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Details come to light on new park attraction

From the Toledo Blade
Luminosity Stage Rendering

Cedar Point’s upcoming attempt this summer to get customers to stay later — and presumably spend a little more money — will be a mix of singers, dancers, drummers, acrobats, lights, lasers, and fireworks. And if that isn’t enough, a DJ will get a dance party started afterward.

The Sandusky amusement park has been tight-lipped about the new after-dark event — Luminosity: Ignite the Night — that it plans to unveil in June.

But details of the Disney resort-inspired extravaganza leaked out recently on the independent Cedar Point aficionado Web site “Point Buzz” following an “off-season tour” Feb. 25 that offered insights of the upcoming season and an up-close look at the park to a group of roller coaster enthusiasts.

Point Buzz operators said they were told that Luminoisty will feature “25 dancers, 3 drummers, 2 [acrobats], a DJ, and singers.”

The 40-minute show also will feature four sections: land travel, sea travel, space travel, and a finale with fireworks, the Web site said.

A Cedar Point spokesman confirmed most of the details.

Point Buzz said the show will cost Cedar Point $6 million, but the Cedar Point spokesman wouldn’t confirm that.

By contrast, its new attraction for the season, Dinosaurs Alive!, will cost just $1 million.

After the fireworks, a DJ will host a dance party on a new stage to be built on the midway area near the Iron Dragon roller coaster. The new area will be dubbed Celebration Plaza and it will be used during the day for a show featuring Peanuts characters, Point Buzz said.

In January, new Cedar Fair LP Chief Executive Officer Matt Ouimet told Wall Street analysts that Luminosity would be tested at the company’s Cedar Point flagship park and, if successful, would be duplicated at the chain’s other amusement parks. Mr. Ouimet said at the time that in his 17 years as an executive at Disney Co., he had learned that lights and fireworks were the only two things that get customers to extend their stays at an amusement park.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc. of Cincinnati said Luminosity’s reported $6 million price tag, if accurate, is inexpensive by current standards.

“Specifically, one of the best indicators of what is happening in the industry is what Disney’s California Adventure [in Los Angeles] has done with the introduction of their new light and water show. That cost $100 million,” Mr. Speigel said.

“So what we’re seeing with [Luminosity] — and this is what we here have been talking about for several years as it pertains to the changing demographics and to the families — is what Cedar Point needed to do,” Mr. Speigel said. “Cedar Point may be the roller coaster capital of the world, but there comes a point when some people stop riding these attractions as aging occurs.”

It’s past time, Mr. Speigel added, that Cedar Point began adding more family attractions, and Luminosity is a positive step. “This is exactly what we forecast that Matt [Ouimet] would be bringing to the park. This is his history, coming out of Disney and its resorts, of knowing how to make people stay longer, make them spend a little more,” Mr. Speigel said.

Bryan Edwards, the Cedar Point spokesman, said Luminosity is to be launched around June 1 and start around dusk each evening.

“It’s unlike any other show we’ve ever done here at Cedar Point. It’s really going to revamp the whole midway,” he said, adding that new lighting and sound systems are being installed on the midway from the front gate to the new Luminosity stage.

Mr. Edwards said the show “is really kind of our way of rejuvenating the night. After a seven or eight-hour day of riding some of the best coasters in the world, you can feel a little run down by the end of the day.”

Park officials see the show as being a “high-energy, must-see event with something for all ages,” Mr. Edwards said. “It will be really neat. We don’t want the public to think this is just another laser show because it isn’t.”

Cedar Point to rename 2 attractions after protests

From the toledoBlade

Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane

SANDUSKY — Criticized last year by a group that advocates on behalf of the mentally ill, Cedar Point says it will rename two attractions for its upcoming HalloWeekends operations to ones that are less offensive.

At issue was a haunted house called “Dr. D Mented’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane” and an indoor show called “The Edge of Madness — Still Crazy.”

Members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio last year complained that the Sandusky amusement park stereotyped those with mental illness by giving two Halloween attractions names that the advocacy group said were offensive to the mentally ill and their families and inspired fear and misunderstanding by the general public.

Cedar Point spokesman Robin Innes said Thursday the park decided to address the criticism this year.

“We knew they were upset with some of the names,” he said. “We didn’t change them last year but we have changed them for this year.”

“Dr. D Mented’s Asylum” has been renamed the “Eternity Infirmary,” while “The Edge of Madness” has been changed to “The Edge of Madness — Six Feet Under,” Mr. Innes said.

Eternity Infirmary

The renamed attractions will make their debut when Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends opens on Sept. 16. The park’s Halloween-themed makeover will run each Friday-Sunday until Oct. 30.

The man who spearheaded the criticism last year, Terry Russell, interim executive director of the advocacy group, said he was pleased with Cedar Point’s decision. “NAMI Ohio is extremely thankful to them for doing that and our organization now fully supports their Halloween activities,” he said.

Cedar Point haunted attractions getting new names after complaints

From the Chronicle Online

Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane

SANDUSKY — An Ohio amusement park says it will have new names this year for two Halloween attractions that drew complaints from mental health advocates.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, said Cedar Point promoted false stereotypes last Halloween by calling a haunted house “Dr. D. Menteds Asylum for the Criminally Insane” and a musical show “The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy.”

