Planning for Cedar Point – What You Can Expect & Need to Know for 2018

Planning for an amusement park can be a hard task to do. It also makes it way more complicated when it’s an amusement park resort, like Cedar Point. The park is on a peninsula that is home to 4 hotels, a beach, an amusement park, an outdoor waterpark, and an indoor waterpark!

This guide will walk you step by step in planning your trip.

Important Things to Know – Admission Policies

  • Cedar Point does charge a parking fee if you are not a Platinum Passholder
  • Cedar Point does not offer refunds or rain checks. You must plan accordingly, no exceptions
  • Castaway Bay and Cedar Point Shores, the water parks at Cedar Point, are NOT INCLUDED in the regular admission price
  • The best way to buy parking is online and SAVE $5 off the regular price
  • Parking tickets purchased online can be used any day, even if you are unsure which day you are visiting

Step 1: Decide how long you are going to visit

Decide how long you are going to visit. If you’ve never been to Cedar Point, I recommend a 3-4 day trip to explore the park and really enjoy it. If you’ve never been there before, you will want to explore the park and re-ride your favorite rides, which 1 or 2 days does not allow.

Important Things to Know – Hotels

  • Hotel check-in is at 4 p.m. and checks out is at 11 a.m.
  • At the Express Hotel, you can choose to have an earlier check-in time (additional fee applies)

Step 2: What hotel are you going to stay at?

Cedar Point offers 4 hotels to choose from. If you aren’t going to stay at a hotel, skip this part.

Castaway Bay

Castaway Bay is located right before you go on the causeway to get to Cedar Point, a 5-minute drive from the park. This is where the indoor water park is located at.

Express Hotel

A more budget-like hotel located right next to the Castaway Bay. It includes a pool and water play area. There is no breakfast at this hotel, but a McDonald’s is located nearby.

Hotel Breakers

The most elegant hotel at Cedar Point; opened in 1905. Completely like new and renovated in 2015. Rooms are beautiful and restaurants, gift shops, and Starbucks Coffee are located inside this hotel. Also, activities like meeting Peanuts Characters occur in this hotel. Inside the property which allows for easy access going in and out of the park. Fire pits located outside and steps away from the beach.

Lighthouse Point

Choose from cottages and assorted types of cabins, this hotel is perfect for the camping like a person. There is no breakfast offered at this hotel.

Is it worth staying at a hotel? Which one should I choose?

It is most certainly worth staying at a hotel. I recommend the Hotel Breakers. Though a bit more pricey, if you’ve never been to Cedar Point, you must visit it. There are so many savings for staying at a hotel. Plus, the Hotel Breakers offers things the other hotels don’t. The access you just can’t beat. You can come to the park after having breakfast at the Perkins Resturant & Bakery at the hotel and then enjoy Early Entry for being a member. Come back anytime you want, grab your swimsuit and enjoy the Cedar Point Beach. Come back later for Cedar Point Nights (select nights in the summer only; see Cedar Point’s website for more details). 

What savings/benefits do I get staying at the Hotel Breakers?

  • 30% off tickets when you book a ticket package (tickets as low as $27 dollars with a ticket package for 3 days, per person)
  • Add an exclusively discounted package with Fast Lane Plus, All Day Dining, FunPix, and an All-Day Drink Wristband (this offer is subject to change in availability; see Cedar Point’s website for up-to-date information)
  • Enjoy Early Entry at Cedar Point where you can ride select rides one hour before the general public with select rides (see Cedar Point’s website for details; ride availability is subject to change without notice, and this offer is subject to change without notice)
  • Enjoy same-day admission to Cedar Point Shores outdoor waterpark, renovated in 2017, with a purchase of a ticket package
  • Free Parking on each day of your visit, up to a $20 dollar savings per day of your stay

What is Fast Lane Plus, All Day Dining, FunPix, and the All-Day Drink Wristband?

Fast Lane Plus allows you to skip the lines on all of the popular rides at Cedar Point. You’ll be sure to ride all of the roller coasters (subject to weather, maintenance, and manufacturer permitting). I recommend purchasing it for a day for your visit and the other ones, don’t get it unless you need it. However, if you want to ride the rides the entire time you’re there, then get it. (limited quantity available per day; hotel guests get another quantity for that hotel to choose from; offer may change at any time without notice; see Cedar Point’s website for the latest information). All Day Dining is a plan where you can have meals twice a day and a snack throughout the day. I personally do not recommend it as there are restaurants in your hotel and throughout the park, plus the items to choose from aren’t good for the Dining Plan. The All-Day Drink Wristband allows you to get a plastic cup at every Coca-Cola Freestyle location throughout the park. With custom drinks and over 100 options to choose from, you’ll stay hydrated the whole day to power through your day.

Step 3: What day(s) are you going to visit the park?

This is one of the most important parts of your planning. You MUST know when you are going to visit the park.

Tips for Choosing

Days to Not Visit

Do not visit on holidays, like Labor Day or the 4th of July weekend. The park is completely packed and even with a Fast Lane Plus pass, you still will not enjoy the park as much as you would other times. It is fine if you go this time, but avoid it if your schedule allows.

Best Days to Visit

The best days to visit are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Those are the most ideal. If going one day, avoid Saturday and Sunday. Sunday may be a little less crowded, but for the most part, it is crowded. If you are going for 3-4 days, I recommend going from Tuesday-Friday, you will enjoy it the most, or Monday-Thursday. Any day(s) are fine, but just keep in mind the crowds.


Cedar Point DOES NOT offer rain checks or refunds on tickets unless something occurs where the entire park cannot operate and you have to leave. Choose a week where the rain looks pretty good.

Weather Note

The weather changes every day, and for Sandusky, very often. Don’t visit just because it says it’s going to rain. However, if it says 100% chance for every day, then yes; visiting might not be the best option.

Step 4: Did you consider the All-Inclusive Package?

For one day visitors, the All-Inclusive may be your best bet. Valid for one each of the following: Parking, One Admission, All Day Dining, Regular Souvenir Drink Bottle, FunPix and Fast Lane Plus wristband for anyone age 3 or older.

Step 5: Did you prepare for your trip?

Make sure that you print out tickets, parking receipts, and bring anything else you need. Double-check so you’re sure you’re leaving home all ready to have a great trip! You don’t want to get to the park and not have your tickets, do you?

Step 6: Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about the park, you can visit Cedar Point’s website for more information. If you need anything else about the park, recommendations, or more, please contact me at

Thank you for reading this article! I hope you enjoyed it and got information and advice on how to plan a trip to Cedar Point!


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