An Insider's look at the new dining plans at Cedar Point
Published: March 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM
Famous Dave's has been a popular meal-time choice for visitors to Cedar Point. Can new meal plans help keep more visitors inside the park for lunch and dinner?
Cedar Point is rolling out two new dining options this year: an "All Day Dining Plan" and "Single Meal Deals". For $29.99 plus tax (bringing it to a grand total of $32.16 per person per day) guests at Cedar Fair's flagship park in Sandusky, Ohio can purchase the All Day Dining Plan and eat to their heart's content all day long at their choice of seven dining establishments in the park. The locations honoring the plan are Lakeside Express, Pink's, Corral, Coasters, Round-Up, Gristmill Refreshments and Dragon's Inn. An All-Day Dining wristband entitles the wearer to an entree and side dish at any participating location, but soft drinks are NOT included. There must be a 90-minute wait between purchases.
Information from Cedar Point's website states that "Menu choices include (the following combos): Cheeseburger, Colossal Dog, Chicken Finger, Perch, Cheese on a Stick, Hot Dog on a stick, Specialty Dog, Bacon Chili Cheeseburger and Pizza." It doesn't say if that is an all-inclusive list or if other items served at these restaurants (all of which are counter service with some having indoor seating while others at strictly walk-up counters with outdoor seating adjacent) can be purchased with the Plan. It also doesn't say what the "side" with the entree is.
The other new dining option this year is a "Single Meal Deal", which is available on-line only and costs $13.99 plus tax ($15.00 total). It allows one meal at any of the above locations, but does include a 20oz. fountain drink.
The choice of dining locations seem to be well spread out throughout the huge park. I was glad to see that Pink's has been included, since they have terrific hot dogs and sides, and Coasters has great burgers in a 1950's diner atmosphere (including vintage cars parked in front of the art deco restaurant). The other locations are your basic counter service "burgers and fries" places, but all have seating areas directly adjacent with many tables under umbrella cover.
Cedar Point doesn't open until May 10th (assuming the glacier that Lake Erie has become this winter doesn't wipe it off the map...that's a joke by the way), so I won't be able to check out these dining options first-hand and evaluate the value of them until Ohio thaws out. I discovered that Cedar Fair is also offering these dining options at other parks in their "family" with a variety of prices. Kings Island in Mason, Ohio charges the same for the all day option while the single meal is $12.99; Michigan's Adventure, a much smaller park on the west side of Lower Michigan, charges $23.99 for the all day option and $11.99 for the single meal.
It will be interesting to see how popular these dining options are with guests.