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I know its a little far away, but I planned a trip up to Cedar Point on August 20th & 21st, which is a Wednesday and Thursday, and I was wondering, what should I expect crowd-wise considering it's in the middle of the week in late-ish August? We are staying at Castaway Bay so we get early entry - hopefully that will help us to get on more rides... Thanks guys!

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^ Kay...just checking!

 

I assume that you have stayed at Bayshore Estates KOA before?

 

If so, I'm curious to know how loud the trains are there?

 

We stayed at the Motel 6 last weekend (being on a limited budget after recent trips, I settled for it despite the fact that I don't care for the room layouts & designs) and there were trains rolling by just about every 15 minutes....all night long!

 

Even with the a/c & fan blasting, there was no way that you couldn't hear the trains rolling by. Being that there is a road intersection very near the hotel, of course they blew there horns every time one went through.

 

We really don't like the selection of hotels around CP so we decided to try the campground:)

It was our first time staying there so we didn't know what to expect.

 

Overall we loved it! We both love to camp and this place was really cool! You can choose from a site with an electric box or none and we got the one with electric to charge our phones. They have a cool playground for kids and a pool as well. They had showers and restrooms as well, and each site has a fire ring and a picnic table.

 

As for the trains, we could hear them, but it was barely there. I think I only noticed them before we went to sleep and when we woke up. (nothing to keep you up at night) Plus the crackling of campfires was nice to sleep to:)

 

I think we found our place to stay when we go up again! We loved it!

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I'm thinking about taking a return trip to the point this Thursday and Friday. My wife and I were planning on going to KI, but it looks like it will be jam packed with people from the Spirit Song Festival. Are there any special events going on in the park that are going to pack it full like KI?

 

Thanks.

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^On the topic of the Breakers...

Do any if you think the Breakers is just really overpriced? Yes, I understand it is all about location and convenience, but I would imagine most people staying for less than a few days aren't going to be spending much time in the hotel anyway. I recently booked a two day/two night stay at Breakers Express for three people under $450, which is significantly less than what I would pay at Breakers. Also, the last time I went to the Point, I also stayed one night at Breakers Express on July 4th weekend- it was not very crowded at all. I would have expected it to be nearly sold out that time of year. I don't know, maybe people value the ability to walk to the gates rather than drive a half mile more than I thought. What do you think?

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So what does everyone think of the Breakers renovations so far? The outside seems to look very good! The renderings in the lobby seem to show a lot of improvements coming! Can't wait to see what happens within the year!

 

I'm surprised how much work on the outside of the building still remains and is occurring now with guests in the hotel. Typically, I'd expect a hotel in the midst of renovation with scaffolding everywhere to have lowered prices or at least warn guests that the rooms may have obstructions and things of the like. Cedar Point is gonna Cedar Point tho'. End results of those sections they've done look good. Improvements look solid, but I'm surprised by how many rooms they're ditching. Also, with just concept art, I have to wonder - will employees still be living in what could be choice accommodations in the rotunda?

 

Do any if you think the Breakers is just really overpriced? Yes, I understand it is all about location and convenience,

 

You answered your own question. No one thinks Breakers is really worth the money as a hotel. Because of its location though, the convenience factor ends up being worth it for me simply because everything else is terrible in Sandusky. I'd stay at the Fairfield Inn out on 250 if it wasn't $180/nt before taxes, but since Breakers is actually cheaper and far more convenient, that's where I end up staying. The only alternative in my mind is not going at all and visiting somewhere else.

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I would never even consider staying at Hotel Breakers just because of their price point in relation to the price points of other hotels in the area but a lot of that has to do with how I visit parks. If you're the type of person that likes to take breaks from the park and hang out by the pool for awhile then Breakers is great. We usually get to the park for Early Entry and don't leave until about 11:00 since we usually get in line for something with a long line right before closing. When we get to the hotel all we do is shower and go to sleep. In the morning we get up, grab a few things from the continental breakfast and go.

 

Because of that we always stay at Super 8 Milan / Sandusky near the Ohio Turnpike. It's clean, the beds are comfortable and since all we do in the room is sleep we don't need anything more than that... because of how affordable hotels are in the area it's $43 a night (2 adults 1 room) on Kayak. Hotel Breakers is $250 a night for the same room with no lake view and it's not like it's a luxury hotel either. That's over $200 more per night and over the course of a 3 day weekend when we normally go ($129 versus $750... are you kidding me?) A 15 minute drive isn't that big of an inconvenience.

 

When we go to parks we're always exhausted afterwards. Because of that my only requirement with hotels is that they're clean and that you can get a good night's sleep.

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I would never even consider staying at Hotel Breakers just because of their price point in relation to the price points of other hotels in the area but a lot of that has to do with how I visit parks. If you're the type of person that likes to take breaks from the park and hang out by the pool for awhile then Breakers is great. We usually get to the park for Early Entry and don't leave until about 11:00 since we usually get in line for something with a long line right before closing. When we get to the hotel all we do is shower and go to sleep. In the morning we get up, grab a few things from the continental breakfast and go.

 

Because of that we always stay at Super 8 Milan / Sandusky near the Ohio Turnpike. It's clean, the beds are comfortable and since all we do in the room is sleep we don't need anything more than that... because of how affordable hotels are in the area it's $43 a night (2 adults 1 room) on Kayak. Hotel Breakers is $250 a night for the same room with no lake view and it's not like it's a luxury hotel either. That's over $200 more per night and over the course of a 3 day weekend when we normally go ($129 versus $750... are you kidding me?) A 15 minute drive isn't that big of an inconvenience.

