Cedar Point History - 2010's

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Friday, 22 January 2010
Q Funding III L.P., the largest shareholder of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., announces that it will vote against an acquisition offer from private equity firm Apollo Global Management.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Cedar Fair LP announces that it is proceeding with its proposed $635 million acquisition by asset manager Apollo Global Management.
Tuesday, 06 April 2010
Cedar Fair and affiliates of Apollo Global Management mutually terminate merger agreement.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Cedar Point opens for 141st season.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Coasting For Kids is held. The roller coaster marathon event benefits Give Kids The World.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Cedar Point announces that it will introduce WindSeeker, a 30-story-tall swing ride, for the 2011 season.
Friday, 17 September 2010
14th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Final operating day of 2010 season.
Thursday, 02 December 2010
Cedar Point donates $500,000 to the Sandusky Blue Streak Booster Club, enabling Sandusky High School to install artificial turf at Strobel Field. Sandusky High School will rename the facility Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Cedar Point announces Pink's will open a franchise in the park for the 2011 season.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Cedar Point opens for 142nd season.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Ocean Motion opens in new location near main entrance.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Legendary hot dog restaurant Pink's opens.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Cedar Point’s DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant opens on Cedar Point Drive. At more than 4,900 square feet, it is the largest DQ Grill & Chill franchise in the United States.
Sunday, 05 June 2011
Seven people suffered bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries, after an incident on WildCat.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
WindSeeker opens.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company announces that Matthew A. Ouimet has been named president of the Company, effective immediately. Ouimet will succeed Dick Kinzel as chief executive officer, who will retire upon the expiration of his contract on January 3, 2012.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Cedar Point announces plans to introduce Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island, a prehistoric themed attraction, for 2012.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Cedar Point announces Paddlewheel Excursions will be retired after 2011 season.
Monday, 05 September 2011
Final day of operation for Paddlewheel Excursions. The Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts The Last Ride Auction for the seats on the last two boats.
Friday, 16 September 2011
15th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Final operating day of 2011 season.
Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Dick Kinzel retires as Cedar Fair CEO.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Cedar Point of Michigan Inc. sells 465 acres of land in Cambridge Twp., Michigan. Cedar Point Inc. expressed interest in 1974 to develop an amusement park on the land.
Wednesday, 02 May 2012
Cedar Point announces WildCat will be removed prior to the opening of the 2012 season.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Dinosaurs Alive opens on Adventure Island near Millennium Force.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Cedar Point opens for 143rd season.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Dragster H20 opens at Soak City.
Friday, 01 June 2012
New nighttime show "Luminosity" opens.
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Final day of operation for Disaster Transport.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Cedar Point announces GateKeeper, a world record-breaking winged roller coaster, will be built for the 2013 season.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Demolition company takes down Space Spiral to make room for GateKeeper.
Friday, 14 September 2012
16th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Cedar Fair announces the Coca-Cola Company as official beverage sponsor.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Final operating day of 2012 season.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Cedar Fair announces the company will invest between $45 million and $60 million over the next three years on improvements that will will include upgrades to Cedar Point's hotel properties.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
GateKeeper opens.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Cedar Point opens for 144th season.
Friday, 07 June 2013
Cedar Point hosts 25th annual CoasterMania event
Sunday, 09 June 2013
Coasting For Kids marathon fundraiser is held to benefit Give Kids The World.
Friday, 19 July 2013
Seven riders are injured on Shoot the Rapids after a boat rolls back down a lift hill.
Monday, 29 July 2013
Cedar Fair announces that H. John Hildebrandt, Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point, will retire at the end of 2013. He will be succeeded by Jason McClure, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Cedar Point announces several plans for the 2014 season, including introducing two new rides - Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles, changes to the park’s Camp Snoopy area and more details on a two-year renovation project to Hotel Breakers.
Friday, 13 September 2013
17th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, 20 September 2013
Zombie High School opens.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Final operating day of 2013 season.

Lighthouse Point expanded.

Final year for Good Time Theatre.

