Category Archives: Cedar Fair

Which Cedar Fair Park Has the Oldest Carousel?

Guests love a classic carousel ride. Everything from the carved, wooden figures to the organ music to the glow of the light bulbs spark a sense of romanticism. If you did not ride a Cedar Fair carousel, did you really visit the amusement park?

noun: carousel; plural noun: carousels; noun: carrousel; plural noun: carrousels

1. (North American) a merry-go-round: a rotating machine or device, in particular a conveyor system at an airport from which arriving passengers collect their luggage.

2. (historical) a tournament in which groups of knights took part in chariot races and other demonstrations of equestrian skills.

The carousel, with traditional horses and later every other animal and mythical creature imaginable, has existed for hundreds of years. Today Cedar Fair parks collectively own 15 versions in one form or another. Some are traditional merry-go-rounds, while others are unique double-decker carousels.

With so many carousels in Cedar Fair’s lineup of attractions, we were curious which park had the oldest operating merry-go-round.

Our list starts at 1991 and takes us back to 1902.

15) Michigan’s Adventure- Carousel (1991)
Manufacturer: Chance Rides

a horse of a different color

14) Kings Island- Character Carousel (1982)
Manufacturer: Chance Rides

Kings Island Character Carousel

©Kings Island

For reference, here is a great photo of the Kings Island Carousel outfitted with the Hanna-Barbera characters.

Hanna Barbea Carousel gang

13) Canada’s Wonderland- Character Carrousel (1981)
Manufacturer: Chance Rides

Canada's Wonderland Character-Carrousel

©Canada’s Wonderland

12) California’s Great America- Carousel Columbia (1976)
Manufacturer: Chance Rides

11) Canada’s Wonderland- Antique Carousel (1928)
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

A photo posted by CPFoodBlog (@cpfoodblog) on

10) Kings Island- Grand Carousel (1926)
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

130728 Kings Island Grand Carousel

9) Valleyfair- Carousel (1976) (Originally from Excelsior Park, circa 1925)
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

8) Worlds of Fun- Grand Carrousel (1926)
Manufacturer: MC Illions

Worlds of Fun Grand Carousel

©Worlds of Fun

7) Cedar Point- Kiddy Kingdom Carousel (1925)
Manufacturer: Dentzel

130802 Cedar Point Kiddie Kingdom Carousel

6) Carowinds- Character Carousel (1923)
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

Carowinds - RCCGB USA 2014 - La Monster Bash

5) Dorney Park- Antique Carousel (1921)
Manufacturer: William and Edward Dentzel

110622 Dorney Park Carousel ©Shawn Meyer

©Shawn Meyer

4) Cedar Point- Cedar Downs Racing Derby (1920)
Manufacturer: Prior and Church Company

3) Kings Dominion- Carousel (1917)
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

Kings Dominion Carousel

2) Cedar Point- Midway Carousel (1912)
Manufacturer: Daniel Mueller

140508 Cedar Point Midway Carousel and GateKeeper

1) Knott’s Berry Farm- Merry-Go-Round (1902)
Manufacturer: Dentzel

141125 Knott's Berry Farm Carousel

Regardless of whether you prefer a lead or jumper horse, which of the Cedar Fair carousels is your favorite?

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2017 Cedar Point Bay Harbor Groupon

January 2017 Cedar Point Bay Harbor Groupon

The last iteration of the Cedar Point Bay Harbor Groupon expired December 23, 2016. This was a surprise given it previously had been run through April. In a surprising move, the park restaurant has brought back the Groupon, although this time with a little better terms. The Cedar Point Bay Harbor Groupon gives you the chance to enjoy a premium dining experience on property during the off-season, and save money while you are doing it!

Now keep in mind, from now through park opening in the spring of 2017, you can visit and take advantage of the Bay Harbor specials like Pasta Night or 2 Dine for $50.

