How do you plan a perfect trip to CP?

Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:34 AM
Well I am going to CP on June 20-23 and which hotel is the best for rates and how can I get discounted tickets? My family of 3 is going on Fri. and Sat., are these days crowded? We live 5 1/2 hours away and we want to make the most of our time. Do you guys have any tips or tricks to get the most out of CP? Thanks for your help!

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Hypersonic where are you?

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:38 AM

Take a look at Coasterbuzz's sister site....

Guide To The Point.

There is a full section there on making the most of your trip to CP.

Enjoy

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 11:10 AM

I would try and avoid Sat. at all cost. The lines for everything seem to double that day.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 3:25 PM

The fact that you are visiting earlier in the year makes things a bit better - I certainly wouldn't plan on visiting at all on weekends in July or August (when the lines are unbearably long). Nonetheless, Hotel Breakers is the best hotel on site and usually offers packages featuring rooms as well as entrance tickets to the park and Soak City. These special packages are usually only available through June and the room availability is limited, so hurry up and make your reservation. The packages are a very good value.

Breakers Express, the newest "hotel" (actually it's more of a motel) at the Point, probably offers the cheapest accomodations, and will likely have vacancies if booked now. A word of warning, though, both Breakers' Express and its neighbor hotel, the Radisson Harbour Inn (also a park-owned property) are not located on the peninsula, and you are not permitted to walk the causeway to get to the park. The drive is about 1 minute, though, so it's a minor inconvenience (you would have to pay for two days of parking, though [$8 per day] - guests of the Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, and Lighthouse Point do not have to pay for parking.)

I would strongly recommend the Breakers - it's one of the oldest and largest hotels in Ohio (in fact, it may be the largest, which is amazing since it is really only open for half of the year), and you can really get the best overall feeling for Cedar Point by staying there. The Rotunda and Reception Hall are very cool.

Also, if you decide to take a break from the fine Cedar Point cuisine (it does get old after a while), I would strongly recommend Damon's across the bay in downtown Sandusky. It offers great food (a bit cheaper than the park's) and a unbeatable view of Cedar Point. You might want to eat there when you first arrive in Sandusky to get your family all revved up about your visit to the best park in America.

I think I missed my calling as a travel agent.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 3:41 PM

coasterfreak05 said:
Well I am going to CP on June 20-23 and which hotel is the best for rates and how can I get discounted tickets? My family of 3 is going on Fri. and Sat., are these days crowded? We live 5 1/2 hours away and we want to make the most of our time. Do you guys have any tips or tricks to get the most out of CP? Thanks for your help!

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Hypersonic where are you?



Saturday is the most crowded of them all....go during the weekday!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 5:47 PM

You can't beat the on-point hotels for convenience, but if you are on a budget, there are also numerous hotels in Sandusky. One to avoid is the Howard Johnson's on Cleveland Road. Other than that one, I have stayed in the Sleep Inn and the Comfort Inn on Milan Rd. by Applebees. Both of them are reasonably priced, have continental breakfast, and are clean. Nothing special, but good enough for me. I've also heard that the Econolodge on Cleveland Rd by the causeway is good.

As far as the best ticket deal, if you are going for two days, the Ride and Slide Ticket ($59) is your best bet. It allows you into Cedar Point and Soak City for two days. Someone mentioned that you can get them for $54 at either Tops or Meijers (both grocery stores on Milan Rd. (US 250)).

If you can at all avoid going on a Saturday, do it. A Sunday-Monday trip would most likely get you significantly more rides and less waiting. To make the most of your day, I recommend getting to the park early and going to the marina gate and running with the bulls to Millennium Force. You should be on and off within 30 minutes. After that, head straight for the back of the park which usually takes a while to fill up. You can ride Magnum, Gemini, Mean Streak, Mine Ride, etc very quickly in the morning. Wait until late afternoon (4 or 5PM) to hit Raptor and evening to hit Mantis and Power Tower as their line always shortens.

I'm also an advocate of leaving the park around 3PM when its hot and busy and going somewhere in town to eat. There are plenty of places to go including Applebees, Fridays, Chet and Matts, Chilis, etc. Then you'll come back to the park and find many people heading out for the day, temperatures cooling off, and a whole night of riding ahead of you. I hope you have a good time! :)

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-Matt
2001 Magnum Crew

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 7:15 PM

MDOmnis said:

...Chet and Matts... -----------------

My favorite place to eat, ANY WHERE!!!

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Yesterday is history, tomorrow's a mystery, and today is a gift and that's why it is called the present.


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Thursday, May 30, 2002 7:21 PM

The perfect trip would involve going in early May LOL.

You have the World's greatest amusement park all too yourself.

Remeber that for next year ;)

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 7:26 PM

Thanks for the feedback but, I think I have to go on Saturday. Can you give me idea of the lines on Sat and what to ride first and what so? O yeah while this is on my mind...how much is a 20 oz @ CP? At PKD it was 2.75! Ludacris! I am so excited now and I need my airtime goodness now. How many people auctally stay until the 11 pm close? Have you guys been there to see many people leave or is it the same? I plan on staying as long as I can.

Thanks

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Hypersonic where are you?

*** This post was edited by coasterfreak05 on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 7:36 PM

Lines at CP move better than anywhere, but they can get long in the summer. The queue structures are huge. I'd say you can expect 45 minutes for Magnum in the middle of the day on a Saturday (probably less than 15 in the morning and at night). I gave you a bit of strategy up above. Basically, get to MF early (gates will open at 9 on Saturday), then go to the back of the park and work your way forward. Ride Raptor in the late afternoon and Mantis in the evening. Raptor in the morning is usually very busy and Mantis has a slow moving line. Power Tower also usually has a much shorter line in the evening.

Also, about the soda prices - I am sorry to say that as of right now, they are 3 bucks. Way out of line to me, but maybe if no one buys them, they'll drop it by the time you visit... :)

-Matt
2001 Magnum Crew

*** This post was edited by MDOmnis on 5/30/2002. ***

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Friday, May 31, 2002 3:41 AM
Stay at the Sandcastle and ask if you can stay in the Magnum wing.................hehe Magnum right out your window, it's great!

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
-Patrick

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Friday, May 31, 2002 4:21 AM
Best day I ever had - mid-May with a high temp of 50! It was more comfortable than a summer day and I never waited more than 30 minutes all day - and that 30 was for the front seat of MF!
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Friday, May 31, 2002 4:52 PM
Best strategy is forget MF in the morning, go to Maggie and ride about 5 times with no line then hit Gemeni, no line, MS, No line, CCMR, no line, and by the time you get to Millie you'll only wait about an hour. Then hit Mantis, Raptor, Wicked Twister and the rest as you see fit. This strategy has never failed for me and you get to get some trimless rides on Maggie and Gemeni, priceless. You don't have to worry about getting ran over in the running of the Bulls that way either.

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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?

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