The end of Paddlewheel at Cedar Point

Friday, August 19, 2011 7:18 AM

It is quite funny if you take a look over at CP's facebook page... I don't think I saw one positive comment about this new "attraction" out of the few hundred posted. Is this REALLY a good choice for CP?

Not to mention, they are getting rid of Paddlewheel... Another, terrible choice. One of the better rides at the park. Always had a blast on it.

I am a bit bitter with this one... I would rather of had them announce nothing and leave PW alone.

Oh, they are also adding the mat-style racing slides to Soak City as well... Which IMO, should of went to GL... But the face-lift they seem to have planned for SS is needed.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Friday, August 19, 2011 7:20 AM
Friday, August 19, 2011 8:14 AM
Jerry's avatar

Well there we have it then - what will they do with the boats?

Friday, August 19, 2011 8:54 AM
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What a sad day. Cedar Point resorts to 3am Facebook announcements in order to try to stay under the radar.

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:05 AM
OhioStater's avatar

Horrible decision.

Way to "listen" to what people want, Ouimet.

I'm honestly at a loss.

Animatronic Dinosaurs. Really. There's a reason **** like that exists at places like Niagara Falls. It's cheesy. There better be some long-term plan in place with a premier family attraction soon.

Worst park update in my lifetime.

Last edited by OhioStater, Friday, August 19, 2011 10:11 AM
Friday, August 19, 2011 10:17 AM

I highly suspect that these plans were in place before Ouimet ever arrived.

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:23 AM

Agreed, this is most likely Kinzel's doing. Way to go out with a bang Kinzel!

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:30 AM
OhioStater's avatar

I will hold my breath for awhile, though. My hope is that, in the coming years, we will indeed see come quality, family-based rides that will surpass PWE, especially in the state that it was in.

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:31 AM

Well I am glad I finally rode Paddlewheel this year when I was at the park. I really enjoyed the ride. It was relaxing and entertaining. This attraction just seems very dull and a waste of money.

Collin Aynes

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:36 AM
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Very dissapointing.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Friday, August 19, 2011 11:31 AM
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birdhombre said:
At least we didn't have to suffer through a big lame marketing hype buildup the way Kings Island did earlier this year.


Friday, August 19, 2011 11:36 AM

Vater said:
All wooden coasters were better without those things. I remember riding Grizzly and Rebel Yell as a kid getting flung all over the place. I find it amazing that Kennywood hasn't had to update Jack Rabbit with its static bar and leather strap for a belt.

I love that ride at KW. It is my favorite. We were there the year before they went to a static bar. We hit the second hop and I thought I was truly going to fly out and was hanging on for dear life. I LOVED IT. I was soooo sad the next year to see the changes, but understand. Still a favorite however.

Friday, August 19, 2011 1:26 PM
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How long do you think it will be before they completely drain and fill in the lagoon's? Maybe they'll keep the water under Mantis and Iron Dragon since that land can't be used for anything else. But if they drained and filled in around MF island, you could squeeze some more attractions in. Not that I want to see that happen, it just seems very likely.

Friday, August 19, 2011 6:20 PM
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Jack Rabbit @ KW still has the static bar. Not sure what ride you're thinking of.


Friday, August 19, 2011 6:23 PM
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^I think he was thinking that Jack Rabbit has received a locking bar (from the conversation). Jack Rabbit has had the same mounted lap bar for all of it's existence, as far as I know. The seat belt, however, was changed a few years back. It used to be a nice loose leather strap with a couple metal hoops - and you would hook it together. Now the ride has the kind of wide seatbelts that we are more used to.

Friday, August 19, 2011 7:05 PM

What Wahoo said.................

Friday, August 19, 2011 10:01 PM
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I feel like a best friend has just received word that they only have a month to live. So very sad.

I think I hate Cedar Point now.

Friday, August 19, 2011 11:18 PM

That's kind of how I felt when they shut down and stripped out Geauga Lake. But the peace I came to was built on the realization that the amusement park wasn't the malefactor. The amusement park is a separate entity that has existed for generations preceding the present bunch of people running the place, and with luck will do so for generations after. Don't know if that helps at all, or even makes any sense.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:30 AM
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RideMan said:
Now that I think about it, didn't the Western Cruise go *clockwise* around the lagoon?

Yes, sure did Dave, and Western Cruise was twice as long as PWE. Western Cruise was one of the most popular rides at CP. Back in the day, it was so popular they actually had the queue line split into two separate lines and the doc was big enough to load one boat while another was unloading behind it. The trip was around 15 to 20 min. or so in length and really made you feel like you were in the wilderness, especially at night. What a great ride that was.

I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

Saturday, August 20, 2011 12:48 AM

That sure was mighty nice of that doc!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 7:07 AM
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He was a giant, but kind, man.


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