Thursday was media preview day for Cedar Point’s Top Thrill 2 roller coaster, and the early reviews have been glowing.

Invited media members did not include the local newspaper for Sandusky, Ohio, the Sandusky Register. 

In an April 23 article, the Register reported that “Cedar Fair executives recently approved a plan to block the Sandusky Register from its annual Media Day,” and that the park did not provide comment on the decision. 

The Register has reported critically on Cedar Point in recent years, including stories about the August 2021 accident which closed Top Thrill 2’s predecessor, Top Thrill Dragster, and reports of sexual assaults inside Cedar Point’s employee dorms. The 202-year-old newspaper also covered Cedar Point’s refusal to release records from the park’s police force, which led to the Ohio Supreme Court ruling that Cedar Point could not shield such records from public view.

More recently, the newspaper has reported on local shareholders who are opposed to the merger of Cedar Fair and Six Flags. 

“We have had a hand in building local connection between Cedar Point and the Erie County community and current park leaders should study the history of the paper helping to build tourism in this region before flippantly excluding us from a day of celebration,” Register publisher Jeremy Speer and general manager John Kridelbaugh wrote in the April 23 article. 

Top Thrill 2 sports two 420-foot-tall towers and three launches – one at 74 mph, then at 101 mph and a final 120-mph launch to send riders over the ride’s top hat. Following the media preview, the ride will welcome its first public guests with a charity event and passholder preview on Sunday, April 28. Cedar Point opens for the season on May 4.