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Anyone have tips for a first time Cedar Point Visitor?

Cedar Point: I'm about to visit Cedar Point for the first time and would love to hear any good ways to keep cool in those hot lines!

From Alysia Ploutz
Posted July 10, 2007 at 6:10 PM
I've heard that pretty much all of Cedar Point's rides are outside, and with the current weather patterns I'm afraid that I'll just drop like a fly waiting in a notoriously loooooooong line. So my question is, does anyone have tips on staying cool while in these long lines? Do they offer souvenir cups like KI that you can refill all day long? Are there plenty of water fountains around? Also, are there any indoor/water rides to help cool me down? I'd love to hear any suggestions!


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From chris greene
Posted July 10, 2007 at 6:24 PM
They have 2 water rides, one is a normal raft ride and the other is a boat drop ride. They also have a rollercoaster called disaster transport that is inside. It is really dumb though. It's "themeing" is really ghetto. I was just there but i went during the week and the longest line was for Maverick. It was about and hour and a half other than that the lines wernt long at all. I think they have the souviner cups and I think you can refill them.

From steve lee
Posted July 10, 2007 at 8:25 PM
Oh, Disaster Transport isn't THAT bad. You just have to pretty much ignore whatever theming they think they have. As far as bobsled coasters go, it's a pretty good one, especially since you really have no clue whatsoever which direction you're going in next. They're definitely pushing their luck trying to sell those dumb glasses, however.

But other than that, yeah. There's not much else as far as indoor attractions. Just remember to stay hydrated and occasionally duck into buildings to cool off. But in all honesty it doesn't historically get that hot up there. The average temperature in July (according to Accuweather) is 80 degrees. Factor in that the park's location on Lake Erie is going to give you some nice breezes, and you should be safe. Just remember to drink that water - it's way too easy to forget when you're busy trying to have fun.

Oh, and have some custard. Best attraction in the park.

From Logan Decker
Posted July 10, 2007 at 10:46 PM
haha trust me it gets HOT up there for sure,
last time I went it was about 98 degrees with the sun blazzing and the humidity levels high!

as far as stayin cool goes im not sure, I mean if the sun isnt out then it wont be all that bad
I would drink nothing but water just to keep your self hydrated.

From steve lee
Posted July 11, 2007 at 4:34 PM
Yeah, I had a feeling Accuweather was lying to me.

From Jake Countiss
Posted July 13, 2007 at 7:04 PM
I went their for my first time this year and I learned that you should stay onsite. The Cedar Point Hotels(Castaway Bay, Hotel Breakers, Breakers Express, Sandcastle Suites, and Lighthouse point) allow you to get into the park 30 minutes early. I was able to ride Maverick, Millenium Force, and Wicked Twister before they opened the gates to the general public. Bring cold water bottles because none of the rides offer quality shading from the sun. The water bottles will help so that you don't have to fork out $3.75 in line for waters. You can also get free waters at food stands. Ride Maverick first because the trains carry only 12 at a time and it breaks down a good amount. If possible ride Magnum XL 200, Top Thrill Dragster, Millenium Force, and Wicked Twister at night if possible. You will probably not get to ride all of those at night but I hope you have a good trip, feel free to ask me any questions. I have learned a lot about this park.

From Derek Potter
Posted July 14, 2007 at 5:57 AM
The lines depend on what day you visit. Weekdays aren't bad, weekends are crowded. Your line times during the weekend increase greatly...especially for the bigger rides. There are a couple of water rides there....all of them soak you to the bone. The only indoor ride is Disaster Transport. The weather usually doesn't get unbearably hot there because of the breeze off of the lake, and most of the long queues are shaded. I'm pretty sure they have a refill cup as well. Have fun

From Donna O'Riordan
Posted July 22, 2007 at 10:31 AM
I am from hot St. Louis and the weather was not so bad there with the Lake bringing wind. Go during the week though. It is still crowded but not too bad.

From Dustin Kern
Posted July 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM
All lines have misting fans in them. It will still be hot but you have to accept that when you go to any park in the summer time. The park is well worth it but make sure that you drink plenty of water. Start feeling worn down or extremely hot, find a nice shaded spot to sit down in. Might not be a bad idea to pick up a personal fan from the Dollar Store.

Next, another good idea for parking is to park in the back lot seeing as how there is much more shade back there and you won't get stuck in the back of the front lot during the day having to walk so far across black top.

From Lisa Evans
Posted February 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM
Find the BIGGEST, BADDEST coater in the park and jump in the first seat!!! Hey, it's an amusement park!

