Summertime is amusement park time and with its close proximity, Cedar Point has been a mainstay for Michigan thrill seekers for years.

Situated on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point opened in 1870, which makes it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States.

The 2019 season kicked off May 11th and although there isn't a new roller coaster this year, Cedar Point is offering numerous other upgrades -- including two new attractions and some special anniversaries:

The Magnum XL 200, the park’s original hyper coaster, is turning 30 this year and the anniversary is being noted with a plaque at the coaster's entrance and some added extras to give a throwback vibe to the rides experience. When riders enter the coaster’s third tunnel they will come face-to-face with fog, futuristic sound effects and special lighting.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride is celebrating its golden anniversary turning 50 years old this summer. That ride will also have some special surprises waiting for riders to commemorate the milestone.

New to the park this year is Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island. Billed as an interactive experience for the entire family, the new attraction lets patrons decided their experience. “You’ll have the opportunity to play a role as big or little as you want in this immersive living story, with the power to sway the outcome and the fate of Adventure Island depending on the choices you make,” a park official explained. “From mind-bending challenges and group competitions to secret missions and simple conversation starting – you’ll have to figure out who to side with and who to trust. Or simply sit back, grab some provisions and watch the action unfold.”

Also new this year is Monster Jam Thunder Alley. The limited-time experience runs from May 18 through June 30 and will allow guests the opportunity to go for a ride inside a monster truck. Kids will have a chance to partake in the build-a-truck feature, as well as a hands-on garage with an up-close glimpse at what makes these trucks come to life.

Park-goers will find 2 new eateries when they visit the park in 2019 too. BackBeatQue and Hugo's Italian Kitchen will be waiting once you work up an appetite.

Michiganders will surely take advantage of the Michigan Super Saver package this summer, which has tickets starting at just $39.99. The park has also added a new Fast Lane Plus option, allowing you to skip long lines all season long. However, it comes at the heavy price of $849 plus tax, which may be a bit steep unless you're planning on spending a lot of your summer there.

Cedar Point opens most days at 10 a.m. with varied closing hours throughout the summer. Be sure to check their website for hours before planning your trip. Happy thrilltastic summer!


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