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Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:37 PM
Timber-Rider's avatar

The annual daily attendance of Cedar Point is not reported. But if you are smart and do the math, you will find that there can be over 50,000 people in the park at any given time. Take the capacity of one roller coaster for example.

Hourly capacity 1500 with a 2 hour wait is 3000 people just for that one ride. So, how many other coasters and rides are there in the park that have 2 hour waits with 3000 capacity? Just 2 coasters is 6,000 people. That does not include all of the people that are eating, watching shows, walking the park, or waiting in line for the other rides.

So, when Cedar Point claims that they have 3 million visitors a year, you can guess that it is an understatement. I also heard a report that they claim they only have space for 2,000 cars. Really? has anyone actually gone out and counted? I'll bet it's a lot more than that.

I also went to Cedar Point on a weekend when all the hotels in the area were booked. I was told by the receptionist who was able to find us one of the last rooms in the city, that the park was expecting over 1 million people that weekend. So, your 10 times figure is probably wrong.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:25 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Wow.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:41 PM
rollergator's avatar

The park was expecting over a million people on one weekend?

Inconceivable! ;)

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:08 PM
LostKause's avatar

If I recall correctly (having worked there), Cedar Point's most crowded day in years that I worked there was something near 60,000, but that was rare. It varied throughout the season, of course. It was usually much less per day.


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Friday, October 14, 2011 10:35 AM
RPM's avatar

Timber-Rider said:
I worked at the carnival selling hot dogs in one of the carnival carts, and we were bringing in $20,000.00 a night. I worked from 10 in the morning until midnight.

How much did you charge for those hot dogs? If you were charging $5 a dog you would have to sell one every 12 second for 14 straight hours to make 20 grand.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 10:40 AM
LostKause's avatar

It sounds plausible to me. They could have more than one service window open. They could sell more than one hot dog at a time.

And if it's anywhere close to being true, I need to get into that business. :)


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Friday, October 14, 2011 11:36 AM
Jeff's avatar

If it smells like a fart in a car...


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Friday, October 14, 2011 11:59 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

...it's probably a carnival hot dog.


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Friday, October 14, 2011 12:21 PM
rollergator's avatar

Jeff said:
If it smells like a fart in a car...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZGNe7SSO8E

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Friday, October 14, 2011 4:40 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

rollergator said:


Inconceivable! ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-b7RmmMJeo

IIRC (yay, I used it!) from the early 90s, Cedar Point would have a maximum of 75,000 on a capacity day. That is not definitive, not for sure, etc. etc.


Billy
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Friday, October 14, 2011 5:04 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I think it's cute that everyone is playing along and no one is tearing that numbers post to shreds.

A softer ball couldn't be lobbed and no one is stepping up to knock it out of the stadium. Like when a young kid is pitching to his dad and the dad pretends he can't hit them and that the small child's fastballs are amazing.

That's what's happening here, right?


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Friday, October 14, 2011 11:53 PM
LostKause's avatar

Most of probably don't care enough to take a closer look. That's me anyways. If you want to tear the numbers apart, I'm sure most of us would find it amusing. :)

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, October 14, 2011 11:53 PM
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Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:18 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Not sure you have to look real close.

- But if you are smart and do the math, you will find that there can be over 50,000 people in the park at any given time.

- Hourly capacity 1500 with a 2 hour wait is 3000 people just for that one ride. So, how many other coasters and rides are there in the park that have 2 hour waits with 3000 capacity? Just 2 coasters is 6,000 people.

- I also heard a report that they claim they only have space for 2,000 cars. Really? has anyone actually gone out and counted? I'll bet it's a lot more than that.

- Cedar Point claims that they have 3 million visitors a year, you can guess that it is an understatement.

- I also went to Cedar Point on a weekend when all the hotels in the area were booked....the park was expecting over 1 million people that weekend.

It's like performance art. I can't look away.


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Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:21 AM

I was looking forward to more numbers, stats and receptionist fun facts.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011 2:20 AM
LostKause's avatar

I thought you were still talking about the hot dogs, Gonch. The stuff about a million people a weekend at Cedar Point was so ridiculous that I thought for sure no one was taking it seriously. lol

I mean, really...


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Saturday, October 15, 2011 7:57 AM
kpjb's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:
I think it's cute that everyone is playing along and no one is tearing that numbers post to shreds.

Don't underestimate my laziness.


Hi

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Monday, October 17, 2011 4:31 PM
janfrederick's avatar

I think Gonch answered his own question. Seriously, why mess with something that is just fine the way it is?

In any case, I think it would be safe to assume that, on average, the park deliveres at least one ride per guest per day...and...what am I doing? OK, let's go to Google Maps and do some counting instead:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cedar+Point,+Sandusky,+OH&hl=en&ll=41.476143,-82.676818&spn=0.009984,0.014119&sll=37.337806,-121.994239&sspn=0.011004,0.014119&vpsrc=6&hq=Cedar+Point,+Sandusky,+OH&t=h&z=16

At ~100 space x ~40 rows for the main part of the parking lot, I'd say 2000 seems a bit shy.

Edit: Consolidating. :)

And I won't even get started on the slips: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cedar+Point,+Sandusky,+OH&hl=en&ll=41.478618,-82.685273&spn=0.004992,0.00706&sll=37.337806,-121.994239&sspn=0.011004,0.014119&vpsrc=6&hq=Cedar+Point,+Sandusky,+OH&t=h&z=17

Last edited by janfrederick, Monday, October 17, 2011 4:34 PM
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