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Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

OK these are freaking cool. https://cedarpointonlineshop.com/

Made it out to Cedar Point this past weekend, October 17th-18th with my mom and dad to visit my sister working at the park. My sister works at Dorney, but since they closed early, a bunch of full time

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Lul z.... Learned a new word filter

 

The 2 guys that signed up within the last three months and started posting within the last week have a little Bro-mance blossioming... Nothing suspicious here....

 

 

This is the quality entertainment that keeps me coming back

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Hi,

 

For all the experts that know the ins and outs of Cedar Point.

 

I am thinking of taking a trip there this year and was wondering:

 

1. When does everyone think is a good time to visit during the year?

2. How many days should I visit?

3. Is the Fast Pass worth it?

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We did three days at the park during CoasterMANIA! weekend, but also threw in a "rest day",

(the Sunday) which allowed us to just chill out (Famous Dave's BBQ!) away from the park (hard I know, lol),

and enjoy everything else in the area. We also stayed at The Breakers. Pricey but so worth it!*

 

 

 

 

*Except for that exploding toilet on Sat.night. Poor Bert....

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Famous Dave's - need I show you more? (o;

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I've had good luck going for two days and budgeting for FastLane+ both days. If you do that, it really doesn't matter when you go, but as Coasterbill said, staffing levels are best between Memorial Day and Labour Day. With two full days and not worrying about lines, you'll easily be able to do everything you want.

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Hi,

 

For all the experts that know the ins and outs of Cedar Point.

 

I am thinking of taking a trip there this year and was wondering:

 

1. When does everyone think is a good time to visit during the year?

2. How many days should I visit?

3. Is the Fast Pass worth it?

 

Bill summed it up well but I'll add a few tidbits from a local perspective...

 

I never use FL (except the free one given when I renew my pass) and say yes, get it. Even if you can only afford it for 1 day during your trip at least get it that one day. There are usually some pretty good deals for admission + FL on their website if you're only planning a day or 2. Keep an eye out. 3 or more days and I would recommend a Platinum Pass.

 

If you don't want to or can't afford the extra cash for FL+ I'd recommend May weekdays before Memorial Day for the smallest crowds but be warned you're more likely to experience short staffing, closed food stands/gift shops/rides due to said short staffing and shorter hours of operation. It's a take and give. Same issues will be present after Labor Day. Halloweekends are fun but can be a nightmare with crowds and staffing.

 

If it's in your budget to stay at Breakers do it. Resort perks and ease of access to the park are worth it.

 

If time and money are no concern I would check out the events calendar on their website and see if anything appeals to you. Brew and BBQ is awesome and they are doing a new event in Frontier Town/Trail this year that was just announced in June. Summer nights has midnight closings select days and fireworks.

 

Also note this seasons new attraction Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island is not scheduled to open until Memorial Day I believe. While not a coaster it's new and should be fun to check out.

 

EDIT: Just checked the parks website and it looks like the Frontier Festival is taking the place of Brew & BBQ this year. Sorry about that.

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Cedar Point has sent us a press release announcing details about their latest additions for the 2019 season!

 

In addition to Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island, an interactive and immersive storytelling experience, guests of Cedar Point will have more to explore this season. The park is introducing new ways to dine and a summertime street celebration in Frontier Town.

 

Hugo’s Italian Kitchen

 

A taste of Italy is coming to America’s Roller Coast®. Hugo’s Italian Kitchen will serve traditional Italian fare like hand-made pastas, fresh pizzas baked in a large open-flamed brick oven, chicken parmesan sandwiches, salads, meatball sandwiches and fresh desserts. Hugo’s Italian Kitchen will be located in the former Midway Market location, adjacent to the Raptor roller coaster.

 

BackBeatQue

 

Live music and savory smokehouse barbeque come together at BackBeatQue. This new rock ‘n’ roll and Motown-inspired eatery will serve smoked brisket, rotisserie chicken, pork platters and fresh perch. Southern sides like okra, cornbread muffins and house-made mac & cheese will also be available.

