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If he is renting a wheelchair because he physically needs it, I'm pretty sure you can get an Alternate Access booklet from Guest Services. Using Alternate Access means you are given the estimated wait time by the Host at the ride entrance, and when your time comes you can use the elevators or wheelchair accessible ramps to board the ride. As an FYI I can guarantee you that all B&Ms (Raptor, Gatekeeper, and Mantis) do not permit casts or walking boots by manufacturer restriction. As for the other rides, I'm sure you can find that information on their website before paying admission.

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Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

OK these are freaking cool. https://cedarpointonlineshop.com/

Made it out to Cedar Point this past weekend, October 17th-18th with my mom and dad to visit my sister working at the park. My sister works at Dorney, but since they closed early, a bunch of full time

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Just eat Toft's ice cream all day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Yeah, that stuff is pretty good. Again, outside vendor, not CF food.

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Just eat Toft's ice cream all day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Yeah, that stuff is pretty good. Again, outside vendor, not CF food.

 

Pretty good? Curious what you rank higher. I think it is great considering the options or competition nearby.

 

If CF served great food like at Holiday World...I'm sure many would be ok with the markup and skip outside vendors...or rank food options on surveys higher even if they were to boycott food at CP hahaha

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I just got back from my trip last weekend when I visited Cedar Point. The meatball sub at the Joe Cool Cafe was better than I expected and I highly recommend it. Also, despite the 40-degree whether and cold drizzle, I got my GateKeeper credit. Yay!

 

Oh, I almost forgot something I experienced that you might find interesting: GATEKEEPER CAN RUN EVEN WHEN IT'S RAINING. Either there is some sort of new tech B&M created that allows this, or Cedar Point felt that the guests would become an angry mob and burn the whole park down if their newest roller coaster was not running (Raptor and Blue Streak nearby were not running, but Wicked Twister was running).

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http://www.sanduskyregister.com/article/cedar-point/4814031

 

John Hildebrandt is used to being stopped as he walks down the Midway. He’s been the face of Cedar Point for decades.

This weekend, however, is different. Hildebrandt will take his last walk down the Midway as general manager of the park, where he first started working as a ride operator in 1969.

 

Hildebrandt has spent four decades at Cedar Point; the last eight as general manager of Cedar Fair’s flagship park.

 

His retirement officially begins after the end of the year, but his last season ends this weekend.

 

“What will you do?” Carsten Anderson, a coaster enthusiast and president of a Cedar Point fan site called CPRundown.com  , asked Hildebrandt when he saw the general manager walking the Midway.

 

Hildebrandt, who has an intense interest in history, particularly the American Civil War, told him he planned to continue writing.

 

Hildebrandt is part of the Erie County Civil War 150 group, which has been chronicling the historic role men and women from Erie County played in the war for an ongoing series in the Register coinciding with the 150 anniversary of the war.

 

Hildebrandt obliges when Anderson asks to take a quick photo with him.

 

“I do look forward to enjoying the park as a guest next summer. I have two grandchildren counting on it,” he said.

 

Hildebrandt wore a goofy park uniform similar to a Star Trek costume the summer of 1969 for his first assignment at the park. He worked as a ride operator at “Frontier Lift,” the old sky bucket attraction that took park guests from the west end of the Midway to what was then still a new attraction at Cedar Point, Frontier Town.

 

But his career with with the park more precisely began in 1974, when he answered an ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a staff writer in CP’s public relations department. It was a far cry from what the west side Cleveland native thought he would do when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in teaching in North Carolina.

 

“I thought I would do that for a year,” Hildebrandt said.

 

He worked his way up through the corporate ranks, however, and never looked back. He was promoted to communications manager, marketing manager, director of marketing and then vice president of marketing from 1993 to 2004.

 

Hildebrandt spent a yearlong stint as a manager of Dorney Park in Pennsylvania before plunging into his final role — vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.

 

Looking back, the best part of the job has been the interaction with guests and employees, he said, walking the Midway and talking to people.

 

“Going to Cedar Point is a big deal for our guests. They are here with their families and good friends. It’s emotional; they are making memories they will treasure for a long time,” he said. “It’s important to show them a good time, to make it the best day of their summer. All of us who work here help make that happen and it is very, very satisfying.”

 

Marketing and media relations was Hildebrandt’s focus for about two-thirds of the years he spent with the company. Those were prosperous years when the park expanded past anyone’s expectations. Cedar Fair acquired 11 amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.

 

It also invented the bigger, better, faster, taller approach to roller coasters and marketing that established Cedar Point as the premiere thrill-ride destination.

 

“I was fortunate to be here in time of tremendous growth, not just for the park but for the company. When we started, it was just Cedar Point. We are a billion- dollar enterprise now,” Hildebrandt said.

 

The success of Cedar Fair and its parks, according to Hildebrandt, comes from the company’s ability to balance thrill rides and family offerings so there is something for everyone.

 

“This is a delicate sweet spot to get to,” Hildebrandt said.

 

He is excited about Cedar Fair’s future under new chief executive officer Matt Ouimet as well as Cedar Point under new general manager Jason McClure.

