Cedar Point -8/30- First Dragster Race for the Sky

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Saturday, August 30, 2003 7:18 PM
Great day that the park. Cool lake breeze not too hot a few puffy clouds. A little crowded but not oppressively so.

Started the day with 3 station wait rides on Magnum then got in like for Dragster. Dagster was not running (go figure) but I took some advice I had heard and stayed in line 2 hours later the ride started up again and I was in in 10 mins. Dragster was a fair amount of anticipointment. In my personal opinion Dragster is not worth $25 mill, not in the least. I would take 4 brand new Custom Coaster Woodies over that thing any day for me it gets a 7.0 out of 10 for awesome launch but pointless coaster. I did hang out with the two guys I talked to in line for a few rides. The rest of the day was uneventful. I finished up with a night Raptor ride and then 3 laps on the Blue Streak. Blue Streak still beats about half the coasters at Cedar Point it gets a 7.0 out of 10 because the airtime is awesome in the front car. It just goes to show that the biggest and best technology in the world doesn't always beat technology from 39 years ago.

Well, that is just my thoughts on it.

Josh
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Monday, September 1, 2003 12:32 AM
Yes, you are right! Blue streak is way better than Dragster! I wish they would just build Blue streak clones everywhere instead of rocketcoasters, because rocketcoasters are just not fun. ;) (SARCASM)

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Monday, September 1, 2003 1:28 AM
Wow, a negative report on TTD...I guess that's why it ONLY debuted at #11 on the Golden Tickets...had it been better, I'm sure SROS wouldn't be #1.

But all in all, Blue Streak ALWAYS delivers a good ride, yet I haven't been on it in years. Raptor and Blue Streak, for me, alternate between being the first ride I get on when entering the park.
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Monday, September 1, 2003 6:13 AM
The guy likes Blue Streak leave him alone, just because he doesn't agree with you doesn't mean you have to flame him. I myself haven't ridden dragster but will sometime with month.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 6:23 AM
My big problem with it is that I can not recall any of the sensations of riding it. It was over too quickly for my body to even comprehend what was happening. I will ride it again and just maby I'll be more relaxed and better able to enjoy the ride. But, as of right now it dosen't rank very high to me.

Personal Opinion take it or leave it.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 7:47 AM
The launch is an amazing experience and the ride was extremely thrilling. I do remember exactly what happened and it WAS the best 30 second experience of my life. It feels like you are flying.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Teen Ninja, I was agreeing with him. Blue Streak is one of the best.
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Monday, September 1, 2003 12:45 PM
30 seconds? Felt more like 15 to me.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 1:13 PM
It's your opinion, however I think you are totally insane, because TTD is the most incredible ride ever created although reading my signature, you woulds have no problem figuring out what my favorite ride is anyway.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 1:51 PM

i also was at cp on saturday. i enjoyed ttd. i only waited around 45 minutes because i got in line right when it finished testing. it was a great ride, great launch, and i loved the climb to 420.

was it worth 25 million? not in my opinion...

don't get me wrong, i thought it was a cool and innovative ride. just like i think the intamin impulses are cool and innovative rides. but personally i just don't have as much fun on a ride like ttd compared to something like the raven, millenium force, or even spiderman at ioa simply because the experience is so intensely short.

but cedar point is in the business of breaking records therefore ttd fits right in.
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Monday, September 1, 2003 2:26 PM
i really liked TTD, i didnt think id like it better than millennium force, and i think i sorta set myself up for a dissapointment, and thats why i love it so much......its my #2 in front of MF and behind SROS sfne.....

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Monday, September 1, 2003 2:33 PM
I have to agree with Johnathan although I'll use slightly different wording.

TTD was fun - lots of fun. It was a great experience, but it's not a great coaster. Rides like Raven, Millennium Force, S:ROS are great coasters.

If people ask me if TTD was a great coaster, I say "No, but it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had on a coaster." Plus as crazy as that launch is, I think 120 over 4 seconds doesn't feel nearly as intense as say Xcelerator doing 80+ in 2 seconds.

I think that totally sums it up.

Whether or not it was worth $25,000,000 - well yes it was. That's what it costs to build a ride like that and that's what CP wanted. Worth every penny in that sense.

Could they have built a better coaster for $25,000,000?

Without a doubt.

Could they have created a better coaster "experience" for that price?

Not in today's world.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 5:08 PM
I was also at CP on saturday 3rd train of the and 3rd to last train of the night. Let me tell you now that TTD is just AWESOME!!

The feeling alone of going 120 miles per hour is so crazy. The ride couldnt be longer because most people would have a heart attack.

Did you ride it in the front seat?? That alone was a life changing experience for me!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2003 2:19 PM
You may be right, Gonchar. Having the privilage to ride both, it seems that Xcelerator's launch is more intense, at least initially.

However, I must add that TTD gets a little insane when you get over 120 MPH. I loved that. The train starts to get a rattle going, your face morphs, and you fly up the incline. The key is taking the time (at the top) to notice what's going on. My second ride was almost as good as my first (nothing will ever beat the first ride) because I was able to look around at the top. Seeing Millennium Force under you is downright surreal.

But my opinion of Xcelerator is a little higher, probably because I never had to wait more than 10 minutes for it. TTD, 2 hours.

Though, I do think that the long wait does nothing but to scare you even further during your first ride. There were times when I asked myself what I was doing in a 2 hour line just so I could fall 400+ feet from the sky.

Good times.

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