Cedar Point Virtual Tour
The Main Midway contains some of the oldest structures in the park, but
that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do! This area of the park contains
eleven rides, including two roller coasters. In addition, there are several
arcades, a portion of the skill games area, lots of food, and, of course,
a Guessing Game. (Hey, I was a guesser, remember? I have to get those plugs
in where I can!)
|We start the tour in a logical way, by entering through the front gate.
The history of the park is immediately apparent as we run straight into
an antique carousel, one of three on the Cedar Point property. This Muller
carousel is Cedar Point's oldest ride, having arrived at The Point in 1946.
The ride is older than that, however. It is estimated to have been
built in 1912. The carousel was given a new building when it was
moved to this location in 1994 to make way for Raptor. This ride
is on the National Register of Historic Places.
With three of them, Cedar Point operates more antique carousels than
anywhere else in the world. Combined, these classic rides entertain
more than 2 million riders each year.
Here's a Demon Drop story, and a rumor which I attached to it. During the
Demon Drop's first season, a man with known heart trouble decided to experience
the ride, despite the warnings about riding with heart problems. This man,
however, had experienced all of Cedar Point's roller coasters, and didn't
think Demon Drop would be much worse. Unfortunately, he did not count on
the fact that a free-fall is harder on the body than the other roller coaster
hills. He suffered a heart attack while on the ride. Ever since that first
season, one particular car has had a bit of a tendency to get stuck at
the top, dangling over the edge. It is my rumor that the ghost of that
man is holding the car, trying to keep it from falling, and thereby trying
to prevent his heart attack. OK, so Cedar Point won't admit to it -- I
like that ghost story, anyway! There is a moral, here. If you are not in
good health, you may want to forego some of Cedar Point's thrill rides.
This story is one of those rumors where the facts were not quite as exciting.
I have recently been informed that the man depicted in the story actually
suffered heart palpitations, for which he was rushed to the hospital. During
my years of working at The Point, however, I have known of the occasional
heart attack, so the warnings should still be heeded.
||Turning to the right, we find Demon Drop, Cedar Point's free-fall ride.
This ride may only last a few seconds, but those few seconds are quite
a thrill! Demon Drop is more than just a ride, it is also a science experiment.
Science classes frequently visit Cedar Point to study the physics of the
rides. Since Demon Drop allows the experience of weightlessness, it is
one of the key scientific experiments presented by those science classes.
Not sure if you can take the excitement of a free-fall? Treat it as
an experiment. When the ride reaches the top, place a coin on your knee.
When the ride falls, you can watch that coin float right down with you,
hovering just above your knee.
While I was working at the park in 1987, my girlfriend and I decided
to perform this experiment using a nickel, but we wanted to add a challenge
-- could we catch the nickel at the bottom? As the ride curved off to slow
down, I grabbed for the nickel as it bounced off my knee, but the best
I could do was to bat it into the seat behind us. Digging around in the
seat, we discovered a quarter, but couldn't find the nickel. Naturally,
we concluded that the drop, in combination with the contact with my knee
and hand, plus the motion into the seat, somehow converted the nickel into
a quarter. Go ahead -- just try and prove it wrong! :)
Great America near Chicago used to have a similar ride called The Edge.
The Edge, unfortunately, was the scene of a disaster. One car was going
up the shaft, while another car was loaded into the bottom of the shaft.
The first car stopped before it reached the top. It then proceeded to drop
straight back down the shaft, onto the second car. Cedar Point has a tremendous
safety record, and they want to keep it that way. As a result of Great
America's accident, Cedar Point immediately reworked the loading mechanism
on Demon Drop so only one car would ever be in the shaft at a given time.
Cedar Point does have a sense of humor, but not about safety. When the
rework was performed in response to Great America's accident, one of the
Demon Drop cars needed to be removed. The end of Demon Drop points towards
the parking lot. Cedar Point has not taken advantage of some potential
humor. I have felt that they should take that Demon Drop car, slam it into
an automobile, and wheel it out into the parking lot at the end of every
day. They could say, "Whoops! One got away!" Odd, Cedar Point didn't think
it was all that funny!
