Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., a regional amusement parks, water parks, and active entertainment corporation, has announced several upgrades for the 2018 season, including new rollercoasters, expanded family attractions, and upgraded dining facilities.
Headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, the company will add Steel Vengeance, the world’s first hyper-hybrid rollercoaster to its flagship park at Cedar Point. At more than 200 feet tall, the new hybrid design combines a steel running track with a wooden structure for a smooth ride.
Once operational in the spring, Steel Vengeance will hold 15 rollercoaster and amusement park world records, including those for tallest, fastest, steepest, and inversion count for a hybrid rollercoaster.
Cedar Point will also strengthen its appeal as a multi-day family destination when the historic Hotel Breakers opens a new five-story addition on the mile-long beachfront in May 2018. The 158 new guest rooms will feature premium bedding and amenities, and many will have balconies with views of Lake Erie and the park. An outdoor pool and sun deck adjacent to the beach will complete the renovated facility.
“We will bring more enhancements than ever to the guest experience in 2018. Whether the guest is a thrill-seeker, a busy mom or dad, a corporate group, or a family on its annual vacation, they’ll find something to keep them coming back to the parks again and again,” says Richard Zimmerman, president and CEO of Cedar Fair.
Cedar Fair will also be introducing new or upgraded food options at all of its parks, including new restaurants and catering areas at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon County, California’s Great America, Carowinds, Dorney Park, and Kings Island. The facilities will provide a more diverse array of regional specialty foods, catering to a growing group business and accommodating more food-themed special events.
On the rollercoaster front, Cedar Fair will be adding the West Coast’s first dive coaster, HangTIme, at Knott’s Berry farm in southern California, RailBlazer at California’s Great America in Santa Clara, and a new hybrid rollercoaster, Twisted Timbers, at King’s Dominion near Richmond, Va.
Carowinds, the company’s amusement park near Charlotte, N.C., will also undergo a major renovation, including the expansion of its Peanuts-themed children’s area. The wilderness-inspired Camp Snoopy section of the park will feature five new rides and an 8,000-square foot climb and play area.
Cedar Fair operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, and five hotels. Parks are located in: Michigan, Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Toronto.