 

BackBeatQue’s outdoor dining space will give guests a great place to eat, relax and take in the sights and sounds of the BackBeat Quartet and Cedar Point’s Gemini Midway. BackBeatQue will be located between the Monster ride and Magnum XL-200 roller coaster.

 

Frontier Festival

 

Frontier Town, already home to the “Best New Ride of 2018,” Steel Vengeance, turns up the WILD factor this summer during the new Frontier Festival – an immersive Old West, sunflower-inspired street festival with local artisans, kids’ crafts and games, continuous live entertainment and wild food and drink to sample and savor.

 

A bounty of family activities will be available, including the Flower Patch – an opportunity for kids to choose their own flower and decorate their own flowerpot; the Junkyard Jamboree – where guests can make their own music on antique metal items; and the daily Balloon Stampede – where kids can stomp on balloons for prizes.

 

Guests can also enjoy live music from Cedar Point’s Bluegrass Jamboree and other local bands on the Gossip Gulch Stage. Plus, guests can tap their boots during line and square dancing lessons at the Hubbub Hoedown and meet the Frontier Townsfolk for special photo opportunities.

 

Frontier Festival also features specialty food items made right on the midway, like two-meat barbeque baked beans, bison chili, pulled pork sliders, fire roasted chicken drums, smoked wings, toasted sunflower vinegar slaw, smoked brisket, wild strawberry shortcake, peaches & cream and more. Guests can wash the wild food down with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage samples, including craft brews, ciders, wines and handcrafted lemonades.

 

Frontier Festival runs daily June 7 – 30 from 4 – 10 p.m. There is a nominal event fee for food & beverage tasting cards.

 

Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island

 

The park’s new signature attraction, an immersive, themed entertainment experience, will open Saturday, May 25. More information on Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island will be released in the coming weeks on Cedar Point’s blog at cedarpoint.com, including story detail, artist renderings of attractions and more.

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CP needs to get mote creative, BBQ and Bluegrass screams KD or Carowinds, not northern rust belt , no?

 

I think those of us in the rust belt go to places like CP to forget that we live in the rust belt for a few hours.

 

 

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CP needs to get mote creative, BBQ and Bluegrass screams KD or Carowinds, not northern rust belt , no?

Why get more creative if it works?

 

Also what is considered creative?? Seems pretty creative to me.

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CP needs to get mote creative, BBQ and Bluegrass screams KD or Carowinds, not northern rust belt , no?

 

Make sure you get in touch with one of the higher-ups and let them know what they 'need' to do. You seem to have it figured out, with such an absolute word.

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We also stayed at The Breakers. Pricey but so worth it!*

 

I gotta say, maybe it's the time of the year you went, but being "pricey" is just not true. I went with 3 people last May to get on Steel Vengeance, we paid for 1 night in a 2 bedroom hotel room with queen beds and a view of the park. We got tickets for both days (the day we arrived, and the day after we stayed the night at the hotel), we got drink wristbands for both days, and early entries on both days if we showed up early enough the first day.

 

Stay Duration Mon. May. 21, 2018 - Tue. May. 22, 2018 (1 night)

Guests 3 adults [48" and taller and under 62 years]

Room Room 2 Queen-Size Beds & Sleeper Chair

Rate 2 Day Ride & Refresh

Total $410.64 ($387.40 + $23.24 Taxes & Fees)

 

At $136.88 per person, that is an effing bargain to visit Cedar Point and stay on the peninsula for 2 days if you ask me.

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We also stayed at The Breakers. Pricey but so worth it!*

 

I gotta say, maybe it's the time of the year you went, but being "pricey" is just not true. I went with 3 people last May to get on Steel Vengeance, we paid for 1 night in a 2 bedroom hotel room with queen beds and a view of the park. We got tickets for both days (the day we arrived, and the day after we stayed the night at the hotel), we got drink wristbands for both days, and early entries on both days if we showed up early enough the first day.

 

Stay Duration Mon. May. 21, 2018 - Tue. May. 22, 2018 (1 night)

Guests 3 adults [48" and taller and under 62 years]

Room Room 2 Queen-Size Beds & Sleeper Chair

Rate 2 Day Ride & Refresh

Total $410.64 ($387.40 + $23.24 Taxes & Fees)

 

At $136.88 per person, that is an effing bargain to visit Cedar Point and stay on the peninsula for 2 days if you ask me.

