Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cedar Point: Fast Lane Stamps

As you are walking through the park you may notice booths offering Fast Lane stamps. Chose carefully! You can only get one stamp in a day but if you play your cards right, you may get two rides out of your stamp. The way that Fast Lane works is this: you get a stamp that has the name of the ride and a window of time. When you arrive during your time slot, you are allowed to enter a shortened line that lets you bypass most of the queue.

So you want to know how to beat the system? First of all, don’t pick a stamp for a ride that doesn’t have notoriously long lines. It’s a huge waste! I would recommend picking the Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, or Maverick. These rides will typically have lines in excess of two hours but with a stamp you can cut that time down to as little as 30 minutes. With a little planning and a little luck you may be able to slip through twice! Be sure to arrive at the earliest moment for your slated time. When you get off the ride, if you are still within your timeslot, try to get on the ride again. If the attendant notices that you’ve already been through once, play dumb or beg. In general, they don’t care and would rather just let you on then listen to you whine about it. The last time I went, we rode the Millennium Force twice in an hour while people in the main line were waiting over three hours for a single ride.

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