Cedar Point details more changes for its 2018 season

February 24, 2018, 10:08 PM · Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio briefly woke from its off-season slumber this morning for its annual Winter Chill-Out, a chance for fans to visit the park (usually in the snow, but this year in the rain), raise money for a children’s charity called A Kid Again ($40,000 raised this year alone) and be among the first to hear about new attractions and offerings for the 2018 Cedar Point season.

Everyone already knows about Cedar Point’s new record-breaking Steel Vengeance roller coaster, the first “hyper-hybrid” coaster in the world, but lots of new information about the 2018 season at the park was shared with the more than 800 attendees of Winter Chill-Out this year. Not every question was answered - nothing was revealed about what will occupy the site of the now-demolished Xtreme Sports Stadium along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, nor about the tip of the peninsula where Sandcastle Suites stood before being torn down after the 2017 season ended. Cedar Point does like to keep its secrets.

In spite of this, lots of changes and improvements to Cedar Point for 2018 were announced, mostly concerning the Frontier Town area of the park. This is not really surprising, since this is the most heavily themed section of the park and is now dominated and literally overshadowed by the amazing new silhouette of Steel Vengeance. Cedar Point continues its emphasis on improving the variety and quality of foods available in the park, and among the new dining options in Frontier Town for 2018 are:

Frontier Foldovers - formerly the BBQ Shack and Famous Dave’s on Frontier Trail, it will offer brisket, chicken and Italian meat sandwiches.

Sidewinder Sue’s - near the train station, will serve “twisty” fries with meat toppings of pulled pork, brisket or chili

Miss Keat’s Smoke Shack - next to the Last Chance Saloon. Barbeque brisket, pork, wings, sausage and savory sides will be featured.

Chick-fil-A returns to its original location in the old Frontier Inn.

The new Gossip Gulch stage, located adjacent to the Roundup burger stand, will feature live performances by the Bluegrass Jamboree, and classic country music by the Traildust Trio can be heard in the Town Square Gazebo. The Palace Theater will present The Tomfooleries, and will feature “Lusty Lil’s French Revue,” a family-friendly show with live music, comedy and cancan dancers.

Probably the biggest entertainment news announced at the Winter Chill-Out was the retirement of “Luminosity” and its replacement with Vertical Impact on the Celebration Plaza stage near the entrance to Frontier Trail.

Other announcements were made: new shows throughout the park; newly refurbished and rethemed shopping locations; a new dining and beverage establishment along the newly-redesigned Cedar Point Boardwalk.

This is not a complete list of additions to Cedar Point for 2018, but it does show that the second-oldest amusement park in the nation is not resting on its past, nor on its amazing collection of roller coasters and other thrill rides. Cedar Fair has been very open in its intention of transforming its flagship park - Cedar Point - into one of the nation’s premier family destination parks. Many Theme Park Insiders have stated their hopes, and sometimes their plans, on visiting Cedar Point in 2018 just to ride Steel Vengeance, but don’t think you can do everything at Cedar Point in just one day. Plan on a few days to experience everything there is to see and do at America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast.

Replies (4)

February 25, 2018 at 5:58 AM · Thanks for the updates, Jim! And you are right, Cedar Fair is definitely moving Cedar Point (and a few of its other parks not named Worlds of Fun) more in the direction of being a whole family vacation destination.

However, you did leave out the "best" news: The Western Shoot-out in FrontierTown becomes the popular basketball game of H-O-R-S-E as guests attempt to sink baskets from strategically-placed spots on the midway. Nothing like going back to the old west for a fun game of hoops!

Alas, Cedar Fair, you've come so far, but you still have so far to go!

February 25, 2018 at 6:11 AM · James, I was trying to hold back the best from the article so that visitors to Cedar Point would really be blown away by the biggest news for 2018, even bigger than Steel Vengeance- a chance to spend money and play HORSE like they've never played it before- behind a fence with total strangers watching for a chance to win a tiny basketball worth about 14 cents.
February 26, 2018 at 10:28 AM · These tweaks (mostly menu changes, facade renovations, and show details) are small potatoes when compared to the opening of a world-class roller coaster. I doubt people outside the Sandusky area will be dramatically changing their summer plans because of some BBQ or Chick-fil-a. Most of those (including me) will visit this season because of Steel Vengeance, not because of these minor, cosmetic changes that only locals and frequent visitors would notice.
February 28, 2018 at 11:53 AM · if ever there was an all star park of parks, Cedar Point is it. It's Heaven on Earth as humans know it. Unreal what this park has. Jealousy indeed.....

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