Cedar Point's Castaway Bay opening just around the corner

Posted Friday, October 22, 2004 9:35 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Cedar Point amusement park/resort will make a big splash with its new Castaway Bay when the year-round indoor water park resort opens to overnight guests Friday, Nov. 5. At a cost of $22 million, this 51,000-square-foot expansion project is a major renovation to the park's former Radisson Harbour Inn property located at the entrance to the Cedar Point Causeway.

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Friday, October 22, 2004 10:59 AM
Well at least somone finally came out and said The Radison is finally no more...Did I miss CP's official annoucement on the Hotel's name change? ;)

Speaking of which, does anyone up the Sandusky area know when the Kalahari is suppose to open up? That thing is looking huge!

*** This post was edited by RollerCoasterGod 10/22/2004 11:00:31 AM ***

Friday, October 22, 2004 11:38 AM
According to Kalahari's web site, they'll begin taking reservations on 1/1/05. Typically, that's done three to six months in advance of opening. However, in a destination resort like this one, they may start booking even earlier.

I didn't realize that Kalahari was selling condos too. That's pretty cool!

This topic reminds me of a question I've had for a long time... Why did CF franchise the properties at CP and KBF as Radisons to begin with? Other than for nameplate recognition, operators usually franchise for the strength of a brand's reservation system. With the existing resorts CF owns (particularly at CP), I'd think they have a pretty strong reservation system in their own right. If I were them, I wouldn't want to be paying 7-9% royalty fees off the top to Radison...


Friday, October 22, 2004 11:49 AM
The property in Sandusky was already a Radisson hotel when Cedar Fair bought it in 1996. It originally opened in 1989.

The dropping of the Radisson name was previously mentioned.

*** This post was edited by Gemini 10/22/2004 11:52:33 AM ***

Friday, October 22, 2004 1:20 PM
The first phase of the Kalahari condos are already sold-out. I'm not sure when the second phase will become available.
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Friday, October 22, 2004 3:34 PM
"Castaway Bay is the perfect compliment to Cedar Point's resort properties,"

AARGH!!! Why does no one, including journalists, know the difference between "compliment" and "complement"?!

Friday, October 22, 2004 4:24 PM
Complement... You mean like the complement of an angle with measure PI/8? Sorry, just taught this lesson in geometry and fussed over the spelling.
Saturday, October 23, 2004 12:46 AM
I can't wait for Castaway Bay to open!!!
Sunday, October 24, 2004 5:51 PM
Too bad you have to stay at the hotel to get into the park... they could have had so much more money....
Monday, October 25, 2004 12:20 AM
I've already made my reservations. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised by the price; I thought it would be much higher.
Monday, October 25, 2004 3:39 AM
Mole...the price is so cheap for a group of 3-6 folks, that its a waste if you paid a 1 day rate....you get 2 days at the waterpark and what I consider a free hotel room, for around $50-65 a person per package. The problem with having 'open' admission to the park is overcrowding, and Splash Lagoon in Erie PA has to turn away people if the park gets overcrowded with non-overnighters....Would you rather drive to CB and be told you can't be allowed in that day? Even Splash Lagoon says there are no guarantees if you don't stay in the hotel overnight, and the overnight packages at both parks are very reasonable for small family groups.
Friday, November 12, 2004 3:01 PM
The waterpark hours are officially 9am to 10pm daily, and you do indeed get two days of passes for one night of staying. That's awesome. And midwave is right, if you have a family then the price is ideal. For just a couple it's a little high but well worth it knowing that the waterpark won't be ultra-crowded. Really the only shame about the guests-only policy is that you can't necessarily go "all the time", but from the perspective of a guest that's great.

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