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First trip to Cedar Point

Postby jmb02 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:03 pm

Hey guys, my wife and I are finally planning our first trip to Cedar Point and we have a lot of question...
First of all we are planning to stay at the cedar points express hotel. We have a three day park hopper purchased already, my questions are do you recommend purchasing a front of line pass? Is it worth it? Also about the food options, besides breakfast which is included, do you recommend the food pass? We are frequent flyers to Disneyland and Knott’s and the occasional Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. What kind of environment does the park have? Are there any night shows were should make time to see or is it more of a SFMM type? Also lines... obviously Steel Vengeance will have expected lines but what other rides should we aim for first?? Thank you in advance!

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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby coasterbill » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:14 am

A lot of these questions are based on your own personal preferences obviously but I want to pop in real quick and stress that since you're staying on property you'll be able to enter the park one hour early every day and you should absolutely get there for the start of early entry and take advantage of this perk.

Steel Vengeance, GateKeeper, Maverick, Millennium Force and Valravn will all be open for Early Entry and since you'll be there for 3 days you can try a few different early entry strategies.

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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby robbalvey » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:16 pm

I'll be honest, we only get out to Cedar Point every couple of years, and when we go, we usually go with a group and stay on-site at Breakers. We ALWAYS ALWAYS get the front of the line pass. That being said, a lot of your other questions can probably better be answered by people who frequent the park more than we do so I'm going to move this into the main forum.

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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby bert425 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:41 pm

I went last year for the first time (during Coastermania! too) you are gonna have a blast.

in terms of food, I don't know that I'd go for the dining Pass, tho Bill did buy it and we shared for 1 day, but honestly I thought the majority of the offerings were only so-so (tho the sit down barfood by Blue Streak . . was that a Chickie and Peete's?. . .was decent).

The food at Melt! was good too, and a good qty for the price, but there was quite the line, as the place is popular.

I thought we had better meals outside of the park itself. . in particular at the Bar-B-Que place just off the marina entrance, and the TGI Friday's & Coffeeshop places at Hotel Breakers (by the Magnum entrance).

nothing in the park was terrible tho, and If you'll eat enough to make it wroth your while, might be worth your time.

As Robb said, you'll get way better advice from those that have been more than just the once I have been, but I will offer 2 recommendations:

1) go into the Museum in Frontier Town. . not only is it super interesting, and has a lot of CP history, but if you tell them at the counter it's your first visit, you might get a nifty free souvenir

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2) don't be fooled by Cedar Downs looking like a simple carousel. Give it a spin.
It's hella fun, and easily my favorite flat in the park :)

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have a great time!
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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby bert425 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:46 pm

oh, and although I didn't do any shows, from what I heard, they were decent-good (I just was more focused on the midways/rides).

I'd say majority of the park is very Major Theme Park-ish (not themed to the levels of Disney, or BGW), with multiple wide concrete midways thruout the park

. . with the two main exceptions being Camp Snoopy (nicely themed), and a beautiful section on the West side that's a wooded path/area from Millennium Force going back to Frontier Town -- not only themed very well, but also has an entire petting zoo section with some neat animals. . that whole area doesn't even feel like you're in a Theme Park.
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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:15 pm

jmb02 wrote:Hey guys, my wife and I are finally planning our first trip to Cedar Point and we have a lot of question...
First of all we are planning to stay at the cedar points express hotel. We have a three day park hopper purchased already, my questions are do you recommend purchasing a front of line pass? Is it worth it? Also about the food options, besides breakfast which is included, do you recommend the food pass? We are frequent flyers to Disneyland and Knott’s and the occasional Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. What kind of environment does the park have? Are there any night shows were should make time to see or is it more of a SFMM type? Also lines... obviously Steel Vengeance will have expected lines but what other rides should we aim for first?? Thank you in advance!

