After seeing your photos on the construction of CEDAR POINT's newest ride: Shoot the Rapids, it got me soooo excited I nearly wet my pants. I can't wait to go up there and ride it, so that I really can get my pants wet (and I'm not talking about peeing either, so get those nasty thoughts outta yer head).
"If you really must wet yourself, please don't do it on me!"
Skycoastin Steve wrote:In the two years I worked there, I never saw a weekday crowd in May that I would describe as anything more than moderate. Even weekends aren't that bad in May. Sure, there might be a few long-ish lines, but nothing is going to be over an hour on a weekday in May, unless something really weird happens.
I went in on a Sunday in May 2008 (off day) and was able to ride 39 separate rides, that's how dead it was. And I probably could have ridden another 4 or 5 if they were open (Maxair was still down, Sky Ride was down for wind, TTD and DD went down for rain, Wildcat was down because of the lift hill incident that year). Granted, the wet-ish weather drove some of the crowd away, but even before it rained it wasn't crowded at all.
There are no events on Sundays. In the 2 or 3 times I have gone during M&S week, every single time felt like a weekday in July or August. Every year I thought the next year would be better and it was just a *fluke,* but I finally got fed up and decided to just go another time.
Skycoastin Steve wrote:In the two years I worked there, I never saw a weekday crowd in May that I would describe as anything more than moderate.
Same here, only I worked there ten years. M&S week aside , it is never that busy that you can't get all of the coasters and doing so without having to rush around. One of the best things about going when there are a lot of schools there is that they generally leave early. Most start to clear out between 5 and 6 to head back to their bus. While the park might be full of kids and teenagers, that does not mean the queues will be.
^^ The park closes too early during the week in May to get that "kids leave to get on their buses" effect, in my opinion. And they added another "learning week" in Amusement Park 101 week the week after M&S week. After that it's already Memorial weekend, and Coastermania a week later. By the time all those events are over, kids are getting out of school and crowds begin to increase. In my opinion, that's GENIUS on Cedar Point's part, from a business perspective. Except for a select few days here and there (like Sundays, rainy/overcast days, etc.), those "whole park to yourself in early May" days are long gone and have been all but eliminated.
For everyone asking what the crowds will be like on certain days, I found 2010 Crowd Expectations from The Point Online. Definitely read what's already been said about those physics days from previous posters though.
The Point Online has used information from past visits to produce our 2010 crowd expectations, however, we do not guarantee that the information will be accurate. The expectations are based solely on our opinions and personal experiences. There are many different reasons that could make the park more or less crowded than expected. Ask travel questions in our message board or to our Travel Specialists.
Days in which rain is forecasted, the park will be less crowded, especially when it may rain in the morning. When it stops raining in the early afternoon, the park is less crowded that evening. On sunny and warm days, the park will be more crowded. Sunday's are usually the least crowded day on weekends, except on weekends when Monday is a holiday. Since it is difficult to know the weather and how busy the park will be, we recommend staying in a hotel and spend more than a day at the park, along with visiting multiple times a year.
Please view the 2010 Cedar Point Schedule for official information and hours.
Please note that Fridays are considered the weekend.
We measure the crowds in three different categories: Light Moderate Heavy
May 15 - 16, Opening Day Weekend - Moderate Weekdays From May 17 to June 3 - Light Weekends From May 22 to June 13 - Light to Moderate Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31 - Moderate
Weekdays From June 7 to June 29 - Light Weekends From June 11 to June 27 - Moderate June 30 - July 8 (July 4 Week) - Heavy
Weekdays From July 12 to July 22 - Moderate Weekends From July 9 to 25 - Moderate Everyday from July 26 to August 22 - Heavy
Weekdays from August 23 to September 6 - Light Weekends from August 27 to September 12 - Light to Moderate
HalloWeekends - September 17 to November 2 We recommend spending two days at the park during HalloWeekends. HalloWeekends crowd levels depends greatly on the weather. Fridays - Light Saturdays - Heavy Sundays - Moderate to Heavy