It seems almost universally agreed upon that Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the US. Possibly even the world. I recall going to Cedar Point as a kid but it’s been many many years and I mostly forget the experience. The place had a very “Hershey Park” feel to me. That is to say it was super clean and very nice. We went on an August weekday and were surprised to not stand in very many lines. They had a pretty sweet deal (by amusement park standards) to buy a huge drink and get unlimited refills all day for $10.
By far the craziest ride I rode was Top Thrill Dragster. The ride is run by slightly insane teenagers. Before departing each time you are serenaded off by Republica’s “Baby I’m Ready to Go”, which, while it is a fine song, I’m not so sure I’d want to hear it a hundred times a day. Therefore I’ll give the insane operators some credit. The ride is a magnetically accelerated coaster that goes straight up and straight down. It was very intense, much more so than any other ride I’ve ridden. I was extremely lucky to have ridden it as well. At 250 pounds I barely fit on most of the rides and in this case I needed help from one of the attendants to latch the buckle. The teenager in front of me didn’t fare so well so I guess it’s true that America is getting bigger with each generation. The ride is well worth standing in line for, but I have been told hit the big attractions in the morning because the lines will be shorter because most people prefer to warm up with smaller rides first.
We were delighted to find Chick Fil A in the park and based on the crowds most of the rest of the patrons were as well. The prices were surprisingly pretty normal.
I didn’t get a chance to try the huge Millenium Force because our son started to get a little pink and we had to run. It was interesting it seemed that the focus was all on these one or two coasters so there was little to no lines for tons and tons of moderately good wooden and steel coasters. This had the net effect of me riding these rides so many times I got nauseus, a feat you can generally only achieve in October when parks like this open for Halloween in the cold. I’m sure Cedar Point probably wished more people were there but I’ll take it.
Sadly the park had almost no rides for my son. Besides the merry go round which he found rather boring, the only other ride he could ride on was the sky car which he liked a lot. These places really work well when your child is maybe 2-3 years old and is talking and can understand instructions and will stay put. We’re not even close.
All in all we had a really good day and I would certainly say that it’s the best amusement park I’ve ever been to but at the same time Hershey Park still sits very very high on my list. Oh and one more thing - they had the most amazing outdoor signs I’ve ever seen. The resolution and brightness were high enough that it looked like a glossy print.
Last modified: 21 October, 2014
Created: 26 August, 2013