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Is All-Day Dining Worth the Cost?

Is All-Day Dining Worth the Cost

For those of us with season passes, we find the All-Season dining plan to be a spectacular value considering we can eat twice per day at all of the Cedar Fair parks with our Platinum passes. A guest previously wrote in and asked what the break even point on the All-Season dining plan was, and whether we thought it was worth the investment.

For our complete analysis of the All-Season dining plans, visit our post, Is All-Season Dining Worth the Cost?

Today Colleen writes in and asks, “What’s your opinion on value of the All-Day food pass? I have four adults and two five year olds to feed for two days.

All-Day dining plans are currently $31.99 and allow a guest to eat every 90 minutes. Drinks are not included.

While the available dining plan menu options are the same on the All-Day and All-Season dining plans at all the rest of the Cedar Fair parks, at Cedar Point, there are some variations with additional food choices. Review the latest Cedar Point dining plans options for reference, and note there are different options between those with the Single Meal Deals and those with All-Day or All-Season dining plans. For all other park dining plans, review our Cedar Fair park food guides.

After purchasing an All-Day dining plan, you take the voucher to any food stand in the park and they will give the guest a wristband for use throughout the day.

Depending on where you eat throughout the day, meals can vary in size from just enough to feed one person, to more than enough to share. We do not recommend getting an All-Day meal plan for every guest in your party, as eating every 90 minutes provides plenty of opportunities to share. The only stipulation is the guest with the wristband has to order the food.

For simplicity purposes, an entree with side costs roughly $10-12.00 with a drink costing around another $4.00. Therefore, your break even point is approximately 3 meals with the All-Day dining plan. Given one can eat every 90 minutes, that provides a lot of opportunity to get value out of the dining plans.

Before we had All-Season dining plans, we would get the All-Day dining plans to share among 4 of us (Our kids were little and our fifth child was a baby at the time). Eating every 90 minutes provided plenty of opportunity to continually keep mouths fed, even if sometimes it was only a bite or two per person. We would let the kids eat the first meal (or two) and 90 minutes later the adults shared a meal. By the third 90 minutes, the kids may be hungry again.

Assuming you get your first meal around 11:00 am, that provides a second meal at 12:30, third at 2:00, fourth at 3:30, and you will be rolling out of the park with a fifth meal by 5:00…and you still have till closing to enjoy the plan.

Tip: Make sure to scan your wristband as soon as possible, and ask if you can scan it when you order your food at sit down restaurants instead of at the end of the meal when they bring your check. This starts the 90 minute clock for your next meal. If you wait to scan till the end of your sit down meal, you delay the 90 minute wait between meals.

Keep in mind, if packing a couple peanut butter and jelly or lunch meat sandwiches in a cooler along with snacks and drinks is more than adequate to keep you full throughout the day, go ahead and bring them along. However, you will have to leave the cooler in your vehicle (or at the picnic pavilions). Make sure to get your hand stamped so you can get back into the park. However, realize time is wasted in the process of walking back to the car, eating, then walking back in. Within that hour, you could have rode your favorite coaster.

For us and countless others, the dining plans have provided a great opportunity to keep guests in the park to eat the food and ride.

In Summary

Generally speaking, we think the All-Day and All-Season dining plans provide a great value for guests so long as you plan on utilizing them. The guest needs to determine how much food they typically would eat in a visit. If you can share meals and make do with the time constraints between servings, there provides plenty of opportunity to get value out of the system.

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2017 Early Cedar Fair Season Passes and Dining News

Cedar Fair Platinum Pass

Details are starting to come in for the 2017 Cedar Fair season passes, which includes dining plans, all-season drink cups and bonuses for buying early.

Here is what we know so far.

– New 2017 Platinum passes are $189.00
– 2017 Platinum pass renewals are $184.50

Lower level (Silver, Gold, Regular, etc.) season pass prices vary per park.

New passholders get one (1) free admission during the 2016 season. Renewals receive one (1) free Fast Lane Plus wristband valid for one day during the regular 2016 operating season. This still needs to be determined if every Cedar Fair park will offer these bonus incentives.

All Season Dining plans are $113 for Platinum passholders (note they were $99 for the past two years for early purchases). All Season Dining for other levels of season passes are a $79.99 add on.

Just like the past two seasons, All-Season dining is valid for two meals per day, spaced 4 hours apart.

All-Season Souvenir Cups will also return at a $26.99 price point.

Guests with a non-Platinum season pass will have the option to add on all-season parking plans for $45.00.

Additional add on options include Dinos Alive & Fun Pix.

Information subject to change at any time. Refer to your specific park for the latest pricing info.

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Win Two (2) Tickets to Any Cedar Fair Park

160805 Win Two Tickets to Any Cedar Fair Park

This has been a great summer, and hopefully you and your family or friends have gotten out to one of the Cedar Fair parks this season. Maybe you made it out to Cedar Point to ride their new dive coaster and tried one of the associated Valravn specialty food items. Or did your visit take you to Carowinds to pair a ride on Fury 325 with a Fury burger? Or for our west coast friends, hopefully you got to visit Knott’s Berry Farm to see the new Ghost Town 75th Anniversary, ride Ghost Rider, or try the newly refurbished Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Restaurant which is amazing! There are so many great things going on at Cedar Fair parks across North America, and we want to share the FUN with you.

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have, and get use out of our dining guides when visiting the parks. Each guide is packed full of the latest dining plan information, detailed menus with prices, photos, reviews, and feedback from each of you letting the community know what you liked, or what could be improved.

As we head into the final days of summer, we would like to give away two (2) tickets to the Cedar Fair park of your choosing. You select the park, we send you and a guest there to enjoy your favorite rides, food, and entertainment.

Two electronic tickets will be emailed to the chosen winner. Parking, food, and additional costs are the responsibility of the recipient. All decisions are those of the CPFB. Rules subject to change at any time. Valid for one admission to the selected Cedar Fair park located in the United States (Cedar Point, Cedar Point’s Soak City, Carowinds, Dorney Park, California’s Great America, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Soak City – Orange County, Michigan’s Adventure, Valleyfair, Wildwater Kingdom or Worlds of Fun) for a single day during regular operating hours thru Labor Day, September 5, 2016. Not valid for upgrade attractions, special ticket or private events, park buyouts or with any other coupon or discount programs.

Cedar Fair or subsidiaries are in no way associated with this contest.


Update: The contest is now over. Stay tuned for future promotions!

To enter, please leave a comment below, telling us which park you would select if chosen as the winner and why. Limit one entry per person. Additional comments will not increase your chances of winning.

Winner will be selected on or around Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Good luck!

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