Wednesday, 01 January 2014
Jason McClure becomes Cedar Point vice president and general manager.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Cedar Point announces SlingShot, Starbucks, Chickie's and Pete's to be added for 2014 season. Also announced, Auntie Anne's and Cinnabon for Challenge Park, and new Coca-Cola Freestyle and Yogurt Plus for Gemini Midway.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Cedar Point announces Lighthouse Point expansion.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Midnight Syndicate and Cedar Point announce Midnight Syndicate show for 2014 HalloWeekends.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Cedar Point opens for 145th season.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Pipe Scream opens.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Lake Erie Eagles opens.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Chickie's and Pete's opens.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Starbucks opens.
Friday, 06 June 2014
Cedar Point hosts 26th annual CoasterMania event
Saturday, 07 June 2014
Early morning water main break forces Cedar Point to close shortly after opening.
Sunday, 08 June 2014
Cedar Point, Soak City, and all on-property resorts are closed due to June 7 water main break.
Monday, 09 June 2014
Cedar Point reopens following unplanned weekend closure due to June 7 water main break.
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Cedar Point celebrates 50th anniversary of Blue Streak, along with anniversaries of Cedar Creek Mine Ride (45th), Magnum XL-200 (25th), Raptor (20th) and Camp Snoopy (15th).
Wednesday, 02 July 2014
Ringing of New York Stock Exchange's closing bell at Cedar Point's main entrance marks end of trading day.
Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Cedar Point offers to rename a roller coaster after NBA basketball player LeBron James if he signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
Cedar Point announces 2014 will be final season for Mantis.
Friday, 12 September 2014
18th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Cedar Point announces long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Cedar Point announces Mantis will be transformed into floorless coaster, Rougarou. Also announced were new Lakeside Pavilion and completion of two-year Hotel Breakers renovation.
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Cedar Point hosts The Color Run 5K race.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Final day of operation for Mantis.
Sunday, 02 November 2014
Final operating day of 2014 season.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Cedar Point announces Good Time Theatre to be removed over off-season.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Cedar Point hosts Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Cedar Point announces Quaker Steak & Lube will replace TGI Friday's at Castaway Bay in 2015.
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Winter Chill Out raises $27,000 for Give Kids The World.
Friday, 08 May 2015
Rougarou first ride auction raises $126,000 for the LeBron James Family Foundation.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Cedar Point opens for 146th season.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Rougarou opens.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Sweet Spot opens.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Quaker Steak & Lube opens.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Calypso opens in new location on Wicked Twister Midway and is renamed Tiki Twirl.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Krazy Kars opens in new location in Planet Snoopy and is renamed Joe Cool’s Dodgem School.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Dodgem opens in new location next to maXair.
Saturday, 09 May 2015
Renovated Hotel Breakers is introduced.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Coaster Campout raises $11,000 for A Kid Again.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
A 45-year-old man from East Canton, Ohio is struck and killed by Raptor after he enters a restricted area to retrieve a lost item.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
LeBron James brings 5,000 Akron kids and their families to Cedar Point to mark annual I PROMISE Family Reunion.
Wednesday, 09 September 2015
Cedar Point announces Valravn, the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, will be built for the 2016 season.
Friday, 18 September 2015
20th annual HalloWeekends event begins
Sunday, 01 November 2015
Final day of 2015 operating season
Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Cedar Point holds Valravn Media Day
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Valravn opens as the world's tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster.
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Frontier Inn opens, replacing Chick-fil-A
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Cedar Point introduces its photo sharing service, FunPix.
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Coca-Cola Oasis opens, replacing Hurricane Hannah's.
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Cedar Point introduces park-wide free Wi-Fi.
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Cedar Point hosts Valravn World Premiere Weekend from May 7-8, 2016. The new roller coaster makes its public debut. Although not officially opening day, the entire park was open.
Friday, 13 May 2016
Cedar Point opens for its 147th season.
Sunday, 05 June 2016
Microburst hits Cedar Point Causeway with estimated wind speeds of 90MPH, damaging 35 utility poles. Several vehicles were stuck for hours as crews removed the downed lines. Cedar Point closed early the evening of June 5 and remained closed all day June 6 as a result of power issues and temporarily closure of the Causeway.