From James Koehl
Posted February 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM
Alysia, you're getting some conflicting info, so let me try to sort them out. Most of the major attractions, the ones with long lines, have misters scattered throughout the que lines, and they also have areas that have some shading, either trees or tent-like roof areas, but there will be times you will be waiting in the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat with a brim, like a ballcap. It can get extremely hot, but I have been there in July when it was in the low 50's. Check the weather forcast and dress accordingly. There are plenty of drinking fountains, mostly on the front of the restroom buildings (which are plentiful). It can also get quite windy, to the point that they shut down the skyride, but usually the breeze keeps the park quite comfortable. If you ride the Giant Wheel, be aware that if it is a little cool at ground level and it is a little bit windy, it will be VERY windy at the top of the Wheel and probably VERY cool.
Cedar Point is a HUGE park. There are three parking lots: the main lot is the first one you come to, the one you will be guided to unless you tell the attendents that you want to go to either Soak City (which is at the back of the park and has its own parking lot and it own park entrance)or-in my opinion- the best choice is to tell them that you want to go to the Marina to eat at Famous Dave's Restaurant. That parking lot also has its own park entrance, which will put you just about in the middle of the park. You don't have to eat there- nobody checks-but if you do eat at Famous Dave's (which is located outside of the park in the middle of the marina) and you present them your parking charge receipt, they will take the price of the parking lot off of your bill. Either place you park, the attendents will give you directions on how to get there.
CP isn't known for its indoor rides. Disaster Transport is indoors, but the line moves slow and the theming seems to emphasize the word "disaster". The video arcade, located in the bottom of the massive Arcade building in the center of the midway, is air conditioned, as are most of the shops in the park. For a really comfortable, cool area, go to Frontier Trail. It is heavily wooded, has lots of interesting craft buildings to explore, and has the Red Garter Saloon, which has really good entertainment and cold beer. We check the show schedule and try to get there just after a show is over. The saloon empties out, we go in and get the table of our choice, order our lunch and drinks, and by the time our food arrives and the other tables are all taken and waiting for their food, we are eating and enjoying the show.
Sorry this got so long. I hope you have a great time at Cedar Point. Wear comfortable shoes!

From James Rao
Posted February 16, 2010 at 8:34 PM
Go ahead and eat at Famous Dave's, you won't regret it. Get the Texas Beef Brisket sandwich (I prefer the Texas Manhandler version, but I don't think they have it at the CP location) and ask for it "Memphis Style". Sprinkle some Georgia Mustard & Devil's Spit BBQ sauce on the side, mix it up with your fries, pick up your sandwich and mangia!

From Eugene Koh
Posted February 16, 2010 at 8:59 PM
Ride Maverick and Millenium Force. Both are awesome. If you are trying to avoid Millenium Force's long queue, try and ask someone to reserve a the place you were and go and buy quick packet of chips to make your Millenium Force queue feel that you are joining a short queue.

From James Koehl
Posted February 17, 2010 at 4:02 AM
I agree with James about eating at Famous Dave's. We love eating on their outdoor patio, surrounded by hundreds of boats, yachts, sailboats, etc. Who needs SoCal? I love it up on the North Coast!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 19, 2010 at 4:46 PM
The water fountain near the midway arcade...which I can (and have) spent two hours in playing the vintage pinball and video games..is THE ABSOLUTE coldest I've ever found at a park. The Game Day Grill near Blue Streak offers FRESH-BREWED iced tea with unlimited refills. Go for a walk on the beach, there's sometimes a nice breeze off the water. When you going?

Mike

From Tim Franks
Posted April 7, 2010 at 2:39 PM
I live 20 minutes away from Cedar Point and I go about 30 times a year. Here in northern Ohio is get VERY hot and humid in the summer. Rarely does it get down to 50 in mid July. The temperatures usually range from 80-100 with high humidity on most days. The lines for most of the rides do have some type of shade whether it's from trees or canopy's. They also do have misters but you will only be under one for maybe 5-10 minutes at the most. Bring your swim trunks for some of the water rides that Cedar Point has to offer, and also to swim at the beach. The lake water in the summer can reach nearly 80 degrees, it's a very nice place to cool off. Make sure you have plenty of water and light colored clothing. Enjoy your time at Cedar Point.

From ERIC WILLIAMS
Posted April 12, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Hit the big rides early or late. There's very little wait for anything other than the Maverick, Millenium, and Dragster. It can get hot and there's very little shade so wear a hat, stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen.

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