Cedar Point Virtual Tour
|Despite being home to the world's first giga-coaster, the Frontier
Trail is the quietest part of the park, providing a peaceful retreat from
the thrills provided throughout the park. Travel into the past, as you
experience days gone by along this wooded path.
The Frontier Trail has never really been known for its rides. In fact,
until 1986, there were not any rides on The Trail. That's changing, however,
as there are now three rides -- two water rides, and a magnificent coaster.
Between the shaded trail and these rides, Frontier Trail is a great place
to cool down on those hot summer days.
||When approaching The Point, there are many visible structures.
One of the tallest is located here. We now approach the awesome giant
that sprouted up on the Frontier Trail for the 2000 season, Millennium
When I first heard that Cedar Point's 14th coaster was going to be placed
on the peaceful Frontier Trail, I had mixed emotions. Naturally,
I was delighted at the prospect of a new world-class coaster. However,
I was also a bit distressed at what the structure would do to the park's
quietest midway. Well, despite its incredible size and speed, Millennium
Force isn't as noisy as one would expect (excluding the screams of the
riders!), hence this magnificent coaster fits rather well with the serene
||Does this serenity mean that this coaster is tame? Not by a long
shot! Millennium Force is an absolutely remarkable coaster.
As the trains rush forward, you can hear the air tearing apart as the entire
atmosphere bends in submission to this spectacular coaster. The ride
is an adrenaline rush from beginning to end! Even the lift hill is
Ready for the statistics? Millennium Force is 310 feet tall.
It drops 300 feet at an 80 degree angle, reaching breathtaking speeds of
93 miles per hour, as it races through the 6595 feet of track. This
monster is no kiddy coaster! Riders must be at least 48" tall to
feel this Force. Riders named "Luke Skywalker" are no exception.
(Sorry, young Anakin!)
||Want to talk about World Records? Here are some interesting facts
surrounding Millennium Force. When it was built, It was the world's
tallest roller coaster at 310 feet. It was also the world's fastest
roller coaster, reaching speeds of 92 miles per hour (now claimed to be
93 MPH). It had the world's longest roller coaster drop at 300 feet.
It gave Cedar Point the most roller coasters in the world with 14 (now
up to 17), and the most rides in the world with 68 (now up to 75).
Millennium Force was the first coaster to break the 300 foot barrier.
This coaster is awesome at any time of the day, but it really provides
an incredible experience at night. Going down the first drop, it
looks like the train is racing into a black hole! Additionally, the
structure has some beautiful lighting effects, making the first hill look
like something from a fantasy world. Oh, due to the wild intensity
of this ride, Cedar Point will not allow ANY loose articles. That
designation includes purses, cameras, and presidential interns. (Sorry,
couldn't avoid that bad joke!) There are lockers near the ride entrance
-- be sure to lock your loose stuff in those! Also, since Millennium
Force is an awesome coaster, you should be prepared for a long wait.
During a preview weekend in early May, 2000, waits were exceeding 3 hours.
Yeouch! If any coaster in the world is worth such a wait, however,
it is Millennium Force. Later that same summer, waits topped an incredible
6 hours -- even I won't wait that long for a coaster! The last time
Cedar Point had 6 hour waits was when Gemini was introduced, way back in
||The coaster gave Cedar Point the most steel coasters in the world with
12 (now at 15). Cedar Point also has more roller coaster track than
anywhere else in the world, with 44,013 feet (now up to 51,803 feet).
Millennium Force is the first coaster in the world to use the fast and
quiet elevator lift cable system. Millennium Force has the world's
steepest non-inversion banked turn on a roller coaster at 122 degrees.
Finally, Millennium Force made Cedar Point the first park in the world
to have two coasters over 200 feet tall (since boosted to four, including
two over 300 feet). Wow!
||We have to trek the length of Millennium Force, reaching the end of
The Trail before we find any more rides. As we near Frontiertown, we see
Thunder Canyon on the left. Thunder Canyon is a river rafting ride, with
more than one million gallons of water flowing through it. When the ride
was installed in 1986, the park employees nicknamed it "Thunder Car Wash
-- the definition of overkill!" You will get wet and possibly soaked on
Thunder Canyon as you encounter the likelihood of being drenched by multiple
waterfalls. Informal statistics show that all but two seats, on the average,
will get dumped on by at least one waterfall. On hot days, that water feels
Because Cedar Point wants you to enjoy your entire day, you are allowed
to take off your shoes for Thunder Canyon. Lockers are available for leaving
belongings that you want to keep dry. Just a word of warning, however.
