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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.”

PEANUTS Happiness Is… Cedar Point

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio, July 29, 2011 — With the help of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the other PEANUTS characters, Cedar Point will be celebrating what individual happiness really means during PEANUTS Happiness Is… Week.

Next week, Monday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 7, the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will be holding special PEANUTS-themed events dedicated to having fun.

Starting Monday, Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy will have tables filled with a variety of fun activities for children to do as they take a break from all the rides and shows the park has to offer.

Kids can partake in a PEANUTS-themed activity sheet that is filled with connect-the-dots, tic-tac-toe, and much more. The sheets will also allow kids to gain early entry to the 4 p.m. performance of Everybody Loves Snoopy ice-skating show.

Guests will also have the opportunity to create a Chain of Happiness that will allow kids to express themselves by writing on a strip of paper of what makes them happy. The decorated strips of paper will then be linked together to form a giant chain that will be put on display for guests to see and enjoy.

All week long, guests can find happiness by “Helping Snoopy’s Friends.” Any guest who donates, new, unopened treats for our furry friends will receive a coupon for $10 off one regular admission ticket. All donations will be given to the Humane Society of Erie County.

During PEANUTS Happiness Is… Week, guests having the most fun will receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream from Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor located in the front of the park, next to Pink’s, the new hot dog eatery that opened this summer.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, Happiness Is… Week will be celebrating birthdays with a giant gift. On that day, Snoopy and the gang will unwrap the present revealing a surprise that every guest will be able to enjoy.

For additional PEANUTS fun, the Breakfast Buffet with the PEANUTS Characters will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. The PEANUTS characters will greet guests at the Midway Market. Tickets may be purchased online at cedarpoint.com or at the gate.

For more information about PEANUTS Happiness Is… Week, please visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s general information line at 419-627-2350.

PEANUTS 60th Anniversary

PEANUTS™ 60th Anniversary – Join Cedar Point as they celebrate 60 years of the fun and antics of Snoopy and the PEANUTS™ pals! Cedar Point is partnering with the Humane Society of Erie County for “Helping Snoopy’s Friends,” a donation drive hosted at the park.

Simply donate one of the items below (must be prepackaged and unopened) and receive a $10 discount on your admission ticket to the park on the day you donate*.

raw hides dog treats cat treats cat litter canned cat food kitten food cat toys dog toys

Plus, see a giant present near Planet Snoopy (it’s going to be opened on August 8 at 2 p.m.)**, play a special scavenger hunt (August 1-8) to win great prizes (download the form here [7 mb], or pick up your form in Guest Services or at Town Hall), and see a giant anniversary card on display at Planet Snoopy on August 8.

WN020*Donations are accepted at the park and discounts are only valid on the day you donate from August 1-8, 2010. Discount is only applied to the Regular admission price of $45.99.

**Cedar Point Fans are guessing that whatever is inside this present is a new ride/attraction for the Wicked Twister midway area.  The reasoning behind this because ValleyFair “gave” Snoopy a Planet Snoopy and Dorney Park’s 8 million dollar present is also rumored to be a Planet Snoopy.

CP Guide will be tweeting LIVE from the present opening tomorrow, be sure to follow us on twitter, @mycpguide!

Cedar Fair Amusement Parks Nationwide Celebrate Historic Event on August 8

Cedar Fair Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Happiness is…

Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the lovable PEANUTS characters have brought smiles and laughter to people of all ages for decades.  In fact, this summer the group will be celebrating their 60th anniversary.  In honor of that historic milestone, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company’s (NYSE: FUN) 11 amusement parks will host a variety of celebrations on Sunday, Aug. 8.

From family-friendly scavenger hunts and mask decorating to special events and giveaways, the Cedar Fair parks are preparing for a celebration like no other.  Additionally, several parks will offer guests a discount on their admission ticket when they bring in a donation for animal-friendly charities and organizations.

“The PEANUTS characters have been a wonderful addition to our parks because they’re loved by people of all ages,” said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair’s chairman, president and CEO.  “Children are just as excited to meet Snoopy as their parents are.  It really makes a trip to one of our parks extra special for families.”

Created in 1950 by Charles Schulz, PEANUTS has grown into one of the longest running and most popular comic strips of all time.  Since their inception, the PEANUTS characters have been featured in videos, on television, and in their own comic books.  PEANUTS-themed rides, shows, and even the characters themselves can be found at Cedar Fair parks across the country.

“Cedar Fair parks are a great destination for families to experience PEANUTS-themed entertainment,” said Joshua Kislevitz, Senior Vice President, Domestic Licensing at PEANUTS Worldwide. “We’re thrilled that all 11 amusement parks will join us in commemorating the 60th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s beloved and iconic comic strip.”

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, Virginia, South Carolina, 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 consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

About PEANUTS Worldwide
Iconix Brand Group, in a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates has formed PEANUTS Worldwide, a new home to the global PEANUTS property and a wide range of other brands including Fancy Nancy, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Dilbert, Hallmark’s Rainbow Brite, hoops&yoyo and Maxine, Babymouse, Dirty Dancing, Deadliest Catch, Iron Chef America, Pet Project, Ed Emberley, Poptropica, and Goodnight Moon.  For more information, visit http://www.iconixbrand.com/PEANUTS_history.html

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

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.