Are Cedar Point Season Passes Worth It?

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Every summer, millions of people visit Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.  Cedar Point season passes are a great way to save money on visits to the amusement park. While the cost can be overwhelming, especially for larger families, Cedar Point season passes provide tons of value when used frequently. Here’s a look at 2024 Cedar Point season pass options, costs, pass benefits and other details to determine if season passes make sense for your family.

Cedar Point Season Passes 2024

Cedar Point recently announced changes to season passes for the 2024 season. Perks and prices vary for each pass type.

2024 Gold Pass

The Gold Pass is Cedar Point’s entry-level season pass. It gives guests unlimited visits to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark throughout the season. Some of the perks that come with the Cedar Point Gold Pass include:

  • Unlimited Halloweekends in 2023 & 2024
  • Renewal pricing
  • Free general parking
  • Bring-a-friend discount tickets
  • Pass Perks Rewards
  • 10% food and merchandise discounts
  • Eligibility for 2 Pre-K Passes

2024 Prestige Pass

The 2024 Prestige Pass offers upgraded benefits over the Gold Pass. In addition to unlimited admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, benefits include:

  • Preferred parking (and free general parking)
  • Access to the VIP area
  • Access to the Waterpark VIP area
  • Unlimited Halloweekends in 2023 & 2024
  • Renewal pricing
  • Bring-A-Friend discount tickets
  • 15% food and merchandise discounts
  • Pass Perks Rewards
  • Enhanced Pass Perks Rewards
  • Eligibility for 2 Pre-K Passes
  • Early entry to Cedar Point & Cedar Point Shores
  • Preferred Entrance (2 hours)
  • 1 Single-Use Fast Lane per visit
  • 2 Bring-a-friend tickets annually

2024 Summer Pass

Cedar Points offers a more economical pass option, but it also features fewer benefits. This pass is geared toward individuals visiting the park during the summer months, but don’t want access to Cedar Point Shores waterpark or special events like HalloWeekends. Pass benefits include:

  • Free general parking
  • Bring-A-Friend discount tickets
  • 10% Food & Merchandise discounts
  • Pass Perk Rewards
  • Renewal Pricing
  • 10% Cedar Fair hotel discount

All Park Passport

Cedar Point eliminated the Platinum Pass and Prestige+ Passes. These pass options gave passholders unlimited admission to all Cedar Fair Parks. Now, season pass holders can gain admission to other Cedar Fair Parks by adding the All Park Passport Add-On to whichever season pass they have. The All Park Passport is an additional cost on top of the season pass price. The change is much less confusing than previous pass options.

2024 Cedar Point Season Pass Costs

Below are the current prices for 2024 Cedar Point season passes (before taxes and fees). The park frequently adjusts pricing throughout the year. Check Cedar Point’s website for the most current prices.

  • 2024 Gold Pass: $145
  • 2024 Prestige Pass: $350
  • 2024 Summer Pass: $110
  • 2024 All Park Passport Gold Pass Add-On: $100
  • 2024 All Park Passport Prestige Pass Add-On: $125

Cedar Point Season Pass Payment Plans

The prices above are to purchase a season pass and pay in full. When you purchase a Cedar Point season pass, you have the option to split the cost into monthly payments. If you choose this option, you’ll pay a set initial payment (based on the pass type) and the remaining balance is split into 9 equal monthly payments.

Cedar Point Daily Admission

We’ve looked at Cedar Point’s Season Passes, so let’s turn to the park’s other ticket options to see how they compare. If you’re only planning to visit the park once or twice, daily admission may be more cost-effective than a season pass. Here are the 2024 Cedar Point ticket options and costs (taxes and fees not included):

  • Daily Ticket: From $49.99 (Good Any Day Admission, subject to change)
  • Military Admission Ticket: TBD
  • Bring-A-Friend Ticket: TBD
  • After 4 PM Ticket: TBD
  • Fast Lane: TBD
  • Fast Lane Plus: TBD
  • Season Pass Fast Lane Plus: From $950
  • Funday Bundle: TBD
  • Funday Bundle Max: TBD
  • Cedar Point Shores Admission: TBD

Cedar Point typically waits until closer to the start of a new season to release prices for certain tickets. We’ll update this post as the park releases new pricing information.

Cedar Point Dining and Beverage Add-Ons

Cedar Point also offers several add-on packages to enhance your park experience. Some of the add-ons are for the entire season, while others are for individual visits to the park. All Season Dining plans give visitors lunch and dinner with every visit.

