I just got back from my first trip ever to Cedar Point. Two thumbs up.
I'll style my comments for the Disney crowd. First of all, what is really cool about this park is that its basically an island (in Lake Erie, in the town of Sandusky Ohio) - as you drive across the causeway, you see the coasters looming above the trees across the water, and I could not help but think of image of Pinocchio going to Pleasure Island. The park is historic, going back to Victorian beach front days and one of the original Pavilion style buildings is still there. It has an ecclectic mix of "main street," "Frontier," style architecture, mixed with a healthy does of "70's" style theme park buildings - a lot of "pizza-hut" style roofs on hexagonal shaped kiosks - and color stripes that remind me of the opening days of Epcot. It still has a skyway (but sadly it does not go thru a Matterhorn). This park is rated at the top coaster park in the country - so its scene is mostly teens and adults with older kids. Very few retired age guests, and very few strollers - except in the Camp Snoopy area. The Frontier Town area looked like it was heavily influenced by both Disneyland and also the Bi-Centennial fascination with Americana and crafts that was at its height in the 70's. If you like tall fast coasters, this is the park for you. And the bonus is that the views from the top are spectacular - water on all sides, lots of pleasure boats floating around, and in the distance the town of Sandusky with its Church Steeples and quaint downtown buildings - worth a visit on their own. The layout of the park was basically a figure 8 - so easy to get around without getting lost. There was a real Steam Train making a loop around the back half of the park - with requisite whistle heard throughout. The coasters represent just about every milestone in the evolution of coasters from old fashion wood frame out and back to wood with steel, nouveaux wood frame with steep banks, hanging coaster, overhead track with feet hanging, accelerated launch, and various combinations. The Millennium Force, Magnum, and Maverick were my favorites. The drag race coaster was insane - 120mph in 4 seconds and then straight up and then back down - I think the whole ride is like 30 seconds (I closed my eyes for the launch part). There was a cute Ice Show featuring the Peanuts gang - simple and cute without seaming lame or dumb - and still entertaining for adults because they used current popular music. Cedar Point is the flagship for Cedar Fair Parks - which now covers quite an extensive collection of formerly independent parks (and should actually have its own Forum Category "Cedar Fair".) They have now also developed Cedar Point Resorts - 4 hotels that provide 1-hour early park admission, discount tickets, and also exclusive "twilight" tickets - we only paid $14.95 for the first day - 5pm to 10pm - and the full day was only $29 if you were staying in a resort - we had paid the full $45 when we bought online - wish we had known that ahead of time. We stayed at the Breakers Express - I would call it a "value" resort - very clean, bright colors in the room, but very simple architecture and no frills at the pool or landscape. But for the price, location and benefits, it was completely satisfying. There are other older resorts on the island adjacent to the park - but we did not have time to visit them. Overall, I would classify this as a coaster park with some theming, its more in the Amusement Park category vs. true Theme Park. There was one enclosed indoor coaster with an attempt to immitate Space Mountain - but if you miss it you aren't missing much. I definitely had a good time and would go back again in the future.
Here are my pictures: