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Fast Lane Plus for next Saturday has increased to $179 online (regular increased to $115). If prices are higher in the park as demand increases, I wonder if it will get to $199 next week.

 

It’s absolutely worth it. It sounds like a party right now.

 

Columbus Day weekend is busy? Who knew?!

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Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

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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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You know how you feel when your spouse, or significant other, or somebody that you love deeply, does something that makes you feel like you can't stand the sight of them, even though it's temporary, and doesn't change your love for them at all? That's how I feel when I see this!

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So I'm planning on going to the park next weekend and after seeing this, I have to ask. Is there any chance they sell out of Fastlane Plus online before I can buy them in the park on Saturday? Does anyone know if they keep a quantity aside for in park sale? I would not be thrilled to drive from St. Louis and not be able to get them. I have platinum and would prefer to get the discount and already planned on buying them early in the day, right after early entry ends at the latest.

 

Just hoping to get some insight since the forecast currently calls for fantastic weather, and they are already charging 180 online. Any thoughts or first hand info would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Fast Lane Plus for next Saturday has increased to $179 online (regular increased to $115). If prices are higher in the park as demand increases, I wonder if it will get to $199 next week.

 

It’s absolutely worth it. It sounds like a party right now.

 

Columbus Day weekend is busy? Who knew?!

 

Busy enough to warrant a 10pm Sunday closing instead of its normal 8pm Sunday closings during Halloweekends.

 

What also helped crowds get exponentially bad is Ohio State being on a bye week and Michigan playing a cupcake.

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So I'm planning on going to the park next weekend and after seeing this, I have to ask. Is there any chance they sell out of Fastlane Plus online before I can buy them in the park on Saturday? Does anyone know if they keep a quantity aside for in park sale? I would not be thrilled to drive from St. Louis and not be able to get them. I have platinum and would prefer to get the discount and already planned on buying them early in the day, right after early entry ends at the latest.

 

Just hoping to get some insight since the forecast currently calls for fantastic weather, and they are already charging 180 online. Any thoughts or first hand info would be greatly appreciated!!!

 

Once its gone, its gone. They've also been known to increase the prices as it gets closer to the date too. It sounds like you just need to bite the bullet and pay extra to get them now if its that important to you. Honestly unless the Halloween stuff is that important to you, you're probably just better off waiting to go in May or June when it won't be crowded at all and you won't need a Fast Lane.

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Fast Lane Plus for next Saturday has increased to $179 online (regular increased to $115). If prices are higher in the park as demand increases, I wonder if it will get to $199 next week.

 

It’s absolutely worth it. It sounds like a party right now.

 

Columbus Day weekend is busy? Who knew?!

 

Busy enough to warrant a 10pm Sunday closing instead of its normal 8pm Sunday closings during Halloweekends.

 

What also helped crowds get exponentially bad is Ohio State being on a bye week and Michigan playing a cupcake.

 

Columbus Day Weekend has ALWAYS been a horrible weekend to go to any park on. Read back and you'll see that year after year, people are blindsided by the fact that things are horrendously busy. It's an industry wide thing, not just Cedar Point.

 

It's comical because it's one of those things that SHOULD be common sense among anyone who posts on a site like TPR, but it's surprisingly lacking knowledge among enthusiasts.

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Before this becomes a thing I don't think anyone here on this site is surprised that the park is busy. On social media, that's a different story but nobody here seemed even remotely surprised for once. I'm proud of this place.

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I had a 34-hour Cleveland layover, the entire day on Saturday, and a CF platinum pass. I haven’t been to CP since 2016, and SV is #1 on my haven’t ridden bucket list. Yet I decided not to go to the park because I knew it would be a complete cluster. I spent the day checking google maps from time to time watching the causeway be a solid dark red line of traffic through the early evening, knowing I made the right decision

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Once its gone, its gone. They've also been known to increase the prices as it gets closer to the date too. It sounds like you just need to bite the bullet and pay extra to get them now if its that important to you. Honestly unless the Halloween stuff is that important to you, you're probably just better off waiting to go in May or June when it won't be crowded at all and you won't need a Fast Lane.

 

Yeah, I know May or June is a better time to go as far as ride lines go, but I enjoy going in the fall for a number of reasons. I like the cooler weather. I'm not particularly interested in doing the actual haunts, but I like the Halloween decorations and atmosphere. I like the late hours with lots of night riding. There aren't swarms of bugs around the coasters. Heck, last year I ate all different kinds of delicious food from the food trucks at the park, which aren't always options other times of year.

 

Maybe I'll try earlier in the season next year...but this year I'm going this weekend.

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I like the late hours with lots of night riding. There aren't swarms of bugs around the coasters.

 

Uhh... Have you been to Cedar Point and been there during night time?...

 

Point of order: you kind of screwed up with the coding on that post, for the record, I don't say that, the guy who quoted me did.

