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May 21, 2001

Johnny Rockets and Soak City Kickoff Summer at Cedar Point

Sandusky, OH -- Are you looking for the perfect destination for the annual summer family vacation? Cedar Point amusement park/resort, voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World" for the third year in a row by Amusement Today, an international amusement industry newspaper based in Arlington, Texas, offers more rides and roller coasters than any other park in the universe. Add a huge water park, new family restaurant and live entertainment and you have the perfect vacation destination!

Adjacent to Cedar Point is Soak City, an 18-acre water-lover's paradise. With more than a dozen thrilling speed, body and inner tube slides, two relaxing inner tube rivers, action-packed areas for the kids, a huge 500,000-gallon wave pool and an adults-only swim-up refreshment center, this ultra-cool water park provides plenty of excitement for the whole family. Guests will also enjoy shaded picnic areas, rental lockers to store "dry" items, refreshment stands for a quick drink or bite to eat, a merchandise shop for those forgotten items and shower and rest room facilities.

For the fourth year in a row, the lifeguard staff at Cedar Point earned the "Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award" from Ellis and Associates, Inc., Kingwood, Texas. Less than 10 percent of Ellis and Associates clients worldwide earned this prestigious award given to lifeguard staffs who consistently exceed the requirements for aquatic safety certification and provide the highest degree of swimmer protection in the aquatic industry.

Soak City will be open daily from Saturday, May 26 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Operating hours will vary throughout the season. Admission to Cedar Point is not required. Proper swimwear is required for admission to Soak City.

No matter how much of a hard-core thrill-seeker you are, everyone needs a break from the unmatched thrills that 14 record-breaking coasters and 68 exhilarating rides provide. In 2001, Cedar Point's award-winning live entertainment lineup will have you dancing on the midway.

Cedar Point's live entertainment department was honored by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) with two BIG-E Awards at the 82nd Annual IAAPA Convention and Trade Show. The BIG-E Awards acknowledge the most outstanding examples of entertainment in the amusement industry.

New this summer in the Cedar Point Cinema is "Michael Jordan to the Max." This larger-than-life IMAX film documents the life and times of arguably the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. A film the entire family will enjoy, "Michael Jordan to the Max" chronicles No. 23's career, his life outside of the arena and the qualities that made Michael a hero to fans both young and old alike. Prior to the movie, guests will be treated to the rhythmic sounds of "Slam Dunk." (Both shows presented by FirstEnergy, the official energy supplier of Cedar Point.)

Other new live entertainment options this year include; "Country Hits: Live!," a boot-scootin' good-ol'-time at the Red Garter Saloon; "Hooray for Hollywood," a tribute to the silver screen; "Heat of the Beat," the cool sounds and rhythms of the summer; "Rock, Pop 'N Soul," performed at the Red Garter Saloon; "Fantasy," a mystical musical journey in Lusty Lil's Palace; and "Splash 2001," featuring The All-American Extreme Team (presented by Meijer, Inc. and Huggies). Younger guests will enjoy "Campground Capers" and "Campground Karaoke" at Camp Snoopy and the fun bedtime story, "Monster Under My Bed" in Peanuts Playground. (Show seating is limited; live entertainment schedule is subject to change.)

The 2001 edition of the Cedar Point Summer Spectacular laser, light and sound show is a great way to end the day. Presented by FirstEnergy, the Summer Spectacular will be shown nightly beginning on Friday, June 8.

For a fun and festive place to eat, look no further than Johnny Rockets. Later this month, the internationally known family restaurant will open its doors to guests hungry for a great taste of Americana. Fresh hamburgers, fries, hand-dipped milk shakes and malts and servers who sing and dance are all popular favorites at this 1940s-style diner located on the Main Midway.

For more information, check out the No. 1 rated amusement park Web site online at cedarpoint.com.