Wait 'til next year, Point bosses promise

By TOM JACKSON jackson@sanduskyregister.com SANDUSKY Next year, the thrill is back. Cedar Point's new ride for 2011, which already has been ordered but not been announced publicly, will be aimed at thrill seekers, said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's CEO. The amusement park's long-term plans for new rides is closely veiled.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 16, 2010

By TOM JACKSON

jackson@sanduskyregister.com

SANDUSKY

Next year, the thrill is back.

Cedar Point's new ride for 2011, which already has been ordered but not been announced publicly, will be aimed at thrill seekers, said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's CEO.

The amusement park's long-term plans for new rides is closely veiled.

But during an exclusive Register interview with Kinzel, he pulled the curtain aside a bit.

When asked if Cedar Point plans to maintain its status as the world's leader for roller coasters and rides, he said: "Let me just put it this way. We went after the family market this year ... We're going to go after the thrill seeker next year."

Kinzel wouldn't give more details.

"There's more thrill rides than roller coasters," he said. "I can't tell you what it is. It's a very exciting ride."

More details may not be forthcoming until Cedar Point makes its official announcement later this year about what's new in 2011.

Robin Innes, Cedar Point's spokesman, said that in recent years new attractions at Cedar Point have been announced in the late summer or early fall.

This year's family ride, Shoot the Rapids, was announced Sept. 3. The announcement was preceded by a several-week media campaign of hints and official leaks.

Innes had no comment about when this year's announcement will come.

"I'm not going to reveal any information about our plans next year," he said.

Jeff Putz, webmaster for the Cedar Point fan site PointBuzz.com, said Cedar Point fans will welcome the news that a new ride is on the way.

"It keeps things fresh and it keeps people interested and engaged," he said.

Usually before any new attraction, people spend months posting on the Internet about what's coming next.

"There's always speculation, and it's usually wrong," he said.

Indulging in a little speculation of his own, Putz said an announcement that would make the most sense would be "something that kind of fills a hole in their lineup."

There aren't many gaps at Cedar Point, but the park lacks a top spin ride, such as the one made by Huss Rides, Putz said.

 

Debut attractions at Cedar Point

2003: Top Thrill Dragster

2004: Castaway Bay

2005: maXair

2006: Skyhawk

2007: Maverick

2008: Planet Snoopy

2009: The Starlight Experience colored light show

2010: Shoot the Rapids

2011: No announcement yet