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I read that the park doesn’t start handing out the access passes until noon. So is that when those coasters open or can you get on them before noon?

 

 

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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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Gates open at 10:00, rides open at 11:00, access passes distributed at 11:00 and 3:30. This is how it worked the last three days anyway.

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I read that the park doesn’t start handing out the access passes until noon. So is that when those coasters open or can you get on them before noon?

 

 

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The first passes handed out are for 12-1. The first hour is open to standby riders. Your best bet is to get one for SV and Maverick right off the bat and then get MF or TTD, whichever one you get 4th you should also ride standby so you get 2 rides. Switch up the order as you see fit but SV usually runs out first.

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^ I believe it is like Kings Island. During my visit a few weeks ago, the last time they were giving out for Millie was 6-7. Steel Vengeance was closed most of the day when I visited, but they did get it open shortly after 7. By the time I reached the entrance (around 7:20), they had closed off the line, but I showed them the receipt for my locker and they let me in as the very last rider in the standby line.

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We were told by a couple employees that if you miss your return time during the day, you’ll be let in with your expired access pass after 7:00, but be warned that they will close the line down earlier than 8:00 if it’s long to try to send the last train right at closing.

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You understand correctly. Flexible ethics lol. I have no clue how many combo tickets this guy bought for the specific purpose of reselling but yeah, I thought I would like to take friends back for the experience. And if the park was selling fast lanes for 150 I'd be more than happy to pay them for it.

 

God damnit. Don't call attention to the internet ethics police.

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Sounds like too much trouble and not worth it.

 

It's really not. I had great success using the following system each day both during my July trip and the one I just got back from:

 

1. Be there for gate opening, 10:00. This requires arrival at the park at 9:30-9:45 to allow time to go through the temperature screening.

2. Casually stroll back to Steel Vengeance. Even without running, you should be within the first 50 people in line for an Access Pass (hereafter referred to as AP). This Sunday and Monday I was in the 6th group and 1st group respectively, and believe me I was definitely strolling, and stopped for a bathroom break each day.

3. At 11:00 (or slightly before, as I noticed), collect your SV AP...it will definitely be for the noon-1:00 timeslot.

4. Casually stroll to Millennium Force.

5. By the time you arrive, the line should be shorter than it was at 11:00. When you get to the front, show them your Noon SV AP and they should give you a 1:00-2:00 AP for Millennium.

 

From here, it depends whether your visiting on a Saturday or Sunday/weekday.

 

If it's a Sunday or weekday,

6A. Loop around to Dragster, and show them your two previously acquired APs to get one for 2:00-3:00.

7A. Make you way back up to Maverick, and show them your three previously acquired APs to get one for 3:00-4:00.

8A. By this time, it should be around 11:45, and you're right back up near SV to get in line for the Noon AP group.

9A. From there, go about your day as you see fit.

 

If it's a Saturday:

6B. Decide which is more important to you, Maverick or Dragster, and go there and get a pass, again showing your previously acquired passes.

7B. Try to go to the other one and get a pass. Note that they may be all out, in which case you'll need to carefully plan the rest of your day to be back in the area of that ride around 2:45 (when the lines start forming for the 3:30 distribution).

 

Using that system, you're guaranteed a ride on each AP-coaster per day. It works, and really isn't that much of a hassle at all. Depending on other lines, you can try to squeeze some other rides in between your pass times, or just focus on being there at the time for the pass and then do other stuff at the park afterwards.

 

Note that on this past Sunday, Dragster did not have enough of a crowd at some points to require AP use - they were still handing them out, but at both 11:00 and around 1:00 they were not requiring passes to get in line.

 

EDIT: I see now that you're the guy who but doesn't believe a trip to Kennywood is worth it because Steel Curtain isn't operating, and have made similar other "debbie downer" posts, so there probably isn't any changing your mind.

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I know this is the Cedar Point thread, but I was at Kings Island for the past 5 days and they never used the access pass for Orion at all. Just wanted to make that clear.

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I know this is the Cedar Point thread, but I was at Kings Island for the past 5 days and they never used the access pass for Orion at all. Just wanted to make that clear.

 

I was at KI both Friday and Saturday and can vouch for that. That said, CP is still pretty strict about it for the big 3, and less so for Dragster.

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Sounds like too much trouble and not worth it.

 

It's really not. I had great success using the following system each day both during my July trip and the one I just got back from:

 

1. Be there for gate opening, 10:00. This requires arrival at the park at 9:30-9:45 to allow time to go through the temperature screening.

2. Casually stroll back to Steel Vengeance. Even without running, you should be within the first 50 people in line for an Access Pass (hereafter referred to as AP). This Sunday and Monday I was in the 6th group and 1st group respectively, and believe me I was definitely strolling, and stopped for a bathroom break each day.

