Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The press release:
The world’s best amusement park destination is getting bigger with a multi-year investment to further demonstrate Cedar Point as a complete vacation choice for families and thrill seekers. The major highlight of fun to come is an extensive transformation of Soak City to the brand-new, 18-acre Cedar Point Shores Water Park.
With a nod to its lakeside surroundings, Cedar Point Shores will feature three completely new water attractions, new and upgraded food and merchandise locations and more. All-new amenities will be added for guests to enjoy the one-of-a-kind setting of beautiful Lake Erie and Cedar Point’s mile-long beach.
New attractions for water lovers of all ages are coming ashore in 2017. They include:
- Point Plummet – a six-story-tall, four-person aqua-drop body slide that will simultaneously send four guests on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them. The four separate 400-foot-long slides will send riders through a series of flat loops and s-curves for an amazing water rush.
- Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge – located on the same structure as Point Plummet, these two, five-story tube slides can accommodate guests riding alone or with a friend and will send them through an enclosed tunnel before shooting them out into the sun through intense drops and turns.
- Lakeslide Landing – a new family splashground with 12 kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth-entry pool, giving kids their own mini water thrills while parents can relax under shade structures and enjoy an oversized lounge and sun deck area.
The water park’s existing slides and attractions will receive makeovers as well, with most receiving new names highlighting the unique beachside location.
For food lovers, the new Crystal Rock Café will cook up delicious food items guests won’t be able to resist. The menu includes items like: fresh-baked flat breads with options such as caprese or buffalo mac & cheese; farm stand salad options like crispy chicken BLT, Asian chicken and chicken Caesar; pesto-glazed grilled chicken sandwiches; fresh-breaded chicken tenders; cheeseburgers; bratwurst; waffle fries; tater tots and more.
Cedar Point Shores will also boast a completely new main entrance, a new poolside bar, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade, improved landscaping and unobstructed views of Lake Erie.
Updated cabanas on either side of the massive 500,000-gallon wave pool will be the perfect place to relax for large groups or families. Upgrades include free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs and dedicated food and beverage service.
Guests who want to get the most out of their summer with repeat visits to Cedar Point Shores will want to purchase a 2017 Platinum Pass. The Platinum Pass includes unlimited admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, Early Entry, free parking, exclusive ride nights, in-park discounts and more. Guests can purchase their 2017 Platinum Pass beginning Saturday, Aug. 20 at cedarpoint.com.
In addition to the exciting new Cedar Point Shores Water Park, Cedar Point also announced several enhancements to its overnight accommodations.
In 2017, Breakers Express will transform into Cedar Point’s Express Hotel, adding 69 new rooms to the popular overnight haven. All guest rooms feature two queen beds and will be completely renovated with new bathrooms and bedding, mini fridges, microwaves and connecting family suites for additional time to spend together.
In the center of the property, a new splash pad and an outdoor courtyard featuring conversational living spaces will join the whimsical swimming pool and relaxing deck area.
Construction on Cedar Point’s Express Hotel is already in progress and will last throughout the winter.
The Hotel Breakers, Cedar Point’s signature hotel located right next to Cedar Point Shores, is also growing. Fresh off of a complete renovation in 2015, an additional six-story tower will be added to the classic beachfront property. The new tower will match the beautiful exterior of the existing hotel and will house 158 guest rooms with many of them configured as connecting family suites. A new outdoor pool area will also make its debut alongside the tower. Construction on the addition will begin after Labor Day and will continue through the 2017 season. It will open to new guests in time for the summer of 2018.
With the new tower, Hotel Breakers will have a total of 669 rooms, making it one of the largest hotels on the Great Lakes – and the love for the property keeps growing. Hotel Breakers has been voted one of the “Top 25 Hotels for Families” by readers of TripAdvisor and is just steps away from both Cedar Point and the new Cedar Point Shores Water Park.
Guests who stay at Cedar Point’s Express Hotel, Hotel Breakers and the park’s three additional properties receive the best benefits – Early Entry, allowing access to Cedar Point one hour before the general public to ride some of the biggest attractions, the best deal on park admission tickets (tickets that include free admission to Cedar Point Shores for the length of their chosen 1-day, 2-day or 3-day ticket) and of course, the closest rooms to the world’s greatest collection of rides.
“There’s so much more to Cedar Point than most realize,” said Jason McClure, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager. “No other amusement park can claim a mile-long beach and fresh water lake just steps away from the largest collection of rides on Earth. With the transformation of our water park and investment in our hotel properties, we invite families and friends to make Cedar Point their choice for thrills next summer and beyond.”
Also making its debut in 2017 will be the previously-announced Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center. Located approximately three miles from Cedar Point, the state-of-the-art youth sporting complex will feature multiple fields for soccer, baseball and lacrosse. It will also provide fun for families who attend tournaments, like miniature golf, a ropes challenge course, trampoline structures, food & merchandise options and more.
Floridians will bundle up for a blizzard when it dips below 70 degrees outside, but set the the AC indoors to 65 or below in the summer.
I spend 5 days inside our training center in Fort Lauderdale every October and always wear long sleeves because it's so cold inside, even though it's 85-90 degrees outside. Weird.
My experience with summer air conditioning has been the opposite. I have many friends down here who are totally content setting the A/C to 76-78 in the middle of summer. I'm all about the 70-72 range, even though all the commercials tell me how horrible I am for doing that. Duke Energy can have my money. That said, as soon as temps hit the 50s many buildings (including my office) turn up the heat like we are in the negative digits.Last edited by BrettV, Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:21 PM
It's the public places that the AC is too crazy. When I have to go to client offices, the usual corporate "class A" office space type stuff, I always wear long sleeves in the summer. It's also crazy how cold the indoor theme park attractions tend to be. At home, we keep our overnight at 72, day time at 74, except for the few days where we need to turn on the heat and set that for 69.
I suppose that's true. I'm not visiting peoples' private homes down there. Hotel, restaurants, and business buildings, yes. The initial cold blast coming in from the outside feels amazing, but the thrill wears quickly.
A few weeks ago, my hotel room in Ft Lauderdale was 58 degrees when I arrived and the AC was set to 32 (Fahrenheit.) I'm not even kidding. Though I suspect that was an outlier, perhaps the previous guest had left the balcony door open and the maid was trying to cool it down and forgot.Last edited by Tommytheduck, Sunday, August 21, 2016 11:24 PM
Which is stupid, because that's not how thermostats work. The temperature is the target to turn it off. AC doesn't run colder because you set it colder.
Could you please explain that to my wife? She won't listen to me. :-)
That's a common, stupid misconception a lot of people have. Always drove me nuts.
I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.
O brother, I'm not a fan of Cedar Fair as a company. They always introduce a new scheme to there parks....and this is another example. Notably this place is definitely in need of these upgrades so hopefully the project won't be short budgeted.
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The updates to Hotel Breakers are really incredible. They've taken the resort from a place to stay because its close to the park to a place you want to spend time at. Blown away by the updates and look forward to this new tower and pool. Cedar Fair is in new hands and those hands value quality and experience.Last edited by eightdotthree, Monday, September 19, 2016 10:28 AM
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