Cedar Fair outlines 2013 capital expenditures

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Get ready for some fun! Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, has announced many new exciting rides and attractions at its properties for the 2013 operating season.

"Thrills will continue to connect families and friends in 2013 as we strive to provide every guest with an unforgettable day filled with thrills, laughter and fun," said Matt Ouimet, president and chief executive officer of Cedar Fair. "Our commitment to introducing innovative new rides and attractions makes a visit to our parks a summer tradition that is passed from generation to generation. We operate the best amusement parks in the world, and we are confident our 2013 line-up of new rides and attractions will continue to provide our guests with a 'best-day-of-the-year' experience each and every time they visit one of our parks."

The crown jewel of Cedar Fair's 2013 capital expenditure program will forever change the landscape at the "Best Amusement Park in the World," Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. Set to debut next May, GateKeeper will soar across the park's front gate with riders screaming and laughing as they experience the longest drop and longest distance of any wing roller coaster in the world. Thrill-seekers can anticipate a two-minute and 40-second action-packed ride featuring a record-breaking 164-foot drop, 4,164 feet of track and speeds of up to 67 miles per hour. This mammoth ride will feature trains with seats that extend to the side of the track, simulating the illusion of flight as riders will see nothing above or below them. The addition of GateKeeper marks the 16th coaster at Cedar Point, already home to four of the world's top-25 rated steel coasters, and further solidifies the park's position as the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World."

At California's Great America in Santa Clara, California, guests will strike gold with the 2013 introduction of GoldStriker. The Old West themed coaster will be the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in Northern California, boasting 3,197 feet of track, more than two thrilling minutes at top speeds of 54 miles per hour, a high point of 108 feet and a 103-foot-drop. With the addition of GoldStriker, guests will be injected with a pure adrenaline rush as Great America continues to provide families with the best thrills and entertainment value in the region.

Parents and children visiting Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia will be delighted as the park debuts an expanded Planet Snoopy in 2013. The 7-acre expansion, with 12 new and re-themed attractions, will make Planet Snoopy the world's largest PEANUTS™ themed children's area. The PEANUTS™ gang has successfully brought parents and children together through the recognizable and nostalgic nature of the characters across all of our properties. In addition to the new family rides and attractions, Planet Snoopy will also feature an 1,100-square-foot family care facility and an open air marketplace, featuring healthy, kid-friendly dining options.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri will offer more value than ever before by combining Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun into a single admission ticket that will provide guests with two great parks for the price of one. As part of this anniversary celebration, the park announced the largest expansion of Oceans of Fun in its history. The waterpark expansion will feature six new slides, nearly doubling the park's current slide capacity, all of which will be located on a 65-foot-tall complex overlooking the Surf City Wave Pool. In addition to the exciting new slides, guests will enjoy other slide renovations and pool areas, and new guest amenities including retail locations, cabanas and lounge chairs.

Family fun will be the focus at Knott's Berry Farm as the park enhances its Boardwalk area during the summer of 2013. The new multi-million dollar development will add a whole new look and feel to this beach-themed area. The highlight of these enhancements will have guests clinging to the handrails of Coast Rider, the ultimate family coaster experience. The new ride is filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins that are sure to excite guests of all ages. Surfside Glider, where riders control their flight above Boardwalk Bay; and Pacific Scrambler, a family favorite ride that appeals to all ages, are additional new boardwalk experiences that are sure to thrill guests.

Building off the strong reception amongst park guests, Dinosaurs Alive!, a world-class animatronic dinosaur collection showcasing the life-sized relics in an interactive exhibit, has been announced at two Cedar Fair properties for 2013: Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Valleyfair, in Shakopee, Minnesota. Dinosaurs Alive! is an unforgettable, life-sized experience which entertains and educates guests through the sounds and movements of each specific animatronic dinosaur. The dinosaurs are designed to accurately replicate every feature of their ancient predecessors. Children of all ages will be excited as they walk through thematic scenes that tell compelling stories about each dinosaur and their primitive world.

Additional investments across Cedar Fair's collection of parks will feature numerous new shows and entertainment offerings.

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:18 AM

Sorry. I still don't get it. Flyers do absolutely nothing for me no matter where they are. Maybe because I don't know the techniques of the masters...

Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:31 PM

I think it must be an old Jedi mind trick.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:39 PM

I think it has to be those flyers, the unit at Carowinds. I suspect they're more of an exception than the rule that makes them so awesome.

Timber-Rider said:

Once again Michigan's Adventure gets screwed.

And yet, people will visit the park anyway, likely in the same numbers they did last year. And the park will still have the highest margin of any in the chain.

Don't you get tired of being dissed?

