Go on go, you'll have fun.
Written: Aug 12, 2012 (Updated Aug 12, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Coasters, food, clean fun
Cons:Can't think of any.
The Bottom Line: 15 years we've stayed here and gone to the park. It's a blast!
We visit CP every year, have for 15 years. We stay at either Breakers or Sandcastle Suites for easy, early park access and walk in/out convenience. You can take either the train or skyride to get from one area to another. The park is big, but not too big - you can ride pretty much all you want to here in a day but I reccomend a whole day + skylight to get it all in. From log water rides, the boat plunge to intense coasters and cool kiddie areas, this is a good sized park to spend a day.
My kids use the boardwalk near the pirate boat to walk to and from Hotel Breakers/Sandcastle. You can also enter near Soak City and the mini-golf area so it's easy to re-enter. I personally love the park closing finale with songs and fireworks, it's part of what's kept us coming back -it has a real family feel.
The ride prices are up slightly, no real surprise here. If you book the hotel packages, you'll get a better deal and some freebies. There are also discount tickets available locally. The coasters are the draw, and with this many great coasters (there isn't a bad one) I just wish they would offer a photo package -these photo's not only add to the experience, the price also adds up quickly.
The kids pick is Millenium, Maverick or Dragster. 3 very different experiences in height, drop and intensity. The Maverick imho is underrated, this thing is smooth and more intense than it looks. The others are talked up appropriately. I ride everything and I can't honestly say any of these coasters is a dud. All seem to be fun although the wait time can be daunting. Another reason to stay at the park and use the early admission to get on.
BTW The food is decent, the grille is a favorite as are the pioneer area restaurants, elephant ears and lemonade. We usually eat our big meal at Famous Daves across the street - you'll need a hand stamp but the BBQ is worth it, and you get a lot of food to share. Plus we've never had a reservation, the place has A/C and a lot of refillable, free cold drinks.
There are gift shops and refreshment areas everywhere, so if it starts raining or you get cold, you can buy something quickly to cover.
The water park Soak City is solid fun with raft rides, family and single slides. Gift shop had regular priced sunblock so it's okay if you forget it. Also they carry bathing suits that are not hideous or gramma-ish if you forget one.
Waterpark also has lots of food choices and beverage choices although I'd stay away from the overpriced alcholic, all ice drinks as these don't seem to mix well in the heat. Their lazy river and wave pool is fun and relaxing but get your chairs early as the cabana's are overpriced. I'd say get a mix of undercover chairs (they have these for free) and sun for a good mix especially with kids.
Haven't done Fright nights yet, but we are going this year, so look for an update on Cedar Point chilled. Mostly, if you are on the fence about going, we've gone every year, almost 15 years now with small kids to teens and had a great time, booking the same resorts over and over. It's fun and reasonably priced. Go on go, you'll have fun.
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