Cedar Point Opening Day, 5/6

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Monday, May 7, 2001 10:59 AM
In a nutshell, better than I'd expected, but not without problems.

So after our stop at SFWoA, we drove on to Cedar Point. Our party was split between 2 rooms at the Best Western Sandusky. We agreed to meet for breakfast at 7am. At 7:15, my sister and I decided to call the other member of our party and see what was taking so long, only to discover that our call was what WOKE him. Sigh...


Fortunately, we were still about to get to the park by 8:30. It was chilly, but the sun was attempting to come out, so the wait for the season pass office to open wasn't unpleasant. The center opened promptly at 9, and we were through by 9:15.

Which, of course, just meant another wait, this time just inside the main gates. There was a ceremony where Cedar Point was given a historical monument of some sort, which would have been cool if I could have HEARD anything over the general public. :(

Then the ribbon was cut. Off to Millennium Force for us, where while trying to find the end of the line we spot 2Hostyl, already in line. He hopped out to join us.

First ride of the Cedar Point season, Millennium Force. 2 train operation initially (I snapped a picture of the blue train still under the tarp, in fact :) ) What a ride.

After that first lap on MF, we decided to go back around, as the line still hadn't built up. This time around, we snagged the front seat! Jeremy and my sister hadn't ridden the front before, so they had the front, I was in the second row with the sleeper. What a ride.

Then it was off to the rest of the park.

Tally (in order)

MF (2 laps) -- see above. As an added comment, for my second ride the op INSISTED on stapling me, with both the bar AND the seat belt. That is TOTALLY unnecessary, and if I wasn't taking preventative measures I could've been in some serious pain on that cycle...

Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1 lap) -- one of the operators was the lovely Natalie (AirtimeSROS). The chant of "Mine Ride #1" coming back into the station was the hilight of this one :)

Mean Streak (1 lap) -- Unlike its older cousin at SFWoA, this one still screeches up a storm. The trim on the first drop was on fairly heavily. Short line, though.

Gemini (2 laps, 1 red 1 blue) -- I love this ride. some good handslapping going on between the trains, when they were running close.

Magnum XL200 (1 lap) -- Ejector seat! I didn't get slammed into my lapbar as in past years, but still got sufficient airtime. Nice. The trim before the pretzel seemed to be gone (I didn't see it, and it DEFINITELY didn't kick in even if it's there)


Corkscrew (1 lap) -- Short Arrow looper, with no safety violations ;)

Power Tower (1 cycle, UP) -- Why the Shot side consistently has a shorter line I won't understand, but I won't complain.

Iron Dragon -- DENIED. Down, no idea why. Oh well.

Wildcat (1 lap) -- Probably the shortest line I'll see this year, so...

Mantis (1 lap) -- Probably the longest line of the day, after the 2nd time through MF. The trim on the drop was out in full force.

Raptor (attempt #1) -- DENIED. Closed for "mechanical reasons" when we got up there. We decided to head over to.....

Disaster Transport (1 lap) -- They're pretty much given up on the theming, but that's not exactly news. Still the best enclosed coaster in Northern Ohio ;)

Raptor (attempt #2) -- We get to the station, and are NEXT in line, when it goes down again. Sigh. Ah well, we'll be back.

Blue Streak (1 lap) -- Man do I miss the old trains. No headrests, single bars, etc. Ah well, still not a BAD woodie.

By now it was already later than we'd intended to stay. We have jobs and had to drive back to Pgh, and Cedar Point will be there another day...

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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Monday, May 7, 2001 11:30 AM
Nice TR, Thanks for the Report, was waiting for the first Cedar Point TR this year, enjoyed reading it:):)
I am visiting Cedar Point in Early June and I cant wait, I hope Raptor dosnt has any problems when I go, That is one Coaster I am very much looking forward to riding
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Monday, May 7, 2001 12:22 PM
I was going to post my own TR but since Greg and I spent most of the day together I'll just add my comments to the ones he has already written.


First ride of the Cedar Point season, Millennium Force. 2 train operation initially (I snapped a picture of the blue train still under the tarp, in fact :) )
After catching up with another CBuzzer & GTTP member wiredog I learned that they may have been heating the wheels of the train and loosening the grease so that it could run without the usual empty cycling.

After that first lap on MF, we decided to go back around, as the line still hadn't built up. This time around, we snagged the front seat! Jeremy and my sister hadn't ridden the front before, so they had the front, I was in the second row with the sleeper.
Well after Greg & co. left, I and wiredog went back to Millie and this time I scored the backseat as well. Does life get much better than this?

What a ride.
vast understatement :)

*MY* Tally (in order)

MF (2 laps) -- see above.
Make that 3. Lifetime count increased by 150% and stands @ 6.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride (1 lap) -- one of the operators was the lovely Natalie (AirtimeSROS).
And yes, she actually looks better in person than on the site pic....;)


Mean Streak (1 lap)
And once was enough for the year....

