Cedar Point/Kings Island Trip Report May 15-20, 2009

Cedar Point: Cedar Point and Kings Island are two jewels that everyone should visit. Cedar Point in May, before all the crowds descend, is the most enjoyable theme/amusement park on the planet for ride junkies.

From DV M
Posted May 24, 2009 at 3:57 PM
Our family made the seven hour pilgrimage from the east coast to Cincinnati for a visit to Kings Island. Diamondback instantly became our favorite coaster. The speed, scenery and airtime are fantastic. The Beast continues to please and so do the many other coasters and thrill rides at the park. Many of the child oriented rides were not operating; so that was very disappointing for our younger family members - especially the Avatar Airbender ride! Even though it was a weekday in May, the crowds were overwhelming (school kids) which made the day less enjoyable; but overall we rate Kings Island as one of the best amusement/theme parks we have ever visited (out of 20 so far).

Cedar Point was outstanding in every way. With Platinum Passes and staying on site at the resort, we enjoyed the early entry (by far the best hour of the day)! All of the rides were open (when they weren't down - but CP works hard to get them up and working ASAP). Maverick was our first destination Monday Morning and it dethroned Diamondback after just three days in our top spot. Maverick has a lot going for it: speed, launches, inversions, tunnels, and airtime. It is a wonderful "little" coaster! Millennium Force continues to awe us with its combination of speed and smoothness. Our seven year old rode it on our second morning at the park and was blown away by it! Magnum, row three, was its usual wild ride and the whole family loved it. Top Thrill Dragster was exhilarating as always. It ran almost non-stop for the three days of our stay (down an hour here and a half hour there).

Most waits during the day were between fifteen and thirty minutes. With so many thrill rides and coasters to choose from, we always found short queues, even though the park was full every day we were there. The whole family loved Gemini and Blue Streak for their enjoyable air time and wild but pain-free rides. Mean Streak on the other hand only exists for masochists and seven year olds - our's loved it and wanted to ride it over and over to my chagrin. CP's assortment of coasters, other thrill rides, family rides and child rides is unbeatable. The park is clean, the views of Lake Erie in every direction are wonderful and the park is basically flat so no hills to constantly climb.

A special note about the Cedar Point staff - they are very friendly, interactive, positive and engaged. They deserve a lot of credit for making the stay at the park even more enjoyable. Few other parks have such positive and friendly staff - great hiring and training at the Point!

Another benefit of the park: name brand restaurants and very diverse menu choices mixed in with traditional amusement park food. Prices were not cheap, but the food was very good.

After our planned two days at the park, the whole family agreed that we needed more time; so we stayed an additional 4 hours on Wednesday before the long drive home.

If you are planning a trip to Cedar Point, plan to stay for at least two days; three is preferable. Stay at the park (choice of hotels, cabins, RV park) to enjoy the early entry. Cedar Point continues to be our favorite destination.

From James Rao
Posted May 24, 2009 at 8:42 PM
Thanks for the trip report, DV. Glad you had a good time. Incidentally, which on site resort did you visit on this trip, and do you recommend it over other on site resorts you have visited in the past?

From Brandon S
Posted May 24, 2009 at 11:34 PM
Good to hear you enjoyed your trip! One question though. At Kings Island did you notice an excessive amount of line jumping? I've heard that this year they are not enforcing it very well and that people are disobeying the rule.

From DV M
Posted May 26, 2009 at 10:19 AM
Let me answer both questions:
We stayed at Camper Village. We always stay at Camper Village. The two hotels on site and the cabins all look like great options, though. Since we are Platinum Pass holders, we might stay at the KOA Campground outside the park next visit.

Yes, line jumping was a big problem at Kings Island...much less so at Cedar Point. Cedar Fair needs to crack down on that!


From William Clark
Posted May 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM
I'm surprised to learn that line jumping is a problem out there. Here in Central Florida line jumping is almost non-existent. I can't even remember the last time I saw someone try to line jump here. Is this problem prevalent elsewhere as well?

From Derek Potter
Posted May 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM
Line jumping in Central Florida non-existent? Perhaps they just decide to do it when I'm in town. There was plenty of line jumping at Universal the last time I was there...incidentally most were teenagers and foreign tourists.

I've been hearing more and more complaints of line jumping at KI. Seems that it wasn't that big of a problem until recently. I've witnessed plenty of line jumping at Cedar Point, particularly in the line for Maverick. The location of the queue makes it quite easy for people to cut about halfway through, as long as the people put up with it.

From Deidre Dennis
Posted May 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM
We've never witnessed line jumping in Florida, either. As a matter of fact, when we were in California we didn't witness any line jumping. Perhaps I wasn't just paying attention...

At any rate, we have never been to Cedar Point before but plan to possibly make that our destination next year. Will definitely plan to stay on-site for the convenience alone and the close proximity to the beach. Although that park has major thrills, it just seems like somewhere you can really kick back at. We're thinking a week's stay... is that too long if all we're doing is Cedar Point? Any thoughts?

Thanks for the report, DV.

From Brandon S
Posted May 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM
Derek, I haven't witnessed any line jumping this year at Cedar Point. I am very surprised. The guests are actually doing the right thing and refusing to line jump. But in past years I have witnessed it.
And Deidre, basically no. There is so much to do at Cedar Point you will have fun from the first minute of your first day to the last minute of your last day(unless your upset about having to leave of course). And yes, it is a place where you can just kick back too. The beach is a great place to do that. Oh and if your going for a week you have to get a platinum pass because it's cheaper and plus you get benefits with them.

From Don Neal
Posted May 26, 2009 at 1:55 PM
That's a bummer the children's area was getting so much maintenance. My kids love it!

From James Rao
Posted May 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM
Not to hijack the subject, but line jumping at Worlds of Fun (my local Cedar Fair park) is a huge problem this year as well. The queues themselves are an issue as they wind back and forth allowing for buddies to easily jump ahead with other buddies. It does not help that the park is so short-staffed most of the time that no one is watching. It seems to be more of an issue in the evening when the bad teenagers come out to play.

I never noticed the issue at Disney where the lines seem to do a lot less wrapping around and are a bit more closely monitored. Nor have I seen the problem in my two recent visits to Silver Dollar City, where the ride attendants are more mature than the average theme park cast member and less afraid to give a few rowdy line cutters some old fashioned "what fer!"

Anyway, thanks for the response on where you stayed DV, I appreciate the feedback!

From DV M
Posted May 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I could easily spend five days at Cedar Point. If you and your family love amusement parks, then a week at Cedar Point will be fantastic, especially if you want to relax. There are multiple indoor and outdoor swimming pools on site, volleyball nets on the beach and other activities.

Screamscape reported today that Dragster "crowned" for the third time ever. Two years ago, we rode Dragster first thing in the morning on a cool day and four of the first five runs fell backward. Sadly, we were on the car that did not fall back. I never saw so many excited riders. A fall back on dragster is like hitting the jackpot in Vegas...sort of...

From Brandon S
Posted May 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM
^That sucks, I've been on Top Thrill so many time(season pass holder) and I have not yet had a rollback. I get so jealous when I see people and I talk to them and they say it's their first time on the ride. Then we get on the ride, what happens? Rollback.

From steve lee
Posted May 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM
When I rode it, the car in front of me rolled back. I was a sad panda. Rollback = two rides for the wait of one!

From Derek Potter
Posted May 28, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Well, you could have been on the train that was stuck at the top the other day.

It's amazing that a train going that fast and weighing that much can perfectly balance itself at the crest of a 420 foot structure.

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