SANDUSKY, Ohio (May 5, 2015) – The day you dreamed about all winter is almost here! Cedar Point, the popular vacation destination of millions of visitors from around the world, will open its gates for the new season this Saturday, May 9. This summer, Cedar Point will focus on thrills with the addition of Rougarou – the park’s first floorless roller coaster, comfort and convenience with the grand re-opening of the classic Hotel Breakers, and a wide variety of new attractions and offerings.
Cedar Point will build upon its legacy as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!®” when it debuts RougarouTM. This new floorless scream machine is Cedar Point’s 17th roller coaster and provides a ride experience unlike any other at the park. Towering 14 stories above the midway, Rougarou flips its passengers upside down an amazing four times at speeds over 60 miles per hour, all while their feet dangle just inches above the steel track below.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (March 20, 2015) – Preparation continues for the summer season at Cedar Point’s new floorless roller coaster, Rougarou. Derek Dice, a controls technician in the park’s maintenance division, installs connections to the coaster’s retractable floor. As the park inches closer to Opening Day on Saturday, May 9, more than 5,000 employees will be hired for summer positions. Cedar Point will host its final open interview session of the spring this Sunday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park’s Breakers Express hotel. For more information, log on to www.cedarpoint.com/jobs.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (March 9, 2015) – Cedar Point, “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World®,” and the LeBron James Family Foundation are giving thrill-seekers the chance to be the inaugural riders on the park’s first floorless roller coaster – Rougarou! The first rider auction is a fundraising event which benefits the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Bidding is now open to be one of Rougarou’s first 64 public riders at a special event on Friday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. In addition to the ability to choose their seat, those 64 riders will each receive:
Commemorative Medallion – featuring Rougarou and the LeBron James Family Foundation
Rougarou Ball Cap – limited edition, featuring the Rougarou logo
Cedar Point Tickets – two (2), one-day tickets to Cedar Point, a value of more than $120
The top eight bidders will also each receive a rare Nike LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball jersey.
“We are thrilled to be working with Cedar Point on this unique first rider opportunity that for us, is far more than a roller coaster ride,” said Michele Campbell, Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation. “Not only will participants get the thrill of riding Rougarou first, but they will help us continue our mission of positively affecting the lives of children and young adults right here in Ohio.”
Last summer, Cedar Point and the LeBron James Family Foundation announced they had formed a new multi-year partnership, highlighted by this year’s first ride auction and the park hosting the foundation’s annual "I PROMISE Family Reunion" event.
Anyone who participates and places the minimum bid of $123 will be invited to the first rider event and receive the Commemorative Medallion. Bidding for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open now through Sunday, May 3. Interested participants can place an initial bid, or raise their bid, online at www.cedarpoint.com/FirstRideAuction.
For more information about the park, log on to www.cedarpoint.com. Cedar Point opens for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 9.
About the LeBron James Family Foundation Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Family Foundation empowers children and single-parent households through innovative programming and initiatives, strengthening the ties between family members and building hope through education, physical fitness and better health for those who are dealing with adversity. The LeBron James Family Foundation is aggressively implementing initiatives that have real, meaningful impact in the lives of children across the United States. Staffed entirely by volunteers, including LeBron’s mother Gloria, wife Savannah James, and business partner Maverick Carter, the LJFF staff is dedicated to carrying out this mission. In 2011, in partnership with the Akron Public Schools, the LeBron James Family Foundation began working on the high school dropout crisis facing the Akron community and launched the “Wheels for Education” program. This groundbreaking initiative targets third graders and provides them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (March 3, 2015) – Cedar Point, one of the largest employers in the state of Ohio, is looking for qualified individuals of all ages who want to be a part of the park’s most exciting season ever. On Saturday, March 7, representatives from the park will be holding interview sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Breakers Express, 1201 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio.
More than 70 different types of jobs are available, including positions in rides, food and beverage, games, merchandise, accommodations, maintenance, safety, security and more.
A summer job at Cedar Point is not only fun, but beneficial as well. In addition to competitive pay rates and access to the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World®” throughout the summer, park employees can earn valuable resume-enhancing skills and qualify for college credit. Cedar Point employees also enjoy special employee appreciation events, a rec center, ride nights, themed parties, recognition programs, awards and much more! Low-cost employee housing is also available to those who qualify.