Gemini (2 laps, 1 red 1 blue)
One blue, one red (opposite of Greg), funny blue won both times by a mile.

Magnum XL200 (1 lap) -- Ejector seat!
Okay 1.2 not 1.3, a good ride, no pain in the pretzel like last year (I also wasnt in pain from Villian this time either but that's another TR). And again, if someone could investigate the trim business, cause it sure didnt catch.

Corkscrew (1 lap) -- Short Arrow looper, with no safety violations ;)
DITTO

Power Tower (1 cycle, UP)
Okay, vertical rides scare the excrement out of me. How I let them cajole me into this one I still dont know. Anyway, the ride was fun, but the air at the top wasn't nearly as intense as on Dr. Doom @ IOA. Maybe Dr. Doom does shoot you down "faster than gravity" when you get to the top.

But the story doesnt end here, wiredog actually insulted my manhood enough to get me on the DOWN side as the final ride for the day. Scared as (you know), I rode it arms and feet straight out. I think that it was less intense than one of the Intamin Giant drops though...


Iron Dragon and Wildca: see above

Mantis (1 lap) -- Probably the longest line of the day, after the 2nd time through MF. The trim on the drop was out in full force.
2 laps. Rode a second time and it was a walkon to the back row. Go figure.

Raptor (attempt #1) and Disaster Transport: see above

Raptor (attempt #2) -- We get to the station, and are NEXT in line, when it goes down again.
Apparently, there was something wrong *under* the ride as people seemed to be hovering around a drainage pipe. They started running again about 10-15 min later. I scored the back right seat. (is this the so-called 'death seat' or is that back left?). There were more forces to be felt back here, but it is still my least favored B&M invert.

Blue Streak (1 lap)
2 laps. First in the first car, decent air, enjoyable ride. Second ride, backseat, a little less air, more punishment on my back. Do those seat even *have* padding? Maybe they sould borrow the Big Dipper trains @ SFWoA.

Like Greg said, he and his crew left and I caught up with some folks from GTTP and had a BS, Millie, Mantis and PT:DOWN ride. At that time the park was closed so I just bought a shirt that had pics of MS, Millie, Maggie, Mantis and Raptor (yes, all on ONE shirt), some chilli chees fries and was on my way. Next stop: STARK RAVEN MAD!
lata,
jeremy
--"Millennium Force sucks! Let's go ride Mine Ride!"
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Monday, May 7, 2001 3:30 PM
OMG I was at cedar point for opening day. I finally rode the force. Last year i was at the point three times and chickened out twice lol. This time I went to the force as soon as the ribbon was cut. It was about a 20 min wait for my first ride ever on the force. OMG I loved it.
After my friend and I got off we decieded to go again. This time we waited about 45 mins. Then at the bracks we got stuck!!!!! lol. They ended up pushing the train back into the den. The third time we where on it someone got sick. This was the longest wait of the day. We waited about 2 hrs. Then we walked around for a while and went back to the force lol. while we waited for our 5th time, THE FORCE BROKE DOWN AGAIN!!!. we still only waited about 45 mins. for the sixth and final time we waited an hour and got on right at 8:00. I did ride magnum once lol. The force is now one of my favorite coasters ever. I cant wait to go back to ride the force again. I cant belive that I actully chickened out lol.

#1 wood= son of beast
#1 steel= Millennium force
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Monday, May 7, 2001 5:15 PM

2Hostyl said:
Blue Streak -- Maybe they sould borrow the Big Dipper trains @ SFWoA.


Actually, Blue Streak used to have trains along the same lines as those on Big Dipper, and was a MUCH better ride for it...

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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Monday, May 7, 2001 9:04 PM
Wow, I guess I just have one comment to add your Trip report you did an excellent job.

The opening day wasn't like last year at all or maybe my memory is failing (I don't remember any rides being down last year) I am blaming the downtime on the strike that happened earlier.
I think if the strike didn't happen the rides would have been ready to go without a problem.

I had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

SRM here we come!
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Thursday, May 10, 2001 11:51 AM
I guess CP gave up on the "High Winds" excuse when the Raptor breaks down. It seems like people are finally realizing that these things do break down.

Also, GregLeg, I think that the Historical Hoo-Hah that was before the ribbon cutting was the fact that they aren't the park with the most coasters anymore but something along the lines of "It was fun while it lasted"? I dunno, just speculating of course...

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Thursday, May 10, 2001 12:01 PM

Wiredog said:
I am blaming the downtime on the strike that happened earlier.
I think if the strike didn't happen the rides would have been ready to go without a problem.



Not true at all. Actually, some aspects of the park were actually helped by the strike.


*** This post was edited by Gemini on 5/10/2001. ***
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