We are flying into Detroit for a Tigers game, and staying there for one night. Then driving down to Sandusky to spend time at Cedar Point. The water park hotel portion is a bonus. Not sure how much time we will spend there in the entirety. Cedar Point is our focus, but we are from Hawaii and of course, love the water, too. We will be buying the Platinum Pass, so don't need to stay on property (and from the looks of the reviews, the properties are quite shabby). We are flying home out of Cleveland.
I like the Kid Cabin suite at GWL, and my understanding is that the water park is only for hotel guests (?). But I really like the full kitchen we would get at Kalahari (King Lodge suite). Our twin sons just turned 7 (but 54" and 52" so can go on big coasters -- and LOVE them). Is GWL enough to keep them busy or do we need the big bang of Kalahari? I'm not excited about the massive amounts of people there or the fact that they apparently oversell day passes. Any truth to either of these?