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What’s new at America’s roller coast?

June 7, 2012
By ERIC AYRES - The Scene , Times Leader

SANDUSKY, Ohio - This season at Cedar Point brings an array of new attractions and features for visitors.

One big featured addition transforms Adventure Island into a place that offers a prehistoric trip back in time with Dinosaurs Alive! The new interactive attraction features four dozen realistic, animatronic dinosaurs that roar and move through 12 themed areas. The $1 million attraction is situated on 4.5 acres surrounded by the lagoon in the middle of the north end of the park between Frontier Land and Camp Snoopy/the Gemini Children's Area.

"We are extremely excited about introducing Dinosaurs Alive! to our guests this summer," said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. "Our guests will have the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Age up close and see some of the amazing creatures that called it home. Dinosaurs Alive! will be educational but fun, too."

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Adventure Island at Cedar Point has been transformed into a place that offers a prehistoric trip back in time with Dinosaurs Alive!

Also this year, the park's Celebration Plaza is being expanded with the removal of the old WildCat roller coaster. This expansion will enhance Cedar Point's new nighttime entertainment encore - Luminosity. Flash mobs and more than two dozens dancers, singers, drummers and other costumed performers will accompany guests on a "multi-sensory adventure" complete with music, lights, flames, lasers and fireworks after dusk.

"Cedar Point is a magical place on a summer night, and Luminosity is going to treat our guests to a very special nighttime experience," said Hildebrandt. "Luminosity will be many things: midway and ride lights, music, singing and dancing on a 75-foot stage, pyrotechnics, video and a few surprises - but it will also be a way for families to connect at the end of the day and create new memories of their visit to the park.

"We believe all our rides and shows are special, but the real joy comes from sharing those experiences with family and friends."

Spectacular new lighting has already been added to the Giant Wheel, Power Tower, Millennium Force and main midway, and the mind-blowing lights are truly something to see. New sound systems have also been installed along the midways. The full Luminosity show is scheduled for a grand opening June 8 and will run nightly through Aug. 19, but an unofficial pre-launch Luminosity show kicks off tonight.

Another new addition to Cedar Point has been somewhat controversial yet unquestionably convenient for those who take part. Fast Lane passes are available at an additional charge - averaging around $50 per person, depending on the day of the week, with discounts for purchases of multiple Fast Lane passes.

The Fast Lane pass gives guests an special wrist band that allows them to avoid long lines - allowing them access through a different entrance to most rides. This can cut wait time that may average an hour and a half on a busy day to about seven minutes. It's for riders who are willing to pay extra and ride without waiting.

There have been mixed reviews about the Fast Lane already. Those on a limited budget obviously may feel this feature is unfair, but for those who budget for the extra cost - and who don't mind an occasional sideways glance from fellow patrons who wait in lines like troopers, the Fast Lane has been touted as one of the best additions ever introduced to Cedar Point.

Lines or no lines, it's all part of the experience, and a day or two at Cedar Point can deliver unforgettable thrills, fun for the entire family and a lifetime of memories for anyone who pays a visit this amusement park mecca on Lake Erie.

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