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?
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.
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.
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.