TPT logo

Today is: Tue 21st October, 2014
Check today's latest news

 

Main menu

Cedar Point Reviews and Guide

Print our full Cedar Point guide

PDF icon Download and print our complete guide to Cedar Point, and access printable guides to nearly 100 theme parks by registering now for FREE. It only takes a few seconds if you login using your Facebook account. Find out more...
Cedar Point

Key information

Location:
Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Operator:
Cedar Fair

Official website:
Click here

The flagship park of the Cedar Fair chain, Cedar Point is second only to Lake Compounce as the oldest operating amusement park in the US. While its rides can't compete with Disney or Universal in the theming stakes, it has a staggeringly large number of them - more than 70 in total. These are spread across several lightly-themed "midway" areas, along with three separate children's areas (two of which are themed around the Peanuts characters). The park's roller coaster line-up is world-renowned, and includes fan favorites Top Thrill Dragster, Millenium Force and Maverick.

History: Cedar Point first opened in 1870, on a peninsula that had become popular with picnicking families. After two decades of steady expansion, the park's first roller coaster, Switchback Railway, debuted in 1892. Further new rides were added after the park was acquired by the Lake Erie & Western railroad five years later. The appointment of Dick Kinzel as CEO of Cedar Fair in 1986 marked a change in direction for the park, which received hundreds of millions of dollars in investment over the proceeding decades. This resulted in the infamous "coaster wars" with Six Flags Magic Mountain, with both parks battling it out to install the largest number of roller coasters. Kinzel's retirement in 2011, and the takeover by ex-Disney stalwart Matt Ouimet, suggests a switch in focus towards the family market and heavier theming.

Top Rides and Shows:

Millennium Force
Your rating: None (91 votes)
3 reviews
Top Thrill Dragster
Your rating: None (68 votes)
1 review
Maverick
Your rating: None (75 votes)
3 reviews
GateKeeper
Your rating: None (60 votes)
2 reviews
Cedar Downs Racing Derby
Your rating: None (11 votes)
0 reviews

Top Restaurants:

Grandstand Refreshments
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews
Kiddieland Refreshments
Your rating: None (1 vote)
0 reviews
Perkins Family Restaurant
Your rating: None (3 votes)
0 reviews
Red Garter Saloon
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews
Toft's Ice Cream Parlor
Your rating: None (3 votes)
0 reviews

Top Hotels:

Hotel Breakers
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews
Sandcastle Suites
Your rating: None (1 vote)
0 reviews
Castaway Bay
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews
Breakers Express
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews
Lighthouse Point
Your rating: None (2 votes)
0 reviews

More information:

Deals and discounts
Heading to Cedar Point? Check out our listings to find money-saving offers.

New attraction opening dates
Find out the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new rides at Cedar Point.

Refurbishment schedule
Check for any scheduled temporary ride closures at Cedar Point.

Latest News:

This month’s theme park updates are all about new attractions we’re expecting to see come to parks around the world in the next year.

Cedar Point has announced it is to completely transform its stand-up roller coaster Mantis into a floorless coaster to be named Rougarou.

Which theme parks and attractions do our readers rate as the best in the world? Let's find out...