This past weekend was a busy one for us, but an extremely fun one. We took a family road trip to various amusement parks in the area. On Saturday, we went to Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom and on Sunday we traveled to Cedar Point.
My sister’s family came down from Michigan to travel with us. Our nieces are 4 and 6, so it was a wonderful opportunity for Kora, Logan & their cousins to have tons of fun at two of Ohio’s top amusement parks.
On Sunday, Cedar Point opened at 10 am. With what appeared to be the entire rest of the world, we were 10 minutes late in arriving, so we traveled down the causeway in a sea of cars.
We were happy to find that the parking attendants were incredibly efficient and it didn’t take us long to pass through the toll booths and pull into our parking space. Upon arrival we were a little worried about the size of the crowd. There were people pouring into the park in waves and it felt a little reminiscent of Opening Day.
After entering the park we had nothing to worry about, the crowd thinned out quickly. We hopped on the Sky Ride to get an overview of the park and to enjoy the lift. I would have taken pictures or video because it is a great view but since Tired Dad Dave wasn’t with me, I had to keep both my eyes on Kora & Logan. They listened well though and we were all able to enjoy the ride.
Next we headed to the back of the park to Camp Snoopy.
It was here where we spent most of our day. There were so many rides for the kids. Some of their favorites included: the Jr. Gemini, Woodstock Express Roller Coaster, the Lolli Swing, the Red Baron, Tilt-a-Whirl, Peanuts 500 Race Cars, and Bumper Boats.
Here’s a video of the kids on the Jr. Gemini. Kora and Cousin Belle are in the back of the red car & Logan and Cousin Jules are in the back of the orange car.
All four kids had a great time and the lines were non-existent. In fact, there were a number of times when they were able to hop right back on a ride they had just ridden. Nearly every time we’ve visited Cedar Point over the last 3 years, we’ve found this to hold true. There is almost never a wait for any of the rides in the kiddie lands.
After spending all morning at Camp Snoopy fanning ourselves with our maps and re-applying sunscreen every 30 minutes, we were ready for a ride on Shoot the Rapids.
Shoot the Rapids is this year’s newest water ride at Cedar Point. It features an 85-foot-tall first drop, 49-foot-tall second drop, rock canyons, water features, and even a dark tunnel.
When we got there we were disappointed to find out the ride was not working.
We stood around awhile. After some time passed it didn’t look promising, plus the kids were getting hungry. (For photos and videos of Shoot the Rapids in action click here – courtesy of Cedar Point).
So we went back over to Camp Snoopy and stopped at Charlie Brown’s Cookout for lunch.
If you’ve been to Cedar Point before you know that some of the food prices can be pretty high, so be sure to plan for that. However, I was very pleased with this place.
For $5.50 the kids all got meals which included a choice of mac & cheese, Uncrustables, or a hot dog. The price included the main dish, a cup of fruit, animal crackers, and their drink. I thought this was a great deal and wasn’t expecting everything to be included. 3 of the 4 kids ate the Uncrustables while Logan opted for the mac & cheese. They all enjoyed their meals and we saved the animal crackers for a late afternoon snack.
After lunch we road Paddlewheel Excursions, which I don’t think I’ve ever done before.
It was a fun 4-5 minute boat ride filled with corny jokes that had all the adults on board groaning (I admit I laughed a couple times!) while the kids just looked at us with an “I don’t get it,” face the entire ride. They did enjoy the animatronics along the shorelines though and were eager to point them out and watch the characters in each scene as we floated by.
One of the neatest things about the boat was that we traveled right underneath Shoot the Rapids. I was able to take a video of the ride to give you an idea of what it looks like. It still wasn’t working, but you can hear a nice description of it by the boat driver in the video below.
After Paddlewheel Excursions we wanted to get in a few last rides before the children started falling asleep standing up. We road the Ocean Motion (Pirate Ship) twice and then rode the Sky Ride back, to end the day with a ride on the Midway Carousel.
It was really fun to go to Cedar Point with four kids 6 and under. Everyone behaved and had a blast. There is so much for them to do there that as much as we tried we didn’t get every single ride in. There were a few rides at Planet Snoopy, the second of three kiddie lands the park offers, that they’ve ridden in the past which we opted to skip over this time.
We also really wanted to take them on the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, which is only one of two racing carousels in the U.S., but everyone was just too tired to fully enjoy it by the end of the day. That’s okay, because by not getting to every ride on our list allows them to have something to look forward to the next time we are there.
In the meantime, we stay in touch with news and events at Cedar Point by “Liking” their Facebook page. In fact, if you visit their Facebook page now and click on the “New in 2011” tab, hints are being revealed about a fantastic new addition to the Cedar Point Midway. They will make the official announcement on Facebook this August 24th at 2 pm.
If you liked this post, check out these links:
- Cedar Point Opening Day
- Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom Trip Review
- Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park Review
Any guesses what Cedar Point’s big announcement might be?
Thank you to Cedar Point for providing the trip for review. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own and that of my family.