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What's new at Cedar Point for the 2022 season? Park officials reveal the changes

Cedar Point is going completely cashless for the 2022 season.

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story features a front-seat ride on the Steel Vengeance roller coaster at Cedar Point.

With Cedar Point’s opening day quickly approaching on May 7, park officials have just revealed some of the changes guests can expect in the 2022 season.

So what’s new at Cedar Point in 2022? We break it all down below…

GOING CASHLESS

This season, Cedar Point will be exclusively cashless for all transactions within the park and its surrounding properties. The cashless transactions are safe, quick and will significantly improve the guest experience at dining, retail and point-of-sale spots throughout the park. Guests who bring cash to the park can convert it into a prepaid debit card that can be used anywhere – not just inside the park – with no fees. For more information on Cedar Point’s cashless program, visit cedarpoint.com/cashless.

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FOOD

The Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill

“As Cedar Point continues to elevate the dining experience throughout the park, the new Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill is the latest addition to the dining lineup,” park officials said in a press release. “Located in the heart of Frontier Town, it will serve a variety of hand-made options, including roasted corn ribs, house-made chili, char-roasted flank steak with chimichurri, roasted seasonal vegetables, hushpuppies, cast iron brownie a-la-mode and more. The Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill will also serve a rotating featured item prepared by the park’s culinary team.”

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The Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill at Cedar Point.

New outdoor seating spaces surrounding The Farmhouse Kitchen & Grill will provide panoramic views of Frontier Town, with Maverick, Town Square, Mine Ride, Skyhawk and the shops of Frontier Town in the distance. A new stage will feature a variety of entertainment at select times throughout the summer.

This restaurant is taking up the space once held by the Antique Cars attraction, which was removed after the 2021 season.

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Derby Dogs & Coasters Drive-In

With the thrill of racing on the historic Cedar Downs Racing Derby right next door, guests can celebrate victory with custom hot dog creations at the new Derby Dogs. The menu features a choice of jumbo or footlong all-beef hot dogs, a trio of mini hot dogs, or Italian sausage, with custom topping choices of bacon, onions, chili, sauerkraut, avocado halves, cole slaw, jalapenos, tomatoes, shredded cheeses and more.

Over at Coasters Drive-In, one of the park’s most popular dining locations, an interior transformation will debut this season. Improved for enhanced speed of service, Coasters Drive-In will serve hand-made burgers, milkshakes and feature a toppings bar for a variety of custom combinations. Coasters Drive-In will also feature rotating sandwich and salad specials with a nod to the diner’s old school theme.

CEDAR POINT PARADE & SPECTACULAR

 Cedar Point’s legacy and history will be visually showcased in the Celebrate Cedar Point Parade & Spectacular. Featuring 12 massive floats that highlight landmarks or significant moments in the park’s history, the multi-sensory parade will travel up and down the Main Midway, pausing occasionally as characters and performers interact and dance with guests. In addition to the parade, a Cedar Point-sized party will take place in Celebration Plaza with an immersive stage show complete with live performers, special effects, vibrant costumes and larger-than-life pyrotechnics.

The Celebrate Cedar Point Parade & Spectacular will run June 24 through Aug. 14.

SHOPPING

PEANUTS @ The Point

The former Snoopy® Boutique along the Main Midway will be reintroduced as PEANUTS @ The Point, a themed shopping spot featuring exclusive PEANUTS wearables, collectibles and park-exclusive PEANUTS merchandise. From sweatshirts to soft, plush iterations of the world’s most famous beagle, Snoopy, PEANUTS @ The Point will have something for every fan of the revered comic strip characters.

SUMMER EVENTS RETURN

Frontier Festival

Kicking off the unofficial start to summer, Frontier Festival returns May 26 – June 19. This street festival in Frontier Town is a celebration of hope, health and harvest with live bands, games for the family, character entertainment and more than 20 hand-crafted menu items to taste. Craft brews, spiked seltzers and signature cocktails will complement the wide variety of Frontier Festival foods.

Cedar Point Nights

Cedar Point Nights returns to the famous mile-long Cedar Point Beach July 29 – Aug. 21. The nighttime glow beach party features larger-than-life games, live entertainment and an immersive lakeside dining experience.

HOTELS & RESORTS

Castaway Bay by Cedar Point Resorts

Located just off of the Cedar Point Peninsula, the all-new Castaway Bay indoor waterpark hotel will debut. From exterior colors and styling to the carpets up to the ceiling, the finishing touches are being put on the entire resort, with new surprises for families to explore. On each floor, the themes of land, sea and air connect seamlessly to guest rooms, hallways and interior spaces. A cast of animal characters will be along for the adventure, including Gordy the sea turtle and his many friends.

Throughout the resort, new dining options, new activities like mini bowling and the popular indoor waterpark, with its 10 attractions, will be perfect for young families. Castaway Bay is scheduled to open in May. For more information, guests can visit castawaybay.com.

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New Castaway Bay entrance.

Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts

Surrounded by 200 acres of woodlands and just a short 10-minute drive from Cedar Point, the all-new Sawmill Creek will welcome guests back this summer. Completely renovated and transformed, Sawmill Creek’s 239 guest rooms, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, new dining experiences, Lake Erie marina, resort pool and 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor event space are all available for casual stays, family vacations, major events or a week-long retreat. Sawmill Creek is scheduled to open this summer. For more information, guests can visit sawmillcreekresort.com.

Guests of Sawmill Creek and Castaway Bay enjoy the benefits of staying at a Cedar Point Resorts property, including Early Entry to Cedar Point and special ticket packages not found anywhere else.

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Image rendering of the renovated entrance at Sawmill Creek.

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