Cedar Point Opening Day - 5/10/08

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Sunday, May 11, 2008 12:21 AM
My buddy, his son, and I headed to CP today. What a beautiful day for opening day. I cannot remember the last time the weather was this nice and the parking lot fairly full for opening day.

We were able to get rides on Iron Dragon, Wicked Twister, Gemini, Mean Streak, and Cedar Creek Mine Ride along with several other flat rides. I did not notice any downtime for Dragster. However, there was significant downtime for Maverick today. When I left Frontier Town (around 7:30) I had been informed by the ride ops that Maverick had been down in excess of 3 hours and they were uncertain if the ride would open again. The other notable rides that were unavailable were Wildcat and Maxair. Wildcat operated at some point in the morning and Maxair did not appear to operate at all today.

The park was clean and the employees were pleasant (after all it was opening day). The new Planet Snoopy area is nice for the kiddies. It just appears to be a Peanuts re-theming for the area. I cannot comment on the food stands in the park. I did not make any purchases in the park today.

We left the park and went to Matt & Chett's pizza place in Sandusky for lunch. The pizza was OK. It sure beats the hell out of the East Chicago Pizza Buffet.

In all it was a fun day at CP. *** Edited 5/11/2008 4:22:07 AM UTC by MotorCityCoasterFan*** *** Edited 5/11/2008 4:23:02 AM UTC by MotorCityCoasterFan***

Sunday, May 11, 2008 12:39 AM
LostKause's avatar Chet and Matt's was just "OK"?

Best. Pizza. Ever.

I've been working outside in my flower garden most of the day today, thinking to myself that this is coaster riding weather!

Sound like you had fun!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 12:56 AM

MotorCityCoasterFan said: The new Planet Snoopy area is nice for the kiddies. It just appears to be a Peanuts re-theming for the area.

They pretty much ripped everything out of the area and replaced it. It's way more than just a re-theming.

Laugh your troubles away at Riverview, the world's largest amusement park.
Sunday, May 11, 2008 1:05 AM
It was a really good day. TTD was running like a champ today! And Maggie is still running well after 20 years. *** Edited 5/11/2008 5:06:14 AM UTC by Parker17***
Sunday, May 11, 2008 1:10 AM
Magnum is still in its teens.
Sunday, May 11, 2008 2:16 AM
20th operating season - 19 years old. Still my #1 steel :)

Sounds like a good day. Above average downtime on some rides is to be expected on opening day.

Ride Operator
Summer/Fall 2004: Escape From Pompeii @ BGE
Summer 2006, 2007 and 2008: Wicked Twister, Millennium Force, Skyride, maXair, Disaster Transport and Magnum XL-200 @ CP
Fall/Winter 2007: Rock 'n' Rollercoaster @ DHS

Sunday, May 11, 2008 7:47 AM

LostKause said:
Chet and Matt's was just "OK"?

I can think of many pizza places that blow away Matt & Chett's.

(1) Jac & Do's - Findlay, OH, (2) Fricano's - Grand Haven, MI, (3) Pizzapopalis in Greektown - Detroit, MI, (4) Donato's Pizza - Huron and Solon, OH, (5) Pizza House - Ann Arbor, MI, (6) Main St. Pizza - Plymouth, MI, (7) LaRosa's Pizza - Cincinnati, OH, (8) Buddy's Pizza - multiple locations metro Detroit.

Matt & Chett's cannot hold a flame to any of those places...especially Jac & Do's. The order of pizza places listed is in no particular order, but I believe that Jac & Do's is the best.

*** Edited 5/11/2008 12:57:28 PM UTC by MotorCityCoasterFan***
Sunday, May 11, 2008 8:51 AM
1EyedJack's avatar Dude!!

Buddy's Pizza in the Suburbs of Detroit is the best in the Country. End of discussion. That is not from me, that is from Pizza Today magazine, and I would agree.

And for me to say something in Michigan is the best in the country, is like Osama saying something positive about the US. *** Edited 5/11/2008 12:52:04 PM UTC by 1EyedJack***

Sunday, May 11, 2008 10:20 AM
Gotta say, I had the best ride on Magnum in many years. It just seems smoother overall. And I had quite a pleasant experience on Mean Streak, believe it or not. My daughter didn't even think it was that bad.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008 8:26 PM
Sounds like you had fun! A buddy of mine told me that at about 8pm last night, Maverick was officially closed for the night.

~~~~Coaster Lover~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, May 11, 2008 9:21 PM
I am starting to think I have food issues. Both of my trip reports involve visits to restaurants. Is there a section on Coasterbuzz for restaurant reviews in amusement park towns?

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