Are you a roller coaster fanatic? If so, you’re probably already planning your 2019 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 149-year history since opening in 1870 – and has been dishing up screams since its first coaster, The Switchback Railway, in 1892.
Today, it boasts 72 rides for thrill seekers of all ages, including 17 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 2019
Here is a list of the 2019 season hours (minus Cedar Point Halloweekends, which start on Sept. 13 – scroll down to the end for those hours).
- May 11 (Opening Day): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 12-16 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 17-18 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 19-23 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 24-26 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- May 27-30 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- May 31-June 1 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- June 2-6 (Sunday-Thursday) 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- June 7-30 (daily): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 4-6 (Thursday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 7-11 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 12-13 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 14-18 (Sunday-Thursday) 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 19-20 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 21-25 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- July 26-27 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- July 28-Aug. 1 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 2-3 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 4-8 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 9-10 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 11-15 (Sunday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 16-17 (Friday-Saturday): 10 a.m.-midnight
- Aug. 18 (Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 19-22 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Aug. 23-25 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Aug. 26-29 (Monday-Thursday): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Aug. 30-Sept. 1 (Friday-Sunday): 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Sept. 2 (Monday) 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday): Closed
- Sept. 7 (Saturday): 1-10 p.m.
- Sept. 8 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 9-12 (Monday-Thursday): Closed
Cedar Point tickets
In 2019, the park unveiled two new ticket options for park goers. These options include the Wild Card, which offers guests unlimited park visits in May and June for just $59.99, and the new Michigan Super Saver.
This special Michiganders-only offering grants Michigan residents admission to the park, free parking and unlimited drinks for just $39.99 – $79.99 if you’re planning on twos days – and is valid through Sept. 2, 2019.
Beyond these special offers, regular one-day admission tickets are $73 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.
Kids ages 3-5 enjoy free admission for the entire 2019 operating season if you register for the new Pre-K pass online by May 27 and then activate it in the park by June 30, 2019.
Discounted tickets for adults are available on the park’s website or 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) for $65 – plus duo water park and amusement park options ($79.99), Fast Lane Plus options as low as $122.99, and more.
Going after 4 p.m.? Snag a general admission ticket online for as little as $49 during the week or $55.99 on the weekends. And if you’re going frequently, look into season options that range from $146-$218.
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 per vehicle. Route 2 is free.
Parking at Cedar Point is $20 per vehicle, or $30 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.
Other lockers are available outside of certain rides. The rate for these lockers is $1 an hour for up to three hours or $10 a day. You have the option of moving these locker from location to location if you rent it out for the day.
Need a place to stow a pet? Cedar Point also offers a pet check available for $15/animal near Bay Harbor Restaurant before you enter the park. No overnight guests allowed.
And when your tummy gets rumbly, there are also tons of spots to find food in the park including BackBeatQue, Buckaroo’s burritos, Coasters Drive-In, Pink’s, Red Garter Saloon and more.
The park also has a list of where to find food for special-need diets online so that you know where to find gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly and allergy-safe options. If you don’t find anything for you on that list, you can always speak to a food and beverage manager or bring your own food.
Public picnic centers are located outside of the park for guests that opt to eat outside food. You can also keep a cooler in vehicle. That said, outside food is not permitted inside the park.
Cedar Point Shores
Cedar Point Shores (formerly known as Cedar Point Soak City), will also be returning in 2019.
This family-friendly waterpark sits just under Magnum XL 200 and features 18 acres of wet and wild fun for all ages.
Among the attractions at this spot is the the gut-wrenching Point Plummet, which offers four nearly vertical, six-story drop body slides; plus the Portside Plunge water slide and the Riptide Raceway.
You’ll also find Lakeslide Landing and Lemmy’s Lagoon for kids – and for those looking to kick back and relax: There’s a half-million gallon pool and the Cedar Creek lazy river.
The 2019 Cedar Point Shores season runs May 25-Sept. 2. Daily hours are as follows:
- May 25-June 14 (daily): 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- June 15-27 and 30 (daily): 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- June 28-29 (Friday-Saturday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- July 1-Aug. 11: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
- Aug. 12-Sept. 2 (daily): 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Daily general admission tickets are $39.99 in advance or $42 at the gate. Junior tickets are $26.
Cabana rentals for four are available for $79-$89 a day. Cabanas must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. You can add an additional person to the rental for $5/person.
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.
Or if you’re really looking for a thrill, tackle the park’s newest coaster attraction, Steel Vengeance.
This award-winning hyper-hybrid coaster is built on the skeleton of Mean Streak in Frontier Town and takes riders up 205-feet and then drops 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.
If that’s too much for you or your child, there are also plenty of 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 Windseeker, Power Tower, MaXair and, for an additional fee, SlingShot and 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,” Kristy Bacni, the parks digital communications manager says. “Not only do we offer the best white-knuckle thrills anywhere, but we also have four 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 attractions for 2019:
The newest attraction to hit the park is the Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island. This interactive adventure will push guests to their limits with physical and mental challenges that aim to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier.
The park has also teamed up with Monster Jam to offer monster truck displays and rides in the Thunder Alley exhibit, which runs May 18-June 30, 2019.
Stage shows and other ways to chill
And if roller coaster, family attractions and monster trucks aren’t enough, the park also offers tons of live musical and acrobatic performances throughout the season.
In 2019, Cedar Point welcomes the Backwoods Pickers, the Backbeat Quartet, Beach Blanket Beagle, Nashville Hits and the Cedar Point Nights Lakeside Beach Music Festival to the ranks of it’s other fun family shows like Vertical Impact and Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics.
But that’s not all. The park also offers an animal petting farm, glassblowing and candle-making demonstrations, meet-and-greets with your favorite Peanuts characters, gemstone mining 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.
Family and special needs offerings
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.
The park also offers two family care centers for nursing moms, or dads with dirty diapers to change. And a “KidTrack” program to reunite lost kids with their parents.
They also have a “Boarding Pass Program,” which is designed 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. In addition, guests with special needs or limited mobility can take advantage of wheelchair rentals and accessibility options for certain stage shows.
Parents also have the option to get their child officially measured at guest services to find out which rides they can enjoy and which lines to bypass until next year.
All of these programs and services are available at guest services.
For those in need of medical care, there are two first aid locations in Planet Snoopy and near Mine Ride. Anyone with safety or security concerns can text CPSAFE with their location to 69050 to reach security.
Guests who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions and those with prosthetics or limb injuries should also be aware of ride restrictions. Most ride restrictions are posted at each ride entrance, but guests are welcome to heck online or with guest services for more information.
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. 13-Oct. 27, 2019, though not all rides will open every operating day. The hours are consistent except Oct. 13, which is extended a bit:
- Sept. 13 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 14 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 15 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 16-19 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Sept. 20 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 21 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 22 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 23-26 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Sept. 27 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Sept. 28 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Sept. 29 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sept. 30-Oct. 3 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 4 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 5 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 6 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Oct. 7-10 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 11 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 12 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 13 (Sunday): 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
- Oct. 14-17 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 18 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 19 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 20 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Oct. 21-14 (Monday-Thursday): CLOSED
- Oct. 25 (Friday): 6 p.m.-midnight
- Oct. 26 (Saturday): 11 a.m.-midnight
- Oct. 27 (Sunday): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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