Yes/No Films on the Road: HalloWeekends at Cedar Point {Sandusky, OH}, now through Nov. 2nd

*Disclosure: I received media passes to visit Cedar Point. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I am no stranger to Cedar Point - I went for the first time in 1999 or 2000, I believe, with my middle school orchestra, and I've continued to visit every year since. From the first visit until 2005, I went with my school orchestra - we had competitions in Ohio and the award ceremony would be that same day at the park - and after 2005, I didn't think I'd be back soon.

However, I've actually gone back every year since, usually with friends, and there's a reason for that: Cedar Point is known for having some of the best roller coasters in the country, as is a short two-hour drive from the metro Detroit area.

L to R, clockwise: 2006 on Top Thrill, 2009 in Camp Snoopy,
2010 + 2013 in front of Millennium Force

In 2006, my UM dorm hallmates and I carpooled together to attend HalloWeekends at the park - the first and only time I had been to HalloWeekends, until this year. I was excited to visit the park when it was a little cooler out, and this past weekend was the first HalloWeekends, which goes until November 2nd.



I didn't go on as many rides as I usually do, on this trip, but I hit most of my favorites: Magnum, Millennium Force, GateKeeper, Power Tower, and the Raptor. We also took the Sky Ride across the park, which was a nice rest - my Fitbit said I walked 23,000 steps at Cedar Point that day!


I think my favorite ride at the park continues to be Millennium Force, but the newest addition to the roller coaster fleet, GateKeeper, is just as smooth a ride, and is definitely one that is a must-ride when you go to the park. Even though Raptor just turned 20 years old, it's also still a great ride that I would definitely recommend.


^ GateKeeper, Cedar Point's newest coaster

L: being scared of the vampire! R: Alex and Larry, bottom right: Alex + pumpkin cookie

Because this past Saturday was the official blogger day, Cedar Point provided us with some yummy fall treats in the form of pumpkin sugar cookies and caramel apples. I love a good caramel apple, especially in the fall, and my friends who I went with really liked the pumpkin cookies.


You definitely can't miss out on the haunted attractions when you go for HalloWeekends, and even though I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to haunted houses, I was curious to try out some of Cedar Point's offerings. We stood in line for Hexed (pictured above), which ended up being more fun than scary, although it's one of CP's "Frightfully Scary" rides, which means it's not recommended for young kids. 

We also did "CarnEvil" and "Blood on the Bayou," both of which were walk-through areas where evil clowns and other creatures of the night will try to scare you ... though we made it through unscathed. 

Map of HalloWeekends attractions

If scary corn mazes are more your thing, CP offers Corn Stalkers. There's also Zombie High School, Eden Musee, Eternity Infirmary and The Eerie Estate, for those looking for some scary thrills, and many family-friendly exhibits too like the Peanuts Halloween Show, Skeleton Crew, and the Gypsy Fortune Tellers, located near the Gemini coaster.

I'm so glad I got to return to Cedar Point this year! The great news is that HalloWeekends goes until November 2, 2014, so there's still plenty of time to get to the park for it, too. It was only about a two hour ride from my area (metro Detroit), or about 2.5 hours from the Ann Arbor area. 


Have you been to Cedar Point before? 
If so, what's your favorite ride, and if not, what ride would you like to try if you were to go?

Comments

  1. Looks like you had a great time. I haven't been to Cedar Point in about 25 years. My oldest really wants to go but I hate waiting in long lines for such a short ride. My favorite ride is any roller coaster :D

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    1. Yes, we did :). The lines were a bit longer than normal, we waited about 1.25 hours for Millennium, 45 minutes for GateKeeper, and 15 minutes for the other 3 rides - the 15 min for the Raptor was a bit of a coup because Jenn and other bloggers had been saying 45-60 minutes all day :D that was at 10pm though.

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  2. I've never been to Cedar Point! We visited King's Island often, though, and I've heard great things about Cedar Point. Looks like you had so much fun!

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    1. The only time I had the chance to go to King's Island was in 8th grade, and my mom wouldn't let me go, lol. I've heard that park is nice too, though.

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  3. I have to say I love how calm and colorful the park looks. I haven't been to Cedar Point since I was a kid, perhaps it's time for a vacation!

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    1. It was actually quite busy that day :) I think because it was the first HalloWeekeends weekend. It's definitely colorful, though!

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  4. I have never been there but I have heard great things about it. I'm not much for rides - at least not at this stage in my life. I used to love roller coasters.

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    1. I've found that I can no longer ride some of the bumpier ones, like Mean Streak. Even the Magnum was a little difficult this time. (you feel like you are flying out of your seat on that one! Both exhilarating and scary)

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  5. Halloweekends sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have been there. What a cool video!

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    1. Thanks! I took it while waiting in line for that ride (GateKeeper).

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  6. That looks like loads of fun.I bet my kids would have a blast.

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  7. We don't do halloween but the park itself looks fun

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  8. I have always wanted to go there. Looks amazing!

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    1. I think they have the largest amount of coasters in the country. Definitely try to go some day!

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  9. Gah!!!! We have been wanting to go for Halloweekends but haven't been yet. We must do it soon!

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    1. Definitely, Betsy! The Detroit area is not that far from Cedar Point.

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  10. I actually am not a fan of roller coasters {well, or the long lines I should say}, but we may try to go to one of these blogger events one day. I would love the Halloween attractions though!

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    1. Lauren - they have other rides if you like those (tilt-a-whirl, etc.) or they have a ferris wheel and merry-go-round :) as well as lots of areas for kids.

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  11. I need to get in with the Cedar Point Blogger crowd. We love going and I've never been there for Halloweekends

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    1. Yes, this was my first time going as a blogger! They're super nice to us.

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  12. That sounds like so much fun and now I seriously want a Carmel Apple. Lol

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    1. My favorite are ones with nuts - yum. Not sure if IL has cider mills, Ann Marie, but Michigan has a ton of them, and the caramel apples and donuts are plentiful :).

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  13. Glad you had fun. We had a blast too with our kids. Didn't realize there was so much to do and for many different ages. Such a great day ay a great park.

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  14. I've never been to Cedar Pointe during their Halloween thing. I think I'll have to go and take the brats..er..the kids.

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    1. Yes - if they like coasters, they'll love it, and if not, there's plenty of non-coasters things to do too.

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  15. No idea they had blogger weekend at Cedar Point. My son cannot wait to get all his Pharmacy class together and head down there. I have heard it's a blast and now you confirm it.

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    1. I didn't either, until this year! He will have a great time.

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  16. I've actually never been to Cedar Point before although most of my siblings have. I'm too scared! Haha but it looks like you had such a great time.

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  17. What a lot of fun! I don't know if I got the chance to meet you at Bloggy con. I didn't have a chance to hit the park that weekend but it looked like all that went had a great time!

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    1. I actually didn't go to Bloggy Con, just the blogger day. Maybe next year though :). This year I did ENMN in Anaheim in Feb. and BlogHer in San Jose in July.

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