 

When we go to parks we're always exhausted afterwards. Because of that my only requirement with hotels is that they're clean and that you can get a good night's sleep.

 

totally agree with everything you wrote. I stayed at the renovated Motel 6 Huron opening weekend for $37 a nite.

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If you're the type of person that likes to take breaks from the park and hang out by the pool for awhile then Breakers is great.

 

Yeah, this. If you're the kind of person who isn't picky and doesn't plan to leave the park once you've arrived, then go for something cheaper on the outskirts. I don't do 13/14 hour theme park visits any more. If you can, more power to you.

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My family and I went this past late May/June and we have stayed at Breakers for the last several years. Yeah, its dated, but the location and convenience to the park, at least for us, is worth it. We always take breaks during the day to come back and take a snooze and recharge, so for us, it works.

 

We did, however, get a sneak peak at the new rooms. There were, at the time, 2 of the rooms on the first floor, right off of the lobby, that were completely renovated as models for the rest of the hotel. While walking past them one afternoon, the door was wide open. We peeked our heads in, not wanting to intrude. As we did this, a construction worker walked by and asked if we wanted to check out the whole room. We said YES! We didn't want to take any pics, as we weren't sure if he was supposed to be letting us in, but we did go in and check them out. They are REALLY, really nice. New carpeting, a/c, wallpaper, furniture. It's great. Really bright and welcoming and completely feels like a room that would be at a beach resort. All white furniture, with nice headboards with a pic of the Giant Wheel at the headboard.

 

Needless to say, we can't wait to stay in them again next year!

 

-=CoasterBP

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^That does sound more like what you'd expect at CP for a room at such a price. Hopefully they don't hike the prices too much.

As for myself, I decided to book at Breakers Express as I said previously mostly because of the early entry. The room averaged about $95/night for three people excluding tickets. With free parking ($15/day) and early entry, also knowing before hand the rooms will be clean, to me it's worth the extra $50 more than the bargain motels in the area. I could never bring myself to pay over $200/night on site as I'll likely be at the park from early entry to close.

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The rooms have already received a new wall long valance and curtains. New paint, toiletries, and A/C. The A/C does not put out like the old ones, the A/C on high is not even equal to the low setting on the old ones. Its digital and goes no lower than 68. I'm glad i always bring a high output fan to circulate the air and to drown out neighbor and hallway noise.

 

The exterior looks great! Should have looked like this from the very start! Looking forward to the finished product!

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Rendering in the hotel lobby

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Rendering in the hotel lobby

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New A/C in the hallway of Breakers East!

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^ Kay...just checking!

 

I assume that you have stayed at Bayshore Estates KOA before?

 

If so, I'm curious to know how loud the trains are there?

 

We stayed at the Motel 6 last weekend (being on a limited budget after recent trips, I settled for it despite the fact that I don't care for the room layouts & designs) and there were trains rolling by just about every 15 minutes....all night long!

 

Even with the a/c & fan blasting, there was no way that you couldn't hear the trains rolling by. Being that there is a road intersection very near the hotel, of course they blew there horns every time one went through.

 

We really don't like the selection of hotels around CP so we decided to try the campground:)

It was our first time staying there so we didn't know what to expect.

 

That's good to know about the trains. As soon as I buy my rv, I will most likely be staying there!

 

Overall we loved it! We both love to camp and this place was really cool! You can choose from a site with an electric box or none and we got the one with electric to charge our phones. They have a cool playground for kids and a pool as well. They had showers and restrooms as well, and each site has a fire ring and a picnic table.

 

As for the trains, we could hear them, but it was barely there. I think I only noticed them before we went to sleep and when we woke up. (nothing to keep you up at night) Plus the crackling of campfires was nice to sleep to:)

 

I think we found our place to stay when we go up again! We loved it!

 

That's good to know about the trains & other amenities, thanks!

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Finally checked out All Wheels Extreme. Haven't seen it in previous years so not sure how it compares - but it was a fun little 20 minute show. If you need a break or are looking for something a little different to do it's worth checking out. Here's a few pics from the show...

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I'm heading to Cedar Point for the first time tomorrow. How will the lines be on a Friday? And we were looking to park in the parking lot near Gemini. Is it worth it? Finally, I'm a little hesitant to ride Mantis due too all of the hate it gets. Should I not worry about it? Is it a good ride?

 

Thank you to whoever answers.

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How will the lines be on a Friday? And we were looking to park in the parking lot near Gemini. Is it worth it? Finally, I'm a little hesitant to ride Mantis due too all of the hate it gets. Should I not worry about it? Is it a good ride?

1. Busy, but nothing too awful. 60-75 minutes at most I would think.

2. If you're talking about the parking lot:

 

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Then hell yes it is. Very close to the Magnum/Resort entrance and many people mistake it as employee parking, so it isn't always full. However, you won't get the "magical" feeling that the Main Entrance gives to some people with Gatekeeper towering over.

3. Ride it anyways if the line is 20 min or less. Get the credit and move on if you think you'll hate it. For me, it is not, but some people like Standups.

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Finally, I'm a little hesitant to ride Mantis due too all of the hate it gets. Should I not worry about it? Is it a good ride?

Mantis isn't TERRIBLE (Mean Streak is terrible) it's actually kinda fun in a "I can't believe how rough this thing actually is" kind of way. You should definitely ride it all things considered.

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