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Cedar Fair Attractions That Celebrate Anniversaries in 2018

2018! The year of Steel Vengeance (Cedar Point), Twisted Timbers (Kings Dominion, RailBlazer (California’s Great America), and HangTime (Knott’s Berry Farm). This is a monumental year for Cedar Fair with four record setting new roller coasters, as well as other new rides and park enhancements across the company.

However, as we look to the future, we always have to look to the past. With that said, we present our annual list of Cedar Fair Attractions That Celebrate Anniversaries in 2018, in 5 year increments.

California’s Great America- Gold Striker (2013)

5th Anniversary

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Cedar Point- GateKeeper (2013)

5th Anniversary

171008 Cedar Point GateKeeper

Knott’s Berry Farm- Coast Rider (2013)

5th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Coast Rider

Knott’s Berry Farm- Surfside Gliders (2013)

5th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Surfside Gliders

Kings Dominion- Dominator (2008)

(Originally at Six Flags Ohio 2000)
10th Anniversary

170513 Kings Dominion Dominator

Canada’s Wonderland- Behemoth (2008)

10th Anniversary

150718 Canada's Wonderland Behemoth

Carowinds- Yo Yo (2008)

(Formerly at Geauga Lake, 1981)
10th Anniversary

170422 Carowinds Yo Yo

Dorney Park- Possessed (2008)

10th Anniversary

170702 Dorney Park Possessed

Knott’s Berry Farm- Pony Express (2008)

10th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Pony Express

Michigan’s Adventure- Thunderhawk (2008)

(Originally at Geauga Lake, 1998)
10th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Thunderhawk

Canada’s Wonderland- Sledgehammer (2003)

15th Anniversary

150718 Canada's Wonderland Sledge Hammer

Cedar Point- Top Thrill Dragster (2003)

15th Anniversary
(Read more about the opening of Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster)

151101 Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster

Kings Dominion- Drop Tower: Scream Zone (2003)

15th Anniversary

160402 Kings Dominion Drop Tower

Kings Island- Delirium (2003)

15th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- La Revolucion (2003)

15th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm La Revolucion

Valleyfair- Steel Venom (2003)

15th Anniversary

Cedar Point- Power Tower (1998)

20th Anniversary

170815 Cedar Point Power Tower

Kings Dominion- Volcano (1998)

20th Anniversary

160303 Kings Dominion Volcano

Knott’s Berry Farm- GhostRider (1998)

20th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Ghostrider

Knott’s Berry Farm- Supreme Scream (1998)

20th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Supreme Scream

Michigan’s Adventure- Shivering Timbers (1998)

20th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Shivering Timbers

Worlds of Fun- Mamba (1998)

20th Anniversary

150523 Worlds of Fun Mamba

California’s Great America- Flight Deck (1993)

25th Anniversary

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Cedar Point- Snake River Falls (1993)

25th Anniversary

160613 Cedar Point Snake River Falls

Dorney Park- Cedar Creek Cannonball (1993)

25th Anniversary

150906 Dorney Park Cedar Creek Cannonball

Dorney Park- White Water Landing (1993)

25th Anniversary

Kings Island- The Bat (1993)

25th Anniversary

170210 Kings Island The Bat

California’s Great America- Rip Roaring Rapids (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Kings Dominion- Avalanche (1988)

30th Anniversary

170512 Kings Dominion Avalanche

Kings Island- Congo Falls (1988)

30th Anniversary

160416 Kings Island Congo Falls

Knott’s Berry Farm- Bigfoot Rapids (1988)

30th Anniversary


Michigan’s Adventure- Wolverine Wildcat (1988)

30th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Wolverine Wildcat

Michigan’s Adventure- Thunderbolt (1988)

30th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Thunderbolt

Kings Dominion- White Water Canyon (1983)

35th Anniversary

Kings Dominion White Water Canyon ©Nick Cox

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Michigan’s Adventure- Loggers Run (1983)

35th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Logger's Run

Cedar Point- Gemini (1978)

40th Anniversary

160808 Cedar Point Gemini

Knott’s Berry Farm- Montezooma’s Revenge (1978)

40th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Montezooma's Revenge

Carowinds- Carolina Goldrusher (1973)

45th Anniversary

150410 Carowinds Carolina Goldrusher

Carowinds- Carolina Skytower (1973)

45th Anniversary

170422 Carowinds Carolina Skytower

Carowinds- Character Carousel/The Grand Carousel (1973/2018)

(Originally built in 1923)
45th Anniversary

170421 Carowinds Character Carousel

Carowinds- The Scrambler (1973)

45th Anniversary

160331 Carowinds Scrambler

Worlds of Fun- Autobahn (1973)

45th Anniversary

150522 World of Fun Autobahn

Worlds of Fun- Flying Dutchman (1973)

45th Anniversary

150522 Worlds of Fun Flying Dutchman

Worlds of Fun- Le Taxi Tour (1973)

45th Anniversary

Worlds of Fun- Worlds of Fun Railroad (1973)

45th Anniversary

150522 Worlds of Fun Train Logo

Worlds of Fun- Viking Voyager (1973)

45th Anniversary

150523 Worlds of Fun Viking Voyager

Cedar Point- Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad (1963)

55th Anniversary

170622 Cedar Point G. A. Boeckling Train Engine

Cedar Point- Cadillac Cars (1958)

60th Anniversary

160508 Cedar Point Cadillac Cars

Dorney Park- Thunderhawk (1923)

95th Anniversary

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7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall

150812 Cedar Point Midway Horse-Drawn Hearse (7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall)

Were you fortunate to make it to a Cedar Fair at least once (or 10) this summer? Traveling to Cedar Point, Kings Island, Carowinds, Dorney Park or any of the other Cedar Fair parks is a blast throughout the year, especially when you can enjoy long days in the park and late nights under the lights of the midway. However, once the temperatures start to drop, there are lots of reasons to love Cedar Fair parks in the fall.

