Cedar Point announces improvements for Gemini midway

Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Cedar Point amusement park/resort, known around the world for its record-breaking collection of rides and roller coasters, announced several plans for the 2014 season, including introducing two new family rides, changes to the park’s Camp Snoopy area and more details on a two-year renovation project to Hotel Breakers.

Joining Cedar Point’s impressive lineup of rides next summer will be Pipe Scream – a Disk’O Coaster, and Lake Erie Eagles – a Flying Scooters ride. Located along the Gemini Midway, Pipe Scream is billed as “combining the best of a roller coaster and a flat ride in one.” Riders will spin and coast over 302 feet of track, reaching a maximum height of 43 feet above the midway and a top speed of 43 mph! Pipe Scream is manufactured by Zamperla, Parsippany, N.J. Across from Pipe Scream, Lake Erie Eagles will also soar onto the Gemini Midway and will treat a new generation of Cedar Point’s guests to a classic thrill ride. Riders on Lake Erie Eagles will sit in one of eight ride carriages that are suspended from arms located more than 28 feet above the ground. As the ride begins its cycle, the carriages will swing outward simulating the sensation of flight! A paddle on the carriages will allow guests to alter their flight experience from mild to wild! Lake Erie Eagles is manufactured by Larson International, Inc., Plainview, Texas.

In addition to the Gemini Midway improvements, Camp Snoopy, celebrating 15 years of family fun at Cedar Point, will also see enhancements. The kid-friendly Frog Hopper ride will be relocated to Camp Snoopy and re-themed as Woodstock’s Airmail while the Jr. Gemini roller coaster will be renamed Wilderness Run and its entrance will be moved into Camp Snoopy. These two popular rides will join other family favorites such as the Tilt-A-Whirl, Lolli Swing and Camp Bus and will bring Camp Snoopy’s ride count up to an impressive nine rides, many of which parents can ride side-by-side with their children.

“We are excited about these new additions to the park,” said Jason McClure, incoming Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point. “Following the successful introduction of GateKeeper, we believe these new rides and upgrades will continue to make Cedar Point the perfect vacation destination for families of all ages.”

The beginning of a two-year Hotel Breakers renovation project will also commence this winter. Phase one will include upgrading a portion of the exterior of Hotel Breakers, while phase two will take place over the 2014-2015 winter season and will feature upgrades to both the exterior and interior of the hotel. Conveniently located between the sandy shore of Lake Erie and the mountainous roller coasters of Cedar Point, this popular family vacation destination boasts more than 500 rooms, many of which provide sweeping views of the Cedar Point Beach.

Visit CedarPoint.com for more information.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:49 AM

Works for me. Nice to see family rides coming back instead of disappearing. Hopefully we will see a log flume again soon.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:49 AM

I didn't know Zamperla had a base/plant/office in NJ. Huh. I guess it's true what I often say..ya learn something every day.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:50 AM

Very exciting, they've been needing new family rides. And nice to see that area of the park get some attention. Next question of course, is what rides are leaving? I'm guessing from the map photo and news about FH moving to CS...they are removing all of the Gemini children's area? Besides "Wilderness Express" and "W Airmail". Looks like Monster is still on the map and Witches Wheel isn't really in this area right? That's further down I think. I was worried those 2 rides would be on the way out since they are in that area and are pretty old. Hope they're both staying as I love both and they're both classics.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:04 AM

I too, was wondering what all is officially leaving. Maybe they are moving some of the Gemini Kiddie rides up to Kiddie Kingdom area (not sure if they are worth saving because of their age), What about the bumper boats? Those aren't that old, and kids love those things. It also looks like there might be a new restaurant instead of what's their now in the left of the picture (I say that because it looks like it has a new glass front, and tables and chairs shown.)

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:11 AM

I really like what they are doing to the most dated, ugly part of the park. This will look really nice.

I am excited for the flyers as well. The only additional thing I would have loved to see was a modern whip ride. That would be fantastic for families to ride.