 

you're talking 3 people for 1 night (with a special package deal), vs 2 people for 4 nights.

 

so yeah, that's where Bill is getting "pricey" from.

 

is it worth it? absolutely, but yeah, it's not as inexpensive as staying off site.

(tho I would never go and stay off site. . . for me, Breakers is the place to stay when going to CP, since not a local - it's a rare destination visit for me)

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If you don't split the cost of a hotel room for one night then Breakers is indeed pricey. Sure I can pack a few 'bros' into a hotel room and get discount tickets, but that's not how many of us on this site operate. I can assure you when Emily and I stayed for a couple nights in June three years ago our cost was comparable to some of the very nice beach front resorts and condos we've stayed at. I want to say that with our taxes and fees we paid around $400 per night. That doesn't factor in what we paid that season for Platinum passes or the FL+ passes we purchased for both days. All said and done, I know it was around $1,500 before we even addressed food and drink. With the total cost of everything from food, gas, drinks, and other amenities, I think we figured we paid pretty close to $2,000.

 

Consider this: We stayed in a very nice two bedroom beach front condo on beautiful Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola, FL last August. It was right around $2,300 for the entire week after fees. We're talking a modern, updated, well furnished, beautiful condo in a nice complex, vs. a cramped hotel room with a window or two. (And in Bert's case a sh*tter that won't flush) Just for the hell of it, I just priced a room for this June at Cedar Point and it's $2,270 before taxes and fees. Add on what you would pay for tickets, any FL passes, etc., and you're not talking about chump change by any means.

 

So when people like Bert and I say Breakers is pricey... it is. Granted, some of it depends on the type of experience you want to have, but Breakers and Cedar Point in general can be very pricey.

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I can second that. We paid around 1,600 $ for three nights Breakers Lakeview Room, three and a half days in the park, one day Fast Lane, All Day Dining Passes for all days. All of that for two persons, so ~800 $ per Person. We would never pay that here in Germany, but for our "One In A Decade Stay" it was worth the convenience. While booking, we thought it was a ripoff and we were concerned that we will be underwhelmed by what we will be getting for this money. But in the end, we are sure that we will never stay off site whenever we will be back.

 

It just depends on what you are searching. If we were there multiple times a year, we wouldn't pay that every time. But as said, on our next stay we'll be back there again for sure, even if that means we'll have to delay it one year to save for the amount of money needed.

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I'm going to the park in early June for two days with friends and while I would love to stay in a place like Breakers, it's simply not in the budget of college students, or at least us anyways. Breakers is a super nice option though and I'm glad that the park has it. Maybe one day in the future I'll stay there, but for now I'll stick to some run down Econo Lodge or Motel 6.

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I gotta say, maybe it's the time of the year you went, but being "pricey" is just not true.

 

Stay Duration Mon. May. 21, 2018 - Tue. May. 22, 2018 (1 night)

Guests 3 adults [48" and taller and under 62 years]

Room Room 2 Queen-Size Beds & Sleeper Chair

Rate 2 Day Ride & Refresh

Total $410.64 ($387.40 + $23.24 Taxes & Fees)

 

Isolating this. You paid a base rate of $387.40 a night for a two queen bed room on a Monday night in the absolute offest of offseason dates. I have to travel to Iowa this weekend, and I assure you having looked, there likely isn't a single hotel room in the entire state that costs $387.40 a night at base rate. Not even a presidential suite in Des Moines at the fanciest hotels in the city. That's more than my base rate for a two queen bed room last month on a weekend at Disney's Boardwalk.

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To be fair, the quoted Ride & Refresh package seems to include park tickets and drink wristbands for 3 people for 2 days.

 

The key here is definitely the time of year. Having stayed in May 2017 (about $150 per night with tax) and staying again the night of Memorial Day this year (about $195 with tax and pass discount), the price jump from other hotels becomes more reasonable. Of course, visiting in May has its tradeoffs.

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