Below is the pricing for Cedar Point’s add-on packages for the 2024 season:

  • All-Season Dining: From $99
  • All Day Dining: TBD
  • All Day Dining Premium: TBD
  • All-Season Drink Bottle: $34.99
  • Season Pass Drink Plan: From $34.99
  • Season Pass Drink Plan+: TBD
  • Souvenir Bottle or Drink Wristband: TBD
  • Single Meal Deal: TBD

Pre-K Passes at Cedar Point

If you are a Gold or Prestige season pass holder, you’re eligible to sign up your children ages three to five for a free Pre-K pass. Children under three don’t require a pass. To take advantage of this offer, you must register your child online for their free Pre-K Pass by August 1, 2024. This benefit is only available for individuals with a Gold or Prestige season pass.

Cedar Point Season Passes Perks

The perks mentioned above are just a snapshot of some of the perks associated with season passes at Cedar Point. What perks are most valuable, especially to a family of six like ours? While we love all the extra bonuses, it’s all about the rides and the food! The fact that you can get early access to the park and access to Cedar Point Shores anytime makes the Platinum Pass a great deal. The fact that we can get in free to all of the other Cedar Fair parks, like Kings Island, Michigan’s Adventure, and Dorney Park is incredible!

The dining plans sound like a great deal, although we generally pack our own lunch to save money at Cedar Point. We just take a break and head out to the picnic pavilion outside the main gate and then re-enter the park. Then, we dine at one of Cedar Point’s restaurants for dinner. But if you don’t care to pack your own food or don’t want to leave the park, check out the dining plan for your family.

What We Love About Cedar Point Season Passes

With season passes at Cedar Point, we love all the perks that get you more time in the park. That includes early entry to the park, access to Cedar Point Shores, passholder ride nights, and admission to other Cedar Fair amusement parks. Free parking is also extremely valuable, especially with multiple visits. Even with non-riders in the family, we get more than enough value from our season passes each year to justify including it in our budget.

What We Don’t Love About Cedar Point Season Passes

Honestly, we use more of the benefits that come with our season passes. We don’t typically buy souvenirs so the merchandise discount is underutilized, but we make up for it using the food discount. Cedar Point generally changes some of the pass benefits each season, so we’ll see going forward if we continue to use all of the available perks.

The Bottom Line on Cedar Point Season Passes

When it comes to Cedar Point season passes, they are worth the cost if:

Plan to visit 3 or more times during the season

If you can get to Cedar Point more than three times during the season, you will more than get your money’s worth of rides, shows, and family fun. If you live close enough to go more than three times, even better. If you don’t plan on visiting more than a couple of times, you would be better off finding discounted individual tickets for your family.

Most of your family rides thrill rides

Cedar Point has entertainment options for people of all ages, but it’s hard to justify the cost if you have several non-riders in your family. The rollercoasters are the main attraction at Cedar Point. If most of your family isn’t going to ride rollercoasters, there are other entertainment options much cheaper than Cedar Point.

Always check with Cedar Point for the latest info before visiting the park. The information presented above is subject to change at any time.

Cedar Point Updates for 2024

Cedar Point has made some big announcements concerning the 2024 operating season and beyond:

What is Cedar Point?

Cedar Point is an amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio. The park is home to a collection of 72 rides, including 18 roller coasters, three kids’ areas,  live entertainment, dining, and a gorgeous mile-long beach on Lake Erie. It’s easy to see why Cedar Point is the best destination for family fun.

The Ohio-based amusement park also features several hotels and resorts and Lighthouse Point, a new campground with luxury RV sites, cottages, and cabins.

Cedar Point FAQs

What are Cedar Point Fast Lane passes?

Cedar Point Fast Lane passes are a premium pass you can add to your ticket to skip the lines on over 20 of Cedar Point’s most popular attractions.

Does Cedar Point have special pricing for non-riders?

No, unfortunately, there are no discounts for non-riders who are unable to (or don’t plan on) partake in amusement rides. The park features other options for non-riders, like live shows, dining, shopping, and more.

Does Cedar Point offer rainchecks?

No, Cedar Point does not offer rain checks. Depending on the specific conditions, some or all park rides may close during inclimate weather.

Can I pack my own lunch and bring it into Cedar Point?

No, guests are not permitted to bring food or drinks into the park with the exception of individual unopened water bottles and for those with special dietary needs. Cedar Point has a large picnic pavilion outside the front entrance. There is no public picnic area located near Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.

Does Cedar Point offer discounts for military members?

Yes, Cedar Point does offer a discount for active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces. You can purchase military member tickets online.

What is your favorite ride at Cedar Point and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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