Cedar Point History - 2000's

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2000

Giant Wheel is relocated to accommodate Millennium Force

Early Petting Farm renovated and moved to accommodate Millennium Force.

Entrance to Mantis is relocated to opposite side of CP&LE tracks

Climbing wall opens next to Dodgem I

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

Thursday, May 11, 2000
Millennium Force media day.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
Cedar Point opens for 131st season.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
Millennium Force opens.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
Beagle Bay Outfitters opens, replacing Edison Learning Company.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
C. J.'s Provisions and Toot Sweets open, replacing Candy Factory.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
Joe Cool's Corner Store opens, replacing Gemini Gifts.
Saturday, May 13, 2000
Coyote Cody's and Dastardly Dan's open, replacing Aunt Em's Kitchen.
Tuesday, May 23, 2000
Walt Schmidt launches Virtual Midway.
Friday, June 23, 2000
Ticket to Ride virtual queue is introduced on Millennium Force.
Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Millennium Mania coaster enthusiast event is held.
Friday, September 22, 2000
4th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 22, 2000
Pharaoh's Secret opens, replacing Cedar Point Cemetery.
Sunday, October 15, 2000
Final operating day of 2000 season.
Sunday, October 15, 2000
Final day for Fascination.
2001

The IMAX movie "Michael Jordan To The MAX" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema.

Final season for Dodgem I.

Lighthouse Point opens.

Sunday, May 6, 2001
Johnny Rockets opens, replacing Fascination.
Sunday, May 6, 2001
Stuffed Shirt is renamed Lotsapalooza.
Sunday, May 6, 2001
Cedar Point opens for 132nd season.
Friday, June 1, 2001
13th annual CoasterMania is held.
Wednesday, June 6, 2001
Hotel Breakers is removed from the National Register of Historic Places.
Tuesday, August 7, 2001
The National Historic Landmark designation of Hotel Breakers is withdrawn by the Secretary of the Interior.
Saturday, August 11, 2001
VertiGo opens.
Sunday, September 2, 2001
Millennium Force lift cable snaps, shutting the ride down for several days.
Friday, September 21, 2001
5th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 21, 2001
Fright Zone opens.
Friday, September 21, 2001
Untertaker U. opens.
Monday, October 15, 2001
Stadium Games is razed.
Monday, October 15, 2001
Construction begins on Wicked Twister.
Sunday, October 28, 2001
Final operating day of 2001 season.
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Cedar Point announces Wicked Twister and Good Time Theatre new for 2002.
2002

Final season for Corkscrew Refreshments

Final season for Quarterdeck Arcade

Monday, January 14, 2002
200-foot section of one of VertiGo’s three towers collapses
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
Cedar Point announces that VertiGo will be removed
Thursday, May 2, 2002
Wicked Twister Media Day
Sunday, May 5, 2002
Lusty Lil's Golden Palace is renamed Palace Theatre
Sunday, May 5, 2002
IMAX Refreshments is renamed Good Time Refreshments
Sunday, May 5, 2002
Wicked Twister opens as the world’s tallest and fastest impulse roller coaster
Sunday, May 5, 2002
Cedar Point opens for 133rd season
Friday, June 7, 2002
14th annual CoasterMania is held.
Saturday, June 22, 2002
Good Time Theatre opens featuring “Snoopy Rocks! On Ice”
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Track for Top Thrill Dragster is spotted on Perimeter Road near Mean Streak
Monday, August 26, 2002
Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards announces Cedar Point as “Best Amusement Park” for 5th consecutive year.
Monday, August 26, 2002
Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards announces Millennium Force as “Best Steel Coaster.”
Friday, September 20, 2002
6th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Sunday, October 27, 2002
Final operating day for Schwabinchen.
Sunday, October 27, 2002
Final operating day of the 2002 season.
Thursday, January 9, 2003
Cedar Point announces Top Thrill Dragster.
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Top Thrill Dragster media day
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Cedar Point opens for 134th season
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Top Thrill Dragster opens.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Speed Zone opens, replacing Power Station.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Speed Freaks opens, replacing Hats n' Such.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Grandstand Refreshments opens.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Dragster Photos opens.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Relocated Chaos opens in new location behind Coliseum.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Relocated Troika open in new location near Wicked Twister
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Relocated Guessing Game opens near Top Thrill Dragster tower.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Cedar Point celebrates Gemini's 25 anniversary.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Cedar Fair, L.P. announces that the company is considering an indoor waterpark at the Radisson Harbor Inn.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Northeast Blackout of 2003 forces Cedar Point to close early. Power was lost at 4:10 p.m. and was restored a few hours later. It was the first time the park has ever been forced to close early due to a power outage.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Cedar Point voted best amusement park for the sixth consecutive year in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
7th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Cedar Point announces $10 million 2004 capital improvement plan which includes the expansion of Lighthouse Point and the addition of Splash Zone at Soak City.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day of the 2003 season.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day for Swan Boats.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day for Boathouse.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day for Silver Dollar Cafe.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day for Senior Citizens Craft Bazaar.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Final operating day for Games of Skill.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Cedar Point announces Castaway Bay.
2004

