At what time would most people say, in the coaster fan lifestyle, did CP become the one place you HAD to get to once in lifetime? Like Mecca for Mulims, and Jerusalem for Jews (no religious connotation, just an example).
I know that the park has been there...lets say...forever. But where was the tipping point? with what attraction?
When did it get the status that we know and love today?
Which park did it ursurp? *** Edited 4/5/2007 6:16:20 PM UTC by WildThingNative***
As for the skyline in 1996. There's only three rides that really shape the park's skyline today. That's of course; MF, TTD, and Power Tower.
I was on YouTube a moment ago and came accross a home video of CP back in 1996. Needless to say the skyline of the park looked naked compared to the way it is now...
Oooh, was it my video!?
Both my wife and I had childhood experiences at CP long before we met. In 1995 we made our first trip together. We had such a good time that in 1996 we stayed at the point for 4 days. (the footage in that video)
We had such a good time then that in 1998 we took a two other couples with us and stayed for four days again.
CP is one of the few parks we try to hit every year.
As far as what was that 'tipping point', I'd almost certainly think Magnum qualifies as the biggest. Other rides have been the first, biggest or whatever of their kind, but the timing of the building of magnum and the sheer size seems like it was the one that garnered the most attention and really got people interested...and it's credited with sparking the 'coaster wars' that lasted a good 12 or 15 years.
By the way Gonch, I stumbled across your videos on there some time ago and had a blast watching them! If I would just get off my lazy butt and hook up my camera to my computer I'd have some too! *** Edited 4/5/2007 8:01:36 PM UTC by LdScotsman***
Lord Gonchar said:
Oooh, was it my video!?
Why yes...yes it was!
Leading to another question since I have LG's attention:
My first and only time there was when TTD opened. Of course it was still getting the bugs worked out and not operating that day.:(
Anyhoo, the opening scene on the "space needle", I don't recall that ride being there.
I think it was the tallest ride at the park until Dragster opened. (I'm sure someone will correct that if I'm wrong :) )
As for me, I remember the intra-Ohio coaster wars between Kings Island and Cedar Point. This was back in the 70's, when every year it seemed one park tried to one up the other. Corkscrew, Screamin' Demon, Gemini, Beast. It was a great time to be a kid. Back then, living in central Ohio, it was kind of like rooting for both the Indians and the Reds.
We would go to KI every year, and CP maybe every other season. Kings Island was my favorite of the two, hands down. It seemed like it had a better atmosphere than the Point, just more of a magical experience. My memory may serve me wrong, but Cedar Point just felt, well, grungier, more run down, during those years.
Then I moved up to Akron, and for quite a few years I didn't get back to Kings Island. When I did, I was shocked what it had become under Paramount. Cedar Point's had my heart ever since. (Along with every other amusement park I visit.)
When I was younger (the 80's) it was Kings Island, and not Cedar Point, that truly had the best coasters. It had a Stand-up, the Bat, then Vortex...WOW...and then the park...well...changed directions and CP took the lead.
Interesting, though, that Ohio for some reason has been home to such great coaster-capitals.
So Gonch is right.
To me, I think there are other parks out there that top the point. The Point is pretty darn good, but I found some other parks that beat it.
Of those who can answer yes, how many of you enjoyed your day, waiting for 2 hours for every ride in the park?
The skyline was still breathtaking in 1996, the first time I saw it.
Yep, gonna have to agree here. My first trip ever was in 1996 and I remember when driving away I couldn't stop staring out the back of our car window thinking about how awesome it looked....Raptor/Magnum/Mantis etc.
Now the skyline is total overkill, but still simply amazing.
*** Edited 4/6/2007 1:02:11 AM UTC by Geewhzz***
"New Heights in Fun!" < < The park's slogan at the time. :)
*** Edited 4/6/2007 1:11:38 AM UTC by gomez***
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