Monday, July 2, 2001 3:04 PM
I was reading this post: http://coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=9488
Can anyone give me more info one how that almost happened?
Monday, July 2, 2001 4:16 PM
Theme Parks weren't to popular in the fifties, with the exception of Disneyland. Though a group of people thought a given land with nothing but fun (thanks to Disneyland) was a great idea, so the creators of CP and others dicided not to tear it down.
We could all thank Disneyland for this.
TITAN IS THE TEXAS' GIANT
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Monday, July 2, 2001 5:48 PM
Cedar Point started heading downhill since the late 30's and by the 50's the park was in such bad condition it barely made any money. The owners were going to file for bankruptcy and sell the park to a company that would turn the park into housing. A article appeared in the local newspaper stating what would happen to Cedar Point. Two businessmen saw the article and bought the park. Those two men studied how Disneyland was being built and run and made decision about Cedar Point according. The late 50's and early 60's Cedar Point added many new rides that started to turn a run down park into American's Roller Coast.
If you have any more questions just ask. I just finished researching(took 4 months) the history of Cedar Point for a upcoming project of mine.
Andrew Hyde http://www.experiencethepoint.com
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 6:25 AM
If I remember correctly, it was George Roose and Emile Legros who took control of Cedar Point in 1957. They had an idea of transforming Cedar Point into a housing development. It took an outcry from the people of Ohio and the convincing of the governor of Ohio to retain the peninsula as an amusement park. The mention of Disney's success in the late 50's was a contributing factor that maybe a themed amusement park wasn't such a bad idea after all.
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 6:43 AM
They origanal plan was to make Cedar point the "Fort Lauderdale of the Noth" and were going to remove everything and build 1000 expensive ranch-style homes on the property. It would be a nice place to live, location wise, but I'm glad it didn't happen.
In 1983, MCA recreational services of California began buying up a lot of the companys stock, in which the park feared the possibility of a corporate takeover. Fortunatly, nothing materialized from this effort.
There are 2 books, "Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places" by Davis W Francis and Diane Di Mali Francis. The first edition of this book was written in 1988, the expanded 125th anniversary special addition was written in 1995. Both are out of print, but you can check libraries in the Cleveland area for them.
There is also a Video "Cedar Point Memories" which shows a significent documentery on the park. Im not sure whether or not thats still available yet or not. I don't think so.
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 6:50 AM
Andrew, I think I'll take you up on that. Let me think of a few more questions :)
Tuesday, July 3, 2001 8:51 AM
in case u guys didnt know go here for about 7 page on cedar point history http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/news/history/a.cfm
i found it out when i was very bored, it has lots of great pictures to