Final season for Rock Climb.

Final season for Hofbrau.

Final season for Snoopy's Summer Spectacular.

Thursday, February 5, 2004
Cedar Point announces Donut Time, Game Day Grille, and Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que.
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Cedar Point opens for 135th season.
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Donut Time opens.
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Game Day Grille opens, replacing Silver Dollar Cafe.
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que opens, replacing Boathouse.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Jeff Putz (Guide to the Point) and Walt Schmidt (Virtual Midway) merge websites and launch PointBuzz.com.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Scenes for the movie "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Infestation from Mars" are filmed at Cedar Point.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Cedar Point introduces Print-at-Home tickets on its website.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
16th annual CoasterMania is held.
Friday, September 24, 2004
8th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Lair of the Vampire haunt opens.
Friday, September 24, 2004
CarnEvil haunt opens.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Final operating day of 2004 season.
Friday, November 5, 2004
Castaway Bay opens.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Cedar Point announces maXair.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Vertical construction begins on maXair.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
John Hildebrandt named Cedar Point vice president and general manager, effective March 11, 2005.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Dan Keller retires as Cedar Point vice president and general manager.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
maXair Media Day
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Cedar Point opens for 136th season.
Saturday, May 7, 2005
maXair opens.
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Discount Depot opens, replace Emporium.
Saturday, May 7, 2005
maXair VIP rider auction held, benefitting Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Friday, June 3, 2005
17th annual CoasterMania is held.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Debut of "OnPoint!," Cedar Point's official blog
Friday, September 23, 2005
9th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Creepy, Kooky, Castle Cafe opens.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Persistent mechanical problems force Cedar Point to close Top Thrill Dragster for remainder of 2005 season.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Cedar Point announces White Water Landing will close at the end of the 2005 season.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Final operating day of 2005 season.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Final operating day for White Water Landing.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Cedar Point announces Skyhawk, new for 2006.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Cedar Point announces reduction in one-day admission for 2006 season, the first reduction since implementing the pay-one-price admission in 1970.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Vertical construction begins on Skyhawk.
Friday, March 3, 2006
Cedar Point blog teases photo of footer for what would become Maverick.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Cedar Point opens for 137th season.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Skyhawk opens.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Skyhawk VIP rider auction held, benefitting Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Hurricane Hannah's opens, replacing Hofbrau.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Pizza Hut Express opens at Hotel Breakers and Breakwater Cafe.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Track pieces for Maverick begin to arrive at staging area next to Breakers Express.
Friday, June 2, 2006
18th annual CoasterMania is held.
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Cedar Point announces Maverick, new for 2007.
Friday, September 22, 2006
10th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Fear Faire haunt opens.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Final operating day of 2006 season.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel is inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Cedar Point opens for 138th season.
Friday, September 14, 2007
11th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Monster Midway Invasion Celebration parade debuts.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Final operating day of 2007 season.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Cedar Point opens for 139th season.
Friday, September 12, 2008
12th annual HalloWeekends event begins.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Final operating day of 2008 season. It is the first time the Cedar Point operating season has been extended into November.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Cedar Point announces it will introduce Starlight Experience, a new themed lighted walkway on Frontier Trail, for the 2009 season.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Cedar Point celebrates 20th anniversary of Magnum XL-200.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Cedar Point opens for 140th season.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Annual CoasterMania event is held. Legendary roller coaster designer Ron Toomer was the featured speaker.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Cedar Point confirms it has put Chaos up for sale.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Cedar Point announces it will introduce Shoot the Rapids, a 2,100-foot-long water ride, for the 2010 season.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Final day of operation for 2009 season.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Final day of operation for Demon Drop.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cedar Fair agrees to be acquired by affiliate of Apollo Global Management. Under the terms of the agreement, Cedar Fair unitholders will receive $11.50 in cash for each Cedar Fair limited partnership unit that they hold.