More than thrill rides: Cedar Point adds more for non-riders

PHOTOS BY MARYANN KROMER Those who stroll the extended Cedar Point Boardwalk can view the Cedar Point Lighthouse, built before the Civil War.

SANDUSKY — As the calendar changes from April to May, Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, is poised to open for the 2018 summer season Saturday. During Media Day April 25, reporters were introduced to Steel Vengeance, the park’s “headliner” attraction; however, the upgraded roller coaster is not the only new feature this year.

Tony Clark, Cedar Point’s director of communications, said a six-story tower next to the main Hotel Breakers is to provide more guest rooms, and 25 “ultimate” RV sites have been added at Lighthouse Point. Also, the boardwalk has been extended, past the beach and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.

“You can now walk from the main parking lot all the way to the tip of the peninsula, Lighthouse Point,” Clark said.

Pedestrians can get better views of Lake Erie and the historic Cedar Point lighthouse. Jason McClure, general manager at Cedar Point, pointed out the parking lot near the waterpark often fills up on busy days. He said the boardwalk extension allows better access for guests.

“The nice part is, you don’t have to drive all the way around to the watermark. …” McClure said. “Cedar Point beach is why we are here … so we’ve been trying to embrace it more.”

He also noted the former aquarium/stadium near the beach “has lived its life” and has been cleared away for something else “in the near future.” Although Steel Vengeance is a major draw, the manager pointed out many patrons skip the roller coasters and pay more attention to the food and entertainment, so those elements have been the focus this year.

Cedar Point’s “What’s New” list describes some live entertainment additions. Dancers and acrobats are to be featured in new “Vertical Impact” show. The “Roving Beach Crew” is a group of characters who interact with guests on their journey to “find” the beach.

The Swell Tones are to play ’50s music on main midway, and the Summerdaze Band is to perform at Cedar Point Shores. Located in the Frontier Trail, Steel Vengeance depicts three outlaw characters. Clark said they are to come alive in the form of costumed actors.

“Chess, Blackjack and Digger will be here throughout the summer to interact with guests,” Clark said.

The entire Frontier Trail area has been upgraded. Western Shoot Out is a new basketball game for single players to show their abilities to spell “H-O-R-S-E” from different places on the court. McClure said gift shops in Frontier Town have been remodeled.

Musical entertainment is to include classic country by the Traildust Trio at the gazebo near the Frontier Town Museum. A guitar duo, Tomfooleries, is to perform music and comedy outdoors in Frontier Town and indoors at the Palace Theatre. Lusty Lil’s has prepared a new family-friendly farce with comedy and music — and can-can dancers.

Chick-fil-A is to serve American favorites such as chicken sandwiches, hand-made milkshakes and waffle fries. Other Frontier Town restaurants have new menus with a western flavor. Miss Keat’s Smokehouse is to serve barbecue wings, brisket, pork and sausage. Sidewinder Sue’s is to offer “twisty fries” topped with pulled pork, brisket or chili, or try a Frontier Foldover with brisket, chicken or Italian fillings.

McClure said “Brew and BBQ” is to return to Frontier Town June 8-July 1.

Platinum and season pass holders are being offered a free bonus preview. Frontier Town, including Steel Vengeance, is to be open 4-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Food samples and live entertainment are planned. A limited number of tickets are available by contacting cedarpoint.com/events.

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