Congratulations! You made the leap and bought your family platinum passes for Cedar Point, Kings Island, 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 $20 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) Make It Worth Your Investment
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 end of October/beginning of November (depending on when Halloween falls in the year), you have at least 6 months worth of time period to get to the park. Or visit Knott’s Berry Farm year round or select parks for Winterfest starting in 2017. Easily plan one visit a month, and you have maximized your value potential.
2) Early Access
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.
In addition, be sure to check with other Cedar Fair parks, as many also allow early access for season passholders.
One hour early entry grants you access to the following rides and roller coasters at Cedar Point: Tiki Twirl, Cadillac Cars, Cedar Downs, Dodgem, Valravn, Millennium Force, Maverick, GateKeeper, Midway Carousel and the 11 rides of Kiddie Kingdom. This is a great opportunity to get in your favorite attractions while the lines are short.
Reference 2015 list: Lake Erie Eagles, Pipe Scream, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Raptor, Iron Dragon, Maverick, Midway Carousel, Ocean Motion and the rides of Planet Snoopy.
3) Exclusive Ride Time (ERT)
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 2017 schedule is as follows:
May 26, 2017 All Passholder Ride Night: Valravn
May 27, 2017 All Passholder Ride Night: Maverick
June 8, 2017 Platinum Ride Night: GateKeeper
June 22, 2017 Platinum Ride Night: Millennium Force & Rougarou
July 29, 2017 Platinum Ride Night: Top Thrill Dragster & Magnum
August 24, 2017 Platinum Ride Night: Valravn & Raptor
August 31, 2017 Platinum Ride Night: GateKeeper
September 1, 2017 All Passholder Ride Night: Top Thrill Dragster & Magnum
September 2, 2017 All Passholder Ride Night: Millennium Force & Rougarou
September 3. 2017 All Passholder Ride Night: Maverick
October 29. 2017 Registered Passholders: Last Rides
Reference: 2016 list
Saturday, May 21* Valravn
Sunday, May 22* Maverick
Thursday, June 9 GateKeeper
Thursday, June 23 Millennium Force & Rougarou
Thursday, July 7 Top Thrill Dragster & Raptor
Thursday, August 25 Valravn
Friday, September 2* Millennium Force & Rougarou
Saturday, September 3* Top Thrill Dragster & Raptor
Sunday, September 4* Valravn
*Season Passholder Appreciation night. All Regular & Platinum Season Passholders are invited to these exclusive ride times.
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) Free Historic Hike
Your platinum pass gets you access to Dinosaurs Alive, the prehistoric walk through the animatronic world of dinosaurs.
Cedar Point allows you to bring a friend to the park throughout the year for a discounted rate. You can bring a friend for $26 (May 26-29, June 18, September 1-4, 2017), $19.99 (October 29), or $42 per ticket any day of the season.
Platinum passholders can also bring in up to four guests each day for $25 per person to Cedar Point Shores.
6) Reciprocal Access to Sister Parks
You have paid for the cost of a platinum pass. Now take advantage of the biggest benefit, access to all 14 Cedar Fair parks across North America (includes Cedar Point Shores and Knott’s Soak City), plus Gilroy Gardens. Being located near Cedar Point puts you in an ideal part of the country to plan some easy road trips for visiting the other parks.
Your Cedar Point platinum pass gets you a 10% discount on food throughout the property at most locations. Cedar Point also offers a fresh cut fries deal and BOGO ice cream sundaes that are only available to platinum pass members!
BONUS: Use your Platinum pass at other Cedar Fair parks and receive food discounts ranging from 10-20%.
8) Extra FUN (and value) All Season
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 Cedar Point Nights to return in 2017. Last years event on the shores of Lake Erie offered family friendly activities on the beach, as well as exclusive discounted meal deals.
9) Splurge on the Shirt You Want
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; merchandise, 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 Mystic Timbers, Diamondback and select Planet Snoopy Rides (April – June); Mystic Timbers, Banshee, Delirium and select Planet Snoopy Rides (July – October); Soak City Waterpark (Daily) Tropical Plunge, Tidal Wave Bay and Pipeline Paradise
– Other parks also offer early entry where available, as well as additional discounts throughout the parks.
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