My Cedar Point Amusement Park Review
Cedar Point Roller Coasters are the perfect thing for thrill seekers or anyone who just likes having fun. “America’s Roller Coast” on the shores of Lake Erie has 18 roller coasters and is widely considered to be one of the best amusement parks in the world. This post will show you what rides to hit in which order on your visit! (Disclaimer: I didn’t get to ride all of them)
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1. Steel Vengeance
Opening in 2018 this is the newest roller coaster at Cedar Point. Steel Vengeance is a hyper hybrid wood and steel roller coaster with a huge drop and four inversions. It also has nearly 30 seconds of airtime!
Many roller coaster enthusiasts consider it to be the best in the world. It’s easy to see why! Nothing gets your day going like turning upside down through a tight wood frame at over 70mph/112kmh.
It feels like you might lose your head! Walk to the back of the park when the gates open to ride one of Cedar Point’s best roller coasters.
Opening in 2007 this is a very fast coaster with low-lying hard turns, corkscrews, tunnels, and a steeper-than-vertical 95-degree drop. Maverick also features the first-ever Twisted Horseshoe Roll, two 360-degree corkscrew rolls in opposite directions. Giddy up!
The most memorable part of the ride is the second launch through a pitch-black tunnel getting up to 70mph/112kmh in just 3 seconds. It’s a short walk from Steel Vengeance and the logical next stop.
3. Millenium Force
The world’s first giga coaster this one broke 5 world records when it first opened in 2000. Millenium Force is frequently voted as one of the best steel coasters in the world with a top speed of 93mph/149kmh and a 300ft/91m drop. This one pulls hard!
We rode in the very front car for our third ride of the day. That drop is something else! At the top a guy yelled out “This is where good men go to die!!” and I felt that.
The Raptor rules the sky!
Raptor is a fast steel-looping Cedar Point roller coaster. It was much scarier than I expected. Raptor features a fun cobra roll and six inversions in total. The unexpected turns and close proximity to things make it feel much faster than its top speed of 57mph/92kmh.
Like you’re on the wings of a falcon swooping down to snatch a mouse. It opened way back in 1994.
Number five for me is the Gatekeeper. Step onto the wings of a golden griffon that broke several world records when it opened in 2013. A high-speed “winged coaster” that goes upside down six times! It was a surprise favorite of ours and we rode it twice because it always seemed to have a shorter line.
The Gatekeeper flies right in the front of the park above the main entrance. It boasts the highest inversion in the park at 170ft/51m right at the beginning of the ride. Wait times for us on a Monday were only 15-20 minutes.
Our next Cedar Point roller coaster on the list is the Valrvn. The World’s Tallest, Fastest, and Longest Dive Coaster opened in 2016. It has a 90-degree drop of 214ft/65m and three loops. We waited about 45 minutes for this one. Personally, I thought the Raptor was scarier, but the Valravn is definitely still a good thrill!
Formerly the Mantis, the newer Rougarou opened in 2015. It’s a floorless steel roller coaster that turns riders upside down five times. Rougarou is a fun ride as it dangles you right above the water! It’s named after a swamp creature that resembles a werewolf in Cajun folklore. In case you were wondering.
8. Blue Streak
Opening in 1964 Blue Streak is an Ace Roller Coaster Landmark and Cedar Point’s oldest roller coaster. There aren’t any huge drops, but it’s still a cool one. Wait times tend to be shorter too.
We only waited about 10 minutes. The Blue Streak reaches a height of 78ft and a top speed of 40 mph, even though it feels much faster than that. I love rickety wooden roller coasters!
Number nine is a blue steel roller coaster that first opened in 1976. It was the first in the world to offer three loops. That’s why it’s named corkscrew. By comparison to the others in the park, this coaster was the least impressive and most forgettable in my opinion.
Although it’s still worth riding if the lines are short to experience a piece of history. This roller coaster is nearly 50 years old. The wait for us was about 15 minutes.
Top Thrill 2 – New in 2024
I hope to return to ride this roller coaster when it opens next summer. I never got the chance to ride the original Top Thrill Dragster. Top Thrill 2 will open in 2024 with some new changes, billing itself as the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch roller coaster reaching a height of 420ft and a top speed of 120mph!
Cedar Point Roller Coasters I Didn’t Ride
Unfortunately, Magnum XL was closed. There was a malfunction the day we were there. People had to walk down the incline and it made national headlines. We were happy we weren’t on it!
We noticed the train sitting on the incline while waiting in line for the corkscrew. Magnum XL and Gemini were the only big coasters we weren’t able to ride. Next time! I will update this list upon my return. Promise.
This review also doesn’t include the smaller less thrilling roller coasters either. Like Iron Dragon, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, and the Wild Mouse.
If you’ve ridden them all let me know your thoughts on where they rank in the comments!
Cedar Point Thrill Rides
There’s more to Cedar Point Amusement Park than just roller coasters. Consider these scary thrill rides too!
Max Air is a pendulum ride that swings back and forth and spins at the top. This was the last ride of the night for me. Don’t miss it! Just keep laughing to fight off the fear. It’s a short walk from the Gatekeeper.
This ride is really cool. It’s basically a high-swing ride with excellent views over Lake Erie and the entire amusement park. Also close to the Gatekeeper!
This Power Tower is 240ft/73m high. There are two versions. One that shoots up fast and drops fast, and the classic version that goes up slowly and drops straight down. I hate these rides. Because I have a fear of heights, but on days like these, facing your fears is kinda the point.
How Long Are the Waits at Cedar Point?
It greatly depends. Waits vary from 5-10 minutes up to 90 minutes for the most popular roller coasters. The lines are obviously not as long on weekdays. You can keep tabs on the current wait times by downloading the Cedar Point mobile app.
Making the Most of a One-Day Visit to Cedar Point
My buddy and I went on a Monday in late July knowing that visiting on a weekend would be busier. We stayed from open until close 10am to 10pm.
It was a very long day, but purchasing the all-day dining bundle for $75 helped. Allowing you to eat every 90 minutes it’s worth it, even if the food isn’t all that great. I mean who doesn’t want to get on a roller coaster after stuffing their face with spicy chicken tendies?
I absolutely recommend hitting the big roller coasters like Steel Vengeance, Maverick, and Millenium Force early on to avoid long lines. We went straight to Steel Vengeance when it opened at 10am and only waited maybe 15 minutes.
I rode 14 total rides that day. I imagine on a weekend you might only ride half that.
Fast Lane Passes
Unless of course, you decide to buy a fast lane pass. It allows you to skip long lines. However, they’re a separate cost on top of the gate admission and not cheap. There’s a lot of debate online about whether they’re worth the cost too.
When Did Cedar Point Open?
Cedar Point opened 153 years ago in 1870 and has undergone many significant changes over the years.
When is Cedar Point Amusement Park Open?
Cedar Point Amusement Park is open from early May until Labor Day in September. That’s followed by weekend-only hours through Halloween during an annual period known as the HalloWeekends.
Hours of operation during summer are generally from 10am-10pm, but can vary by the day and season. So it’s best to check the hours on the date you plan to go ahead of time.
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