Published: May 12, 2014 at 3:40 AMNice to get a report out of the frozen north! Are you recovered sufficiently from your blustery winter blues yet, Mr. Koehl?
It strikes me that Matt Ouimet (president and CEO of Cedar Fair and former Disneyland savior) strikes again, as this article contains one of the greatest updates I may have ever read about a Cedar Fair park: they removed kiddie bumper boats and carnival games! Yes!!! As far as I am concerned everything else mentioned is just icing on the cake! Well, except the part about adding a new upcharge ride. *Sigh* I guess it is one step forward a half step back for the Point this time.
Mr. Koehl, you mentioned "new and improved snack areas"... is that improvement limited to a Coca-Cola Freestyle and Yogurt Plus stand or are there other snack options/changes as part of the renovation?
Published: May 12, 2014 at 4:23 AMGeminiis not a wood coaster. While the structure is wood, the track itself is steel. It IS a steel coaster.
Published: May 12, 2014 at 6:08 AMThe Lake Erie Eagles reminds me of a ride they had at Kennywood Park long ago when I was a very young kid. It was always one of my favorite attractions and I'd ride it numerous times. It';s good too see them redo that section of the park. You are very correct when you describe the open asphalt area as hot.
Published: May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PMJames, the Gemini Midway already had a food stand called Happy Friar that served fresh-cut fries. It now also serves Chickie's and Pete's Crabfries. Chickie's and Pete's is a Philadelphia-based restaurant chain that is expanding and is now operating a sports-themed restaurant formerly known as Game Day Grille in Cedar Point. I didn't make it down to try the crabfries but will do so on my next visit to the park.
As far as recovering from this past winter, everything here in Ohio is thawing out nicely. The grass is growing out of control, the trees have their leaves and the temperature right now is 85 degrees. We've already had our first severe thunderstorm of the season, and Cedar Point was under a severe thunderstorm warning as of about 1/2 hour ago.
Published: May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PMI think that Gemini is considered a steel hybrid coaster, with steel tracks on a wooden framework. I'm not sure how well it would do if all the wood was taken away from it, leaving only the steel track and some places where a steel framework was used. I suppose that, technically, it is a steel coaster, but looking at it from the Gemini Midway (which this article is really about, not the Gemini coaster itself) all that most people see is a huge, wooden coaster with two trains racing each other. If you look closely you can see the steel in it, but most people don't care.
I've never ridden the Gemini without seeing people reach out and slap hands with people in the other train as they race by. It's become a tradition.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:33 AMGlad they payed some attention to that area, it needed something. In the past, these little pockets of land have been a hodgepodge of things put together with little regard for aesthetics or design. Making these spots time worthy instead of just roads to the next coaster will help with the crowds and generate more revenue in that area.
I'm sure the big rides will keep coming because those are the draw, however paying attention to these spots by using a coherent layout and a lighting package (keep those LEDs coming) will be important for a couple of reasons. One, it's a fairly inexpensive investment and will make a difference both visually and monetarily. Also, even though it's a big park, Cedar Point doesn't have all the space in the world to work with anymore. Unused land is still there in bits, but I'm pretty sure that big picture, increasing the "value" of existing, developed space is a priority, or at least it should be.