I haven't been to Cedar Point in a few years but I remember there wasn't an operating band organ for the carousel. That probably hasn't changed so my question is why? For a park that advertises itself as the best park on the planet I would think they would pay more attention to details like this that while minor, really add to a quality amusement park experience.
Yes I realize that it is expensive to maintain a band organ but I have hard time believing that Cedar Point can't find the funds in a multi-million dollar budget. Heck, Knoebels always as at least 3 organs operating.
For all the faults of the 1970s era "theme parks" I do give them credit for rescuing and maintaing historic carousels - often from beloved defunct parks. Cedar Point with it's traditional park pedigree to take such little pride in the carousel is perplexing to me.
Although I do agree on this one... playing CD's of carousel music is kind of shady.
Now, let's see if we can get through this thread without the attitude. :)
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CP has done everything they can to ruin it but it hasn't completely worked yet.
Chuck, expecting brakes on the first drop of Blue Streak anyday now.
After Emil LeGross passed away, and George steppped down, things changed, and not for the better. When Robert Munger took over the seperate organ budget was eliminated, and lumped into the sound dept. The Sound people didn't (and still don't) want to be bothered with them. The same attitude that theming was an unnecessary exprense also applied to the organs.
If the midway organ is all there, not missing any parts, it would cost approx. $11,000 to bring back to form. Considering what CP makes in a day, it's a truely insignifcant amount. Surely "The World's Greatest Amusement Park" could afford that.
CP is great in that they are constantly adding something new to keep people coming back and keeping them interested, but I feel like they've been letting a lot of little things slip over the past few years. I'm hopeful that the trend will stop now because those little things are the things that keep CP from being "just another park with big rides" to a lot of people.
The only comfort I have really is the realization that the Cedar Point I loved in the 1970s and 80s probably annoyed those who remembered it during the 50s and 60s.
But Cedar Point has unique charm with a great location and a great history. It bothers me to see so much of that swept aside to become "just another theme park."
As CP has grown since the dark days following WWII (when the park almost got replaced by residential development), things were lost that made the park so special to many people. Darkrides. Flat rides. Atmosphere. TREES. Yeah, there are 16 coasters and the park claims a huge assortment of rides and other entertainment... but what about what was lost?
There are parks in the country that manage to acknowledge their past while moving into the future- Kennywood, Knoebels and Hersheypark are three fine examples. They add new rides but also reflect upon their history and realize the huge value of nostalgia to certain guests. As Cedar Point has grown, what have they preserved? One of the largest, and certainly one of the most acclaimed parks in the world has no darkrides and a scant two wood coasters- only one of them being rideable. With the exception of Power Tower in 1998 and MaxAir this year, what major non-coaster rides has the park installed? And how many great older rides were removed or severely altered to make room for those coasters?
You can say I'm looking to start a fight but I'm not. It just seems to me that CP manages to polarize a lot of enthusiasts- they either love the place or they despise the place (I stand by my assertion that I fall somewhere in the middle)- and this may be the reason why. As the park tries to position itself as the biggest and the best, little things get lost. The Schwabinchen. The Mill Race. The Antique Cars. The Carousel's band organ. Perhaps if CP spent $20 million on a new coaster and another $5 on preserving something from the past that is oh-so-tempting to remove, maybe the anti-CP people would have less to say?
I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.
Rob, Cedar Point has 3 sets of U-Drive 'Em cars. Turnpike Cars, Cadillac Cars (both on the main midway) and then a set of Antique Cars in Frontier Town. Cadillac Cars and Antique Cars look pretty much the same but I think Frontier Town has the more interesting track layout.
Any body got a clue?
And Thrillerman - they did try to build the "best wooden coaster on the planet" in the early 90's - and failed miserably.
To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".
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