Water main break closes Cedar Point
Written by Robert Niles
Revised and updated from original post: A water main break just beyond the tollbooths forced Cedar Point to close its theme park and hotels today, as the break cut off the water supply to the peninsula just before the park was to open to the public today.Tweet
Some hotel guests were in the park for early ride time when officials made the decision to close the park. Hotel guests at the Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites and Lighthhouse Point later were sent away as officials moved to close the hotels due to a lack of water supply. Guests are asked to contact the Cedar Point reservation office at 419-627-2106 to cancel or reschedule their reservations.
The Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort and Breakers Express remain open, as their water supply is located before the break in the main.
Cedar Point has announced that the park and affected hotels will remain closed Sunday, June 8, as repairs continue and the required water system flushing and testing follow. The park said that it intends to reopen on Monday.
The closure comes on what would have been a highly popular weekend, with excellent weather (finally!) in northern Ohio. Theme Park Insider Cedar Point correspondent Jim Koehl emailed: "This weekend here is absolutely gorgeous, and everybody I talked to was going to Cedar Point today. Not any more."
"From a very reliable source, the hotels won't open until Monday afternoon at the earliest, and that is if the health dept. gives the OK. boil warnings, etc. Nobody, not even the maintenance supervisors, are allowed on site, only fire dept. personnel and health dept. at least in the hotels. And everything was booked solid for this weekend. There was a terrible traffic jam this morning trying to get out of the park. They lost a huge amount of money. It sounds like Cedar Point is trying to do the best they can with a terrible situation, refunding money, honoring tickets later, etc. but some people still want to punch the moose! Most people, at least those on social media, are being understanding that this is an unforeseeable situation and Cedar Point is dong the best they can."
Cedar Point has said that not only will tickets for today be honored at the park on dates later this season, but Cedar Point tickets can be used this weekend at Wildwater Kingdom or Kings Island as well.
Were you affected by the closures at Cedar Point this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
Update: Here's a video from some fans who were there:
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