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P. 2017: Top Thrill Dragster RETIRED!?!?!?

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I can't remember if they announced paddlewheel excursions leaving or not, but other rides that were removed without announcement were....

 

1. The second set of dodgem cars (now at Michigan's adventure )

2. Swan boats (Also now at Michigan's Adventure

3. Frontier carausel.

4. Pirat ride

 

^Swan Boats..also now at Michigan's Adventure.

 

Paddlewheel Excursion removal was announced shortly after Dinosaurs Alive was announced. Most major scale rides I'd expect an announcement with. Something fishy is going on with this one.

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QUICK QUESTION! First time going to CP will be this summer, and I have a question about CP resorts and crowds.

 

Would it be better to go the June 20-21 (Monday & Tuesday), or would crowds be lighter in late August, say August 22-23, also on a Monday & Tuesday? Basically, late-ish June, or late-ish August?

 

Also, can someone tell me how their stay at Breakers Express was?

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If you're budget-conscious and don't plan to take breaks midday at the hotel and want early entry (which you totally should) Breakers Express is the way to go. It's nothing special at all but it has everything you need (like a clean room). It's more expensive than other lower end hotels nearby but the location and early entry make it worth it if you don't have a platinum pass.

 

I can't speak for the crowds but I imagine neither will be dead but probably won't be mid-July type crowds.

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Also, can someone tell me how their stay at Breakers Express was?

Breakers Express is a pretty basic hotel, nothing too special about it, but it worked for me and it's probably a lot better than most of the other cheap motels near the park. I'd recommend it since it's cheaper than the other Cedar Point hotels, but you'll still get the same benefits.

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Would it be better to go the June 20-21 (Monday & Tuesday), or would crowds be lighter in late August, say August 22-23, also on a Monday & Tuesday? Basically, late-ish June, or late-ish August?

 

I'd go with late-ish August. At that point most schools will be back in session, so less vacations to Cedar Point at that time, and less locals making Monday/Tuesday day trips to the park, so overall the park should be less busy.

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Would it be better to go the June 20-21 (Monday & Tuesday), or would crowds be lighter in late August, say August 22-23, also on a Monday & Tuesday? Basically, late-ish June, or late-ish August?

 

I'd go with late-ish August. At that point most schools will be back in session, so less vacations to Cedar Point at that time, and less locals making Monday/Tuesday day trips to the park, so overall the park should be less busy.

Not only that, but less may flies, better weather, and i think less wind? Not sure about that one but if im right than that means rides wont close as much due to wind.

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Would it be better to go the June 20-21 (Monday & Tuesday), or would crowds be lighter in late August, say August 22-23, also on a Monday & Tuesday? Basically, late-ish June, or late-ish August?

 

I'd go with late-ish August. At that point most schools will be back in session, so less vacations to Cedar Point at that time, and less locals making Monday/Tuesday day trips to the park, so overall the park should be less busy.

 

 

I would definitely agree. It's worth waiting the extra time to go to avoid the crowds. Most of the surrounding schools will be back in. If it is your first trip, and you are able to, even staying at Breakers, I am a huge fan of the Fast Lane Plus. I buy it almost every time I go. You can just cruise around all day and jump on any of the rides you want to hit. It just makes the experience that much better in my opinion. Then you can also get a bunch of repeat rides in on some of the more popular rides without any worry.

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Follow up question! June seems more likely, as my brother wants to be in on the trip, and going in late August wouldn't allow for that.

 

So the questions is this: Would getting Fast Lane Plus on the dates in June (20 or 21, Monday or Tuesday) be the same as, worse than, or better than going without FL+ in late August?

 

Also, thank you guys for the numerous responses, and thank you in advance for the answers to this question!

