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Kings Islands to open for the holiday season

By Craig Webb Published: August 18, 2016

Kings Island plans to celebrate the holidays in a big way this year.

The park announced Thursday that after a 12-year absence it is bringing back its WinterFest.

The main attraction will be what is being billed as the world’s largest Christmas tree as workers will cover the park’s 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower with thousands of lights.

The area below the Eiffel Tower along International Street will be transformed into a winter village with outdoor ice skating on the park’s Royal Fountain, carolers and crafters.

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Cedar Point renaming water park and adding slides, Hotel Breakers to expand

By Craig Webb Published: August 18, 2016
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Cedar Point’s Soak City water park will get a complete makeover and a new name for the 2017 season.

The historic Hotel Breakers is also set to expand to become one of the biggest lakefront hotels on the Great Lakes.

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Cedar Point looks to make waves in 2017, Soak City expansion expected

By Craig Webb Published: August 9, 2016
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Cedar Point is still keeping its exact plans for 2017 under wraps, but it offered a clue on Tuesday when a giant flip-flop was mailed to the media.

The flip-flop simply says “Something’s afoot” and promises more details about the park’s plans for next season will be released Aug. 18.

When the park announced earlier this month that its Mean Streak roller coaster was getting the “ax” and would close Sept. 16, many amusement park observers speculated that the park’s 2017 new attraction would be a conversion of the wooden roller coaster.

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Launch cable detaches from Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster, two riders slightly injured

By Craig Webb Published: August 8, 2016

The launch cable detached on Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster just before closing time Sunday night injuring two riders.

The park closed the ride Monday so crews could make the necessary repairs and look into what caused the cable to detach.

Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said two passengers on the coaster train that resembles a drag racing car were taken to park’s medical center as a precaution. They were treated and released.

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Cedar Point removing Mean Streak roller coaster

By Craig Webb Published: August 1, 2016

 

 

Cedar Point is removing one of its signature roller coasters.

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Cedar Point open, Soak City, Hotel Breakers and Sandcastle Suites closed Sunday

By Craig Webb Published: July 31, 2016

The roller coasters will once again be up and running on Sunday at Cedar Point, but the park’s Soak City waterpark and two signature hotels will be closed.

The amusement park closed early Saturday night after a water main break in the city of Sandusky around 7 p.m. disrupted Cedar Point’s main source of water.

Crews worked through the night to fix the water main break, but not in time for the water park to resume normal operations.

The repairs work continued on Sunday.

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Water main break closes Cedar Point

By Craig Webb Published: July 30, 2016

Cedar Point was forced to end the fun for the thousands of guests earlier than expected Saturday night.

A water main break around 7 p.m. in the city of Sandusky disrupted the water supply to park.

With its water supply impacted by the break, Cedar Point closed early for the night citing safety concerns. The park was to have been open until midnight.

Cedar Point says the city is making the necessary repairs to the water main.

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New coaster to rise in Kings Island woods

By Craig Webb Published: July 28, 2016

Kings Island put to rest one mystery Thursday night.

The park is indeed getting a new wooden roller coaster to be built by Sunbury, Pennsylvania-based Great Coasters International.

But the announcement brought a new mystery: Just what is lurking in the so-called “Mystery Shed” as the coaster makes its way back to the station?

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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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