If you're going to be there for 3 days, I wouldn't pre-purchase the fastlane. See how crowds are; if it's super busy, get it, but if not, your Early Entry may give you enough rides on the really busy coasters. The super popular ones tend to be the ones on Early Entry, while others like Iron Dragon and Gemini don't usually have lines that are too bad. You can totally ride the Early Entry ones a lot early, then ride the less popular ones throughout the day. However, if it's really busy on the days you go, even the less popular rides might have an hour line--they're still the shortest lines, just all the lines are absurd. In those cases, get the Fastlane and enjoy your day.

To put it in SoCal terms, it's Magic Mountain, with the friendliness of Knott's, the operations of Disneyland, and food quality of Magic Mountain. They do have the Luminosity show that's pretty cool at park closing. Nothing close to what Disney does, but it's nice. Also, if you're in line when the park closes, you will get to ride. So get in line for something awesome like Millennium Force about 5 minutes before closing and have a high note to end your day.
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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby roflstomper » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:16 pm

jmb02 wrote:Hey guys, my wife and I are finally planning our first trip to Cedar Point and we have a lot of question...
First of all we are planning to stay at the cedar points express hotel. We have a three day park hopper purchased already, my questions are do you recommend purchasing a front of line pass? Is it worth it? Also about the food options, besides breakfast which is included, do you recommend the food pass? We are frequent flyers to Disneyland and Knott’s and the occasional Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. What kind of environment does the park have? Are there any night shows were should make time to see or is it more of a SFMM type? Also lines... obviously Steel Vengeance will have expected lines but what other rides should we aim for first?? Thank you in advance!


I stayed at Cedar Point Express last year and it was great. Nice, updated and clean. Not sure when you're going but I went first week of June for 2 days and didn't need express passes. Maverick was 45 min at peak (but we rode is 4-5 times in the morning during early entry) and Dragster was half an hour at most points. Gatekeeper/Raptor/MF/Valravn/Magnum were all 20ish or less 90 percent of the time. If you are going during a peak time, if it were me, I would have no qualms about spending the extra money for a platinum express pass due to the unlimited nature of the riding. I have no experience with the food pass. Luminosity was not showing the week I was there so I can't speak to it's quality. I recommend that if its open and the wait is reasonable always take your opportunity to get on Dragster, I did that one time skipping if "for later". It closed for the day and I didn't get on it. Cedar Point is also immaculate in it's cleanliness and care for the rides. They are a beauty just to look at. Park doesn't have the overall charm and themeing of other parks but makes up for it in many other ways. The views are incredible, there's a cute little petting zoo and the custard is really good.

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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby robbalvey » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:41 pm

roflstomper wrote:Not sure when you're going but I went first week of June for 2 days and didn't need express passes. Maverick was 45 min at peak. Gatekeeper/Raptor/MF/Valravn/Magnum were all 20ish or less 90 percent of the time.

I'm sorry but IMO this is absoultely terrible advice!!! How can you tell someone NOT to get the front of the line pass when you just said the lines could have still been 45 minutes??? And even those three rides you just mentioned at 20ish minutes means if they rode all three they would have waited an hour. And with the express pass that would cut that time by more than 1/2.

Also was the visit you're talking about your 'first ever visit" to the park?

I would never ever tell someone who is going to Cedar Point for the first time ever not to get the front of the line pass. The amount of time you can save, even if the lines are only 20-30 minutes each on average, adds up very quickly and equals a LOT of time.

That's time you can spend riding MORE things, taking your day at a more relaxed pace, having extra time to not rush a meal, and overall just enjoying the park.

Even having three days at the park I would still get the Fast Lane Plus pass to ensure that you can get everything in and as much as you'd like. We are going to be at the park later this year for 2 days and we'll have the FL+ pass both days. I couldn't imagine doing that park without it no matter how many days I'm there.

Just imagine being at Disneyland and having an instant FastPass for everything you want to do. That's what their FastLane pass is like.

