Amusement parks announcing the next year’s changes makes the end of summer an exciting time to be a fan. Holiday World’s Thunderbird was shocking and will certainly be part of my 2015 season. Six Flags’ changes resulted in mixed opinions.
Our eyes are only on a few parks these days now that we have two kids and Beth has waited in too many hot queues with me. One of those parks is Cedar Point, a park I worked at in Summer 2005 and my favorite. They have begun, slowly, announcing their changes with a brilliant teaser video describing that their stand-up coaster will be “squashed”. I’m in the camp that believes that only the name will be squashed and the ride will be given a new name, with new theming, and new sit-down trains. Others are firmly believing what they think the park has told them. Cedar Point’s marketing team is having a ball and I’m loving their hints & surprises. I wouldn’t mind them stretching out the fun till the winter.
Tonight I indulged and browsed PointBuzz’s forums to see what crazy ideas were being shared by the park’s second-most annoying group of fans. (Facebook commenters are the worst.) Some ideas, like building a boardwalk & expanding the park into the parking lot, are mentioned every year. But there were also a few snippets and dreams of the park redesigning their Mariana Entrance and Perimeter Road. This mockup of a new path from Blue Streak to Mantis is more of a move from a Roller Coaster Tycoon game than what an established park would do but it’s within my realm of possibility to root for.
I recently told Beth that my ideal home would be close enough to an amusement park I enjoyed where we could visit on a Friday night without considering it a rare event, like my Cleveland friends that drive to Sandusky. Maybe I won’t get it until I retire in East Tennessee and work at Dollywood. That’s probably more likely than Opryland USA returning. RIP.