May 2008 Issue
The people have spoken: We seek adventure in a safe environment. We want exciting rides in a family-friendly atmosphere and, most importantly, we want it now.
When it comes to responding to the general consensus, Cedar Point doesn’t waste any time. This summer, the amusement park is kicking off the season with Planet Snoopy, a 1.2-acre Peanuts-themed area that includes seven rides, ranging from a bouncing tower to spinning balloons. But what’s unique about this new attraction isn’t the tried-and-true coasters that led Amusement Today magazine to call Cedar Point the “Best Amusement Park in the World.” It’s what’s been added thanks to the flood of suggestions from parents: the opportunity for Mom and Dad to share a seat with their children.
“It’s much more rewarding and enjoyable to ride the rides with the kids,” says Cedar Point marketing manager Bryan Edwards. “Even though it’s our management team that makes the final decision on what goes in [the park], it’s really our guests who dictate what we build.”
With the growing rate of obesity among children, Cedar Point also understands the need for offering healthy food options. “As a parent, I know that any restaurant I go to, it’s either going to be hotdogs, mac-and-cheese, or cheese pizza,” says Edwards. This year, the park will launch a new restaurant that features a children’s-only menu with healthy fare. But parents need not fret: They’ll have their own small, adults-only section in the back.
Dessert? Forget the calories. Adults can hop on the Point’s newest thrill ride: Skyscraper is a giant propeller consisting of two arms that spin guests at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and reach heights up to 160 feet.
One Cedar Point Dr.
Sandusky, OH 44870