“With more than 5,000 positions available in a wide variety of fields, Cedar Point really offers something for everyone,” said Pam Romo, Human Resources Manager for Cedar Point. “Our goal is to hire the best employees possible that help us deliver a ‘best day’ experience for our guests each and every time they visit.”
To apply for a job, please fill out an application online at cedarpoint.com/jobs prior to attending the interview session. Cedar Point opens for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 9.
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Dec. 23, 2014 – Cedar Point, already known for great wings thanks to its ultra-popular GateKeeper wing coaster, will be home to wings of the edible kind when the park opens a new Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant in 2015.
The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube® is known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces that come in a full range of flavors from Louisiana Lickers to Triple Atomic. In addition to Award-Winning chicken wings, The Lube® also features specialty salads, burgers, ribs and an extensive kids’ menu. Legendary desserts and a full-service bar round out the entire dining experience.
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., Quaker Steak & Lube® has expanded to 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The compelling décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and motor-themed memorabilia, combined with its craveable food and SuperCharged events, has created a cult-like following for The Lube® for 40 years.
“Quaker Steak & Lube® will be a great addition to our restaurant lineup,” stated Chris Miller, vice president of food and beverage for Cedar Point. “Our goal is to provide our guests with the best food options during their visit to Cedar Point and adding an outstanding restaurant like Quaker Steak & Lube® helps us accomplish that.”
The new restaurant will be located adjacent to Castaway Bay indoor waterpark/resort, and is scheduled to open in May, 2015.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Nov. 11, 2014) – While Cedar Point has closed its gates for the 2014 season, the fun at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!® hasn’t stopped. On Sunday, Dec. 14, the midways of Cedar Point will once again be filled with guests of all ages as the park hosts the 3rd annual Santa Hustle Half-Marathon and 5K. New this year, both the 5K and the half-marathon races will begin in the park’s main parking lot and will wind their way around the towering rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point. To help get runners in the spirit, holiday music, cookies and candy will be featured throughout the courses. All participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and a newly-designed dri-fit Santa Hustle sweatshirt to wear and keep.
The 5K and half-marathon will officially be timed using the disposable B-Tag timing system. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive a customized Santa Hustle medal while all half-marathon finishers will receive a special finisher’s medal. The 13.1-mile half-marathon begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by a 3.1-mile run/walk at 9:30 a.m. Participants and spectators can also spread holiday cheer by donating unopened toys to the Toys for Tots boxes at the race.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Oct. 29, 2014) – Construction crews began demolition today of a major portion of Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers. This historic section of the hotel is being torn down to make way for a grand new entrance portal as a part of the two-year renovation project at the property. Among the many changes and upgrades coming to the popular vacation destination will be newly-furnished and remodeled rooms with LCD TV’s, new furniture, bedding and décor, a new Starbucks and the Surf Lounge bar inside the famous rotunda, an outdoor water play area and much more. Originally built in 1905, the hotel’s legendary main entrance has welcomed millions of guests during its 110-year history.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2014) – It’s time to make good on a promise – and it’s bigger and better than expected.
Earlier this summer, the park sent out a now-famous tweet stating that it would rename one of its coasters “King James” if LeBron James returned to Ohio. That outcome is now known. But the “ball” was back in the park’s court.
Today, Cedar Point announces a joint decision with the LeBron James Family Foundation on a multi-year partnership which includes benefits that go far beyond renaming a coaster.
SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2014) – It’s the “last stand” for one of Cedar Point’s steel scream machines. Earlier today, the park announced that the Mantis roller coaster will soon give its final rides.
Mantis was billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996. Featuring trains that secure guests in a standing position, Mantis provides its passengers with a unique ride experience. Mantis was built by the same legendary manufacturers that brought guests the Raptor and GateKeeper roller coasters – Bolliger and Mabillard (B & M), Monthey, Switzerland. In its 18-year history, Mantis has given more than 22 million thrilling rides.
“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”
Guests still have time to give Mantis a “standing ovation” before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date.