News: Cedar Fair preparing for another pandemic-focused season in 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021 7:47 PM
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Chuck Wagon said:

Who gets to be first in line for Dragster, Maverick, and Steel Vengeance each day? Answer: resort guests.

Looks like its time for everyone to start that Couch to 5K program.


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Monday, March 22, 2021 8:21 PM
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Paisley said:

But can we go in the resort gate after the park opens with a platinum pass?

I don't see why this would be a problem. All these rules are specifically for early entry.


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Monday, March 22, 2021 8:53 PM
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I know last year, to use the Magnum/resort gate, you had to have a wrist band indicating you had your temperature checked prior to entering the park.


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Monday, March 22, 2021 10:14 PM

/me keeps forgetting that “last season” wasn’t 2019...

Well, it *was* for me!

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Monday, March 22, 2021 10:24 PM
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Same (even though we were there in 2020). At least for a second I responded to Paisley without also considering pandemic-specific rules.

Something about Cedar Point being my proverbial "escape" allows my brain to forget those considerations from time to time. That and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting so much closer...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 3:40 PM
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Guys, it's happening! The Giant Wheel's gondolas are being loaded!

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:10 PM
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CoasterMania and Coaster Campout tickets go on sale on Monday. I suspect a lot of people are going to get sticker shock when they see the $40 price tag for CoasterMania, not including admission. I'm wondering if they're selling less tickets due to pandemic, and hoping the price point will drive away the "casual" CM attendee and only attract those who really love the event.


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Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:40 PM

$40 does not seem high enough to keep anyone away.

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Monday, April 19, 2021 11:35 AM
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The park will require reservations upon opening. Reservations will be available April 26th at 11am. Same applies for Cedar Point Shores.

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Monday, April 19, 2021 6:41 PM

Interesting, considering that for much of last season they didn't bother. I wonder if they are planning on using reservations for staff planning as much as for limiting crowds. Which leads to the question...*when* the COVID restrictions are limited (which, incidentally, there are no longer any hard capacity limits in Ohio) will the reservations go away?

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Monday, April 19, 2021 7:01 PM

I think they are expecting crushing demand, like good weather Saturday in October style demand. That, plus the likely major staffing concerns probably made the reservation decision an easy one.


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Monday, April 19, 2021 7:16 PM

Fast Lane (Plus) is returning as well. I assume this means they will be loading all rows on rides?

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Monday, April 19, 2021 7:34 PM

I really hope FastLane returning means no rows/seats blocked off


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Monday, April 19, 2021 7:36 PM

I have to believe that means full trains and the end of the 30 minute clean and empty send policy. The hourly capacity last season was a fraction of normal operations, necessitating the access passes on the big 4.


CP Coaster Top 10: 1. Steel Vengeance (28 rides to date) 2. Top Thrill Dragster (182 launches to date, 4 rollbacks) 3. Raptor 4. Millennium Force 5. Maverick 6. GateKeeper 7. Valravn 8. Rougarou 9. Magnum XL 200 10. Gemini

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Monday, April 19, 2021 7:36 PM
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It looks like we wait until the 26th to hear the rest of the Covid procedures. I believe we will see full trains again this season with the return of FL, but those pesky access passes may still be needed especially with social distancing in the queues. Here's hoping for a great season!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:08 AM
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Looking forward to their next announcement, but I must say I'm very pleased with how well they are working with the tools and procedures available to them and still putting the guest experience as high a priority as they can.

Here's to hoping we have full trains and no pesky cleaning cycles. I think that alone would be an eye opening difference between this season and last season with ride operations.


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DJ Fischer

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:46 AM
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I would take double the number of cleaning cycles, if it allows them to load full trains and not have access passes.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:05 PM
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There's really no reason we can't have fully loaded trains and fewer/no constant cleaning cycles. One doesn't affect the other and neither are likely making much difference if any.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:37 PM

The CDC has said more than once that "Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads." (lifted that straight from their web site).

Unfortunately the Ohio Department of Health has not got the memo, as Section 5 of the "streamlined" April 9 master public health order still features "d. Routine disinfection of high-contact surfaces, desk workstations, restrooms, and equipment." and the remaining orders for specific sectors are still full of demands that stuff be wiped down at ridiculous intervals.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:04 PM
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What Dave said...and I'm nervous about it because I think it has a pretty huge impact on the experience overall. I'm hoping Cedar Fair has been in contact with the governor's office on this topic, but we won't really know until next Monday.


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