A 600 Pound Gorilla: June 29, 2005 (Cedar Point)

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So, it was my first and hopefully not last trip to Cedar Point this year. We (as in my dad, sister, cousin and I) awoke at about 5:30, packed 2 coolers filled with bagels, ham, and
Wild Cherry Pepsi, and drove the 2 and a half hour trip to the Point. We arrived at about
9:15. Taking all of the Pointbuzzers and Coasterbuzzers tips, we parked in the Soak City lot (which was basically empty.) After a quick breakfast of bagels with ham, we got to the back gate just as the National Anthem ended. The gates opened, and we were off.

First off, (after a trip to the bathroom and to stop & stare at a Top Thrill Dragster rollback) was Iron Dragon for my sister. It was weird being in the front row on the first train out, but you know, it was fun. My cousin and I hopped over to the Wildcat, but it closed down just as we were entering the line. Aw well, we would hit it later.

A nice walk past Mantis (which my dad says sounds just like a tornado), past Millennium
Force, through the tunnel under Millennium Force's track, and over the bridge by Snake River Falls led us to yet another one of my sisters favorite rides: the Wave Swinger. I absolutely hate these, but decided that I needed a thrill, so got on. I quickly remembered why I hated those things.

A walk-on to Cedar Creek Mine Ride was next, and I have to say, the one position lap bars suck. I have decently large thighs, and it was a TIGHT fit. Needless to say, a good ride just to put your hands up and scream for no other reason just to have fun.

By that time, my sister and dad wanted more food, so at Gemini we split up. Mike (my cousin) and I went up to Gemini's platform, and had a four train wait. (Only the red train was running, but both trains were testing earlier in the morning.) This was my first time on Gemini, but let me tell you, the pop of air after the second turn was brutal. I hate
airtime, so I don't like that feeling. Anyway, I still had fun, and this will be a ride I
have to do each time I come back.

Mike and I were hungry by then, so we went back to the car for munchies. We looked at my 2004 souvenir map for directions and decided that the front of the park was next. A decent sized walk and a walk-on Sky Ride ride led us to the Raptor freeway booth and then to Disaster Transport. The wait was roughly 20 minutes, but it was dark and air conditioned. DT is a pretty tame ride, but I noticed that in the middle of one of the helixs was something that resembled the giant machine digger thing in Matrix Revolutions. Odd.

We split up yet again. My sister and Mike wanted to ride the Giant Wheel (not enough money in the world to get me on that), so I went to the line for maXair. My dad went to get some water for us. Let me tell you, the line for maXair extended way out, practically next to Chaos. However, it was not more than a 20 minute wait. A weird thing happened to me while in line, though. In the waiting que (where you are assigned a number) I bent down to tie my shoes. Oddly enough, my shoes say "maxair" on them. Yes, I know. Strange.

maXair is something else. It is a very smooth ride, and the view is incredible from up
there. However, the spin motion was odd in the fact that you would be facing one direction going up, and facing a totally different direction going back down. I was in Seat 12, and it was intense. That was a wonderful choice that Cedar Fair made to put that in.

The time was now about 1:15, and I wanted to get to the Top Thrill Dragster freeway booth by 1:30 (the booth doesn't open until 2:00) so I could get a stamp. Since we had time, a ride on the Scrambler (which was really hauling!) and the Matterhorn were in order.

Well, my dad, sister and cousin went to sit on the bleachers by TTD and watch a few trains launch while I went to get a TTD stamp. Oh. My. God. Arriving at 1:30, I thought that there wouldn't be anyone waiting for a stamp. How wrong I was. The line was about 100 people deep.

I quickly jumped in line, having a conversation with someone about rides. The second I got my stamp (for between 5-6) an announcement came on that Top Thrill Dragster was closed. Noooooo! Aw well. I just hoped it would open up later.

