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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). In 2006, the company purchased a group of parks around the US (and one in Canada) previously owned by Paramount Pictures as Paramount Parksnote .

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Cedar Fair properties (former KECO/Paramount properties are marked with a {*}):

     Cedar Fair Parks 
  • Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) - opened 1870
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, Pennsylvania) - opened 1884; acquired in 1992
    • Wildwater Kingdom (waterpark)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park, California) - opened 1940; acquired in 1997
  • Michigan's Adventure (Muskegon, Michigan) - opened 1956; acquired in 2001
    • Wildwater Adventure (waterpark)
  • Kings Island (*) (Mason, Ohio) - opened 1972; acquired in 2006
    • Soak City (waterpark)
  • Carowinds (*) (Charlotte, North Carolina; portion in Fort Mill, South Carolina) - opened 1973; acquired in 2006
    • Carolina Harbor (waterpark)
  • Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, Missouri) - opened 1973; acquired in 1995
    • Oceans of Fun (waterpark)
  • Kings Dominion (*) (Doswell, Virginia) - opened 1975; acquired in 2006
    • Soak City (waterpark)
  • Valley Fair (Shakopee, Minnesota) - opened 1976; acquired in 1978
    • Soak City (waterpark)
  • California's Great America (*) (Santa Clara, California) - opened 1976; acquired in 2006note 
    • South Bay Shores (waterpark)
  • Canada's Wonderland (*) (Vaughan, Ontario, Canada) - opened 1981; acquired in 2006
    • Splash Works (waterpark)
  • Gilroy Gardens (*) (Gilroy, California) - opened 2001; acquired in 2006

     Water Parks 
Require separate admission for entry:

Outdoor

  • 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

Indoor

  • Castaway Bay (Sandusky, Ohio) - opened 2004

     Hotels & Campgrounds 
  • 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
  • Hyatt Place / Hyatt House at Canada's Wonderland
  • Camp Cedar (Kings Island) (Opened 2021)