 

“It’s been a great ride,” he said, looking back on his time at Cedar Point.

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https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog-article/online-fun/Ride-On-John

 

I thought this Point Cast was a very well put together farewell to John, We got to learn about his close ties with the park and a little about his personal life. I loved it!

 

Slightly off topic now....

Why doesn't the marketplace have the Gatekeeper statix models? they were there waaay back in may but then vanished some time during the season, Were they discontinued or something...?

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Oh, I almost forgot something I experienced that you might find interesting: GATEKEEPER CAN RUN EVEN WHEN IT'S RAINING. Either there is some sort of new tech B&M created that allows this, or Cedar Point felt that the guests would become an angry mob and burn the whole park down if their newest roller coaster was not running (Raptor and Blue Streak nearby were not running, but Wicked Twister was running).

 

After working on Gatekeeper this past September and October, I have figured out this touchy rain policy. The rain policy on GK is based on the number of trains operating. With three trains, GK cannot operate in much more than a tiny drizzle. If it looks like its going to be like that for a decent amount of time, they will reduce to two train operation. If the rain gets more steady like a typical rain shower, they can go down to one train and stay open. We actually did one train operation on a couple occasions just for the sake of keeping the ride open when practically nothing else was. With all that being said, sometimes CP will elect to just hold GK operations if they think the rain will only last a short period of time instead of transferring trains on and off constantly.

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https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog-article/online-fun/Ride-On-John

 

I thought this Point Cast was a very well put together farewell to John, We got to learn about his close ties with the park and a little about his personal life. I loved it!

 

Slightly off topic now....

Why doesn't the marketplace have the Gatekeeper statix models? they were there waaay back in may but then vanished some time during the season, Were they discontinued or something...?

 

 

Definitely a well done video to pay tribute to a good guy. Congrats on the retirement, John!

 

I would love to have a job working public relations at a park like this. Already being in a customer quality assurance role for ten years (in the same company that I have worked 24 years for) has given me the experience to interface within all areas of our global corporate organization - both the positive and the negative aspects. It certainly is something that I really enjoy doing and if I could couple that into one of my favorite things to do in life (visit amusement parks), life would be even better!

 

I would like to think it might be just a tad less stressful working in an amusement park environment than where I currently reside, but I am sure that it would have it's sour/stressful moments as well.

 

Also in reading the article posted above...I miss the Frontier Lift and wish that they would/could put it back in. Made it so much easier to go multiple times from the front of the park to the back without wearing out your legs, feet and shoe soles.

 

And I would be perfectly fine if they needed to tear down Mantis, Iron Dragon and Shoot the Rapids in order to put it back where it once stood!

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Now that Wildcat is gone what has been done with the space it occupied? If nothing has been done, what has been rumored that will be done with the space?

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Now that Wildcat is gone what has been done with the space it occupied? If nothing has been done, what has been rumored that will be done with the space?

Bleachers are in Wilcat's spot. They will probably stay there till Luminosity is over. It's safe to assume nothing will replace Wildcat's spot for a long time so there is really no need to speculate right now.

Edit: I must reiterate myself by saying that this post pertains specifically to the area Wildcat was located, not the family coaster that will replace Wildcat.

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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

 

Maybe a Mack Spinning Coaster? Good Capacity and fills the new family coaster that Cedar Point has removed lately.

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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

 

Maybe a Mack Spinning Coaster? Good Capacity and fills the new family coaster that Cedar Point has removed lately.

 

Zamperla Wild Mouse is my guess.

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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

 

Maybe a Mack Spinning Coaster? Good Capacity and fills the new family coaster that Cedar Point has removed lately.

 

What about a Gerstlauer or Maure Shone spinning coaster?

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It's safe to assume nothing will replace Wildcat's spot for a long time so there is really no need to speculate right now.

Edit: I must reiterate myself by saying that this post pertains specifically to the area Wildcat was located, not the family coaster that will replace Wildcat.

 

Gatekeeper?

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Back in the day the Bayern Kurve and Schwabinchen were in the former Wildcat spot. I would much rather have a couple of modern flat rides in the former Wildcat spot than another small, low capacity coaster.

 

What do you think is the lifespan of the former IMAX theater? Valleyfair just demolished theirs.

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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

 

Maybe a Mack Spinning Coaster? Good Capacity and fills the new family coaster that Cedar Point has removed lately.

 

Zamperla Wild Mouse is my guess.

Why would a park like Cedar Point get a Base Frame Coaster when they could get a MACK Park Model?
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I thought there was at least consideration if not plan to remove the old Cedars Hotel dorms to make more room for the park. Not that they need to build the replacement for Wildcat's loss in CP's lineup right there close to where Wildcat's last location was, but that would clear up land for a medium intense family coaster of that style.

 

Maybe a Mack Spinning Coaster? Good Capacity and fills the new family coaster that Cedar Point has removed lately.

 

Zamperla Wild Mouse is my guess.

Why would a park like Cedar Point get a Base Frame Coaster when they could get a MACK Park Model?

 

I guess because they work with Zamperla more than Mack. I thought about that after I posted.... On second thought maybe a Gerstlauer. Like Spinning Dragons at WOF.

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