Cedar Point History

A brief description of the biggest theme park in the world. if your a theme park or roller coaster fan this is the park you should put on your bucket list, Cedar Point is owned and operated by Cedar Fair and is considered the flagship of the amusement park chain. Known as "America's Roller Coast", the park features a world-record 71 rides, including 16 roller coasters.

The History of Fun: Cedar Point Celebrates Its Past

Cedar Point. People throughout the entire world know about it. It's the number-one rated amusement park on the planet. It's also the second oldest amusement park in North America. With a history dating back to 1870, the classic amusement park/resort on the shore of Lake Erie has seen its share of rides, roller coasters, trends and history. 

Prior to 1870 the Cedar Point Peninsula was mainly used for fishing and hunting. In the 1860s during the American Civil War, housing for a battery of four field artillery pieces was constructed at the tip of the peninsula. It was used to defend a prison for Confederate soldiers on nearby Johnson's Island. Louis Zistel, a German immigrant, built two boats to transport the prisoners However, that all changed with an editorial in the local newspaper in 1867 calling on “some enterprising person” to utilize the magnificent beach on the lake side of Cedar Point. In the summer of 1870, local businessperson Louis Zistel opened a small beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on the peninsula. He would bring guests over to Cedar Point on his steamboat, Young Reindeer, for the modest price of 25 cents. By the 1880s it was noted in the local paper that “sailing and bathing parties to Cedar Point are all the rage.”

1870: Cedar Point opens as a public bathing beach. First passengers arrive at Cedar Point Resort on the Steamer, "Young Reindeer.In the 1860s during the American Civil War, housing for a battery of four field artillery pieces was constructed at the tip of the peninsula. It was used to defend a prison for Confederate soldiers on nearby Johnson's Island. Louis Zistel, a German immigrant, built two boats to transport the prisoners

1882: Dock built at Biemiller's Cove area; new dance hall and eight bathhouses also built there. Steamer "R.B. Hayes" begins service to Biemiller's Cove while the Steamer "Lutts" goes to the Cedar Point Lighthouse. A new dock is built between Biemiller's Cove and the Lighthouse.

1884: Great Western Band performed at Grove on lakeshore. Biemiller's Cove served by Steamer "H.B. Wilson."

1888: The enormous Grand Pavilion opens, featuring an auditorium, bowling alleys and dining facilities. The adjacent Ladies' Pavilion provided refreshments suitable for ladies and children. Band stand added in front of Grand Pavilion for Great Western Band. Steamer "I.M. Weston" chartered.

1889: Brush Electric Dynamo power plant installed.

1890: The first amusement ride at Cedar Point, a water toboggan ride consisting of a ramp that launched riders into Lake Erie, opened

1891: Steamer "A.J. Wehrle, Jr." began service.

1892: The park’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, opens. It stood an amazing 25 feet tall and reached an unbelievable top speed of 10 mph. The Switchback Railway was designed as two identical tracks side-by-side – one for the ride down and the other for the train to be hauled back to the top by the ride attendant

1894: Beach additions include a pony track, diving platform, water toboggan, horizontal bars, water trapeze and bicycle boats.

George A. Boekling Era

1897: Four owners (Adam J. Stoll, Jacob Kuebeler, Louis Adolph and Charles Bretz) sold interest in Cedar Point to the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company of Indiana. This marked the coming of George A. Boeckling to the management of Cedar Point.  George Boeckling guided Cedar Point's success from 1897 until his death in 1931. Representatives of the Lake Erie and Western Railroad purchased the peninsula for US$256,000 (equivalent to about $7,530,500 in 2017) in 1897, and formed the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company. The company appointed George A. Boeckling, a businessman from Indiana, as the park's new manager. Under his tenure, the peninsula was transformed from a picnic ground into a nationally recognized amusement park and resort destination.

1899: Cedar Point opened its first hotel, the Bay Shore Hotel.

1901: The White House, a 55-room hotel opens on Sandusky Bay.

1902: The Figure-Eight Roller Toboggan opens as the second roller coaster ever built at Cedar Point. It was moved several years later and renamed The Racer.

1905: The historic Hotel Breakers welcomes its first guests. The hotel offered 600 rooms making it one of the largest hotels in the Midwest. Crystal Rock Palace cafe was built to serve food and beverages that could seat 400 guests. Movie "The Great Train Robbery" played the season at Cedar Point Theatre.

