As the 2016 summer season draws to a close, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has unveiled a raft of new attractions for its parks across North America next year.
Major changes are in store for Cedar Point, as the Ohio amusement park prepares to close the doors on Soak City waterpark for the last time on September 5. It will be replaced with Cedar Point Shores Water Park, a brand new, 18-acre facility, in 2017.
Cedar Point Shores will feature a range of new attractions, including a six-storey slide structure, a family splashground area, and upgraded food and merchandise locations.
The waterpark’s existing slides and attractions will receive makeovers, with most receiving new names highlighting the unique beachside location, Cedar Fair said last week.
Also in 2017, Cedar Point’s roadside hotel, Breakers Express, will transform into Cedar Point’s Express Hotel, complete with 69 additional rooms, a new splash pad and swimming pool, new deck area and an outdoor courtyard.
At Carowinds, another iconic Cedar Fair property, park goers will soon be able to enjoy enhanced food offerings, new experiences and the addition of four new classic ride favourites to the North Carolina amusement park.
Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, meanwhile, is adding two new thrill rides in 2017. Falcon’s Flight has been pegged as a “hair-raising thrill at nearly 100ft above the ground”, while the spinning and rising Mustang Runner will hold more than 50 riders at a time.
On the west coast, California’s Great America is preparing the launch of Patriot – the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. The ride will emerge from the soon-to-be-retired Vortex coaster, the oldest stand-up roller coaster in the US.
Patriot will take riders to a 91ft height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop at 45 miles per hour, Cedar Fair said.
“With the track visible beneath their fee, Patriot will create unique and exciting new perspectives throughout the ride,” said the park’s vice president and general manager, Raul Rehnborg.