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2017 Free Cedar Fair Ticket (Cedar Point, Kings Island, etc.) for Giving Blood

140716 Red Cross Blood Drive Cedar Point Ticket

Before we had season passes, one of our favorite programs to take part in was donating blood to the Red Cross and getting a free Cedar Point ticket (Note: we still donate blood even without the ticket benefit). So we are always happy when we see the program return each year because not only does your blood donation save countless lives, it gives everyone a chance to be able to visit the park.

Fact: Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

The process is quick and simple, and you are allowed to donate blood once every 60 days. So assuming you get in at the beginning of June, you can do so again in August (when maybe they will add additional free Cedar Fair ticket dates).

While the promotion is labeled as a free Cedar Fair ticket of choice, you need to verify with your donation center which tickets will be available. Each center will not have a pile of tickets from each of the parks. Most likely they will be regionalized, meaning Ohio and surrounding States will offer Cedar Point or Kings Island tickets, etc. Again confirm with your donation center when making a reservation.

So where can you donate blood in 2017 and get a free Cedar Fair ticket?

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Ohio offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:

(Reference List)

June 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iHeartMedia, 7461 South Ave., Boardman, 44512

June 7, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Geauga County Fairgrounds, School Building, 14373 N. Chesire St., Burton 44021

June 9, 2017 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ashtabula Towne Square, 3315 N. Ridge Road E, Ashtabula, 44004

June 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Massillon Recreation Center, 505 Erie St. N, Massillon, 44646

June 14, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren, 44483

June 20, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Road, Strongsville, 44136

June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stephen Rung-Meno Memorial Blood Drive, 409 Armour Road, Avon Lake, 44012

June 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, 44870

July 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairview Recreation Center, 21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 44126

July 7, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Dr., Mayfield Village, 44143

July 12, 2017 from noon to 7 p.m. at Dave & Busters, 25735 First St., Westlake, 44145

July 18, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, 3400 Weymouth Road, Medina, 44256

July 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, 44130

July 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Independence Community Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence, 44131

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Indiana offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:

(Reference List)

6/15/2017 East Noble High School 1pm-7pm 901 S. Garden St. Kendallville, IN 46755
6/15/2017 Purdue University Northwest – Westville 10am – 4pm 1401 S. US 421 Westville, IN 46391
6/23/2017 Zion Lutheran Church 1pm-7pm 101 East North Street Columbia City, IN 46725
6/27/2017 Celina High School at St. John Lutheran Church 12pm-6pm 1100 N. Main Street Celina, OH 45822
6/29/2017 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 12pm-6pm 10700 Aboite Center Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46804
6/30/2017 Madison Park Church of God 2pm-8pm 6607 Providence Dr. Anderson, IN 46013
7/6/2017 Faith United Methodist Church 12pm-6pm 22045 CR18 Goshen, IN 46528
7/8/2017 Three Rivers Festival 12pm-4pm SCU on Barr Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
7/11/2017 Logansport High School 1pm-6pm 1 Berry Lane Logansport, IN 46947
7/12/2017 University of Notre Dame at LaFortune Student Center 11am-5pm 315 LaFortune Student Center South Bend, IN 46556
7/12/2017 Scout Park Conference Center 1pm-7pm 2300 Meyer Road Fort Wayne, IN 46803
7/19/2017 Elida High School/Community 12pm-6pm 401 East North St. Elida, OH 45807
7/19/2017 Chapel Hill Church 12pm-6pm 2600 W. Alto Rd. Kokomo, IN 46901
7/20/2017 Purdue University Northwest – Hammond at Student Union Library 10am-3pm 2200 169th Street Hammond, IN 46323
7/21/2017 Huntington Church of the Nazarene 1:30pm- 7:30pm 1555 Flaxmill Rd. Huntington, IN 46750
7/24/2017 Mitchell High School at Mitchell Church of Christ 12pm-6pm 1004 Main Street Mitchell, IN 47446
7/26/2017 Sonlight Church 11am-5pm 455 N. Gerald Lett Avenue Angola, IN 46703
7/29/2017 Fishers YMCA 11am- 4pm 9012 East 126th St. Fishers, IN 46038
8/8/2017 Irsay Family YMCA 10am – 4pm 430 S. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46225

You must register with the Red Cross prior to your arrival to ensure you get a free ticket. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

The Red Cross is also giving away a paid trip to either Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm for those that like to enter contests. You will also see a link to purchase discounted tickets.

