Cedar Fair beats attendance record with 2011 numbers

Posted Thursday, January 5, 2012 1:15 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, announced today that attendance at its 17 locations totaled 23.4 million guests in 2011, up 2.6%, or approximately 590,000 visits, from the Company's record attendance of 22.8 million in 2010.

"2011 was another strong year for Cedar Fair," said Matt Ouimet, president and chief executive officer. "Our employees did an excellent job providing our guests with the quality experience that they have come to expect from Cedar Fair. The strength of our season pass programs and commitment to premier new rides, attractions and special events also supported the record attendance we experienced this year."

Ouimet added, "Our guests clearly recognize the great entertainment value that is provided by Cedar Fair's parks and resorts. In this difficult economic environment, it is particularly satisfying to see people make Cedar Fair parks their entertainment of choice.

"As we look ahead to 2012, we remain committed to providing a 'best-day-of-the-year experience' for families and friends at all of our parks. In the coming year we will introduce even more exciting rides, expand our night time entertainment offerings and continue to add to our successful Halloween programs."

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

Friday, January 6, 2012 12:52 PM

Its important to be humble. To avoid "forced upon" issues, it probably should be IMVHO. At least thats my IMVHO.

Friday, January 6, 2012 12:58 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

The CoasterBuzz 1% is keeping me down, man!

I'm gonna start occupying threads...

Friday, January 6, 2012 2:17 PM
birdhombre's avatar

^ Not to be confused with the CoasterBuzz Peanut Gallery, which is more like the *bottom* 1%. ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012 3:29 PM

Sarcasm people, sarcasm.

Sorry. It's reflex.

Friday, January 6, 2012 4:17 PM
rollergator's avatar

There is *nothing* I don't like about ^^Birdman's^^ post - esp. the new sig! :)

Friday, January 6, 2012 11:43 PM
john peck's avatar

After reading so many Cedar Fair press releases through the years, seeing Ouimet's name instead of Kinzel's looked a bit odd at first. I know it isn't, but it made me pause for a second. Looking forward to what the future brings for Cedar Fair.

Sunday, January 8, 2012 10:17 PM
Maverick00's avatar

Does anybody know what Six Flags attendance was in 2011?

Cedar Point will always be The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, regardless of the number of coasters they have.

Monday, January 9, 2012 5:55 PM

I noticed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and peformances are (rightfully) returning to Cleveland this year...

Monday, January 9, 2012 7:55 PM

^Yeah, I never understood having the inductions and performances anywhere else. It would be like the Pro Football Hall of Fame having their induction and game in London.

Monday, January 9, 2012 8:14 PM
Jeff's avatar

That's because people hate on Cleveland. Can't entirely blame anyone, but frankly there's a lot of nice stuff from E. 9th down through Euclid and Public Square.

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Monday, January 9, 2012 8:36 PM

I remember Cleveland waterfront being quite the dump back in the day when I was there to see John Elway take the Browns heart out with the "drive". Went to Rock Hallof of fame a few years ago and IMO they have came along ways. Detroit would be lucky to ever look that good.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:49 AM

I don't understand why people hate on Cleveland. That's like being cruel to your younger cousin with the taped-together glasses and highwater pants. What's the point?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:46 AM
Jeff's avatar

I'm not sure that I "hate" Cleveland as much as I've been tainted and realize there are places that are much, much better. In the cultural sense, Ohio is just a stuck in a vortex of suck. Can't be proud of a state with non-functional government, constitutional bans on gay marriage while having casinos written in... just stupidity like that.

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 5:37 PM

Sounds alot like Michigan. Or is it a "rust belt" thing?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:46 AM

Cleveland has a lot of problems. As does the rest of Ohio. And much of the region. But I don't think those issues have as much to do with the Rock Hall's avoiding Cleveland as the arrogance of many people in the music industry. A lot of folks view the US as having nothing but water between LA and NYC. Some folks recognize a small island called Chicago though they don't like to admit it. With respect to the Hall, they wanted it in LA or NYC and they act as though its in LA or NYC so why would they go to Cleveland for induction ceremonies?

Is Canton better than Cleveland? Having worked in Canton and lived in North Canton for a couple of year, I say no. But football players love to come to Canton (both the newly inducted classes as well as other people in the football hall).

Another issue for the rock hall is its a pseudo hall of fame anyway.


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