“Future development!” There are no two words that promote more buzz in the theme park community quite like “future development.” But, once again, the fans of Sandusky Ohio’s Cedar Point will have a winter to debate what “future expansion” means after the park announced this week that the Extreme Sports Stadium: located between Wicked Twister and Windseeker, and Sandcastle Suites, which is located at the west end of the peninsula, would be torn down over the off-season.
Extreme Sports Stadium, formerly Oceania
The Extreme Sports Stadium has been the home to extreme sport stunt show, “All Wheels Extreme” for several years now, but long-time Cedar Point fans will remember when this was the Oceania, which was part of Cedar Point’s plan to compete with down the road Sea World Ohio in Aurora, Ohio. It was part of a much larger animal complex that featured aquariums and a penguin exhibit. The Oceania was center the attraction to this complex which featured a popular dolphin show for nearly 20 years. After the last dolphin unfortunately passed away, the stadium was renamed The Cedar Point Aquatic Stadium, which featured the diving show “Splash!” In 2008, it was redesigned for as a stunt show facility for the long-running “All Wheels Extreme.”
For the coaster or ride enthusiasts of the world, this may be the more intriguing demolition this winter because it is located inside the park. But, the question is what takes its place? Cedar Point has shown in the past that they are not afraid to rearrange attractions, perhaps the demolition of the stadium is only the beginning of an attempt to open up an even larger space. Perhaps the most intriguing question is not what is being built but rather what is being removed next. Is Windseeker or Wicked Twister the next to go to create a bigger space, or is the room created by removing the stadium enough? I wouldn’t mind a new GCI woodie being added to enhance the beach boardwalk feel of this section of the park; perhaps some would like a new beach-viewed restaurant, or a crazy new flat ride, but only time will tell what happens in this space.
Now that leaves Sandcastle Suites. Built in 1990, the lake front property was home to 187 rooms and leaves a lot of open space with its removal but not necessarily space for Cedar Point to install a new ride. While it is not a long walk from the park, this space is more likely meant for future hospitality opportunities than thrilling additions. But why tear down a hotel only to build a new one? Some speculation is this will make room for an expansion of Lighthouse Point which is Cedar Point’s small cabin and campground accommodations adjacent to Cedar Point Shores. Other rumors have suggested a lodge-style resort or perhaps an all-year style resort to accommodate guests at the new Sports Force Park down the road. Similar to the space created by the removal of the Extreme Sports Stadium, guests will simply have to wait for the next cryptic tweet or Cedar Point blog post. Until then we are now only 7 months away from the opening of Steel Vengeance, the RMC Hybrid in the back of the park, so we will have plenty to keep our minds occupied while we wait for me info.