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Thursday, 3 September, 2009 2:45 PM

Cedar Point lowers its prices; prepares for HalloWeekends

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A special HalloWeekends hearse is located just outside the entrance to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Cedar Point has dropped its daily admission price to $29.99 from August 31 to September 4. Tickets must be purchased online to get that special price. The Sandusky, Ohio theme park is getting ready for its 13th annual Halloweekends celebration. Every weekend from September 18 through November 1, Cedar Point will be transformed into a halloween-themed destination.

Hours will be 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, noon to midnight on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. There will be special hours for Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camp Snoopy will be closed on Fridays. Haunted outdoor scare zones will be closed on Sundays, except for Oct. 11.

HalloWeekends includes two haunted houses, a monster midway invasion celebration, menacing creatures, live musical shows and get your last screams before the rides close for the season. Giant inflatables, fun floats and characters will walk by in the parade on Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Two new haunted houses will be featured, G.A. Boeckling's Eerie Estate and Happy Jack's Toy Factory.

Cedar Point is also offering another way to save on admission. Thrill seekers who pay $59.99 per ticket and you can make two visits to the theme park between now and November 1. The two visits can be on separate days. The deal is only available online and is available until Sept. 7. That is a savings of $30 off the gate price. (Click here for more on Cedar Point deals and discounts.)

The new addition for 2009 is Starlight Experience, a night time LED light extravaganza with floats themed to the four seasons. This $1,000,000 attraction takes place on the Frontier Trail nightly beginning at twilight. In order to prepare for Starlight Experience, the Frontier Trail closes for approximately 30 minutes before the event.

There are two other live shows for visitors to enjoy. Charlie Brown's Funtime Frolics is a children's show that runs at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Camp Snoopy Theatre. However, there are no shows on Thursdays. Got Country is a live music show featuring country songs from the past and the present. It runs every hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Red Garter Saloon with an added 7 p.m. show on Fridays and Saturdays. However, there are no shows on Tuesdays. Both of these shows end on Sept. 7.

If you've never been to Cedar Point, there are 17 roller coasters (the most at any theme park), thrill rides, water rides, family rides and children's rides. There are many great rides at Cedar Point and there is sure to be something just for you to have some fun!

I recently visited Cedar Point on Tuesday, Sept. 1. There was hardly any wait or no wait at all on most rides. If you are thinking of going to Cedar Point, now is definitely the time to go. Most college students and younger kids are in school already so you can get on rides quickly without a long wait. The Thunder Canyon ride was closed due to its transition to a HalloWeekends ride called CornStalkers.

The Iron Dragon is a roller coaster that opened at Cedar Point in 1987. It is a steel-based roller coaster that lasts for two minutes and travels at a top speed of 35 miles per hour. It can accommodate 2,000 riders per hour. The Iron Dragon is low to the ground, it goes over water and it swings from side to side.

Disaster Transport is an enclosed roller coaster that opened at Cedar Point in 1985. It is a steel bobsled roller coaster that lasts for two minutes and 32 seconds and travels at a top speed of 40 miles per hour. It can accommodate 1,023 riders per hour. Riders will first go on a maze to get on the ride, which goes through a dark tunnel with lights. It is very warm inside as if it you are standing close to the sun. Then, you ride in complete darkness through twists and turns.

The Cedar Creek Mine Ride is a roller coaster that opened at Cedar Point in 1969. It is a steel-based roller coaster on a wooden frame that lasts for two minutes and 42 seconds at a top speed of 42 miles per hour. It can accommodate 2,400 riders per hour. The Cedar Creek Mine Ride is not very high off the ground. However, it is jerky as it swings from left to right.

Don't forget that Cedar Point is located on a peninsula on Lake Erie. There is a nice beach located right next to the theme park. Visitors who only want to use the beach still must pay the $10 parking fee. However, if you pay admission to the theme park, you can get your hand stamped, enjoy the water and then return. There are on-site parasail and jet ski rentals from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Click here to visit the official website of Cedar Point.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Some of Cedar Point's roller coasters can be seen from across the Sandusky Bay.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A large flower display near the entrance to the theme park.

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

HalloWeekends sign

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Entrance to Cedar Point

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Cedar Point historical sign

 

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