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Free Cedar Fair Tickets for 20 My Coke Rewards Codes

2016 MyCokeRewards Cedar Fair Ticket Offer

The My Coke Rewards (MCR) program is offering a free Cedar Fair tickets to any of the parks for only 20 codes. Typically, each code on a bottle of a Coke product, including Powerade and multitudes of other beverages, gives you 3 points.

Cedar Fair tickets typically run 1,000 points from MCR, and assuming you add the weekly maximum of 75 points per week, and no bonus points, it would take you approximately 14 weeks to get a free ticket.

In years past, the MCR program offered discounted Cedar Fair tickets at some point for only 250 points, making it an amazing value! Those offers were usually very short lived as the tickets went fast.

For 2015 and now 2016, the MCR rewards program has changed the discounted tickets slightly. Simply enter in 20 codes and get a free ticket to any of the Cedar Fair parks.

After logging into your MCR account, visit the following link:

Link-> My Coke Rewards Discounted Cedar Fair Tickets

You will not receive points for your codes with this promotion. The promo is only valid until May 25, 2016; however, we foresee them running out of tickets much sooner. Tickets must be used by September 5, 2016.

You also must have been a MCR member prior to April 15, 2016. If you were, and were fortunate enough to set up accounts for all of your family members, this is something we recommend jumping on ASAP!

Once you receive the email with your redemption code, follow the below instructions for redeeming your ticket.

Please use the digital code from your confirmation e-mail and:
1) Take digital code to http://cfparkrewards.com.
2) Scroll through the parks & click on desired park’s image.
3) Identify MCR ticket type redeemed. (If you select the incorrect ticket type, code will not be accepted.)Â
4) Copy & paste digital code in the space provided.Â
5) After entering valid code, a screen will appear with a calendar. Select/enter the anticipated park visit date using the calendar. (The ticket will be valid for any operating day during the park season through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.)
6) Click ‘Next’ & ‘Secure Checkout’.
7) Enter your contact information (credit card info is not needed).
8) Click ‘Continue’.
9) Enter names of person going to the Park. Click ‘Print Ticket’.
10) Print E-Ticket.
11) You will receive email confirmation including a link for ticket reprint, if necessary
Once at the park:
12) Present original E-Ticket at any entry gate. Photo ID may be required to validate.
13) E-Ticket contains a unique barcode valid for one entry to the park. E-Ticket becomes INVALID once scanned & may not be re-used. Unauthorized use, duplication or sale is strictly prohibited & will result in revocation without refund/replacement and ejection of the person attempting to enter.
14) In the event that a duplicate ticket appears, the Park reserves the right to refuse entry to all ticket holders.

Your digital code will be delivered only to the email address associated with your My Coke Rewards® Account. If you experience issues receiving your code, please make sure to add mycokerewards@mycokerewards.com to your address book and double check your spam and junk folders.

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Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Cedar Fair Fans

Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Cedar Fair Fans

Another New Years brings to surface all the resolutions no one keeps beyond January 31. Losing weight is so 1990. Giving up your morning coffee is never going to happen after your next 7:00 am meeting with your boss. Plus giving up on checking social media means you miss out on all the awesome CPFB updates, though we are sure you would be fine without another picture of your buddies cat. So how about making some resolutions you can actually make this year.

10) Taking Full Advantage of Your Platinum Season Pass

We are not talking about making the bare minimum number of visits to Cedar Point to just break even. You shelled out all this money for a pass, so map out a plan to use it at least once per month.

Ok, have your days planned out? Now double it! Anybody can do one trip a month; but the real heroes are those that can achieve higher status.

Trust us, it’s ok to miss your friends kid birthday party this year. Buy them a Cedar Point “Wish You Were Here” t-shirt and wrap it with a bow, because you just double downed on a season of fun.

9) Expand Your Horizons

Want to make your resolution extra challenging? See how many of the other Cedar Fair parks you can visit in a season.

Always wanted to visit Knott’s Berry Farm? Make it happen with a long weekend trip to the west coast of fun.

