North American amusement park operator Cedar Fair is promising a diverse array of new rides and attractions for the 2019 season. In addition to the new coasters already announced for Canada’s Wonderland and Carowinds, these include new attractions to appeal to kids, tweens and families at Cedar Point.
“The investments we make to further improve our parks each year allow us to provide unparalleled experiences that delight our guests and differentiate Cedar Fair in the industry” says the company’s president and CEO, Richard Zimmerman. “Our guests appreciate the unique, exhilarating, memorable and fun experiences available at Cedar Fair’s entertainment properties.”
The highlights of Cedar Fair’s capital line-up in 2019 include:
• Canada’s Wonderland, located outside of Toronto, will introduce Yukon Striker (pictured above) – the longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster in the world. The B&M ride will anchor the newly themed Frontier Canada area, representing the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike gold rush era of the late 1890s. Once it opens, the park will tie with Cedar Point in having the second greatest number of rollercoasters of any amusement park on the planet – 17 in total.
• Carowinds, straddling the North and South Carolina borders near Charlotte, continues to round out its impressive coaster collection with Copperhead Strike (pictured above), a double launch coaster by Mack featuring five inversions. The attraction will be the central element of the park’s new richly themed Blue Ridge Junction area. The park is also getting a new SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel on its property.
• Cedar Point, which is the operator’s flagship park in Sandusky, Ohio, will introduce a mysterious immersive experience with its new Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island attraction. Guests will interact with characters as they unlock puzzles and enjoy physically active challenges. The Forbidden Frontier will be located on an actual island within the park.
• Cedar Fair continues to upgrade its dining venues, providing a wider variety of cuisine. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, will introduce a new flagship restaurant, Boathouse Grill, while Carowinds will open the Blue Ridge Country Kitchen in its new themed area, offering traditional farm-fresh foods.
• With the addition of WinterFest to Canada’s Wonderland in 2019, a total of seven Cedar Fair parks will remain open through November and December. At each of the participating parks there will be themed areas, vivid lights, specialty foods, ice skating and falling snow. Guests may engage in interactive events and enjoy original holiday music and shows performed by the classic Peanuts and special WinterFest characters, while enjoying selected rides and attractions.