Cedar Point 2021: A Complete Guide

by Kevin Payne

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Cedar Point has a special place in my heart. Growing up, our family often made the trek to Sandusky, Ohio, no matter where we were living at the time. I also worked there in the summer while in college. Cedar Point will always be “America’s Rollercoast” to me. Use this complete guide to visiting Cedar Point to plan your family’s next visit to the amusement park.


What is Cedar Point?

Cedar Point is an amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, along Lake Erie. A family fun destination, Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in North America. The park is home to 18 roller coasters and tons of other thrill rides and family attractions.


2021 Coronavirus Update

Due to the pandemic, Cedar Point Amusement Park policies may change throughout the season. We do our best to keep up to date on any park news, 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.

Cedar Point started the 2021 season requiring park reservations, but as of July 1, 2021, they are no longer required. As of July 15, 2021, reservations are no longer required to visit Cedar Point Shores Waterpark either.

Other announcements that have been made so far this season include:

  • Health screenings are no longer required.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • Social distancing will be in place in ride lines, but the park isn’t limiting ride capacity. 
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a face covering. 
  • If not fully vaccinated, you must wear a face covering indoors (unless eating or drinking) and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Update for 2020 Season Pass Holders

Thanks to a huge online deal, Cedar Point added tons of new season pass holders before the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the pandemic kept the park closed for a portion of the season. Once opened, Cedar Point put several restrictions in place that made it more challenging to visit the park. Cedar Point announced that it was extending 2020 season passes through the 2021 season for any individual/family that had purchased season passes.


Your Complete Guide to Visiting Cedar Point in 2021

Cedar Point is one of our favorite family fun destinations in the world. It helps that we live within an hour of the park, but it’s still a top choice every summer for all of us. In our Cedar Point review below,  you will find information on all things Cedar Point, including ride information, dining, entertainment, shopping, tickets, and much more. Hopefully, we’ve covered everything, but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments, and we will try to answer them. Here is your complete guide to visiting Cedar Point in 2021.


Cedar Point Opening Day 2021

Cedar Point announced it will open for the 2021 season on May 14, 2021. Cedar Point Shores Waterpark is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 29, 2021.


Cedar Point Rides

Cedar Point is an entertainment destination, but the real reason to visit the park is its unbelievable selection of roller coasters and other thrill rides. The amusement park has always been a leader in the industry with its record-breaking attractions. Here’s a look at some of Cedar Point’s most popular rides.



Cedar Point Roller Coasters

Cedar Point is home to 18 roller coasters. Some of the more notable roller coasters are:

Valravn: The tallest (223 feet), fastest (75 mph), and longest (2:23 minutes) dive coaster in the United States

Top Thrill Dragster: This coaster goes from a standstill to 120 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. Head up a 90-degree incline 420 feet before safely returning back to earth.

Millennium Force: A true force, this giga-coaster keeps it simple: tall climbs, big drops, and fast speeds (93 miles per hour).

Raptor: My favorite ride in the park. The inversions this coaster makes are insane. Plus, it’s such a smooth ride.

Steel Vengeance: Formerly known as Mean Streak, this coaster got a major overhaul recently to become a new breed of roller coaster — hyper hybrid. It’s a long ride, at 2:30 minutes, and it also has almost 30 seconds of air time, the most of any roller coaster in the world.

Rougarou: The first floorless coaster at Cedar Point, Rougarou leaves your feet dangling as you travel its various twists, turns, and loops for 2:30 minutes.

GateKeeper: This coaster sits at the front of the park and is a must-ride for every family. The coaster breaks seven world records, including the highest inversion of any coaster.

Other Cedar Point roller coasters not to be missed include:

  • Blue Streak
  • Cedar Creek Mine Ride
  • Corkscrew
  • Gemini
  • Iron Dragon
  • Magnum XL-200
  • Maverick
  • Wicked Twister


Other Notable Cedar Point Rides

While Roller coasters are the main attraction, most of Cedar Point’s other rides are more than worth their wait time. The park features several other thrill rides, fan favorites, and classics to round out your next visit to the park.

  • Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad
  • Cedar Downs Racing Derby
  • Giant Wheel
  • MaXair
  • Midway Carousel
  • Ocean Motion
  • Power Tower
  • Sky Ride
  • Snake River Expedition
  • Snake River Falls
  • WindSeeker


Cedar Point Kids & Family Rides

Height restrictions will keep many kids off the larger attractions, but Cedar Point is still an absolute blast for younger children. The park features three areas specifically geared towards kids and families, including Camp Snoopy. You may even spot the loveable dog and the rest of the Peanuts gang throughout the park. Kids (and parents) will love rides like:

  • Antique Cars
  • Cadillac Cars
  • Lake Erie Eagles
  • Linus’ Beetle Bug
  • Peanuts 500
  • Pipe Scream
  • Snoopy’s Express Railroad
  • Woodstock Express
  • Woodstock’s Whirlybirds
  • Wilderness Run


Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island

Recently Cedar Point surprised park fans with the addition of a new family area of the park called Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island. It’s an interactive playground of sorts, full of unique challenges and play areas. For Walt Disney World fans, Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island reminds me of Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom.


Cedar Point Ride Restrictions

Like all amusement parks, Cedar Point has ride policies and restrictions in place to protect all of its guests, including height, weight, health, and other restrictions. Always familiarize yourself with park restrictions before visiting.


Dining at Cedar Point

If Cedar Point’s rides are the Sundae, then the park’s food is the cherry on top. It’s hard not to get lost in the sites (and smells) of all the dining options as you stroll through the park. Cedar Point has something for everyone, including individuals with specific dietary needs.


Cedar Point Dining Plans

One way to save money at Cedar Point is through its dining plans. The park offers single meal and all-day dining plans. All-day plans come with an entree and a side at select park restaurants, with only a 90-minute waiting period between meals. Here’s the pricing for Cedar Point dining plans:

  • Gold Pass All Season Dining: $139 (plus taxes and fees)
  • Platinum Pass All Season Dining: $149 total (plus taxes and fees)
  • All Day Dining: $31.99
  • All Season Bottle: $32.99
  • Season Pass Drink Plan: $32.99
  • Souvenir Bottle or Drink Pass: $13.99
  • Single Meal Deal: $14.99


Cedar Point Restaurants

Sometimes amusement park dining means inferior food. Cedar Point, however, offers up some great dining choices, including the park’s unique take on several types of cuisine and many well-known national and regional favorites:

  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Cinnabon
  • BackBeatQue
  • Chick-FIl-A
  • Coasters Drive-In
  • Custard Creamery
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • French Quarter Confections
  • Happy Friar
  • Hugo’s Italian Kitchen
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Last Chance Saloon / Lusty Lil’s Palace
  • Melt Bar and Grilled
  • Miss Keat’s Smokehouse
  • Panda Express
  • Red Garter Saloon
  • Senor Vargas’ Walking Tacos
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • The Mac Shack
  • The Loft
  • Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor


Can You Bring Food into Cedar Point?

Unfortunately, like many amusement parks, outside food and drinks aren’t permitted in Cedar Point. There are two exceptions to this policy:

  • Individual unopened water bottles
  • Food for individuals with special dietary needs.

While you can’t bring food into the park, you can pack a cooler and utilize picnic tables (they got rid of the large picnic shelter) located just outside Cedar Point’s main entrance. Just make sure you get your hand stamped for re-entry before you walk out the gate.


Entertainment at Cedar Point

There’s more than just rides at Cedar Point. The park also offers a ton of entertainment options. There’s always something going on, whether you need a break from thrill rides or prefer to be entertained from ground level.

Live shows are somewhat limited for the 2021 season at Cedar Point. You can find information on specific live shows here

Information on specific shows and entertainment hasn’t been released for the 2021 season yet. We will add any new information as it becomes available.


Cedar Point Events

There are also several special events planned in the park during the 2021 season. Some of those events include:

  • Frontier Festival: Weekends May 14-16 and May 21-23, Daily May 28 – June 13
  • CoasterMania: June 4
  • Coaster Campout: June 25-26
  • Cedar Point 150th Anniversary Celebration: June 26 – August 15
  • Light Up The Point: July 4
  • Cedar Point Nights: Daily August 6 – August 15, Weekends August 20 – September 5


Cedar Point Halloweekends

Some of the details for Cedar Point Halloweekends were released on July 15th. While more news is to follow, here’s what we know about this popular fall event at Cedar Point:

  • Halloweekends will run on select nights from September 17th to October 31st. 
  • The Tricks and Treats Fall Fest and Haunt from last season are back for 2021.
  • The event will have traditional hours in September, but Cedar Point is offering more options starting in October. 
  • No reservations are required to attend Cedar Point Halloweekends. 

