I assume the 3 Point Challenge game was the same one they added at KD near the lift-turnaround of Shockwave last season. As someone else said, it was the first thing that said "Cedar Fair now owns this park."
1 hour ERT? When we stayed at Breakers Express in late 2005, they told us guests get in 1/2 hour early for sweet ridage... Lo' and behold they were letting everyone in 1/2 hour early. Suddenly, we didn't feel so special!
Those 3 point challenge games seem to be really popular and draw lots of spectators. At $5 a game, and not many people winning any prize (or the few that won the lower level prizes), it probably was very profitable.
I feel sorry for you people who didn't understand the ERT policy. EVERYONE is allowed in half an hour before the rest of the park opens for the Millennium Force, Maverick, Skyhawk, Raptor, and Gemini Kids Area ERT. Resort guests are let in an additional half hour before that. Thus 9:00 to 9:30 ERT for resort guests only, and 9:30 to 10:00 ERT for everyone. This year I'm assuming that means resort guest ERT becomes 8:30 to 9:30. *** Edited 2/6/2007 6:23:01 AM UTC by StLCPfan***
I just checked on this same topic at pointbuzz, and several people have speculated that resort guest entry will remain 1 hour before park opening but no more GP early entry is what the new policy might be.
That would seem to go against what Cedar Fair does at the rest of their parks.
Generally, the park gates will open a half hour early for everyone -- it's expected that while they will open when ready if it's earlier, they will not necessarily open before park opening (in most cases, 10:00) Cedar Point is the only one I'm aware of that has ERT for resort guests -- it's 1/2 hour of ERT which would be 9:00-9:30 on specific coasters. Obviously since these coasters are already open, they will be available at 9:30 for the rest of the public. The other non-ERT rides, however, may not open until 10.
My logical vote would be that the resort ERT would now be 8:30-9:30. However, with lines lasting until well after 1am some nights, that doesn't give much time for maintenance to do their daily tests/inspections (not to mention the college kids and internationals who work open to close 6 days a week time to sleep) So, who knows?