1906: A new midway is built featuring various rides, games, fortunetellers, merchandise shops, a skating rink, a massive Coliseum with a grand ballroom and other attractions. A new electric plant is built. Steamer "New York" purchased by Cedar Point.

1907: Arrival of Steamer "Eastland." Beginning of steamship service to Cedar Point from Cleveland.

1908: Following the season, engines of the Steamer "New York" were removed and placed in the newly built Steamer - "G.A. Boeckling, In 1908, the Dip the Dips Scenic Railway roller coaster opened but was soon overshadowed in 1912 by the larger Leap the Dips ride. In 1917, Dip the Dips was razed and replaced by the Leap Frog Scenic Railway. With three roller coasters and a growing variety of other rides, Cedar Point was beginning to grow as an amusement park, though that was not Boeckling's priority. He marketed the peninsula primarily as a bathing resort complete with shows, exhibits, motion pictures, and other forms of entertainment, but did not emphasize the park's rides

1909: Steamer "G.A. Boeckling" christened on June 28.

1910: Aviation great Glenn H. Curtiss establishes a new world record for flying over water when he completes a 65-mile-long flight from Euclid Beach to the Cedar Point Beach.

1911: Cedar Point announced that a roadway would be built to the resort, connecting it with the main arteries coming into the Sandusky area.

1913: College football legend and Notre Dame great, Knute Rockne, works as a lifeguard at Cedar Point with teammate Gus Dorais. During their free time they perfect the forward pass on the Cedar Point Beach.

1914: On July 19, the roadway (Cedar Point Chausee) was opened to the public.

1915: The White House was remodeled. Opened June 20 under new name, "The Cedars." Goodyear employees from Akron had an excursion to the resort, numbering 18,000 people.

1919: Captain William H. Long of Lorain, Ohio, began daily sight-seeing flights.

1920:  Current Cleveland Road entrance of Chausee opened.

1925: The legendary Helen Keller speaks at the Annual Convention of Lions International hosted in the park’s Convention Center.

1926: The Cyclone, a rickety and rough coaster, was built in 1926 but didn't open until 1929. Cedar Point continued to update its ride attractions, replacing the Racer, the Circle Swing, and many other rides to make way for a Shoot-the-Chutes water ride, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and fun houses such as Noah's Ark and Bluebeard's Palace. Boeckling's health began to deteriorate in the late 1920s

1929: The classic Cedar Point Cyclone roller coaster opens along the beach. It is billed as “Scientifically Built for Speed, Thrills and Safety.Builder   Harry G Traver JamesC has a great computer generated POV here 

Boeckling's health began to deteriorate in the late 1920s

1931, Boeckling became confined to a wheelchair, but he continued to oversee park operations, and was pushed around Cedar Point by an employee or relative. His condition worsened, however, and he eventually had to remain indoors. Boeckling died on July 24, 1931 from uremia. His portrait in the lobby of Breakers Hotel was draped in black. Flags in the resort and on the G.A. Boeckling steamboat were lowered to half mast

1934:  The Tumble Bug was one of the few rides added at Cedar Point during the Depression.

Mid-30's:   The Leap the Dips coaster is removed The decaying Leap the Dips coaster was demolished in the mid-1930s. the resort was on the brink of being sold to the state of Ohio for US$3,000,000 (equivalent to about $51,069,400 in 2017). 

1939: Dance floor and skating rink of the Coliseum converted to a Ballroom and refreshment service added. Top name big bands performed in Cedar Point's Grand Ballroom.

1945: By the end of World War II, Cedar Point was in need of financial help. The wood of the Cyclone roller coaster was rotting, the boardwalk was cracked in many places, and the fishing dock was in need of repair.

1946: A family favorite, the Midway Carrousel, debuts at Cedar Point.

 

By 1951, the Cyclone coaster was razed because of its poor condition, leaving the resort without a roller coaster. As the Cyclone was being removed, the Laff-in-the-Dark, Rocket Ships, and Loop-A-Plane attractions were installed

1952: Regular steamer service between Sandusky and Cedar Point was discontinued. Steamer "G.A. Boeckling" put out of service; sold and removed to Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., where it became a floating warehouse.

1957: A group of investors from Cleveland (including George Roose and Emile Legros) acquired ownership of Cedar Point. The Cedar Point Causeway opened on June 12.

