Cedar Fair attendance up 2.6 percent, sets company record

Attendance at Cedar Fair’s 17 amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment locations saw a 2.6 percent increase in attendance in 2011, the Sandusky, Ohio-based company announced.

“2011 was another strong year for Cedar Fair,” Matt Ouimet, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “Our employees did an excellent job providing our guests with the quality experience that they have come to expect from Cedar Fair. The strength of our season pass programs and commitment to premier new rides, attractions and special events also supported the record attendance we experienced this year.”

Added Ouimet: “Our guests clearly recognize the great entertainment value that is provided by Cedar Fair’s parks and resorts. In this difficult economic environment, it is particularly satisfying to see people make Cedar Fair parks their entertainment of choice.”

Total attendance for the year was 23.4 million guests. In 2010, the parks saw 22.8 million guests, at the time a record year for the parks.

“As we look ahead to 2012, we remain committed to providing a ‘best-day-of-the-year experience’ for families and friends at all of our parks. In the coming year we will introduce even more exciting rides, expand our night time entertainment offerings and continue to add to our successful Halloween programs.”

Cedar Fair attractions include Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; Kings Island in Mason, Ohio; and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.

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