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^^^Go to Google and type in "parking garage costs" and read everything you find on the first few pages. Trust me, that figure isn't that unrealistic for a garage of that size. In fact it's probably quite conservative. The cost of concrete and steel is skyrocketing at the moment and some places in the world are finding parking garages to cost anywhere from $15,000 to anywhere south of $65,000 per space based on what I've seen.

 

^^ Between the main lot and Soak City lot there are about 11,000 spaces at Cedar Point along with somewhere around 2,000-3,000 additional spaces if I remember correctly in overflow parking. If just the main lot and Soak City lot were combined into an 11,000 space garage at $15,000 (quite conservative) per space, that would be a $165,000,000 investment. That's a ton of money for something that is not currently necessary and may never actually be necessary. If anything I can only see a small garage being built to shrink the parking lot, not eliminate it in its entirety. Either way, it's not happening anytime soon.

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If they added a 2- or 3-story garage to reclaim a portion of the current lot, they wouldn't need the extra concrete, steel, etc. to go up 5 or 6 stories.

 

That's true. But even building just a 2-3 story garage is going to be a large investment and it will require endless investment for upkeep. Compared to, I dunno, eliminating a Mean Streak as far as an expansion strategy goes, I don't see it happening.

 

They also wouldn't need to construct stairs and elevators to go up that high either.

 

Of course you do. Anything you build and plan to put people inside of has to be ADA compliant. Simply having elevators isn't going do the job either, since fire code would never allow them to be the sole way for people to transition in and out of any structure. You need stairs, you need lights, you need booths, you need security cameras, on and on and on. There's no shortcut here.

 

Let's just cut this down right away - can anyone here think of a seasonally operated facility of any sort that operates a parking garage? Athletic stadiums and arenas all run events year round. I can't think of anything comparable.

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Of course you do. Anything you build and plan to put people inside of has to be ADA compliant. Simply having elevators isn't going do the job either, since fire code would never allow them to be the sole way for people to transition in and out of any structure. You need stairs, you need lights, you need booths, you need security cameras, on and on and on. There's no shortcut here.

 

My phrasing wasn't the clearest - I meant that the stairs and elevators would only need to go up 2 floors, not 6, and therefore wouldn't cost as much money to install and/or maintain. I'm not saying it'll happen one way or the other, though, I'm just trying to think about it from all angles.

 

And for the record, if they do end up building a parking garage, it won't be for quite some time.

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Cedar Point is trying to break world records- Unfortunately none of them deal with coasters

 

SANDUSKY -- For years Cedar Point has broken records with their high-flying coasters, but now guests at the amusement park/resort can help the park set two new world records.

 

On Guinness World Record Day at Cedar Point on Sunday, the park will attempt two new world records: one for the most beach balls in the air at the same time and the second for the greatest number of people applying sunscreen at the same time.

 

In addition to setting world records, guests also will be able to purchase tickets to the park online at cedarpoint.com for only $36, a savings of nearly $12 per ticket. These special one-day tickets will only be valid Sunday. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

 

Interested guests should be at the park by 9 a.m. to prepare for the first event, which will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. The first event for the most beach balls in the air simultaneously at a single venue is a brand new record. To qualify for the new record, a minimum of 250 beach balls must be individually juggled for at least 10 seconds. If a ball is dropped, that participant will be subtracted from the grand total.

 

Discount Drug Mart Inc., will be supplying a beach ball for each participant.

 

Immediately after the beach ball attempt, the sunscreen application event will be held. The current record is 675 and was recently established less than a month ago on June 25. During the competition, guests must continually apply sunscreen on themselves or they will be ineligible for the final count.

 

The American Cancer Society was selected to participate in the event because the use of sunscreen helps reduce the risk of skin cancer.

 

Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Panama Jack, the 37-year-old sun lotion company, will provide more than 700 sunscreen foil packets for guests to use during this two-minute attempt.

 

Philip Robertson, an adjudicator from Guinness World Records, based in New York City, will be at the park to monitor the events, keep official times and verify the records.

 

For information, visit cedarpoint.com or call 419-627-2350.

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So I'm finally making the 8 hour drive to the point in 2 weeks and I'm quite excited to get a change of scenery and coasters. I have a few questions however, 1. What's the best time to get at the park? My last two trips, opening was a disaster. 2. What is the best "action plan" to ride all the major attractions. I usually start at the back with Maverick and work my way foward or should I go straight for Windseeker since it's new?

 

Thanks in Advance!

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^No guarantees...but its my absolute favorite time to go. You still get the nice weather, and when my friend and I went 2 years ago the Wednesday before labor day, we waited the longest for Maverick at a whopping 25 minutes. We managed to get on Dragster 2 times in a row with a 15 minute wait, and Millennium 3 times with a 10 minute wait. Best Cedar Point trip I've ever had.

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^No guarantees...but its my absolute favorite time to go. You still get the nice weather, and when my friend and I went 2 years ago the Wednesday before labor day, we waited the longest for Maverick at a whopping 25 minutes. We managed to get on Dragster 2 times in a row with a 15 minute wait, and Millennium 3 times with a 10 minute wait. Best Cedar Point trip I've ever had.

 

Awesome! Thanks!

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I'm going to Cedar Point next Sunday to Tuesday with my dad. We both will ride everything in the park and are planning on going on as many rides as we can, this will also be my first time on Millennium Force and TTD so I'm pumped!

 

So what I'm wondering is what will wait times be like for rides like MF, Maverick, TTD and Windseeker?

 

We have the option to go all day Sunday, and Monday, and the morning on tuesday.

 

Or, Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday morning.

 

Will we want the full day? Will it be really crowded?

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Monday is usually more crowded than Sunday, from my experience. MF will have a range from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, TTD will be 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes on Sunday and Monday. I don't know about Tuesday but that should be one of the least crowded days of the week. I'll be heading up there tomorrow through Thursday so I'll let you know what the crowds will be like.

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^I care. I love Skyride! It's one of the coolest things about the park. Can you really imagine the midway without Skyride?

 

Cedar Point without Skyride is like Knott's Berry Farm without the parachute tower...oh wait...

Oh, I see what you did there.

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Does anyone know of any good discount tickets for CP? Me and a friend are stopping there for a couple hours before we head off to Put IN Bay. There are some around here but I really wouldn't consider them discounts anymore. Any insight would be great

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