The Sandusky Register quotes CEO Dick Kinzel of parent company Cedar Fair as saying the haunted house will keep the hospital theme but be renamed. He says Cedar Point doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

A park spokesman says the show will change to “The Edge of Madness: Six Feet Under.”

NAMI Ohio chapter executive director Terry Russell says Cedar Point is moving in the right direction.

Marathon Petroleum Company LP to Sponsor New Nighttime Show at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio –  Marathon Petroleum Company LP (Marathon) will add even more dazzle to Cedar Point when it sponsors a spectacular new nighttime music and light show this summer at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park resort.

Called American Portrait, the new attraction will feature exciting music, high-def digitized video, advanced lighting system and an extensive display of colorful pyrotechnics that will illuminate the evening sky.

“American Portrait is dedicated to the Spirit of America,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.  “It will combine patriotic and contemporary music with unique images of American life.  The program will be fast-paced, uplifting and will be enjoyed by everyone in the family.”

The 15-minute program will be presented nightly beginning Friday, June 3 through Sunday, Aug. 21.  American Portrait will be shown on the park’s huge 3,600-square-foot projection screen located on the Iron Dragon Midway.  On most nights, American Portrait is scheduled to be shown at 10 p.m.

The park’s first nighttime sound and light show, The Summer Spectacular, began in 1995 as part of Cedar Point’s 125th anniversary celebration.

“We are proud to join Cedar Point in bringing this patriotic salute to the park,” said Tom Kelley, Marathon’s Senior Vice President Marketing.  “The brilliance and high energy of the new American Portrait nighttime show will be the perfect ending to a visit to Cedar Point.”

In addition to American Portrait, Cedar Point will also have a new show in the Jack Aldrich Theatre plus live music in two other theaters, an ice skating show featuring the PEANUTS characters, a thrilling stunt show with inline skaters and skateboarders and sing-a-longs with Snoopy and his friends.

Marathon is an integrated international energy company engaged in exploration and production; oil sands mining; integrated gas; and refining, marketing and transportation operations. Marathon, which is based in Houston, has principal operations in the United States, Angola, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Libya, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. Marathon is the fourth largest United States-based integrated oil company and the nation’s fifth largest refiner.

For more information, please visit http://www.marathon.com or cedarpoint.com.

“Rock Band®, Live” prepares for national tour

Cedar Fair Press Release

SANDUSKY, OHIO, APRIL 13, 2010 – Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks, vacation resorts and entertainment, is gearing up for one of the most anticipated North American summer music tours.

Cedar Fair, along with MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), will present the “Rock Band®, Live” tour and show at 10 of its parks across the United States and Canada beginning in May.

Members of the media are invited to attend an exclusive sneak peek of the show in New York on Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23. This “workshop session” will be held at the New 42nd Street Studios with performances starting at 1 p.m. each day.

During the workshop, invited Rock Band fans and special guests will see portions of the actual show and have the opportunity to comment and offer feedback to show producers. Performers, representatives from Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates will be available for interviews. For more information or to RSVP to this special event, please call Tony Clark at 419.627.2225.

So what is “Rock Band, Live”? This unique show combines the high-energy game play action of the popular Rock Band® video games with talented live singers from all over the country. Park guests will even have the opportunity to practice the Rock Band video game prior to each show for a chance to play the game (as the back-up band for the park performers) on stage in front of hundreds of adoring fans.

“Rock Band, Live” is a collaboration between Cedar Fair, MTV Games and RWS & Associates, a full-service entertainment firm that provides custom-produced world-class events and live shows worldwide.

Guests can rock out to two summer-long shows at Cedar Point in Sandusky and Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto. These shows will run June 5 – August 22 and May 29 – September 6, respectively.

Cedar Fair has also announced the “Rock Band, Live” national tour schedule. Exact show dates and times subject to change. See park Web sites for detailed schedules.

May 28 – 31 — Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.
June 3 – 13 — Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17 – 27 — Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.
July 1 – 11 — Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C.
July 15 – 18 — Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.
July 23 – August 1 — California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.
August 5 – 15 — Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
August 20 – 29 — Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.

“This show is really going to raise the bar on family entertainment,” said Charles Bradshaw, vice president of live entertainment for Cedar Fair. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done at our parks. Not only can families enjoy a great live show, but they now have the chance to be a part of it with the help of the Rock Band video game. It’s literally going to rock!”

For more information on the “Rock Band, Live” show, the national tour and the summer-long shows at Cedar Point and Canada’s Wonderland, visit cedarfair.com/rockbandlive.

About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.

About MTV Games
MTV Games is dedicated to creating, marketing and publishing high-quality, innovative interactive products that are relevant to the MTV audience and complement the core values of the MTV Networks brands.

About RWS & Associates
RWS & Associates is an Emmy®-Award-winning full service entertainment firm headquartered in New York City. RWS provides high quality, custom-designed and pre-packaged entertainment throughout the world in theme parks, resorts, shopping centers and more.

About Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Partnership, which owns and operates eleven 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, Virginia / District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for twelve consecutive years in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.