Here’s how the Halloweekend schedule looks starting in October 2021: 

  • Thursdays – Haunt at night – 6 PM to 12 AM
  • Fridays – Tricks and Treats Fall Fest during the day and HAUNT at night – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Saturdays – Tricks and Treats Fall Fest AND HAUNT – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Sundays – Tricks and Treats Fall Fest during the day and HAUNT at night – 11 AM to 12 AM


Shopping at Cedar Point

Shopping may not be the first thing you think of when planning a visit to Cedar Point, but they still offer plenty of options. Souvenir shops are scattered throughout the park, along with other storefronts featuring unique goods like old-time photos, glass blowing, face painting and henna tattoos, candy, and more.


Cedar Point Park Hours

Cedar Point hours vary throughout the season. The amusement park typically opens at 10 AM and is open until either 8 PM or 10 PM. You can check Cedar Point hours here.


How to Buy Cedar Point Tickets

You can buy Cedar Point tickets directly online or in person at the park. AAA members can purchase discount tickets through the motorist club. You can also find discount tickets at regional retailers like:

  • Meijer
  • Wegmans
  • Discount Drug Mart
  • Kroger
  • Giant Eagle

Cedar Point offers several ticket options for individuals and families. Below is pricing on the various Cedar Point ticket options available in 2021. Keep in mind that taxes and any extra fees aren’t included in the pricing below.

  • Daily Passes: From $49.99
  • Two Day, Any Day Tickets: $79.99 (Admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores any two days during the 2021 season)
  • Military Admission Tickets: From $39.99

Individual Cedar Point Shores Waterpark tickets are currently not on sale yet.


Cedar Point Season Passes

Cedar Point season passes are a great deal, especially if you plan to visit the amusement park multiple times during the season. Here is the current pricing for Cedar Point season passes.

2021 Gold Pass: $150.00 – The Gold pass includes unlimited visits to Cedar Point, Cedar Point Shores, free parking, early entry, and discounts throughout the park.

2021 Platinum Pass: $225 – The Platinum Pass gets you into all Cedar Fair parks across the US. Other benefits included depending on the park you visit.

2021 Pre-K Pass: FREE – Parents of children ages three to five can register them for a free Pre-K pass for the 2021 season. Children under three don’t require a pass.


2021 Cedar Point Season Pass Early Entry

Cedar Point recently announced early entry hours for Platinum and Gold Passholders as well as guests at Cedar Point resorts.

Platinum Passholders and Resort Guests: 9 AM Early Entry for the following rides:

  • Ocean Motion
  • Midway Carousel
  • GateKeeper
  • Kiddy Kingdom (11 rides)
  • Cadillac Cars
  • Cedar Downs Racing Derby
  • Dodgem
  • Valravn
  • Raptor
  • Millennium Force
  • Maverick
  • Skyhawk
  • Magnum XL-200
  • Steel Vengeance (Saturdays & Sundays ONLY)

Gold Passholders: 9:30 Early Entry for the following rides:

  • Ocean Motion
  • Midway Carousel
  • GateKeeper
  • Kiddy Kingdom (11 rides)
  • Cadillac Cars
  • Cedar Downs Racing Derby
  • Dodgem
  • Valravn
  • Raptor

Guests staying at Cedar Point resorts will receive early entry passes from the resort’s front desk. You will need to present this pass, along with your Cedar Point ticket, to access early entry privileges.

Platinum and Gold Passholders must present their season pass (either physical pass or on the mobile app) to gain early entry.


Cedar Point Season Pass Add-ons

Cedar Point also offers several add-ons for the 2021 season to enhance your park experience and possibly save money:

  • All-Season Dining: $129.00 for Gold Pass holders, $132 for Platinum Pass holders
  • All-Season Drink Refills: $32.99
  • All Season FunPix: $64.99


Renting Lockers at Cedar Point

There are times when you might need the use of lockers to store items while visiting the park. Cedar Point has all-day lockers available (with in/out privileges) near the front entrance and at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Cash and credit cards are accepted at all lockers.

