Luminosity — Ignite the Night!
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|Luminosity — Ignite the Night!|
Luminosity's stage and DJ with Power Tower in the background.
|Soft opening date||June 1, 2012|
|Opening date||June 8, 2012|
|Attraction type||Pyrotechnic, fireworks, laser, acrobatics, dance and light show|
|Designer||RWS and Associates (2012)
|Performers||25 dancers, 3 drummers, 2 cirque dancers, and 2 D.J's.|
|Sponsor||North Coast Container
Luminosity — Ignite the Night!, often shortened to Luminosity or previously called Luminosity, Powered by Pepsi, is a nighttime show performed nightly at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. It replaced American Portrait and the WildCat roller coaster. The show opened for previews on June 1, 2012 and held its grand-opening one week later. It ran nightly at 9:15 until August 19. Since 2013, the show has run every night at 9:30 pm except Tuesdays from May 31 – August 18.
The show is free with admission to the park. During the day, the stage is used for the Peanuts' Celebration at the Point show. It is also used during HalloWeekends for a show called Skeleton Crew.
Thoughts of a new way to improve the nighttime environment began in summer 2011 when the new Cedar Fair CEO, Matt Ouimet was in the park one night and thought they should add more lights and excitement. The goal was to create a new show that would energize the main midway with bright lights and music. Matt Ouimet first mentioned the show at a conference in January 2012. Details of Luminosity were first announced at the PointBuzz winter tour of Cedar Point on February 25, 2012. The 3,600 square foot screen used for American Portrait and Hot Summer Lights was taken down on February 28 because it was not needed for the new show. On April 13, Cedar Point officially announced Luminosity. The show debuted on June 1 for previews and its grand opening was held on June 8.
Cedar Point worked mainly with the Emmy Award-Winning RWS and Associates and Chauvet Professional to build the production. They wanted RWS to bring in "the biggest, grandest and most expensive night show in Cedar Point's history". Award-winning choreographer EJ Ferencak and Alicia Pociask were responsible for the choreography of the show. Installation took four months and rehearsal occupied three weeks. The park also worked with Chauvet to set up and program the lights, as well as the lights used on Millennium Force and Power Tower. In 2013, Cedar Point will build the show "in-house", meaning RWS will not coordinate the show. In addition, the show will be performed every night except Tuesday.
As part of Luminosity, several enhancements to the midway and rides were made. A new LED lighting package, similar to the park's WindSeeker, was installed on Millennium Force, Power Tower and the Giant Wheel. Towers with LED graphics and a new sound and light system were installed along the main midway from the front gate to Corkscrew. Gobo patterns are projected from the towers onto the midway and buildings. More than one million lights, including the lights on the stage, rides and buildings were added. Chauvet Professional supplied 700 lights for Luminosity. They also added 36 wash lights to the base of Millennium Force and 16 lights to the base and top of Power Tower.
The three-story stage runs parallel to the midway. The back of the stage is 25 feet (7.6 m) high and the length is 75 feet (23 m) long. Several screens are located on behind the main stage with two showing close-ups of the performers on the sides of the stage. The stage has video walls made of one-hundred twelve MVP 18 and thirty-seven MVP 37.5 modular video panels. Two screens are next to the control booths and bleachers.
The new show transformed Iron Dragon midway into a new area called Celebration Plaza. The area features curved edges. A new entrance and queueing area was built for Iron Dragon because the new stage occupies the old queue and entrance area. The control booths used for American Portrait were relocated to the side of the midway. On May 2, 2012 it was announced that WildCat would be removed before opening day to expand Celebration Plaza and bleachers were added in its spot. A new concession area with patio seating was built on the left side of the control booth. During the show, a portion of the patio is blocked off as a V.I.P. seating area known as the Pepsi Fan Zone. In addition, a beer garden was added behind the control booth, to the left of the bleachers.
During the day, Luminosity performers do flash mobs, giving visitors a glimpse of the show. The stage for Luminosity is also used for a Peanuts show called Peanuts' Celebration at the Point. Carly Rae Jepsen held a concert on the Luminosity stage on July 7, 2012. It was free with admission and was the first concert on the stage. The stage is also used during HalloWeekends for a show called Skeleton Crew.
Luminosity starts at 9:00 pm every night and will run for about 25 minutes in 2013, cut from 40 minutes previously. It features 25 dancers, 2 male and 2 female singers, 3 drummers, 2 cirque dancers and 2 D.J's. In the middle of the midway, dancers are raised above the crowd. Iron Dragon is closed during the show. The show is included free with admission.
Several types of new and old music are used in the show. Older songs are given a modern remix with a pop/rock arrangement. Guests are able to send text messages after the show requesting songs from the DJ's playlist. About 20 songs are used in the show, including On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez, Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5, The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga, Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO, and Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. The music relates to each segment. For example, Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna, Sweet Dreams by Beyoncé, and Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z are played during "Land Travel". Come Sail Away by Styx is played during "Sea Travel" and E.T. by Katy Perry is played during "Space Travel". Top Thrill Dragster's theme song, Ready to Go by Republica, is also played during "Space Travel".
Just prior to the start of the show, a clock counts down from 1 minute to the kick-off. Music, similar to that in the show, is piped in. The stage is covered in fog. An announcement is followed by dancers moving to On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez.
- Land Travel
- The first segment focuses on land and cityscapes. Motorcycles and cars appear on the screens on the stage. Video of Cedar Point's roller coasters, including Millennium Force are played. The performers use umbrellas during a song in this segment.
- Sea Travel
- The second segment focuses on the Seas. Sounds of crashing waves can be heard. Waves and different fish and animals in the ocean can be seen on the screens. Cirque performers dressed as Sea Sirens are on the sides of the stage. Performers use sails at the beginning of this segment.
- Space Travel
- The third segment focuses on outer space. The segment starts with a countdown to a Space Shuttle launching. The point of view of astronauts landing on the moon is shown with the sound of mission control being heard. Aliens dancing are also shown on the screens.
Before the show ends, the DJ starts to rise from the front-middle of the stage. Before quietly exiting, the performers use water drums. The show concludes with fireworks and pyrotechnics over the stage while "Firework" by Katy Perry, "Raise Your Glass" by P!nk and "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO are played. The DJ then starts playing dance music and people can text shout-outs that appear on the screens. Another DJ works from the balcony of the Ballroom in the Coliseum along the main midway.
Luminosity — Ignite the Night! has mostly received positive reviews from the general public and enthusiasts. James Koehl from Theme Park Insider described it as "The kind of show that you can watch over and over from different vantage points and see a different show every time." Jeff Putz, co-creator of PointBuzz and creator of CoasterBuzz said "Luminosity succeeds in keeping the energy of the park's guests very high until the moment they leave." Putz along with others criticized the show as too long and having inconsistent singers.
Amusement Today award RWS the Golden Ticket Award for Supplier of the Year for its role in Luminosity. They were awarded the award for their "high-octane energy and drive that made the vision of Luminosity at Cedar Point a huge show success". Other parks such as Six Flags Great America and Darien Lake are adding a similar show in 2013 as a result of the popularity of Cedar Point's Luminosity. Cedar Fair's CEO, Matt Ouimet, has said that if the show is successful, the chain will look into expanding it to more of their parks. In an interview with Putz in January 2013, Ouimet labeled the show as an "A" but would give it an "A+" with a few changes in the 2013 season.
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