PointBuzz posts high definition video feature on Cedar Point's Starlight Experience

Posted Monday, June 15, 2009 2:59 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Join Cedar Point's live entertainment production manager as he takes you through the set up and development of the park's night time light show, the Starlight Experience. This update also includes photos of the show and behind-the-scenes tech.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:03 PM

It's a nice addition, and I'm sure it adds a little delight to the end of the day stroll. Though I honestly can't believe all the press this 'low budget' light show has received. If you want to seen the same light display just drive through any Ameican suburb during Christmas. I would have enjoyed seeing something technologically advanced perhaps with fog, lasers, and/or water effects.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:51 PM
Jeff's avatar

Spoken like someone who hasn't seen it. The show cost more than $1 million to produce, so I don't know which universe you'd classify that as "low budget." Furthermore, they have added fog and lasers at the one end, and there is also snow around the fort. People go nuts for the snow.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:04 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Actually after watching the video I kind of chuckled at the idea that someone would call this less than technologically advanced. I'm no expert, but it certainly seemed like a high dose of technology.

Did he say the music plays throughout the park or did I mishear him as he described how the audio system was rigged?

Seems like a lot of maintenance to include the sprint they do for set-up each night and the bulb check. I hope they can keep that going.

It looks pretty cool. I'll bet it's even better in person.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:24 PM
James Whitmore's avatar

After seeing this video I can see that Starlight Experience has much more advanced technology than I envisioned when I first heard the show announced at the beginning of the season.

The "preview" I saw in May and the photos and video online look very cool. I can't wait to get back to the point and see the show in all its glory.

Good work so far CP. I hope they keep up the maintenance on it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:20 PM
Jeff's avatar

No, the audio only plays on the trail itself, but it's routed through the park's central audio system. If, for example, a dozen tornadoes hit the park, and they needed to tell people everywhere to kiss their asses goodbye, they need a means to do that from one central location. So the audio is played from the trail itself, from the show computer, but it has to be routed to "central command" and from there is routed back to the sound system on the trail. They could route it anywhere they wanted to, which is why the lame "fire water" show (whatever it's called now) can be heard I think around most of the park.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:04 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar

For Holiday in the Park, SFoT does regular old Christmas lights on all its trees and it adds a huge dose of charm to the park. I would love to see a display with an actual program and lasers and fog.

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