9 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Cedar Point Platinum Pass (2)

9 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Cedar Point Platinum Pass

Congratulations! You made the leap and bought your family platinum passes for Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Carowinds, or any of the other amusement parks in the Cedar Fair family.

At a rough cost of approximately $40 per visit plus $15 parking per vehicle, your break even point on the platinum pass is roughly four (4) visits. Once your family has succumbed to the initial upfront cost for becoming a platinum passholder, it is time to start maximizing the benefits for your family.

1) First, you need to make sure you visit more than 4 times per season to get the most value for your family. Seeing as the park is open May through the beginning of November, you have 6 months worth of time period to get to the park. Easily plan one visit a month, and you have maximized your value potential.

2) Platinum pass members get access to Cedar Point 1 hour before the gates open. This means the majority of the year you get into the park at 9:00 AM. Since platinum members get free parking, this means you are getting to the park before the majority of people and getting to park in the front of the lot, saving you steps for later in the day.

One hour early entry grants you access to the following rides and roller coasters: Lake Erie Eagles, Pipe Scream, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Raptor, Iron Dragon, Maverick, Midway Carousel, Ocean Motion and the rides of Planet Snoopy. This is a great opportunity to get in your favorite attractions while the lines are short.

3) Take advantage of exclusive ride times for platinum members. On select nights throughout the year, Cedar Point will allow platinum passholders only to ride the chosen roller coaster. Ride time begins after the general public has finished riding. Weather or maintenance conditions may result in cancellation of these events.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

May 28, 2015- Raptor
June 11, 2015- Top Thrill Dragster
June 25, 2015- GateKeeper
July 9, 2015- Rougarou & Millennium Force
July 23, 2015- Maverick
August 6- Top Thrill Dragster
August 20, 2015- Raptor

4) Your platinum pass gets you access to Dinosaurs Alive, the prehistoric walk through the animatronic world of dinosaurs.

120819 Cedar Point Dinosaur Park Entrance

5) Cedar Point allows you to bring a friend to the park throughout the year for a discounted rate. On bring-a-friend weekends, you can purchase up to 4 tickets for only $19.99 each. On Fridays throughout the season, tickets are only $29.99, and all other days are only $39.99 per ticket.

6) You have paid for the cost of a platinum pass. Now take advantage of the biggest benefit, access to all 16 Cedar Fair parks across North America. Being located near Cedar Point puts you in an ideal part of the country to plan some easy roadtrips for visiting the other parks.

7) Your Cedar Point platinum pass gets you a 10% discount on food throughout the property at most locations. Cedar Point has also offered for the past couple of years exclusive meal options that are only available to platinum pass members. In the past this included various fresh cut fry deals and a BOGO offer at Toft’s ice cream on Sundays.

8) Make sure to visit the park during special events throughout the year. Last year, Cedar Point brought in Coca-Cola and Johnsonville Brats on select days/weekends, offering guests a chance to interact with the brands and purchase discounted food offerings not available throughout the year.

In addition, look for Beach Blast to return in 2015. Last years event on the shores of Lake Erie offered family friendly activities on the beach, as well as exclusive discounted hot dog meal deals.

9) Platinum pass benefits also include a huge selection of discounts both inside the park, and at area places, thanks to their new passholder benefits program. Save on things like photos taken in the park; buy one, get one tickets for mini-golf, go-cart racing, and other premium ticketed attractions, and hotel rooms.

Bonus Tip: Visiting one of the other Cedar Fair parks with your platinum pass? Be sure to take advantage of some of these additional great benefits.

Kings Island: 30 minute advanced entry to Banshee, Diamondback, Woodstock Gliders, Snoopy’s Space Buggies and select other rides in Planet Snoopy.
– Kings Island Soak City: 30 minute early access to the park
– Other parks also offer early entry where available, as well as additional discounts throughout the parks.

Where will you be using your Cedar Point pass this year?

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Costco

Discounted Legoland Florida Tickets at Costco

A single day adult admission to Legoland Florida will cost $87 without any discounts ($80 for kids and seniors). Fortunately, for those traveling with families, it is typically common to find free child admission offers with the purchase of an adult ticket. To find the latest Legoland offers, see our Discount Lists tab at the top of the site.

Legoland Florida Resort

Costco periodically offers guests the chance to purchase discounted tickets to either Legoland California or Legoland Florida. Currently, Costco is selling single day admission to Legoland Florida for only $49.99.

Single day tickets purchase via Costco are valid until December 1, 2015. Tickets are only valid for Legoland Florida and not the waterpark.

In Conclusion

Depending on the size of your party, you will need to determine whether it is better to take advantage of the Costco offer or the free child admission offers.

For example, assuming a family of four with 2 adults and 2 kids.

Regular admission would cost $334 ($87*2 + $80*2)
Purchasing the Costco offer would cost $199.96 ($49.99*4)
However, purchasing the free child ticket offer would be $174 ($87*2)

Clearly, the best offer for this family dynamic would be via the several free child ticket offers listed on our Legoland Florida discount page.

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2015 Kids Ski Free SkiPA

SkiPA for Winter Family Fun and Discounts

One of the incredible programs that is out there that we have written about for the past couple of years is SkiPA, a non-profit organization in place to help promote Pennsylvania ski resorts. Together, with their partner properties, they have a number of programs that family’s should consider before heading to the slopes.

The participating ski resorts for the 2015 include the following:

  • Alpine Mountain, Analomink
  • Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center, Macungie
  • Big Boulder, Blakeslee
  • Blue Knob Ski Area, Claysburg
  • Blue Mountain, Palmerton
  • Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville
  • Elk Mountain, Union Dale
  • Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley
  • Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee
  • Liberty Mountain, Carroll Valley
  • Montage Mountain, Scranton
  • Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin, Farmington
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry
  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs
  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware
  • Ski Big Bear, Lackawaxen
  • Ski Sawmill Family Resort, Morris
  • Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, PA
  • Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg

Save $5 on Lift Tickets/Learn to Ski Packages

If visiting any of the member properties, be sure to visit the SkiPA deal page for the latest promotions. This month, guests can save $5 on the cost of mid-week lift tickets or learn to ski packages.

SkiPA Beginner Ticket, Lesson and Rentals

SkiPA offers $49 Beginner Ticket, Lesson and Rentals at participating properties for those just learning to ski. This is a great opportunity to get started for an incredible value. Do note, all the properties have minimum age limitations, which might not accommodate young families.

4th & 5th Grade Snowpass Program

If you have a 4th or 5th grade student, the SkiPA Snowpass program is a no-brainer. Simply register your child, and they receive 3 free light tickets per participating resort with the purchase of a paying adult. This is a perfect bonding activity with your kids and a way to get them outside during the winter.

Overall, the SkiPA program is an excellent program designed to get people out and enjoying skiing with their families.

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