Cedar Point Tips/Advice August 26-28 Wed.-Fri

Cedar Point: Need advice.

From Mitch Miller
Posted August 23, 2009 at 11:07 PM
Hi, I will be making a trip to Cedar Point this coming Wednesday to Friday. I need some tips and advice on what to do and all of that. I know that we will be staying at Hotel Breakers. What admission passes should I get? How will the crowds be? What time should I expect to wait in line for the rides. I am asking all of this because I previously made a trip to Cedar Point and it was not good crowd and money wise. But, other wise the rides were great! I can't wait to ride Maverick! So if you can answer my questions and give me some advice, it would help a lot. Oh, and I think we get in the park early because were staying at a Cedar Point resort. What ride would you recommend doing first? Thanks!!

From Melissa Donahue
Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:30 AM
We were just at Cedar Point this past Tuesday and Wednesday and stayed on property at the Hotel Breakers -- definitely the way to go! I would highly recommend taking advantage of the one-hour early admission for hotel guests to the park -- it's well worth it. You can probably do at least two, maybe three, big attractions during this time if you hustle between rides. I'd recommend starting at either Maverick or Millennium first.

For some odd reason, the crowds were absolutely ridiculous this past Wednesday! I hope you have better luck. I had never seen it so crowded -- even worse than most weekend days! In fact, we waited throughout the ENTIRE cue of Gemini -- I've never done that before! The entire Mantis cue was completely filled, with a line extending out to the railroad tracks! Unbelievable! Anyways, that's why you need to take advantage of the early admission perk. The wait time for Maverick by early afternoon was typically 1 1/2 hours.

We purchased our two-day ride & slide tickets directly from the hotel front desk -- we found this ticket option to be the most inexpensive.

Have fun & hope you have better luck with the crowds!

From Derek Potter
Posted August 24, 2009 at 4:59 AM
School starts this week in Ohio....probably why there were ridiculous crowds last week. That being said, the crowds will probably be light later this week. The park clears out when school starts and the ride lines disappear. The park hours are a little shorter, but with three days, you will have more than plenty of time to do everything you want several times.

From Audra Distler
Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:09 AM
Derek is correct - crowds should be down a bit because of school starting in Sandusky on Tuesday. Definitely do early entry - well worth it. Maverick or Millennium is your best bet to hit first, and with it being weekdays, you can probably do both of them easily, maybe even 2 times each. From the looks of it, weather should be good as well, so that'll be a plus.
As far as tickets, the Ride and Slide is good, although it may not be warm enough for the water park. Look at CP's website and see what deals they have on there, and there is always discounted tickets sold at Meijer stores, as well.

From Mitch Miller
Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM
Thanks for the info! I really helped to know that they start school on Tuesday.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:31 AM
I'm going to King's Island in a couple weeks. when do the Cinncinatti schools start? Anyone know?

From Audra Distler
Posted August 24, 2009 at 11:43 AM
According to Cincinnati Schools Website, public schools started Aug. 18. However, after this week (Aug. 28) they are no longer open during the week, only weekends, and then they are closed for two weeks straight it looks like, until they open for their Halloween weekends.

From Erin B
Posted August 24, 2009 at 7:55 PM
Definitely take advantage of the one-hour early entry, although you may not really need it. As stated, the park should be pretty empty because school will have started for pretty much everyone in the area. Knock out Millennium and Maverick in your early entry and then you could head over to Dragster if you'd like. I never really bother to wait for Dragster, but I guess it gets going around 10:00 or 11:00 [it's a fussy thing and depends on weather and any other little thing that could cause issues with the ride].
Make sure you hit up Magnum. It's a fantastic ride loaded with airtime [people insist it's rough but they just don't understand Maggie].

Also, don't skip on some of the little coasters. They're worth the time. Gemini is fun, and Blue Streak is within my top 5 [a fun little woodie with decent speed and tons of airtime].

If at all possible, pack yourself some lunches to save money. Food in the park is pretty expensive and handling your own lunch could cut costs.
Enjoy your trip!

From James Koehl
Posted August 26, 2009 at 4:22 PM
Mitch, be sure to give us a review of what you liked and didn't like at CP. We love to hear what a first-timer thinks of it compared to those of us who grew up there.

From Iyanna Wilson
Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:43 PM
How much does a standard room rate for 6 ppl during the weekday...or how much did it cost for you?

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