Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cedar Point Renaming and Expanding Water Park in 2017 + Resort Expansions

Cedar Point will focus its attention on the resort's Soak City water park in 2017, completing an extensive refurbishment that will transform the 18 acre park into Cedar Point Shores.

From the concept drawings released it appears as though the boundaries of the existing water park will increase significantly.  The park will feature an all new entrance but it is currently unclear just where that will be located.  The park looks to be growing onto the land formerly occupied by the go-karts in Challenge park, on both sides of Magnum.

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Three all new water park attractions will be built, including the large tower seen above.  From where Magnum is located it looks like this tower will go up partially where the current Soak City entrance is and where the go-kart loading deck was.  The tower features Point Plummet, four trap-door drop body slides, along with Starboard Surge and Portside Plunge, two tube slides.  This tower looks identical to what was announced for Knott's Soak City yesterday and should be a huge success at the park.

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The other major water addition is Lakeside Landing, seen above, which looks like it may be located on the other side of Magnum where the bulk of the go-kart track once was.  The play area will feature 12 kiddie sized slides built around the perimeter of a giant spray pool for little ones.  Lakeside Landing will be partially covered for sun protection but also have an expansive lounging area as well.

Cedar Point Shores will also see the addition of new changing rooms, a poolside bar, more shade structures, all new cabanas by the wave pool and landscaping changes that sound like they will really open up the views of the nearby Lake Erie.  Most of the existing attractions will be renamed to fit in with the overall new theme of the park.  Also new will be the Crystal Rock Cafe, a major dining facility within the water park.

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Continuing its growth as a true vacation destination, Cedar Point also announced two important hotel expansions as well.  Breakers Express will be renamed in 2017 as Cedar Point's Express Hotel with a 69 room addition.  The addition will connect the 'square' layout of the hotel, seen above.  The renovation will include "new bathrooms and bedding, mini fridges, microwaves and connecting family suites for additional time to spend together."  The center of the hotel will have a new splash pad added along with changes to the courtyard and deck area that will make it more of a gathering space.

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Hotel Breakers will also see another multi-year expansion that will result in an all-new six story tower opening in 2018.  The tower will add 158 new guest rooms (many of them can be connecting family suites) to give Hotel Breakers a total of 669 rooms.  The tower will match the style of the existing hotel and also have a new pool debut along side it.

"There's so much more to Cedar Point than most realize," said Jason McClure, Cedar Point's vice president and general manager. "No other amusement park can claim a mile-long beach and fresh water lake just steps away from the largest collection of rides on Earth. With the transformation of our water park and investment in our hotel properties, we invite families and friends to make Cedar Point their choice for thrills next summer and beyond."

And as planned the Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center will open next year, located 3 miles from Cedar Point.  The expansive sports field center will host tournaments and have Cedar Point tickets included in its event offerings.