Cedar Fair to Introduce Four New Roller Coasters, Expand Family Attractions and Upgrade Dining Facilities in 2018
October 31, 2017 at 07:30 AM EDT
SANDUSKY, Ohio, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, will introduce an unprecedented array of new rides and attractions for the 2018 operating season, including four ground-breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm, California's Great America and Kings Dominion. In addition to the coasters, Cedar Fair will invest to expand its children's and family attractions, extend its season with special events and introduce modern, high-capacity dining venues at its parks.
Cedar Fair's President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Zimmerman said, "We will bring more enhancements than ever to the guest experience in 2018. Whether the guest is a thrill-seeker, a busy mom or dad, a corporate group or a family on its annual vacation, they'll find something to keep them coming back to the parks again and again. Along with our amazing team, these investments are focused on making our parks THE place to be for FUN by providing memorable experiences and unmatched value for our guests of all ages."
Following are the major attractions that Cedar Fair's parks will introduce in spring 2018:
Rounding out the Company's investment in new rides is an exciting collection of themed thrill and family attractions. Canada's Wonderland in Toronto will introduce the Lumberjack pendulum thrill ride that loops guests 75 feet high, the Flying Canoes interactive family ride, and an upgraded and expanded children's pool and splash pad in the Splash Works water park. Minnesota's Valleyfair will introduce Delirious, a new thrill ride that sends riders seven stories high in a 360-degree suspension. Delirious anchors the overall enhancement of the park's iconic Route 76 section with the addition of new shade structures, lighting and gathering locations. Finally, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri will introduce a new family ride, the Nordic Chaser.
Also in 2018, a total of six of Cedar Fair's seasonal amusement parks will remain open through November and December when the immersive holiday experience, WinterFest, is added to two more parks. WinterFest features imaginative themed areas, millions of vivid lights, specialty foods, ice skating and falling snow. Guests may engage in interactive events and enjoy original holiday music and shows performed by the classic PEANUTS personalities and special WinterFest characters, while enjoying many of the parks' other rides and attractions.
Cedar Point will also strengthen its appeal as a multi-day family destination, when the historic Hotel Breakers opens its new five-story addition on the mile-long beachfront in May 2018. The 158 new guest rooms will feature premium bedding and amenities, and many will have balconies with views of Lake Erie and the park. An outdoor pool and sun deck adjacent to the beach completes the new facility. Once the addition opens, Hotel Breakers will offer 669 rooms.
The Company is also committed to providing innovative and fun food offerings at all of its parks and is introducing new or upgraded restaurants and catering areas at California's Great America, Carowinds, Dorney Park, Kings Island, and Michigan's Adventure. These facilities will provide a more diverse array of regional specialty foods, cater to increased group business, and accommodate more food-themed special events.
For families with young children, the Company is expanding its successful "Pre-K Pass" program in which children aged 3 to 5 may receive a free season pass. Parents must register their children to be eligible, and activate the free pass by cutoff dates determined by the parks. In 2018, Carowinds, Cedar Point and Dorney Park will join Kings Dominion, Valleyfair and Worlds of Fun in offering the free Pre-K season pass to help younger families visit the parks repeatedly throughout the year.
About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: "FUN"), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to become "THE place to be for FUN," the Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks including its flagship park, Cedar Point, along with two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. It also operates an additional theme park under a management contract. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario.
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