Please don't listen to people that try to tell you not to get the front of the line pass because getting it, even if lines are only 20-30 minutes will GREATLY increase the quality of your day.
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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby coasterlvr » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:06 pm

jmb02 wrote:Hey guys, my wife and I are finally planning our first trip to Cedar Point and we have a lot of question...
First of all we are planning to stay at the cedar points express hotel. We have a three day park hopper purchased already, my questions are do you recommend purchasing a front of line pass? Is it worth it? Also about the food options, besides breakfast which is included, do you recommend the food pass? We are frequent flyers to Disneyland and Knott’s and the occasional Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. What kind of environment does the park have? Are there any night shows were should make time to see or is it more of a SFMM type? Also lines... obviously Steel Vengeance will have expected lines but what other rides should we aim for first?? Thank you in advance!


unless you go the last week of august, my 2 cents is to always get the Fast Lane passes. you'll get a lot of extra time to either, take in the entire park, water park, or re-ride everything. i can't see doing cedar point without them, especially when traveling all the way from So Cal.

environment? weather? people?

what ride to aim for first? the closest one. lol for me, i like to ride, ride, ride. for the big rides, i like to do them more than once when i'm near them. cedar point is a big park. i think it's like 1 mile from front gate to steel vengeance. so i think walking back and forth between rides is wasting time.
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Re: First trip to Cedar Point

Postby AndrewA86 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:16 pm

Hey guys, my wife and I are finally planning our first trip to Cedar Point and we have a lot of question...
First of all we are planning to stay at the cedar points express hotel. We have a three day park hopper purchased already, my questions are do you recommend purchasing a front of line pass? Is it worth it?


I've been going to CP 25-30 times a year for the past 15 years or so, so I'm a pretty old veteran of the park...

Like someone else said, since you are staying at a Cedar Point hotel you will be allowed early entry. You should 100% take advantage of that.

I always recommend fast lane plus to people from out of town unless you are going between May 14th and 17th, or August 27th to the 30th. Even if you will be there for 3 days I still recommend it because if it were me I would want to ensure that I have the best time possible. And unless you get fast lane you will most likely be waiting a lot more than you are riding. If you're going to be there on Fri, Sat, and/or Sun then you definitely need it... Las year I probably got FL+ 15 times on my 30 or so visits.

Also, 2 of the better rides in the park, Maverick, and Top Thrill Dragster are not very reliable. So even if you're there for 3 days, those rides could be down for 2 of them. So you would come all this way to only get on each once or twice. If you don't want to spend the money for FL+ all 3 days if I were you I would get fast lane plus that first day and marathon the hell out of Maverick, TTD, Valravn, and Steel Vengeance. Then the next day use the early entry to hit those 4 again, and use the rest of the day plus the next day to hit everything else. Plus you would still have early entry on the 3rd day.



Also about the food options, besides breakfast which is included, do you recommend the food pass?


Even though your breakfast is included (at the hotel I'm guessing) I highly highly highly recommend Berardi's Family Restaurant at 1019 West Perkins Ave in town. It's the absolute best breakfast. http://www.sanduskyberardis.com/menu/

As far as the food pass, I wouldn't get it. There are some decent options, like Pink's, but I usually pack a couple coolers with food from home and drinks. I've never bought the dining plan until this year, so when the park opens up I will be trying a bunch of different places and I can get back to you on that.



We are frequent flyers to Disneyland and Knott’s and the occasional Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. What kind of environment does the park have? Are there any night shows were should make time to see or is it more of a SFMM type?


I've never been to Disney, or Knotts, or SFMM, so I can't compare CP to any of those places. With that said, I think CP has a great environment. It's very clean, very pretty with the location on a peninsula, and the landscaping is great. The ride operations are first class.



Also lines... obviously Steel Vengeance will have expected lines but what other rides should we aim for first?? Thank you in advance



I hit on this a little bit above, but with SV in the picture this year it's very hard to give advice on what order to do the park in. Without FL+, the way I would always do the park, after early entry is over and the GP are starting to enter the park is to hit TTD first, then work my way counterclockwise with Magnum, Gemini, etc... But with SV that might not be the best way to go anymore. My advice is to just get FL+ so you don't have to worry about what order you do things in and you can just enjoy yourself...

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