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Cedar Point to offer Fast Lane pass this year

Part of the Cedar Point experience is how to endure the sometimes long wait to get on those roller coasters.

Unless you come on an off-day, or just get lucky, it's almost inevitable that you'll spend more than a bit of time, passing the time.

For an extra $50, on top of the usual ticket price , you can buy the new Fast Lane pass, and cut to the front of the line through a special entrance.

"I paid the extra 50. It was well worth it. Beautiful day out, who wants to wait in line for hours," says Colin Lapp, who came in from Cincinnati. 

However, Fast Lane already has a list of enemies. A Boycott Cedar Point page popped up on Facebook, and the park's fan forums were all abuzz with people who think fast lane favors the rich.

"I was waiting two and a half hours to get on a ride, fast pass people got on in seven minutes. Well, they paid their 50 bucks. That's not fair because some people don't have another 50 dollars because it cost 50 dollars to get in the door," said Kevin Tomasch, who came in from Independence, Ohio. 

About six or seven percent of park visitors bought a fast lane pass opening weekend. That number is expected to grow as people weigh the cost against the benefits.

"When it's hot out I'll do whatever it takes, because you're standing there in the hot sun," says Larissa Velasquez, visiting from Leipsic Ohio.  

But Boyd Gross from Detroit has another idea, "I'd rather sit in the sun and bake away. "

Some of the folks who have an issue with Fast Lane are those who have big families, even though the extra cost is 30 dollars a person for groups of five or more.

"I think it would be hard to spend that much money for a fast pass on a busy day for the seven of us," says mom Linda Smith.

The park will be reviewing the progress of "Fast Lane" as the season goes on and they get more feedback.

 

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