Melt + Cedar Point; what else is new for 2017

SANDUSKY, OH (WOIO) – Melt Bar & Grilled is set to open its ninth location at Cedar Point this summer.

In a press release Monday, the company announced that the new restaurant will be located near Planet Snoopy in the former Joe Cool Cafe. The full-service restaurant will offer craft beer, signature cocktails and the company’s famous grilled cheeses. Melt will be the only location serving liquor at Cedar Point in 2017.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic about launching at Cedar Point because we see visiting Melt like riding a roller coaster,” said Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt Bar & Grilled. “There’s a lot of anticipation; then the thrill, and as soon as it’s over, you want to go again!”

“There’s no bigger attraction in Ohio than Cedar Point and we are seriously excited to be opening in time for Memorial Day Weekend,” continued Fish. “The Cedar Point and Melt experiences complement each other perfectly, and we can’t wait to serve their guests this summer!”

Cedar Point’s Melt will also include an exclusive menu item, the Firecracker Chicken, a red-hot combination of spicy fried chicken, sweet grilled pineapple, cool fresh avocado and pepper jack cheese. The sandwich pairs with the Cedar Fair Fries, which are topped with cheddar cheese sauce and crisp bacon crumble.

The restaurant will open over Memorial Day Weekend.

What else is new for 2017? Here’s the list

Iron Dragon: Virtual Reality – Back by popular demand, guests can combine the real-life thrills of a Cedar Point coaster favorite with the imaginary virtual world on Iron Dragon: Virtual Reality. Guests on Iron Dragon: VR will wear a special virtual reality headset while riding the Iron Dragon roller coaster, immersing them in a whole new world while the ride swings, dives and sways throughout the course. In the alternate world of the headsets, menacing ogres, angry villagers and flying creatures will attempt to disrupt a peaceful carriage ride.

The traditional, non-VR experience of Iron Dragon experience will be available each day. From June 9 through Sept. 4, Iron Dragon: VR will be available to all guests beginning at 6 p.m. when Cedar Point closes at 10 p.m. or later. Riders must be 48 inches tall to experience Iron Dragon and Iron Dragon: VR.

Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling – On the Frontier Trail, a towering and terrifying favorite makes a fresh debut in 2017. Formerly Challenge Park’s RipCord, Frontier Fling is a historical nod to the Paddlewheel Excursions boat ride, where animated character Delbert Feinstein made several “attempts” to fly over the passing paddlewheel boats on his crudely-assembled flying machine. Frontier Fling is an additional charge attraction.

Season Pass Drink Plan – Thirsty? Cedar Point is debuting an all-new Season Pass Drink Plan for all Season Passholders. Guests with a 2017 Season or Platinum Pass will have the option of choosing a refillable drink bottle or a disposable cup for unlimited fountain drinks all summer. The Season Pass Drink Plan will go on sale March 1 and can be used at all in-park, walk-up fountain drink locations, including Cedar Point Shores Water Park. Guests without a 2017 Season or Platinum Pass can still purchase the refillable drink bottle.

The Battle for Cedar Point – Back for its second year, guests can join their favorite “coaster alliance” and compete with each other on their mobile devices. New this summer, players can answer all-new trivia questions, play special mini-games in select ride queues and scan more targets to gain additional points for their chosen alliance. The Battle for Cedar Point is a feature already loaded into the Cedar Point mobile app and the game can be played using the park’s free Wi-Fi.


“Lights, Camera, Action!” – Cedar Point’s award-winning live entertainment continues its legacy with the debut of “Lights, Camera, Action!” in the Jack Aldrich Theatre. This show will immerse guests in famous movie music from black-and-white features to today’s cinematic greats.

“Peanuts™ Perfect Day” – On the big stage in Celebration Plaza, everyone’s favorite Peanuts friends come together in this larger-than-life celebration. Perfect for families, guests can sing along to popular music and meet the characters after the show.

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is home to 70 rides, including the record-breaking Valravn dive coaster, three kids’ areas, live shows, overnight accommodations and more.