Cedar Point amusement park is located on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. The park first opened its doors in 1870 and is now the second oldest operating amusement park in the USA. Over the years many of the famous Cedar Point Rides have come and gone for one reason or another, generally because of cost or lack of interest.
Over the years Cedar Point has reached many milestones, it is the only park in the world with over four roller coasters that are over 200 feet. It has received the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Amusement Park” in the world for 16 years straight and is the most visited amusement park in the USA.
Considering the above, it’s no surprise that many rides have come and gone over the years, whether its to keep the park fresh or to make way for new innovative rides. Some of those older rides were much loved by regular visitors to the park in the past and hold many great memories. Take a trip down memory lane….
Chaos 1997 – 2010
Opened in 1997, Chaos would lift, invert and spin it riders all at the same time. The ride was moved from its original location in 2002 to make way for Dragster, it was placed on the former Schwabinchen site.
Demon Drop 1983 – 2009
The 10-story tower drop ride thrilled visitors for over 25 years, the ride simulated free falling from 131 feet and was hugely popular during its time. Cedar Point had been trying to sell the roller coaster off but in the end decided to move it to a sister site, Dorney Park, after failing to find a buyer.
Disaster Transport 1985 – 2012
Disaster Transport was an enclosed bobsled roller coaster that was formerly known as Avalanche Run (1985 – 1990). In 1990 it got its space theme re-design, the queuing area had special effects lighting and sound. However, these were not maintained and began to deteriorate, most of the effects at its closure were no longer active or had been covered up. The last ride took place on July 29th, demolition began on August 6th.
Earthquake 1965 – 1984
This dark ride was based on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The ride was first located at Freedomland but moved to Cedar Point in 1965 when Freedomland was closed down. Guests were transported in antique auto-mobiles, at the beginning of the ride you would be driven around San Francisco before the disaster, then buildings began to shake, a two story house slid from its foundation towards the car you were riding in and you found yourself in the middle of the disaster.
Mill Race 1963 – 1993
Mill race was a log flume that operated for thirty years at Cedar Point, when it first opened it was only the second log flume in the world! Although the ride was popular, it was removed in 1993 to make way for Raptor.
Paddlewheel Excursions 1960 – 2011
Paddlewheel Excursions took visitors on a relaxing voyage around Cedar Point’s lagoons. It closed in 2011 to make way for Dinosaurs Alive!, in the past it had been known as various other names including Riverboat Cruises and Western Cruise.
Cedar Point Rides Of Years Gone By!
Sky Slide 1968 – 1991
The Sky Slide was a fibreglass slide located to the west of the Main Arcade, riders had to sit on a burlap mat while sliding down. There were two long steep drops followed by a small dip and had fifteen lanes for riders to choose from.
Space Spiral 1965 – 2012
This 330 foot Gyro Tower gave riders a 360 degree view of the park and surrounding area. It was the first ride in the world to top 300 feet and featured a two level cabin, found only on the earliest models. The second level wasn’t in use in later years and in 2012 it was imploded and demolished.
White Water Landing 1982 – 2005
White Water Landing was a log flume ride built on the former site of ‘Shoot The Rapids’, it was in operation for 23 years before being retired to make way for Maverick. The old station and queue area are now part of Maverick’s queue and gift shop.
Wildcat 1979 – 2011
Wildcat was a steel Wild Mouse roller coaster that will be remembered for its hairpin turns and overall jerkiness, it was removed in 2011 to make way for Luminosity. During its lifespan it operated in three different locations within the park.