Cedar Point officially adds Fast Lane
By ErikApr 04, 2012, 21:59 pm
Coaster fans, quick question. Which do you prefer? Wooden or steel? Many love the smoothness an maneuvers of the steel coasters, but there’s nothing like the feel of a hard woody in the morning. In fact, if you’re a theme park fan, you know that’s the best time to ride wood, first thing in the morning. The lines are usually much shorter, and you can get through a ton of your favorite park’s coasters before the lines start to form. For Cedar Point guests, getting to the park early just to skip the lines could be a thing of the past.
Guests will now be able to purchase “Fast-Lane” the all new Front of the Line System that lets riders skip the regular line on certain rides. Cedar Fair tried out the system with Kings Island last season, and is expected to try out the system at other parks this year as well. Many coaster enthusiasts have spoken out against the park, chastising the decision to charge to get to the front of the line, while others have already booked it online.
The rides available will be-
- Blue Streak
- Magnum XL-200
- Millennium Force
- Top Thrill Dragster
- Mean Streak
- Max Air
- Power Tower
- Giant Wheel
- Cadillac Cars
- Shoot the Rapids
The cost will be approximately $50 dollars per person, but the park offers discounts for people buying it together. For example, a group of five or more can get Fast Lane for just $30 dollars a person, while two people will pay $45 dollars per person. The rides have already gotten separate entrances for Fast Lane, so as to not encroach on those waiting in “Standby”. Also, unlike other parks, the number of Fast Lane passes will be limited. Parks like Universal tend not to limit the sale of their front of the line passes, which makes average wait times skyrocket. Disney uses a free FastPass system that allows guests to make a “reservation” of sorts and come back later. Many critics of the systems say that it creates longer lines for regular guests, as parks tend to cater more to those with the special tickets.
Still, with the soaring popularity of theme parks, the tickets are becoming almost a neccesity for those not wanting to wait in lines, or those with only one day in the park.
“Worlds Of Fun tested it for their houses at Haunt last season. I used it and it was well worth it.” Said enthusiast Tony Brennan “We would of probably only been able to do maybe 2 of the houses with 2hr + wait times at most houses and we got all of them with tons of time to spare with the pass.”
Cedar Point is one of the most beloved coaster capitals with 17 coasters. If the ticket sells, it’s likely more rides at the park will get the Fast Lane treatment, as well as more Cedar Fair parks.