Re: Cedar Point at Christmas
I live in Sandusky year round, have been on the point in many different weather conditions and I say that they COULD pull off an event.
As was said the weather during November and December is not as bad as the pictures shown. I would venture to bet that those pictures were taken sometime in February or March. During November and December you may have some snow fall, you may even have some accumulation but mostly only a few inches, and that can be plowed out of the way easily, and does not last more than a day or two before melting.
Just this past Holiday season I worked at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for their Christmas event. It's not the same at all but they did do a lot of things to help with the cold and wind.
First they have lots of tents placed throughout, most tents even have heaters placed inside (of this type, http://www.superstuffpartyrental.com/pricing/tent-accessories/heaters/) They also have the propane patio style heaters placed throughout the midways to offer some places to stand and warm up a bit. Oh and of course some propane fire places to be able to enjoy some time next to a real fire!
Also there are lots of inside spaces that can be used for different food stands and attractions. You could use the arcade, ballroom, or any of the restaurants and theaters as attractions. There are even a few coasters that could PROBABLY open during the event but I am sure all the flat rides could open.
And of course then there is the Frontier Trail and Frontier Town. All the shops on the trail could be opened with themed shopping. Heck most of the buildings even have "working" fireplaces! And imagine carolers in Frontier town going from shop to shop, food stand to food stand.
Of course there are also the shows, Cedar Point has 4 theaters that could be used for shows. It would not even be difficult to have an outdoor show on the Celebration Stage or Extreme Stadium, though they may have to cancel depending on weather.
And probably the biggest draw would be the lights, imagine 4 or 5 million lights scattered throughout the park. And don't forget the main midway lights and the lights already on the Frontier Trail.
These are just a few attractions and ideas that they can use. There are plenty more some cheaper some more expensive.
Now would this be a cheap or easy thing to pull off, no. But possible oh yes! And with the growing trend in the industry to offer these types of offerings I can see it being brought up again. I see it happening with parks like King's Island (near a major city) first but expanding it to a park like Cedar point is possible and I think likely in the coming years.
As for those saying that you won't be able to get the crowds to show up, yeah you won't have record breaking numbers like you do during Halloweekends. But I would bet that you could get enough people to make it profitable and successful.
Morté aka Matt, Ego sum nex
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