Welcome to Theme Park Insider! Join the community or log in
Theme Park Insider
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email Newsletter

What Should I Ride at Cedar Point?

Cedar Point: Read Title.

From Dan Rosenberg
Posted April 18, 2008 at 8:58 PM
I'm going this summer and its my first time. i was wondering what rides are worth going on.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Ben James
Posted April 18, 2008 at 10:18 PM
I would not miss Millennium Force, Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster, and Magnum XL. While some people think that Disaster Transport isn't that great, I think that it is worth the ride or 2 or 3. LOL This was a cool ride and can't be missed no matter what people here say.

From Jake Rivers
Posted April 18, 2008 at 11:31 PM
MF, TTD, Maverick, Maggie, Raptor, Wicked Twister, Skyhawk, MaxAir, Skyscraper, etc..... Make sure you stay on the beach!!! MF front row at night with both arms way up is as close to heaven as you will get on earth! Be prepared for very long lines.....

From James Rao
Posted April 19, 2008 at 1:44 AM
In addition to all the tips you can get from the Cedar Point gurus on this website, there is a pretty good book at Amazon called Experience The Point you could try. It doesn't have a lot of info on the hotels and restaurants, but it does a pretty good job of going through the all the rides. It also has a pretty nifty guide on a recommended order to ride the 17 coasters (including the kiddie coasters), basically from least intense to most intense.

The edition that is out now is newer than the one we used a few years back, but I thought it was a pretty decent, quick, helpful read.

Remember, you are going to ride some great coasters, so that should be your focus. The non-coaster rides (other than a few newer, extreme midway rides like the maXair ride mentioned by Jake in his post) are pretty much the same midway rides found at most amusement parks. Build your touring plan around the coasters and hit the other rides when you can.

Jake, Derek, Ben, Steve, those guys are Cedar Point gurus, though, so they should be able to tell you anything you need to know!

Have fun and don't forget to put out a trip report when you get back!

From Derek Potter
Posted April 19, 2008 at 2:41 PM
If you are staying the night, I recommend one of the overnight packages at the Cedar Point resorts. Breakers Express has the best price while still offering a nice room. The packages include parking passes, starlight and full day tickets, and vouchers...usually for food and a round of minature golf or something like that. My hotel preference is right on the beach at the Breakers. They have lower end basic rooms, mid priced rooms, or the tower rooms with the works.

There are very few bad rides at Cedar Point. Most of the coasters are worth a ride. The best ones have already been spoken for, my choice picks are Millennium Force, Dragster, Maverick, and Raptor. Lines are long during the weekends, so if you are going on Sat/Sun, be there when the park opens and go to these rides.

As far as food goes, I have two words...Famous Daves. It's right by the marina. Eat there.

From Logan Decker
Posted April 20, 2008 at 1:40 PM
These are the ones you need to ride (not in order)

1.Maverick
2.Top Thrill Dragster
3.Millennium Force
4.Sky Hawk
5.Raptor
6.Magnum Xl 200
7.Wicked Twister
8.Mean Streak
9.Mantis
9.Gemini
10.MaxAir
11.Iron Dragon

From Kevin Rutherford
Posted April 24, 2008 at 6:41 AM
I would say that you should try to ride just about every coaster there... in my opinion, the coasters are the best part of the place, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks this. But if you're pressed for time, definitely try to at least get on Millennium Force, Magnum, Top Thrill Dragster, Gemini, Iron Dragon, and Maverick. Cedar Creek Mine Ride's always lots of fun for me, too, and it rarely has too long of a line. :)

From James Rao
Posted April 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM
Hey, Derek, I just got back from lunch at Famous Dave's (we have one right by the office here in downtown KC). It is not the best BBQ in KC, but it is very good. And their Texas Beef Brisket is outstanding.

Devil's Spit BBQ sauce.....yum......

From robert w
Posted April 28, 2008 at 8:27 PM
Definitely plan on staying on-site. you can buy your tickets on-site and save a bundle. If you register online, do not get their breakfast/coupon special as it is a non-bargain and will not pay for itself.

You get to enter the park an hour earlier and that in and of itself is reason to stay in someplace like the Breakers Express. Caution: there is not a wireless internet service in the rooms and you will have to go to the lobby to log-on.

While some of the rides may be fun they are not for a large fellow. I was over 250# last year and had trouble strapping in on some of the rides (a couple of them were no-rides because I used to lift weights in college and post-college).

It nearly ruined my trip.

We were able to catch Maverick on opening day - it was worth the wait and the ride!

Eat at Chic-Fil-A and get water. It is the best priced food in the park.

From Jake Countiss
Posted May 3, 2008 at 8:09 PM
If you are taking kids I would definately recommend staying at Castaway Bay. It has an indoor waterpark that is free if you are staying at the hotel and many resaurants. This also includes Krispy Kreme dougnuts in the morning, "Ummmm." If you are not with kids I would stay at one of the places on the actually peninsula like Hotel Breakers and the Sandcastle. Staying onsite will be big since you can get discounted tickets and extra coupons. Also staying onsite will allow you to get into the park 30 minutes early so you can ride Maverick to begin the day since the trains have a low compacity and it is also the newest coaster. After that you should start riding the rides farthest away from the enterance since the rides near the front of the park will be slammed like Raptor. If you do this you will pass the crowds who will start lining up for Top Thrill Dragster and Millinieum Force.

Last thing to note is that their is a pizza restaurant about 10 minutes from the park called Chet & Matts that is by far the best pizza I have ever had in my life and is very reasonably priced. Enjoy your stay and you will not be dissapointed.

From Jake Countiss
Posted May 3, 2008 at 8:09 PM
If you are taking kids I would definately recommend staying at Castaway Bay. It has an indoor waterpark that is free if you are staying at the hotel and many resaurants. This also includes Krispy Kreme dougnuts in the morning, "Ummmm." If you are not with kids I would stay at one of the places on the actually peninsula like Hotel Breakers and the Sandcastle. Staying onsite will be big since you can get discounted tickets and extra coupons. Also staying onsite will allow you to get into the park 30 minutes early so you can ride Maverick to begin the day since the trains have a low compacity and it is also the newest coaster. After that you should start riding the rides farthest away from the enterance since the rides near the front of the park will be slammed like Raptor. If you do this you will pass the crowds who will start lining up for Top Thrill Dragster and Millinieum Force.

Last thing to note is that their is a pizza restaurant about 10 minutes from the park called Chet & Matts that is by far the best pizza I have ever had in my life and is very reasonably priced. Enjoy your stay and you will not be dissapointed.

From Derek Potter
Posted May 4, 2008 at 10:53 AM
mmm....Famous Daves. Thankfully their sauce is available in our local supermarkets, otherwise I would only get to eat it a couple times a year. Cedar Points restaurant is the closest to my place.

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

Stories from a Theme Park Insider

Stories from a Theme Park Insider

What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)