3. At 11:00 (or slightly before, as I noticed), collect your SV AP...it will definitely be for the noon-1:00 timeslot.

4. Casually stroll to Millennium Force.

5. By the time you arrive, the line should be shorter than it was at 11:00. When you get to the front, show them your Noon SV AP and they should give you a 1:00-2:00 AP for Millennium.

 

From here, it depends whether your visiting on a Saturday or Sunday/weekday.

 

If it's a Sunday or weekday,

6A. Loop around to Dragster, and show them your two previously acquired APs to get one for 2:00-3:00.

7A. Make you way back up to Maverick, and show them your three previously acquired APs to get one for 3:00-4:00.

8A. By this time, it should be around 11:45, and you're right back up near SV to get in line for the Noon AP group.

9A. From there, go about your day as you see fit.

 

If it's a Saturday:

6B. Decide which is more important to you, Maverick or Dragster, and go there and get a pass, again showing your previously acquired passes.

7B. Try to go to the other one and get a pass. Note that they may be all out, in which case you'll need to carefully plan the rest of your day to be back in the area of that ride around 2:45 (when the lines start forming for the 3:30 distribution).

 

Using that system, you're guaranteed a ride on each AP-coaster per day. It works, and really isn't that much of a hassle at all. Depending on other lines, you can try to squeeze some other rides in between your pass times, or just focus on being there at the time for the pass and then do other stuff at the park afterwards.

 

Note that on this past Sunday, Dragster did not have enough of a crowd at some points to require AP use - they were still handing them out, but at both 11:00 and around 1:00 they were not requiring passes to get in line.

 

EDIT: I see now that you're the guy who but doesn't believe a trip to Kennywood is worth it because Steel Curtain isn't operating, and have made similar other "debbie downer" posts, so there probably isn't any changing your mind.

 

Just curious, would it make sense to line up at 10 to instead be the first riders of the day for Steel Vengeance when it opens at 11 rather than queue up for the access pass? I figure I could grab a Steel Vengeance pass afterwards or if they run out that quickly, get one at 3:30.

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Only if you run and get on the first train or three. I found that by leisurely strolling back there, by the time I got there, there was already 30-50 people in the standby line (basically everyone that will run past you after the gate opens). Remember with the reduced capacity there's only a maximum of 12 people per train, and that's if there's no odd-number groups (say 1 or 3 people). The 20-30 minute delay of getting on the ride could negatively affect your ability to get the other passes in the initial drop, which was always my goal.

 

If you do run and get on SV in the first few trains from the initial standby queue, you probaly won't get an AP for it - the line will still be back near the split to go left to Gemini or right to CCMR. If you take 25 minutes to get on and off the ride, you definitely won't get an access pass for it. Don't forget taking time to grab your stuff out of a locker afterwards, fighting the crowds in the locker area.

 

I personally never wanted to have to rely on the second batch, but your mileage may vary. There are approximately 25% less passes given out in the second wave (4-5, 5-6, and 6-7, as opposed to the morning batch of 12-1, 1-2, 2-3, and 3-4). Also remember that if you do manage to grab a pass or two for the other 3 AP rides in the first drop, by the time you get them it will probably be a 2-3 and/or 3-4, right at the time you need to be lining up for the second drop.

 

If you don't care about two of the other 4 rides, or are willing to interrupt your day for the second batch of passes, sure, but for me I'd rather not risk it. It just made more sense to me to grab all four passes early, get on those rides, and then take care of the rest of the park without having to worry about being in the right place at the right time.

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^ Thanks, that makes sense. Since I'm staying at Breakers, I'd have the advantage of the hotel gate to try and beat the crowd back there.

 

I figured Steel Vengeance's access passes would run out quickly, but I didn't realize they'd be gone in 20-25 minutes.

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Didn't even factor in the Resort Gate. Yeah, if you can be at the head of that line and make a brisk jog, that system might work for you....ride SV, then go get the APs for the other rides.

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Didn't even factor in the Resort Gate. Yeah, if you can be at the head of that line and make a brisk jog, that system might work for you....ride SV, then go get the APs for the other rides.

 

Thanks! It seems like the biggest risk with this approach is if Steel Vengeance doesn't open with the park.

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This past Saturday I was roughly 4th in line for TTD passes at 11am. After collecting those, we walked around the back and got SV passes without an issue. Stood in line and got Maverick (they still had fairly decent stacks for a couple time slots). Then, we walked down to MF and got passes there without any issue. Later in the day we handed those passes out to randoms and helped some people out.

