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11 First Timer Tips for Cedar Point

First Timer Tips for Cedar Point

11 First Timer Tips for Cedar Point

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Cedar Point, also known to theme park enthusiasts as the Holy Grail of Amusement Parks, the ultimate thrill seeker’s paradise, and literally the World’s Best Amusement Park!

I was able to complete this theme park bucket list item, along with OutDoorsy Diva, this past Fall. It surpassed my expectations of just how innovative the engineers are when it comes to the latest thrill ride technology. I was extremely siked about conquering each thrilling adventure Cedar Point had to offer.

So it is with great pleasure that I offer you all a few tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your first time trip to Cedar Point.

Pumpkin Patch Discovery on the way to Cedar Point

Pumpkin Patch Discovery on the way to Cedar Point

I arrived in Sandusky, Ohio on a brisk autumn morning with one goal in mind…to CONQUER as many electrifying rides and attractions as possible! After all, I needed to experience all Cedar Point had to offer in order to give you Hipsters a wonderful reason to visit this astounding park.


Corkscrew and Power Tower at Cedar Point

Corkscrew and Power Tower at Cedar Point

It’s a phenomenal place for not only beginner amusement park goers, but also for park veterans old and young. There are museums in the park, beach activities, and a water park too!

There is definitely something for everyone here.

Now let’s get to the good stuff…

Here are the 11 First Timer Tips for Cedar Point!

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1 – Research

As with any great park trip, research on the latest attractions, shows, events, and policy updates are a great way to know how to tackle your trip. Research at such an epic amusement park such as Cedar Point lets you know how to map out and plan your day. It also gives you insight on park traditions, history, and possible secret activities to enjoy that may not be known to everyone.


The Raptor at Cedar Point

The Raptor at Cedar Point

2 – Plan 

This is one of the top tips for anyone going to Cedar Point. The park is 364 acres with more than 150 rides, shows, and attractions. You may not be able to see it all, but getting a game plan together will make your trip much more enjoyable. Plans such as, where to start in the park, which rides to attack first, and what time you should try to get there are just a few examples on what to think about.

You should also list out which rides are the most important and start there.

Be sure to print out the map from the official website to know which path to take around the park in order to maximize your day.


Cedar Point Map
Cedar Point Park Map

Cedar Point Park Map

3 – Start Early

This tip is especially important if you will be at Cedar Point for only one day. Starting early goes for any major theme park or event in the world. An early start not only allows you to be able to fully enjoy the park, it will allow you to feel less pressure and you will be able to jump quickly between each attraction.

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That’s why planning out your day and starting early can help ease any unwanted incidents that may occur.

Hipster Power Tip:  You will get to enter the park early by either staying at one of Cedar Point's hotels or purchasing a Platinum Pass.

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Gate Keeper at Cedar Point. Blue Roller Coaster.

Gate Keeper at Cedar Point

4 – Purchase Tickets Online 

There are special perks to purchasing tickets online. For one, you will be able to skip the long, drawn out ticket queue and head right away into the gates for your pretty wild experience. Secondly, Cedar Point offers many discounts for advance ticket purchasers.

Tickets for the 2019 season are now available for prices as low as $49 for a single day ticket (prices subject to change).


5 – Go in the Fall

Most theme park enthusiasts know how obsessive we can be about park hopping in the colorful fall season. Not only is the weather perfectly enjoyable across the United States, the season also brings about low crowds.

During my visit to Cedar Point I was lucky enough to attend an awesome Bloggers Con at that perfect time of the year. The energy all around the park was magical and the breeze from Lake Erie gave a refreshingly, chilly perk while atop Cedar Point’s sky high thrills.

Dragster Tall Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

Dragster at Cedar Point

6 – Take a Break at Hotel Breakers or the Beach 

One thing I liked about the Cedar Point property was the variety of restaurants and scenic rest stops in and outside of the park. You will find many popular franchises such as Famous Dave’s, TGI Fridays, Chick-fil-A, and many more!

The coolest thing is the ability to grab your lunch and head out to the majestic shore of Lake Erie where you can spend your park break relaxing next to one of America’s most naturally beautiful lakes. It gives you a stunning front view of the great lake in addition to an equally incredible view of the park’s skyline.


Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point

7 – Dress for the Season

Whether you plan on going in the summertime or the fall portion of the park season, it is important for you to dress comfortably for either one. During the hotter months, light clothing with comfortable shoes, sunglasses and a hat is recommended to battle the bright sunshine.

In the cooler months, jeans with a light sweater or jacket will do just fine in the battle between you and the chilly Lake Erie winds.