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2017 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans

2017 Michigan's Adventure Dining Plans

New for 2017, Michigan’s Adventure will add seven new children’s slides to the waterpark and a new Splash Pad.

As far as meals and dining plans for Michigan’s Adventure, we had our first visit to the park last season and thought they were doing a pretty good job. We even thought their caramel corn sold in the park was some of the best we have ever eaten.

So lets take a look at the 2017 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans.

Single Day Meal Deal- $13.99 (Includes meal, side, and beverage)

All-Day Dining Plan- $28.99 (Eat every 90 minutes; no beverage included)

Two All-Day Dining Plan- $47.98 (Eat every 90 minutes; Days do not need to be consecutive; no beverage included)

All-Season Dining Plan- $105.00/$144.00 (Platinum)(Eat twice per day spaced four hours apart; no beverage included)

All-Day Souvenir Cup- $10.99 (Free refills day of purchase/$1.00 per refill thereafter)

All-Season Souvenir Cup- $29.99

All-Season Drink Pass– $29.99

Helpful References:
Everything You Need to Know About the Cedar Fair All Season Souvenir Bottle
Is All-Season Dining Worth the Cost?
Is All-Day Dining Worth the Cost?

2017 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans

Beach Bites (Located near Beach Party)
– Mini Corn Dog Basket with Fries
– Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries
– Garden Salad w/Chicken Basket with Chips
– Turkey and Provolone Sub Basket with Chips

Coasters (Located next to the Corkscrew)
– Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries
– 1/3 LB Cheese Burger Basket with Fries
– 1/3 LB Hamburger Basket with Fries
– Grilled Chicken Basket with Fries
– Veggie Burger Basket with Fries
– Mini Corn Dog Basket with Fries
– Garden Salad w/Chicken Basket with Chips

Lakeside Beer Garden (Located near WildWater Adventure)
Entrees:
– Cheeseburger with Chips
– Hamburger with Chips
– Hot Dog with Chips
– Bratwurst with Chips

Pizza Paradise (Located at the Entrance to the Water Park)
– Cheese Pizza Slice Basket with Cheese Bread Stick
– Pepperoni Pizza Slice Basket with Cheese Bread Stick

Surfside Beer Garden (Located in WhiteWater Adventure)
– Cheeseburger with Chips
– Hamburger with Chips
– Hot Dog with Chips
– Bratwurst with Chips

Wagon Wheel Pizza (Located next to Thunderbolt)
– Cheese Pizza Slice Basket with Cheese Bread Stick
– Pepperoni Pizza Slice Basket with Cheese Bread Stick

Wildcat Grill (Located next to the Wildcat)
– Cheeseburger with Fries
– Hamburger with Fries
– Jumbo Hot Dog with Fries

Note: All menu options are subject to change at any time.

2017 Cedar Fair Dining Plans

2017 California’s Great American Dining Plans
2017 Canada’s Wonderland Dining Plans
2017 Carowinds Dining Plans
2017 Cedar Point Dining Plans
2017 Dorney Park Dining Plans
2017 Kings Dominion Dining Plans
2017 Kings Island Dining Plans
2017 Knott’s Berry Farm Dining Plans
2017 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans
2017 Valleyfair Dining Plans
2017 World of Fun Dining Plans

References:

2016 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans
2015 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans

As always, dining plans are subject to change and availability. Did you see an option listed on the menu boards that was either new or removed? Be sure to take a picture and let us know below in the comments.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cedar Fair All Season Souvenir Bottle

170421 2017 Carowinds Souvenir Cups

The souvenir drink bottles tend to have a love/hate relationship among park goers. Those of us who still travel with a stroller have no problem bringing along our souvenir bottles when going on rides. However, those that are strollerless or do not have people to hold their belongings are encouraged to rent a locker for storing your bottle. While the souvenir bottles can be an excellent value, they can also have hidden costs when you need to pay to store them.

