Cedar Point celebrates 150 years with $99 gold pass

SANDUSKY – The biggest celebration in Cedar Point’s history is about to hit the Lake Erie shoreline as
the second-oldest amusement park in North America commemorates its 150th anniversary in 2020.
To celebrate this year of commemoration, the park is introducing the new, limited-edition anniversary
gold passfor $99.
The Gold Pass provides unlimited access to next year’s season-long celebration – but it also offers
unlimited visits to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark for the remainder of 2019, including
It includes free parking, discounts on food and merchandise, bring-a-friend admission discounts and
exclusive ride times. The gold pass also comes with access to “Golden Entry,” the opportunity to ride
some of the park’s best attractions 30 minutes prior to posted park opening time.
The new gold pass is available now at the park and at cedarpoint.com.
Cedar Point’s history dates back to the summer of 1870 when Louis Zistel ferried the first guests to
Cedar Point to enjoy a bathhouse, beer garden and the now famous mile-long sandy beach.
Over the years, buildings and attractions began to appear on the 364-acre peninsula, with the first
roller coaster appearing in 1892. The Switchback Railway, with its height of 25 feet, reached a top
speed of 10 miles per hour. Smaller attractions would be built in the 1800s, including a pony track,
diving platform, water toboggan, water trapeze and bicycle boats.
Under the direction of George A. Boeckling, the resort saw many improvements, including the addition of a
merry-go-round, new entertainment in the updated Grand Pavilion and the construction of the resort’s
first overnight property, the Bay Shore Hotel in 1899. With the popularity of multi-day visits,
Boeckling would go on to build the White House hotel in 1901. And in 1905, the historic Hotel Breakers
would rise above the beautiful sand as the “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes.”
Rides, attractions and landscapes would change over the years, and Cedar Point would eventually capture
the imaginations of thrill-seekers everywhere. Often referred to as “the Roller Coaster Capital of the
World,” Cedar Point would debut some of the tallest and fastest scream machines on the planet, including
Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster – the industry’s first hyper, giga and strata
coasters – along with the park’s current world-record-breaking thriller and world’s first hyper hybrid
coaster, Steel Vengeance.
As Cedar Point looks to the future, it will celebrate its grand sesquicentennial by introducing new
family entertainment.
Guests will enjoy a fully-immersive nighttime celebration along the Main Midway, try new and innovative
food options (along with a few throwbacks of old), take home new memories with a complete line of
nostalgic souvenirs and merchandise, step into a reimagined Town Hall in Frontier Town and climb aboard
a river expedition for a new generation.
The park will reveal the details on these additions in the months leading to Cedar Point’s opening day
next spring.
Cedar Point is seeking photos, videos and stories from all who have visited America’s Roller Coast over
the years. Whether it’s currently an annual family tradition, or it was the place a couple connected for
the first time, these memories will be shared across multiple platforms for all to enjoy, including the
park’s website, on social media, inside the park and in advertising.
Guests who would like to share their photos, videos and written stories can submit them online. All
assets must be in digital form and at their highest resolution for consideration.
To submit memories for consideration, visit cedarpoint.com/150.