Cedar Point! Aug. 16- 18, 2002

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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:50 PM

We arrived in Sandusky and Cedar Point at around 6 pm. Our group consisted of my son, sister, her husband, my girlfriend, and myself. After the long 7 hour ride we decided to hit the swimming pool, and whirlpool to relax. We went to dinner at the TGI's at the Hotel Breakers, and got done at about 9:30 pm. We decided to spend the rest of the night in the whirlpool with some cool beverages, and go to bed so we could get up early.

We woke up early, and had breakfast at the Breakwater. We hopped on the shuttle and proceeded to the Marina entrance. We were in the park at 8:30 am. Millennium Force And Raptor were supposed to be the 2 coasters available for resort guests exclusive ride time. I only seen Millennium Force running, and that's where we headed.

Millennium Force - front and back- 30 minute wait. The ride seemed even better than ever. The view of the park, and lake from the lift hill is breathtaking. The first drop is even better. The speed and power the coaster has while running its course is just amazing. The overbanked turns also add a lot of excitement to the ride. How any enthusiast not like this coaster? Its easily my #1. The only coaster that I can think of that might be better is "X," and I don't see myself making it out to Cali anytime soon. I guess the anti Cedar Point enthusiast are the only ones that knock it. What I noticed is that everyone that was riding it had a really big smile coming down the exit ramp. 10 out of 10.

I was done there at around 9:30, and figured I'd make my way to the front of the park before the crowds were let in. We headed to the beach area to take a few rides on Wicked Twister, and since we were there we hit Disaster Transport too.

Wicked Twister- front and back 10 minute wait. We really didn't have to wait at all because when we were riding people were just entering the park. I have read posts about people complaining about how it doesn't go very far up the tower. It didn't go the whole way up, but it made it about 20 feet from the top when I was riding in the front. This was my first impulse, and I must admit I found it really enjoyable. The launch was really smooth. The only complaint is it was too short. It seemed longer while waiting in line. I'd give it 7.5 out of 10.

Disaster Transport- back seat- 15 minute wait. I like the queue, and the theming. The A/C really helps a lot. Nice and cool inside. The ride itself is just average. Nothing really exciting, but not the worse either. 4 out of 10.

After we rode those coasters we noticed the crowds pouring in so we figured we'd head to the back before it got crowded there.

Corkscrew- front seat 5 minute wait. I enjoy these old Arrows. While other people in my party said it hurt them, I didn't find any discomfort in it. I like the bunny hill before the loop. It seems Cedar Point takes good care of this one. 5 out of 10.

Magnum- Front and Back 20 minute wait. This is one of my old favorites. In the back I found it a little rough, but still enjoyable. The front seat is the way to go. It delivers a great ride. Still very powerful and some great airtime. Its up there on my list. The turnaround is great. I can see why it still ranks where it does. Its the original. While the newer hypercoasters are smoother they just seem to lack the intensity that this one boasts. 9.5 out of 10.

We rode a few flat rides. By this time the park was getting really crowded and we took the cue to head to Soak City, and avoid the heat. We spent a good part of the afternoon relaxing in the lazy river, wave pool and riding some slides.

We then went back to our room to get showers, and figure out what to do for dinner. We decided just to eat at Johnny Rockets in the park, and then jump in the Raptor quene.

Raptor- front seat- 50 minute wait, Night ride- The longest wait all weekend. Raptor is a great inverted coaster. It has all the elements that pack one great big punch. From the first drop to the final helix it is nothing short of amazing. It deserves to be in the top 10. 9 out of 10.

Iron Dragon- Front Seat-15 minute wait. I enjoyed this one more at night then during the day on my previous trip. I enjoy the final helix. Its another unique coaster to the great collection. 6 out of 10.

Blue Streak- Front Seat 5 minute wait. I really enjoyed this coaster. I wasn't expecting much from my previous ride. Did they change something? This thing was flying. Some great airtime. I love old woodies that are maintained well. 8 out of 10.

WildCat- no wait. I decided to jump on since no one was in line. It's a classic. I was going to skip it because I ride the one at Williams Grove pretty regular. All Schwarzkopf's are great. 4 of 10.

Mantis- front seat 15 minute wait. This is the first time I have ridden it since the brakes were installed on the drop. I enjoyed the inversions. I have seen posts about people saying how rough it is now. I didn't think it was rough at all except for the last inversion. I enjoyed the night ride. 7.5 out of 10.

When we got off the Mantis it was 11:50. We headed straight for a night ride on Millennium Force. Once again only about a 30 minute wait. Then we went straight back to Sandcastle to bed.

We woke up the next day and headed to the Marina entrance promptly at 9am. Took our morning ride on Millennium Force, and got a stamp to return later. We then made our way immediately to the back of the park, hit Magnum again, and then headed to

Gemini- Front seat Red Train. I had a great ride on this one. Good airtime. Smooth! I enjoyed the helix. Classic Arrow. 7.5 out of 10.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride- Back Seat 10 minute wait. I really enjoyed this in the back. Wasn't too intense, but just a good smooth ride. I like the length too. My favorite mine train. 6 out of 10.

Mean Streak- Front seat 5 minute wait. I got on just after it opened. It was shut down for some maintenance. I feel the same way about this coaster that I do about Hercule's at Dorney. It has too much braking. I think it could be a better coaster if it wasn't. I do like the appearance of it. It's a pretty one. 6 out of 10.

We rode a few flat rides, grabbed some lunch, and said what the hell.

Woodstock Express- Back seat 5 minute wait. What a great kiddy coaster. It's enjoyable, and hey I rode the one at Dorney. Made my son ride so I could. ;) I can't help it I just like coasters. 4 out of 10.

We then hopped on the Cedar Point & Lake Erie RR and headed back for our ride time for Millennium Force.

What I enjoy about CP is the way that they get the most capacity out of all their rides. They have the most unique collection of coasters at any one park. And I also noticed a lot of places to add new coasters. ;) I don't want to start a debate, but there is plenty of room to expand within the park as it is.

I am pretty eager to see what the next big attraction is that will make me go back again next year. I have a feeling they are just getting started building the best, and biggest.

We headed back to Sandcastle, took one last swim in the pool, and then got on our way back home. What a weekend of memories. I am only upset cause I only got to ride the up shot on Power Tower. ;) Great Trip. Wish I could go back next weekend.

*** This post was edited by Coaster Fantom on 8/20/2002. ***


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