Water rides were next. Got ripped of at the lockers, and rode Thunder Canyon. Got blasted, but no one else did, so they got back in line. Me, I took the key to the lockers (my shoes were in there) and walked to White Water Landing. A nice flume ride, walk-on, all that stuff. I stopped for a large Cherry Icee (4 bucks... what a jib) and ran into my friend
Kristi. We split the Icee (I'm so nice) and after talking to her for about 10 minutes, it
was time to head back to the exit of Thunder Canyon. On the plus side, I saw Top Thrill
Dragster launch with people on it. Good sign for later. Got there just as they were walking

Being wet, Mike and I decided to walk back to Iron Dragon and Wildcat. Stopped by the test seat at Millennium Force, and, lo and behold, I couldn't fit. I fit last year in August,but not now. I needed another quarter of an inch to buckle the damn thing, and even if I sucked it in, there was no way I could of gotten the slack. Aw well. Maybe next time. Waited two trains for front row on Iron Dragon, then walked over for a 5 minute wait for Wildcat. For a jerky as the turns are on that thing, the drops are very smooth.

By now, it was nearing 5:00, and I wanted to use my TTD stamp. Mike wanted lemonade, so while he was doing that, I hopped on Corkscrew. Good lord, running 3 trains is a joke. I waited longer on the brakes than the length of the actual ride. Bah. The seat belts were okay, but it nailed me in the face upon exiting. I wont be riding that any time soon.

We met up with my dad and sister at the bleachers, and I took the slow walk to Top Thrill Dragster. I was shaking with fear. The tallest and fastest coaster I have ever ridden was Magnum. I show the stamp to the guy, and got to skip a whole que of people who were giving me dirty looks. Entering the packed station, I made my way to the front. Being a single rider has its perks, and I skipped about 7 pairs of people waiting for the front. I was with some nice dude named Shawn, and he was here with his wife and best friend. He has never ridden TTD before, and neither have I. He told me the only thing he wanted to do was ride it with his hands up. Anyway, we sat down and the guy operating the ride was making the "Arms down" noise over and over and another op said in a funny voice "Are you almost done?" It was funny. I sat in the front right seat, and something weird happened. The op bucked my belt AND pulled the slack. Is this normal? I thought that was against the rules.

Finally, we pulled out of the station. My dad, sister, and cousin were laughing their asses
off at my scared facial expression. Before this ride, I counted how many seconds after the
brake fins went down, and it was exactly 5. So, ever so slowly, the break fins went down,
and I slowly counted. "One... two... three..." I never said anything more.

This is where my thread title comes into play. I think I have found a way to recreate the
feeling of the ride. First, have a 600 pound gorilla sit on your chest while having an
industrial fan blowing at you full power for about 4 seconds. Have the gorilla get up, and
slowly turn the fan down for 3 more seconds. Look at a small picture of Millennium Force for a second and a half, then remove the picture and turn up the power of fan again for another 4 seconds. Stop the fan and volia- instant Top Thrill Dragster.

Since I big talked about riding it and went through with it, my dad bought me a picture of
myself on TTD. Woo. We were all hungry, so we decided to try something new: Midway Market. Be on the lookout for Tommy, our waiter from Poland. He was the nicest guy we have ever met. My Mountain Dew never got below half-full before he came and filled it back up. Awesome.

My cousin looked miserable. He had a headache, so he opted out on Raptor while my dad went back to the car to get some Moltrin. Raptor was about a 10 minute wait, my Freeway stamp expired about 10 minutes ago, but the lady still let me use it. I didn't really need it, the freeway point was about the longest the line was. Anyway, an extra 5 minutes for the front seat, and once again, being a single rider has its advantages. I got on with 3 other people, and the guy was nice. They were manual spieling on Raptor, and the girl was funny. Raptor from the front is something everyone in their life should experience. Ah... my favorite ride in the park.