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Once its gone, its gone. They've also been known to increase the prices as it gets closer to the date too. It sounds like you just need to bite the bullet and pay extra to get them now if its that important to you. Honestly unless the Halloween stuff is that important to you, you're probably just better off waiting to go in May or June when it won't be crowded at all and you won't need a Fast Lane.

 

Yeah, I know May or June is a better time to go as far as ride lines go, but I enjoy going in the fall for a number of reasons. I like the cooler weather. I'm not particularly interested in doing the actual haunts, but I like the Halloween decorations and atmosphere. I like the late hours with lots of night riding. There aren't swarms of bugs around the coasters. Heck, last year I ate all different kinds of delicious food from the food trucks at the park, which aren't always options other times of year.

 

Maybe I'll try earlier in the season next year...but this year I'm going this weekend.

 

And that's fine, just know that you're going to going to get on many rides. If you go, just go for the atmosphere and Halloween stuff and don't get your hopes up for getting on many actual rides.

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Went this weekend - it was crazy experience but inconsistent.

 

Traffic in - even Saturday at 4pm was an hour on the causeway. An hour just to get to the parking booth! We did not have Fastline - so we focused on mazes. MF was only a 25 minute wait by 11pm and Magnum was a walk-on by 8:30pm - so we did that a few times - still an epic ride in the dark in the back. My kid had never experienced true ejector air before.

 

Scarezone waits were insane for cornstalkers.

 

Sunday - had platinum entry plus fastlane plus (free due to season pass renewal) - was able to get in SV, maverick x2 by 11:30am.

 

Then it was a gong show - Gatekeeper down for the day (rumor is reopened after 8:30pm but we were at the top of the park and it was near closing time so too much of a risk to run down instead of night SV), top thrill after an hour fast lane wait broke in the station, waited another half an hour for a reopen that never occurred. ride opened up again five hours later (we got in after another 45 fastline wait)

 

Valraven, and Maverick fast line was decent - not that long of a wait. But MF had fast line line equal to regular and SV was still close to an hour and top thrill more than an hour.

 

The long and the short of it is that we still had a great time. The haunt stuff was good. My kid's first time on the 52 inchers (though we didn't get gatekeeper). We didn't have a choice but to face the crowds (long weekend needed for drive back, had to take advantage of fastlane promotion, kid wasn't tall enough earlier in season, etc).

 

Only real complaint is the fastline - we were so excited to take advantage of it to really enjoy the rides, only to find out the lines are still crazy long. They really need to reduce the number of fast lanes they sell, at $120 plus it is not right to sell so many that are still hour lines. There was nothing VIP about it. Since we used our entitlement it wasn't the of the world, but if i paid out of pocket i would have been really disappointed.

 

PS. Windseeker is the dumbest name ever. Why call a ride windseeker when it can't ride when there is wind? Shouldn't they call it Windfearer?

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Windseeker and Sky Ride are closed for the season for staffing. While it would never have operated on a day where Gatekeeper and Raptor were closed for wind until 8:30 at night anyway, it wasn't going to open regardless of weather conditions.

 

As for the Fastlane thing, given the restrictions on when you could use the promotional free Fastlane for renewal you and everyone else picked the most obvious day to redeem it (the only Sunday with a 10:00 close and all of the haunt attractions open) so there was no way that was going to go well. The park should have probably seen that coming.

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Just do the math on Fast Lane passes and you see why they do it.

 

$150+ each. Figure probably 2,000 of them sold on a busy Saturday. That's an additional $300,000 in revenue that cost the park probably $100 in printing the wrist bands.

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Got to the Point sunday around 7:30 pm. Got on Maverick in back row after about 2 hours in line, ride was great as expected. Than got my Steel Vengeance credit. Didn't want to have to admit that the ride is amazing, but crap it's a great ride. Did not care for the metal detectors though, we were in line for over an hour and a half and what should have been no more than 40 minutes took over an hour and a half due to the metal detectors and fast lane. But the ride was so good it was hard to be upset about it.

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Forever lurker, seldom poster... but here goes. I, like many, purchased platinum passes for my family for 2020 (and the remainder of 2019). My daughter is budding enthusiast at 9, and is now tall enough for EVERYTHING. The plan was a road trip from St. Louis to holiday world, kings island, and then, CEDAR POINT!! My wife and I have been, but not our little one. After all the discussions (of which I was a part), we decided to buy the platinum passes from Canada's Wonderland (thanks conversion rate!) With the intention of converting the printouts to actual passes at cedar point (or kings island). Many assured us that would work out.

 

I started getting paranoid though, and planned a quick trip to KC in order to visit WOF in order to get them in hand sooner (and get the creds there I'm missing and give my daughter her first taste of cedar fair). At the gate, I was greeted by a super pleasant newish employee who was super excited to process her first platinum pass. Except she couldn't get it to work. She was in an entry point, alone, at the back of the park... and after some confusion and phone calls on her point she asked me if Canada's wonderland was my 'home park'. At a loss to explain 'no, I'm just trying to save money here, using the conversion rate to my advantage'...I went with....'uh, yeah'. She gave me temp passes, let us in, and then said "I guess you'll have to process them there!".