1959: Construction is completed on the Cedar Point Marina, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. also in 1959, the hotels were repainted, new admission gates were installed, and over US$1,200,000 (equivalent to about $10,074,000 in 2017) was spent to refresh Cedar Point. The park's first roller coaster since the Cyclone, the Wild Mouse, was built at a cost of 50,000USD. The resort also got a new kind of ride, a monorail that was the most popular ride. Breakers Hotel was restored, and the neglected cottages were demolished

1960: Cadillac Cars, Scrambler and Tiki Twirl open.

1961: Sky Ride and Star Voyager open.

1962: Sky Wheel opens and the wild mouse closed 

1963: Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad and Mill Race open.

1964: The oldest operating roller coaster at Cedar Point today, the Blue Streak, opens. It was named after the local high school's sports teams, the Sandusky Blue Streaks, Western Cruise (subsequently named Paddlewheel Excursions) also opens.

1965: Earthquake, Space Spiral and Turnpike Cars open. Jungle Larry's African Safari opens. "Jungle Larry" and "Safari Jane" Tetzlaff entertained guests for 30 years with their ever-expanding menagerie of tigers, leopards, exotic snakes, chimpanzees, monkeys and an occasional elephant. Jungle Larry's African Safari ran through the 1994 season.

1966: Pirate Ride opens.

1967: Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Rotor and Shoot-the-Rapids open. Frontiertown opens.

1968: Cedar Point’s live entertainment department is formed. Frontier Lift, Kiddieland Carrousel and Sky Slide open.

1969: The Cedar Creek Mine Ride, one of the first roller coasters to utilize steel tubular track, opens.Here is a POV of cedar creek mine  Antique Cars open. Town Hall Museum opens in Frontier town; displays photos and memorabilia from the park's colorful past.

1970: This was Cedar Point's Centennial year. WildCat, Bayern Kurve, Dodgem #2, Monster, Schwabinchen, Calypso and Super Himalaya open. Centennial Theatre (now the Jack Aldrich Theatre) opens. Kiddieland (Kiddy Kingdom) was opened at its present site with 14 rides and a Lost Children's area. Sealand, a large walk-through marine exhibit, opened on the beach. Sealand had eye-level windows for guest viewing of sharks, penguins, and a variety of other aquatic animals. The aquarium was razed after the 2001 season to make room for Wicked Twister. WildCat lived in several locations until it was removed from its home on the Million Dollar Midway just prior to the opening of the 2012 season to make way for expansions to Celebration Plaza. 

1971: Trabant opens. Connecting Frontiertown with the main midway, the Frontier Trail was built near the lagoons on the bay side of the peninsula. It offered a shaded walkway with log cabins and craft demonstrations, Fort Sandusky and the Petting Farm. Camper Village RV Campground opens with 224 RV campsites.

1972: Frontiertown Carrousel, Jumbo Jet, Giant Wheel and Matterhorn open.

1975: The Cedar Point Cinema with IMAX projection system opened in June. "Man Belongs to the Earth" was shown. The Cinema had a total area of 19,000 square feet. The area was divided into the Cinema Showcase and the Main Theatre. (The Main Theatre housed one of the world's largest indoor motion picture screens -- 66 feet high by 88 feet wide.) 950 guests watched the film in the Main Theatre while guests in the Cinema Showcase were entertained by the zany Showcase performers. The Cedar Point Cinema was converted to the Good Time Theatre in 2002.

1976: The red, white and blue Corkscrew roller coaster debuts at Cedar Point.The record-breaking Corkscrew roller coaster was built it was the first roller coaster to span a midway and have three inversions, and Troika opens. "Circus World" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1977: Witches' Wheel opens. "To Fly" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1978: The Gemini racing roller coaster opens as the tallest and fastest scream machine on the planet."North of Superior" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1979: Jr. Gemini and Wave Swinger open. "Man Belongs to the Earth" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. In May, Robert L. Munger, Jr. was elected President and Chairman of the Board.

1980: Oceana, a 1,600-seat dolphin stadium and aquazoo, opens. "To Fly" once again played in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1981: Ocean Motion opens. "Living Planet" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Sky Wheel, Funhouse and Shoot-the-Rapids were removed after the season.

1982: White Water Landing opens (removed after 2005 season). Kid Arthur's Court opens (removed after 1999 season). "Hail Columbia" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1983 Demon Drop opens. "Flyers" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Cedar Fair, L.P. was formed with Robert L. Munger, Jr. its Chief Executive Officer.

