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Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

Posted by ustop20themeparks on April 10, 2009

Cedar Point Amusement Park

One Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
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America’s 16th Most Visited Park of 2007


Interesting Info

http://www.buschgardensgroupevents.com/va/UserFiles/readerschoiceawards-2007.pdf
http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/category/family-kids/cedar-point/
http://www.themeit.com/attendance_report2007.pdf

• TOP in Favourite Amusement or Theme Park with 33%
• TOP in Favourite Park for Thrills with 66%
• TOP in Best Value with 24%
• 2nd in Most Beautiful Park with 6%
• TOP in Top Steel Roller Coasters – Millennium Force
• 4th and 5th in Top Steel Roller Coasters – Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick (Favourite “New for 2007” Ride or Attraction)
• TOP in Best Seasonal Event – HalloWeekends with 17%
• THEME PARK WITH THE MOST RIDES – According to Wikipedia, Cedar Point has more rides than any other amusement park, as of 2008.
• 16TH MOST VISITED PARK IN NORTH AMERICA
• According to TEA (Themed Entertaiment Association) 2008 records, Cedar Point is visited by approximately 3 million guests annually. It is the 16th-most-visited park in North America.
• MOST NUMBER OF COASTERS
Coaster King Award: Most number of roller coasters with 17 coasters.
• INTERESTING GOSSIP:
The previous Coaster King (Six Mountains) has yet to relinquish their Coaster King title.

ACCURACY & AUTHORITY – 5/5
TEA is the only non-profit organization representing producers of “compelling places and engaging experiences”, in this case, theme parks.

OBJECTIVITY – 5/5
Many of the websites are independent organizations that have no vested interest in the voting and ranking of theme parks.

CURRENCY – 4/5
Information is mostly up to date for the websites. However, for the book source, since it is print media and cannot be updated till at least the next print, it cannot be considered to be current.

COVERAGE – 4/5
Considerably extensive information.

Main website

http://www.cedarpoint.com/

PROS
• Provides extensive information about the theme park, including:
o How to get there
o Itinerary planner
o Ticketing

• Provides a complete ride list inside Cedar Point Amusement Park.
o Very useful
o List is classified into Name, Ride Type, Location and most importantly a Height Requirement for the families bringing the young children

• Provides a list of the historical milestones in Cedar Point Amusement Park
o Useful only to the tourist who likes to be in the know about the park’s history

CONS
• Not all rides have full description and pictures.

ACCURACY & AUTHORITY – 4/5
Since the bulk information comes from the main websites themselves, the information is up to date and accurate for the web sources.

OBJECTIVITY – 2/5
As the main website’s main interest is that of attracting visitors, it is likely that it is subjective and presented in an attempt to garner more visits.

CURRENCY – 5/5
Information is up to date for main websites. They have to be, so as to be relevant and cater to the visitors’ needs.

COVERAGE – 5/5
Contain links to the latest news and information with regards to Cedar Point.


Books

EXPERIENCE THE POINT: (2002)
“Unofficial Guidebook To Cedar Point: (2001/2002)”

*By Andrew Hyde. <br><br>  *This guidebook is completely dedicated to Cedar Point and takes one on a comprehensive tour of America's Roller Coast. It discusses ways to plan your day and have fun at Cedar Point.<br><br>   *It includes information on every ride, show, attraction, restaurant, and hotel. A bonus is over 30 trivia questions, and numerous fun facts.

*By Andrew Hyde. *This guidebook is completely dedicated to Cedar Point and takes one on a comprehensive tour of America's Roller Coast. It discusses ways to plan your day and have fun at Cedar Point. *It includes information on every ride, show, attraction, restaurant, and hotel. A bonus is over 30 trivia questions, and numerous fun facts.

Picture source: http://www.amazon.com/Experience-Point-Unofficial-Guidebook-Second/dp/0741414996

PROS
• Details on the rides
• On top of the basic details, also has fun facts about Cedar Point

CONS
• Outdated, new rides not updated

ACCURACY & AUTHORITY – 4/5
Since the bulk information comes from the main websites themselves, the information is up to date and accurate for the web sources.

OBJECTIVITY – 1/5
It is a book on Cedar Point and it has to be able to sell. Naturally, it will have information that is positive to Cedar Point’s reputation.

CURRENCY – 2/5
Information is outdated. This is the usual problem with books, they become outdated rapidly.

COVERAGE – 4/5
Contains a good amount of information about Cedar Point, including how to plan an itinerary.

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