Cleveland paper profiles life at Cedar Point in the off-season

Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2002 3:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff

While the kids are in school and the snow covers the ground, Cedar Point's 350 year-round employees are hard at work preparing for another year. Rides are stripped down, costumes are created, an army of seasonal help is hired and hotel rooms are cleaned.

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Link: Guide to The Point

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 5:56 AM
I wonder what kind of life that would be. Do many of the winter employees still live on the point or do they have homes on the mainland?

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If the shoe fits, find another one.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 7:31 AM

No winter employees live on point, except Mr. Kinzel who lives on the peninsula. It is rather cold and dreary, for the most part, in the offseason.

It is neat to see the lake freeze over, when it happens, along with the last coal ships trying to beat the ice. If a ride is under construction it is also interesting to see that in person as opposed to a park cam.

The staff keeps pretty busy. A good number of them start recruiting at midwest colleges beginning in February and taking them up to mid-April. Many of the full-time managers are out cleaning food stands, shops, hotel rooms and the like and go about the process of getting things ready in the Spring.

The offseason is also the only time vacation is permitted, as full time employees pretty much don't take vacation from late March to mid October.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 8:02 AM
The full time employees do not live on point. They all have houses in the surronding area like Huron, Norwalk, Vermillion, etc.. The full time employees of the park are the silver tags that you see walking around the park in a tie during the summer!

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What goes up Must Come Down, Lets hope it comes down really fast!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 11:20 AM
Well, i doubt the full time matinence guys and people cleaning the rooms don't wear ties around...heh.

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If the shoe fits, find another one.

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Thursday, March 7, 2002 3:36 PM
There was at one time, back during my era at the Point, some all weather apartments maintained in the Cedars. I believe one was Mr. Roose's, while the others were rented by a select(?) few full timers. The Point in winter is definitely not a picnic. Most of us lived in Sandusky and environs.
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