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Hey CP experts. I'm going to the park for the very first time on Friday, July 20. I have no idea what kind of lines to expect at the coasters. I'm hoping someone can give me advice. I know a lot is weather dependent, so let's assume no rain and average temps.

 

My kids are not big enough for some of the coasters, and I don't want to overdo it and wear everyone out. So my plan is to do Blue Streak, Gemini, and Magnum before lunch at Chik Fil A, and Cedar Creek, Iron Dragon, and Millenium Force after lunch, with a few flats and a train ride thrown in there. Is this all pretty much do-able by about 4 PM?

 

 

Edited to add: I don't plan on buying the Fast Lane.

 

Bump?

 

I'm still hoping someone will answer this question. I know it's lame to go to CP for just a day and do only six coasters. I have my reasons. I just wanted to ask if this plan is feasible.

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Hey CP experts. I'm going to the park for the very first time on Friday, July 20. I have no idea what kind of lines to expect at the coasters. I'm hoping someone can give me advice. I know a lot is weather dependent, so let's assume no rain and average temps.

 

My kids are not big enough for some of the coasters, and I don't want to overdo it and wear everyone out. So my plan is to do Blue Streak, Gemini, and Magnum before lunch at Chik Fil A, and Cedar Creek, Iron Dragon, and Millenium Force after lunch, with a few flats and a train ride thrown in there. Is this all pretty much do-able by about 4 PM?

 

 

Edited to add: I don't plan on buying the Fast Lane.

 

Bump?

 

I'm still hoping someone will answer this question. I know it's lame to go to CP for just a day and do only six coasters. I have my reasons. I just wanted to ask if this plan is feasible.

 

I absolutely think this is doable. If you get there at opening (or around then), then I expect you can do Blue Streak, Gemini, and Magnum probably within an hour! Not major lines on those coasters in all my experience, but even if the wait is a little more than usual, you are ABSOLUTELY going to have some free time between these coasters and lunch. You would be able to throw in a few more rides you want to do in the morning instead (Millennium, possibly? Or Mine Ride back by Chik Fil A).

 

You'll be able to clean up any coasters/rides you didn't get to in the afternoon, and probably still have significant time before 4 to do some other rides, if that's what you want.

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That's ridiculously easy to do.

 

On the off chance that you're staying on property or buying a pass, note that Millennium Force is the only coaster open for Early Entry with a 48 inch height requirement (though Skyhawk is open, awesome and also has a 48 inch height requirement). If you get to Gemini early and it's not racing, come back later.

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My son is at the park today with the FastLane+. He still is waiting 30-45 per ride. Is this normal? Is he doing something wrong?

 

This is why I prefer six flags fast lane. You reserve a time, and return to the ride at that time to get right on. Depending on the level you get, depends on your wait time. Regardless, you are not waiting in line and you can do whatever you want while waiting.

Last time I purchased a fast lane at cedarpoint, we still had to wait in a 45 min line for Maverick. If I'm paying that much for a line skip, I shouldn't have to wait more than 5 min in line.

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Longest we waited on a busy day was 15 minutes while SV line stayed at 2 hours. Maverick has always been walk on for us with fast lane. I read SV is holding a 2 and half hour wait today which with FL is still saving you an hour 45.

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FL+ is much more of a value at Cedar Fair's other parks, where it pretty much makes your experience walk-on. It's peak season, so anywhere from 15-45 minutes is normal. Hence why i'll probably never go during peak season again, staffing issues or not.

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He still is waiting 30-45 per ride. Is this normal? Is he doing something wrong?

So here's my thoughts on this...

 

I've used Fast Lane Plus at Cedar Point many, many times. On busy Saturdays, on lighter weekdays...

 

I've seen FL+ lines that are quite long. And when I see that, I leave and go to another ride. Then I come back later when the line is not as long. Just like anything else in the park, it's all about timing. I've seen that 30-45 minute Fast Lane line at Maverick, but do I stand in it? No. I'll leave and check back a couple of hours later, maybe during a peak meal time like lunch or dinner, and when the line is 10 minutes or less, I'll grab 2-3 rides on it.

 

My other thought is that even if the Fast Lane line is 30-45 minutes, you have to ask yourself "How long is the normal line?" And if the normal line is 90 to 120 minutes, isn't it still better to wait half that time?

 

So it's all how you look at it, plan your day, and choose when to ride.

 

For the record, I've NEVER stood in a Fast Lane line longer than ten minutes over probably 20-30 uses of the system at Cedar Point during various times of the year.

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Thanks for all the input, he's a 19 year old boy that knows everything, so sometimes he screws up and will get things wrong, just had to double check. Also used to the SF Flash Pass where everything pretty much becomes a walk on.

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Truth. At a park like CP you still have to use some strategy, even with FL+. It's still well worth it when you only have a day, or two, or three... at a place like CP if you're not a frequent visitor. Who the FFF wants to wait in two hour lines to gamble with break downs?

