If you really need another reason to push you over the top in buying a Season Pass or Platinum Pass, this might be it.
Cedar Point is allowing all passholders 30 minutes of Bonus Ride Time on Millennium Force or Top Thrill Dragster after the park closes Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 15. The only exception is the week of July 2, when the bonus nights are Monday and Tuesday.
The program starts this week and complements the already-scheduled hour-long Ride Nights for people with a Platinum Pass. (Two hour-long Platinum Pass Ride Nights are scheduled for Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and Maverick — six nights total — but the first nights for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster have already happened.)
Millennium Force is up first in the 30-minute all-passholders offerings Tuesday night, followed by Top Thrill Dragster on Wednesday night. The order alternates each week through Aug. 15. For example, Top Thrill Dragster will be June 19 and Millennium Force will be June 20, then Millennium on June 26 and Top Thrill on June 27, and so on.
As with the 60-minute Platinum Pass Ride Nights, Bonus Ride Time will begin after the ride’s regular line runs out. And the events are subject to change because of weather conditions or maintenance issues.
For those who don't know, keep in mind there’s a difference between a Season Pass and a Platinum Pass. Just make sure you know what you’re buying — if you’re buying — before you don’t get the perks you’re expecting.
It’s cliche, but I would now agree with the saying it’s worth buying a Platinum Pass if you can make it to the park at least three times. Every visit after that is a bonus.
The “free” parking (otherwise a minimum of $12 per visit), the early entry (one hour before the general public every day) and the expanding extra ride time offerings make a Platinum Pass worth it — if your schedule allows you to take advantage of the extra time. Everything else you get — small food/merchandise/activities discounts and “free” parking and admittance to other Cedar Fair parks, including Soak City — is just gravy.
See you in the park.
Complete information and ride night schedules from the park are available at www.cedarpoint.com/season-passes.
“QUICK POINTS” FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 7
(At park only for ride night)
Overheard at the Park“Is this heaven?” Boy, maybe about 10, during Top Thrill Dragster Ride Night.
The GoodFor the first time I can remember, I literally walked right onto a Top Thrill Dragster train — twice.
The BadYou know the smell of bugs burning on a halogen lamp’s bulb? With the mayflies and muffleheads committing mass suicide in the new Luminosity lights along the main midway, that was the exact smell during my walk out of the park at about 11:30 p.m.
Tom Sherer is an award-winning graphic designer with the Sandusky Register and a Cedar Point enthusiast who visited the park 53 times in 2011. He chronicles his adventures in coasterland here at "Belaboring the Point."