I am planning a Cedar Point trip with my roller coaster junkie husband for on a Sunday and Monday, staying both nights. We’ve never been to CP. On Sunday, we will be driving from Cincinnati to CP and arriving probably around noon-1.
Is it worth it to stay on site? I’m looking at $893 to stay at the Hotel Breakers (that includes taxes, fees, tickets, parking, etc.) vs. $628 to stay off-site at the Holiday Inn Express (ditto, adding in tickets and parking costs too). I really like the idea of being steps away from the resort so we can get there at opening then take a lunchtime break, afternoon nap, and go back in the evening when it’s less hot and less crowded. I know on-site guests get an extra hour in the morning to access certain coasters, but is it worth it when we would miss out on that perk on our arrival day? If we were to stay off-site and try to take a mid-day break, are we going to have to sit in traffic trying to go back to CP? And what are the crowds like in mid-July?