Glad to see this part of the park getting a refresh though!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:24 AM

This sounds like the perfect plan to me. That corner of the park has needed a little facelift. Both new family rides are great choices, will be a good fit in that area nicely and further round out the parks overall lineup of rides.

Also, the plan increases the number of rides in Camp Snoopy without actually purchasing new rides. Smart.

The artist's rendering seems to show new lighting and pavers. I hope so, the asphalt needs to go.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:38 AM

Will they snap?

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:45 AM

RollerCoasterGod said:

I too, was wondering what all is officially leaving. Maybe they are moving some of the Gemini Kiddie rides up to Kiddie Kingdom area (not sure if they are worth saving because of their age)

I'm betting that they will replace a few rides at the front of the park.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:46 AM

I think most of what is leaving is the former Gemini games area. That area has been shuttered all summer I believe and has had minimal traffic for quite a while now. There are at least 3-5 buildings in that area.

Tony Clark seemed to indicate on PointBuzz that the blacktop indeed is going away.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:52 AM

Ok, good. I just posted to PointBuzz how I noticed on my last visit that the Gemini midway was looking like a p.o.s. The asphalt was cracked, was hot, and looked awful. The buildings were worn out, the games were closed, and the kiddie rides looked so old. This will be a great improvement and will add family attractions.
Those that were busy predicting what CP might make over seemed to be concentrating on the space between Wicked Twister and Windseeker, calling for the removal of the Oceana stadium and installing family attractions in a boardwalk environment ala Knott's. While that would have been swell, that area is good for now and looks fine. (Sorry, Jeff, your "rumor" still ain't come true!)
Monster and Witch's Wheel will stay I'm sure, Monster is in the rendering and it's more of a mild thrill ride to boot, so it's still a good fit. The Flying Scooters are in the perfect spot, I've always thought that grassy area screamed for a ride of some sort. (I always pictured an S&S Swat ride for that spot, back when they were going in. Probably a good thing in the end, huh?)
The Larson Scooters are not very snappable for some reason, you have to be an awfully good flyer to even get close.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:07 AM

I really don't think snapping is on the CP agenda, anyway.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:19 AM

What I would like to know is how a family from Beavercreek, OH which is not the Lord Gonchar household got selected to do the promo video. Clearly there were some flaws in the interview process.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:32 AM

The new ones at Michigan's Adventure are snapable. I'm far from being an expert, and I was able to do it. I'm sure these guys will do better than I.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:59 PM

This is a great addition. I'd like to see Cedar Fair do this kind of thing more often.

Pipe Scream is a great addition. The one at Kings Island always has a long line and very happy customers. Flyers always get a good crowd at every park that has them too.

I like the idea that Camp Snoopy will have two roller coasters. It looks like the Frog Hopper will go in-between the Lolly Swings and Tilt-a-whirl.

Also, no one has mentioned this yet. The kiddy bumper boats are going to be removed as well.

Concerning the lost Gemini Midway Hampton kiddy rides, I worked at those rides a few times throughout my three seasons at the park. Their were two Hamptons, and normally only one ride host to run both of them. One ride would be closed for a while while the other was running. The ride operators would switch back and forth every ten or fifteen minutes.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:08 PM

Hey, Krause...who's your new avatar?

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:16 PM

It my REAL head. I took off my mask for a photo. lol

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:18 PM
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 1:48 PM

The rename of Jr. Gemini (and the loss of the oh-so-late-1970s station appearance) means another little piece of my childhood is gone soon. I had better get copious pictures on my next visit.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:06 PM

that slice o' your childhood is gone in name only. The ride is still there, and still the same as it ever was.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:06 PM

The little pieces of your childhood haven't been lost. They've just been renamed and shifted fifty feet. ;)

Dammit, Raven. Ya stole my punch line.

Last edited by Ensign Smith, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:07 PM
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