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Cedar Point: I am a college student in NJ and I am part of a group doing a case study on Cedar Point for a business management class. I would truly appreciate it if you could help me out by answering some questions.

From Arlene Pronesti
Posted October 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM
1. How many times have you been to Cedar Point?
2. Do you live near Cedar Point? If you don't live close by how far away is home? How do you travel to Cedar Point? By car, train, bus, airplane?
3. In this economy has your traveling changed? Do you plan to travel more, less or the same?
4. Do you plan to attend an amusement park in the next 12 months?
5. Where will you stay if you are not close to home? At a resort,motel,hotel,or campgrounds at Cedar Point or off the premises? What amenities are you looking for? Will eat at one of the food establishments or can you bring your own food?
6. What kind of budget are you working with?

To those who took the time to read and answer any of my questions please know I truly appreciate your kindness in helping me.


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From Melissa Kosztowny
Posted October 2, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Happy to help
1. 20 or so times
2. 2 hours away and travel by car
3. No changes in travel
4. Defiantly plan to go!
5. Stay at hotel on property (lighthouse point) and generally eat in the park
6. depends on if we stay the night, and how many people come. flexible budget

From Mike Gallagher
Posted October 2, 2010 at 7:31 PM
. How many times have you been to Cedar Point?
2. Do you live near Cedar Point? If you don't live close by how far away is home? How do you travel to Cedar Point? By car, train, bus, airplane?
3. In this economy has your traveling changed? Do you plan to travel more, less or the same?
4. Do you plan to attend an amusement park in the next 12 months?
5. Where will you stay if you are not close to home? At a resort,motel,hotel,or campgrounds at Cedar Point or off the premises? What amenities are you looking for? Will eat at one of the food establishments or can you bring your own food?
6. What kind of budget are you working with?

I only copied the above so I could see it as I answer. I'm from NJ so I'll be glad to help. What school do you attend?

1. 9 (I believe..might be 8)
2. I live about 10.5 hours from CP by car, and that's how I travel there.
3. About the same. I was living hand to mouth before the economy tanked, so nothing's changed much for me!
4. Is the Pope Catholic?
5. I'll always try to find a Motel 6 as my first choice. There's two about 10-15 minutes from CP, but they were tremendously jacked up when I was there in June, so I had to pass. Food is fast food/Friendlys in the vicinity of the park. These statements are not exclusive to Cedar Point.
6. Shoestring. My major expense for my June trip was my first passport so I could visit Canada's Wonderland for the first time. Feel free to message me privately through my profile if I can be of further help, Arlene.

From Erin B
Posted October 4, 2010 at 8:01 PM
I'm assuming you don't really need input from "locals" but I'll answer anyway. That way, you have my response if it's at all useful.

1. How many times have you been to Cedar Point?
-- I honestly can't count -- I've been going since I was a child. This season alone I've gone at least 15 times.

2. Do you live near Cedar Point? If you don't live close by how far away is home? How do you travel to Cedar Point? By car, train, bus, airplane?
-- A trip to Cedar Point takes me about 40 minutes by car.

3. In this economy has your traveling changed? Do you plan to travel more, less or the same?
My traveling, in general, has lessed, but I went to Cedar Point more this season than ever before.

4. Do you plan to attend an amusement park in the next 12 months?
-- Yes, most definitely.

5. Where will you stay if you are not close to home? At a resort,motel,hotel,or campgrounds at Cedar Point or off the premises? What amenities are you looking for? Will eat at one of the food establishments or can you bring your own food?
-- At other parks, friends & I get a hotel or motel room. We really just look for a comfortable place to sleep. We prefer a tv & a fridge, but aside from that we don't need much else. We spend very little time in the hotel.
-- As for food, we generally eat outside of parks, Holiday World being the only exception so far for me. We never eat at Cedar Point [way too pricey for us] & instead go to Steak & Shake, Sonic, Taco Bell, or one of the other food spots in the area.

6. What kind of budget are you working with?
-- I work two part-time jobs that pay minimum wage, plus I'm paying bills [student loans, etc.]. Fortunately, Cedar Point trips are affordable for me due to close location & a season pass that covers admission & parking.

From Derek Potter
Posted October 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM
1. How many times have you been to Cedar Point?

At least a few times a year. If I'm a passholder, then it's more

2. Do you live near Cedar Point? If you don't live close by how far away is home? How do you travel to Cedar Point? By car, train, bus, airplane?

I live a few hours away. Travel by car

3. In this economy has your traveling changed? Do you plan to travel more, less or the same?

Traveling hasn't changed. Plan to travel the same or more

4. Do you plan to attend an amusement park in the next 12 months?

Yep

5. Where will you stay if you are not close to home? At a resort,motel,hotel,or campgrounds at Cedar Point or off the premises? What amenities are you looking for? Will eat at one of the food establishments or can you bring your own food?

