Sep 30, 2013 - 5:38 pm
A short while back, Iceman proposed a trip to Cedar Point in August 2014, for all interested members of this elite group of survivors. Several of you had positive responses, indicating interest in going. When Iceman made that post, I was already planning on going to Cedar Point with my family, which I did this past Saturday, so, I thought I'd share my experience and put another suggestion on the table, for consideration. And, just to be clear, Iceman and I have been speaking on the phone and we both agree, Kalahari is worth considering.
Cedar Point was a blast! So much fun if you love rollercoasters and other rides. There are several restaurants on site and tons of 'fair food', definitely something for every palate. There's also plenty of carnival type games for those of you who don't mind paying $5 to shoot 3 basketballs thru hoops, in hopes of winning an itty bitty stuffed pig. The price wasn't so bad at just $46 per ticket. However, that $46 just buys you a place in line, 2-3 hour lines...on most every ride. I splurged and spent an additional $86 for a Fast Pass, that allows you to go directly to the front of the line, or so they say. The truth of the matter is, the front of the line still means about a 30 minute wait per ride. Regardless of the long lines, I'd still say it's well worth the wait. I was impressed with the amount of seating all over the park. I took advantage of these seats as I waited while the kids rode. All of my party were impressed by how clean the park was, no trash on the ground at all. And the landscaping was just beautiful! I did not stay at The Breakers, an on site hotel, but I did eat at TGIF, which just happens to be right next to the hotel. Let me just say, I personally would not stay at the hotel strictly because of appearance. It looked rundown and dirty from the outside, and a nice couple I spoke to who were staying there, wished they hadn't. Also, several reviews I read said the place was infested with bedbugs. Need I say more?
We were blessed with beautiful weather, thank goodness, because they do not give rainchecks. If they get rained out, you lose your money. At $132 for the ticket, times 4 if you count my family, that's alot of money to gamble with for pretty weather.
Since I was going to be in the area, Iceman made arrangements for me to stop by and tour Kalahari Resort, just 15 min from Cedar Point. Boy was I glad I did. With or without our group, I will definitely be taking my family there.
For those of you who don't know, Kalahari is an indoor/outdoor waterpark. A BIG one! Not just a water park tho, there's a zipline, ropes course, bowling, build-a-bear, pottery painting and even a zoo! There's a swim-up full service bar in the adult only pool and there's also adult only hot tubs that have access to the bar. There's a bakery and a chocolate factory where every pastry and every piece of chocolate is made from scratch, on site, every single day! When you see the amount of goodies they offer, it's hard to fathom every bit of it made fresh daily, but they do! They even bake their own bread for sandwiches. There's a restaurant that's family friendly till ten each night. After 10, the kids gotta go and the joint becomes a nightclub with disco ball, dance floor, band, the whole shebang! Prior to kicking the kiddos out, the dance floor is a stage where resort staff host hula hoop contests and such for the the little ones.
I did not get prices because our group rate will vary depending on the number of people going but I do know that if you stay at the resort, with the price of each room you get 4 tickets to the water park. A few of the extra activities do have an additional charge.
The coolest part, IMO, were the cabana's for rent. Right there in the big middle of things you can have your very own private cabana with a large screen TV. You can order food in, take a nap, watch a game, play cards or other table games all while keeping up with the kids, or escaping the kids if you prefer. They even have a cabana large enough for a small group.
So, in my opinion, Kalahari Resort offers something for everyone, no matter their age or health, unlike Cedar Point that requires hours and hours of walking. There's also little chance rainy weather would ruin our plans since the park is as much inside as outside. The hotel is connected to the indoor part of the park so you never even have to go outside. Oh, lets not forget the spa...full service! They truly thought of everything!
For those of you interested in joining us next summer, I recommend checking out Kalahari Resorts online. Then, collectively, we can decide where we'd rather meet...Kalahari or Cedar Point. We can't go wrong with either, but Kalahari would be much more relaxing than Cedar Point. I'm still sore from walking 13 hours around Cedar Point, two days ago!