 

Getting them wasn't really a problem or struggle if you are in the park at 10.

 

Could have gotten straight into TTD dragster instead of passes but figured we'd collect all passes just in case before we started riding.

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I got in line for Maverick around 10:30 got on and off about 11:10 since they open the ride a few minutes early. then got a maverick, SV after the ride.

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Holy sh*t, they actually opened Windseeker.

 

The did. I rode it this weekend and it was awesome! Only big ride that wasn't open when I was there Sunday and Monday was MaxAir.

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For what it's worth, today I managed 5 rides on Steel Vengeance without getting a single access pass: 4 straight rides between 11 and noon, and one more in the evening (entered the line around 7:10). This did involve sacrificing the morning wave of access passes for the other rides, but I was able to get on TTD, Maverick, and Millennium once each using the afternoon passes.

 

I'd probably still recommend both waves of access passes if it's your first/only visit of the year, but you can definitely lap one specific ride in the morning if that's your preference.

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Without Fastlane two days ago, I managed to ride Steel Vengeance four times (twice with a pass), Maverick twice, Millennium Force twice, and Top Thrill Dragster twice. I also did Gemini, Raptor, GateKeeper, Tiki Twirl, Valravn, Magnum, and Cedar Downs. The only thing I'm bummed that I missed out on was the Sky Ride! The main reason I was able to ride so much was thanks to my mom, who was really nice and went around and got passes for me in the morning while I waited in the SV standby queue. So you'll get the best experience this year if you visit with someone who doesn't want to ride anything and doesn't mind walking miles around the park to wait in lines. (We did get to ride Maverick together. )

 

A few notes about SV: they were still giving out passes when I got off my second ride at about 11:40, so I snagged one at the last minute for 3-4. Also, I really lucked out with a walk on SV ride at 11:35 following the initial wave of people waiting in standby, which took about half an hour. However, by the time I looked into a third lap, the line had extended halfway through the long tunnel. Still short, but no longer a walk on.

 

Also, be aware that the standby queue is always shorter than when people start to use access passes. It seemed like the line thinned out behind us when I got in line for the 1-2 Maverick slot at about 1:40, so it might be worth trying to get something different than 12-1 SV and 1-2 Maverick times, as that may be what the majority of people do.

 

A few other notes

  • Gemini was racing but offsetting trains. One operator would tap the brake to make sure that their side's train would stay behind the other one. It ruined the fun!
  • I wasn't keeping track, but it seemed like Maverick cleaned and cycled empty all of its six trains more than once per hour.
  • Assigned seating makes it easier to ride in the front or back. I did both on all of the rides I got multiple laps on.
  • That being said, you still might have to let people go in front of you for the back row of SV, as they will tell you to go to a different row if you ask for it when someone's there.

A photo dump of some unusual shots follows. I hope that you enjoy it! Overall, I had a great day and was grateful to be given the opportunity to visit on the last Tuesday of the season. The longest line I waited in was just over an hour for SV when I used my access pass at 1:35. Not bad.

 

However, the saddest thing is that the general atmosphere of the park in August feels much less energized than it did last year. Hopefully, we will one day be able to return to a CP that feels like a party every day.

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Light crowds on the midways

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Note the pure mayhem that occurs at the 3:30 pass distribution time. Scooters, guitars, and other things

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MF barely filled a train each cycle with an empty station and queue. If you really like this ride, grab several passes and do a marathon in the second half of the hour!

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Had to get this shot!

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Here's the slight offset of the Gemini trains.

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Tiki Twirl rules.

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Cedar Downs - no thanks to the operator who took ten minutes to start the ride as I guess she was determined to make it the last cycle of the night.

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Band organ is working this year!

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Yep, I used a filter.

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I visited the park today, which extended my streak of visiting Cedar Point at least once every year since 1988. While it was nice to be back in the park, it wasn't a great day because it was just too busy, plus I didn't care for the access pass system.

 

I went with my GF and her little cousin, and after entering through the main gate (can't remember the last time I did that) we hurried over to get in line for SV. After riding that we snagged access passes for SV and Maverick for the 12-1 time block. Maverick was down though at the beginning of the day so we went to Dragster which also did not open right at 11, so we got access passes for the 1-2 time block. Then went over to Millennium Force, but by that time it was noon, so we couldn't ride and had to settle for access passes for the 2-3 time block.

 

We went back to frontier town for our ride on Maverick. Now I was under the impression that we could ride as many times as possible within the time slot on the access pass, but no, once we entered the queue they made you rip up your pass and throw it away... Now why I was under the impression that the pass was good for as many rides as we could fit within that time slot is beyond me.. But when we got off Maverick at 12:50 there was literally nobody in the queue and it would have been a walk on.