While there are other storage options liking hiding your souvenir bottle behind a bush or on top of the lockers, you do so at your own risk of them getting stolen or thrown away.

Carowinds rolled out a test all season long souvenir cup in 2015; however, since it was rolled out in late July, they may not have been too well received since half of the season was already over.

Well the good news is the all-season souvenir bottles were rolled out at all of the Cedar Fair parks in 2016 and continue in 2017 due to their overwhelming success!

How Much Do the All Season Souvenir Cups Cost?

For $29.99, guests can enjoy unlimited refills throughout the 2017 season. The price is the same online as it is in the parks.

In addition to the cost of the cups online, you pay tax and processing fee. You can wait and purchase the cups at the park to save on the processing fee.

170415 Kings Island 2017 Mystic Timbers Souvenir Bottle

Why Are the Souvenir Bottles So Expensive?

If you know anything about the restaurant business, margins are very low on food. While a regular guest paying $15 for a meal makes the company money, a guest on the meal plan carries risk of eating more throughout the year than the cost of the plan. An all-season meal plan at $90-113 (2017 All-Season dining plans at Fall 2016 prices) with an average $11 for a meal ($15 – $4 for a drink not included on the meal plan), means you need to eat at least 9 meals throughout the season to break even. At two meals a day, that means on your fifth visit you break even.

The park than carries a risk of you eating more meals and eating into their profits.

That is where the souvenir cups make up the difference and where the park makes real money.

When you purchase a souvenir cup, regardless of whether it is regular bottle or all season version, you pay upfront a fee to use the cup. In addition, the cost of the bottle far exceeds the cost of the dispensed beverages, which costs cents. No matter how many times you refill the cup, the park makes money.

So the short answer is, the parks make their money on the souvenir bottles more than the food, and thus why you pay a premium for the bottles.

Where Can You Use the All Season Souvenir Cup?

Just like in 2016, we have independently confirmed from park officials that the 2017 all season cups will be able to be used at ALL Cedar Fair parks!

There still tends to be some confusion about where you purchased your souvenir cup online versus which park you take them to redeem. For example, can you purchase your cup through the Cedar Point website but redeem for them at Carowinds since they open earlier in the season?

In 2016, we successfully did redeem our Cedar Point souvenir cup receipt at Kings Dominion. While we are sure this will still be the case in 2017, you should try and purchase your cup at which ever park you will visit first to avoid confusion. Thereafter, you can use the cups at ANY Cedar Fair park.

Word to the wise! The all season cups will become highly valuable this year, and just leaving them around makes them all the more prone to theft. Factor in the cost to secure your cup during each visit, or you will find yourself thirsty at the well.

160404 Carowinds Souvenir Cups and Popcorn Bucket

Should You Purchase the All-Day or All-Season Souvenir Cups?

The all-season cups offer free refills all season. However, there are still all-day cups that are free refills on the day of purchase and $1 refills all season.

During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, one could reactivate your cup on a subsequent visit to get unlimited refills on that day versus paying the $1.00 per refill fee. So the question was, could you reactivate the all-day cups?

Cup reactivation was deactivated in 2016 with the introduction of the all-season cup.

Therefore, if you plan on visiting more than a couple times, it makes sense to get the all-season cup. If you are only visiting for one, or even a couple visits but do not plan on drinking a lot, it may make more sense to buy the all-day cup and get $1 refills on subsequent visits.

160430 Cedar Point Valravn Souvenir Cups

What if I do not want to pay and store the souvenir cup to ride?

The great news is that for 2017, Cedar Fair introduced a season pass drink program. For $29.99, you can use your season pass at any drink location to receive a disposable cup. The drink program has a 15 minute time constraint between refills.

For additional details and discussion, use these references.

Cedar Point Season Pass Drink Program Coming in 2017

To Souvenir Cup, or Not to Souvenir Cup

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