Questions about Cedar PointCedar Point: Nothing too important, though input is appreciated.
From Beth BickarMy family and I will (hopefully) be taking a trip to the "Coaster Capital of the World," Cedar Point sometime in mid July (9-16). I know what I can expect for the most part: wait times of over an hour, crowds and the extra hot summer heat. I think I am pretty well-prepared for the trip, though I have a few questions that I hope someone here can help with.
Posted June 23, 2008 at 9:46 PM
What attractions/eateries are air-conditioned, and what are their locations (other than Disaster Transport)?
Are there any strategies for getting the shortest wait times for all the roller coasters? I have heard the you should start from the back and work your way to the front, but are there any other tips?
Thanks in advance for the info.
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From Michael SantmyerWell most of the theaters are air conditioned especially the Good Time Theatre where the skating show is. This year i think its Snoopy's Big Bow Wow. As you enter the park it's at the end of the midway to the left between Dodgem and Wildcat.
Posted June 24, 2008 at 5:29 AM
From steve leeIt always bears repeating to point out that people who stay at CP resorts get in an hour earlier. Although there's only a few attractions open at this point, you should be able to hit at least one of the biggies and get queued up for one that opens at 10.
Posted June 24, 2008 at 6:10 AM
The "start in the back" strategy is somewhat flawed because a ton of peeps are going to head right back there for Maverick. So you'll have that wave moving back towards the front while others are moving in from the front towards the back.
From Derek PotterThe start in the back strategy still works to some extent. A whole lot of people still head for Millennium and Dragster, and while they will go to Maverick as well, they won't go to Mean Streak, Magnum, and Gemini. If you do get in early by staying at the resorts, it may still be worth it to jump in line at Maverick depending on the day of the week you are going. Weekdays are obviously less crowded. There still really isn't a better option than starting in the back as far as getting rides in quickly. If you stay at a resort on the island, the entrance by Magnum and the water park in the back makes this easy.
Posted June 24, 2008 at 7:09 AM
All of the theaters and indoor restaurants are air conditioned, as is the Town Hall museum in the back. There's always a breeze blowing off of the lake as well. Unless it's sweltering hot/humid outside, the park tends to be ok, plus the water rides they have do a good job of soaking you.
From Becky ConatA/C eateries include...
Posted June 25, 2008 at 12:32 PM
The Midway Market - located near the entrance to Raptor, features a buffet with lots of different options.
Johnny Rockets- indoor and outdoor seating, located near MaxAir, features burgers, fries and shakes.
Game Day Grill- located near Blue Streak, features burgers, wings, fries, etc.
Coasters Drive-In restaurant - (previously mentioned by Wildcat) indoor and outdoor seating, features burgers and fries.
Panda Express- located near Millenium force, indoor and outdoor seating, features chinese food.
TGIFridays- located in Hotel Breakers
Famous Dave's BBQ- located by Cedar Point Marina(outside the park)
Joe Cool Cafe- formally Macaroni's, for kids only, located near the new Planet Snoopy.
When I say indoor and outdoor seating, I mean that there is a small indoor area and a larger outdoor seating area.
Hope that helps! Enjoy your trip! Drink lots of water!! I would suggest taking 2 days for the park. That way you dont have to rush thru or stress about waiting so long in lines.
From Michael SantmyerOk there is an amazing restaurant right beside the park. It's called Famous Dave's and it has amazing Bar-B-Que. You would just leave the park through the exit beside the Good Time theatre, get your hand stamped and walk across the road to get to it. It's right on the water. With the hand stamp you could just walk back over to get in. As far as i know its all indoor seating and it is air conditioned.
Posted June 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM
From Chris GreeneDeffinetly hit maverick first. Then work your way around after that. If your going to be there for a week day then the lines are not bad but on saturdays its about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour wait for about all the coaster besides Gemini, Jr. Gemini, and Mean Sreak. Go to Famous Daves!!!
Posted June 25, 2008 at 2:20 PM
From Sean PekWe went to Cedar Point last week and had a blast. Our 5 and 2 year old sons enjoyed it the most while I enjoyed the world famous roller coaster rides. Mom took them to kiddy kingdom, planet snoopy and gemini area where there is a lot of fun rides for kids.
Posted August 16, 2008 at 12:27 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed Raptor, Top thrill, bluestreak, Magnum, Millennium force.
We googled to see how to save money at cedar point and found an useful article.
Make sure to order the Getaway guide 2 or 3 weeks ago so you get it in time. A small fries or a slice of pizza is like $5 each.
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