Cedar Point History - 1990's

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1990

Soak City is expanded to include Tadpole Town and Main Stream

Sandcastle Suites opens

Final season for the Trabant

The IMAX movie "The Dream is Alive" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 5, 1990
Cedar Point opens for 121st season
Saturday, May 5, 1990
Disaster Transport opens
Saturday, May 5, 1990
Avalanche Eatery is renamed Transport Refreshments
1991

Breakwater Cafe opens

Final season for Sky Slide

Final season for Cedar Classic Miniature Golf

The IMAX movie "A Freedom To Move" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 11, 1991
Cedar Point opens for 122nd season
Thursday, May 16, 1991
Mean Streak opens as the world's tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster.
Wednesday, May 22, 1991
Mean Streak media day
Friday, June 7, 1991
MagnumMania is held
1992

Challenge Park opens near Magnum XL-200

Sandcastle Suites is expanded

Cedar Point celebrates 100 years of roller coasters at the park with commemorative signs at each coaster

Hotel Breakers is placed on the National Register of Historical Places

Cedar Point changes soft drink providers from Coke to Pepsi

The IMAX movie "To Fly" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

The IMAX movie "Rolling Stones at the Max" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. The feature-length movie required a separate fee.

Saturday, May 9, 1992
Cedar Point opens for 123rd season
Saturday, May 9, 1992
Macaroni's opens, replacing Swiss Chalet
Saturday, May 9, 1992
An expanded Berenstain Bear Country opens on the site of the former Sky Slide and Cedar Classic Miniature Golf
Saturday, May 9, 1992
Bear Country Railroad opens
Saturday, May 9, 1992
4x4's open in Kiddieland
Friday, June 5, 1992
4th annual CoasterMania is held.
Friday, June 26, 1992
NBC's Today Show and Cedar Point make history when the "Gadget Guru" Andy Pargh broadcasts live while riding the Mean Streak. It marks the first time a roller coaster ride was broadcast live from on-ride.
Wednesday, September 9, 1992
Cedar Point announces Snake River Falls, the world's highest and fastest water ride, new for 1993
Wednesday, December 9, 1992
Cedar Point announces it will open a Hardee's on the corner the Causeway and Fifth Street in Sandusky. The fast food restaurant will have a Cedar Point theme and, at 4,500 square feet, will be the largest Hardee's in the world.
1993

Snake River Falls opens as the world's tallest, fastest, and steepest water ride.

Sir Bumpalot's Boats opens

Boathouse opens, replacing Marina Steak House.

Kiddieland Carousel renamed Kiddy Kingdom Carousel

Monster is closed for the beginning of the operating season while Cedar Point awaits delivery of parts for the ride.

Final season for Mill Race

Final season for Taffy Box

The IMAX movie "Flyers" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Wednesday, January 20, 1993
Cedar Point announces that it will expand Kiddieland and rename it Kiddy Kingdom. The area will have a new bumper boat ride and a medieval theme.
Saturday, May 8, 1993
Cedar Point opens for 124th season
Thursday, August 26, 1993
The first issue of Walt Schmidt's Cedar Point Newsletter is emailed. It is the Internet's first publication dedicated to Cedar Point.
Wednesday, September 1, 1993
Cedar Point announces Raptor. An invitation to the 10:30 AM press conference calls Raptor the "most exciting and ambitious project ever… a project that will challenge the boundaries of imagination and change the Sandusky, Ohio amusement park/resort like nothing before it."
1994

Midway Carousel relocated near the main gate to accommodate Raptor

Calypso relocated next to Blue Streak to accommodate Raptor

Turnpike Cars is reduced in size to accommodate Raptor

Trim brakes are added to Mean Streak's first drop

A portion of the Hotel Breakers is razed in preparation for a hotel expansion

Final season for Frontier Carousel.

Final season for Jungle Larry's African Safari

The IMAX movie "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 7, 1994
Cedar Point opens for 125th season
Saturday, May 7, 1994
Raptor opens as the world's tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster
Saturday, May 7, 1994
Raptor Photos opens
Saturday, December 10, 1994
Cedar Point's first and only "Christmas in the Park" event begins. The Midway Carousel, Park Plaza, and Sweets n' Treats were open for the event. A horse drawn carriage touring behind the scenes at the park, area choirs, Christmas music, Santa in a Magnum car, and a Christmas tree on the midway were also part of the festivities. The event ran through December 30.
1995

Cedar Point celebrates "125 Summers" with a time capsule in Hotel Breakers, an award from the National Amusement Park Historical Association and a special logo on flags and merchandise.

Soak City is expanded to include Zoom Flume, Renegade River, and Choo Choo Lagoon.

Breakers East opens.

The IMAX movie "Flight of the Aquanaut" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 13, 1995
Cedar Point opens for 126th season.
Saturday, May 27, 1995
The Cedar Point Summer Spectacular laser, light, and sound show debuts.
Saturday, May 27, 1995
Soak City opens for its 7th season.
Friday, September 8, 1995
Cedar Point announces plans for Banshee
Wednesday, September 13, 1995
Cedar Point confirms their new stand-up roller coaster will not be called Banshee, due to the connotation of the word 'banshee'
Friday, November 17, 1995
Cedar Point announces their new stand-up roller coaster will be renamed Mantis
Friday, November 17, 1995
Cedar Point launches first website at cedarpoint.com.
1996

RipCord opens in Challenge Park

Final season for Pirate Ride

Final season for Chicken Patio

Cedar Point buys 99% share of Radisson Harbor Inn for $2,300,000.

