Posts tagged July 2011

New Cedar Fair CEO Seen Ridding Millennium Force on July 31st

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Cedar Point - Matt Ouimet and John Hildebrandt on Millennium Force

I was in the park on Sunday, July 31st, when John Hildebrandt and Matt Ouimet came onto Millennium Force for a ride during early entry.

Guinness World Records

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

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Cedar Point - Guinness World Records

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.

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.

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