1985: Avalanche Run (re-themed as Disaster Transport in 1990) opens. Berenstain Bear Country indoor complex opens. "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1986: Thunder Canyon white water raft ride opens. Sir Rub-A-Dub's Tubs added to Kiddy Kingdom. "The Dream Is Alive" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Steadily declining health forces Robert L. Munger, Jr. to step down. Richard L. Kinzel became the new President and Chief Executive Officer.

1987: Iron Dragon suspended coaster opens. "On the Wing" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1988: Soak City waterpark opens. The original complex consisted of 10 slides. In 1990, Main Stream and Tadpole Town were added. In 1995, Zoom Flume, Renegade River and Choo-Choo Lagoon were added. A 6.5-acre addition in 1997 included a 22,500-sq. ft. wave pool, an action slide area with three twisting enclosed inner tube raft slides, an activity pool section with various interactive water elements and an adult activity area with whirpools and a swimup refreshment center. Splash Zone was added in 2004. "Skyward" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1989: The world’s first coaster to top the 200-foot-tall threshold, the Magnum XL-200, opens. Roller coasters are all about making a grand statement with even grander views. As the first hypercoaster and first ever coaster to top 200 feet, Magnum XL-200 does exactly that. While accelerating over hills, through tunnels and its signature “pretzel turnaround,” riders will be dazzled by some unbelievable views of the Lake Erie shoreline and the Cedar Point skyline. And if it’s a clear day, you might be able to see the coast of Canada. Make no mistake, this isn’t a roller coaster ride, it’s a roller coaster spectacle."North of Superior" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1990: Sandcastle Suites opened with 96 suites. In 1992, 91 additional suites were added.

1991: Mean Streak opens as the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on planet Earth. "A Freedom To Move" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1992: Challenge Park, featuring an exciting go-kart track and two 18-hole miniature golf courses, opens. Outdoor complex added to Bernstain Bear Country, including Bear County Railroad. "To Fly" is once again shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1993: Snake River Falls, the tallest, fastest and steepest water flume ride in the world, opens. "Flyers" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema."

1994: Cedar Point unleashes Raptor as the tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster in the world. "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1995: Breakers East is added to Hotel Breakers. "Flight of the Aquanaut" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Laser Show projected on a huge screen measuring 50 ft. high by 72 ft. wide near Main Train Station.

1996: The $12 million Mantis opens as the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the universe. "Speed" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1997: Chaos opens. "Speed" is once again shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1998: Cedar Point debuts Power Tower, a 300-foot-tall thriller that either launches its riders up 240 feet or blasts them down 240 feet at speeds of up to 50 mph. "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

1999: Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, help Cedar Point open Camp Snoopy, a family playland that features seven rides, including the Woodstock Express roller coaster. The Aquatic Stadium, a 1,600 seat capacity complex featuring Splash!, an innovative and daring high diving demonstration opens (originally opened as Oceana dolphin stadium in 1980. Breakers Tower is added to Hotel Breakers. "Extreme" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

2000: Cedar Point stuns the coaster world when it debuts the tallest and fastest "giga-coaster" on the planet, Millennium Force.

Millennium Force has held records for the following:

  • First ever complete-circuit roller coaster to top 300 feet (91 m)

  • Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster (310 feet (94 m))

  • Longest drop on a complete-circuit roller coaster (300 feet (91 m))

  • Fastest complete-circuit roller coaster (93 miles per hour (150 km/h))

  • Steepest non-inversion banked turn on a roller coaster (122°) (Half Corkscrew)

  • First roller coaster to utilize a cable lift system

 

The 350-room Breakers Express is added on Causeway Drive. "Alien Adventure" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

2001: The charming Lighthouse Point opens, featuring 50 cottages, 10 cabins and 59 luxury RV campsites. "Michael Jordan To The MAX" is the last movie to be shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

2002: The park debuts its 15th roller coaster, Wicked Twister, and a PEANUTS ice-skating program, "Snoopy Rocks! On Ice" in the Good Time Theatre (formerly the Cedar Point Cinema).

2003: Cedar Point shocks thrill-seekers yet again with the debut of the 420-foot-tall, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster – making Cedar Point home of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world.

Top Thrill Dragster set four new records when it opened:

  • World's tallest complete circuit roller coaster

  • World's tallest roller coaster

  • World's tallest roller coaster drop

  • World's fastest roller coaster 120mph

2004: Cedar Point invests nearly $10 million in capital improvements for its 2004 season with expansions at its Lighthouse Point luxury camping complex and Soak City waterpark. Cedar Point also makes a big splash with the addition of its new $22 million Castaway Bay indoor waterpark resort.

