While I wouldn’t necessarily consider Cedar Point to be the most affordable trip…my family and I only go once a year so it isn’t a horrible expense in the big picture.
We stayed at the LaQuinta Inn Sandusky near Cedar Point. The rooms are no frill but they are comfortable, clean and they offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. At a rate of about $80.00 a night, and a short 5 minute drive to Cedar Point, you really can’t go wrong.
On the other hand, Cedar Point’s ticket price is a bit ridiculous at $43.00 a crack…plus they nickle and dime you to death. Ya know, $5.00 cans of pop, $12.00 Cheeseburgers….oh and did you know that they sell “Fast and Fright Lane Passes” to the the rides and haunted houses (sold separately of course). These passes allow you to skip the long lines and jump right to the front. Ugh, whatever Cedar Point.
Here’s what we did to help control the cost. Since we aren’t huge roller-coaster adventurers anymore we skipped the “Fast Pass” and purchased the Admission+Fright Lane ticket for $68.00 a piece. With over 20 haunted attractions…and a family OBSESSED with haunted houses…this was a no brainer! Their haunted attractions are second to none. We laughed, we screamed…and we ran for our lives! Gotta watch out for them zombies, cause they are super sketchy…
The lines for the newer and more aggressive roller coasters had wait times of 1-2 hours. Totally worth it when I could ride them without yacking everywhere….ya know like 10 years ago….but now, not so much. Anyhow, we only ride the smaller ones like the Iron Dragon, and Gemini. Our longest wait was only about 20 minutes, which was completely doable!
Cedar Point recently added food and drink packages to their arsenal of extras you can purchase. We chose the All Day Dining package (drinks not included) for each of us at $31.99 a piece. This enables you to receive an entree and a side at any of the participating restaurants every 90 minutes! Have you ever tried to eat an entire meal every 90 minutes? We tried (ya know had to get the most out of it), and failed miserably…waaayyyy too much food! My only regret is purchasing a package for my son because he was too excited to eat anything…all day long…smh.
I have a feeling we will be spending more time at Cedar Point now that our son is getting older. Overall it was a great time, and well worth the money.
I’m curious, any other Cedar Point or haunted house lovers out there?