’s amusement parks across North America.

Official Guinness World Records® adjudicators will be present at Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island, Canada’s Wonderland, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Dorney Park, California’s Great America, Worlds of Fun and Valleyfair amusement parks, to officiate a variety of record attempts by both guests and the parks.

“When you think of world-record-breaking rides and roller coasters, you think about Cedar Fair,” stated Bryan Edwards, spokesperson for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. “By working with Guinness World Records, we will be able to bring an exciting new level of fun to our guests this summer.”

Guinness World Records Live! is a new, dynamic business area of the global Guinness World Records brand, which takes the magic of record-breaking straight to the fingertips of the public in an interactive, entertaining and accessible fashion. First developed in Dubai, the Guinness World Records interactive experience involves creating an environment where the public can attempt records and become genuine record holders instantaneously. Its mission is to entertain, educate and inspire people through a live Guinness World Records experience; and to celebrate ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats.

“The adrenalin rush of live record breaking events along with the thrills of Cedar Fair amusement parks is a hugely exciting project for us at Guinness World Records,” says Paul O’ Neill, vice president of Guinness World Records Entertainment. “Visitors to the parks will be treated to something special and unique this summer.”

The Cedar Fair summer of records will kick off in late April at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina with a record attempt for the “Most People Dyeing Easter Eggs.”

For more information about Cedar Fair Entertainment Company or Guinness World Records, please log on to www.cedarfair.com or www.guinnessworldrecords.com.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

About Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements. The Guinness World Records website (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is part of the Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada’s largest privately owned companies which is a conglomerate of interests, including advertising, broadcasting, grocery stores and automotive retailing.

New Paint on Millennium Force

Millennium Force Repainting 2011 (Coaster-net.com)
Picture Copyright Carsten Anderson of COASTER-net.com, used with permission.

After 11 years, Millennium Force is finally being repainted.  It currently looks like the lift and queue line area of track has been painted so far.  Hopefully the whole ride will be sporting a new coat of paint by Opening Day. I would like thank Carsten Anderson of COASTER-net.com who allowed us to use his pictures.

Millennium Force Repainting 2011 (Coaster-net.com)
Picture Copyright Carsten Anderson of COASTER-net.com, used with permission.

Cedar Point to Host First 5K Challenge

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – There will be a lot of people running around Cedar Point on Father’s Day morning, Sunday, June 19 and none of them will be getting in line for a roller coaster!

Cedar Point has announced plans to host the first Cedar Point 5K Challenge, a 5,000-meter race (3.1 miles) that will take runners along the park’s legendary midways and past the largest collection of rides and roller coasters on the planet!  The race will take place on Sunday, June 19 and will start at 7 a.m.  An Awards Ceremony will take place immediately after the race.

The entry fee for the Cedar Point 5K Challenge is $25, which includes parking on race day and a coupon good for $12 off a regular adult admission ticket to Cedar Point on Sunday, June 19.  Each participant will also receive a Tech race T-shirt.  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.

“The new Cedar Point 5K Challenge will be a fun way to raise money for local schools,” said John Hildebrandt, general manager of Cedar Point.  “Running through the park in the morning when it is empty of guests is something you don’t get to do very often.  It will be a real treat for the runners.”

Plaques featuring Snoopy will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers. The top three male and female placers in the following age groups: 13 and under; 14 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; and 60 and older; will each receive a commemorative race medal.

Participants must preregister to be a part of this exciting new race.  Entry forms are available by visiting the race’s web site: www.cedarpoint5kchallenge.com, which was developed by the web design class at Perkins High School.  All entries must be submitted by Sunday, June 12.  Preregistration is required.  There will not be any day-of-race registration.

Race packet pickup will take place on Friday, June 17 (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and on Saturday, June 18 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay indoor waterpark resort.

For more information about the Cedar Point 5K Challenge, please visit the race’s web site at: www.cedarpoint5kchallenge.com or www.cedarpoint.com.

Cedar Point Seeks A Very Important Family

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio –- The search begins.

Cedar Point’s Opening Day may still be a few weeks away, but the historic amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, is currently looking for a Very Important Family (V.I.F.) to help it celebrate the opening of the 2011 season on Saturday, May 14.

Now through April 15, Cedar Point’s biggest and most loyal fans can log on to www.facebook.com/cedarpoint to enter the Very Important Family Contest.  Interested guests will have to tell park officials by video why they should be chosen as Cedar Point’s Very Important Family.

The winning family will be invited to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremony that will officially open Cedar Point for the summer on Saturday, May 14.  Also participating in the Opening Day Ceremony will be Dick Kinzel, President and CEO of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Cedar Point’s General Manager John Hildebrandt and everyone’s favorite beagle — Snoopy.

Besides the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the winning family will also receive six complimentary tickets to the park on Opening Day, a commemorative photograph of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, preferred seating on the ride of their choice, a Cedar Point gift bag and a complimentary lunch at a Cedar Point restaurant.

To enter, contestants need to create a video explaining why they should be chosen as Cedar Point’s Very Important Family.  Participants are encouraged to supply a link to their video.  (Videos must be less than 90 seconds in length.)  Official rules and regulations can be found on the V.I.F. Facebook tab.

Deadline for entering the contest is Friday, April 15.
Cedar Point officials will select the top videos and post them on the park’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/CedarPointVideos where people will be able to vote for their favorite video.  The winner will be determined by the number of “likes” it receives on YouTube and a panel of Cedar Point judges.

Voting will take place from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1.  The winner will be announced on Monday, May 2.

Cedar Point will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and will be open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 5, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 9-11 through Oct. 28-30, 2011.

For more information about the V.I.F. contest, please visit Cedar Point’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cedarpoint).