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SANDUSKY, Ohio — Thousands of people heading to HalloWeekends at Cedar Point on Saturday night got a frightening surprise.

Park officials announced on social media they were nearing capacity and had to restrict admission. They asked guests to come back on Sunday or next weekend, which is the last weekend of the season.

At one point, Cedar Point Road and Cedar Point Drive were temporarily closed, but have since reopened to traffic.

Happy Carter said it took three hours to finally get into the park. He has a theory as to why it was so crowded.

“It’s the $99 Gold Passes,” he said, which were offered as part of Cedar Point’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The pass allows guests unlimited visits, free parking and other discounts for the rest of this season and next.

Other visitors didn’t even get the chance to go inside the park, which they said was a major disappointment.

One woman told FOX 8 she drove from Kentucky to be there.

A Cedar Point spokesman issued the following statement: 

“HalloWeekends has always been a very popular event, especially when weather conditions are more than ideal. Today, the park initiated a capacity-based closure in order to provide a quality experience to guests attending the event.”

FOX 8 asked about the gold passes playing a role in the crowds and the question was not acknowledged.