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"I was born and raised in Sandusky Ohio (one hour…"
I was born and raised in Sandusky Ohio (one hour west of Cleveland), the home of Cedar Point. I also worked there in the summers, and have intimate knowledge of how to get to CP, survive your stay, and enjoy yourself at America's Rockin' Roller Coast!
Getting there: Flying into Cleveland Hopkins Airport is the easiest way to get to CP from an international destination. The airport has plenty of rental cars, or you can contact local limo companies like Gatsby Transportation - for about 100 USD you can get a limo to pick you up in Cleveland and drive you the hour to your hotel in Cedar Point. During summer traffic, to not have to drive after a 12 hour flight is well worth the cost.
Staying there: I firmly recommend that international guests stay at a Cedar Point hotel. CP has a large assortment or accomodations at various pricings, from high end spa resorts to camping! Not only can you get discounts on tickets when you stay at a CP location, you can also get specials like getting into the park an hour before the general public, or being able to stay late. You also can avoid the sheer Hell of having to drive out of CP when the night is over. This is all about making your stay as stress free as possible.
Saving cash on food: Okay, here's where you need to shop around. CP food is notoriously expensive (4 dollars for one grilled corn on the cob is ridiculous!), but you can avoid it by heading to one of the local grocery stores and getting some simple cold cut sandwiches, soda, etc, and packing it in a cheap cooler. The coolers can be kept in the front picnic area. It's a basic code of conduct that no one messes with anyone else's cooler, but if you are worried, you can duct tape the cooler shut. You can hit the rides, eat when you are peckish (versus waiting forever in lines for overpriced food), and head back out at your leisure. If you do have to eat, hit the eatieries at the back of the park - they tend to be slightly cheaper than the front of park food stuffs.
Saving cash on games: PUT YOUR WALLET AWAY. DO NOT PLAY THE GAMES. I know that giant stuffed purple gorilla is totally cute, but you don't want to have to carry it all over the park with you. If you must play a game, play it at the end of the night - if you do win a prize, you simply carry it home. I worked games, and while I know that they are not rigged, they ARE built to be tough to win - save your cash for a 4 buck cob or corn, avoid the games!!!
Enjoy the staff: CP hires an enormous amount of international staff each summer, and each person usually has their name and what country they are from on their name tag. If you are from that area, talk to them! Believe me, a lot of these kids can get really homesick, and hearing their language spoken to them would really brighten up their day. Plus, they might be able to get you some inside info on any secret specials going on at the park that week!
Plan your time well: Get a map in advance from cedarpoint.com, and know which rides you must go on each day. Some rides (especially the brand new ones) can have wait times of up to 8 hours. Get to the park very early, and when those gates open, RUN to the most desireable ride. You can drastically cut your wait time by planning your next ride while waiting in line for the first.
Rides: Most rides have a height/weight requirement. Go to the entrance gate (NOT the back of the line) and ask the attendant what that requirement is. You do not want to wait in line for hours only to find out your kid is too short or you are too fat to fit in a seat. Also, water bottles are not allowed on rides, so don't buy that commemorative hip flask with the crazy straw till you leave the park. However, I would recommend bringing a camping collapsable cup - it fits in your pocket, but allows you to get a quick drink throughout the park.
Some rides you simply MUST do:
Blue Streak (all wooden coaster, a relic I love).
Raptor: I think the best ride in the park. Worth the wait.
Millenium Force: Expect to wait forever. Get in line in late afternoon, you do not want to wait in the midday sun for this one!
Gemini: Great double wooden coaster, line moves very quickly, and lots of rider participation (you'll know what I mean when you get there).
Mine Ride: A 'baby' coaster, but so much fun.
Calypso: Not a coaster, but such a fun ride, especially on a hot sticky summer day - get a nice breeze.
When you get worn out: It's perfectly understandable to get way too hot, and tired, and annoyed with the crowds. Use this time to check out a show at the Centennial (one of only a few air conditioned places at the Park, desperately needed when the temps reach the hundreds!), or sit at Lusty Lil's or Red Garden Saloons in Frontier Town to relax for a moment. And don't forget the coal train that runs through the park - a great way to slow down for a few minutes and enjoy the park at a leisurely pace.
Most of all, enjoy yourselves! Eat too much, drink (water!), and ride all the silly little rides as well.Read moreLess