SANDUSKY, Ohio — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story features a front-seat ride on Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance roller coaster.
There's a new boss at America's Roller Coast.
Cedar Point has announced that Carrie Boldman has been named the park's new vice president and general manager. She succeeds Jacon McClure, who has been promoted to senior vice president, park operations, at Cedar Point's parent company, Cedar Fair.
"Boldman previously served as Cedar Point’s vice president of merchandise and games, and brings 25 years of experience in strategic development, brand management and merchandising expertise to her new role," park officials announced Tuesday. "She spent 16 years as director of product development and design for Disney Parks and Resorts. She then spent two years as director of marketing and sales for The Chef’s Garden, a family-owned sustainable farm in Huron, Ohio, before joining the Cedar Fair team in 2013."
Boldman is also making history as the first female general manager of Cedar Point in its 150 years.
“As a Huron native who grew up coming to Cedar Point and spent six years working here as a seasonal associate, I am tremendously proud to have the opportunity lead this talented team,” Boldman said. "The park has been a vital part of the Sandusky community for 150 years, and I look forward to forging even stronger connections with our guests through fun, immersive experiences.”
Boldman's two daughters also work in the park.
“Carrie is a talented leader with an impressive track record in product development and design,” said Tim Fisher, chief operating officer of Cedar Fair. “We are confident that her skills and experience will help build on Cedar Point’s rich legacy of creating memorable experiences for the millions of guests who visit the park each year.”
So what's in store for McClure in his new role? Park officials said he will oversee operations at the following Cedar Fair parks:
- Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto
- Cedar Point
- Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan
- Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania
- Kings Island near Cincinnati
- Worlds of Fun in Kansas City
Watch our in-depth 2019 "Let's Be Clear" interview with McClure in the player below:
McClure had served as vice president and general manager at Cedar Point since 2014. He began his career with the company back in 2001 within the finance division of the Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina. He then spent a few years at Kings Island and Dorney Park before arriving at Cedar Point.
“I am thrilled to take on this new role, leading several Cedar Fair parks in their mission to deliver great experiences and memories for our guests and associates,” said McClure. “Cedar Point is in great hands. Carrie is passionate about the park, its associates and their desire to continue the legacy of providing legendary fun, and I look forward to continue working with her and the Cedar Point team.”
Cedar Point’s opening day is currently slated for May 14. What's new this year? See a breakdown here. Until then... Climb aboard Top Thrill Dragster for a virtual front-seat ride: