Monday, May 22, 2017

New Rides at Cedar Point in 1938

One of the largest new rides to open during Cedar Point’s summer season of 1938 was the Hi-De-Ho-in the Dark. It was a fun house attraction, with uneven floors, lots of mirrors, and a female mannequin that was upside down and rocking in a rocking chair. In the 1940s and 1950s, this attraction was re-built as Laff in the Dark. 

Another ride that was new to Cedar Point in 1938 was the Octopus.

 An article in the May 20, 1938 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that in 1938, new telephone service had been implemented at Cedar Point, as well as several thousand dollars of electrical improvements. Four brightly colored lights had been placed at the Chaussee entrance to the park which made an impressive sight in the evening hours. Several conventions had booked Cedar Point as the location for their annual meetings. Over one thousand people were expected to attend the annual convention of the Ohio Credit Union League, which was to open on June 11, 1938.  

Below is a picture of tourists arriving at Cedar Point from the Goodtime, in the 1930s.

To read a more thorough history of Cedar Point, see the book Cedar Point: The Queen of American Watering Places, by David W. and Diane DeMali Francis (Amusement Park Books, 1995), available at the Sandusky Library.

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