You can also rent moveable lockers at some ride locations. Moveable lockers mean you pay one price and can move your stuff to different locations throughout the day as needed. Some rides at Cedar Point have restrictions on what you can carry on with you (sunglasses, phones, bags, etc.), so using lockers helps you avoid having to get out of line.


How To Get to Cedar Point

Cedar Point is located at 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870.

For visitors traveling by air, the closest airports are Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or Toledo Express Airport. Both airports are within an hour of Cedar Point by car.


Parking at Cedar Point

Cedar Point hasn’t updated its parking pass policy for the 2021 season yet, but typically a pass costs $20 and is available for purchase online.

Last season, Cedar Point urged visitors to purchase passes ahead of time for a contactless parking experience. They also only accepted cashless payments (credit cards, Apple Pay, etc.). There’s no official word if this is the procedure for this upcoming season, but I could see that being continued going forward in 2021.

Cedar Point allows you to leave the parking lot and return later as long as you show your original receipt of purchase for that day.


Where to Stay at Cedar Point

There are plenty of local accommodations at or near Cedar Point If you’re staying in the area overnight. Here’s a look at both Cedar Point-owned properties and off-site accommodations.


Cedar Point Hotels and Resorts

Cedar Point offers a handful of overnight accommodations on-property or within a short drive, including:


  • Hotel Breakers: Cedar Point’s premier hotel is located on property just steps from a park entrance.


  • Lighthouse Point: Cottages, cabins, and RV sites within walking distance of entrances to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.


  • Castaway Bay: Indoor waterpark hotel located a short drive from Cedar Point.


  • Express Hotel: A value hotel located less than a mile from the park.


  • Cedar Point Marina: 180 boat slips with full utilities, gated docks, discounts on Cedar Point tickets, a heated swimming pool, and more.


Other Hotels Near Cedar Point

If you prefer to stay outside of Cedar Point and its properties, tons of hotels and resorts are located within Sandusky and the surrounding cities that are a short drive to Cedar Point.

  • Kalahari Resorts Sandusky
  • Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark Sandusky
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky
  • Tru by Hilton Sandusky
  • Comfort inn Sandusky
  • Hampton inn Sandusky-Central
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sandusky
  • La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Sandusky
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Sandusky/Milan
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Milan – Sandusky Area


Cedar Point Mobile App

An easy way to navigate your way around the park is by downloading the Cedar Point mobile app. The mobile app, available for iOS and Android, comes with cool features like a park map (so you can locate rides, dining options, the nearest restroom, and more), mobile food ordering, ride wait times, parking lot car finder, and Cedar Point special offers.

You can also store your Cedar Point tickets or season passes digitally within the app.


Cedar Point Mobile App – App Store Download

Cedar Point Mobile App – Play Store Download


Cedar Point FAQs

Are reservations required at Cedar Point in 2021?

No, in July 2021 Cedar Point announces that reservations are no longer required for admission to Cedar Point or Cedar Point Shores. Also, no reservations are required for Cedar Point Halloweekends in Fall 2021. 

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. Cedar Point announced that Fast Lane Passes will go on sale on April 26th. 

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?

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 some picnic tables available outside of the main entrance, but they removed most of them this season. 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.

Can I rent a stroller at Cedar Point?

Yes, single and double strollers are available to rent at Cedar Point. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Cedar Point Merchandise Office at (419) 626-0830 ext. 2571 for more information.

Can I rent a wheelchair at Cedar Point?

Yes, Manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and electric wheelchairs with a canopy are available to rent at Cedar Point. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Cedar Point Merchandise Office at (419) 626-0830 ext. 2571 for more information. You can also rent wheelchairs ahead of time online here.


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What is your favorite part of visiting Cedar Point? Do you have any tips on visiting Cedar Point? Let us know in the comments below.

Cedar Point 2021: A Complete Guide

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Heather Down April 18, 2021 -

Any word on when Fast Passes will go on sale?

Kevin Payne April 18, 2021 -

Heather, Cedar Point just announced that that Fast Lane passes will go on sale on April 26th. They are also going to require reservations again this season. More details coming on April 26th.

K K May 18, 2021 -

Are there still reserved times for riding specific rides this year as it was last year?

Kyle May 18, 2021 -

Will there still be a specific time and pass required to ride certain roller coaster?

Kevin Payne May 25, 2021 -

I don’t think that’s the case for this season. I haven’t seen or heard anything like that yet.

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