The IMAX movie "Speed" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Thursday, May 9, 1996
Mantis Media Day is held.
Saturday, May 11, 1996
Cedar Point opens for 127th season.
Saturday, May 11, 1996
Mantis opens as the world's tallest, fastest, and steepest stand-up roller coaster.
Saturday, May 11, 1996
Mantis Photos opens
Monday, July 22, 1996
Striker, one of four dolphins at Oceana, dies.
Monday, July 29, 1996
Coco, one of three remaining dolphins at Oceana, dies.
Sunday, September 8, 1996
Cedar Point announces plans for a Soak City expansion.
Saturday, October 5, 1996
Final day of 1996 operating season.
1997

Cedar Point takes over Hardee's on Fifth St, renovates and renames it Coasters Mid-Way Grill. The menu included five lunch combos named after Cedar Point roller coasters.

Trim brakes are added to first drop of Mantis.

Soak City expanded to include 500,000 gallon wave pool, action slide area, activity pool, and Bubbles adult swim-up bar.

Final season for Oceana.

Cedar Point announces 2-year, $16,000,000 expansion to the Hotel Breakers.

The IMAX movie "Speed" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 10, 1997
Cedar Point opens for 128th season.
Saturday, May 10, 1997
Quarterdeck Arcade opens.
Saturday, May 10, 1997
Paddlewheel Excursions opens with new boats.
Saturday, May 10, 1997
Midway Market opens
Saturday, May 10, 1997
Swan Boats open
Friday, June 6, 1997
9th annual CoasterMania is held.
Saturday, June 7, 1997
Chaos opens.
Wednesday, August 20, 1997
Cedar Point announces Power Tower, new for 1998.
Friday, September 26, 1997
First annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 26, 1997
Cedar Point Cemetery haunt opens.
Friday, September 26, 1997
Eerie Manor haunt opens.
Friday, September 26, 1997
Cedar Point Spooky Express haunted railroad opens
Sunday, October 12, 1997
Final operating day of 1997 season.
1998

Sir Bumpalot's Boats relocated from Kiddy Kingdom to area in front of Gemini

Final season for Berenstain Bear Country.

Final season for the Oceana Aquarium.

Final season for Paddlewheel Cafe.

The IMAX movie "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Friday, February 20, 1998
Misty, one of the two remaining dolphins at Oceana, dies. The surviving dolphin, Breeze, retires to the Dolphin Research Center in Florida.
Saturday, May 9, 1998
Cedar Point opens for 129th season.
Saturday, May 9, 1998
Power Tower opens as the world's tallest drop ride
Saturday, May 9, 1998
Power Station opens, replacing Safari Gifts.
Saturday, May 9, 1998
Frog Hopper opens
Thursday, May 28, 1998
Jeff Putz launches PointBuzz predecessor Guide to the Point.
Tuesday, June 30, 1998
Waterspouts spotted offshore trigger tornado warning for Cedar Point.
Friday, September 25, 1998
2nd annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 25, 1998
Toxic Tunnel of Terror haunt opens.
Sunday, October 11, 1998
Final operating day of 1998 season.
Friday, November 13, 1998
Cedar Point announces Camp Snoopy family area including 31-foot family coaster new for 1999.
Friday, November 13, 1998
Cedar Point names new Hotel Breakers addition Breakers Tower.
1999

Breakers Tower opens

High-dive show opens at former Oceana Stadium, which is renamed Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium.

TGI Friday's opens at Hotel Breakers.

Super Himalaya is relocated between Corkscrew and Power Tower to accommodate Camp Snoopy

Two-year renovation of Cedar Point Marina begins

Final season for Kid Arthur's Court.

Final season for Edison Learning Company

The IMAX movie "Extreme" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Saturday, May 8, 1999
Triple Challenge Racepark opens in Challenge Park, replacing Cedar Point Grand Prix.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Cedar Point opens for 130th season.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Coasters Drive-In opens.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Snoopy Boutique opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Peanuts Playground opens, replacing Berenstain Bear Country.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Bear Country Railroad renamed Peanuts Express.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Camp Snoopy opens.
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Charlie Brown's Cookout opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Woodstock Express opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Camp Bus opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Snoopy Bounce opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Lolli Swing opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Balloon Race opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Tilt-a-Whirl opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Camp Snoopy Photo opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Peanuts 500 opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Red Baron opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Stadium Games opens
Sunday, May 9, 1999
Edison Learning Company opens
Thursday, May 20, 1999
14th annual Physics Day is held
Friday, June 4, 1999
11th annual CoasterMania is held.
Friday, July 2, 1999
Cedar Point announces construction has started on Breakers Express, which will open for the 2000 season.
Thursday, July 22, 1999
Cedar Point announces Millennium Force, a 310-foot giga-coaster, new for the 2000 season.
Friday, September 24, 1999
3rd annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Sunday, October 10, 1999
Final operating day of 1999 season.