Posted February 28, 2012, 9:46A | Contributed by Jeff

Members of PointBuzz were treated to an off-season tour of Cedar Point last weekend, including a walk through the inside of Disaster Transport. During lunch, the group heard from general manager John Hildebrandt and VP of marketing Lee Alexakos. The presentation included a lot of details about the upcoming season, including the $6 million show and midway lighting for Luminosity.

See the photos on PointBuzz. Also, read the Cedar Point 2012 summary.

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February 28, 2012, 12:37P

eightdotthree

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I like that they are removing that big ugly screen and control booths from the Iron Dragon midway.


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February 28, 2012, 1:46P

Jason Hammond

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Speaking of which, the screen is now down.

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February 28, 2012, 2:21P

James Whitmore

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I agree, and I also think that the new lighting packages for MF, PT and GW are overdue as well. Just repairing the old lights on those rides would have been fine with me. New lights instead are a bonus.


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February 28, 2012, 3:45P

Ensign Smith

Here's an interesting question. The area informally known as Iron Dragon midway is now going to be called "Celebration Plaza". In addition to the stage, will there be any specific theming to differentiate this zone from other parts of the park? And if so, could this be the beginning of more theming and individual themed areas at the Point? I, for one, am 110% in favor of such an idea.


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February 28, 2012, 3:51P

Jeff

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Well the edges will all be curvy and pretty. Does that count for something?


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February 28, 2012, 4:19P

Ensign Smith

Actually, yes. I should think that if you differentiate that sort of thing from the styles seen in the rest of the park, that's part way there. Throw in unique lamps/lighting, pavers, landscaping, decor, and...voila! You might just have a separately themed area. Maybe it wouldn't be as obvious or distinct as, say, walking from Hanna-Barbera Land to Rivertown, but in my book it counts.


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February 28, 2012, 4:23P

RCMAC

Well, you know what they say, Mike... hope springs eternal. :)

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February 28, 2012, 5:49P

Ensign Smith

...said the optimist. ;)


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February 28, 2012, 7:20P

Natas

Luminosity sounds pretty cool. So does the new improved lighting. I'm thinking that I will definitely have to find the time to get to the park this summer. Night time lighting has always been one of my favorite parts of visiting an amusement park.

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February 28, 2012, 9:09P

Jeff

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After talking to Lee a bit after lunch, it occurred to me that what they're doing actually reminds me a great deal of City Walk in Orlando. I think that place has great atmosphere (when it's busy, but not too busy). Granted, much of my time there was spend intoxicated to various levels, so my opinion could be fuzzy.


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February 28, 2012, 10:49P

maXairMike

No, it isn't too affected by the alcohol. ;)

I love just hanging out in CityWalk on the weekends after the parks close in the evening when they have a local cover/up-and-coming band playing on the CityWalk stage next to the Universal store (which is most every weekend except for the slowest of times). The atmosphere is great, even as someone who doesn't really drink.


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February 29, 2012, 1:19A

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I really like the view of Millennium Force with the screen down.


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February 29, 2012, 10:10A

RideMan

The other comparison that a few of us were making was to "ElecTRONica", the nightly dance party that has been used lately to fill space at California Adventure.

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February 29, 2012, 2:38P

MagnunBarrel

Is the wicked twister train already back on the track? I know they strip them down and put them all back together, but geez thats a bit early for cedar point.

Anyhow, i also have been following kings island on twitter and they have most of their trains back on the track already. Maybe we wont have to wait until opening day to have all the rides certified by the state this year.


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February 29, 2012, 2:46P

Brian Noble

"ElecTRONica", the nightly dance party that has been used lately to fill space at California Adventure.

My understanding is that it was quite a bit better than a space-filler; guests liked it, and it generated a LOT of beverage sales.


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February 29, 2012, 4:24P

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March 1, 2012, 1:53A

LostKause

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Didn't I read somewhere that ElecTRONica was going to change to something else with a different theme soon?


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