     Former Parks 
  • Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom (Aurora, OH) - opened 1887; acquired 2004; Geauga Lake closed 2007; Wildwater Kingom closed 2016
  • Knott's Camp Snoopy (Located inside Mall of America, Bloomington, MN) - opened 1992; acquired with Knott's Berry Farm; sold 2006
  • Knott's Soak City: Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA) - opened 1986; acquired 2001; sold 2013
  • Knott's Soak City: San Diego (Chula Vista, CA) - opened 1997; acquired 2000; sold 2012
  • Star Trek: The Experience (*) (Las Vegas, NV) - opened 1998; acquired 2006; closed 2008
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Cedar Fair Entertainment provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Playground: Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio. Cedar Fair purchased the park from Six Flags in 2004 and closed it following the 2007 season after 120 years of operation. Most buildings were taken down and all the rides that could be moved were sent to other parks in the chain. Notably, the historic Big Dipper rollercoaster remained standing until 2016. Geauga Lake's waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom, remained in operation through the 2016 season, allowing its visitors to look out on the ruins of the former park.
  • Aborted Arc: Cedar Point and Kings Dominion once had free mobile games called The Battle for Cedar Point and The Battle for Kings Dominion respectively. The apps provided a way to entertain yourself in line, featured Augmented Reality, and even gave rides their own backstories.note  However, due to the diminishing playerbase, the apps are impossible to play and any references to the game existing in the first place were removed.
  • Absurdly Long Wait: Expect this on the major attractions. Wait times for rides like Millennium Force or Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point, Yukon Striker at Canada's Wonderland, or Fury 325 at Carowinds can be up to 2 hours or longer.
  • Advanced Tech 2000: Worlds of Fun has a ride called Cyclone Sam's, the ride's full name is Cyclone Sam's Cloudpoofer 2000.
  • Artifact Title: The former Safari Village at Kings Dominion was a real mishmash of themes, which was seen in its roller coaster collection. Anaconda was probably the only one of the five coasters to fit in with the theme implied by the land's name. Avalanche was themed to Olympic bobsleddingnote , Backlot Stunt Coaster is themed to a Hollywood backlot, Flight of Fear is outer-space themed, and Intimidator 305 is NASCAR themed. That said, the 2022 retheme of this area to Jungle X-Pedition seems to be fixing this, with the addition of Tumbili and retheming of Avalanche to Reptilian.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • La Revolucion - Spanish for "The Revolution"
    • Sol Spin - Sol is Spanish for "Sun." Spin is already in English
    • Tumbili - Swahili for "Monkey"
    • Valravn - Danish for "Raven of the Slain"
  • Black Site: Area 72 at Kings Island is themed after a top secret military base. However, due to the desperate need of volunteers to participate in the Orion Sequence, the base is open to the public.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Or to more rides, at least. Cedar Fair parks offer 'Fast Lane' ('Fright Lane' for Halloween Haunt), where (for an additional fee) guests can bypass the lines for many rides. Some parks offer 'Fast Lane Plus', in which higher-demand rides are restricted to this tier.
  • Colony Drop: The story for Orion at Kings Island is about testing a newly created vehicle to escape this.
  • Company Cross References: They're everywhere. Notable examples include the cargo on Snake River Expedition at Cedar Pointnote , the Blue Ridge Country Kitchen at Carowindsnote , and Area 72 at Kings Island.note 
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Maverick, according to Steel Vengeance, was once an illegal moonshiner, before moving to Frontier Town and founding a mining company. Aside from using his illicit moonshine income to start up the company, he also failed to compensate Digger after a workplace accident and bribed his own brother to stay silent about the aforementioned moonshine business.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Some characters on the original version of Knott's Bear-y Tales can be heard humming or whistling the ride's theme song, Welcome One and All.
  • Edible Ammunition: The guns the riders use on Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair are jelly blasters.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Some of the parks' locations are in their names: Michigan's Adventure, California's Great America, Gilroy Gardens, Canada's Wonderland. Carowinds, with an address in North Carolina and portions of the park's land being in South Carolina, is less upfront but still applies. A stealth version is Kings Dominion; its state's nickname is "The Old Dominion".
    • Intimidator 305 and Fury 325, the respective giga coasters of Kings Dominion and Carowinds. No points for guessing the heights of these.
    • Racer and Racer 75 at Kings Island and Kings Dominion, respectively, are both racing coasters, as is Gemini at Cedar Point.
    • Cedar Point, Valleyfair, and Michigan's Adventure all have a coaster named Corkscrew, where the eponymous inversion is their signature element.
  • Excited Show Title!: Valleyfair!
  • Excuse Plot:
    • Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point gives a backstory of three outlaws banding together and building a machine to get revenge on corrupt mining tycoon Maverick. Though surprisingly in-depth for Cedar Fair at the time, this backstory is clearly a backdrop for the world-class roller coaster.
    • Mystic Timbers at Kings Island has a much simpler plot. Taking place at the site of a cursed lumber mill, there is a shed with unusual activity. Despite warning, the riders trespass anyway.
  • Giant Hands of Doom:
    • You would expect a ride called Vortex to be themed to a tornado or cyclone, but Kings Island's and Canada's Wonderland's Vortexes were themed to a giant metallic hand (Carowinds uses the same text for the logo, but the hand is nowhere to be seen).
    • In 2019, Canada's Wonderland ended up removing the hand theming for a mining theme to line up with their new Frontier Canada section, however, the name was unchanged. Explanation 
    • California's Great America averted this by theming their Vortex to a tornado.
  • Iconic Logo: Millennium Force's curved "M" logo has been a staple of the ride ever since its announcement.
  • I Have Many Names:
