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"Management’s blending of much of the old resort with all the spectacular new facilities created a dual atmosphere at Cedar Point that’s not found in most other superparks…an authentic, harmonious merging of old and new…of yesterday’s traditional resort and tomorrow’s modern amusement park."
"Despite the popularity of the midway rides, the games, the shows and the museums, Cedar Point’s stellar attraction remained its “world famous” bathing beach. Miles long and broadly covered with white sand, much of its popularity was due to a swimming area that deepened only gently and offered safe and pleasant bathing."
"I have spent much of my life on this beautiful peninsula that forms the boundary between Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. I have watched dazzling summer sunsets, heard the screams of roller coaster riders as they zoom down the first hill, and in January driven down midways chocked in snow."
It’s funny reading this now! Contrary to what I wrote 9 years ago (2003), I didn’t last long at Cedar Point. I went down with anticipation and came back home 48 hours, embarrassed and disappointed. I wanted another chance, and luckily, the hiring manager gave me another shot, so I tried it again a year later. Instead of 48 hours, it took me a week before coming back home, disappointed.
The job was fine. I was in SWEEPS, which is considered custodial. The people in the department seemed cool. I love the environment (still do). What turned me off was the housing.
The first year I attempted to work for Cedar Point, I stayed at this complex called CEDARS, which was located right at one of the park exits. It is the very first motel/hotel at Cedar Point. And from the looks of it, never got remodeled since then. I can still smell the mold after all these years! And the beds, UGH!
The second year, I stayed at COMMONS, which was half a mile away from the park. The moldy smell wasn’t TOO bad. The beds weren’t that bad either (from my recollection). But it was still rundown (the bathrooms were like gas station bath rooms), and the people in my apartment were quite interesting (Cedar Point doesn’t organize housing by age). Compare Point’s housing to Disney’s Price Management - I’ll take Price Management ANYDAY!
Looking back - I do wish I gave Cedar Point a chance. It obviously gave me one (twice, in fact). But then again, I’d like to think I redeemed myself for going one step further and working for the Mouse a few years afterwards (which ended up being ten times more satisfying for me).
Still, it would have been nice if I would had turned this piece I wrote for the school newspaper into something I actually did for one summer, rather than just good PR on Cedar Point’s behalf (although, had I known about the housing before writing this piece, it would be written a little differently!)
I do like how I wrote this piece. By the time I wrote it, I had developed a style of my own. That style has not changed much.