Cedar Point's long-running Paddlewheel Excursions boat ride has closed, ahead of the opening of a new interactive dinosaur exhibit in 2012.
The Sandusky Register reports that Paddlewheel Excursions made its last trip on September 5, 2011. 20 guests won places on the last ride in an auction run by the newspaper, with the boat being piloted by departing Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel.
A video of the last ride, posted to Cedar Point fansite PointBuzz, is embedded below:
Paddlewheel Excursions originally opened in 1964, when it was known as Western Cruise. It has since given more than 47 million rides. The removal of the attaction has caused some controversy among fans of the park, as its replacement will carry an upcharge on top of the standard Cedar Point admission price.
The park will spend $1 million on installing Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island, which will cover four acres on the wooded island that is located in the lagoons at the rear of the park. It will aim to recoup this cost by charging guests an additional $5 each to experience Dinosaurs Alive! on Adventure Island.
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