Are you a roller coaster fanatic? If so, you’re probably already planning your 2018 trip to Cedar Point, and you’re probably wondering: When is Cedar Point open this year, how much are Cedar Point tickets? What’s the deal with Cedar Point’s new attractions? Where are Cedar Point’s best hotels located, the details about Cedar Point’s new water park, and when Cedar Point’s Halloweekends start?
Well, metro Detroit families, look no farther. Metro Parent is well aware that a lot of families take an annual trip to this Sandusky, Ohio hotspot, and we’ve gathered all the important details, and the little known tips and tricks, all in this one convenient spot.
Not familiar with Cedar Point? This amusement park has a 148-year history since opening in 1870 – and has been dishing up screams since its first coaster, The Switchback Railway, in 1892. Today, it boasts 70 rides for thrill seekers of all ages, including 18 of the world’s best record-breaking coasters; plus tons of live shows, beachfront fun on the shores of Lake Erie, a water park, food, games and much more.
If this sounds like the perfect vacation spot, you’re in the right place.
Cedar Point hours for summer 2018
Here is a list of the 2018 season hours (minus Cedar Point Halloweekends, which start on Sept. 14 – scroll down to the end for those hours).
- May 5 (Opening Day): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 6 (Sunday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 11-12 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 13-17 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 18-20 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 21-24 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 25-27 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 29-31 (Monday-Thursday) 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- June 1-3 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- June 4-7 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- June 8-10 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- June 11-30 (daily): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 4 (Wednesday) 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 5 (Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 6-7 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 8-12 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- July 13-14 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 15-19 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- July 20-21 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 22-26 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- July 27-28 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 29- Aug. 2 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Aug. 3-4 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 5-9 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Aug. 10-11 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 12-16 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Aug. 17-18 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 19 (Sunday) 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Aug. 20-23 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Aug. 24-26 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 27-30 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Sept. 3 (Monday): 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
- Sept. 8 (Saturday): 1-10 p.m.
- Sept. 9 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cedar Point tickets
In 2018, regular one-day admission tickets are $72 at the gate for those ages 3-61 who are 48 inches or taller in shoes. For juniors and seniors (ages 3-61 and under 48 inches tall in shoes or those ages 62-plus), it’s $45.
You can also find discounted tickets at your local Meijer and Discount Drug Mart. AAA members and select credit union customers enjoy discounts, too.
Online, you’ll also find combo packages for Cedar Point tickets and Kings Island tickets (located in Mason, Ohio) – plus duo water park and amusement park options, Fast Lane Plus options and more.
Going after 4 p.m.? Snag a ticket online for as little as $49. And if you’re going frequently, look into season options.
Driving and parking
Cedar Point is located at 1 Cedar Point Drive in Sandusky, Ohio. It’s accessible to Michiganders via the Ohio Turnpike or Route 2. If you hop on the turnpike in Toledo and exit in Sandusky, the toll is around $4.50. Route 2 is free.
Parking at Cedar Point is $20 per vehicle, or $25 for preferred parking.
Lockers, pets and food
All-day lockers are available for rent near the main gate and in Cedar Point Shores, starting at $15, based on the locker size. There’s also a pet check available for $15/animal near the docks before you enter the park. No overnight guests allowed.
Hungry? There are tons of spots to find food in the park. These spots include, Melt Bar and Grilled (a Cleveland favorite, new for 2017), Chickie’s & Pete’s, Panda Express, Red Garter Saloon and others. The park also has a list of where to find food for special-need diets online.
You are also welcome to bring your own food, and eat at the public picnic centers located outside of the park, or at your vehicle. Outside food is not permitted in the park.
Cedar Point Shores
Cedar Point Shores (formerly known as Cedar Point Soak City), will also be returning in 2018. This 18-acre park sits just under Magnum and features 18 acres of wet and wild fun including the gut-wrenching Point Plummet, which offers four near vertical, six-story drop body slides and Portside Plunge; plus Lakeslide Landing and Lemmy’s Lagoon for kids.
Cedar Point Shores is open May 26-June 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., June 16-28 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and June 29-30 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays in July from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 1-2 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 3-4 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 5-9 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 10-11 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 12 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug 13-Sept. 3 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Daily admission tickets are $39.
Roller coasters and thrill rides
Once you’ve cooled off at Cedar Point Shores, dry off with a ride on one of the park’s record-breaking and high-flying rides including Valravn, Gatekeeper, Maverick, the 420-foot Top Thrill Dragster, and the world’s first ever giga-coaster, Millennium Force.
