As your kids grow, so does your experience at Cedar Point. We went to Cedar Point a couple weeks ago for their grand opening. It was an exciting and bittersweet time. My 5 year old daughter grew several inches since last year and has now hit the 46″ mark which means she can ride many more rides. My whole family was able to ride all the rides we wanted together, no more splitting up for kiddie rides. It was fun playing and having fun with our kids, but bittersweet seeing how much they have grown and no longer need to go on kiddie rides.
We have found that there is always so much to do with our young kids at Cedar Point. When they were 2 & 4, we spent a lot of time at the kiddie rides throughout the park. When they were 4 & 6, we were able to experience even more.
Cedar Point Roller Coasters
Cedar Point is America’s Roller Coast, there is a roller coaster for every thrill seeker. As a family, we rode many roller coasters, some twice! Elizabeth’s first roller coaster was the new Shoot the Rapids, a water ride/roller coaster. I think that I was more nervous for her than she was. She screamed, laughed, and giggled the whole time. She was so excited to be able to ride the big rides like all the big kids.
The Iron Dragon was the first actual roller coaster that Elizabeth rode, she was all smiles! She loved it and asked to go right back on it! We rode it 3 times total because everyone enjoyed it and the lines were so short.
Eliljah couldn’t wait to show Elizabeth the Disaster Transport ride. It was his first roller coaster 2 years ago and he has loved it the most ever since. It was so neat to watch him guide his sister through the park, proud to show her the ropes to Cedar Point.
My son met the 48″ height requirement for the first time this year and was able to ride the Corkscrew. Elizabeth and I waited underneath one of the loops to snap a photo as he and Daddy zoomed by. He was so excited to ride the Corkscrew.[slickr-flickr tag=coasters]
Cedar Point Family Rides
Even if your family doesn’t ride roller coasters, there are many family rides at Cedar Point. There are many rides that we’ve rode before but this year was the first time Elizabeth was able to ride the Dodgem Cars. She loved it! We also had fun riding the Matterhorn, Antique Cars, Giant Wheel, Lolli Swings, Midway Carrousel, Sky Ride, Space Spiral, and Tilt-a-Whirl. It sounds like we rode a lot but the lines were so short that we were able to jump on rides with practically no waiting.[slickr-flickr tag=familyrides]
Cedar Point Kiddie Rides
One thing that I like about the layout of Cedar Point is that there are kiddie rides across the entire park for kids. This makes it very family-friendly so that you can visit all parts of the park together as a family, even if everyone can’t ride all the rides. There is always a kiddie ride nearby for the younger kids while the older kids go on their rides.[slickr-flickr tag=cedarpointkidsrides]
There were a few select kiddie rides that my kids still enjoyed, even though they are “big kids” now. They had fun on the Kiddy Kingdom Carrousel, Sir Rub-A-Dub’s Tubs, Kite Eating Tree, Krazy Kars, Snoopy Bounce, Helicopters, Woodstock Express, and Roto Whip.
Cedar Point Dinosaurs Alive!
We also were able to check out the newest Cedar Point attraction, Dinosaurs Alive! Read my full Dinosaurs Alive! review. This is a must-see exhibit. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The dinosaurs are life-size! You won’t believe it until you experience it first hand.
Cedar Point Food
Don’t forget the food! That is always one of the fun parts of Cedar Point, enjoying the delicious park food. Be sure to stop by the candy store in the frontier walk for a sweet and inexpensive treat.[slickr-flickr tag=cedarpointfood]
Cedar Point Luminosity
This Friday, enjoy Cedar Point’s newest attraction, Luminosity. The midways will be filled with lasers, lights and pyrotechnics after the sun sets. This promises to be the perfect ending to your Cedar Point trip.
Cedar Point 2012 Review
We spent the entire day at Cedar Point, like we always do. We ended our day with a final ride on the carousel. My kids just keep going and going and going until about 9pm, then they crash in the car on the way home!
This trip to Cedar Point was unlike any other we’ve had so far. I use to enjoy watching the smiles on my kids’ faces as they rode all of the kiddie rides. I use to enjoy riding the easier family rides with my kids. It was a bittersweet time as my family graduated primarily from Cedar Point kiddie rides to a full-on Cedar Point experience. We were actually able to experience Cedar Point as a family this year, riding all the rides together this year. Cedar Point is all about having fun with your family, at every stage of life. And each stage is so fun, isn’t it?!
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