Are Cedar Point Season Passes Worth It?

by Kevin Payne

Every summer, millions of people make their way to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.  Cedar Point season passes are a great way to save money on visits to the amusement park. Costs for season passes, however, can seem overwhelming, especially for a family of 6 like mine. Let’s explore the different season pass options offered by Cedar Point to see if they make sense for your family.

 

2021 Coronavirus Update: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Cedar Point Amusement Park policies may change throughout the season. We will do our best to keep up to date on any park news and ways to save money at Cedar Point, but this post may not reflect the latest updates. Please head to the official Cedar Point website for all of the details concerning the 2021 season.

 

My History With Cedar Point

Growing up, I couldn’t wait for school to end and summer to arrive. One of the main reasons for this was that our family would make the trek to visit Cedar Point and Kings Island almost every summer. These were some of my greatest memories as a kid, which formed my love for roller coasters, thrill rides, and all of the other sights and sounds that amusement parks offer.

My family moved to the Cleveland area the summer before I entered  8th grade. With a short one-hour drive, we found ourselves visiting more than once a summer. In high school, my brother and I bought season passes one summer and spent most free weekends in Sandusky riding The Magnum XL-200 and The Mean Streak. I even spent one summer during college working at Cedar Point in the games and arcades department. I still remember Jimmy King, a member of The University of Michigan’s “Fab 5”, playing skee ball while I scrambled to find something for him to autograph (I ended up finding a napkin).

 

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.

 

Update For 2020 Season Passholders

Due to the pandemic, most season pass holders weren’t able to take advantage of unlimited visits last season. Cedar Point announced that it was extending 2020 season passes through the 2021 season for any individuals and families that had purchased season passes.

 

Cedar Point Season Passes

Cedar Point offers two season pass options for its guests along with one option for younger children. Perks vary for each pass.

 

Gold Pass

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

  • Unlimited visits to Cedar Point Shores Water park
  • Bring-a-friend discounts
  • Exclusive ride nights
  • In-park food and merchandise discounts
  • Free parking
  • 30-minute early entry into Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores

The Cedar Point Gold Pass costs $129 per person (plus taxes and fees). Cedar Point offers payment plans, which include four payments of $24 after an initial payment of $33.

 

Platinum Pass

If you are looking for more perks, Cedar Point’s Platinum Pass is the choice for you. On top of all the same perks you love with the Gold Pass, the Platinum Pass also gets you:

  • One hour early entry into Cedar Point
  • 30-minute early entry into Cedar Point Shores
  • Admission to all Cedar Fair Parks (There are 11 parks!)
  • Upgrade to Fast Lane Plus when you buy Fast Lane
  • Resort and hotel discounts

Currently, Platinum Passes cost $202 (plus taxes and fees). Cedar Point offers payment plans, which include four payments of $39 after an initial payment of $46.

 

Cedar Point Season Pass Add-Ons

On top of season pass options, Cedar Point also has some add-ons, for an extra charge, to enhance your visits all season.

 

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 2021 season:

  • Gold Pass All Season Dining: $129 total ($24/month after initial payment of $33)
  • Platinum Pass All Season Dining: $132 total ($25/month after initial payment of $32)
  • All Season Drink Refills: $32.99
  • All Day Dining: $31.99
  • Souvenir Bottle or Drink Pass: $13.99
  • Single Meal Deal: $14.99

 

FunPix

Passholders have the option to add FunPix to their season pass and get unlimited digital, professional park photos from every visit to Cedar Point. All season FunPix currently costs $64.99, while single-day FunPix costs $29.99.

 

Pre-K Passes at Cedar Point

For a limited time, Cedar Point is offering free Pre-K Passes to children ages three to five. This is great for families with multiple kids within different age groups. The older kids can still enjoy the attractions and you don’t have to pay or find a sitter for the little ones. Note that all children ages 2 and under are always free at Cedar Point and don’t require a 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 area outside the main gate and then re-enter the park. Then, we dine at one of Cedar Point’s restaurants for dinner.

 

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.

 

What We Don’t Love About Cedar Point Season Passes

While we love Cedar Point’s season passes, many of the parks offered are discounts we would never use. For instance, they offer a 10% discount on merchandise bought at the park, but we rarely buy any souvenirs. Also, we typically don’t eat at the restaurants outside the park, so the 10% discount doesn’t provide much value. We don’t get airbrush t-shirts and we aren’t taking an antique photo. Those types of experiences are probably more popular among people only making one trip to Cedar Point per season.

 

The Bottom Line on Cedar Point Season Passes

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

You make more than 3 visits in a season

If you can get to Cedar Point more than 3 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 3 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.

Everyone in your family loves to ride 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.

If you are going to purchase season passes to Cedar Point, Platinum Passes are the only way to go. The jump in perks between the two pass types is massive. Early entry, free parking, and access to other Cedar Fair parks are all only available with the Platinum Passes. If you are going to make the investment for season passes, you might as well spend a little more and get the full benefits.

 

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 FAQs

Are reservations required at Cedar Point in 2021?

There’s no official word from Cedar Point officials on whether guests will need to make reservations to visit the park, which was a requirement for part of the 2020 season. It’s likely that reservations will be a requirement this season.

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. As of right now, Fast Lane passes currently aren’t for sale for the 2021 season.

Where is a Cedar Point Platinum pass valid?

Cedar Point’s Platinum Pass is valid at all Cedar Fair parks including Cedar Point, Kings Island, Michigan’s Adventure, Dorney Park, ValleyFair, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Canada’s Wonderland, California’s Great America, Knott’s Berry Farm, Worlds of Fun, and Schlitterbahn Waterparks.

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) partaking 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 does have a large picnic shelter located outside of the main 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 here.

 

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

 

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3 comments

Dawn June 10, 2019 -

Totally agree with your points! Family of 5 cost seems outrageous upfront, but in the end living 25 min from the park we totally get our moneys worth out of it. You can also come and go as you please.. there is a McDonalds and other fast food places up the street to curb the cost of eating in park. Also, 1 year we planned a tour of Ohio staycation and visited Kings Island over night and was able to get in to the park for free.. keeping that vacation cost down. #win

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Kevin Payne June 16, 2019 -

It is a big cost up front. It’s all about how much you use the passes and your goals for family fun, entertainment, and travel.

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Tee Bee March 27, 2021 -

Yes, it’s worth it. This is a moment in time when for as long as you’re at the Park, you and your friends and family will have a time and time together doing something you all will remember. By the way, best deals on passes might be through accommodations, and CP has a payment option.

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