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Cedar Point Opens for the Summer on May 14

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 6, 2011 — Premium made-to-order gourmet hot dogs and chili dogs will add to the fun and excitement of a Cedar Point summer when the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort opens for the season on Saturday, May 14.

Beginning Saturday, May 14, Cedar Point will be open every day through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

New this summer will be Pink’s, a restaurant that specializes in gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs and onion rings.  A Hollywood legend since 1939, Pink’s will be located near the front of the park, just across from Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor.  It will be the first Pink’s franchise east of Las Vegas.

Later in the month, the park will also introduce WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall towering swing ride that will be located near the Cedar Point Beach.  Seated in open two-passenger cars, riders will be treated to dramatic views of Cedar Point, Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach.

“We are very excited to officially kickoff summer in the Midwest,” said John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager.  “It has been a long, cold winter and people are ready to have some fun.  Roller coasters, hot dogs and Snoopy are the perfect solution.”

Opening for its 142nd season, Cedar Point features an extensive entertainment package that includes thrilling rides and roller coasters, live shows and special entertainment for young families.  With 74 rides, including 17 roller coasters, Cedar Point has more rides and more coasters than any park in the world.

In addition to the rides, guests will be able to watch some of the park’s award-winning live entertainment.  Tropical Heat, Island Beat, presented in the Red Garter Saloon, will feature the hits of Jimmy Buffett and the Miami Sound Machine, while Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics will be performed in Camp Snoopy.  Four other shows will open later in the summer.

Other special activities at the park during its Opening Weekend include:

— Beginning Opening Day through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, guests can enter the Take Home a Thrill contest to win a new XUV 825i John Deere Gator, valued at more than $11,000.  Entry forms can be obtained at Cedar Point’s Guest Services, the Town Hall Museum or by mail.  For more information, please visit cedarpoint.com.

— On Sunday, May 15, the park will also hold an all-you-can-eat Picnic in the Park meal featuring Johnsonville Brats, fried chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, baked rigatoni, cookies, ice cream and assorted Pepsi beverages.  The picnic will be held in the Coral Courtyard from 4-6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at cedarpoint.com or at the park’s admission gates.

Through the end of May, Pick-a-Date tickets for a June visit can be purchased online at cedarpoint.com for only $32.99, a savings of $14 per ticket!

All of Cedar Point’s resort properties will open for the season on Friday, May 13.  Resort guests qualify for Early Entry and can enter the park one hour before it opens to the public and can purchase tickets for only $29, the lowest rate available.

For more information about Opening Weekend at Cedar Point, please visit the park’s website at cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

Red Cross’ WindSeeker First Rider Fund-Raiser Offers a Night of Firsts!

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Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Sporting a new look and format, this year’s Red Cross First Rider and Party at Pink’s hosted by Cedar Point will offer participants rides on the park’s new WindSeeker towering swing ride and more!

For starters, the new-look event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13, the night before the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will open for its 142nd season.
That night, special guests will be treated to rides on the 301-foot-tall WindSeeker, (Riders must be at least 52 inches tall.), complimentary hot dogs at Pink’s, Cedar Point’s new gourmet hot dog stand, and a preview performance of Tropical Heat, Island Beat that will be presented at the Red Garter Saloon throughout the summer.  (WindSeeker will be the only ride that will be in operation that night.)

Participants will also receive free parking and guests who preregister for the event will automatically be entered in a drawing for special prizes that will include WindSeeker merchandise and membership to the Great Ohio Coaster Club (GOCC).  All WindSeeker riders will also receive a commemorative medallion.

To register, interested guests must complete the entry form on the event’s website (www.firelandsredcross.org) by Thursday, May 12.  Preregistration will begin immediately.  There will also be day-of event registration at the Guest Services Booth at Cedar Point on that night.  Guests who register that day will also receive a Certificate of Participation.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Cost to participate will be $100 for riders and $50 for non-riders.  Children age 2 and under are free.

For more information about the event, please call the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross at 419.626.1641 or toll-free at 1.800.589.2286 or visit its website at www.firelandsredcross.org.

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