Have to make a trip out to the middle of the country? Plan a day trip over to Worlds of Fun and see the beauty of this nicely wooded retreat.

The point being, your tickets are already paid for, so take advantage of cheap gas prices and make it a point to see the other parks on your bucket list.

8) Get Caught in a Termagant

Seriously, if you are going to make #9 happen, make it a point to get down to Carowinds to ride Fury 325. Trust us, you will thank us when you do!

Then consider making the short drive north to Kings Dominion to cross off the second of four giga-coasters in the United States, Intimidator 305.

7) Give A Little Adventure

Did you know your Platinum pass gets you great discounts on some of the extra paid opportunities? If it were not for the super cheap $5 rides on RipCord at Cedar Point, we might not have done it…multiple times. Surprise dear, strap up and enjoy the ride.

They say those couples that experience thrills together have stronger relationships!

See what discounts are available at your park of choice.

6) Expand Your Palette

Remember that resolution to lose weight this year? You can do that 300 days of the year. For the 65 other days of the year that you are going to spend at Cedar Fair parks, live a little more and enjoy something you normally would not. Want to try fried Oreos at Kings Dominion? Do it! Not sure you would like Chef Kevin’s fresh fried avocado from the Worlds of Fun food truck? Go ahead and order yourself a round as you will not regret your decision.

5) Slow the Pace

Sure the masses that visit the Cedar Fair parks are doing it once a year (and some even less frequent) with the goal to get on as many rides as they can to get their money worth. However, the luxury of your pass is there is always tomorrow. So instead of rushing, plan a day at a slower pace. Try getting on as many flat rides as you can? Or see what kind of secret spots you can find in the park to take in a relaxing view.

4) Visit the Parks for Special Events

Think you have seen it all at your favorite park(s)? In 2015, we saw a boom in the number of special events at the Cedar Fair parks, and especially food related gatherings. Try staying late on the weekends for Cedar Point’s Beach Blast. Or try the popular Carowinds Taste of the Carolinas, returning for the 2016 season.

The specialty events give guests a great opportunity to enjoy the parks from a different perspective, plus try some fantastic Executive Chef prepared meals that you normally could not find in the parks.

Better yet, consider some of the coaster enthusiast events like Kings Island CoasterStock to get great special access to rides, tours, merchandise, and food!

3) It’s All For Show

Maybe your New Years resolution should be to get out and enjoy more of the Arts. Fortunately, the parks are more than just tall roller coasters and fast flat rides. They are more than refillable souvenir buckets or signature beers.

The parks hire world class entertainment each year to put on a large variety of shows. Enjoy lumberjack shows and high diving acts at Canada’s Wonderland. See character acts featuring the Peanuts gang, perfect for kids. Plus several parks have extreme sports acts and Cirque style performances that make for an excellent opportunity to be inspired to learn a new skill for next years New Years resolution.

2) Spread the Infectious Behavior

Chances are you may not even notice the hundreds of staff members each day that put in a ton of work to ensure you have the best day ever. Try on a resolution to pass on positivity. Make a concerted effort to smile and thank the workers for all their hard work. See a higher level employee? Make a mental note of which staff member stood out to make sure you have a great day, and drop their name to the management. No one ever loses when being presented with happiness, and it is something we could all use more of in today’s world.

1) Resolve to Help

We can cover a lot of ground, but there is only so much we can gather at once. Did you know helping us out is as simple as taking pictures? We are looking for strategic partners to help us grow, and 2016 is the year to make that happen. Feel free to reach out to us on the website or social media to help spread the message.

Bloggers and others with a strategic advantage to cover other parks outside of Cedar Point and Kings Island are in high demand.

If you can not help out with pictures, make it a point to give feedback on the website with what you though about specific events or reviews of select food items. Your feedback helps everyone from guests to staff know what works and what could use some improvements.

Have an idea for a New Years resolution not on the list? Let us know below in the comments.

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10 Tips to Last All Day at an Amusement Park with Kids

10 Tips to Last All Day at an Amusement Park with Kids

Traveling to any amusement or theme park can be a daunting task, especially when it involves bringing along young kids. However, with some planning, you can help minimize the chance of a meltdown on the midway. Use these tips for a better day in the parks.

