Throwback: The Michigan Cedar Point that never came to be

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

In an alternate universe, north of Onsted, ground was broken in March 1975 after months of planning for a second Cedar Point amusement park. Approximately 160 acres of land would be developed in the coming months, with a grand opening in June 1976, just in time for the nation’s bicentennial.

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ApolloAndy's avatar

See? Michigan's Adventure has nothing to complain about.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

I was working at CP when all of this was in the development stage, as well as the Marriott people that were also looking for a partner for their three parks that they were planning to have open by the bicentennial. Those plans fell through as well, but Marriott absconded with a fair number of middle mangers by the end of 1974

Tommytheduck's avatar

So you're saying they bought the land just to not develop it?

The whole idea of the Irish Hills park was to make sure that they could serve the Detroit and greater Michigan population, in the event that the effects of the oil embargo were permanent. The long gas lines and even-odd days didn't come back, and the NIMBY's in the area surrounding the acquired property created enough noise to permanently stall the project. I have heard that Gemini was intended for that park, as was the Frontiertown carousel.

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