The platform is NOT the place to leave these items. The platform is a large
turntable, with lots of action. If you leave your belongings here, they
may accidentally find the water, anyhow.
Cedar Point did make a slight error (in my opinion) when creating Thunder
Canyon. The ride uses a pump system that brings the water in straight from
Lake Erie. Well, Lake Erie is a rather clean lake, but trapping lake water
in a confined space tends to lead to the build-up of some rather unpleasant
odors. To reduce this problem, Cedar Point empties the ride every night,
and scrubs it down regularly. If you arrive early in the morning, you can
stand on the observation platform and watch the wall of water flow through
the ride as it is pumped in from the lake. It looks like something from
a flood disaster movie!
|As wonderful as it feels on a hot day, you probably should avoid Thunder
Canyon on the cooler days, unless you have a change of clothes readily
available. During Thunder Canyon's first season, I had a friend who test
rode the ride in early May, when the temperatures were in the low 40's.
During test riding, he had to go through the ride several times. When he
finally got off, the first thing he heard was a recording indicating the
"Air conditioned comfort of Lusty Lil's Showtime Palace." Ah yes, the human
popsicle is born!
Without a doubt, the most descriptive explanation I've ever heard of
Thunder Canyon came from two teenagers that I overheard talking one day.
The one teen said to the other, "See, I told you. It's that thing
where you sit in the thing." Now, who could possibly argue with a
description like that?
In Snake River Falls, Cedar Point showed that they do learn from their
mistakes. While Thunder Canyon uses Lake Erie water, Snake River Falls
uses fresh water. So, if you are smelling a bit fishy after Thunder Canyon,
go ride Snake River Falls to smell fresh once again!
||Not wet enough after getting off Thunder Canyon? No problem! Right
across the midway is Snake River Falls. In 1993, this ride was the tallest
and steepest of its kind in the world.
The concept of the ride is rather simple. You go up, then around, then
down, where water splashes everywhere. I've been on similar rides in other
parks where the drop was about half the height of Snake River Falls, and
I found them rather dull. However, the extra height of Snake River Falls
makes this ride a real winner! When you hit the bottom, you see water shooting
upwards in every direction. You will even have enough time to think, "Gee,
I didn't get very wet." Well, what goes up generally comes back down!
In this case, quite a bit of that water falls right back on the boat, drenching
You may notice some people standing on that bridge. They apparently
were still not wet enough, so they are waiting for that wall of water to
Snake River Falls actually provided a bit of a dilemma when creating
this particular page. The entrance to the ride is in Frontiertown, with
the exit on the Frontier Trail. However, I felt that the ride had more
of an impact on the Frontier Trail, so I included it here. Besides, Frontiertown
has many other rides that it can claim.
For The Kids
||Children and adults typically enjoy the Early Petting Farm, halfway
down the Frontier Trail.
In the spring, there are often young ducks and geese in this area, as
seen in these pictures.
The various animals can be fed. The goats are the most fun to feed,
using a baby bottle to give them milk. While you've got that bottle, those
goats will consider you their best friend!
Frontier Trail offers several shows, plus arts and crafts exhibits. It
wouldn't be all that hard to consider much of this midway to be a show
about the 1800's.
||At the start of the journey down the Frontier Trail, we see The Red
Garter Saloon. In addition to having food, soft drinks, and adult beverages,
The Red Garter has a live show. Country Unleashed runs from May 10
through September 1 (except Tuesdays). Stomp your hands and clap
your feet (or something like that) to the country music hits. Yeeeeeeeee-haw!
The Red Garter fills up fast, so be sure to show up early to get the
best seats. Who knows, you might even find yourself on stage!
||While not actually a show, the Cedar Junction is a showplace for an
antique steam engine and caboose. Once in a while, a special show
takes place at the Cedar Junction, but it generally is just a nice spot
for taking a rest.
