Update #4-The Big Debate: Kings Island vs. Cedar Point

This update will feature the dining options of both parks. I will base my final decision based on restaurant/food quality, uniqueness, and variety. I’ve been to a few of the food locations at both parks, and I have a general sense of knowledge on this topic. However, I almost always eat outside the park if at all possible, because Cedar Fair food is expensive.

Cedar Point: I can assure you that you will not go hungry while you are at Cedar Point. First of all, there are three different dining plans you can purchase. The dining plans include a single meal, an all-day plan, and a season-long plan. The all-day plan allows you to fill up every 90 minutes. If your stomach feels a bit uneasy after riding the coasters, I advise you not to eat every 90 minutes.👍

Cedar Point has restaurants and food stands all over its midways, hotels, and peninsula outskirts. These restaurants include Bay Harbor, Breakwater Café, Chick-fil-A, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Chuck Wagon, Coasters Drive-In, DQ Grill & Chill, Famous Dave’s, Joe Cool Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Last Chance Saloon/Palace Theater, Midway Market, Panda Express, Perkins Family Restaurant, Pink’s, Red Garter Saloon, Starbucks, Subway, T.G.I. Friday’s, Toft’s Ice Cream Parlor, and Tomo Hibachi.

I most recently went to Joe Cool Cafe. This restaurant is located off of Planet Snoopy. It is themed to all of the PEANUTS characters and is kid-friendly, playing clips of the show from small TVs. Although the food is extremely expensive, the food and service I received was excellent. However, the restaurant could have been a bit cleaner, and it was extremely dark inside since they only used natural light. light. Overall, I’d only recommend it if you have kids with you.

Kings Island: Kings Island offers the same dining plans as Cedar Point, since they are both owned by the Cedar Fair company. If you have a season pass to Kings Island, it might be in your best interest to take advantage of the season-long meal deal.

Kings Island offers unique restaurants where you can buy meals. These restaurants include include Chick-fil-A, Chicken Shack, Coconut Cove Cave, Coney Potato Works, Coney Skyline Chili, Coney Mall Subway, Festhaus, Hank’s Burrito Shack, International Street LaRosa’s Pizza, International Street Skyline Chili, Juke Box Diner, Panda Express, Planet Snoopy Grill, Red’s Hall of Fame Grille, Rivertown Potato Works, Snake Pit, Soak City Subway, and Bier Garten. Like Cedar Point, there are also many food stands around the park where you can grab a quick amusement park snack, like a funnel cake. Unlike Cedar Point, you can grab Kings Island’s famous blue ice cream or Banshee Twist.

The most recent sit-down restaurant that I’ve been to at Kings Island is probably the Skyline on International Street. The atmosphere is great, and you have a fountain view. There are three words to describe the food: chili cheese fries. Seriously the best.

Overall: Kings Island has better dining options. Cedar Point and Kings Island have the same dining plans and generally same expenses, so there really is no judging there. Sure, Toft’s is great, but there is no matching the classic blue ice cream. Also, like I said before, Cincinnati food is amazing! Skyline Chili is the best!

To get off of the hugely opinionated train, I took the location of the restaurants into account, also. Cedar Point’s main sit-down restaurants are scattered, and many are outside of the park’s boundaries, so make sure you get your hand stamped! This includes Perkins in Hotel Breakers and DQ off of Cedar Point Drive. Most of Kings Island’s acclaimed restaurants are right in the park! Convenience is key!

What do you think? Do you agree that Kings Island has better dining options?


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