1) Decorations

Starting around August each year, guests visiting the parks can get into the fall spirit by seeing some of the decorations start to take shape around the park. Maybe you will see a Haunt vehicle here or a hearse there. Slowly as you get closer to fall, you will begin to see the park transformed into an entirely new experience, especially after dark.

Fall also means new kids and family activities throughout the day. Then once the sun goes down, the fog starts to roll in and the entire atmosphere becomes captivating.

2) Park Improvements

There is nothing that gets park enthusiasts blood running faster than with the announcement of improvements for the next season. Typically sometime in August or September, the parks have their official release of the next years improvements, whether they be a new roller coaster, rides, or dining enhancements. Shortly thereafter, guests going into fall can watch the early progress of construction, building excitement to carry them into spring and the park reopening.

3) Character Spirit

141022 Cedar Point Trick-or-Treat Halloween Snoopy

Everyone gets into the fall spirit at the parks, and that includes Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Bring the family out during the day and see your favorite characters dressed up just for Halloween.

Or if you visit Cedar Point during the day, you may get lucky and see Tony Clark, the Communications Director driving around the midway parade in a boiling pot of witches brew. Everyone gets in on the action.

4) Unique Menu Offerings

150918 Cedar Point Kettle Corn

While the leaves are changing, so does the food that nurtures the soul, preparing our bodies for winter. That is why we love the food scene at the parks for fall. Find warm cider, pumpkin treats, food stands that are only brought out for Haunt, unique food events, and freshly prepared kettle corn.

2017 Canada’s Wonderland Haunt Food
2017 Valleyfair Blood Suckers Buffet & Brew Bar
2017 Dorney Park Fright Feast
Review: Cedar Point Halloweekends Specialty Baked Potatoes
2017 California’s Great America Haunt Boofet
2017 Cedar Point Boeckling’s Banquet
2017 Cedar Point Night of the Living Fed

5) Dwindling Crowds

Halloweekends/Haunt are historically the busiest time of the year to visit the park, but there are some ways to minimize the crowds. As you get closer to Halloween, and especially on Saturdays, the parks can be very crowded. However, depending on the weather forecast, Friday nights and Sundays can be great nights to take in the park with lower crowds.

6) Merchandise Deals

Looking to snag our favorite merchandise for that special someone? As the parks get closer to closing day, they risk being stuck with a bunch of inventory. This means you should be able to find some great discounts of select items.

7) Best Deal of the Year on Season Passes

Cedar Fair Platinum Pass

If you are like our family, we like to save money, and the best time to do that with Cedar Fair season passes is in the fall. When season passes first go on sale is the best time to buy due to the lowest prices and additional added incentives.

For example, new guests that purchase a season pass this season get into the parks one time this season. Renewing members get a free Fast Lane Plus pass, getting them front of the line access one time this season.

When purchasing your season pass, it is also in your best interest to add the all-season dining plan and all-season drink cup/season pass drink program now, as the prices will only go up the longer you wait.

What gets you in the fall spirit?

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2017 Canada’s Wonderland Haunt Food

With the change in seasons, the temperatures and amusement park experience in the fall comes a whole new lineup of specialty Canada’s Wonderland Haunt food items.

Mountainside Bakery

– Spookiewich (Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich)- $6.99

– Gourmet Sandwiches (with chips)- See menu at link above

– Charcoal Flat Bread Pizza- $9.99

– Seasonal Cupcakes and Treats

Medieval Meats (located outside Marketplace Buffet)

– Turkey Leg- $14.99

– Lamb Shank- $11.99

– Bacon Wrapped Farmers Sausage- $9.99

– Bavarian Pretzel- $5.99

– Corn on the Cob- $3.99

Muskoka Craft Burger and Beer

Zombie Burger (Pretzel bun, beef & chorizo burger, lettuce, onion and mushroom blend, roasted tomato, jalapeno crisps, cheese sauce; served with chips)- $16.99 ($2.00 upgrade for dining plans)

Axe Murderer Burger (Black and White Sesame Bun, classic beef burger, orange cheddar, onion rings, tomato, lettuce, chipotle aioli; served with chips)- $16.99 ($2.00 upgrade for dining plans)

Scarecrows Revenge Grilled Corn on the Cob– $3.99

Medieval Faire Noodle Bar

Worm Soup with Eye Balls and Brains (Shredded Beef Meatballs, squid pasta, with beef broth)- $7.99

Spider Web Soup (Whisper vegetables, chow mien basket with vegetable broth)- $7.99

Witches Brew (Chicken wonton with chicken broth)- $7.99

Soba Noodles Soup- $7.99

Bistro Eighty-One Food Truck

Bloody Chicken Poutine (Tandoori Chicken, Cheese Curds, Fresh Cut Fries, Poutine Gravy, Red Pepper Strips)- $9.99

Slaughter House Sandwich (Smoked Pork Belly, Swiss Cheese, Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions, Bold BBQ Sauce, Potato Bun)- $11.99

Sinister Sandwich (Rustic French Bread, Mac n Cheese, Deli Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese)- $11.99

As a reminder, Canada’s Wonderland dining plans are only valid during the day and NOT at night during Haunt.

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