During the HalloWeekends, Cedar Junction often becomes haunted.
Those ghosts just can't keep away from the Cedar Point fun!
|After passing through Tenderfoot Pass, we come across E.J. Hammer's
Blacksmith Shop. At times, a real blacksmith can be seen at this
shop, demonstrating how he works with metal. The shop even sells
some of the items made right at Cedar Point.
||As we continue down the trail, we see Fort Sandusky, a replica of a
fort that once stood in the Sandusky area. Be sure to stop inside
and take a look around. Just try to avoid firing the cannons -- they
make a terrible racket.
|A bit farther down, we come across the J.W. Addington Mill. Stop
inside and check out the working mechanisms of the old water-driven mill.
Not only is it scenic, it makes for a great place to rest and think.
||Near the end of the trail is a rather odd looking building, with many
bottles sticking out of it. This building is where the Glass Blower is
found. This show is a real treat on cooler days after riding the water
rides, as the glass blowing furnace generates quite a bit of heat!
This building narrowly escaped destruction in 1987. A tornado swept through
this area, tearing out a large tree, which fell just a few feet from the
glass shop. Thunder Canyon was closed for a few days, as the entrance path
was torn out by the uprooted tree. I'll tell you more about that tornado
in the Frontiertown Games section.
|There are a couple of games near Millennium Force. One of them
is a ladder climb, where you can look really silly trying to reach the
end of the ladder! The other is a Half Court Hoops basketball toss.
|First, we find Panda Express, formerly The Trail's End, formerly Aunt
Em's Kitchen. "Auntie Em, Auntie Em! I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!"
Well, I don't think it's the same Aunt Em, but it could be. When I was
growing up, I never really cared for the food at Aunt Em's. In 1998, I
finally broke down and gave it another try. It was quite a bit better
than I remembered. Beginning in 2007, this location has egg rolls,
rice, Kung Pao chicken, Chow Mein, and other Chinese food
||Farther along, we find one of my favorite spots in the park, the Toot
Sweets Candy Factory. You can get delicious ice cream, wonderful cookies,
and fresh fudge at this stop. Whoops, I hope that drool doesn't damage
|Grist Mill Refreshments is located near Snake River Falls. This food
stand provides hot dogs and other standard amusement park food.
On the Wildcat Midway, I promised some fun shopping on the Frontier Trail.
Well, I meant it! At the start of the Trail, you'll find an old-time photo
building. Get dressed up in some western clothing, and get your picture
taken. The results look like something out of the third Back To The Future
||Just across the street from E.J. Hammer's Blacksmith shop, we find
Frontier Heart and Home. This store has a variety of unique old style
One of my favorite long-standing merchants is Bob's Boats. Why? I don't
know, I just like 'em! However, I also miss 'em -- Bob stopped coming
around in 1999, although, as seen to the right, live woodcarving still
||About half way down the trail, we find a group of old log cabins. These
cabins are originals, brought in piece-by-piece for an approximate cost
of three million dollars. Within the cabins, there are quite a few interesting
crafts for sale, unlike anything you'll find at most amusement parks. This
area is where the shopping can really be fun, as you'll find many unique
In 2006, the cluster of cabins added a mining activity. Grab a
bag of dirt, sift through it, and find out what treasures lie within!
||Since Cedar Point's parent company, Cedar Fair, purchased Knott's Berry
Farm in California, a bit of the Knott's flavor has found its way to Sandusky.
Stop in the Berry Market to purchase Knott's Berry products, including
Walter Knott's famous boysenberry jam, and kits for making home versions
of Mrs. Knott's fabulous fried chicken.
You can also find a sketch artist along the Trail. You can get a serious
portrait, or, if you prefer, a humorous caricature.
|Would you like to do some of your own craft work while visiting Cedar
Point? The Candle Shoppe allows you to make your own candles.
You can also see demonstrations of candle making, and you can buy candles
that were made by Cedar Point's crafts people.
||Have you been looking for an original sign, proclaiming your name and/or
address? Look no further! The Sign Shop can provide you with a sign, carved
to your specifications.
Remember that blacksmith and glass blower? Well, they are both located
at shops where you can buy interesting iron and glass items, some of which
were made right at the park. These are items you won't find anywhere else!