Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (simply known as Cedar Fair) is publicly-traded company headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio that operates twelve amusement parks, five water parks (four outdoor, one indoor), and five hotels.
The company started in 1870 as a recreational park named Cedar Point, which initially belonged to Cedar Point Pleasure Company. In 1978, Cedar Point acquired Valleyfair, after which the company was renamed to Cedar Fair (a portmanteau of "Cedar" from Cedar Point, and "Fair" from Valleyfair).
- Cedar Point (Saundusky, Ohio) - opened 1870
- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, Pennsylvania) - opened 1884; acquired in 1992
- Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park, California) - opened 1940; acquired in 1997
- Michigan's Adventure (Muskegon, Michigan) - opened 1956; acquired in 2001
- Kings Island (Mason, Ohio) - opened 1972; acquired in 2006
- Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina; portion in Fort Mill, South Carolina) - opened 1973; acquired in 2006
- Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, Missouri) - opened 1973; acquired in 1995
- King's Dominion (Doswell, Virgina) - opened 1975; acquired in 2006
- Valley Fair (Shakopee, Minnesota) - opened 1976; acquired in 1978
- California's Great Adventure (Santa Clara, California) - opened 1976; acquired in 2006
- Boomerang Bay (waterpark)
- Canada's Wonderland (formerly Paramount Canada's Wonderland) (Vaughan, Ontario, Canada) - opened 1981; acquired in 2006
- Splash Works (waterpark)
- Gilroy Gardens (Gilroy, California) - opened 2001; acquired in 2006
- Cedar Point Shores (formerly Soak City) - opened 2017 (in 1988 as Soak City)
- Knott's Soak City: Orange County - opened 1999
- Schlitterbahn Galveston (Galveston, Texas) - opened 2006, acquired 2019
- Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (New Braunfels, Texas) - opened 1979, acquired 2019
- Castaway Bay (Sandusky, Ohio) - opened 2004
- Hotel Breakers (Cedar Point)
- Cedar Point's Express Hotel
- Camper Village (Cedar Point)
- Lighthouse Point (Cedar Point)
- Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort (Cedar Point)
- Camp Wilderness (Kings Dominion)
- Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
- Worlds of Fun Village
- Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort
- Spring Hill Suites by Marriott at Carowinds (opened 2019)
- Hyatt Place / Hyatt House at Canada's Wonderland (opening late 2020)
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Cedar Fair Parks provides examples of:
- Awesome, but Impractical: The virtual reality glasses that were added to Thunder Run in Canada's Wonderland provided paying guests with a ride through a VR city matching with the movements of the train. However, this new addition drew plenty of criticism from guests, which ranged from longer loading times to the overall quality of the VR goggles.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
- Canada's Wonderland, which is the only park in the chain to be located in, you guessed it, Canada.
- And within Wonderland are two of its famous B&M coasters that are named after two Biblical creatures, the monster of the sea (Leviathan) and the monster of the Land (Behemoth). When the park announced its newest B&M coaster for 2019, many believed that it would be named Ziz, for the monster of the sky. Naturally, they were surprised to find out that it would be named Yukon Striker, in reference to the Klondike Gold Rush.
- Unlike all the other parks, which are large and filled with coasters, Gilroy Gardens is a bit smaller and only features two coasters, both meant for families. Justified, as it's more of a botanical garden with rides, but it was acquired in the Paramount deal.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the parks' locations are in their names: Michigan's Adventure, California's Great Adventure, Gilroy Gardens, Canada's Wonderland.
- Last of Its Kind: Sledgehammer, situated in Canada's Wonderland, is the first and only Giant Jumper in the world. Unfortunately, its constant state of disrepair does it no favours.
- Long-Lost Relative: In a sense. Six Flags Great America is the sister park of California's Great America in Santa Clara, California. The two parks were originally built, owned, and operated by Mariott Hotels. Six Flags bought the Illinois park, while Kings Entertainment Company got the California park, which later was a Paramount Park from 1993 to 2006 before the Paramount parks were bought out by Cedar Fair.
- Mine Cart Madness: Thunder Run at Canada's Wonderland, which makes two runs through Wonder Mountain, whilst making several near-misses with the adjacent train track and other obstacles.
- Wonder Mountain Guardian at the same park also counts. Even while moving at a crawling pace, riders on board are tasked with shooting at various monsters inside the mountain, before you're all eventually caught and incinerated by a fire-breathing dragon.
- Product Displacement: When Paramount Parks owned Canada's Wonderland, Kings Island, and Kings Dominion; they all received The Italian Job-themed rollercoasters in 2005/2006. After Cedar Fair bought the chain, references to the movie had to removed and the Mini Cooper-themed ride vehicles had to be made generic.
- The Rival: To Six Flags.
- Toon Town: Various Cedar Fair parks have these. For example, California's Great Adventure and Canada's Wonderland (during their Hanna-Barbara era) previously had Nickelodeon Central as their kids area, after which they were both replaced with Planet Snoopy.