Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:42 AM | Contributed by Tekwardo
Cedar Point announced in a blog post that it will demolish the Sandcastle Suites hotel, along with the adjacent Breakwater Cafe. It will also remove the former Aquatic Stadium. The current beach boardwalk will be extended all the way to the main parking lot.
Read more from the official Cedar Point Blog.
Good riddance. That stadium should've been torn down years ago.
That place is a dump. Stayed there during Golden Tickets last year because we decided we were going too late and Breakers was sold out. It was stanky and dirty... not like in need of cleaning, just old, musty and worn out.
What surprised me so much was the amount they were charging for the rooms there. When I went to CP with family this year, it was less expensive to get a room at Castaway Bay, or the newly renovated Breakers Express. And they were charging the same to stay there as Breakers (which made sense 10 years ago when Breakers was also a dump, but not in 2017.)
Didn't they do a reno of Sandcastle in 2006-ish? It was merely OK that year.
They've done a number of renovations at Sandcastle over the years but I'm thinking they might have even done some significant work in last couple of years on the interiors. In any event, I've been saying for years that that piece of the property should be used for something bigger and better.
I'm reading rumors of another expansion to Lighthouse Point but I can't get my head around that one. I really think they could build a really special hotel on the tip of the peninsula that takes advantage of a spectacular view.
They already have a really special hotel with a new tower. Ouimet said in his interview with me when he started they might add cottages, so that wouldn't surprise me.
Not to mention that if they add more cabins, they could take out one circle and the CP Shores parking lot and double the size of CP Shores and place some much needed newer tube/raft slides in (maybe even a water coaster.)
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I guess cottages makes sense and maybe they require less overhead in the long run. Don't need a second registration desk. Don't need more restaurants. Etc. I suppose if they are going to do any more expansion of Cedar Point Shores then the original "Circle B" of the campground is the logical place.
I just think that view with the bay on one side, the lake on the other, and the channel out front screams for something more than a bunch of cottages.
I read earlier today that Sandcastle was remodeled in 2008.
I stayed there on my one and only Cedar Point trip in 2004. It wasn't outstanding but it wasn't particularly bad either. It was more than sufficient given that all we did was sleep there for 2 nights. I remember especially enjoying the hot tub out near the beach in the cool night air. I'm a bit more of a hotel snob now than I was then, so I probably wouldn't be as thrilled to stay there now. Back then I was just happy to be on a vacation that involved a hotel stay.
...double the size of CP Shores and place some much needed newer tube/raft slides in (maybe even a water coaster.)
Why is it much needed? Is attendance suffering?
Even with the additions last year CP Shores remains a middling waterpark, adding those slides would make it a good waterpark.
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Seems to me that a new coaster would fit in nicely where the Aquatic stadium is (was) and if they want to do a 20th, my guess is that would likely go over where Shoot the Rapids is located. Seems like there plenty of room still based off of Google Maps. Depending on the type of coaster(s) they want to build, there are likely other options for locations that would revolve around moving/removing other park items.
Based on property location, I can't envision anything other than another hotel or expansion of the cabins being put in place of Sandcastle Suites.
Stayed at Sandcastle its first year. It was obvious that it was built cheaply, so I'm honestly not surprised by this decision.Last edited by CreditWh0re, Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:31 AM
if they want to do a 20th, my guess is that would likely go over where Shoot the Rapids is located. Seems like there plenty of room still based off of Google Maps. Depending on the type of coaster(s) they want to build, there are likely other options for locations that would revolve around moving/removing other park items.
Yeah a GCI would fit nicely there, I remember someone made a fan-made GCI in that location with NoLimits up on YouTube.
Well that settles it, then.
When I saw the All Wheels Extreme show at the former aquatic stadium, I have to say I was a little disappointed by the view. The stadium should have one of the best views in the park. However, the view of the beach was blocked with a "wall" of sorts. I don't know if the wall was to block the wind for the performers, or something. You couldn't see much of the beach from the stadium, though.
You know what else would fit nicely where Shoot the Rapids used to be? A good water ride.
As another sign of Cedar Point making good moves, Maverick's tunnel is apparently getting a two-year makeover:
It's the polar opposite of what many people are accustomed to, with that being the "little things" about rides that make them extra-special falling to the wayside due to maintenance costs, etc.
I, for one, would love to see those original chasey-lights that went up Magnum's lift hill return.
These are the differences between the current Cedar Fair leadership team and "people gotta eat". I love where the chain currently is and can't wait to see where they go in the coming years and beyond.
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