***Disclosure: As a Cedar Point Blogger, I receive admission to the park and to special events, as well as information to share. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
When I was a kid, some of my favorite memories involved heading to Cedar Point in beautiful Sandusky, Ohio with my parents or grandparents to enjoy a day full of thrills. I remember it felt like the drive from the Akron area took forever, but it was always worth the wait. In reality, Cedar Point is only about an hour and 20 minutes away. To a kid, though, that feels like an eternity when there are visions of coasters and thrill rides dancing in their head!
I was a taller kid, so even at a young age, I could ride almost everything in the park. I remember my favorites were The Witches Wheel, the Gemini, which I once rode 26 times in a row, and of course, The Corkscrew. The Corkscrew was my first ever coaster, and I can still remember my terror as I boarded the coaster, even many years later!
Of course MY kids are much, much smaller than I was at their age. Sophie and Xander are 5 and 6, but they're....well....incredibly vertically challenged at just 40" and 42". Sadly, this means they can't ride a good number of the rides at Cedar Point just yet.
That's why we made our first official family visit of the season all about the kiddos. While the Valravn, Top Thrill Dragster, and other top thrill rides were definitely out of the question for the littles, Cedar Point still have plenty to offer even their smallest guests!
Long before coasters, dinosaurs ruled Cedar Point...and now they're back! Come face-to-face with animatronic dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Alive at Cedar Point! See more than 50 moving and practically breathing life-sized dinosaurs, including several you can control.
Plus, find out what it's like to be a paleontologist at our dig site! From ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex to the towering Ruyangosaurus, step back in time to the beginning of the "Age of the Dinosaurs" at Dinosaurs Alive - the most immersive and comprehensive Mesozoic experience designed to thrill guests of all ages.
Yep. We took full advantage of this, and bought 2 Souvenir Bottles. Our drinks were free all day, and when we head back later on, our refills will only be a buck. Talk about a great value!
Next up, the kids hopped onto Snoopy's Space Race for an inter-galactic adventure. These spaceships are really cool. They each seat 2 people, but the front seat has special controls that allow the rider to move the ship up and down. Sophie and Xander both had a blast on this ride. In fact, it was Xander's favorite, since he loves all things space-related!
But one ride was the definite winner when it comes to the thrill factor....
The Kite Eating Tree.
This is a very miniature version of the Power Tower. Kids are seated in a row, and they go up, up, up......and then they go DOWN....with tons of bouncing back and forth in between.
I was actually kind of surprised that Xander didn't pass out or cry. Maybe my bashful boy is starting to become braver, after all!
The Giant Wheel is just that.....GIANT!
I love rollercoaster and thrill rides. LOVE them.....
But the Giant Wheel scared me. I know, wimpy, right?!
Being at the tippy-top of this enormous structure for several minutes had me panicking a little. Dan and the kids were totally fine, though.
Despite the dizzying heights, we did get to enjoy one heck of a view of both the park and of Lake Erie on the other side.
Many rides, like the Matterhorn and the Troika, allowed us to take Sophie on while Xander had to wait it out. (2 inches makes a HUGE difference!) Xander didn't seem to mind the fact that he was too small for these rides, though, since there were tons that he could get on.
Next, I had a treat for Sophie. She was so sad that she couldn't go on any of the "big people coasters". She's simply too small.
However, there is one super-thrilling ride she could go on, and it's kind of similar to a coaster. In fact, it's more terrifying than some of the coasters I've been on in my life.
Meet the Pipe Scream. I will let the video below speak for itself. This is one wild ride!
The first thing the kids wanted to do at Camp Snoopy was bounce around in the biggest, Snoopy-est bounce house EVER! Seriously, this thing is enormous! Check it out!
(Check out my post about Cedar Point's 4th of July celebration, Light Up the Point for more info about this fun-tastic family event!) That's okay, though. There will be plenty more opportunities to explore Cedar Point this summer, and finally hit all of those coasters that Cedar Point is so famous for. After all, this IS America's Roller Coast!