Lake Eerie at Cedar Point. Lakefront sandy beach.

Lake Erie at Cedar Point

8 – Ride it Out!

Cedar Point offers some of the world’s most innovative roller coasters. If you make this thrilling journey to Sandusky, Ohio, then you must go for the big ones!

Make it somewhat of a day to knockout your daredevil bucket list items. It will definitely add some color to an already sensational day.

If you can only choose one coaster to feel as if you’re not a “roller coaster chicken,” then I recommend making Millenium Force your ultimate goal for the day.

I was at Cedar Point for an entire weekend; however, it wasn’t until the very last day that I finally mustered up a bit of courage and finally conquered it!

I really had to talk myself into it.

I’m not much of a thrill rider any more (more of a theme park cocktail drinker and people watcher now), but I couldn’t fly all the way from Florida and not do it.

I had to be daring and you should too!

Millennium Force at Cedar Point

Millennium Force at Cedar Point

9 – Purchase Fast Lane Pass 

I recommend this park feature if you have the extra money and if you are a true coaster fanboy or fangirl. It will definitely help you get the most out of your day giving you ample time to enjoy Cedar Point in a magnificent way.

The Fast Lane Pass works by allowing you to bypass the regular lines on more than 20 rides and attractions including Millennium Force, Raptor, and more! It is only valid for the purchased day of admission.

Hipster Power Tip:  There are four rides that the regular Fast Lane does not cover are:

  • Gatekeeper
  • Valravn
  • Maverick
  • Steel Vengeance
  • Top Thrill Dragster

If it’s a really busy day, then you will want to buy the Fast Lane Plus.

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Millennium Force at Cedar Point

Millennium Force at Cedar Point

10 – Use Side or Back Entrances

A cool tip I learned during my first visit was the ability to use the side entrances when entering the park. The mentioned entrances will help you avoid the front gate rush and will you the ability to enter right next to the attractions you want to ride first.

The western entrance will get you the closest to Millennium Force, the second most popular ride at Cedar Point.


Alternative Entrances to Cedar: Access directly to Lake Eerie. Colorful Ferris Wheel.

Alternative Entrances to Cedar: Access directly to Lake Erie

11 – Ride Maverick at Night

I must say that this is an absolute must do!

If you’re a roller coaster fanatic, then you must saddle up and ride crazily through the night on this wild adventure. The Maverick will take you through a “twisted horseshoe roll” and a 400-foot-long speed launch through a pitch black tunnel at a top speed of 70 mph!


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Cedar Point Roller Coasters Ranked From Best to Worst

Cedar Point Roller Coasters


  1. Steel Vengeance
  2. Maverick
  3. Millennium Force
  4. Top Thrill Dragster
  5. Valravn
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. Raptor
  8. Rougarou
  9. Magnum XL-200
  10. Wicked Twister
  11. Gemini
  12. Blue Streak
  13. Iron Dragon
  14. Cedar Creek Mine Train
  15. Corkscrew
  16. Pipe Scream
  17. Woodstock Express
  18. Wilderness Run


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If you’re thinking about visiting Cedar Point during the 2019 season, then hit me up with a comment below. I’d love to answer any questions you all may have. If you have any tips please write them below.

Cedar Point Update!   A new ride will open this season call Steel Vengeance. This Wild West thrill comes action-packed with a height of 205 feet above the prairie, a 90-degree initial drop down to the earth, almost 30 seconds of airtime (the most on any roller coaster on Earth), 4 head-over-boots inversions, ricocheting movements left-to-right, up-to-down and side to side

Cedar Point will kick off this season on May 11th 2019.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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14 Comments so far

MumzyPosted on  10:31 pm - Jun 26, 2017

Thanks for the info. Also FL natives visiting at the end of July and can’t wait. Any advise on getting to the park from Cleveland??

    Nikida MPosted on  7:28 pm - Jun 27, 2017

    You’re going to have sooooo much fun! We rented a car from the Cleveland airport and drove about an hour to Cedar Point. The main highways we used were I-480 (west), I-80 (west), and state road 2 (west). Mapquest has more directional details. It’s a beautiful drive and Cedar Point is an amazing theme park!

StefaniePosted on  12:12 am - Jun 1, 2018

I’m taking my niece this weekend…we are both first timers. We are sooooo stoked…Thanks for the tips!!