By the way, if you really like the Cedar Point Virtual Tour, you can
show your appreciation by purchasing Demon Drop for the author of this
site. Cedar Point is currently selling the ride for a mere $250,000.
The park has indicated that the ride will remain in operation until it
is sold. So, when you visit the park, be sure to ride Demon Drop
-- there's no way of knowing when it will give its last ride at Cedar Point!
We continue on our tour by looking at a massive structure to our left...
||As we continue along the midway, we see the Sky Ride. This ride's motto
is, "Closed Due To Weather Conditions." I didn't get a picture of the ride
during my first attempt, since, at that time, the ride was closed due to
weather conditions. Imagine that. These pictures reflect the new station
colors for 2004. Sky Ride is a cable car ride, which carries you the length
of the Main Midway. Views from the Sky Ride are very nice, and the ride
is quite relaxing. Being on a peninsula, however, Cedar Point can be a
bit windy. For obvious safety reasons, Sky Ride does not run when the winds
are too strong. When it is running, note that Sky Ride is used primarily
as a transportation mechanism. The travels are one way. If you want to
return to where you started, you will need to exit the ride at the destination
station, then get back in line at that station to return to the origination
||Soaring through the sky, screeching as it stalks its prey, here is
Raptor! Raptor is an inverted roller coaster that was built in 1994.
At the time, it was the tallest, fastest, and steepest inverted roller
coaster ever built. Raptor will twist your brain as it turns you upside-down
six times, all on the outside of the track! Your feet are hanging free
as you go screaming over Cedar Point's Main Midway. Be careful not to lose
That first drop provides a great visual experience, as it twists over
the top of the Main Midway, just before screaming down into the vertical
||The picture on the left is actually taken from outside the park, looking
past the Blue Streak. You'll meet the Blue Streak a bit later. In this
picture, notice the legs sticking up as Raptor swoops along the outside
of the first loop. The picture on the right shows a bit larger an overview
of the Raptor track, taken from the Main Midway. At the time that picture
was taken, Raptor was closed due to extremely high winds. Believe me, it
takes a lot of wind to shut down a big coaster like that! Looking at the
left of that picture, you can also see the first hill of the Blue Streak
in the background.
In the picture on the left, looking straight through the Raptor loop,
you can see one of the Sky Ride cars.
|The top picture to the right is a view of Raptor and Demon Drop as
seen from the Giant Wheel, Cedar Point's Ferris wheel.
The bottom picture provides a better look at the dangling feet. There
isn't a bad seat on Raptor, but the front definitely gives the most exciting
experience, as you cannot see any indication of where you are going, or
when you will be turning upside-down! It is also a great place to view
the park, as you hang for a couple of seconds over the midway just before
Raptor starts its first drop. What a rush!
For a sheer thrill, don't ignore the back seat. As with most coasters,
you get quite a whipping effect in the back. If the wait is too long for
the front seat, I pick the back as my second choice.
Many people think Raptor is short for Velociraptor, like from the movie
Jurassic Park. They couldn't be more wrong. A Raptor is a bird of prey.
In the case of this Raptor, it is an extremely large bird of prey, swooping
down over Cedar Point's midways!
Before you get the hopes up of the kids, keep in mind that Raptor shares
the tallest height requirement in the park. Riders must be 127 inches
tall to ride! Alright, you caught me, you only need to be 54 inches
tall. In contrast, most of the coasters only have a 48 inch tall height
requirement. Sorry, sitting on phone books is not allowed.
