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7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall

150812 Cedar Point Midway Horse-Drawn Hearse (7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall)

Were you fortunate to make it to a Cedar Fair at least once (or 10) this summer? Traveling to Cedar Point, Kings Island, Carowinds, Dorney Park or any of the other Cedar Fair parks is a blast throughout the year, especially when you can enjoy long days in the park and late nights under the lights of the midway. However, once the temperatures start to drop, there are lots of reasons to love Cedar Fair parks in the fall.

1) Decorations

Starting around August each year, guests visiting the parks can get into the fall spirit by seeing some of the decorations start to take shape around the park. Maybe you will see a Haunt vehicle here or a hearse there. Slowly as you get closer to fall, you will begin to see the park transformed into an entirely new experience, especially after dark.

Fall also means new kids and family activities throughout the day. Then once the sun goes down, the fog starts to roll in and the entire atmosphere becomes captivating.

2) Park Improvements

There is nothing that gets park enthusiasts blood running faster than with the announcement of improvements for the next season. Typically sometime in August or September, the parks have their official release of the next years improvements, whether they be a new roller coaster, rides, or dining enhancements. Shortly thereafter, guests going into fall can watch the early progress of construction, building excitement to carry them into spring and the park reopening.

3) Character Spirit

141022 Cedar Point Trick-or-Treat Halloween Snoopy

Everyone gets into the fall spirit at the parks, and that includes Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Bring the family out during the day and see your favorite characters dressed up just for Halloween.

Or if you visit Cedar Point during the day, you may get lucky and see Tony Clark, the Communications Director driving around the midway parade in a boiling pot of witches brew. Everyone gets in on the action.

4) Unique Menu Offerings

150918 Cedar Point Kettle Corn

While the leaves are changing, so does the food that nurtures the soul, preparing our bodies for winter. That is why we love the food scene at the parks for fall. Find warm cider, pumpkin treats, food stands that are only brought out for Haunt, unique food events, and freshly prepared kettle corn.

References:
2017 Canada’s Wonderland Haunt Food
2017 Valleyfair Blood Suckers Buffet & Brew Bar
2017 Dorney Park Fright Feast
Review: Cedar Point Halloweekends Specialty Baked Potatoes
2017 California’s Great America Haunt Boofet
2017 Cedar Point Boeckling’s Banquet
2017 Cedar Point Night of the Living Fed

5) Dwindling Crowds

Halloweekends/Haunt are historically the busiest time of the year to visit the park, but there are some ways to minimize the crowds. As you get closer to Halloween, and especially on Saturdays, the parks can be very crowded. However, depending on the weather forecast, Friday nights and Sundays can be great nights to take in the park with lower crowds.

6) Merchandise Deals

Looking to snag our favorite merchandise for that special someone? As the parks get closer to closing day, they risk being stuck with a bunch of inventory. This means you should be able to find some great discounts of select items.

7) Best Deal of the Year on Season Passes

Cedar Fair Platinum Pass

If you are like our family, we like to save money, and the best time to do that with Cedar Fair season passes is in the fall. When season passes first go on sale is the best time to buy due to the lowest prices and additional added incentives.

For example, new guests that purchase a season pass this season get into the parks one time this season. Renewing members get a free Fast Lane Plus pass, getting them front of the line access one time this season.

When purchasing your season pass, it is also in your best interest to add the all-season dining plan and all-season drink cup/season pass drink program now, as the prices will only go up the longer you wait.

What gets you in the fall spirit?

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2017 Valleyfair Blood Suckers Buffet & Brew Bar

Valleyfair 2015 Blood Suckers Bar

One of our favorite Haunt concepts that has been going on for a couple of years is the Blood Suckers bar at Valleyfair/ValleyScare. The Blood Suckers bar, which offers unique seasonal beers and cocktails, started during the 2015 ValleyScare Haunt season. For the 2016 season, Valleyfair capitalized on the popularity by not only bringing back the Blood Suckers Bar, but also offering an exclusive Blood Suckers Pizza Buffet. The Blood Suckers concept is back again for 2017, though with a new twist.

The Blood Suckers Brew Bar will remain, offering guests select beers, wines and mixed drinks along with tasty snacks. Open Friday and Saturday nights, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, beginning September 16, 2017. Must be 21 years of age or older.

The Blood Suckers Buffet is expanded for this season, offering an array of pizzas, pastas, salads and side items. This all-you-can-eat buffet is offered every Saturday from 5:00 – 6:30 pm beginning September 16 through October 28, 2017. Menu includes pizza, breadsticks, butternut squash pasta, garden salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, tater tot hotdish, pumpkin pie, cookies, Coca-Cola beverages and adult beverages (must be 21+ years of age).

Prices for the buffet are as follows:

$14.99- Ages 3+ and over 48” tall
$8.99- Ages 3+ and under 48” tall
Free- 2 and Under
$11.99- Passholder

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2017 Valleyfair Dollar Days

2017 Valleyfair Dollar Days

The annual Valleyfair Dollar Days event returns September 9-10, 2017. All food, games, and merchandise deals are $1 while supplies last.

Food Deals

Hard Shell Tacos @ Taste of Valleyfair Food Truck
Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza Slice @ Mama Chetta’s
Hot Dogs @ Gazebo Stage
Ice Cream @ Gazebo Stage
Fresh Cut Fries @ Fryer Tucks
Cotton Candy @ Midway Cotton Candy

Midway Games Deals

Ring Toss
Top Glow Race
Milk Bottle Game
Barnyard Basketball

Register Stand Merchandise Deals

Souvenir Magnet @ General Store
Peanuts Product @ Snoopy Boutique
Souvenir Key Chain @ Plaza Shopper

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