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Robb is spot on. I'd still bet money that he's exaggerating, waiting for the front or counting breakdowns though unless he's spent the entire day in Frontiertown .

 

This. I was there a week ago with Fast Lane Plus, and the only long line was Steel Vengeance. In my mind, it's an absolute steal for a park like Cedar Point. I rode Dragster 30 times with that beautiful wristband. Steel Vengeance might still be 45 minutes, but it's a hell of a lot better than 2+ hours.

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I won't think twice about getting FastLane Plus the next time I'm at Cedar Point. Skipping whatever Steel Vengeance's line is alone makes it worth it (even if I wait 20-30 minutes, it beats 2 hours or whatever it may be).

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My son is at the park today with the FastLane+. He still is waiting 30-45 per ride. Is this normal? Is he doing something wrong?

 

Please tell me you're joking! I just spent a ton of money for FL+ for a Friday Aug 17th and Saturday Aug 18th... Waiting 15-20 I can understand, but 30-40 for that type of money?!?! Is it like this all the time for people that have used FL+ at CP?!?!

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My son is at the park today with the FastLane+. He still is waiting 30-45 per ride. Is this normal? Is he doing something wrong?

 

Please tell me you're joking! I just spent a ton of money for FL+ for a Friday Aug 17th and Saturday Aug 18th... Waiting 15-20 I can understand, but 30-40 for that type of money?!?! Is it like this all the time for people that have used FL+ at CP?!?!

 

45 for Steel Vengeance when the regular line is 2 and a half hours is worth the money.

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He still is waiting 30-45 per ride. Is this normal? Is he doing something wrong?

So here's my thoughts on this...

 

I've used Fast Lane Plus at Cedar Point many, many times. On busy Saturdays, on lighter weekdays...

 

I've seen FL+ lines that are quite long. And when I see that, I leave and go to another ride. Then I come back later when the line is not as long. Just like anything else in the park, it's all about timing. I've seen that 30-45 minute Fast Lane line at Maverick, but do I stand in it? No. I'll leave and check back a couple of hours later, maybe during a peak meal time like lunch or dinner, and when the line is 10 minutes or less, I'll grab 2-3 rides on it.

 

My other thought is that even if the Fast Lane line is 30-45 minutes, you have to ask yourself "How long is the normal line?" And if the normal line is 90 to 120 minutes, isn't it still better to wait half that time?

 

So it's all how you look at it, plan your day, and choose when to ride.

 

For the record, I've NEVER stood in a Fast Lane line longer than ten minutes over probably 20-30 uses of the system at Cedar Point during various times of the year.

 

Excellent, thanks for the post!

This is why TPR is awesome, as someone who's bad at/doesn't like trip planning yall make it tons easier. See, this is good to know, I've never used CP FL so I would've been very surprised to see 45 min waits, and I may have gotten flustered and just waited in it as yeah its better than 2 hours without thinking to try later. That's good to know in your many times of using it the "wait and come back" method has always worked! I will be sure to do this.

Esp in late August, I'd reckon it should be no issue.

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Also it's advertised as "Wait LESS, Ride more". Not get on every ride instantly. A 30-45 minute wait compared to 1.5-3 hrs is preferable for most people.

 

If you purchased a FL+ for any Saturday from July till end of season expecting to walk on every ride it's valid for you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

 

I've been to the park on Haunt Saturday's with the FL+ line at Maverick hitting 90 mins. That's still a lot shorter of a wait than the 2-3 hours the stand by line hits.

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This has nothing to do with anything but this is a beautiful sight.

 

I know it's a stand-in for Steel Vengeance right now, but you have no idea how much I wish they would put Raptor back on Early Entry every day. We used to ride the crap out of it in the morning. That and Gatekeeper are the best early entry rides ever once you get sick of strategy and just decide you want to spend a solid hour riding something over and over with no line.

 

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Please tell me you're joking! I just spent a ton of money for FL+ for a Friday Aug 17th and Saturday Aug 18th... Waiting 15-20 I can understand, but 30-40 for that type of money?!?! Is it like this all the time for people that have used FL+ at CP?!?!

You're exactly the kind of person that parks Guest Relations staff HATES! Remind me never to be at a park the same day you are.

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Please tell me you're joking! I just spent a ton of money for FL+ for a Friday Aug 17th and Saturday Aug 18th... Waiting 15-20 I can understand, but 30-40 for that type of money?!?! Is it like this all the time for people that have used FL+ at CP?!?!

You're exactly the kind of person that parks Guest Relations staff HATES! Remind me never to be at a park the same day you are.

 

Are you coining me as the guy that complains to management? If so, that's unfair... I don't have the "let me speak to the manager" type haircut! LOL I just thought FL+ meant it dropped you off right at the station. Also, I am not a hardcore enthusiast, so sorry for not knowing everything. GEEZ!!! I'm pretty sure I am the most fun person at a park... I'd go up against anyone at anytime!!! You heard it! I'm the best! LOL Yes I am being sarcastic

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