||Cedar Point publicly claims that Raptor was built to celebrate 125
exciting Cedar Point summers. Of course, I know better. Cedar Point actually
built Raptor for me, since it was my 25th straight summer visiting the
park. Let's look at the facts: First, 1994 was my 25th straight season
at Cedar Point, with the time spent as a guest, 4 year employee, and Cedar
Fair stock holder. Second, the ride was placed directly on the site of
the first Cedar Point ride I ever rode, namely the old Mill Race, which
was leveled to make way for Raptor. (I miss the Mill Race, but, having
been the third water flume ride ever built, it was just a bit past its
prime!) Third, the ride was painted green, which has been my favorite color
for as long as I can remember. Fourth, I immediately recognized Raptor
as my favorite roller coaster. Not surprising, since it is still one of
the world's top-ranked coasters. Finally, Cedar Point sent me a Raptor
mug, Raptor poster, and Raptor video to celebrate my 25th year at the park.
I think the evidence speaks for itself! :)
In this photo, I'm in my favorite seat. This seat is the front
right seat. I believe it is the single best roller coaster seat I've
ever experienced. I highly recommend it!
Before we travel farther along the Main Midway, we are going to turn
left under the Raptor track. As we look straight ahead, we see the first
hill of the Blue Streak.
||The Blue Streak is a classic Cedar Point coaster. Built in 1964 by
the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it is Cedar Point's oldest coaster,
yet it still thrills over a million people a year.
The Blue Streak was named in honor of the local Sandusky High School,
which carries the nickname of The Blue Streaks.
||In its earlier history, Cedar Point had quite a few roller coasters.
However, the 30's, 40's and 50's were a rough time for the old park, and
the coasters fell into disrepair. The Blue Streak was the first new wooden
coaster built at the park since the 1920's, being built on the approximate
site of the Leap the Dips coaster. Cedar Point almost disappeared in the
50's, when an investment firm wanted to turn the park into a housing development.
The public did not go for this idea, however, so they gave the old park
one more chance. The Blue Streak is a tribute to that last chance, one
which wound up making Cedar Point the largest ride park in the world.
||Once in a while, Lake Erie can produce some high winds and rain storms.
However, even in the worst of weather, the sun seems to always shine on
the Blue Streak.
Of course, it never rains at the park. You may experience some of the
Liquid Sunshine of Cedar Point, but it never, ever rains! Fortunately,
many of the rides still run in the liquid sunshine, as long as there isn't
any lightning. Let's face it, it would not be intelligent to be on a large
structure sticking up in Lake Erie during a thunderstorm! For the rides
that have to close, they usually are not closed for long. Lake Erie storms
usually only last an hour or two, then the sun comes back out, and the
rides reopen. Despite being Cedar Point's oldest coaster, the Blue Streak
is one of the rides that can continue to run in a rather significant about
of rai..., er, I mean, liquid sunshine!
|As we exit from the Blue Streak, we can see the Turnpike Cars. The
Turnpike Cars are small gas-powered go-carts that run on a track with a
guide rail. You get to steer these yourself, but, if your driving skills
are not quite up-to-snuff, the guide rail will assist you. Before Raptor
came along, there were two Turnpike Cars tracks. Now, only one remains.
If you're bringing kids to the park, they typically love riding these cars!
As proof, the lower picture is a photo of my nephew driving a turnpike
car while his ol' uncle rides along, providing a little foot-pedal power,
when needed. The gas pedal on the Turnpike Cars is kind of stiff, so small
legs might have some trouble keeping it pressed.
||In addition to the Turnpike Cars, you will also see the Calypso. This
ride has been at the park for many years, but was moved to this site in
1994 to make room for Raptor. Calypso is a classic version of what I call
a "spin-and-go-puke" ride, meaning that it'll keep you twisting, even after
you've exited the ride!
||We are going back under Raptor and turning left back onto the Main
Midway. On the left, you will see Cedar Downs, another of Cedar Point's
antique carousels. This carousel simulates a horse race. The turntable
moves quickly, while the horses move both up and down and front to back.