 

So we made our way back to SV only to find out the wait was an hour and a half. If we got in line we would miss out time slot for Dragster and probably Millennium Force too. So we passed on a second SV ride.

 

On the way down to Dragster we checked out Gemini and Magnum but both waits were an hour.. no thanks..

 

we got to Dragster right at 1 and the wait was over an hour. So we thought that if we waited and did other things that maybe the line would die down at the end of the hour like Maverick's did and we wouldn't have to wait a long time. So we made our way to Wicked Twister and gatekeeper, walked on WT and waited about 20 minutes and ended up with a front row ride on Gatekeeper. Easily the worst ride I've ever had on gatekeeper. It has become rough... For years this was the smoothest coaster on the planet, but the past 3 years it has gotten less smooth and after today I have to put it in the rough category.

 

We made our way back to Dragster and the wait time had become longer than before. If we got in line we would miss our window for Millennium Force. So since I have ridden both over a million times I let my GF's cousin pick which one she wanted to ride and she picked Dragster. We waited close to 2 hours for it.

 

After Dragster we went back to Gemini and Magnum, those lines were now an hour and a half, and an hour and a quarter... what is this, July of 1990??? We looked at Rougarou and Iron Dragon on the app, an hour each.. And if those waits are long, Valravn and Raptor are going to be longer, which they were. I looked at Skyhawk and it was posting a 40 min wait... at this point reality set in that the wait times were just too long to enjoy the park. So at about 3pm we called it a day...

 

That really goes to show how important early entry is. On the busiest of summer days (or Halloweekends) with early entry and no fast lane I can ride every coaster by 3-4pm. Today we only rode 5. So BTW, speaking of fast lane, I wish the park would sell a very limited amount like Kings Island is doing. I would have easily dropped $400-$500 on FL+ for all 3 of us if it meant no waiting.

 

And what is the point of the access passes if you can't use them all because the wait times force you to choose one or the other? Why not just do what KI is doing and have people enter the queue whenever they want and social distance.. Maybe with more people in the queue they think it will be harder to enforce? They weren't doing that great of a job with it anyways..

 

I had to be "that guy" a few times and tell people to not be right on top of us. This one older couple I had to tell twice to give us more room. I actually got snippy and pointed to the markings on the floor and said "how hard is it to stand here" And I told them that I teach PE to 1st graders (which I actually haven't taught elementary in years...) and that they can follow similar directions better than you grown adults... I actually hope parks keep the social distancing in queues when and if the virus isn't a threat anymore. It was really nice not being boxed in for 2 hours while waiting in line.

 

Obviously I understand this is a special time, and I really am thankful that the park is doing their best to open. I realize I just picked a bad day to go...

 

On a positive note I thought the park was really well staffed. All the coasters were open and based on what I saw they were all running at full capacity. All the major flats were open as well as the sky ride. Gemini was running both sides but not racing. I wonder if that was done on purpose to avoid guests slapping hands?? Most of the refill stations were open. At Hugo's they now slice the personal pizza for you (they didn't last year). All the gift shops were open. Obviously some things were closed, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it can be within the first month of a normal operating season.

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Sorry to hear your day didn't work out all that well.

 

When you got the second and subsequent APs, did you show them the ones you already had so that they would give you a different time, as I had mentioned in my strategy?

 

I too encountered some groups that would continually encroach upon my distancing. My strategy was to ask them once, and when they'd inevitably do it again, just let them go ahead of me and crowd on someone else.

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Yes I had access passes for different times with the exception of Maverick and SV. We had already rode SV right when the park opened so that wasn't a big deal. I had Dragster from 1-2, and MF from 2-3.

 

The problem was that at 1 the Dragster wait was an hour. When I got off Maverick there was next to nobody in line so my thinking was that maybe that would be the case with Dragster if we waited and did some other things. Then we wouldn't have to wait long for Dragster, and we got in Wicked Twister and Gatekeeper. But the Dragster line was still long at 1:45ish.

 

Looking back we should have waited the hour for Dragster at 1 and then we could have got in line for MF around 2:30ish at the latest. Then we would have gotten on the big 4 and could have hit as many other coasters as possible. But that would have been a ton of waiting as everything was at least an hour+ wait by then.

 

It was like visiting on a Saturday in July without fast lane and I avoid those days like the plague. But I hadn't been to the park yet this year and I was reading/hearing positive things about the access pass system.

 

I didn't miss out on anything because I've been on everything in this park so many times. But I'm having trouble understanding the reasoning behind not selling fast lane and implementing the access pass system. Maybe it's a decent system for days that aren't so busy. IDK...

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