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Cedar Point casting call, park looking for individuals and families for publicity stills/videos

By Craig Webb Published: August 28, 2015

Cedar Point is looking for some volunteers to be part of a series of photo and video shoots at Cedar Point and Wildwater Kingdom.

The call for photo-ready participants was made Thursday by park social media spokesman Tony Clark in his OnPoint blog.

“We’re once again looking for riders who can assist us with a publicity photo/video shoot at the park next week,” Clark wrote. “Ride multiple times on several of our rides and help us collect photos and video for our internal marketing purposes as well as advertising - you could see yourself on TV or in a park brochure. You just never know.”

The schedule is:

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Cedar Point promises record-breaking announcement, dive-coaster expected

By Craig Webb Published: August 27, 2015

Cedar Point has once again scheduled the announcement of its new attraction for 2016.

The park promises a record-breaking announcement at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 in the Jack Aldrich Theatre.

Cedar Point had scheduled the announcement for earlier this month, but called off the event after a park guest was struck and killed by a coaster in the park.

James Young, 45, of East Canton, died after he climbed over a fence to retrieve the wallet and cell phone he lost while riding the Raptor. He was struck and killed when the coaster hit him.

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Fall-like weather prompts Cedar Point to close its waterpark for the day

By Craig Webb Published: August 26, 2015

Cedar Point has decided to close Soak City for the remainder of day on Wednesday.

The park announced the waterpark’s closure for the day via twitter.

“Due to weather conditions, Soak City will be closed for the remainder of the day today. #FallCameEarly”

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Cedar Point to host yoga event, meditate then scream

By Craig Webb Published: August 26, 2015

Yoga lovers will have a chance this weekend to meditate in the shadow of some of the world’s most celebrated coasters then scream their heads off on Cedar Point’s thrill machines.

The park is hosting the Top Thrill Yoga Retreat Friday through Sunday.

The event, held at the Hotel Breakers, will be led by Maria Santoferraro and includes beach yoga and meditation.

The schedule includes:

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Kings Island announces waterpark expansion, drop slides part of large slide attraction

By Craig Webb Published: August 19, 2015

Kings Island is planning a major revamp of its waterpark.

The Tropical Plunge will be seven stories tall and feature three traditional slides and three drop capsules where the floor drops sending riders down the slide.

The park is also revamping its parking lot to include just one tollbooth and 13 lanes.

The drop slides will have guests climb inside one of three Aqua-Launch chambers where they will have to wait for the floor to drop sending them on an almost vertical free fall through a series of loops and S-curves inside of a clear flume.

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Cedar Point coaster track arrives, new dive coaster a certainty

By Craig Webb Published: August 19, 2015

Thrill seekers will have a big reason to visit Cedar Point next season.

All signs point to the park adding a new giant coaster to its already stellar lineup.

Cedar Point was to announce its new attraction Tuesday night, but delayed the media event out of respect for a tragic accident the week earlier that claimed the life of a Stark County man.

James Young, 45, of East Canton, died after he climbed over a fence to retrieve the wallet and cell phone he lost while riding the Raptor. He was struck and killed when the coaster hit him.

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Kings Island to honor first responders with free admission

By Craig Webb Published: August 18, 2015

Kings Island is offering free admission to active fire and police personnel Aug. 29 to 30.

To be eligible for the free ticket, a valid fire and police photo ID must be presented at Kings Island.

The park also states fire and police badges and identification cards will only be accepted only if accompanied by photo ID.

All IDs must reference specific fire or police duty so government-only IDs will not be accepted.

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Fatal roller coaster mishap prompts Cedar Point to delay new attraction announcement

By Craig Webb Published: August 14, 2015

Cedar Point announced Friday that it is delaying its announcement of what is expected to be a new coaster for the 2016 season.

The decision all but confirms that the park plans to build a so-called dive coaster called the Valravn.

The name, which has already been trademarked by the park, is problematic because it comes from a Danish legend of a bird-like creature that was said to have swooped down from the sky and fed on the flesh of knights killed in war.

On Thursday a park patron attempting to retrieve his cell phone climbed over a fence and was struck and killed by the Raptor roller coaster.

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Cedar Point to reopen Raptor roller coaster after Thursday’s tragic mishap killed a Stark County man

By Craig Webb Published: August 14, 2015

Cedar Point will reopen the Raptor roller coaster Friday – a day after a park guest was struck and killed while retrieving a lost item.

Park spokesman Bryan Edwards said state inspectors have examined the coaster and found no structural issues or operational issues after the mishap.

Edwards said park employees will also perform a routine safety check of the ride.

Authorities say around 5 p.m. Thursday James Young, 45, of East Canton, climbed into a fenced, restricted area of the Raptor to retrieve an item and was struck and killed by the coaster.

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Death reported at Cedar Point, Stark County man climbed into fenced area by Raptor roller coaster

By Craig Webb Published: August 13, 2015
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A Stark County man was killed Thursday afternoon at Cedar Point.

Officials say James Young, 45, of East Canton, climbed into a fenced, restricted area of the Raptor roller coaster to retrieve an item and was struck and killed by the ride.

Sandusky Police and the county's coroner are investigating the death.

Park spokesman Bryan Edwards said the tragic accident happened around 5 p.m.

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