Like the past couple years, Bay Harbor runs a great promotion exclusively through Groupon in the off-season. While Cedar Point may be closed, dining at Bay Harbor provides a great opportunity to eat some really good food while enjoying a Lake Erie sunset and getting a glimpse of the roller coasters while they sleep.

So what is good to eat at Bay Harbor? For starters, we think the Lobster Bisque is one of the best we have ever eaten. We are also big fans of the pasta night, though that promotion is not valid with the Groupon.

The current offer now includes a bonus night, valid on Wednesdays through Saturday. In addition, the Groupon must be used by April 28, 2017. Lastly, while the promotion is still a great deal, it is not quite the bargain it was previously (in 2015 and 2016 it was only $25 for $50).

This years Bay Harbor Groupon is $35 for $50 worth of regularly priced menu items. So what can $50 get you at Bay Harbor?

How about 4 appetizers to share, including Shrimp Cocktail, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Escargot, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes.

Or share a spinach salad, cup of French onion soup, and Blackened Grouper Oscar.

Maybe pasta dishes are your thing and you could get Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Pésto and Cajun Shrimp Alfredo.

This is your chance to really enjoy the park with a premium dining experience.

Link: Bay Harbor $35 for $50 (affiliate link)

We are super excited to have the Bay Harbor discount return again for 2017! Maybe we will see you on one of our visits. If you take advantage of this offer, be sure to reach out to us and let us know what you liked (or what could be improved), and of course we would love to see pictures of what you eat!

We make a small commission should you elect to make a purchase using our link above. You do not have to use our link, and it costs nothing additional, but we appreciate if you do!

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Cedar Fair Parks Most Instagrammed Places of 2016


We like numbers and one of our most exciting times of year is to look back and see how things stacked up against previous years. For example, we saw a 51%+ increase in website traffic from 2016 compared to 2015. Across social media platforms, we saw our Facebook audience grow by 150%, Twitter by 36%, and Instagram by 240%! Of course like all number games, people like to see growth.

Instagram released a bunch of stats on the 2016 year, and there is some exciting news for Cedar Fair park fans, as many of our favorite parks made the list of the most Instagrammed Places of 2016.

North Carolina

1. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
2. Lake Norman
3. Carowinds
4. Bank of America Stadium
5. PNC Music Pavilion


1. Quicken Loans Arena
2. Cedar Point
3. The Ohio State University
4. Progressive Field
5. Kings Island


1. Virginia Beach Oceanfront
2. James Madison University
3. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
4. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
5. Kings Dominion

Fore reference, the top food hashtags for 2016 were as follows:

1. #turkey
2. #pizza
3. #sushi
4. #fish
5. #bbq
6. #salad
7. #eggs
8. #steak
9. #avocado
10. #bread

Top food-related hashtags:

1. #instafood
2. #foodporn
3. #healthy
4. #foodie
5. #yummy
6. #coffee
7. #delicious
8. #dinner
9. #breakfast
10. #sweet

We are sure we used several of those throughout our adventure.

Top Travel Hashtags 2016

1. #travel
2. #sunset
3. #travelgram
4. #wanderlust
5. #vacation
6. #instatravel
7. #adventure
8. #view
9. #travelphotography
10. #roadtrip

We also did a little digging and found the most Instagrammed places in Canada, and were happy to see one of our favorite parks that made the list.

1. Niagara Falls
2. Rogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays Game
3. Air Canada Centre
4. Toronto Pearson International Airport
5. Canada’s Wonderland
6. Vieux Port de Montreal
7. CN Tower / La Tour CN
8. Vancouver International Airport
9. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
10. Whistler Blackcomb

The real takeaway here is the power of you! The reason the Cedar Fair parks make these lists is because of you and your loyal dedication to sharing your experience across social media platforms. The parks can request all day that guests share their experience with special hashtags, etc., but it is really up to the user to take that experience and share it online.

This would probably be a good time to say if you do not follow us on Instagram, we would love if you would go over to our page and follow along on our CPFoodBlog Instagram adventures. We share lots of exclusive photos on our Instagram site that are not shared across Facebook or Twitter.

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