Disclosure: I received tickets to Cedar Point as part of my conference registration for Bloggy Con. As always, I am sharing my experience and honest opinion of Cedar Point Amusement Park because when I love something, I want to let you know about it too!
Your breath catches in your throat as you ascend higher and higher, the clickety clack sound accentuating every single movement. There’s that moment when you reach the top – that feeling of anticipation that you can feel right down in the pit of your stomach. Excitement and fear vie for top billing in your brain and suddenly….woosh! You’re off, speeding through the twists and turns, ups and downs – maybe even upside down! Suddenly, it’s over and there’s a momentary feeling of relief while you try to steady your legs beneath you before turning to your friends and saying, “Let’s do it again!”.
Sigh. I love roller coasters. The words “amusement park” turn me into a big kid all over again and I am ready to go! So, when I recently had the opportunity to head to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, I was thrilled. Cedar Point calls themselves the “roller coaster capital of the world” and with 16 roller coasters (some of the highest and fastest in the world) I can understand why.
Not into coasters? No worries – Cedar Point has something for everyone – a carousel, ferris wheel, sky ride, train ride, and so much more. There’s over 30 rides and attractions just for kids, Soak City Water Park, arcade games, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang, and even Dinosaurs Alive.
We happened to be there on the first weekend of what’s known as Halloweekends, when the whole park is transformed into a fun Halloween celebration. For 8 weekends in September and October you can take part in the fun with Halloween themed displays, the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade, scary mazes, haunted houses, and all kinds of creepy fun. The Howl-O-Palooza children’s area is designed for milder family fun with kid-friendly live entertainment and activities.
One of the things that really impressed me about Cedar Point is that they really seem to have taken the whole family into account. There are attractions to appeal to all ages and they have some fantastic programs that really help solve some of the problems families can experience when trying to go to an amusement park with kids of varying ages. One of these is their Parent Swap program. Here’s how it works – one parent waits in line to go on a coaster or other height restricted ride. After riding, they pass their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator and the other parent (who’s been looking after the little kids) gets to go in by way of the exit and get right on the ride – NO WAITING! This is a great way to make sure that the little kids, big kids, and big kids at heart all get to go on the rides of their choice!
I’ love amusement parks but I have high standards for them and Cedar Point gets my seal of approval. You still have time to experience Cedar Point and Halloweekends before it ends – the last day for Halloweekends is November 1, 2014 and the last day the park is open before closing for the season is November 2nd, Customer Appreciation Day, offering discounts on admission and more.