Cedar Point to get new children's play area

SANDUSKY Cedar Point will debut a new children's area as part of Cedar Fair's spending plan for the
May 24, 2010



Cedar Point will debut a new children's area as part of Cedar Fair's spending plan for the 2008 season.

The children's area will feature seven rides and a family lounge with quiet areas for feeding, resting and changing. It will replace Peanuts Playground.

Peanuts Playground opened in 1999 and featured Charlie Brown's Ball Pitch, the Peanuts Express train ride and a slide through the Kite Eating tree.

Details on the new rides will be announced at a later date, said Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards.

Interior renovations to the Sandcastle Suites hotel, located on the tip of the Cedar Point peninsula, are also planned.

Cedar Fair's biggest investment next year will cost the company about $21 million. Standing at 230 feet tall, Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland, Toronto, will be the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Canada. It will feature 5,300 feet of steel tubular track with an 85-degree first drop, banked twists and turns and hills that will give riders extreme "airtime."Behemoth will be the most expensive project in the history of Canada's Wonderland.

"It will be a brand-new roller coaster for Canada," said Cedar Fair spokeswoman Stacy Frole. "We're hopeful that it will be very successful and our guests will enjoy it."

Three rides from the former Geauga Lake Amusement Park are slated for transfer to other Cedar Fair parks for the 2008 season.

Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va. will host the Dominator -- the park's 14th roller coaster. The Dominator rises 161 feet above the ground with "floorless" coaster trains, five inversions and the tallest roller coaster vertical loop ever built. At 4,210 feet, the Dominator is the longest, "floorless" roller coaster in the world.

Guests at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa. will experience VooDoo -- an inverted steel ride that launches riders forward and backward underneath a 185-foot-tall, U-shaped steel track. Riders twist 360 degrees as they ascend from one end of the structure and rise at a 90-degree angle in reverse at the opposite end.

Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon, Mich. will be the park's most costly project in its history.

Riders suspend from a steel track as they climb a 105-feet-tall hill and drop 86 feet to the ground at a speed of 50 mph.

Other Cedar Fair parks are investing in new rides and expanding attractions for the 2008 season.

Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C. will expand its 20-acre waterpark, Boomerang Bay. The highlight of the expansion is Bondi Beach, a 600,000-gallon wave pool.

Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., will debut the Pony Express.

The ride will feature low-to-the-ground maneuvers, hairpin turns and steep banks.