You never know who will win the race! Hang on to the reins, because, whipping
around at 15 miles per hour, Cedar Downs is one of the fastest carousels
in the world! As an historical note, Cedar Downs was purchased by Cedar
Point from Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where it was known as
Derby Downs. This Oeulie & Church Racing Derby carousel, built
circa 1920, is one of only two in the United States. Naturally, this
history has landed Cedar Downs on the National Register of Historic Places.
||Just a bit farther down, you will see the Cadillac Cars. This is a
very scenic go-cart ride, similar to the Turnpike Cars, but using antique-styled
automobiles. The Cadillac Cars are another favorite with the kids.
I should know -- I used to drive my parents crazy with wanting to ride
these over and over again! (Sorry about the pun in that sentence.
Sometimes, I can't help myself!)
|Up next, we come across a brightly colorful spin-n-go-puke ride, the
Scrambler. The ride has had several facelifts, but it has been spinning
on this spot for many years. It'll take you in and out and round
and round as you try to figure out how to avoid squishing the person on
||Who says there aren't any mountains in Sandusky, Ohio? Here,
you can go sledding around the Matterhorn. Matterhorn is another
one of Cedar Point's classic spin-n-go-puke rides. You'll go swinging
to the sides as you fly over the peaks in your bobsled. While you
can't have snowball fights on this mountain, at least you can leave the
mittens at home!
For The Kids
|Cedar Point provides fun for all ages. On the right side of the Main
Midway, next to the Cedar Point Coliseum, is Kiddy Kingdom, a large kiddieland
area for the youngest Cedar Point visitors, and one of three kid-oriented
areas of the park.
||There are 13 different rides for the kids in Kiddy Kingdom.
Rev up those engines! To the left are the Hot Rods. It was
too long ago for me to remember, but I'm told I rode those Hot Rods for
more than 2 straight hours when I was 3 years old in 1970.
Prepare for some off road adventures. To the right are the 4x4s.
||It's time to take to the skies! On the left are the Helicopters.
The riders get to determine the height of their helicopter using a control
OK, pull over, buddy. You're going just a bit too fast.
On the left are the Police Cars.
||Drop the top and cruise in style in the original pony car.
On the left are the Mustangs.
Then, go way back in time and drive the Old Timers on the right.
||At the heart of Kiddy Kingdom is the third of Cedar Point's beautiful
antique carousels. This one was built by the Dentzel company circa
1925. Back in 1938, this carousel was located at the World's Fair
in Chicago. As for that magnificent horse pictured at the right,
it was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1988. As can be seen from
the tiger following the horse, this carousel contains a menagerie.
(For those not familiar with carousel terminology, a menagerie carousel
contains other animals in addition to horses.) Naturally, like Cedar
Point's other two antique carousels, this one is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
||Strap on the leather jacket and rev up the Harley! On the left
are the Motorcycles.
Since Cedar Point is located on a beach, it's only natural that there
would be Dune Buggies on the right.
||The kids even get their own water ride. Sir Rub-a-Dub's Tubs
is the relaxing cruise shown on the left.
For yet another spin, check out the Roto Whip on the right.
||As if all those rides aren't enough, there's even a bit
of driver's training available in order to prepare for the streets of any
On the left are the Krazy Kars, a junior-sized Dodgem car ride.
||Cedar Point has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but some
parts of the park have remained the same for a long time. On the
left is the Kiddy Kingdom Sky Fighters ride as seen in 2007. On the
right is the same ride, in the same spot, when I was riding it in 1971.
I'm not really sure why I was facing backwards in the ride. Perhaps
I was anticipating the thrill to come in another 34 years when Wicked Twister
would spin me both backwards and forwards near this spot!
||Cedar Point isn't just rides. One of Cedar Point's best shows can be
found at the Centennial Theatre, opened in 1970 to celebrate Cedar Point's
100th anniversary. This year's show is Signed, Sealed, Delivered, featuring
songs from the 50's and 60's. The Centennial Theatre is a great place
to go when it's hot, since this theatre is air conditioned! This show runs
from June 7 through August 17 (except Thursdays).
