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Cedar Point’s Iron Dragon takes a virtual turn, roller coaster to have VR headsets at night

By Craig Webb Published: July 12, 2016

Virtual reality has finally landed at Cedar Point.

Starting Friday select riders on the Iron Dragon can don virtual reality headsets for a new ride experience on one of the park’s classic roller coasters.

The VR rides on the coaster will be offered between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly.

Park spokesman Tony Clark said the track layout is the same, but guests will watch an animated video in their headset that offer a 360-degree view of the virtual surroundings.

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Timber! Looks like a new coaster for Kings Island

By Craig Webb Published: June 29, 2016

It looks like Kings Island will be getting a new roller coaster in 2017.

For several weeks now, the park has been Tweeting cryptic messages and photos hinting that a new attraction is coming to its Rivertown section.

One Tweet simply asked: “If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? #KIProject2017.”

The park even invited visitors to look over the tree removal work from its K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad attraction.

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Cedar Point’s free admission for military and 3D fireworks highlight holiday weekend

By Craig Webb Published: June 28, 2016

As if the bombs bursting in air were not enough – Cedar Point will distribute special glasses to guests on July Fourth to add some spark to its fireworks display.

There will be four nights of fireworks at the park starting on Friday and concluding on Monday when the special viewing glasses will be distributed to add “spectacular three-dimensional rainbow starbursts” to the display.

The park is also bringing back its free ticket offer all active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the military Friday through Monday.

To be eligible for the free ticket, you must show an active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID at the park.

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Cedar Point offers virtual game for guests, VR tested on Iron Dragon too

By Craig Webb Published: June 15, 2016
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Waiting in a long line for a popular ride can be a real bummer so Cedar Point is looking to a virtual world to help its guests pass the time.

The park is now offering an online game “The Battle for Cedar Point” within its mobile app that pits guests against one another.

The free game was developed by UK-based Holovis.

Once logged into the app, guests join one of five “clans” — Valravn, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster or Maverick.

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Only two Cedar Point coasters move faster than the winds in Sunday’s microburst

By Craig Webb Published: June 7, 2016

When Mother Nature stirred up a storm on Sunday that snapped power poles along the Cedar Point Causeway – it produced a scary ride that eclipsed the speeds found inside of the park.

The National Weather Service says the park’s entrance road was hit by a “microburst” that likely packed winds of anywhere from 80 to 90 miles per hour trapping some guests in their vehicles.

At 90 mph or even 80 mph for that matter, the storm packed a faster punch than all but two of the park’s collection of 18 coasters.

Traveling at 120 mph, the Top Thrill Dragster easily could outrun the storm that cut power to the park and forced it close for the day on Monday.

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Microburst with 90 mph winds hit Cedar Point, park will reopen Tuesday

By Craig Webb Published: June 6, 2016

The National Weather Service says the entrance to Cedar Point was hit by a "microburst" with winds up to 90 miles per hour Sunday.

The park will reopen Tuesday after it was forced to close Monday following a severe thunderstorm Sunday afternoon that toppled power poles and lines across the Cedar Point Causeway that leads into lakefront park.

Park spokesman Tony Clark said crews from Ohio Edison worked hard to restore full power to the park and make repairs along the causeway so the amusement park and the Soak City water park can reopen for business on Tuesday.

The weather service said damage in the city "consisted mainly of tree branches with a few uprooted trees."

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Cedar Point inks agreement to host soccer tournaments with Central Alliance Soccer Association

By Craig Webb Published: June 2, 2016

The pieces are beginning to fall into place for Cedar Point to become a player in the business of youth sports.

Sports Force Parks, charged with overseeing the transformation of the former airport on Cleveland Road in Sandusky for Cedar Point, has announced it has reached an agreement with the Central Alliance Soccer Association, whose 8,000-player line up includes teams in the Akron area.

CASA and Sports Force Parks will host a series of events next year at the Cedar Point Sports Center including tournaments in March, August and November.

Cedar Point began construction earlier this year to transform the runways into nine multi-purpose, synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation soccer and lacrosse fields, sport-specific training areas, and an ADA-accessible community use field.

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Kennywood earns high marks from its fans - earns TripAdvisor honor

By Craig Webb Published: June 1, 2016

Kennywood has earned the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence designation.

The certificate is awarded to tourist destinations that garnered favorable reviews from visitors over the past year.

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing at TripAdvisor in a statement. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The park has a long tradition of making guests smile, said Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas.

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Deal offers admission ticket to Cedar Point, Rock Hall and football hall of fame

By Craig Webb Published: May 16, 2016

Three Northern Ohio attractions are partnering to promote tourism in the region and encourage visits to one another.

The $89 “Rock, Rides and Football” ticket includes admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and also Cedar Point.

The ticket permits a single visit to each of the attractions does not have to be used on consecutive days.

“We’re proud to be associated with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark in a statement. “The tourism industry is thriving here, and this partnership clearly communicates that our three attractions are committed to providing great value, amazingly memorable experiences and a whole lot of fun right here in Northeast Ohio.”

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First rides on Cedar Point’s Valravn raise $73,000 for LeBron James charity

By Craig Webb Published: May 13, 2016

 

 

Cedar Point’s partnership with LeBron James once again is proving profitable for the NBA superstar’s charitable works.

The Sandusky amusement park sold tickets for the first rides on its record-breaking Valravn roller coaster and raised $73,000 for the LeBron James Family Foundation. The foundation works to keep Akron kids active and in school.

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