We met my dad at Speed Freaks (or Speed Zone, whatever it is called) for a T-Shirt (once
again, it was because I rode TTD) and then hopped on Iron Dragon. Got off, and was immediately POUNDED by raindrops. Not small ones, mind you, but quarter sized drops. Even though the rain was coming down HARD, Iron Dragon and Power Tower (?!?) were still running! Is this normal??? We decided, even though it was only 8, it was time to call it an early day. Of course, the rain stopped and the sun came out as we passed by Magnum. We asked somebody to take a photo of all of us, and we got in the car to go home.

All in all, my best day ever at Cedar Point. I rode so much I never thought that I would.
Although, I think I am done with Top Thrill Dragster. Just the launch was enough to make it a one time ride. Someone once said that Top Thrill Dragster was a one-trick pony. That may be so, but it is one DAMN good trick.

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*** Edited 6/30/2005 10:08:57 PM UTC by nesdude***

So you will never ride TTD again? That's my favorite roller coaster besides MF. Seeing as how you cannot fit in the seat on MF, if you could ride, you would love it as well.

Dude how old are you? I hope I can fit on MF....I weigh 186 but I'm about 5'10

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Kyle... last year, I was around 210, standing at 5'6 and i was able to fit in on MF. This year im about 15 pounds lighter. I think you will be good, I have big theighs so you shouldn't have a problem*

* = this is not a guarantee... ;)

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"I hopped on Corkscrew. Good lord, running 3 trains is a joke. I waited longer on the brakes than the length of the actual ride. Bah."

So true, they waste so much time pulling down the OTSR for the empty seats...they should just run 2 trains, i have a feeling there is not going to be a rush for the ride anytime soon.

When did they add the belts to corkscrew anyway? They weren't there when i went on May 17. (at least i don't remember them.)
Benjamin: The only way to get me on TTD again is if I take one of my friends that has never ridden it before. Other than that, I think I'll just stick with Raptor.

Kyle Fobe: Sadly enough, I am only 15. However, I am heavy set. I am 6'2", 225 pounds, with a 37 inch waist. Last year in August, I was 6'0", 215 lbs and a 36 inch waist, and I fit fine. I still fit Top Thrill Dragster perfectly, I even get a good inch and a half of slack! It's only MF that I can't ride.

jar: Not only do they waste time pulling down and buckling the seats, they now ask you to check your own seat belt. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the ride ops job supposed to be checking that everyone has there seat belt down?

hockeydude: I believe (according to Pointbuzz) that Corkscrew got seatbelts on 6/14/2005.

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Sorry you didn't get on Millie. The belt thing really has nothing to do with weight though, as I'm 230ish and 5'11" and can fit. I think it depends on how your body type is. I had no problem pulling 1.5"+ slack and could've gotten more if I needed to.

When I was there last week Chaos had no carts, any change this week?

Chaos appeared to be running, at least it was when I was in line for maXair. I saw it go up, spin, and that was about it. Since Wicked Twister was down the entire day (I never saw it run), we pretty much avoided that area, sans Disaster Trasport and maXair.
I am 6'2" and about 195lbs and had no problem riding MF.

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I went to CP on 6-30 and i didn't see Wicked Twister running either. Does anyone know what's wrong with it?

Also, I'm 5'6" 180lbs with a 36" waist (I'm kinda big) and I barely pulled the slack for Millenium Force. *** Edited 7/1/2005 11:51:05 PM UTC by hockeydude***

Belts very on MF. I have a 40" waist and am able to ride. There are a few seats that are vary tight and I almost can't get the slack, but I have been able to ride every time I get in line.

Too bad you didn't get on the Force. Once you ride it, you will never want to ride anything else ;)

Glad you and your family had a good time.

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Thanks, everyone, for the comforting words about MF. Really, though, it didn't bring me down too much. In fact, it encouraged me to eat better so I can fit the next time I go. I bet it is a good ride, it looks awesome. At least I can still fit on every other ride I tried!

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