The picture at the right shows Rockin' Round the Point, which played
at the Centennial in 1996 and 1997.
||There are many different games along Cedar Point's Main Midway. The
most prominent structure, the Cedar Point Coliseum, contains the Coliseum
Arcade. Cedar Point's largest arcade is housed in one of the park's oldest
buildings. How old? If you were to go up to the second floor, you would
see the Cedar Point Ballroom, where big bands performed in the 30's, 40's
and 50's. Upstairs, it looks about the same now as it did then. Downstairs,
you'll find the latest arcade games, plus some old favorites, some games
of skill, and a virtual reality game.
||The Main Midway also houses the main Cedar Point Games of Skill area.
Included in this area are games like Break-a-Plate, various water race
games, and Whac-A-Mole, to name just a few. Due to difficulty in
finding replacement parts, the long-time favorite of Fascination saw its
final season in 2000.
|There are all sorts of ways to test your skill. The Three Point
Challenge was added in 2006 next to the Demon Drop. You've got 40
seconds... Can you make enough baskets before time expires?
||Of course, the Main Midway also has my favorite game,
The Guessing Game, located next to the Cadillac Cars. See if you can fool
The Guesser on your age, weight, or birthday month. After all, how can
you look a birthday month? During my first summer working at Cedar Point,
I helped the crew of this scale on a very busy day -- at the time, it was
a record-setting day for The Guessing Game for a single location. That
record has been broken many times since, but it was a milestone in 1986.
|There is all sorts of good food along the
Main Midway. Near the entrance, you will find Hurricane Hannah's, which
opened in 2006. Formerly the Hofbrau Beer Garden, this restaurant
has some unusual offerings, including a hamburger with a pineapple topping.
This tropical paradise will blow you away!
||Cedar Point has quite a variety of French fries. Hot Potato has
a thick-cut fry that's absolutely delicious. Right next door, you
can concoct your own flavor of Icee by mixing a variety of different flavors
together in the quantities you desire.
|It's Donut Time! Want to catch a bit of breakfast to start your
day? Or, are you seeking a sweet snack to keep you going? Added
in 2004, Donut Time comes to the rescue.
This restaurant not only has homemade donuts, it also has muffins, cookies,
cinnamon rolls, and Starbuck's coffee.
If you need to get on the Internet, Donut Time can fill that need, too.
It has a wireless hot spot if you've got your own laptop with you, and
there are some computers available for your use if you didn't bring your
||In 1997, Midway Market was added, which is really the best food value
in the park. Midway Market provides a new concept in amusement park eating.
The restaurant allows you to sit in air conditioned comfort while enjoying
the many different foods on the all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet includes
beverages and dessert. It would be easy to spend the same amount of money
on a foot long hot dog, fries, soft drink, and ice cream, yet the Midway
Market food is quite a bit more substantial. Of equal importance, the food
is quite tasty! Don't miss the sundae bar!
||A trip back in time can be enjoyed at Johnny Rockets, nestled at the
corner amongst the games area. They've got burgers, shakes, malts,
and some 50's styled fun. When you sit down, pop a nickel in the
juke box and select your favorite oldie! The wait staff also has
their favorite tunes. Should one of them start playing, the staff
may suddenly break into song and dance. You'll get great food, and
a fun show as well! The enthusiasm of this staff really shows what
Cedar Point is all about. Over the years, I've been to over 180 amusement
parks. Not one of them had anything that compared to the experience
of eating at a Johnny Rockets run by a lively Cedar Point staff.
Although they are now popping up at other parks, this Johnny Rockets restaurant
is the first one to reside at an amusement park. The style may be
old, but this restaurant popped onto Cedar Point's midway in 2001.
|The Main Midway is also a good place for purchasing fudge, taffy, and
cotton candy. Cedar Point's confections are delicious -- be sure to take
|| If you're looking for something a bit cooler, check out the Toft's
Ice Cream Parlor. Just look for the cow.