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We went last year in late august for 4 days and stayed at the Breakers. It was the last week of full operations and full hours. Schools are in session and the park stays open until at least 10 pm. Our first day was a tuesday and the park much to our surprise was totally dead. No lines at all. In fact, the whole week was very uncrowded, so there was no need for fast pass whatsoever. (even though we budgeted for it) Many times later in the day the trains on Gemini, Magnum ,etc only had 2 to 4 other people on each train. With the money we saved on not having to buy the fast pass, we got to have a bonus day at Waldemeer, and an extra night in a nice hotel which we had not planned on. Just dont go on saturdays, it'll be awful.

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So the questions is this: Would getting Fast Lane Plus on the dates in June (20 or 21, Monday or Tuesday) be the same as, worse than, or better than going without FL+ in late August?

 

If you're going on a Monday and Tuesday in June I would hold off on a FL+ purchase until at the park and seeing crowd levels. Personally, I feel that FL+ is a waste of money except on Saturdays during Haunt. But I do avoid the park on Saturdays during July and August. The park is generally light during the week in June, most rides, except TTD and Maverick having less then 20 min waits, and rides like Raptor, Rougarou, Gatekeeper, MS, Magnum and a few others are almost always a walk on.

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Has anyone experienced that they sell out online weeks in advance?

 

We might preorder the passes for the 3rd or 2nd of July a few days before to check the weather, but now we are a little bit concerned about the availability...

 

 

 

Quote from themeparkinsider.com on June, 26th, 2015:

" .... Anyhow, I didn't understand the difference between FL and FL plus (which is already SOLD OUT online for every weekend in July) but now it's starting to make sense......"

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=562

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We went to Cedar Point June 22, a Monday, last year. The Fast Passes weren't sold out for us; in fact, we saw people buying them in the park throughout the morning. Ahead of time, we would check to see if our date was sold out (we were still debating on getting Fast Passes, which we never got). Only two days (weekends at the beginning of the month) were actually sold out. The weekdays were fine.

 

Course, that was one year ago.

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So, I am currently doing preliminary planning for my first trip to the Point in 13 years (when TTD was brand new). I plan on staying at Breakers Express, to get the benefits of staying on property while saving some money. I will also be leaving money aside for at least one day of FP and one day of FP+, as my only trip to CP was brutally crowded and was at a time where FP was not available. I want multiple rides on all the top 10 rides in the park, with at least 3-5 rides on the top 5 coasters in 2.5 days.

 

Currently, I am looking at one of the final weeks of May or the 2nd week of June, which will be the first week where the park stays open until 10pm. I will be arriving in the evening on Monday, and leaving Thursday morning. Now, the upside of the May visit would be less crowds, whereas the upside of the June visit would be 6 extra hours plus opportunity for night rides on MF. As of right now, I'm leaning towards the June visit as FP + early entry should give me enough chances to get on as many rides as I want.

 

Anyway, would like to hear some opinions to the following questions:

 

1) Would you pick May or June to visit the park?

 

2) Are there any eateries of remotely decent value at the park? And if we do decide to go off property to eat lunch/dinner, is the parking pass good all-day or would we have to pay for re-entry?

 

3) Should I purchase the flash passes ahead of time, or risk buying them on the spot? I am leaning towards waiting until I go since I will be going early in the season on weekdays, so I feel I should have no issue?

 

4) Do the flash pass lines merge in the station or in the queue? And what are the flash pass line lengths vs. The regular lines on a moderately busy day?

 

5) Are there any must-see shows at the park?

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So, I am currently doing preliminary planning for my first trip to the Point in 13 years (when TTD was brand new). I plan on staying at Breakers Express, to get the benefits of staying on property while saving some money. I will also be leaving money aside for at least one day of FP and one day of FP+, as my only trip to CP was brutally crowded and was at a time where FP was not available. I want multiple rides on all the top 10 rides in the park, with at least 3-5 rides on the top 5 coasters in 2.5 days.

 

Currently, I am looking at one of the final weeks of May or the 2nd week of June, which will be the first week where the park stays open until 10pm. I will be arriving in the evening on Monday, and leaving Thursday morning. Now, the upside of the May visit would be less crowds, whereas the upside of the June visit would be 6 extra hours plus opportunity for night rides on MF. As of right now, I'm leaning towards the June visit as FP + early entry should give me enough chances to get on as many rides as I want.

