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Cedar Point sees historic crowd, forced to turn visitors away for first time ever

NOW: Cedar Point sees historic crowd, forced to turn visitors away for first time ever

Weekends in October are typically busy times for Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It's that way every year. Part of it is the very popular HalloWeekends. The other part is October marks the end of the operating year, so everyone wants to get their last coaster fix in before the park shuts down.

The crowds this Saturday, though, were way beyond "busy." In an extremely rare occurrence, Cedar Point posted to Facebook and Twitter saying the park is "nearing capacity." 

The post went on to say the entryways to Cedar Point had been temporarily closed, and that guests are encouraged to come back on Sunday. 

Heavy to virtually standstill traffic for miles attempting to get into Cedar Point Saturday afternoon.
It's the first time in the park's history that guests had to be turned away due to the park being so full. 


Many park visitors took to social media to share photos of the traffic and express their opinions on the park closing the roadways to its entrance. 

A simple "Cedar Point" search on Twitter or Facebook will deliver plenty of results. 

Approximate wait times around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Despite it being HalloWeekends, the park's decision to close the entryways to its parking lot occurred when only the rides were open. No haunted attractions were open at the time, likely making the lines for its roller coasters even longer.

In fact, according to "queue-times.com," the estimated wait times for the most popular rides ranged from one to three hours, if not longer! 

Once the haunted attractions opened up for the evening, the crowds were dispersed a bit. This could have been a reason behind the park deciding to reopen the roadways that lead to it just before 6 p.m.

Even after the haunted attractions opened up, estimated wait times for many of the larger rides remained at 2-3 hours. 

Cedar Point closes for the year on Sunday, October 27th. 

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Joe_S 33 days ago
Yesterday, my 1hr drive to cedar point took more than 2 hours, lines for rides and Halloween attractions were outrageous. Estimated wait times were highly inaccurate (Top Thrill was ~4 hours, not 2 as posted).

I refuse to pay for a fast past as my only option to experience more than 4 rides/attractions in a visit. Cedar Fairs needs work on this. With the influx of $100 season passes purchased for 2020, this problem will only be worse next year. My experience yesterday was costly and terrible and I will not be returning until at least 2021.
Tom 33 days ago
It should happen more often. Cedar points capacity limit oos gar logger than ther numbers they use. I have been there when there were people traffic jams and it felt very volitile and dangerous. I believe Cedar Point managementp to be reckless with this matter. Im glad to hear they are capable of making this decision albeit still an extremely dangerous situation.
Gerald 33 days ago
This will be a common occurrence next year because of the millions of $99 season passes they sold
Gerald 33 days ago
This will be a common occurrence next year because of their $99 season pass that they sold millions of LOL
Someonesmart 33 days ago
Are the bathrooms full as well?
Joe_S Someonesmart 33 days ago
30 minutes for the bathroom in some locations. Surprised they haven't started selling fast passes for that yet.
Anonymous 34 days ago
Not the first time they reached capacity and turned people away. Happened last Sat also, just not as many turned away and no media coverage.
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