Saturday, 30 July 2016
A water-main break on the Cedar Point Causeway causes Cedar Point and its resort hotels to close a few hours early. The park reopened on July 31, 2016, while on-property resorts and Soak City remained closed. The resorts and Soak City returned to normal operation on August 1, 2016.
Monday, 01 August 2016
Cedar Point announces Mean Streak will permanently close on September 16, 2016.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
LeBron James welcomes 5,000 students, family members, and friends of his foundation's child mentoring program to Cedar Point.
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Cedar Point announces extensive transformation of Soak City to Cedar Point Shores Water Park for the 2017 season. Among the changes will be the addition of three new attractions, Point Plummet, Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge, and Lakeside Landing.
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Cedar Point announces update to Breakers Express, including a name change to Cedar Point's Express Hotel. The hotel will add 69 new rooms and all existing rooms will be renovated.
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Cedar Point announces a new six-story tower for Hotel Breakers to open in 2018. The tower will include 158 new rooms bringing the hotel's total to 669 rooms. A new outdoor poor was also announced.
Monday, 05 September 2016
Final operating day for Soak City
Friday, 16 September 2016
20th annual HalloWeekends opens
Friday, 16 September 2016
Final operating day for Mean Streak.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Final day for Gristmill Refreshments
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Final day for Los Gatos Cafe
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Final day of 2016 operating season.
Saturday, 07 January 2017
Cedar Point announces RipCord will be relocated to Frontier Trail and renamed Professor Delbert's Frontier Fling
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Annual Winter Chill Out event raises $40,000 for A Kid Again. Several new park experiences were announced at the event, including Melt Bar & Grilled.
Saturday, 06 May 2017
Famous Dave's BBQ Shack opens, replacing Gristmill Refreshments
Saturday, 06 May 2017
Wagon Wheel Pizza opens, replace Los Gatos Cafe
Saturday, 06 May 2017
Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling opens on former site of Shoot the Rapids
Saturday, 06 May 2017
Cedar Point opens for 148th season
Saturday, 06 May 2017
Top Thrill Dragster is renamed Top Thrill Cubster for opening weekend, the result of settling of a 2016 World Series bet with Six Flags Great America.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
Melt Bar & Grilled opens, replacing Joe Cool Cafe.
Saturday, 27 May 2017
The new, 18-acre Cedar Point Shores opens, replacing Soak City.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
LeBron James Family Foundation hosts annual family reunion at Cedar Point, with special appearances by LeBron James, Usher, Jordin Sparks, and J.R. Smith.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Cedar Point announces Steel Vengeance, the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world, new for 2018
Monday, 04 September 2017
Final performance in Extreme Sports Stadium, formerly known as Oceana.
Friday, 15 September 2017
21st annual HalloWeekends event begins
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Final day for Sandcastle Suites and Breakwater Cafe
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Cedar Point announces Sandcastle Suites, Breakwater Cafe, and Extreme Sports Stadium will be removed over the off-season. The park also announced the Boardwalk will be extended from WindSeeker to the main parking lot.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Final day of 2017 operating season
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Cedar Point announces it will introduce 25 new “Ultimate RV Sites” for the 2018 season on the former site of Sandcastle Suites.
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Cedar Point fans raise $40,000 for nonprofit A Kid Again at annual Winter Chill Out event.
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Cedar Point announces several updates for 2018 season, including Point Plaza, Frontier Foldovers, Sidewinder Sue's, Miss Keat's Smoke Shack, FrontierTown Shooting Gallery, Western Shoot-out, Gossip Gulch, and the return of Chick-fil-A.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Cedar Point holds media day for Steel Vengenance.
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Cedar Point opens for its 149th season.
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Steel Vengeance opens
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Steel Vengeance closed for several hours after a train returning to the station bumped a train in the station around 1:30 p.m. The ride reopened with one-train operation later in the evening.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Cedar Point Shores Waterpark opens for the season.
Wednesday, 01 August 2018
Cedar Point announces Witches' Wheel will close on September 3, 2018.
Monday, 03 September 2018
Final operating day for Witches' Wheel.