2005: Cedar Point takes its guests to new heights with the introduction of its 68th ride – maXair.

2006: Skyhawk flies into Frontiertown as Cedar Point’s latest thrill ride. "Hot Summer Lights", an all-new sensory experience debuts. It features music, sound, lights, video, pyrotechnics and a new special effect, "FireWater."

2007: Cedar Point introduces Maverick, its 17th roller coaster, more coasters than any park in the world. Built by IntaRide, Maverick dips, turns and twists through 5.5 acres in Frontiertown. It was named as the Best New Ride of 2007.

2008: Planet Snoopy becomes Cedar Point’s fourth special area for young children. It features seven rides and The Family Care Center. Adjacent to Planet Snoopy is Joe Cool’s Café that offers an extensive menu designed especially for the little ones. "All Wheels Extreme", a high-energy stunt show, opens in the Extreme Sports Stadium.

2009: The Starlight Experience transforms the Frontier Trail into a canopy of lights and colors. The themed lighted walkway features more than 1 million LED lights, music and four PEANUTS-themed displays. The Jack Aldrich Theatre, renamed for the park’s late director of park attractions, opens on the Main Midway.

2010: Featuring two hills and a splashy grand finale, Shoot the Rapids, one of three water rides at Cedar Point, opens on the Frontier Trail. 

2011: Cedar Point unveiled WindSeeker, a 30-story-tall swing ride. Seated in two-person swings, riders will be treated to breathtaking views of Cedar Point, Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach. The Ocean Motion swinging boat ride was relocated to the Main Midway near the front of the park.

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2012:  More than 50 larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs inhabited Cedar Point’s Adventure Island with the debut of the new Dinosaurs Alive! attraction. Plus, Cedar Point ignited the night with the debut of its new show Luminosity.

2013:  Located at the new front entrance, GakeKeeper forever changed the landscape of the park. This mammoth ride opened as the longest wing roller coaster and boasted the longest drop of any wing coaster on Earth!

2014:  Cedar Point will focus on family fun with the addition of two new rides – Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles, along with several new restaurants, new live shows and more. Lighthouse Point is refreshed with an all-new check-in center and 52 deluxe cabins.

2015:  Rougarou debuted as the first floorless roller coaster at Cedar Point, and Hotel Breakers opens for the season in grand fashion after an extensive 2-year renovation.

2016:  Cedar Point unleashed Valravn, the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world! this was also a big thing for B&M 100th coaster and there 10th dive coaster. The Battle for Cedar Point, an all-new, interactive augmented reality game is debuted.

2017: Cedar Point announces Mean streak to close, On August 16, 2017, Cedar Point officially announced the conversion of Mean Streak into Steel Vengeance, marketed as the first hybrid hypercoaster and boy does it look great, they have hit the ball out the park with this worlds first, and in the mean time broken 10 yes 10 records

2018: Another "world's first" opens at the park - Steel Vengeance, the tallest, fastest, longest, steepest hybrid roller coaster on Earth. The coaster is so large, another new roller coaster category is defined: the "hyper-hybrid." Ultimate RV Sites (25) open at Lighthouse Point. A new six-story tower expansion at Hotel Breakers opens with 158 new rooms.

 

Coaster Records Broken
1. World's tallest hybrid roller coaster (205 feet tall)
2. World's fastest hybrid roller coaster (74 miles per hour)
3. World's steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (90 degrees)
4. World's longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (200 feet)
5. World's longest hybrid roller coaster (5,740 feet)
6. Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster (4)
7. Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster (73 mph)
8. Most airtime on a hybrid roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
9. Most airtime on any roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
10. World's first "hyper-hybrid" roller coaster

This takes Cedar Points records to 15 the other 5 records are

Park Records Broken
1. Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (57,865 feet/11 miles)
2. Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,423 feet/11.4 miles)
3. Most rides at one amusement park (71)
4. Most roller coasters over 200 feet tall at one amusement park (6)
5. Most roller coasters with a first drop of 90 degrees or more at one amusement park (5)

We believe that steel vengeance is the biggest and best coaster to be built for years. But what about Mean streak everyone must be happy that its finally closed well not everyone, have you hear of  mean streak Henry? Henry is a 74th man that since 1991 visit the park everyday and ride mean streak his final count on closing day was 16,182 his best was 90 in one day, So what we would say is it may not be your favorite ride but it maybe someone else.

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