Cedar Point announces Rougarou, Hotel Breakers details and new group pavilions

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, will introduce a dynamically new riding experience when it unleashes Rougarou in the spring of 2015!

Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster.

Rougarou’s floorless trains will take riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below. The trains will be manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, the same team behind rides like Raptor and GateKeeper, and will transform the ride experience dramatically while utilizing the structure and track of the former Mantis roller coaster.

The ride begins with a climb to the top of the 145-foot-tall first hill, providing amazing views of the Cedar Point skyline. After reaching the apex, the trains will make a 180-degree turn to the right and plummet 137 feet, at a 52-degree angle, to within inches above the water. Thrill-seekers caught in Rougarou’s grasp will then be flipped upside-down by a 119-foot-tall vertical loop, spun around a 103-foot-tall dive loop, whipped around a highly-banked 360-degree turn and then twisted upside-down again by the world’s only inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at a wicked 45 degrees. Just when guests think the ride is over, the steel beast will take them through a 360-degree flat spin, tight and twisty turns and a figure-eight finale. Riders must be 54” tall to ride Rougarou.

“Rougarou is going to be a fantastic addition to our coaster lineup and our guests are going to love it,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “With the swampy waters below, the vibrant colors of the supports and track, lighting and other effects, it will be a ride like no other at the park.”

2015 will also mark the debut of the newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. Located along the mile-long Cedar Point Beach, Hotel Breakers will complete its two-year transformation into the ultimate resort destination. Along with a new exterior, the modernized hotel will have a new entrance portal, classic interior finishes, newly-furnished and remodeled rooms with LCD TV’s, new furniture, bedding and décor, and many other amenities and offerings. Additional enhancements include a new Starbucks and the Surf Lounge bar inside the famous rotunda, widened exterior green space with panoramic views of Lake Erie and an outdoor water play area with zero depth entry and splash features.

“We want to provide a well-rounded and complete vacation experience for our guests, and the enhancements at the Hotel Breakers will help them have just that,” said Jason McClure. “It will have a fun and fresh feel, is steps away from the park and it’s a great place to start new family traditions.”

Other amenities include two pools and Jacuzzis, access to the Cedar Point Beach and Boardwalk, a gift shop, arcade, exercise room, three restaurants, Early Entry, discounted admission tickets and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The charming waterfront hotel first opened its doors in 1905 as the “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes.” Known for its breathtaking views and cool summer breezes, Hotel Breakers has been an important part of any complete Cedar Point experience. Notable guests over the years have included celebrities such as sharpshooter Annie Oakley, comedians Abbott and Costello, composer John Philip Sousa and six U.S. presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Also: The new Lakeside Pavilion will host groups events near the beach.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:21 PM

Sweet! I've basically ignored Mantis for several years now, so this is essentially a new ride, or at least it's one more thing to do. The Breakers renovations sound nice, too. My wife will be excited about the Starbucks.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:30 PM

Does Rougarou count as a new credit? ;)

Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:22 PM

No. Just...no!

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:30 PM

Sure it does. It's a new experience. ;)

Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:31 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014 12:02 AM

....totally did not think Mantis would be converted. I'll be over in the corner, eating crow.

....unlikely I will ever be able to see the word Rougarou without thinking of Scooby Doo, now.

....with Lakeside Pavilion, Harmony Hall and Great America Pavilion, Cedar Fair seems to be improving their group sales facility offerings. I'm curious to see if other parks in the chain will receive similar facilities. (Except, of course, Michigan's Adventure, which never gets anything ever :-) )

...in a similar vein, when Fury opens, the company will have two parks with coasters incorporated into the park entrance area, bringing a neat kinetic energy to the entrance experience. I'm curious to see if other parks in the chain will be seeing similar additions.

Friday, September 19, 2014 12:38 AM

Carowinds totally revamped their group facilities a couple years ago. It's very nice now.

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:22 AM

slithernoggin said:

....unlikely I will ever be able to see the word Rougarou without thinking of Scooby Doo, now.

You welcome....or alternatively, I'm sorry. ;~P

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:23 AM

Slithernoggin, it's actually 3 parks. Leviathan has a camelback that jumps over part of the entrance path to the main gate with an overbank situated right in front of the gate itself.

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:43 AM

Is the back entrance at Carowinds still open? Their inverted coaster interacts with that area. Doesn't that count?

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:47 AM

Oops! Make it four, then.

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:48 AM

The back entrance seems to be somewhat hit-and-miss. (Since the Bert shooting, I've now entered Carowinds three different ways.)

But if it DOES count, then I guess it's the only park with coasters interacting with multiple entrances...?

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:52 AM

Oh, wait! At Canada's Wonderland, Leviathan also crosses over the Employee entrance! Is that the first coaster to interact with multiple entrances at once? ;)

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:53 AM

Leviathan... whoops. I'm old and it was late. :-)

I've only had the pleasure of visiting Carowinds once (2012 CoasterCon), I'm not sure if I even knew there was a back entrance.

Friday, September 19, 2014 10:38 AM

Does the cobra on Silver Bullet at Knott's count?

Friday, September 19, 2014 11:24 AM

There were rumors that Carowinds South gate would close bit I've seen it used more since Ouimet took over.

I hope it stays, especially since it'll be closer to 2016's big splash.

Friday, September 19, 2014 12:07 PM

Glad to see CP is getting creative with the ride names, even if no one will know to to pronounce it.

Friday, September 19, 2014 12:22 PM

They've had some pretty creative names in the past, in my opinion.

Friday, September 19, 2014 2:58 PM

"Flight Deck" negates most of them.

Friday, September 19, 2014 3:36 PM

At the risk of being 'that guy', I wonder how many trains they bought.


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