Monday, November 5, 2012 6:25 PM

I am a flyer fan...the set at Carowinds is second IMO only to those at Knoebels (when the ops are lenient). When the tub stops and the cable gets some slack, you need to be ready for a thrill unlike any other...

OK, maybe "fan" isn't quite strong enough.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:08 AM

I've noticed the Flying Scooters that we seem to admire the most here are Bisch-Rocco models with the original boxier planes. Holiday World's ride is one, too, but it has the longer, rounded tubs that may be a retro fit. I think that (as well as family friendly speed) is what keeps their ride below par. Americana/ leSourdesville's were the same way.
I suppose I should be grateful that Larson took it upon themselves to re-create this classic, but IMO they've managed to miss the mark somehow. I can't quite put my finger on it- maybe the tubs are slightly heavier, or the stops on the wings are such that sharper climbs and descents can't be accomplished as easily. New installations are popping up everywhere, though, so I guess that's a good thing.
This last spring I took advantage of a slow day at KD and rode their original Bisch-Rocco til I was dizzy. I had a blast, and the operator (who let me stay in my seat for repeat rides) seemed to appreciate someone who knew how to fly. It made me ache, however, to have our old ride back at KI. It was a shame when I was at Carowinds and had to pass the old girl by- the line for it there in Snoopy Land was soooo long...
Anybody ever try the ride at Cypress? Worst flyers ever.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:23 AM

I really think that most of the issue is speed. You get a dumpster spinning fast enough with a wing on it and you could snap it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:34 AM

I'm curious why CF didn't announce anything for such important parks in the chain like Kings Island. I'm sure there will be some kind of positive change at KI in 2013, so why not just announce it now so that the park's fans have something to look forward to? I know there's a whole message board of fans that have wanted to see Racer repainted for quite some time. If they announced something like that, I'd think more than a few would be thrilled. Not everything has to be huge to be announced.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:48 AM

They probably didn't announce anything because there isnt anything. It would be nice, and I'm sure someone would notice if they did it, but a needed paint job does not a press release make.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:26 AM

I guess it's just that I remember something being announced for Cedar Point every year growing up. When there wasn't a coaster or significant attraction on the horizon, there'd be announcements like "$2 million in capital improvements including upgraded amenities at Hotel Breakers, a new interactive fountain, etc..." Even as a kid, these types of announcements always satisfied me. I knew there couldn't be a new big coaster every year, and I was content with any general improvements to the park.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:49 AM

New at Kings Island for 2013! "More Charm!" 2013 will see capital improvements costing over $220 this year!

See the light from our new lamp post in Coney Island! (Sponsored by Home Depot!)

Marvel at a new flower pot behind the Eiffel Tower area, featuring an assortment of colorful flowers! (Seasonal only. Sponsored by Cheetos!)

Newly placed garbage cans moved from a slow area to a busier area of the park will provide the possibility of a cleaner park! (Sponsored by The Mason High School Glee Club and Cincinnati Girl Scout Troop 1556!)

Stand next to two new young trees that will eventually grow to provide shade in an open area in Rivertown, and imagine what they will look like when they are fully grown! Sponsored by the Walmart Garden Center!)

Only at Kings Island! Ride on Ride Warriors!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:00 AM

You should totally try to get a job with KI's PR team. After reading that, I'd be the first guest through the gates in 2013, run to the young trees, lie down beneath them, and wait for them to grow.

Last edited by Jeph, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:06 AM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:35 AM

I got a reride on CW's flyers for "winning" the cycle. The op was announcing it like a horse race. I made sure the park knew how great my experience was.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:39 PM

Carowinds does that too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 1:20 PM

I bet Neuski meant CaroWinds. I don't think Canada's Wonderland has flyers, anyhoo.
That's a really great idea, though, the idea of a "race". I'm sure the kids and families love it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:42 PM

On our visit this summer, my 6-year-old son got a reride due to "winning" on Carowinds' flyers. It brought a tear to my eye.


Monday, December 17, 2012 1:59 PM

Bump, Michigan's Adventure gets a Larson Flying Scooters for 2013

Monday, December 17, 2012 2:28 PM

Timber-Rider will be sooooo happy.

Monday, December 17, 2012 2:56 PM

RCMAC said:
Anybody ever try the ride at Cypress? Worst flyers ever.

Jeff said:

I really think that most of the issue is speed. You get a dumpster spinning fast enough with a wing on it and you could snap it.

I dunno, the homespun version at Cypress did have the appearance of a dumpster with wings. Some of my friends are fantastic at piloting (I'm about a C/C+), and I don't think I ever heard of anyone snapping those...


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