Opening Day

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Cedar Point opens for the summer on Saturday, May 11 - and we're ready to unleash our new guardian of the park, GateKeeper. To celebrate, we're giving away prizes and inviting special guests to the party!

Gates Open Early (8:30 a.m.)


We'll kick off the season at GateKeeper's entrance plaza with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. To make sure you have a chance to get there to enjoy it, we're opening all park gates at 8:30 a.m. for Resorts Guests and Platinum Passholders only.

PLEASE NOTE: Early Entry rides will open at 9 a.m. as scheduled. The gates will open to all other guests at 10:00 a.m. as scheduled.

GateKeeper Opening Ceremony (9:00 a.m.)


Join Cedar Point's General Manager, John Hildebrandt and our un-official "cruise director," Tony Clark, as we cut the ribbon to officially open GateKeeper at 9 a.m. The PEANUTS pals will also be on hand for the celebration!

Plus, The Ohio State University Spring Athletic Band will play for guests between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

GateKeeper First Rider Tee Giveaway (All Day)


Throughout the day, we'll be going into the queue line at GateKeeper at random times to toss out GateKeeper commemorative tees (size XL only) to those guests waiting in line (while supplies last).






GateKeeper Coca-Cola Koozie Giveaway (All Day)


Cedar Point and Coca-Cola have teamed up to give you a special souvenir on Opening Day! Each guest will receive an official Opening Day Coca-Cola Koozie at each entrance gate (while supplies last).

The Ohio State University Spring Athletic Band (Select Times)


Our special guests will play at three times throughout the day: 9 a.m. at GateKeeper's entrance plaza; 10 a.m. at the Main Entrance; and 1:30 p.m. at Celebration Plaza.

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule and individual events are subject to change without notice.