I usually stay at a Cedar Point resort. Most of the time I just buy food in the park.

6. What kind of budget are you working with?

Depends on who's going. A few hundred bucks for a couple of days (2 people) usually covers it

From Brian James
Posted October 5, 2010 at 6:40 PM
1. How many times have you been to Cedar Point?
At least once a year since 1982 and usually several times a year back in the late 80s through the mid 90s. So probably somewhere in the 50 or 60 range.
2. Do you live near Cedar Point? If you don't live close by how far away is home? How do you travel to Cedar Point? By car, train, bus, airplane?
Cedar Point has been the "local" amusement park for the entire tri-state (southern Michigan, northern Ohio and Indiana) area all of my life and it is 140 miles from my house. I don't consider that too far but it isn't close by either. I have had a season pass before so the distance must not be too bad. I usually get there via motorcycle or car but have traveled by bus with groups before, too.
3. In this economy has your traveling changed? Do you plan to travel more, less or the same?
Yes, my travel habits have changed. I have not done a week long (or more) bike trip in several years and other than traveling to Daytona for bike week every March I pretty much stick close to home on vacation. Day trips on the bike, that sort of thing. Maybe some three and four day weekend things.
4. Do you plan to attend an amusement park in the next 12 months?
Yes. In fact I am going back to Cedar Point for a three-day weekend this coming weekend with some friends. Taking the bike, weather permitting. So far it is looking good, too. This weekend it is a room for two nights at The Breakers. Next year I plan on getting a Platinum Pass and getting to Michigan's Adventure again, Kings Island and I would really like to get to Dorney Park. That would be a nice bike trip.
5. Where will you stay if you are not close to home? At a resort,motel,hotel,or campgrounds at Cedar Point or off the premises? What amenities are you looking for? Will eat at one of the food establishments or can you bring your own food?
Me personally, I prefer to stay right at the park. The Breakers, Sandcastle Suites or if we have enough people, a cabin at Lighthouse Point. I like the convenience of not driving at the end of the day. And I like coming in the day before and doing the evening admission. It takes some of the pressure of getting everything done off of the next day. I am not afraid to pack some basic foods. Sandwich supplies, chips and a case of beer. It helps ease the sting of the hotel rates at the park. So, in essence, I don't need much. I like a room with a refrigerator If I am traveling on the bike. If I bring the car it is not necessary as I can pack a cooler. Other than that, I just eat and drink in the park or one of the restaurants at the marina or hotels.

6. What kind of budget are you working with?
The room for 4 for two nights and 4 tickets for Friday evening and 4 tickets all day Saturday was just short of $600. I plan on having about $300-400 spending money. I sure hope we don't use it all. But if we do I'll know that a good time was had by all. I am very fortunate to have a very good job. I don't splurge every weekend but when I want to have some fun I am fortunate enough to be able to do so without it being too much of a financial burden. It is also the reason I like to work a bunch of overtime. So I CAN do whatever I want when the time comes. So about $700-800 out of my pocket for this weekend. Gas, turnpike fares, food, beer, hotel, etc.

To those who took the time to read and answer any of my questions please know I truly appreciate your kindness in helping me.

From Brandon Townsend
Posted October 5, 2010 at 6:29 PM
1. 5 times
2. I live 8 hours away.
3. The economy has forced me to miss this year's Cedar Point trip. I really hate to miss out on TTD and MF this year! So sad.
4. Yes
5. I stayed at Hotel Breakers once and won't stay any where else now. It is so convenient to be within walking distance of the park. the rooms need to be updated but it's still worth it. We eat breakfast in the room and try to eat snacks there as well, but at least one meal will be eaten in the park. Although a single Subway sandwich cost $14 last time. Wow! So much for $5 foot long.
6. I usually get the Breakers package deal which saves a bundle. After gas and food on the trip it comes out to around $400-$900 per trip depending on how many people travel.

Hope this helps.

From Anne Duncan
Posted October 6, 2010 at 8:33 AM
1. None to date. Our first trip will be next week!
2. We live in Northwest Florida and will travel by plane.
3. Same.
4. Yes, 2 separate upcoming occasions.
5. Stay on site at a hotel that has food services. Due to airplane travel we would only purchase breakfast and drink items from a store after arriving.
6. We tend to stay in cheaper hotels since we don't stay in the room all that much. Souvenirs are limited. We usually eat at one nicer sit-down restaurant and spend the rest of our meal times at quick service establishments.

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