How to win a lifetime pass to Cedar Point, plus improved entryway, new restaurants for park’s 150th anniversary
Hoping to ride Millennium Force into the next century? Cedar Point today announced details for its new Ticket of a Lifetime promotion, which will award 150 lifetime passes this year to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Winners will be chosen weekly, in a contest that starts later this month and runs through mid-August. Each winner can choose three friends or family members, who will also receive a Ticket of a Lifetime. The pass includes unlimited visits to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores waterpark and free parking for the rest of their lives. Fifty additional winners will be chosen in the park and through park partners.
As Westchester County residents continue to get through the final weeks of winter (with very little snow) a story about Playland, the county-owned amusement park in Rye might warm our readers’ hearts.
But while the thought of a visit to Playland, the beach and the boardwalk might warm our hearts, the fact that Westchester County, and in return, the taxpayers of Westchester, have paid $2.5 million in legal fees to fight a lawsuit with Standard Amusements over who has legal control to manage and operate the amusement park is not good news.
NEW YORK, NY
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink will return in just a few short months bringing rides and entertainment to Central Park throughout the warmer seasons. New Yorkers and visitors alike will be able to funnel into the 50,000-square-foot space beginning May 23 to ride things like the “Rainbowheel,” “Grand Prix” two-seater race cars, “Kite Flyer,” “Family Swinger,” and “Big Foot” mini-monster trucks.
GRAND ISLAND, NY
A staple of Western New York has closed for good.
According to its website, Grand Island amusement park Fantasy Island is permanently closed.
Candymonium will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster at Hersheypark. It will feature a milk chocolate coloured track and trains themed to Hershey candy.
Hersheypark’s 15th coaster lasts for 2 minutes and 26 seconds, and will be the theme park’s most immersive and themed coaster experience to date.
Hersheypark announced the “milestone moment” on Twitter, writing: “The final piece of chocolate brown track has been set on Candymonium.
“Take a look at this milestone moment for our 15th coaster!”
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and immersive entertainment, today reported record net revenues for its full-year and fourth-quarter 2019 results. The Company also announced a new long-term Adjusted EBITDA growth target.
Full-year 2019 results are not directly comparable with full-year 2018, as 2019 includes results from the operations of the two Schlitterbahn water parks since their July 1, 2019 acquisition date. For purposes of same-park discussions, current year data excludes the results of the Schlitterbahn water parks.
Staff are pumping thousands of litres of water out of the site near Tamworth after heavy rainfall caused the main park lake to burst its banks on Sunday afternoon.
Damage is "due to be assessed" in the coming days, a park spokeswoman said.
The park, which had initially shut for three days due to the flooding, will now be closed until 29 February.
The extensive clean-up operation is under way with the park closed for the duration of the half-term break.
People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial that starts Tuesday in federal court in Orlando, Fla.
The lawsuit, initially filed by a plaintiff identified as “A.L.” more than five years ago, claims Disney violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it changed its policy in 2013 to no longer allow people with autism and other special needs to go to the front of the line for rides and other attractions. There were more than 20 other plaintiffs on the lawsuit, but the suits were separated and A.L.’s case is the first to go to trial.
At the time, Disney representatives said the change was made in response to reports of fraud, including visitors who hired people with disabilities to jump the lines.
Indiana Beach closed for good on Wednesday afternoon. White County Economic Development Director Randy Mitchell confirmed that Apex Parks Group decided to close Indiana Beach after a search for buyers ended unsuccessfully. Apex Parks Senior Vice President Gregg Borman told Mitchell the closure was strictly for financial reasons.
Neighbors concerned about loud roller coasters running late at night at Kings Island may be getting some relief. Parent company Cedar Fair tells the group it will add sand to the tracks of the Orion and Diamondback roller coasters.
As WVXU reported in Dec. 2019, people living near the amusement park - feeling they weren't getting a response from Kings Island - began contacting media and lawmakers about concerns over excessive noise caused by Diamondback running after 10 p.m. in the fall. They were worried the new Orion coaster currently under construction would be even louder.