    • The family wooden coasters at the ex-Paramount Parks have gone through an assortment of name changes. They all started as Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster (or some variation thereof). Only the Canada's Wonderland version still goes by Ghoster Coaster, as the other three have all now been renamed Woodstock Express due to their kids areas becoming Planet Snoopy. Kings Island's version went through two intermediate names between Scooby-Doo and Woodstock Express, though: it was renamed The Beastie in 1980 after The Beast opened (with a tunnel installed on the first drop), then renamed Fairly Odd Coaster in 2006, and finally Woodstock Express in 2010.
    • The Flying Cobras at Carowinds originally opened at Geauga Lake as Mind Eraser, back when Geauga Lake was a Premier (and later Six Flags) park. When Cedar Fair took over the park in 2004, it became Head Spin. After Geauga Lake was shuttered in 2007, it was moved to Carowinds and renamed Carolina Cobra. When the ride was incorporated into an expanded County Fair 2017, it became The Flying Cobras and took on an air show theme.
    • Possessed at Dorney Park also started out at Geauga Lake. Initially named Superman: Ultimate Escape, the ride was renamed to Steel Venom after Cedar Fair's purchase of Geauga Lake. After it was relocated to Dorney Park in 2008, it was renamed to Voodoo, but the name was changed in 2009 to Possessed because Six Flags owned the rights to the name Voodoo.
    • The Bat at Kings Island was originally opened in 1993 as Top Gun. Upon Cedar Fair's acquisition of the Paramount parks, the ride was renamed Flight Deck in 2008 (like also happened to the Top Gun coasters at Canada's Wonderland and California's Great America). Then in 2014, the ride was repainted with a bright orange track and renamed again to The Bat, as a tribute to the park's first suspended coaster with that name (which operated in Coney Mall from 1981 to 1983 on the space that was later occupied by Vortex from 1987 to 2019).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Carowinds' family suspended coaster is called Kiddy Hawk. No guess what it's named after. The same is true of Kiddy Hawk Cove at Carolina Harbor, the water park.
  • Jungle Japes: The new for 2022 Jungle X-Pedition area at Kings Dominion is themed to a vast jungle containing multiple ancient temples.
  • Large Ham: The ride operators hype up your ride experience like there's no tomorrow.
    Average ride operator (during dispatch): You guys are all clear and outta here! Enjoy your ride on [Ride name]!
    Average ride operator (after ride): Welcome back riders, how was your ride? (Riders cheer) Good! Lift up on your restraints and exit to your left and enjoy the rest of your day here at [Park name]!
  • Last of Its Kind: Sledgehammer at 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: California's Great America is the sister park of Six Flags Great America. The two parks were originally built, owned, and operated by Marriott 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.
  • MacGuffin Title: Michigan's Adventure has a family coaster named Zach's Zoomer, although there isn't a Cedar Fair character named Zach. Turns out it's actually named after Zach Mark, one of the family members that owned the park before Cedar Fair purchased it.
  • Mine Cart Madness:
    • The Cedar Creek Mine Ride at Cedar Point was one of the first mine train roller coasters, and is the park's oldest operating steel roller coaster.
    • Kings Island has the Adventure Express, which has a jungle adventure theme.
    • 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 fight against a fire-breathing dragon.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Copperhead Strike at Carowinds features a character named Granny Byrd, who won several blue ribbons at the county fair for her prize winning jam. But she really doesn't want you to sneak in to find what her secret recipe is, because she's also brewing moonshine.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Some videos used to announce or promote new coasters have music that is unique and made specifically for the ride. Said song is never used at the park.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The Beast at Kings Island is nestled in the woods at the far back of the park. You can't see anything of the ride until you're deep into Rivertown and near the ride entrance. Moreso at night as the trees block out any light from the moon and stars.
  • Oddball in the Series: Amongst the former Paramount parks, California's Great America is the only one of these on the West Coast, as the others serve the East Coast or Midwest markets.note 
  • Parental Favoritism: Certain parks in the chain get larger and more frequent investments due to their attendance or growth potential. The parks that get the most attention include Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Knott's Berry Farm.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The leader of the three outlaws for Steel Vengeance is named Blackjack and has the four suits etched into his hat. He is also extremely good at card games, which is how he earned the name Blackjack.
  • Portmanteau: The company's name is derived from the first two parks it was comprised of, Cedar Point and Valleyfair.
  • Product Displacement:
    • The former Paramount Parks had plenty of rides that had been themed after their movies. While Cedar Fair had a ten-year licensing deal for Paramount names and icons, they opted to terminate the agreement and not pay an annual licensing fee. So any Paramount movie themed rides had to be de-themed.
      • Canada's Wonderland, Kings Island, and Kings Dominion all received The Italian Job-themed launch coasters in 2005/2006. After detheming, the rides were all renamed to Backlot Stunt Coaster, and the Mini Cooper-themed ride vehicles had to be made generic.
      • Several inverted coasters at the Paramount Parks were themed after Top Gun: B&M inverted coasters at California's Great America and Carowinds, an Arrow suspended coaster at Kings Island, and a Vekoma SLC at Canada's Wonderland. After the Cedar Fair takeover, all of them were renamed Flight Decknote  save for Carowinds' version, which was instead renamed Afterburn.
      • BORG Assimilator at Carowinds (Vekoma Flying Dutchman; formerly Stealth at California's Great America) was renamed Nighthawk.
      • One of the worst affected was the HUSS Top Spin known as Tomb Raider: The Ride at Kings Island. Built for $20 million, with impressive water effects, lasers, Hollywood lighting, a pre-show, synchronized musical score, film props, artificial fog, and flame effects; almost all of these were removed by Cedar Fair when the ride was rebranded as The Crypt, and it would stay this way until closing quietly in 2011 (it didn't help that Diamondback's construction led to its show building becoming an eyesore in Rivertown). By comparison, its sister at Kings Dominion ran until the end of 2019 (when it was torn out and eventually replaced by Tumbili), and by virtue of being outdoors, retained all of its original theming, music, film props, lighting, fog, and flames.
