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Fights mar Kennywood’s opening day, park closes early

By Craig Webb Published: May 3, 2015

A series of fights at Kennywood on Saturday forced the park to close early for the night.

Since it was school picnic day, a large number of teens were in the West Mifflin amusement park.

Witnesses say as many as 100 teens were fighting in one section of the park around 8 p.m.

Park security along with dozens of police officers from surrounding communities were needed to usher the unruly teens out.

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Kennywood’s beloved Noah’s Ark gets off season makeover, park to open Saturday

By Craig Webb Published: May 1, 2015

One of my favorite amusement parks is opening for its 118th season on Saturday.

The West Mifflin, Pa., amusement park has spent part of the off season updating some of the scenes in its beloved walk-through Noah’s Ark funhouse.

Park spokesman Nick Paradise said one floor of the ship’s three levels has been rethemed with different scenes.

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Cedar Point and Kings Island owner reports profitable start to 2015

By Craig Webb Published: April 30, 2015

Cedar Fair, the owner of Kings Island, Cedar Point and Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom, is predicting a record-setting 2015.

Citing positive early-season sales of season passes, hotel reservations and group event bookings, the amusement park operator says it is on pace for another revenue-setting year.

The company has also announced a new initiative for growth.

“We have seen early-season strength across all aspects of our business, including season pass sales, hotel accommodations and group bookings,” said Matt Ouimet , Cedar Fair’s president and chief executive officer.

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Cedar Point’s Rougarou media invitation offers glimpse of possible ride effects

By Craig Webb Published: April 29, 2015

Cedar Point has promised that the Rougarou roller coaster will be a one-of-a-kind ride for the Sandusky park.

If Wednesday’s arrival of the media invitation for the revamped coaster is any indication — the park is about to make good on its promise.

When you open the Rougarou-themed cookie tin — a werewolf growls and howls.

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Cedar Point’s Rougarou coaster ready for opening day, park executives take a spin

By Craig Webb Published: April 28, 2015

Rougarou is already prowling Cedar Point’s lagoon.

Park executives along with other employees took a spin on the revamped Mantis roller coaster on Tuesday as the final testing of the new attraction continues.

Park social media spokesman Tony Clark tweeted that the werewolf-themed coaster is on track to be ready for its first riders May 8 when it opens to high bidders in a fund raiser for the LeBron James Family Foundation and season passholders later in the evening.

The first public rides will be May 9 when the park officially kicks off its 2015 season.

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Cedar Point toasts new Rougarou roller coaster with a park exclusive beer

By Craig Webb Published: April 27, 2015

Cedar Point is hosting a beer festival over two weekends in May and plans to unveil a new exclusive park brew.

The park has partnered with Strongsville-based The Brew Kettle to produce the Rougabrew to mark the opening of Mantis reboot.

Beer lovers will have another reason to visit the Sandusky amusement park in May.

Cedar Point is hosting Brew and BBQ weekends May 22 through May 24 and May 29 through May 31.

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Superheroes scuttle Kings Island appearance

By Craig Webb Published: April 24, 2015

Holy scheduling disaster!

Sunday’s appearance by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, HULK and Spider-Man at Kings Island has been canceled.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the park’s control, the appearance by the Marvel characters scheduled for this Sunday, April 26 has been cancelled,” the park announced Friday afternoon.

In addition to mingling with parkgoers, the superheroes were scheduled to also appear at a sold-out breakfast.

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Superheroes set to invade Kings Island on Sunday

By Craig Webb Published: April 24, 2015

Kings Island’s International Street will resemble a movie set on Sunday as some of the biggest superheroes in comic universe will be greeting guests.

Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, HULK and Spider-Man will make an appearance by the Kings Island Theater from 12 to 4 p.m.

The first 1,000 guests through the turnstiles on Sunday will get a superhero cape and mask courtesy of Coca-Cola.

The turnstiles open at 9:30 a.m.

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Cedar Point offers sneak peek at Rougarou’s new ride platform

By Craig Webb Published: April 22, 2015

With a little over two weeks to go before season passholders get their first rides on the sit-down coaster, Cedar Point is offering a glimpse of the Rougarou’s ride platform.

Any signs of the old stand-up Mantis coaster are long gone and Cedar Point is playing up the new werewolf theme.

The ride platform features large panels that appear to have been slashed by the werewolf that is said to have lurked in the Louisiana swamps and now the Cedar Point lagoons.

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Kings Island opens Saturday, Cedar Point raises ticket price

By Craig Webb Published: April 17, 2015



The ceremonial start of the amusement park season is Saturday when Kings Island opens its gates to guests.

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