Cedar Point Math & Science Week

Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:32 PM

With Math & Science Week at Cedar Point being the next 5 days, I'm going to avoid the park because I've made the mistake of going there the last two years during it, and it's been as terrible as a weekend. I've always heard that weekdays in May are the best time to go to Cedar Point to try to get walk-ons. This is certainly an impossibility during Math & Science week and so the only other time this month that seems to be good is the week after M&S Week. Does anyone else think this would be a good time to go to try to get the best experience? I'm going this Saturday, and I expect it will be busy but hopefully decent enough to ride all the major stuff since my friend has never been ridden a roller coaster before, and then I'll head back up there for the day the following week to get walk-ons.

I apologize if this topic is redundant or it's been seen countless times before, but I would appreciate any input from experienced CP goers.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:51 PM

My birthday typically falls during Math & Science Week, and a few friends and I take the day off work to go to the park. Some years have been more crowded than others, but overall we find it doable. However, we're season passholders and have no problem skipping a long line because we know we'll be back another day.

Last year I was there the week after M&S with a co-worker who doesn't have a season pass, so we were more willing to wait (and couldn't use early entry to get big rides out of the way). I don't recall exactly what lines were like, but I do know we got quite a bit done. So, hopefully that will be your experience too. Just remember the park is only open till 8 p.m.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:54 PM

Perhaps I build it up as worse in my head than it actually is. I know once I see the hordes of buses filing into the park and filling the spots up front, I become infuriated knowing how many humans they carry to fill the lines.

Last edited by SheiKraFiend, Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:55 PM
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Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:00 PM

You know what is great about all those buses right? They usually leave at 5. The last couple of hours of those days is down right fantastic.

Sure there are hoards of buses that descend that week, but very little of the GP add to their ranks, so it ends up being a rather nice experience (as long as you can stand the teeny boppers)

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Sunday, May 12, 2013 8:26 PM

"Math guys only".

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Monday, May 13, 2013 7:37 AM

I had to go to Michigan Adventures "Physics Day" a while ago in 7th grade. It was probably the worst theme park experience of my life.

Problems:

~we had to fill out a worksheet that was stupid. We had to find the height of the Ripcord using trig and etc. Many of these statistics I already knew. We had to appear that we were trying on our worksheet, so just listing the answer wasn't right. We had to show our work.

~we had to stay in a group. I couldn't marathon Shivering Timbers like I wanted after we finished the worksheet. Our teacher off-handedly said "stay in a group" so I thought he meant it. After we finished the worksheet, all anybody in my group wanted to do was to ride Grand Rapids over and over again. I rode it a few times, but thought it was stupid. I asked them if they wanted to Shivering Timbers with me, but they said no. I looked for another group, but nobody wanted to ride rides with good ol' Tyler, the psyco thrill lover. I was forced to sit on a bench next to Corkscrew until I saw a friend of mine. I asked him to ride Shivering Timbers with me, but he just rode it and threw up. I convinced him to ride Corkscrew, and I rode it 4 times. That kid almost threw up again.

~when people actually were in a group with me, they weren't on the same page. Even when we were filling out the sheet, I knew that we could ride rides too. We had to test Thunderhawk to find its g-forces and etc. When we walked around the park, why didn't we ride rides we saw as well as doing the worksheet? It was stupid.

Rides I rode (In order). Some of them were forced by the worksheet, some were after it:

1 ride on Thunderhawk

1 ride on Wildcat

1 ride on Logger's Run

1 ride on Shivering Timbers

Lunch

3 rides on Grand Rapids

4 rides on Corkscrew

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Monday, May 13, 2013 8:09 AM

I remember my physics day trip to CP! I went on the rides and said screw the work :). We weren't graded on it. I didnt know that before hand, but i didnt really care either ;). Good times!

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Monday, May 13, 2013 8:14 AM

Math class is tough.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 8:19 AM

Tyler Boes said:

Problems:

~we had to fill out a worksheet that was stupid. We had to find the height of the Ripcord using trig and etc. Many of these statistics I already knew. We had to appear that we were trying on our worksheet, so just listing the answer wasn't right. We had to show our work.

Well, at least you're a 4.0 math guy. ;)

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Monday, May 13, 2013 8:19 AM
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Monday, May 13, 2013 8:28 AM

My wife and I are going next week as well. We'll be arriving Saturday and will probably take a leisurely stroll through the park that evening, maybe catching short line here and there. I expect Sunday and Monday to be pretty light (I pulled up the webcam last night and the parking lot was pretty bare at around 7 pm).

The last time we went to CP was two years ago. We did a Wed/Thurs/Fri the week after Physics Week and it was fantastic. The wait for MF was basically at the loading platform, and for the first time in my experience they actually opened that little gate just off the unloading platform so that you could get off and get right back on. Now that was a treat!

So to answer your question, yes, I would think that next week would be a good time to go. Plus, if you're a season pass holder, you can hit up GateKeeper ride night on Thursday.

Last edited by Bakeman31092, Monday, May 13, 2013 8:31 AM
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Monday, May 13, 2013 8:33 AM

ApolloAndy said:

Tyler Boes said:

Problems:

~we had to fill out a worksheet that was stupid. We had to find the height of the Ripcord using trig and etc. Many of these statistics I already knew. We had to appear that we were trying on our worksheet, so just listing the answer wasn't right. We had to show our work.

Well, at least you're a 4.0 math guy. ;)

I didn't want to show my work because I already knew some of the answers. Plus, our teachers gave us the guilt trip by saying: "Our school is a private Christian school. Don't embarrass by not doing the work"

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Monday, May 13, 2013 9:07 AM

Bakeman31092 said:

(I pulled up the webcam last night and the parking lot was pretty bare at around 7 pm).

Well, that's partly because it never got much above 55 degrees yesterday, and the 40 mph winds shut down a lot of rides. Maverick and Millennium both valleyed, and so did Woodstock on Saturday. I imagine a lot of people left by 7 p.m. (although by that time the weather had calmed down a bit).

I'll give them credit for staying open until the advertised time, though. When I went to SF Great America, we had a 3-hour rain delay in the middle of the day. We started riding again for a few hours, then they announced the park would be closing 2 hours early, because there was supposed to be more rain. And while it's true there *had* been more rain in the forecast, the radar was absolutely clear. Our best weather of the day was as we were leaving the parking lot.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 12:23 PM

Tyler Boes said:

"Our school is a private Christian school."

I think we know the reasonTyler has a 4.0 now.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 12:44 PM

While I acknowledge that that's a joke, and I'm loathe to open a can of worms, some people do get pretty great educations at Christian schools. Just sayin'.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 12:45 PM

Break Trims obviously hasn't gone here.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 12:54 PM

Oh, believe me, I'm plenty aware of Answers in Genesis. I even grew up not far from their....um..."museum."

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Monday, May 13, 2013 1:07 PM

Utt-OH!

I want to discuss my feelings on the subject of crazy Bible beliefs, but I must resist.

...Nope, cant post it.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 1:12 PM

I'm always amazed at the turn some of these threads can take.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 1:32 PM

Break Trims said:

Oh, believe me, I'm plenty aware of Answers in Genesis. I even grew up not far from their....um..."museum. "

Have you been to the museum? It's very interesting. Of course, even my Christian Private School is too "liberal" to even has us go there. I disagree with some of the science teachers in this area of science.

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Monday, May 13, 2013 2:45 PM

Quick! How old is the Earth?

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