    NikkyJPosted on  1:25 pm - Jun 1, 2018

    Glad I could help. I absolutely love Cedar Point and I can’t wait to go back. Let me know how it goes for you guys. I’m sooooo excited for you all 🙂

Sheresa Sequin-DagleyPosted on  1:21 am - Jun 29, 2018

I am going the last weekend in September. I haven’t been in probably 15 years. I grew up going. I am so excited to go relive childhood memories, eat an elephant ear (you must eat an elephant ear) and release my inner thrill seeker!

    NikkyJPosted on  8:54 am - Jul 1, 2018

    You’re going to have a blast!!! I will be going this September too (middle of the month). I am sooooo excited. I will definitely try the elephant ear this time.

MJ GreenPosted on  10:31 pm - Jul 16, 2018

We’re heading to CP this weekend! We have fast lane passes and are staying at Breakers. We have 2 kids who are tall enough for most rides. Plus a 5yo who won’t ride some. We plan to divide and conquer a bit so the older kids (11 & 9) can hit up the big rides with Dad. Any tips for parents who have to split like this? We took advantage of Child Swap passes at Disney. Does CP offer this? We will be there for one day only.

    NikkyJPosted on  4:03 pm - Jul 17, 2018

    Congratulations on your upcoming Cedar Point Trip!!!!

    Cedar Point has something for everyone from the Peanuts gang in Camp Snoopy to Antique Cars the whole family can enjoy together.

    According to Cedar Point the Parent Swap works like this: 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.

    To participate in Parent Swap, parents need to obtain a slip to authorize them for the program at one of the following locations: Guest Services (at the main gate), Town Hall Museum or Resort Entrance Gate (near Magnum).

    Some additional tips:
    • Have a designated point to meet back up
    • Parent Swaps passes are good for one day (the day of visit)
    • There’s no time limit during the designated day on the Parent Swap Pass
    • This pass cannot be used for someone to watch loose articles; there must be a child with you

    Cedar Point also offers two Family Care Centers, like Disney, that give you private restrooms, secluded nursing stations, quiet playrooms, ice cold water, changing rooms, medical facilities.

    Don’t forget to take a break and check out the beautiful Lake Eerie beach. It’s such an amazing site to see from high above in the roller coasters!

    Have fun and let me know how it goes 😊

AnonymousPosted on  2:03 pm - Jul 30, 2018

Thanks for the great article:) When you used the alternative entrances did you still park in the main parking area and just walk to the other entrance? Thanks!

    NikkyJPosted on  1:31 pm - Aug 1, 2018

    I’m glad you enjoyed the tips 🙂 On my first day there, I parked in the lot next to the barbecue restaurant called Famous Dave’s. I went later in the afternoon on a September day so the crowds were low. I entered in the entrance nearest the restaurant with no problem associated with parking.

KarenPosted on  1:21 pm - Aug 8, 2018

Hi! My husband and I are going next week to celebrate his 60th birthday. We haven’t done a coaster in about 10 years. In case we can’t handle as many as we thought we can😉 what else would you recommend we do? TIA

    NikkyJPosted on  5:42 pm - Aug 11, 2018

    Hi! Congrats on your epic Cedar Point trip 🙂

    This park has something for everyone and if you’re not ready for the roller coasters, they do have milder rides that I love to enjoy. The train ride around the park is one of my favorite things to do. I also love riding in the antique car attractions that show the beautiful scenery of the park. The Sky ride is a classic and gives epic aerial photo opportunities…plus it’s kind of romantic.

    Cedar Point has a few shows to do, but something I recommend that’s outside the box is to do a dining and beverage tour. This can be done by mapping out the various eateries and trying unique snacks at various locations…kind of making it like your own Food & Wine Festival. Don’t forget to take a break and walk on the shore of Lake Eerie. It’s breathtaking and an absolute must!

    I hope this helps and let me know how your trip goes 🙂

ErinPosted on  10:45 pm - Jan 31, 2019

Great article! We are planning a summer road trip with the kids from RI…10 and 14 yr olds… All big roller coaster fans:)How many days should we plan to spend in the park…2?3? Any advice on lodging? We are planning a visit to Hershey on our way back (it will be our second time ) thanks!!!

    NikkyJPosted on  6:50 pm - Feb 5, 2019

    Hi Erin!

    You guys are going to have an amazing time at Cedar Point. I recommend at least 2 days at the park during the weekday (lower crowds) if you can. I went this past fall and it was hard to see and do everything because of the many options and the long wait times.

    I also recommend staying onsite at the Breakers Hotel which will give you early admission into the park. It just makes it so much more easier to focus your time at Cedar Point knowing your hotel is onsite. Plus, it’s a nice resort with access to Lake Erie.

    Chat later,



    I wish I was going to Hershey Park. You guys are sooooo lucky!!!

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