Cedar Point Show Review and Guide, 2018

Cedar Point Show Guide, Times, and Reviews

Cedar Point has quite the new list of shows for 2018. While the show schedule is heavy on the music side, all the performances have different styles that someone in your group is bound to enjoy.
Here's your guide of what not to miss while you're at the park.

Bluegrass Jamboree
The surprise of the visit. The singing and performance by the Bluegrass Jamboree is excellent. The blend of old and new works surprisingly well, and the talent is probably the best we saw in the park. The band members mend very well together. We caught them twice during our stay at Cedar Point, and both times were excellent if you're a fan of good music. (Note: We were at Brew & BBQ when we saw this group, which definitely fills up the area with quite a lively crowd ;) )

May 26 - August 19
(No Shows on Thursday)
2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM
Saturday additional showing: 7:30PM

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice was a really great show to close out one of our evenings. With the very non-descriptive description on the Cedar Point website, we really weren't sure what to expect, but it did deliver. The bright nighttime lights and atmosphere of the grass area of the park really make this a show that feels like an up-charge concert. Everyone will recognize at least a couple songs from this hour-long show. It features a large band and good talent all around.

July 5 - August 19
8:30pm, 10:00pm

Lusty Lil's French Revue
It's got its funny parts and slow parts, but it kept our interest enough that we were glad we saw it. We also kept making jokes based around the show for the rest of our visit to the resort.  It's corny where it's supposed to be corny, and the set pieces are better than the other shows at Cedar Point. The production value was a little higher for this show than some of the others. "Music, comedy, cancan dancers and general hijinks await in this impromptu European Tour that promises to be a whirlwind of fun!" See it if you have time, it takes place in the air-conditioned Palace Theater, near Maverick.

May 26 - August 19
(No shows on Monday)
12:30PM, 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM
Saturday additional showing: 6:30PM

Summerdaze is a show that we caught multiple times while at the park. They feature great hits that go great with a pint in the sun.  Catch them at the Cedar Point Shores waterpark at the bar near the Lazy River (Schooners Bar).  This is a must-see if drinking a beer at a beach-side bar is your thing. You will hear some of the same songs in different sets, but it's not overkill. It was also never too busy at the bar, surprisingly. Hits from Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" are some of the tunes Summerdaze will play.

May 26 - August 19
(No shows on Monday)
1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM

After this show you can head on over the the swim-up bar on the opposite side of the lazy river, it features all-you-can-pee barstools. Sit for hours without getting up.

The Swell Tones
While not a show I would stand around and listen to, you can grab a Hot Dog at Pink's and then listen while you eat nearby. An older generation may love it though. "Catch the smooth harmonies of this blast from the past! They’re cruising the midways with a cool doo-wop style. Be sure to catch them near Pinks Hotdogs or the Giant Wheel in the front of the park as they blend classic 50’s do wop hits with some new favorites!"

June 2 - August 19
(No shows on Wednesday)
12:00PM | Outside Pinks (Saturdays only)
1:15PM | Outside Pinks
2:30PM | Giant Wheel
3:30PM | Hot Spot
4:45PM | Giant Wheel
6:00PM | Hot Spot

The Tomfooleries
If you're a fan of the latest Country top hits, this 25-minute show is the show for you, with tunes such as "Buy me a Boat" by Chris Janson, this is a show you can sing along to or just sit back and enjoy. If you aren't a fan of new-age country songs, you can skip this one.

There does seem to be some disorganization to this show, as it seems to move around, even though the website shows where they're meant to be. (see below)

July 2 - August 19
(No Shows on Tuesday)
1:00PM | FrontierTown (Saturdays Only)
2:15PM | In Palace Theater
3:45PM | In Palace Theater
5:00PM | FrontierTown
6:15PM | In Palace Theater (Sun-Fri. Saturdays: Shady Hollow)
7:15PM | In Palace Theater

We missed the first two times we tried to see these two performers since they weren't where they were supposed to be, but we were in a good mood the entire show when we finally caught them, it's fun. (Note: We did go during the Brew and BBQ Festival, which may be the reason for the locations not matching up with what was shown online?) We do recommend going to an indoor showing for the atmosphere and air conditioning.

Toes in the Sand Band
This show is perfect for your afternoon after a long day at Cedar Point.  Wind down with songs that everyone will recognize and play some games at the beachside "Sand Bar." We heard this band a few times while at the beach, and they never disappointed.

May 26 - August 19
(No show on Wednesday)
3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM

Totally Live! This Country Rocks
We heard about this being a great show while arriving, so we did have some high expectations. We loved the music and we're sure that everyone will recognize at least one song, and the talent was top notch, but we didn't like the rehearsed nature of it. We're quite sure if we saw this again it would be the same exact set, as the dancing and performance are very choreographed. Nothing wrong with that, it just wasn't our thing compared to the other bands around the resort.  The Red Garter Saloon has service in the downstairs area of the theatre. Otherwise, you may sit on the balcony, we loved the bar and the atmosphere at this show.

May 19 - September 3
(No shows on Tuesday)
3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM
Saturday additional showing: 8:30PM

Traildust Trio
While a talented group, the Jamboree wasn't our favorite. The music wasn't our style.
You can catch them at the Villiage Square Gazebo in Frontiertown, near the museum. The 25-minute show is right up your alley if you enjoy bluegrass, so mosey on over and "kick up your boots to some golden age country classics."

June 2 - August 19
(No shows Wednesday)
4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
Saturday additional showing: 9:00PM

Vertical Impact
Vertical Impact might have the biggest eyesore of a stage that I've ever seen in a theme park. Located near the entrance of Cedar Point, you can't miss the big blue stage at the end of the Midway, but don't let the lack of seating and the colorful sight of the setup turn you off, this is actually quite the exciting show. From trampoline segments straight out of Cirque-du-Soliel to bungee wall-dancing that you will want to try for yourself, there's a lot to look at in this 20 to 25-minute long show.

It's actually quite sad that a world-class theme park does not have a proper stage to showcase the talent that is seen during this show.  The talent is on-par (and similar) with some of our favorite shows, like "Jump!" at Phantasialand. But instead of the high production value of such a show, this is located on a busy piece of pathway, on an inexpensive, shabby-looking set, that really ruins the atmosphere of what this show really could be.

The bike and trampoline segments are excellent and the whole show itself will keep you entertained throughout. The big issue is the lack of shade and seating during the show, so you might want to arrive 15 minutes early so you can find a seat on the concrete wall on the opposite side of the footpath. Also, the water during the "Splash-Zone" dance-segment of the show is as hot as hot tub water, and has most likely been sitting there for quite a few weeks.

June 8 - August 19
(No show on Tuesday)
4:00PM, 6:00PM, 8:00PM
Saturday additional showing: 2:00PM

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