It'll be my first time as well. My husband and I are really looking forward to it. I'm guessing there will be a pretty nice crowd there because this event is open to ALL coaster clubs, not just CoasterBuzz.
Wise decision, especially considering CM is on a Friday. You'll probably see a significant crowd increase from Thursday. make sure you ride Disaster Transport and WildCat on Thursday as their lines will probably be pretty bad on Friday.
If you want to ride Maverick with out the crowd during CM, I would suggest riding it during lunch. I was there last thursday during lunch. Wait was 1.5 hours, and never dropped that low all day. But then again, last thursday there were alot of school groups, and had group lunches.
but, i'm going to miss thursday and friday due to my summer job, but definitely heading up on wednesday.
Good advice Acoustic Viscosity. Since one the the first coasters I ride Thursday will be my 150th (by my way of counting) I am leaning towards making that ride be MF, then spending the rest of the day getting in as many other credits as possible so that on Friday I can focus more on the event itself. I am hoping that it will be considerably less crowded Thursday so that will make it easier to get some of the lower capacity rides out of the way. I'm staying at the Breakers Wednesday night so I will have the early start on Thursday as well.
This will also be my first coastermania, but I've already ridden Maverick. I'll be spending most of ERT on Millenium! I can ride it again after 3 years of waiting!! If you couldn't ride MF in the past, try the test seat this year. It is accurate to the belt length on the train, and there is no 1 inch rule. :)
I would expect CM to be a bit more crowded this year than in the past, given that 1. It is later in June, so more schools are out than usual. (Most schools in Ohio and MI are still in session the first week of June, so there are not as many school aged CM participants.) 2. Because the schools are out, the GP attendance will be a bit larger as well. 3. Because of Maverick, the coaster crowd will be larger as well. I seem to remember 2000 - 2500 when Millennium Force was new.
PS: I really miss the September CM as well. That one year was a great way to generally end the coaster riding year.