Cedar Point July 5.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:04 PM
Not too much new. Dragster was up and down a few times. It was running well in the morning and I got two quick rides in as well as on on MF before 10AM.

I met up with some friends who hadent been to The Point in a few years and we had a great time. They rented a Light House Point Cabin and let me tell you, they are pretty nice. Small but nice. It was really nice to be able to leave the park for a few hours, go to the cabin for a brake, some dinner and a few beers.

I got to take them on their first MF rides and they loved it. We walked around and did most of the rest of the coasters. Thust about the only ones that we did not make it wo were WT, DT and CS. We had a freeway stamp for TTD for 9-10, but it was broke and the hot tub and pool back at the cabin sounded better to them than waiting for it to be fixed.

A few points of interest, while waiting in line to enter the park I was talking to some people from Harrisburg Pa. and they told me that Hershey purchased Knobels Park. I don't remember reading about this and nothing turned up in a search on the news. Has anyone heard this?

Secondly, on a night ride on Magnum, some idiot a few rows in front of me (6-1, I was in 6-3) had his digital camera out taking pictures during the ride. After we hit the brake run I kinda told him what an idiot he was and that if he was ever caught, he would be arrested. I explained to him that if he ever lost the camera on the ride that he could really hurt somebody, but I did not tell the ride ops. I told them as I boarded for a nother ride that someone on a previous ride was picture taking on the previous ride. I really don't know if I should have turned them in or not. I would hate to get someone in trouble, but I would also hate to see someone get hurt.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:17 PM
I was also at CP on the 5th. I think its good you turned them in. After all, they probably didnt end up getting caught anywyas, it sounds like. Here is a question for ya: What time does the park actually open? Because it says 10 offically, but after a few trips over the years, it seems they always let people in earlier than that.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:21 PM
It opens at 10 am but resort guests and those of us with season passes with a Joe Cool membership get in 1/2 hour or an hour early depending on the time of year.

I could have turned them in after exiting the train but didn't. I told the ops about it as I got on for another ride. *** Edited 7/7/2004 1:23:22 AM UTC by CP ismyhome***

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:25 PM
OK,

I will admit, I have taken my camera on Magnum and snapped a few photos going down the first hill and through the figure 8. I guess to me, I do not see how this is a big deal to be honest.

This is the only ride I did take my camera on though just to let you know. I wouldn't ever take it on MF.

But, my camera has a strap to it and I put it around my wrist and it just couldn't have made its way out of my fingers.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 11:14 PM
Yea I know they let resort guests in early, but they start letting regular guests in before 10, that I know for sure. Because I got there at 9:50 and guests were allready filing in. I was in line for Dragster just before 10.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 12:59 PM
Well I had my camera out and was taking pictures on Millenium Force twice, with my camera and my friends camera. No harm done, I have a kung-fu grip.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:27 PM
You better believe if you get caught at CP, you will be escorted out of the park. It's clearly against the rules to take pictures while on any of their coasters.

And I do not hesitate to turn anyone in for breaking the rules, not just for their safety, but the safety of others, including me.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:31 PM
If you see me on your train, and prefer not to meet CP security, keep your camera in your pocket, kung-fu grip or no. I'm a gold-plated narc about these sorts of things, because I enjoy spoiling other peoples' days.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 5:11 PM
Here we go again, playing Park Police. :rolleyes:

I don't take my camera out on rides because I'm afraid of losing it. Even when I'm allowed, it scares the hell out of me, but I do it. I don't want to hit someone with it, or drop it off the brake run, and that thought it always in the back of my mind - so I have a good strap.

While we're at it, best not let me catch you spitting on the midways or chewing gum on the rides. (because, you know it's 100% my business.)

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 8:34 PM
People may think they have a "Kung-Fu" grip and all, but lets face it, we have all dropped something at one time or another in our lives. Straps can break. I never made a big deal about it before, but someone lost hold of their cell phone on Storm Runner this spring when I was there and a kid behind him received a big knot on his forehead as a result. That young man didn't do anything wrong to deserve that, but some idiot ruined his day. Also, I like to carry a camera in a fanny pack so that I can take pictures as many people do, especially at a new park or when a new ride opens. I can just see a serious injury resulting from an idiot losing their camera on a ride and parks not allowing you to wear fanny packs on the coasters any longer.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 8:52 PM
On my trip to Cedar Point this year, on the first drop on MF I saw a cameral floating in front of me and disappear. Luckily there are no pedistrian walkways by the drop, and hopefully it didn't hit an employee. I really don't know if the guy was holding it or it came out of his pocket. Either way, it's his responsibility.

You gotta get those zipper pockets people.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 11:51 PM
If enough people start taking pictures on rides and start getting caught, or worse yet people start getting hurt, I could see that as being something that would warrent a pocket check before you board the ride. God, do you have any Idea how much that would suck? Sadly, I dont really see it as that crazy of an Idea, if people continue to do stupid things like take pictures on rollercoasters.
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