Cedar Point’s 144th year featured new rides, upgrades, fun, along with a dash of the unexpected. We asked the fans to help us pick the top stories of 2014. Here are the results.
In February, Cedar Point enthusiasts got the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the park in the off-season. The event raised $13,280 for Give Kids The World Village, a resort in Florida where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations.
In November, Cedar Point ignited speculation on future development when it was announced the Good Time Theatre would be removed over the off-season. Originally opened in 1975 as the Cedar Point Cinema, the former IMAX theatre was converted into The Good Time Theatre in 2002 with the debut of “Snoopy Rocks! On Ice.”
This season marked the first with Jason McClure at the helm. McClure stepped into the top spot when John Hildebrandt retired after the 2013 season. Before Cedar Point, McClure spent 12 years at Carowinds, Kings Island, and Dorney Park.
Cedar Point celebrated Blue Streak’s golden anniversary in June with a ceremony, cake, and giveaways. The classic wooden coaster has thrilled millions of riders since it opened on May 23, 1964.
After winning the title of “Best Park” from the readers of Amusement Today for 16 straight years, Cedar Point finished second in the 2014 poll behind Europa-Park. It was the first year in the award’s 17-year history that a park other than Cedar Point claimed the title.