Cedar Point gives kids more reasons to scream

SANDUSKY Parents, your little ones won't have to stand quite so tall this season at Cedar Point.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Parents, your little ones won't have to stand quite so tall this season at Cedar Point.

Park officials decided to lower the height requirement on two rides for the park's 138th season, which begins May 12.

Red Baron and Troika have lower requirements, allowing smaller children the chance to ride. In addition the height requirement for Jr. Gemini, a kiddie roller coaster ride, was changed from 54 inches or less to between 36 to 54 inches.

After Cedar Fair's acquisition of Paramount Parks for $1.24 billion last year, officials discussed making all Cedar Fair rides "consistent."

"It's not every year (height requirements) change, but we do review them every year," said park spokesman Bryan Edwards.

Red Baron, a kiddie spinning ride, was dropped by 6 inches. This year, riders between 36 to 54 inches may ride.

The park also lowered the requirements of Troika by 6 inches, allowing riders 42 inches and taller to ride the adult spinning ride. Children between 42 and 54 inches must ride with a responsible adult.

Cedar Fair officials met with the rides' manufacturers and the company's insurance companies during the winter and agreed to make the three rides "consistent with other parks like Paramount Parks," Edwards said.

"When coming up with all these height requirements, safety is our No. 1 priority," Edwards said.

Sandusky-based Cedar Fair owns 12 amusement parks and five water parks across the nation and Canada.