    • In 2004, Cedar Fair acquired Geauga Lake from Six Flags. As they did not have the rights to use DC Comics or Looney Tunes characters, any rides themed after those properties had to be renamed.
      • Batman: Knight Flight (a B&M floorless coaster) became Dominator.note 
      • Superman: Ultimate Escape (an Intamin Impulse coaster) was renamed Steel Venom.note 
      • The Road Runner Express (a Zierer junior coaster) was renamed the Beaver Land Mine Ride.note 
  • Product Placement: Intimidator and Intimidator 305 are built and themed to NASCAR stock cars. To that end, there are ad stickers on the lead cars of the trains, like on actual stock cars.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: The shed portion of Mystic Timbers can have one of four songs play while waiting to reenter the station, these are; "Cars" by Gary Numan, "Maneater" by Daryl Hall & John Oates, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, or "Can't Take my Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang. Then as you turn right to enter the station, one of three monsters break down the doors and scare you, these are; a large demonic bat, a giant snake, or a tree.
  • Rearing Horse: The logo for Maverick at Cedar Point features this.
  • Revenge: The backstory for Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance is this, with the three protagonists coming together to bring down Maverick. Specifically, Digger was an ally of Maverick, before being written off after a boiler accident took his arm, Chess was threatened after rejecting Maverick romantically, and Blackjack lost all respect for his once revered brother.
  • Rewrite: Maverick's clan video from the original 2016 version of The Battle for Cedar Point states that Maverick built FrontierTown, however, the story for Steel Vengeance states that he simply settled in and established a mining business.
  • Shoot Everything That Moves: Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair. Everything from the signs, other characters, and even the bears themselves give you points when hit. But most of the time, you'll be targeting the pies, Crafty Coyote's pups, and the occasional appearance of Crafty himself. And due to the fact that you're using jelly blasters, whatever you shoot stays on screen with the exception for the pies (which respawn shortly after being hit) and Crafty Coyote (who makes a swift exit, but not before being dazed after being hit).
  • Silver Bullet: The B&M invert at Knott's Berry Farm is named Silver Bullet.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Intimidator at Carowinds pays tribute to Charlotte's role as a hub for NASCAR activity. Almost all of the NASCAR Cup teams have their shops in the Charlotte metropolitan area, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is in downtown Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway is in Concord to the northeast of the city, and the ride itself uses the nickname of Dale Earnhardt, who hailed from Kannapolis (in the northeast Charlotte suburbs).
    • Delirious at Valleyfair is an obvious homage to Prince, who was from Minneapolis. In addition to the ride sharing a name with one of Prince's songs, it's also painted purple.
    • The queue line for Orion at Kings Island is filled with tributes to many of the park's past and present attractions.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Michigan's Adventure is often mispronounced as 'Michigan Adventures', 'Michigan Adventure', or 'Michigan's Adventures'.
    • On a similar note, Shivering Timbers at the same park is often pronounced 'Shiver me Timbers' despite having no relation to pirates.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dave, a fan favorite character from Disaster Transport was obviously removed with the ride in 2012, but he made his return in the GateKeeper gift shop in 2021 where he occasionally says pre-recorded lines including but not limited to, discussing his absence, singing, and even a verbal Wall of Text explaining the differences between Disaster Transport and GateKeeper.
  • 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 Canada's Wonderland, the first two B&M coasters are named after two Biblical creatures, the monster of the sea (Leviathan) and the monster of the land (Behemoth). When the park announced its B&M dive 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, due to being the anchor ride in Frontier Canada, a new land themed 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.
    • Within Kings Island's Rivertown, its roller coasters are The Beast, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and Backlot Stunt Coaster. The first three mesh with Rivertown's theming, but Backlot Stunt Coaster doesn't fit at all. (Although people avert this with listing the coaster in Coney Mall)
  • The Rival: To Six Flags. Both companies provide each other with stiff competition for thrill seekers, though have different business approaches so as to cater to slightly different audiences.
  • The Un Favourite: On certain parks in the chain get smaller and less frequent investments than other parks. These parks include Dorney Park, Michigan's Adventure, Kings Dominion, Worlds of Fun, and Valleyfair. Most of these parks haven't received a new original coaster in over ten years.
  • Title: The Adaptation:
    • Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm is always referred to as 'Xcelerator: The Ride' from the ride's sign to even its page on Knott's Berry Farm's website despite there not being any other sources of media called Xcelerator.
    • Orion at Kings Island also suffers from this, but only in merchandise.
  • Toon Town: Various Cedar Fair parks have these. For example, California's Great America and Canada's Wonderland (during their Hanna-Barbera era) previously had Nickelodeon Central as their kids area, after which they were both replaced with Planet Snoopy. At Dorney Park, there used to be a small children's area themed after The Care Bears during the mid 1980s. The area featured an audio animatronic show, a live stage show, and a few attractions aimed at very young visitors. This area also had a few walkaround versions of some of the Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins that guest meet. Several of their parks in the 80s and 90s also had Bear Country themed children's areas, based on The Berenstain Bears series of books. However they'd be replaced with the Peanuts theming after the company's Knott's Berry Farm acquisition gave them the license.
  • Wicked Wasps: The theming of Carowinds' Fury 325, in reference to the city of Charlotte's "hornet's nest" nickname.

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