The Cedar Fair parks are gearing up for National Roller Coaster Day tomorrow with a bushel of new attraction announcements.
The big one comes from Cincinnati, where Kings Island announced its largest investment in park history - and the fastest, tallest and longest steel coaster in the park - the Giga coaster Orion, with a 300-foot drop and a top speed of 91 mph along a 5,321-foot track. Here's the concept POV:
Elsewhere, two of Cedar Fair's top parks will be celebrating major anniversaries next summer. Knott's Berry Farm will celebrate its 100th birthday with "A Knott's Family Reunion" in 2020. If you're surprised to hear that the park is that old, well... it's not. (Okay, that pun works a lot better if you say it aloud.) Next year's 100th anniversary actually commemorates the 1920 founding of Walter Knott's original berry stand — the Knott's Berry Farm that over the years evolved into the theme park we know today.
Knott's is promising "festive park decor, themed food items, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise and special surprises along the way" for the event, with more details to follow in the coming months.
Meanwhile, flagship Cedar Point will be celebrating an even bigger anniversary in 2020 — its 150th birthday. The Ohio park will celebrate the anniversary of Louis Zistel first ferrying guests to Cedar Point in 1870 to visit its new bathhouse and beer garden... and the beach.
As for the festivities next year, "guests will enjoy a fully-immersive nighttime celebration along the Main Midway, try new, delicious and innovative food options (along with a few throwbacks of old), take home new memories with a complete line of nostalgic souvenirs and merchandise, step into a reimagined Town Hall in Frontier Town and climb aboard a river expedition for a new generation," Cedar Point said in its press release. Again, more details to come.
Carowinds and Worlds of Fun will be adding new mat racing water slides to their water parks in 2020. Boogie Board Racers at Carolina Harbor will be the longest mat racing slide in the Southeast, while Riptide Raceway at Oceans of Fun will be the longest in the Midwest, according to the company.
Kings Dominion also is focusing on its water park in 2020, with a renovation of Soak City's Coconut Shores area. Improvements will include Lighthouse Landing, multi-level sprayground play structure, and Sand Dune Lagoon, a mini wave pool with a two-foot water depth and one-foot waves.Tweet