Looking for Cedar Point info for a upcoming visitCedar Point: I'm planning a two day trip to Cedar Point on August 7/8 which is a Thursday and Friday.
From Robert OGroskyI'm planning a two day trip to Cedar Point on August 7/8 which is a Thursday and Friday.
Posted July 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM
I haven't been to the park in at least 5 years and plan on getting to the park close to opening on Thurs and opening on friday.
I was wondering what tips you may have to make this a enjoyable visit and one where I can maximize the amount of roller coater rides we can get on.
Does the park give out free water like Six Flags parks do, Where would you recommend eating inside the park.
And for those who have stayed on site is the extra hour worth the price of staying at a Cedar Point hotel and can you get on alot of rides in that hour???
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From Derek PotterStaying on site is the way to go, because you can use that extra hour to get a few extra rides in. I've always used it in the back of the park and usually score rides on Magnum, Gemini, and Mean Streak within 30-45 minutes. You could also use it to jump in line for one of the more popular coasters and have it ridden before the gates open. Maverick, Dragster, and Millennium Force lines can become hours long as the day progresses. It being early August and the end of the week, I would expect a lot of people there.
Posted July 18, 2008 at 6:50 AM
My advice is to take full advantage of the early entry. What I do is sneak in a couple of coasters in the back of the park, and then jump in line for Maverick (also in the back) before the gates open and the masses come back to get in line. Head for Dragster or MF during lunchtime, and try to get to the other one before 5-6:00. The lines may be longer by then, but they do move pretty fast. I do highly recommend night rides on all of those coasters if you can make that happen. Of course there are many other great rides to take advantage of, but the lines will be the longest at the three mentioned above.
Beware the locker policy. I advise packing as light as possible in the park if (no bags, purses or hats), and also wearing cargo shorts with very secure pockets. On some rides, you either have to leave your stuff in a locker or with someone not riding, because they won't let you in line with anything not secured. If you are wearing glasses or shades, bring a strap. MF and Dragster require that you have one. Staying in a hotel on the island has it's benefits when it comes to packing light.
I'm pretty sure they are still doing the free water thing. They also usually have a deal on refills withthe large cups.
As for food, three places... Famous Daves, Famous Daves, and Famous Daves. The food places around the park are good for a quick bite, and there is Johnny Rockets and Macaronis in the park. TGI Fridays still resides in the Breakers I believe, but Dave's is a can't miss. It's at the marina.
From Michael SantmyerHooray for Famous Dave's!
Posted July 18, 2008 at 7:54 AM
From Robert OGroskyThanks for the info!!!!
Posted July 18, 2008 at 6:39 PM
We always pack light and only bring it what will fit in our pockets, but what do you mean anout hats????
I always wear a baseball cap as im getting thinner on top and dont want to get sun burn and it feels better with a hat than the sun directly on my head. My hat can easily fit in my pocket, but do they try to force you to put your hat in a locker???
How long do you think the lines will be for rides like MF/TTD/Maverick from mid-day till closing, and when does the park close the lines and if you get in line before it closes do they make sure everone gets on the ride??
From Derek PotterIf your hat can fit into your pocket, than you are fine. When I say they don't let you in some lines with unsecured items, I mean anything, and that includes hats. Just make sure you have it off and secure in your pocket before you go for the queue and pass the line nazi er...police. I say that as a bit of a joke, but on a ride that goes 120 mph, the chances of losing something increase greatly, even if you are holding it in your hand, so I understand where they are coming from.
Posted July 19, 2008 at 7:01 AM
Only a few rides usually require these ninja-like skills...among those that come to mind, Dragster, MF, and Wicked Twister. Not all of the coasters/rides are like that, and it's not a uniform policy. Some of the rides have bins, and some don't, so it's a little tough knowing beforehand which ride you can bring stuff into the line with. That's why my advice is to pack light.
You are going on a Thursday and Friday at the beginning of August. That means that it will be busy, and crowds usually pick up in the evening. Cedar Point hotels will probably be full, but it also has a huge passholder base and a lot of day trippers, so expect to wait at least an hour for the most popular rides once the afternoon gets going. The crowds may thin a little bit just before dinner time, but will probably pick up again in the evening.
Again, using early entry will be key to escaping some of the lines. My strategy is this because I usually stay at the Breakers. It's a two minute walk to the gate by Magnum. I enter there and immediately get in line for whatever is open in the back. They always advertise only a few rides open for early entry, but I've seen them have several more running before the main gates open. Of course if you are at the Breakers or another island hotel, there is also the sometimes forgotten beachside boardwalk entrance by Wicked Twister.
The last time I was there at closing, they cycled everyone that was in the queues through the rides. Lines are shut down shortly before closing. I would guess that you probably have to be physically inside the rails and not outside waiting to get into the actual line to stay.
From Robert OGroskyThanks for the info. The only things I bring into a park is my car keys, and a baggie with tickets/money and nothing else. I do wear a baseball cap, so I will remember to put it in my pocket.
Posted July 19, 2008 at 10:51 AM
And I usually have to put my daughters cell phone and camera in my pocket on rides, but they fit in my cargo pockets and are zipped/velcroed up so nothing falls out.
Im glad to hear that if you are in line before they close it that they will let you ride. That is one of the good things about SFGAM, if you get in line before closing they will run the ride till everyone gets on.
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