Toft's makes some really delicious ice cream. The employee housing
has a little shop that used to sell pints of Toft's ice cream. For
all four of my summers working at the park, at the end of a hot day, I'd
be in that shop getting myself a pint of Toft's chocolate! In spite
of that nightly snack, I still lost weight during each of those seasons.
Could it be that I found the perfect ice cream diet? It's possible,
but your results may vary. The author assumes no responsibility for
those who gain weight due to eating a pint of Toft's chocolate ice cream
||The Game Day Grille made its debut in 2004, replacing the Silver Dollar
Cafe. There are some great meals in this sports-themed restaurant,
and you can enjoy watching various sporting events on TV while you eat.
On opening weekend 2004, I had the "Sacrifice," which is an open-faced
roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. It was delicious!
You can also watch Raptor zoom by your table. The big bay windows
provide excellent views of Raptor.
|If I didn't mention the Corral, I'd probably be yelled at by a friend
of mine who worked at that stand some years ago. Corral, located next to
Cedar Downs, is the largest of Cedar Point's food stands. Just a word of
advice. While all Cedar Point food is good, the sheer volume of food that
goes through Corral makes it just a bit less special than food obtained
at the smaller food stands. Additionally, Corral tends to be the busiest
of the stands, so your wait will typically be longer here than at the smaller
Burger Patio is attached to Corral. As you may guess, it has burgers.
There is seating next to the Burger Patio and behind the Corral.
Just beware of possible Raptors swooping down to grab your food!
||Sometimes, you just want to eat something with which you're familiar.
In that case, it's Subway to the rescue.
Perhaps you're just looking for a snack You can find some fantastic
gourmet hot pretzels, complete with dippin's! I'm drooling just thinking
about it! Just a quick word of warning. In the fall, the yellow
jackets seem to like these pretzels, too. One year, I failed to notice
a yellow jacket that landed on the back of my treat. He noticed my
hand, however, and gave it a nice little sting. For the rest of that
day, I was walking around (and riding) holding an ice pack. It still
amazes me that I didn't lose the ice pack while on Raptor. What a
shock that would have been to someone walking underneath!
||Naturally, the kids can get hungry while they're playing, too!
This very colorful building in Kiddy Kingdom is a convenient place to grab
a quick bite in between rides on the Sky Fighters and other such rides.
|Sometimes the food stands can even be found in rather tight locations,
such as the Sky Ride Refreshments, located in the station building on the
Wildcat Midway end of the Sky Ride.
One thing's for certain -- there's no need to go hungry on the Main
Midway of Cedar Point!
||Of course there are gift shops. You can find all sorts of
Cedar Point souvenirs at the gift shops on the Main Midway. Located
between the Demon Drop and the main Games area is Lotsa Palooza.
Renovated for 2006, this site contains stuff for girls and "Tweens."
For some upscale-style gifts, look to Park Plaza, located next to the
There's also a small gift shop within the station building under the
Main Entrance end of the Sky Ride.
|Formerly Hatittudes, Attitudes contains some t-shirts with
a bit more spice than is normally found at Cedar Point. If you're
looking for something different, give Attitudes a try.
||If you are looking for T-Shirts, I suggest going to the Pagoda gift
shop, located west of the Coliseum Arcade, as it contains the largest T-Shirt
shop in the park. However, all of the stores carry some unique merchandise,
so if you are looking for that special item, be sure to check out all the
shops. The Cedar Point videos are a great way to remember your visit. You
can also get souvenir maps, or a book on the history of Cedar Point.
||If you'd like Peanuts merchandise, don't miss the Snoopy Boutique,
or you'll really be in the dog house! Also, the kids may enjoy the
play area located inside this shop.
Back in time, this building housed Cedar Point's Earthquake ride, simulating
a drive through the great San Francisco Earthquake. When that ride
was removed, the Berenstain Bears moved in. When the Bears decided
to hibernate, Snoopy took over. Hopefully the Beagle will be here
for a while!