Discovery Channel debuts Cedar Point documentary

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.

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Thursday, July 12, 2001 8:54 AM
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
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:25 AM
i'm definatly watching this!!!! I LOVE CP!

Best Steel: MF @ Cedar Point
Best Woodie: The Beast @ PKI
Best Park: IOA!
Get to the Point, Cedar Point!
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:32 AM
Attention Coasterbuzz, Do NOT feed the trolls.

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. ***
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:43 AM
I also hafta comment that it is not the World's Largest Amusement Park. There are a few others that are larger than it...
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:45 AM

The only thing I'm saying is that Doggea#1 is wrong on every aspect of his post.

The World's Largest Park implies biggest area, but they mean in the number of rides and roller coasters.

I hope I'll be able to see this, I'm going to have to remind my friend to tape it...and hopefully he does this time.

Your best? Losers are always whining about doing their go home and ******* the prom queen.

*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 7/12/2001. ***
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:50 AM
I'm watching this. I would LOVE to go to Cedar Point.
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:53 AM
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!
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:54 AM
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.
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:58 AM
Too bad I don't have cable. Sounds like this is one of the rare coaster/amusement park shows worth watching.

everything's better with a banjo
Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:59 AM
I hope I get to see this because I'll be in Gurnee. I probably will be able to see but I don't know. If I get to see it, I can't wait to see the workers who test Millennium Force;)

SFGAm Trip - July 13-17, 2001
Thursday, July 12, 2001 10:00 AM
janfrederick's avatar Woo hoo! I'm finalizing my plans now. This documentary will be just the thing to get my girlfriend and I hyped in the trip (not that we need any help really).

Yeeee Haaawwww!
Thursday, July 12, 2001 10:37 AM
This is pretty sweet, the show's on Monday night and I'm leaving for Cedar Point for a 2-day trip on Tuesday morning. Thank you Discovery!
The Thrill Ride
Thursday, July 12, 2001 11:09 AM
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.
Thursday, July 12, 2001 12:24 PM

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"
Thursday, July 12, 2001 12:55 PM
Its a great show, and worth seeing.

Dan Haverlock
01 Magnum Count: 430
Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:20 PM
I totally loved the SFMM program they produced last year, so I can't wait for the CP one.

Batwing-Bow Down
Thursday, July 12, 2001 1:52 PM
Isn't there supposed to be a "making of a Coaster special on before it that day?

The tears running down your cheeks are your brains leaking out through your eyes!
Thursday, July 12, 2001 2:21 PM
I think so Jymbo.

-Matthew Couts
and your POINT is...
Thursday, July 12, 2001 5:24 PM
"The construction of two heart-stopping roller coasters in Hershey, Pa., and Nagashima, Japan; the designers take front-row seats in their "scream machines."."

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