SANDUSKY, Ohio (WPTA21) - After a pandemic-wracked 2020, the Cedar Point amusement park says it intends to offer a full season and a celebration of its postponed 150th anniversary this year.
The popular family destination, located just west of Cleveland, will aim to resume most of its normal entertainment operations while employing health and safety protocols for guests and employees.
Here's what Cedar Point plans to offer in 2021:
Frontier Festival, celebrating hope, health and harvest, kicks off the season on opening day, Friday, May 14. Frontier Town will transform into a Wild West hootenanny, brimming with live music, interactive games for adults and kids, festive décor, street entertainers and a mouth-watering food and drink menu.
Frontier Festival will continue its partnership with Prayers From Maria, a local organization whose mission is to celebrate hope, raise awareness and money to fund research to end childhood cancer. Its symbol of hope, the sunflower, blooming annually at Maria’s Field of Hope in Avon, Ohio, and more recently at a second location, Maria’s Field of Hope at Cedar Point, located next to Express Hotel in Sandusky, will be at the heart of this year’s festival.
A wide selection of unique items from local artisans and crafters will be available, as well as themed photo spots to capture family moments. Prayers From Maria merchandise and custom sunflower merchandise featuring the PEANUTS™ characters will be available for purchase throughout the event with proceeds benefiting the organization.
This year, Frontier Festival’s menu centers around a stockpile of cherries amassed during the harvest, and the town folk have made it their mission to use this bounty to create sweet and savory dishes and drinks for this year’s celebration. More than 20 cherry-inspired food tastings will be available, and adults can quench their thirst by sampling from more than 100 craft brews, seltzers, ciders and custom cocktails around Frontier Town.
Frontier Festival runs weekends, May 14-16 & 21-23, then daily May 28 through June 13.
Snake River Expedition
Parents, kids, grandparents and thrill-seekers alike can join the mission to smuggle valuable goods around Adventure Island on the new Snake River Expedition river boat ride. Riders will be immersed in a journey that will have them performing secret tasks, encountering surprises along the way and avoiding “danger” around every bend. Tours on Snake River Expedition are led by a cast of live characters with animated scenes and special effects to enhance the experience. Guests will also see nods to Cedar Point’s past attractions like the Western Cruise and Paddlewheel Excursions boat rides.
Snake River Expedition is scheduled to open on May 29 and will be in operation through Labor Day, Sept. 6.
150th Anniversary Celebration
The heart of the summer will heat up with the continuation of Cedar Point’s 150th anniversary celebration. The centerpiece will be the Celebrate 150 Spectacular parade and nighttime party, with larger-than-life floats (some more than two stories tall) that depict moments in the park’s rich history, talented dancers, acrobats and performers, a high-energy soundtrack and a grand finale like no other.
Special commemorative merchandise will also be available during the celebration, including limited-edition buttons, collectable pins, 150th anniversary logo items, books and more.
New food options are set to debut, including C.P. Juice Co., featuring unique fruit-shaped drink cups that are a nod to the very same products served in the park years ago. The Taste of the Point food tour will also be offered, allowing guests to sample some of the park’s most famous fare, including new Cedar Point favorites.
The 150th Anniversary celebration will take place daily June 26 through Aug. 15.
Ticket of a Lifetime
This summer, guests will have their final chances to win a Cedar Point Ticket of a Lifetime, an exclusive ticket that affords each winner (along with three guests) free admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark for the rest of their lives.
Guests will have a chance to win one each day by scanning their mobile device at the throwback Courtesy Corps guest information kiosks throughout the park. Each day, guests who register will have five chances to win the Ticket of a Lifetime. They’ll also have the chance to be one of 150 winners per day to receive an upgrade to the CP 150 VIP Club, giving them access to two exclusive VIP areas, several one-time Fast Lane passes, VIP viewing of the parade and nighttime party and more. The opportunity for a chance to win a Ticket of a Lifetime each day will be available in the park during the 150th anniversary celebration, June 26 through Aug. 15.
Cedar Point Nights
The summer season culminates with Cedar Point Nights, the park’s nighttime celebration at the place where it all started – the Cedar Point Beach. The annual festival will feature a new “dining in the dark” experience, interactive beach games, fire pits, glow games and decor, live entertainment and the electric nighttime atmosphere of the best rides and roller coasters on the planet.
Cedar Point Nights takes place while the park is in operation Aug. 6 through Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Other regional theme parks are planning to operate as follows:
KINGS ISLAND - Officials say they will open to the general public on Saturday, May 15, though Gold and Platinum season pass holders will be given access one weekend earlier. Last year's season passes will be honored for 2021 at the Cincinnati-area destination.
INDIANA BEACH - The Monticello amusement park is adding two new rides for 2021 -- a scrambler-type ride common to theme parks worldwide and a triple-loop roller coaster. Season tickets are on sale now. A countdown on the park's web site shows opening day is set for May 22.
HOLIDAY WORLD - The Santa Claus-based park is still finalizing its calendar, but has begun hiring to fill its seasonal positions. Season tickets are on sale for the park's 75th year of operation. Season passes from 2020 that were not used will be rolled over to the coming season.