Disclosure: I was given free passes to Cedar Point to enjoy everything the park has to offer. Regardless, all the opinions written below are my own.
We planned a family visit to Cedar Point this past weekend and invited one of our friends to visit with us since we’d need a little bit of help with the boys to be able to enjoy ourselves and make sure everyone gets to ride the rides. How does that work? Well, Cedar Point offers Parent Swap: one parent waits in line to a coaster or other height-restricted ride. After riding, they give their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator, and the other parent/guardian, who’s been taking care of the little ones, can walk up the exit to get right on the ride. However, the forecast changed our plans a little. The day called for rain, which the boys wouldn’t have lasted in. So we did a swap of our own. The boys spent much needed time with their Maw-maw, and we took to other friends of ours.
The weather didn’t look promising when we headed off to our 2.5 hour drive to Cedar Point. It rained the whole way and was coming down pretty good when we got there. But some of the rides were going so we headed inside to see what we could get into. Gatekeeper was running but had a 3.5 hour wait. So we didn’t stay to wait and walked around. The wicked twister had a 15 minute wait so that was our first ride. By the time we got on it, it had pretty much stopped raining and we were able to enjoy it without being hit in the face with rain.
We started to walk around the park to see what was starting to open since the rain had stopped. Millennium Force was open but had a 2 hour wait so we kept walking. However, when we walked past the Maverick, they were doing test runs so we knew it would be open soon. We only had a 15-20 minute wait once it opened and loved it. We took a break while I friends rode something neither of us could stomach (my husband can’t do circle rides and I just couldn’t do it at the moment) and realized that we were right by the Top Thrill Dragster which none of us had the chance to ride yet. If you remember last year’s visit, it was closed when we did our tour. They were also doing test runs so we ran to get in line. Another 15-20 minute wait once the ride opened and we did it. The ride only lasts 17 seconds but its the fastest you’ll ever go in the short amount of time.
We decided that it was time to wait for the GateKeeper. We didn’t want to wait 3 hours but we had to ride it before we left. Once we got there, the wait was a little over an hour so we got in line. However, the wind picked back up and it started raining so the ride was delayed. It wasn’t raining hard so we decided to just stay in line and wait. There was only a delay of about 20 minutes before the ride was moving again. I loved the ride. To me, its more for the person who doesn’t like heights but loves the speed and the twists of a roller coaster.
Its seems that the best time to head to be able to ride all the rides and not have to wait as long is a rainy day! We got in most of the roller coasters before we left and a couple of smaller rides as well. Definitely a great trip to Cedar Point. If you are looking for more information about Cedar Point, you can follow them on Twitter or Facebook.