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Cedar Point:  The Hills & Thrills of History


Inverted Vertigo

Suspended Steel

Harry Callahan's Favorite

Power Tower

Demon Drop

A Big Dipper

Nuclear Winter Getaway

Arrow 1976

Dueling Coasters


The Wildcat



1870: Cedar Point opened (although the exact date is unknown, it was sometime during the month of July)
1880: The park's first ride, a water trapeze, was installed
1888: The historic Grand Pavilion was built
1892: Cedar Point's premier coaster, the Switchback Railway, debuted
1897: George A. Boeckling acquired ownership of Cedar Point
1899: The park's first hotel, the 20-room Bay Shore Hotel, was erected
1905: The grand 600-room Hotel Breakers opened
1906: A new midway was built with rides, games, fortune tellers, shops, skating rink, funhouses and a shooting gallery
1910: Aviation great Glenn H. Curtiss completed the first long-distance flight over water and landed on the Cedar Point Beach
1913: University of Notre Dame football standout Knute Rockne worked as a lifeguard on the Cedar Point Beach
1925: Helen Keller was the guest speaker at the Annual Convention of Lions International hosted by the park's Convention Center
1929: The legendary Cyclone scream machine coasted onto the midway
1957: The Cedar Point Causeway opened
1959: Construction was completed on the Cedar Point Marina
1964: The famous Blue Streak roller coaster was introduced
1968: Frontiertown opened and the first live stage show debuted
1969: The Cedar Creek Mine Ride, one of the first coasters to use a steel tubular track, rolled onto the park's scream machine lineup
1970: A new pay-one-price admission policy was established
1971: Frontier Trail connected the midway with Frontiertown and Camper Village RV campground was built
1972: The Giant Wheel, Jumbo Jet and Frontier Carousel joined Cedar Point’s roster of rides
1975: The spellbinding Cedar Point IMAX Cinema opened
1976: The revolutionary Corkscrew, the first triple-looping roller coaster in the world, was constructed
1978: Gemini, a twin track racing coaster, debuted as the tallest and fastest scream machine in the world; Cedar Point purchased Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.
1980: Oceana, a marine-mammal complex, opened
1983: The free-falling Demon Drop was built
1985: Avalanche Run coaster and the indoor Berenstain Bear Country debuted
1986: Thunder Canyon, a white water rapids adventure ride, opened
1987: Iron Dragon, a suspended coaster, was erected
1988: Soak City water park made a wave of excitement with 10 slides
1989: The world-record-breaking Magnum XL-200 roller coaster opened and Cedar Point entered the Guinness Book of Records for the first time
1990: Disaster Transport, a space adventure in the dark, debuted and Sandcastle Suites Hotel was built
1991: Mean Streak, one of the world’s tallest and fastest wooden coasters, opened
1992: Challenge Park, a go-kart raceway and 36-hole miniature golf course, was built and Berenstain Bear Country was expanded with an outdoor portion; Cedar Fair, L.P. acquired Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pa.
1993: Sponsored by Pepsi, Snake River Falls made a big splash as the tallest, fastest and steepest water flume ride in the world
1994: Raptor, a high-tech inverted roller coaster with no floors, made its debut as the tallest, fastest and steepest in the world
1995: Cedar Point celebrated its 125th Anniversary season with a record $17 million in improvements, including a wing of accommodations at the Hotel Breakers named Breakers East, a massive expansion to Soak City and "Cedar Point Summer Spectacular," a laser, light and sound show presented by Pepsi and Meijer, made its debut. Cedar Fair acquired Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.
1996: Cedar Point debuted the single largest ride investment in its history -- Mantis, a $12 million stand-up roller coaster that is one of the tallest, fastest and steepest of its kind in the world
1997: Cedar Point debuted a major expansion to its Soak City water park, along with Midway Market, a sit-down restaurant; Chaos, a spinning thrill ride; and the Swan Boats paddleboat ride
1998: Power Tower, an incredible 300-foot-tall thrill ride, blasted its way onto Cedar Point’s list of world-record-breaking thrill machines.  Cedar Fair acquired Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., and assumed management of Knott’s Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
1999: Camp Snoopy, a major family playland; an expansion to the Hotel Breakers called Breakers Tower; improvements to the Cedar Point Marina; Coasters restaurant; and the new stock-kart raceway at Challenge Park will debut.
2000 Millennium Force 
2002 Wicked Twister