New entertainment at Cedar Point for 2023 Season


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Valravn is a Bolliger & Mabillard dive rollercoaster which opened to the public in 2016. Cedar Point is adding a new roller coaster, along with new eating options ahead of the 2023 season.

Cedar Point has opened its doors for the summer and Cedar Point has announced some major changes to its lineup during the offseason.

Among the biggest things debuting for this season is The Boardwalk. “The Boardwalk is our vision of what the classic Cedar Point Boardwalk would have felt like long ago: the sights, the sounds, the electricity of the experience – this new area captures it all,” said Carrie Boldman, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. The Boardwalk will be located near GateKeeper, where the Grand Pavilion will stand where the former Wicked Twister used to stand. 

The Grand Pavilion, which is serving as the anchor of The Boardwalk, will have a new restaurant with food that will not be found anywhere else at the park. The pavilion will also overlook stunning views of the lake, as well as the park. The new Grand Pavilion will commemorate the old Grand Pavilion at Cedar Point which was built in 1888.

Cedar Point is also adding The Wild Mouse roller coaster at The Boardwalk. The roller coaster contains 1,312 feet of track as well as 360-degree turns to thrill riders. This is not the first time Cedar Point has operated a Wild Mouse coaster. The old one operated until 2011. 

Guests will also notice two existing rides that will be relocated to the boardwalk: Matterhorn and Scambler. Tiki Twirl, which will remain at its same location, is getting refurbished and will be renamed Calypso. 

During the winter, Cedar Point announced attractions that will not return for the 2023 season. Forbidden Frontier, which opened in 2019 as a family-friendly interactive attraction, will not be back this season. The location of Forbidden Frontier is near the strata coaster, Top Thrill Dragster. This roller coaster closed in 2021 due to a metal piece striking a woman’s head while waiting in line. The ride is still standing and has been “retired” by Cedar Point. However, during the offseason, they released a teaser that they were in the work of a major revamp for the 400-foot coaster, which is supposed to be completed in time for the 2024 season. 

Among some of the restaurants that are not returning is Johnny Rockets Diner, which was located on the main midway across from Raptor. An arcade will occupy its former location. Other restaurants not returning are Chick-Fil-A in Frontier Town, The Mac Shack on the Main Midway, and Wild Turnip, which was Cedar Point’s first gluten-free/vegetarian restaurant located on the Frontier Trail. 

Cedar Point Nights is another event being discontinued for the 2023 season. The event took place daily during the summer where games as well as a DJ were played to guests at Hotel Breakers and at the beach. Tony Clark, the Communications Director at Cedar Point shared that there will be a scaled-back Cedar Point Nights, which will be centered around Hotel Breakers. 

Cedar Point opened in 1870, first as a public bathing beach. (Flickr)

The Season Pass program is seeing some changes ahead of the 2023 season. Cedar Point introduced the PrestigePass. This pass is now the top-tier pass that Cedar Point has to offer. Guests that purchase this pass will gain perks that they wouldn’t have seen if they bought the previous top-tier pass, the Platinum Pass. Among these perks include access to the VIP lounge, where unlimited water, bags of chips, and cookies are provided. There are two lounges, one located near Millenium Force, and the other inside the waterpark. The lounge provides shade, which is beneficial on a hot day. Prestige Pass holders will also be given two free Bring-A-Friend Tickets for the season, free preferred parking and one free Fast Lane ticket per visit. Guests can buy the Prestige-Plus pass for $100 more, which gains access to all Cedar Fair parks.  

Early Entry Rides are also going to change for the 2023 season. Early Entry is included for  Platinum, Prestige and Hotel Breakers Guests only. In previous seasons, the early entry rides included Cedar Point’s premier rides, such as Millenium Force, Raptor, Valravn, Maverick and GateKeeper. For 2023, however, Cedar Point is limiting the Early Entry rides to the ride located at or near The Boardwalk. These rides include GateKeeper, Wild Mouse, Atomic Scrambler, Matterhorn, Calypso, Dodgem and Kiddy Kingdom.   

Cedar Point is an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and is the flagship park of Cedar Fair. Among its sister parks include Kings Island, Carowinds, California’s Great America, and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (PA). The park currently offers more than 70 rides, including 15 roller coasters. Guests can purchase daily admission tickets to the park for $49.99, or $39.99 if they arrive later in the day at 4:00 PM. Cedar Point has four different season passes available to its guests: the Summer Pass (Only valid through Labor Day for $105), the Gold Pass ($140), the Platinum Pass (Valid for all Cedar Fair Parks for $280), the new Prestige Pass ($380) and the new Prestige Plus Pass (Valid for all Cedar Fair Parks for $450).  The park opened for the 2023 season on May 6th.