Cedar Point's Ocean Motion: Yours for $179,000

Posted Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Cedar Point has put an old ride, the Ocean Motion, up for sale, and begun dropping clues about the new ride it will debut next year. Offers for Ocean Motion are being taken by Ital International, which sells new and used rides. The ride is identified on Ital’s website as a Huss Pirate Ship, reference No. 1392. The asking price is $179,000.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010 11:19 PM
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Oceana 1980. Ocean Motion 1981.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 1:55 AM

^^ I remember walking past it a cpl weeks ago and seeing it on a "cleaning" cycle... I cant believe anyone could get sick on there...

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Friday, August 20, 2010 9:54 AM

My wife used to be a ride op on that ride. She said she'd love to have it in the backyard! She said her favorite thing was to get the ride to swing as high as possible. One of my three kids is now tall enough to ride and we have some of the best pictures of his smile because of that ride.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:18 AM
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My favorite way to ride ships is to do my best impersonation of getting ready to hurl. It works great because the people across the ship are staring at you the whole ride. It can really freak out some kids if done right.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 11:38 AM

Wouldn't that make it an 'Up' Chuck Wagon? ;)


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Friday, August 20, 2010 2:44 PM

Yeah, OM went in 1981. I had my dates wrong for once.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 2:57 PM

Muncie All Star said:
One of my three kids is now tall enough to ride and we have some of the best pictures of his smile because of that ride.

I think that is what people lose sight of on rides like this. These rides are not meant for teenagers and adults. They are for kids. Would I ride it by myself - no. But I love riding it with my 5 year old. And he absolutely loves that ride. And he will certainly be sad if they take it away.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:10 PM
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Michael Jackson's favorite ride was a swing ship. Sea Dragon, now at Beech Bend in Kentucky.


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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:17 PM
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Wow. Reading Shades' post and thenWhitmore's post in succession, LOL!


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Friday, August 20, 2010 3:49 PM
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Shades said:
I think that is what people lose sight of on rides like this. These rides are not meant for teenagers and adults. They are for kids. Would I ride it by myself - no. But I love riding it with my 5 year old. And he absolutely loves that ride. And he will certainly be sad if they take it away.

Exactly. My wife and I rode it last week (we had decided to ride those lessor rides that we usually skip). Their was a bunuch of kids on it, too old for the Snoopy area but too young for the big stuff. They were lovin it.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 6:34 PM

I think it is interesting that three rides all along the same basic chunk of midway were all for sale (Demon Drop, Chaos, Ocean Motion).

Someone posted something somewhere about Cedar Point possibly relocating that back gate soon. I should mention that when Wicked Twister was under construction, pavement markings appeared near the gate which seemed to suggest the gate moving inward a bit and angling towards the front of the park, but obviously that never happened. It's not the first time the park's plans have changed. Some of us remember when they cleared brush, tore down a drink stand, and actually started work on moving the Troika, then abandoned the project for a few more years long before Dragster was built.

Swinging boat rides are great fun no matter where they are. Kennywood sometimes seems to have trouble drawing a crowd on theirs, which is weird. Kentucky Kingdom was able to draw a crowd for theirs in spite of the ride being horribly donnikered. The one at Jungle Jack's Landing is arguably the best ride in the park. But contrary to Agent Johnson's comments earlier, I have noticed that, like the Himalaya, they seem to do pretty well on fair and festival midways.

Something else I wonder about...it seems that in glancing through one of the latest issues of Amusement Today I saw a photo of a new swinging boat ride that is larger and goes higher than the Pirat. Could Cedar Point be thinking about replacing Ocean Motion?

I haven't looked too close, but I'll bet the Ocean Motion A-frame would fit in my back yard, Trouble is, the first swing of the boat would take out the garage and the back of the house.

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Friday, August 20, 2010 8:41 PM

I think it will fit in my backyard without knocking anything down. Since my kid is in love with it maybe I should pass the hat around to all of the Buzzers. If I buy the ride you would all be welcome to come to Massillon, Ohio and ride it!

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Friday, August 20, 2010 10:10 PM
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The swinging ship used to be one of my favorite rides at Conneaut Lake, and I was excited when Waldameer got theirs. I never rode Cedar Point's in all my years going to the park.


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Saturday, August 21, 2010 2:46 AM

Shades said:
These rides are not meant for teenagers and adults. They are for kids.

I disagree. Not every adult or teenager is into 300 foot coasters that go 90 mph, or rides that take you upside down 8 times. For some people, a swinging ship is their upper limit for motion. Those people pay just as much as the thrill seekers to enter the park, and maybe even spend more inside. It's foolish of CP to think thrill seekers are their only market, and they want to be Six Flags circa 2000 all over again.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010 10:25 AM

The standard Pirat can be a rockin' ride, I remember back in the 80's taking a ride on one at the Central Florida Fair (James Strates Shows', I believe) that had a lot of power and went very high. Unbelievable air at the top of the swing, and we had a blast.

Both Cedar Point's and Kennywood's seem to have been toned down over the years. The last time I rode CP's it was ok, kind of on the ho-hum side, but I noticed there was a group of kids that were having a blast, to them it was a real, scary thrill.

There's a place at the park for the Himalayas, Calypsos, Pirate Ships, and Wave Swingers of the world, and (as RGB states) there are lots of riders, both adult and kids, that have reached their thrill limit on such rides. Out of CP's milder flats, some have been with us since 1970 and as they attrition away seem to be replaced with higher thrill level rides, or not replaced at all.

I always thought the Trail would be a good location for Ocean Motion. It would fit tucked in there somewhere, look good, see lots of traffic, and still be able to keep providing those mild thrills to a deserving audience. I don't see it up by the front gate - well... at least it would have a long early morning line!

Last edited by RCMAC, Saturday, August 21, 2010 10:27 AM
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Saturday, August 21, 2010 11:26 AM
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RCMAC said:

Both Cedar Point's and Kennywood's seem to have been toned down over the years.

Right, the rides probably changed. I'm sure you didn't. ;)


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Saturday, August 21, 2010 7:26 PM

Heavens! You mean it was actually ME that was getting old and slow all along? Perish the thought! :)

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Saturday, August 21, 2010 8:57 PM
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Well, not old and slow per se. But changing tastes and preferences, probably. :)


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Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:18 PM

Please, Carrie... please let me blame it on the rides...

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Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:37 PM
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Ok, friend. Blame away. Not another word from me. :)


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