Cedar Point prices up $1 for late-season ticket buyers

SANDUSKY Coaster fanatics heading to Cedar Point late in the season will pay a little extra for thei
May 24, 2010



Coaster fanatics heading to Cedar Point late in the season will pay a little extra for their tickets.

Last week, Cedar Point amusement park raised several of its admission prices by $1, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said Tuesday.

"We just felt these new prices more appropriately reflect the value of our entertainment package here at Cedar Point," he said. "Like all businesses, changes in pricing can happen at any time."

The price for a regular one-day admission ticket is now $42.95. A junior or senior ticket is $12.95 and a Starlight ticket, which admits guests into the park in the evening, is now $25.95. The Ride & Slide two-day ticket is $70.95 for adults and $30.95 for a junior or senior ticket.

This year's prices were up from last year's prices. In 2006, the price of a regular one-day admission was $39.95. Junior and senior tickets were $9.95 and Starlight tickets were $24.95. The Ride & Slide package was also cheaper for adults at $64.95.

Stacy Frole, spokeswoman for Cedar Point parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., said two other Cedar Fair amusement parks also raised their admission prices. Canada's Wonderland in Toronto and Great America in Santa Clara, Calif., increased their ticket prices last week.

"I don't think most people will notice it," said Walt Schmidt, co-publisher of pointbuzz.com, an unofficial Cedar Point fan Web site. Schmidt said he believes the increase in prices is "indicative that they're happy with attendance thus far."

"Overall, I don't think it's a big deal," he said. "I think this might be a reaction to some positive numbers."

Although the prices slightly increased, there are several ways to save money on tickets.

Cedar Point's Web site is currently advertising an online coupon for $10 off a purchase of a regular one-day ticket, reducing the new one-day admission price to $32.95. Local businesses including Meijer, Discount Drug Mart and AAA also offer discounts, Edwards said.

Schmidt said most people usually purchase their tickets through outside vendors to receive discounted prices.

Nearing the end of its season, Cedar Point will be open daily through Labor Day. In September and October, the park will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Cedar Point's 11th annual HalloWeekends event begins Sept. 14 and will continue until Oct. 28.

"They have over two months of operations, and Cedar Point usually has very busy Saturdays for HalloWeekends," said Cathy Schwab, president of the Great Ohio Coaster Club.

"The increase should not change anyone's mind to not go to Cedar Point just because of a dollar increase. I believe that gasoline prices are more of a deciding factor if you have a far distance to travel."

New prices

Cedar Point adult Funday: $42.95

Cedar Point junior or senior Funday: $12.95

Cedar Point Starlight (Admission to Cedar Point after 5 p.m. when park closes at 10 p.m. or later; admission to park after 4 p.m. when Cedar Point closes earlier than 10 p.m.): $25.95

Ride & Slide 2-day (Admission to both Cedar Point and Soak City for any two regular season days.): $70.95

Ride & Slide 2-day junior or senior: $30.95