Posted Thursday, July 12, 2001 8:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff
In the coaster-building boom of the last few years, The Discovery Channel and its other networks have been good enough to show us the rides we couldn’t always ride. This year, the cable network takes us back stage at what many consider the best amusement park on the planet, Cedar Point. The park scored several 2001 Coasters’ Choice Awards, voted on by members of CoasterBuzz.
"The World’s Largest Amusement Park" is the story about a typical day at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The park is home to 14 roller coasters and a staggering number of other attractions. It also includes a complete resort facility that includes hundreds of rooms, a campground and a water park. Even if you think you know what’s going on at a park like this, the show will most certainly surprise you.
The program starts the way most days start at the park, with ride inspections. You’ll get to see what is involved with the daily checks of both Mean Streak and Millennium Force. The show ends with the park’s "Summer Spectacular" light and fireworks show and the clean up and preparation for the next day.
What makes Cedar Point stand out in so many ways is its guest service, and the program does a good job in capturing that, documenting and exposing the personalities of employees from food service to sweeps.
The show starts with the "coaster show guy" voice, but for the most part follows the narration of Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel. The program’s editing pace is often swift, in part because they try to cover a lot of ground in only one hour. In depth coverage is given to the activities of food service, linen service for the hotels, the morning coaster inspection, the police department, park operations, the call center, traffic control, wardrobe, planning and design, the CP & LE Railroad, lifeguards and other areas.
The show features three rides with point-of-view video. Magnum features the same video from the "Top 10" program using Dan Haverlock, while Raptor features the Rockhold family from the same program. The Millennium Force video this time uses ACE representative Howard Gilooly in the front seat.
Overall the show is well produced, though another 15 to 20 minutes would have been helpful to cover aspects like the overnight maintenance and landscaping. Even for a Cedar Point veteran, there are probably things featured in the show that you didn’t know about. The show captures the personality of its staff while providing some moments of humor (just wait until you see the test rides for Millennium Force).
As a fan of the park, the thing that stood out the most was the segment of park operations, where the former vice-president of operations mentioned that they account for everything from traffic to gate entry, from number of rides taken to number of hot dogs eaten. He explained that collecting all of this data is what allows them to run the park as efficiently as possible, and provide the best experience possible for the guests. This is where the park shines, and the show captures it perfectly.
"World's Largest Amusement Park" debuts on The Discovery Channel on Monday, July 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Cedar Point = magic. Hopefully the show will capture some of that.
------------- The day that I spend more time analyzing the rides than screaming my head off like a moron is the day that I hope someone will kick my in the love sausage and tell me not to be a moron. - Jeff
Anyway, I hope other parks watch this show and are inspired to emulate some of Cedar Points awesome operations. Boy, how great would that be! ------------- The trolls shall remain under the bridge, hidden, and without food to grow.
*** This post was edited by DWeaver on 7/12/2001. ***
There is no other park in my mind that can beat Cedar Point. They are the "worlds largest amusement park" They own the right to be called americas rollercoast because they have 14 different type of coasters and Millennium Force. This is funny also I will be going to Cedar Point for 5 days leaving this Friday at 1 or 10pm Mn Time. I will be watching the show Monday when I get back from Cedar Point in the holtel room hopefuly they will have the discovery channel. ------------- Millennium Force My all time Favorite coaster!
While neither can live up to the customer satisfaction that is Disney, lets all hope that maybe Six Flags can take just a little something from this type of show to see how the big guns run their businesses so sucessfully and why the public loves them too. It could only be a good thing for SF.
As much as I sometimes hate to admit it, Cedar Point is the MECCA of amusement parks. The fact that I live so far away(CA) really irks me. I hate the fact that I can't just take a Tuesday stroll to the park and ride Magnum-XL or walk through the Frontier area(my favorite area of the park). California has some GREAT parks, Knott's is actually my favorite park anywhere, and SFMM is where I go for extreme coasters, but Cedar Point combines all elements and a little extra. You Ohioans are a wacky, but lucky bunch. ;)
------------- The trolls shall remain under the bridge, hidden, and without food to grow.
Damn, i have no cable, it was either AOL or cable, i'm still kicking myself on that decision. Maybe I'll go to my cuzin's house to watch it, I would really love to go to Cedar Point before I become conscious of the fact that rollercoasters are scary. (i.e., my dad) ------------- The SFMM Salvi: "I want to go on something more exciting than X"