1) Pack enough diapers and wipes– Nothing could be worst than running one too few on diapers after your child just had a major blowout. So figure out how many typical diaper your kid(s) use in a day, and throw in a couple extra for good measure.

2) Include some extra outfits (and shoes)– Today’s amusement parks offer a variety of entertainment to keep you in the park. More and more we see splash pads and areas involving water just for the kids. Make sure to bring along the kids swimsuits (and swim diapers), ensuring they have a warm, dry pair of clothes to change into when done.

3) Bring along medications– If your child has special allergies or requires daily medications, make sure to bring them along just in case. You never know when an issue may occur, like a cross contamination of food with a peanut allergy. Check with your park on their policy for bringing in medications; they may have to be placed in a clear plastic bag.

4) A stroller can be a life saver – If you have ever taken your kids to Disney, you might have noticed the staff, where their exclusive job is to organize the abundance of strollers. More and more parks have designated spots for strollers. You may think, but my kid is five and can walk on their own. However, regardless of your kids age, if they can fit in a stroller, it might be worth it to bring it into the park.

Store in the bottom of the stroller all the miscellaneous items you may need throughout the day. Just make sure to take along any valuables with you (cameras, purses, etc.) when leaving the stroller behind. Finally, when your child gets tired of walking all day and can not make it any further to get back to the car, they have an out (and the parent has something to lean on and support their walk).

5) Hydrate– Running around all day, and especially in the summer heat, we often forget the need to drink plenty of fluids. We can easily fall into the trap of giving our kids soda all day, since it typically is the primary beverage served. Bottles of water in the park can quickly get expensive. However, if you have your own refillable bottle, you can typically refill it at water fountains, and some of the food stands may refill them for you for free. If you did not bring your own container, most food stands in parks will even give you for free a cup of water.

6) A Full Belly Equals a Happy Kid– Jumping ride to ride, kids expel a lot of energy, and often they can not articulate that their crankiness is the result of hunger. Check with your parks policies, but typically they have no problem bringing in snacks for your kids. Grab some granola bars, or pack some cut up fresh fruit if you have a small cooler you can put them in with the baby bottles. This simple tip can make a big difference on your daily meal expenditure too.

Also, as parks try and capture more of your dollars, consider getting a meal plan, such as those at Cedar Point. A family can easily share the plan, ensuring someone eats every 90 minutes.

7) Sunscreen– No one wants to deal with sunburn after being under the sun all day. Make sure to bring along a bottle of your favorite SPF and apply liberally and often to keep those little heads, arms, and legs from getting toasted. A hat also helps prevent sun damage.

8) Rest– We may all get caught up in the excitement of riding the next attraction, but sometimes we need to slow down and read the cues from our children. If you already fed and hydrated those kiddos, they may just need a break from waiting in another line. Find a quiet corner of the park and let them nap in the stroller. Or find an area specially made for kids, such as a playground, and let them have at it. While they enjoy getting to ride the big coasters, it is often the little things that let them relax and refresh (and connect with other kids).

9) Family Care Centers– Most parks we have visited have designated buildings just for kids and parents. Need to breastfeed in a private room, missing an extra diaper, or need to purchase some medicine. Family Care Centers, located inside the parks, can make your day more enjoyable even if you left something at home.

10) Child Swap– Visit Disney Parks, and most parents should know of the rider swap policy, where one parent rides the attraction while the other watches the kid(s) too small to ride. Then when the first parent is complete, they switch and the other person rides. Cedar Point and associated Cedar Fair parks offer a similar Parent Swap program, as do other amusement and theme parks. Take advantage of these programs to ensure you have some fun too.

We spend a lot of money just to get us to our favorite amusement park between travel and tickets, but in the hustle and bustle to get out the door, we can often overlook the things we will need to have a successful day. Checking you have all these areas covered before walking out the door can help make for a great family day in the park.

What must have tips have you used to ensure a successful trip to your favorite amusement park with kids? Leave a comment below and share your insights.

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