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Climbing to a Million Likes

Fun for Facebook fans as Cedar Point climbs to a million likes

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Climbing to a Million Likes

Cedar Point Press Release

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.

Facebook Fans will be the First to Learn about Cedar Point’s Expansion Plans

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Now the excitement starts.

Later this month, Cedar Point will announce its expansion plans for next summer on Facebook.  To offer their fans an opportunity to join in the fun, Cedar Point will begin releasing clues on Facebook.

To be among the first to learn about the park’s plans for 2011, Facebook users can “like” the park’s official page at:  www.facebook.com/cedarpoint.

“We have some exciting plans for next summer,” said Clark Culbertson, Cedar Point’s vice president of marketing.  “Our followers on Facebook are among our biggest fans.  We want to reward them for their support and let them have some fun in the process.”

Throughout the year, the park’s Facebook fans receive some special benefits.  These exclusive offers range from discounted tickets to Cedar Point, savings on attractions at North Coast Parasail, located on the Cedar Point Beach, and instant online deal information.  There may also be some additional offerings when the park tops 500,000 Facebook fans.

Since first establishing a Facebook presence in 2008, Cedar Point currently has nearly 490,000 fans.

For more information, visit:  www.facebook.com/cedarpoint.

Shoot the Rapids Update Soon!

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From Cedar Point’s Facebook…

Duane Palmer WHAT’S THE UPDATE ON SHOOT THE RAPIDS? LOTS OF MONEY SPENT ON A RIDE THE PUBLIC CANT ENJOY, WHATS UP!

Cedar Point We’ll have an update in the next few days.

Sounds like this is good news!  We hope Cedar Point can get the ride open soon!

Two New Offerings at Cedar Point: Rock Band, Live and a Breakfast with the PEANUTS Characters

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 29 — Beginning next weekend, there will be even more to do at Cedar Point.  Musically inclined guests have a chance to become a rock star while early risers will be able to have breakfast with their favorite PEANUTS characters.

On Saturday, June 5, Rock Band, Live will premiere in the Jack Aldrich Theatre, near the front of the park.  One of five new shows that will be introduced at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort this summer, Rock Band, Live will be a real-life version of Rock Band®, the popular video game produced by MTV Games.

Before each show, guests will be able to display their talent on the drums, guitar or bass guitar to win a chance to perform in one of the Rock Band, Live shows throughout the day.  Winners will be chosen before each show and will receive a backstage pass and perform on stage with the Rock Band, Live cast members.

In celebration of the Rock Band, Live premiere, Cedar Point will be hosting a competition for guests and Facebook visitors alike to become the Rock Band, Live Champion and be the first guest performers in the Rock Band, Live premiere show on Saturday, June 5.

Monday through Wednesday, May 31 to June 2, a Facebook drawing will be held to choose six groups at random to compete in the Rock Band, Live competition.  On Saturday, June 5, two groups of park guests will be chosen to challenge the Facebook winners for the title of Rock Band, Live Champion.  Winners will receive a VIP tour of Cedar Point, gift certificates from the Hard Rock Cafe and various other prizes.  For more information, please visit cedarpoint.com.

Also beginning this weekend will be Breakfast Buffet with the PEANUTS Characters, a breakfast with your favorite PEANUTS characters at the Midway Market.  On Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 5, guests can dine with their favorite Peanuts characters from 8:30-10 a.m.  Characters will greet guests and visit each table to take pictures with the loveable characters.

For additional entertainment, the summer spectacular Hot Summer Lights: Fire Up the Night will open for the season on Friday, June 4.  Shows will be daily at 10 p.m., weather permitting.  This sensory experience showcases a combination of music, sound, light, video and pyrotechnics.

Returning this season for its 22nd year will be CoasterMania. On Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, approximately 1,500 thrill-seekers will invade Cedar Point to challenge the park’s roller coasters, participate in exclusive tours and more.  On Friday evening, there will be a presentation from Walter Bolliger of Bolliger and Mabillard Consulting Engineers (B & M) who designed Cedar Point’s Raptor (1994) and Mantis (1996) coasters.

For more information about these special events, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

Cedar Point builds fan base on Facebook, social-network sites

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From the Sandusky Register

SANDUSKY

If you’re a popular person on Facebook, you could well have hundreds of friends. Maybe even thousands.

When Tony Clark is on Facebook, he stays in touch with more than 300,000.

When he’s at work, toiling away in the marketing building for Cedar Fair at the back of the amusement park, Clark is the “interactive marketing manager.”

But for hundreds of thousands of roller coaster fans, Clark has a different name. When he posts on the amusement park’s Facebook site, he’s identified as “Cedar Point.”

As of Saturday morning, Cedar Point had 309,180 fans. The number will be higher by the time you read this.

The growth has been rapid.

Clark said Cedar Point’s Facebook presence began as a fan page. The fan made it clear it was an unofficial page, and handed it over last year when Cedar Point asked to take it over. At that point, the page had 30,000 fans.

Cedar Point’s promotion grew that number tenfold in a year, and promotional efforts will continue. This summer, signs will urge Cedar Point visitors to visit the park on Facebook, Clark said.

“The great thing about it is, it’s exponential growth,” he said.

While many of those 300,000 plus fans probably don’t pay much attention to the page, hard-core Cedar Point fans often post comments there.

Sean Foley, 36, who lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, frequently shows up on the page.

Foley’s profile picture on Facebook shows him standing next to Snoopy.

“That was taken right outside of TGI Fridays at the Hotel Breakers,” he said.

Foley, a national account coordinator for Verizon Wireless, says he’s at Cedar Point 15 to 20 days a year. The day he was interviewed last week, he had used a webcam to check Sandusky’s weather and noticed that it had turned sunny.

“It’s all I can think about right now,” he said.

Foley said Cedar Point’s Facebook page is a good source of information.

“It’s nice to interact not only with other fans but also with their staff as well,” he said.

The frequent answers Cedar Point posts to fan questions is a particularly nice feature, Foley said.

“You can often find the answer before even asking it,” Foley said. “You can see other people have asked the question.”

Because fans can post questions and comments, Facebook provides instant feedback, Clark said.

While the comments are overwhelmingly positive — it’s a fan page, after all — it also lets Cedar Point address potential problems.

For example, a fan posted she wouldn’t stay in Cedar Point’s hotels because they are too expensive.

“That honesty is there for everyone to see,” Clark said.

Cedar Point told the woman there are customizable hotel plans and ways to get discounts.

“You cannot purchase cheaper tickets than if you stay with us,” Clark said.

Hooking up with Cedar Point’s Facebook page — or subscribing to the park’s Twitter feed — has practical advantages.

The park has begun experimenting with offering discounts to its social media fans. Last week, Cedar Point was offering $99 stays at Castaway Bay, exclusively to Facebook fans.

“We will do that more this summer,” Clark said.

As the administrator of the page, Clark doesn’t just post to it. He removes posts that violate Cedar Point’s guidelines.

Personal attacks on other fans are banned, and foul language is taboo, too.

“We don’t want attacks on other people or things you wouldn’t let your child read,” Clark said.

Videos that obviously were taken while a rider sat inside a roller coaster are also forbidden.

“It’s a strong rule here at Cedar Point we don’t allow cameras on their rides,” Clark said.

That’s for safety reasons. If someone dropped a camera, “that could be a bad situation for the other riders,” he said. “Safety is No. 1 at the park.”

Facebook provides Clark’s biggest audience, but he also communicates with fans in other ways.

He also posts to Twitter, where twitter.com/cedarpoint had 5,944 followers last week. He uploads videos to YouTube’s Cedar Point channel. And he and Tyler Adams, director of sales at Cedar Point, write the posts on the official Cedar Point blog, Onpoint!

Clark, 31, a Perkins Township resident, worked in radio for several years in Milwaukee. He said he enjoyed talking to people in his radio job, and has found that interacting with fans on the Internet is similar.

He often posts status messages on Facebook to get fan discussion going.

When the flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga announced she was coming to Cleveland on her new tour, Clark posted, “Cedar Point wonders if Lady Gaga will visit the park before her Cleveland show.”

Reaction was split 50/50. Some coaster fans said they hoped she’d show up.

“There were some who said, ‘She’s a freak, keep her away,'” Clark said. “It just got a lot of reaction.”

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