 

I'm not planning to go there. At all. Has anyone else had issues processing their passes at parks other than the 'home park's, and more specifically Canada's wonderland? Can I plan my trip and hotels anyway, assuming that I can either process them at KI or CP in the spring (six flags makes you process them before 2019 is over).

 

Basically, I'm a little lost and paranoid that I screwed up here and don't know how to fix it (and hate asking here due to seeming like a complete rube).

 

But here I am, and I'd appreciate any and all advice/ feedback. Y'all are much more well versed than I.

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Sounds like an employee that didn't know what they were doing, and supervisors that also didn't. I'm not sure if it's changed since 2017, or if the fact that it's a non-US pass that matters, but I can say for 100% certainty that I bought my pass through CPs website and processed it into a card at MiA back then. Since, I've renewed it twice at Kings Dominion, and still have my MiA card.

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Unrelated to the Platinum Pass question but I noticed on your itinerary that you’ll be driving right by Kentucky Kingdom. You should go for at least a few hours. I honestly prefer it to Holiday World and they have a really cheap out-of-state deal.

 

I wish I could help you with the pass question but I have no idea. If it were me I would use this as a ridiculous excuse to go to Canada and Niagara Falls for no reason because I’ll take literally any excuse to go to Canada.

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So I'm planning on going to the park next weekend and after seeing this, I have to ask. Is there any chance they sell out of Fastlane Plus online before I can buy them in the park on Saturday?

 

I have never seen them sale out before park opens. Just go ride maverick a time or two, then go to the gift shop near Maverick and by your band before the park opens. Most people will not be them before hand.

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I think you caught a bad employee. We literally purchased a Plat pass from Canada's Wonderland website last week. Gave my brother the barcode. We all went to Kings Island this weekend. He took it to the window at King's Island and they took his picture and handed him a card. Took a minute or two.

 

Also, if they let you into the park some, I've seen the giftshop right inside selling FL+ before early entry rope drop down at the Magnum gate.

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Just do the math on Fast Lane passes and you see why they do it.

 

$150+ each. Figure probably 2,000 of them sold on a busy Saturday. That's an additional $300,000 in revenue that cost the park probably $100 in printing the wrist bands.

 

They must have sold more a lot more than 2,000 - it seemed like a least 33% of the park had them.

 

I am not anti-fast pass at all or allowing for the park to make more money. My issue is that it was not a "VIP" experience with that many people having them. If they charged more and truly limited supply that would be different. I understood that was the point of the variable pricing - they would keep increasing the price to meet demand while keeping supply capped to ensure a great experience.

 

We had wanted years to finally do CP right with fastlane plus so we could get rerides only to have an experience that was the same as going on a normal day. Lines still closer to an hour no chance of hitting all the coasters over a 1.5 day visit. When have to you leave a fastlane line for a coaster running three trains (NOT SV!) because the line is too long and barely moving you know there is a problem.

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Regarding the CW Pass question, this came up with me a couple months ago when I was looking to buy, and the conclusion that was reached was that you should be able to process it into the card at any park. I found it on the site then, and just looked it up again. Here is what it says when click the button to purchase the Platinum Pass:

 

Valid for admission and parking at all Cedar Fair amusement & water parks during 2020 public operating days. Valid for anyone ages 3 and older. Photo ID card can be processed at any Cedar Fair park. Halloween Haunt, WinterFest and parking is included with this pass. Prices available online only.

 

I bolded the relevant part. So yeah, it sounds like you had bad luck with employees at WoF who didn't know what they were doing, as it clearly is meant to be able to be processed "at any Cedar Fair park."

 

Of course, as coasterbill said, if you can make a trip up to CW at some point, and experience that park, I'd highly recommend it! I just purchased Platinum Passes from CW for myself, and my three oldest kids, and the discount is fantastic! Coupled with the payment plan, I'm enjoying having the Passes for the 4 of us for under $60 a month! We did end up making that trip, to CW, and Niagara Falls, and it was a wonderful family trip! If you or the kid haven't seen the Falls from the Canadian side, or taking the boat to the Falls, I highly recommend it! And CW wasn't too bad either... (Which reminds me, I need to finish my TR! lol)

 

Switching gears, I have a question myself, for those who actually brave CP during Halloweekends (what it'll always be called for me!) My sister got the Gold Pass due to the great promotion, and wants to go to CP with me and the kids this Sunday. I acquiesced to go, even though I usually avoid it like the plague this time of year, since she was really wanting to go and spend time there with us, and I haven't actually made it out there yet this year, and we all have the passes, so why not...

 

So, not counting this past Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, how have Sundays this Fall been at CP? Are we still going to be looking at long waits just to park, and ghastly lines for all the major (and not major) coasters? I know in years past, Sundays haven't been as bad as Saturdays, or even Fridays, as of late. But with the Gold Pass promotion, I know the park has been extra mobbed. Just looking for a little heads-up so I know what to expect, and to prepare myself and my party accordingly! Thanks!

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