Discovery Channel mystery: Where are the blueprints?

Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2001 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Following last week's preview showing of "The World's Largest Amusement Park," a documentary about the operations of Cedar Point, people are wondering why the show that aired last night on Discovery Channel in the US didn't deliver the allged sighting of blueprints from the park's planning and design office.

The truth is, according to Cedar Point's Janice Witherow, that the version shown at the preview event was the international version, a full 50 mintutes in length. To make room for the US time slot, it had to be reduced to 46 minutes.

In either case, the hype surrounding the segment would have disappointed people anyway. CoasterBuzz member Dave "RideMan" Althoff, Jr. explains in a post made to the forums:

"Here's what you didn't see. A segment covered the operation of the Design and Planning Office. In that segment, we were treated to some pictures of the models that have been constructed of various ride elements and the like. Design and planning folks are shown working with the drawings which appear to be the 2001 midway renovation plan (I remember seeing something about a jumping fountain)...you know, the renovation that didn't happen this year. At the end of the segment, The Blueprints were hauled out...a roll of prints in the hands of a park planner, identified as the park's top-secret 5-year Plan. A hand from behind the camera reaches for them, but is denied as the planner pulls them away. No, you can't see what's on them. But you get to see the blueprints of the park's 5-year Plan."

Link: Guide to The Point

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 9:57 AM
Midway Renovations?
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 10:09 AM
Very cool...I just went and I loved the park...I think I may try to beg my grandma to take me again next year just because of the midway improvement!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 10:10 AM
I don't know about you, but I am glad they left that part out rather then the segment discussing how the linens are washed.


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/s/
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 10:54 AM
did anyone else think that was not enough soap in the linens???????
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:07 AM
Yeah, the linens are so much more exciting. I loved that. Lets go watch it again! It was so much better than seeing the D&P department.

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7 Days left.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:35 AM
Thanks Jeff for posting this as a news item. I didn't want everyone to think us insider(people who previewed it) weren't telling the truth about the show last week.

I hope that the tape I ordered from the Discovery Channel doesn't have it cut out.

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Ride with full FORCE
http://www.experiencethepoint.com *** This post was edited by Andrew on 7/17/2001. ***
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:43 AM
Come on guys isn't it obvious what the 5-year plan is going to be. The higher-ups at C.P. are planning on an extensive tour of the linen cleaning area. For 5 bucks you get to put the soap in and for an extra 10 you get to take the towels out. I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait for this!!!

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Guess what I heard SFWoA &
Cedarpoint are going to merge together and create a super park that will take up all of Northeastern Ohio. Really...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:55 AM
Do you get to say "Clear" when they start the washer on the linen tour? :)

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I dance like a special ed. kid that was given a sparkler.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 12:24 PM
Does the video from the discovery channel have the Blueprints part in it?? Cause I just ordered it and It would be a waste of money (IMHO) if it didn't have the blue prints part in it.

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"It's DeJa Vu all over again at The Mountain"
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 12:28 PM
My God, are you even listening? THERE'S NOTHING TO SEE BUT A ROLLED UP BUNDLE OF PAPERS!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 12:30 PM
Off topic but the laundry at WDW is amazing. It looks like an attraction in and of itself. Most everything is done with conveyor belts, automatic washers that open and close themselves, dispense the soap. The place is huge!!!

That might be worth $5 bucks to tour.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 12:35 PM
Even without the blueprints, I still think that 5 minutes of planning and development would have been more exciting than the five minutes of cleaning sheets, and carrying bags to rooms.

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I'd Rather Be Riding Rollercoasters
www.mycoasters.homestead.com/mycoasters.html
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 1:27 PM
I want to ride in one of those cool bumper cars that the janitors ride around in blowing leaves and what not after the park closes.
Also, did anyone think that the girl who cleans up cigarette buts seemed a little too happy with her minimun wage job?
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 1:55 PM
Hey, no point looking down your nose at someone who picks up trash. Not everybody sings in a rock n' roll band or plays tennis for a living!

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Yeeee Haaawwww!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 2:33 PM
Hey!!! In my days working in ride operations at CP the "sweeperette" job was highly sought after work. The girls that did this loved that they could walk all over without being stuck in one area all day. They also found quite a bit of lost cash! I was "stuck" on a ride and loved it in the care free 80's!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 3:04 PM
All this linen talk is even funnier than all the people that thought that they were going to see something more than a rolled up piece of paper. Even if they didn't get to see the rolled up piece of paper!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 4:14 PM
By the time the tape arrives the designs on the blueprints could already be done in the park anyway.

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Don't Fight it, Ride it, RAGING BULL!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 4:52 PM
I don't care about having missed the blueprints as much as I do about having missed these awesome models of some of the coasters and their elements, as well as the drawings. I hope the tape has this segment...

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Steuks!!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 5:30 PM
lol... this is too funny listening to you all whine and scream about blueprints that you can't even see...

...I never got into any of the other discussions about this, but man, you guys are just silly and funny at the same time...

...sorry, I just had to point that out, but some of you just amaze me sometimes...

WHO CARES!

Alan Jacyszyn
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