Cedar Point Spiders

Wednesday, January 28, 2004 3:42 PM
I've heard about the famous spiders that invade CP. Are they there all year long? When's the best time to go to avoid them?
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 3:51 PM
You can't. They are everywhere. In the bushes, in ride queues, in the stations....crawling all over the roof of the train and the wooden structures of Mean Streak, CCMR and White Water Landing.

Seriously, the ride ops do a really good job of keeping the rides and queues pretty free of the buggers and their webs. I'm an arachnaphobe.

They are pretty hardy buggers though and are known to last well into November. I suspect the spiders you've heard about are the ones that like to build around the lenses of the webcams

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:08 PM
It's usually advisable to take a shower as soon as possible after leaving Cedar Point. Not unusual to find a dozen or so that crawled up your pant legs or dropped down inside your shirt.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:32 PM
Last time I went to CP, I got a spider egg in my ear, and it burst open and thousands of tiny spiders ate my brain. OLOL!!11one

Actually, in all my trips to CP, I've never noticed any spiders. A lot of mayflies, but no spiders.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:36 PM
I'd agree with Den, on my one trip to Cedar Point I didn't notice any spiders at all, and that was during the last week of August 2003. I did see some mayflies though, but nothing like the group that stormed the summer camp I was at (in the morning you couldn't take a step outside with out crunching a few).
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:45 PM
When i went to CP I didn't notice any spiders, but a few mayflies, they seem to be common.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:50 PM
One spider was a celebrity on the webcam during the construction of Wicked Twister/TTD.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:50 PM
I've never really noticed large amounts of spiders as where they'd be a pain, but other bugs thats a different story, but their common along the lake especially in the lights.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 4:54 PM
What spiders? In all our trips to Cedar Point, the only slightly annoying life form have been the clouds of muffleheads that swarm in off the lake in June. We ride just about every ride there so it isn't likely we missed anything.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 5:32 PM
There are no spider invasions. Midges (muffleheads) and mayflies, but no spiders.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 5:48 PM
I disagree Jeff, there is a spider invasion and they seem to be more prevalent in late summer. The fact you didn't notice them must mean we were doing our job well.

In 2000, when I started on White Water Landing, someone would go around every day and clear the large webs from all the catwalks and railings surrounding the ride. On one of those walks I would usually destroy at least 50 webs (and we did this every day). We kept the ones that weren't so sightly to trap some of those muffleheads.

When I went to Raptor, we didn't have to do web sweeps nearly as often, but we still did them. If you are an arachnophobe, never go out into the storage bays, there were hundreds of them (spiders not just webs) hanging all over the catwalks and such. UGH.

In late summer we had a problem both years with the spiders around the edge of the station. Dispath became the hated position. Often times when you'd stick your hand in to hit the dispatch button, a spider would crawl down onto your hand. Of course you just have to leave your hand there until the next train comes in though, or the trains would stop and we'd have to reset dispatch.

It wouldn't have bugged me so much if they weren't huge spiders. UGH!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 6:03 PM
They don't have a spider, They have a Monster. Its got 24 tubs as opposed to the 12 a Spider has, also there is an additional rotation as smaller sweeps in which the tubs are attached to spin as well as the main structure...

Oh wait....
you were talking about something else! :)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 6:12 PM
Next time you're there late summer/early fall, look up whenever there's something above you in the Mantis queue... my brother almost didn't ride because of the sheer number and SIZE of those buggers. Did I mention I passionately hate spiders?

-BB (who doesn't like being in the same room with one, much less having a few crawl onto your person)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 6:20 PM
I remember the first time I went to CP in 2000 I was waiting in the que of Mantis. I looked up at the mesh covers with the fans that they have above parts of the que and all I saw were tons of webs and there must have been AT LEAST 20 spiders PER fan and all over! My mom freaked out! And they were huge spiders. I agree, the spiders are invading the park.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 6:45 PM
I went in August of 2003 and i didn't see one spider in the two days i spent in the park. Not 1. I did see some weird looking bug in line for Magnum but i know it was no spider.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:18 PM
I don't recall ever seeing a spider there. But, I definately know that they're somewhere hiding in that park! I worked there MANY years ago and vividly recall having to sweep off all of our food stands tables, chairs and umbrellas every single morning before working an opening shift. Every table would be covered with enormous webs! They were HUGE! And, of course, every sandfly/mayfly in a 100 foot radius seemed drawn to them. I've never seen so many stuck bugs in my life! LOL *** Edited 1/29/2004 12:20:32 AM UTC by FScottS***
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:46 PM
There is definitely a big spider problem at the point. I was there during october (the big weekend that broke records) and those things were everywhere. They are not just at the point, but even my hotel room had spiders outside, and even in my room.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 8:02 PM
Just think of how many more muffleheads, mayflies, and mosquitoes there would be if it weren't for the spiders though. As many as there may be, I'll take them over swarms of annoying muffleheads any day...atleast they can't fly.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 8:13 PM
Exactly. Spiders are your friends.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2004 8:20 PM
Never noticed the spiders. I guess they just don't notice me unlike the muffleheads.

-Tina

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