 

Anyway, would like to hear some opinions to the following questions:

 

1) Would you pick May or June to visit the park?

 

2) Are there any eateries of remotely decent value at the park? And if we do decide to go off property to eat lunch/dinner, is the parking pass good all-day or would we have to pay for re-entry?

 

3) Should I purchase the flash passes ahead of time, or risk buying them on the spot? I am leaning towards waiting until I go since I will be going early in the season on weekdays, so I feel I should have no issue?

 

4) Do the flash pass lines merge in the station or in the queue? And what are the flash pass line lengths vs. The regular lines on a moderately busy day?

 

5) Are there any must-see shows at the park?

I was at the park during the second week of June last year. Most of the A-list coasters (Millennium, Maverick, Dragster, and a few others) usually had a 30 to 60-minute wait, while most of the other coasters/rides were normally station waits (no longer than 15 minutes).

 

You should be okay if you wait until you get to the park to buy Fast Lane/Fast Lane Plus since I bought mine 30 minutes after park opening with no problem.

 

The Fast Lane merge point depends on the ride. Some rides merge with the regular line before the station and you'll still have to wait 10-15 minutes (includes Millennium, Dragster, Gatekeeper, Wicked Twister, Rougarou), while some merge directly at the station (Raptor, Maverick, Mean Streak).

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Theres a website, I'll see if i can find it, they compile attendance record for the park. I think its called "Crowd Calendar"...? I've used it in the past for my visits, and it was seldom wrong. Park was a ghost town.

 

 

EDIT: I can't find it anywhere. I've found pictures of past years "crowd calendars" on pintrest, but when I search the website that it says its from (www.thepointOL.com) I get a message saying "website unavailable". Damn shame, their expected crowd levels always seemed so accurate, and being my homepark, there was many chances for the crowd calendar to be wrong.

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So, I am currently doing preliminary planning for my first trip to the Point in 13 years (when TTD was brand new). I plan on staying at Breakers Express, to get the benefits of staying on property while saving some money. I will also be leaving money aside for at least one day of FP and one day of FP+, as my only trip to CP was brutally crowded and was at a time where FP was not available. I want multiple rides on all the top 10 rides in the park, with at least 3-5 rides on the top 5 coasters in 2.5 days.

 

Currently, I am looking at one of the final weeks of May or the 2nd week of June, which will be the first week where the park stays open until 10pm. I will be arriving in the evening on Monday, and leaving Thursday morning. Now, the upside of the May visit would be less crowds, whereas the upside of the June visit would be 6 extra hours plus opportunity for night rides on MF. As of right now, I'm leaning towards the June visit as FP + early entry should give me enough chances to get on as many rides as I want.

 

Anyway, would like to hear some opinions to the following questions:

 

1) Would you pick May or June to visit the park?

 

2) Are there any eateries of remotely decent value at the park? And if we do decide to go off property to eat lunch/dinner, is the parking pass good all-day or would we have to pay for re-entry?

 

3) Should I purchase the flash passes ahead of time, or risk buying them on the spot? I am leaning towards waiting until I go since I will be going early in the season on weekdays, so I feel I should have no issue?

 

4) Do the flash pass lines merge in the station or in the queue? And what are the flash pass line lengths vs. The regular lines on a moderately busy day?

 

5) Are there any must-see shows at the park?

 

 

It's really nice to stay inside the park but there are alternatives. There are several hotels and restaurants over near Sandusky Mall. It's about 15 minutes from the park. We saved a bunch of money last summer by staying over there last year. We also had another trip and stayed at the new Breakers. It was great being within walking distance but overall it was more expensive.

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Interesting how with Shoot the Rapids coming down, this is the second modern Intamin flume ride to be removed after operating for only 5 seasons (the other being Pilgrim's Plunge). Talk about a failed product...

 

Are there other examples of this kind of situation happening with another ride type? Maybe the HUSS Topple Towers?

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