Last Sunday our family had a blast checking out Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio as well as staying over night in one of their hotels. If you have never heard of Cedar Point before than you definitely don’t know what you’re missing. They are most commonly known as the roller coaster capital of the world with 16 coasters where you can go as fast as 120 mph and drop 80 degrees! But what most people don’t know is that Cedar Point offers so much more than roller coasters. They have tons of thrill rides, water rides, plus rides for the little ones in your group. Not to mention all the great dining and live shows. Our entire family had a great time…. yes, even pregger me and two year old Kaelyn as you will see. The girls were practically bursting with excitement as we drove into the park.
From past experience at Cedar Point I knew that the biggest, fastest roller coasters always had a rather long wait…. the waits are definitely worth it, but since Alleigh, Kaelyn, and I couldn’t ride these rides I didn’t want the majority of our day to be spent waiting for Dustin and my sister to ride them. And so I began checking out the Cedar Point website well before our visit to see if there were any options to avoid the long lines. I was very happy to find two different options and though a little pricey if you want to pack as much riding fun as possible these are definitely options you will want to check out.
The Fast Lane is a great option because it can be purchased as low as $50 per person in groups of four or more in addition to park admission. The Fast Lane gives these guests access to separate ride entrances which give them a wait time of typically 15 minutes or less. I have talked to a few people that have purchased Fast Lane passes and they never waited more than 5 minutes to get on the rides included which include the best coasters!
Another option is the V.I.P. Tour which will give you access to the rides with little to no waiting time plus receive personal attention that you just can’t get other wise. The price for the V.I.P. Tour is $375 per person with a 2 person minimum and 8 person maximum. It includes the following: Personal VIP escort for your group to take you up the exit of rides, Call ahead seating at many of Cedar Point’s restaurants, VIP seating for many of Cedar Point’s live entertainment, and Preferred Parking when purchase in advance.
Dustin and Courtney had the pleasure of enjoying both of these options while we checked out the park. When we first arrived we were greeted by Cedar Point Marketing Assistant Brooke who gave us a taste of the V.I.P. tour by showing Dustin and Courtney up the exits of three of their favorite coasters and directly to the front seat including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, and Maverick. After this they were given Fast Lane passes to enjoy the rest of the day. They loved the special treatment of riding in the front seat!
After Dustin and Courtney had their fill of roller coasters for the time being we headed over to Camp Snoopy where even Alleigh and Kaelyn could ride almost every ride as long as they were accompanied by a responsible adult – thank goodness for Dustin and Courtney, hehe. Most of the time I would snap a few pictures of them enjoying a ride and then find a nice shady spot to rest my big pregnant belly until they were ready to move to their next attraction. I was very pleased to find so many naturally shady spots as well as benches covered with canopies over top of them.
Camp Snoopy almost seemed like a hidden treasure that day as the girls never had to wait to get on a ride more than a few minutes. Which goes to show that most people don’t realize there are lots of fun things for little ones to do at Cedar Point too. I know when I had visited in previous years – before kiddos joined our family – that I hadn’t noticed these areas of the park and instead stuck to the big thrill rides, roller coasters, and water rides. But I am so glad they have these options for the little ones as well because they definitely had a blast running from ride to ride to ride to ride, hehe.
We also checked out some rides in other areas of the park including the Gemini Jr. which was Alleigh’s second roller coast ever after the Woodstock Express. I couldn’t believe the girls rode Monster with Dustin and Courtney. And I even got to enjoy the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad!
And that’s just a small taste of what Cedar Point has to offer. If you decide to visit you will also want to take advantage of all the live entertainment, water rides, Dinosaurs Alive!, Soak City Water Park, Luminosity, and lots more.
And just remember that Cedar Point is fun for the entire family – not just those tall enough to ride the roller coasters. Though I can’t wait to head back up once little Willow has made her debut so I can ride some of those awesome coasters with Dustin too. I’m thinking a trip during HalloWeekends would be a ton of fun.
Very soon I will write another post to tell you all about our stay at one of the Cedar Point hotels – so keep an eye out for that too!