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Kings Island opens Snoopy’s Barnyard Friends

By Craig Webb Published: May 23, 2015

Kings Island’s newest attraction is one that will appeal to animal lovers.

The park is opening its Snoopy’s Barnyard Friends petting farm this weekend.

The attraction in Planet Snoopy features more than 60 animals for guests to “learn about and interact with.”

From chickens to ducks to rabbits there are a lot of animals to love.

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Cedar Point, Kings Island and Wildwater Kingdom offer free admission to vets and service members

By Craig Webb Published: May 22, 2015

Ohio’s major amusement parks are offering free admission this weekend to active military and veterans.

As a part of a Memorial Day weekend promotion to honor service members, veterans and active military can get in free at Cedar Point, Kings Island and Wildwater Kingdom.

The deal is being offered to all active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the United States Armed Forces through Memorial Day.

At the entrance to the parks, eligible participants must show one of the following:

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Cedar Point partners with Cleveland Clinic Children's to raise money for kids

By Craig Webb Published: May 21, 2015

Cedar Point is offering a price break on a limited number of rooms at its newly restored Hotel Breakers to help raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Starting at 10 a.m. Friday visitors to cedarpoint.com/children can book a one-night stay for $200 that includes four park passes.

It also comes with all the perks of being a resort guest including free parking and early admission to the park.

Park spokesman Bryan Edwards said just 50 rooms are available for the special package with all the proceeds going to the hospital.

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Cedar Point riders get unexpected thrills as park loses power

By Craig Webb Published: May 20, 2015

It was a day many Cedar Point visitors will not soon forget as a power outage Wednesday afternoon hit the Sandusky amusement park.

Power to the park went out around 2:45 p.m. sending workers scrambling and some riders stuck on rides.

Many visitors posted pictures on twitter and other social media sites of riders climbing out of roller coaster trains and walking down lifthills.

One visitor posted a picture of a deflated giant Snoopy with a post saying that it pretty much summed up the day.

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Cedar Point to bury time capsule to mark Hotel Breakers reopening; park fans suggest items

By Craig Webb Published: May 20, 2015

Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers officially reopens this weekend after a multi-million-dollar renovation.

The work to reshape the park’s historic hotel to reflect more modern amenities — from smart phone friendly gadgets to a Starbucks — is complete and the park is ready to show it off to guests.

The park’s owner Cedar Fair is planning a celebration to mark the opening Thursday night and Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is among the invited guests.

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Bates Amusement celebrates 50 years; ride operator to be lauded at Akron’s Kenmore Community Days

By Craig Webb Published: May 19, 2015

 

 

One of Ohio’s most recognized traveling ride operators — Bates Amusement — is marking 50 years in business and Akron plans to roll out the red carpet this weekend to honor them.

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Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit coaster turns 95; octogenarian to ride 95 straight times

By Craig Webb Published: May 19, 2015

To mark the Jack Rabbit’s 95th birthday, Kennyood has invited one of its No. 1 fans to ride the roller coaster 95 times straight this Memorial Day weekend.

Vic Kleman, an 82-year-old Pittsburgh resident, will climb aboard the coaster Sunday morning for his marathon ride.

Over the course of the seven hours or so, Kleman is expected to log his 5,000th ride on the celebrated coaster.

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Today Show stars make good on promise to visit Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster

By Craig Webb Published: May 15, 2015

Pregnancy didn’t stop Jenna Bush Hager from visiting Cedar Point to answer a challenge to ride the Top Thrill Dragster.

Within days of Cedar Point winning an online contest earlier this year for Hager’s next extreme challenge, the presidential daughter announced she was pregnant with her second child. The pregnancy put plans for the visit on hold.

Both Hager and Cedar Point tweeted Friday night that the Today Show correspondent had visited the Sandusky Park along with fellow NBC news personality Natalie Morales to ride the Dragster.

Morales tweeted Friday that the Dragster did not have one of its celebrated rollbacks and made it over the towering hill on the first try.

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Ohio State fans descend on Cedar Point; student discount/season passholder weekend

By Craig Webb Published: May 15, 2015

 

 

Cedar Point’s midway will be a sea of scarlet and gray Friday as thousands of Ohio State fans party at the park.

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Cedar Point backs proposal to build large sports complex to host youth tournaments

By Craig Webb Published: May 14, 2015

Cedar Point has reportedly agreed to help financially back a proposal to build a $24 million sports complex on a former airport property that would play host to thousands of young athletes.

The Sandusky Register (sanduskyregister.com) reports that Erie County commissioners voted Thursday to support an effort to build the youth sports complex at the closed Griffing Airport site just east of the park’s entrance on U.S. Route 6.

In addition to the park’s parent company Cedar Fair, the project is also backed by SporstForce a sports management and development company that has helped to construct large tournament friendly complexes in other tourist areas like Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and Pigeon Forge.

To help finance the effort to create fields for sports ranging from baseball to lacrosse to softball to soccer, a proposal is being reportedly floated to raise the county’s bed tax to 4 percent from 3 percent.

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