SANDUSKY, Ohio — Gloomy weather this weekend may do what Cedar Point officials couldn’t do last weekend: thin the crowds overwhelming the world-famous amusement park.
Sunny skies and a new a discounted pass fueled record numbers at the park, which turned away visitors last Saturday for the first time in its history.
The large crowds for September and October’s HalloWeekends have become a source of frustration for some park goers. On Saturday, Oct. 19, they were stuck for hours in traffic or in line for rides or one of the haunted houses.
Some have turned to social media to complain that Cedar Point is not doing enough to manage crowds and blamed the sale of the Gold Pass, a bargain-priced season pass that includes unlimited visits during this year and next. It commemorates the park's 150th Anniversary.
3News asked Cedar Point how many people used the Gold Pass last weekend compared to those who purchased a ticket. It did not share the figures.
Cedar Point is critical to Sandusky's economic health but generates traffic—at least during peak times—that strains the local intersections and roads, including Cedar Point Drive and Cleveland Road (U.S. Route 6). Traffic also backs up on Route 2.
How is Cedar Point planning to improve traffic and reduce lines inside the park on such weekends?. Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark referred 3 News to an earlier statement that says October weekends are one of the busiest times of the year and people should consider visiting the park at off-peak times.
Clark said the park will consider refunds for people turned away last weekend but only on a case by case basis.
On Friday afternoon, traffic heading to Cedar Point was light. The park opened at 6 p.m.