There are also many great transition coasters, like Blue Streak, Iron Dragon and Corkscrew, for younger coaster lovers above 48-inches tall but below the 52-54 inches required for bigger rides.
You’ll also find thrill rides like Witches’ Wheel, Windseeker, Power Tower, MaXair and, for an additional fee, SlingShot and the new Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling (formerly known as the RipCord); plus family rides including the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad, Giant Wheel, Carousels, and two water rides: Snake River Falls and Thunder Canyon.
“There is something for everyone at Cedar Point,” events manager Kristy Bacni says. “Not only do we offer the best white-knuckle thrills anywhere, but we also have three kids’ areas, a beautiful, mile-long beach, shopping, dining and award-winning live entertainment. With the brand-new Cedar Point Shores, Cedar Point is a vacation destination that’s close enough for Michigan families to drive to, but far enough away to be a real vacation.”
Best of all, you can capture your vacation with a FunPix photo plan. Photographers roam the park all day grabbing shots of all of the family moments. With this plan, you can open these professional photos on your mobile device, and share them on social media. Add the program to your daily ticket for $39.99 or season pass for $59.99
New Cedar Point attraction for 2018:
If you’re really looking for a thrill, you’ll find it in the park’s newest attraction, Steel Vengeance. This record-breaking hyper-hybrid coaster is built on the skeleton of Mean Streak in Frontier Town and is the first steel-on-wood coaster to stand over 200 feet tall.
It’ll take riders up 205-feet and then drop them straight down 200-feet at 74 miles an hour. From there, riders scream through a 2-minute and 30-second twist of wood and steel, around tight turns, over hills and and through four inversions before arriving back into the station.
Stage shows, dino displays and ways to chill
For those that aren’t into the rides or roller coasters, though the park offers tons of live musical and acrobatic performances throughout the season including Lights, Camera, Action, Vertical Impact and the Peanuts Block Party. Plus, the animatronic dinosaur display Dinosaurs Alive!, which features 50 moving life-sized dinosaurs, based on fossil evidence, and a dig site for kids (add $5 with single day admission to the park or $2.50 for season ticket holders), an animal farm, glassblowing demonstrations and more.
Kids can also help the crew of the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad ring the bell and earn their Peanuts Road Rally Driver’s License free of charge.
With so much to do, you’re going to want to bring the entire family. For parents with smaller kids, who want to take advantage of the thrills, the park offers several programs to make it easy for everyone to enjoy everything.
The first is the free Parent Swap program, which, Bacni says, works like this: One parent waits in line for the bigger coasters, or another height-restricted ride, while the other takes the kids to one of the four kids areas: Camp Snoopy, Planet Snoopy, Kiddy Kingdom and the Gemini Midway Area.
Parent No. 1 rides their ride, hands off the pass to a ride attendant at the exit, and finds parent No. 2. Parent No. 2 goes up the exit and hops on the ride while parent No. 1 watches the kids. Once parent No. 2 is off the ride, the family continues their day.
In addition, the park offers two family care centers for nursing moms, or dads with dirty diapers to change. The “Kid Track” program reunites lost kids with their parents, and the “Boarding Pass Program” is for visitors with disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This program allows for these guests to get a boarding time for specific rides, instead of waiting in the long lines. Both of these programs are available at guest services.
Parents also can have their kids officially measured at guest services to find out which rides they can enjoy and which lines to bypass until next year.
Cedar Point hotels
If you’re looking to do it all, and need a place to stay, try one of Cedar Point’s hotels:
- Hotel Breakers, located smack dab between the coasters and the beach
- Castaway Bay, which features an indoor water park
- Lighthouse Point campground with cabins, cottages and RV sites near the lake’s shore
- Cedar Point’s Express Hotel for families on a budget
- Cedar Point Marina, for those who would like to park their boat and play
Guests that choose to stay in one of the park’s lodging options enjoy added bonuses including early entry to the park, discounted tickets into the park and free tickets to Cedar Point Shores.
Just because school’s back in session doesn’t mean the fun shuts down! Fall brings Cedar Point Halloweekends, the park’s spooktacular Halloween party, complete with adult frights and not-so-scary-treats. It runs Sept. 14-Oct. 28. The hours are consistent except Oct. 7, which is extended a bit:
- Sept. 14 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 15 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 16 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 17-20 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Sept. 21 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 22 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 23 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 24-27 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Sept. 28 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 29 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 30 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Oct. 1-4 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 5 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 6 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 7 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Oct. 8-11 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 12 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 13 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 14 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Oct. 15-18 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 19 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 20 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 21 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Oct. 22-25 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 26 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 27 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 28 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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