CoasterMania '06 June 2nd

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Sunday, June 4, 2006 11:13 PM
As copied from Pointbuzz:
Coaster Mania ‘06

High Po!nts:
AM ERT - Hubby and I managed 29 Raptor flights! We were on the 1st ERT train and it was 5:50am! One of the PR big shots ended up joining me for my 1100th Raptor ride!
It has been forever since I power rode and I was in heaven!! Raptor was kicking butt and so was the crew! :)

Q&A was a high point due to seeing Mr. Kinzel, but also a low point which I will get to later.

Lunch was great, our table was full of some of our closest CP buds so it was non stop laughs! Marketing had placed a bunch of (old CM and Raptor) buttons on all the tables and every time I turned around some one else came to me and said “here you go Jo" (some of whom I didn’t even know!) and they would lay down tons of Raptor pins. By the time all was said and done I had well over 30 pins. I took 20 of them to the Raptor crew, and was very happy to see them all proudly sporting them a short while later :)

PM annual GOCC TGIF get together. Mr. Kinzel stopped in on us to let us know MF was indeed up, and was kind enough to buy us all dessert. Hooper met up with us there and we all knew then the fun was about to really begin!

The park was pretty much cleared out by then since most of the gazillion high school kids were gone. Our DT rides were classic, yes, thanks to Hooper!

Do NOT ride with Hooper on Raptor if he is sitting on the right side--more about that in my low points!

After 2 flights on Raptor, hitting WT, SkyHawk, a dark ride on Paddlewheel, we headed to Maggie to await PM ERT. Maggie was kicking butt-no trims and holy C she was FLYING! Hooper was his usual Hooper self so all of us where hysterical laughing at him. It took 5 rides before we all decided to head to MF and take a quick ride. Of course, one of the high points has to be that they got MF up and running for everyone else, but one ride was plenty for us and then we headed to BS. We managed 3 BS rides (and they were even allowing re-rides! Gasp!!) before another CM over.

Low Po!nts:
Some of the questions asked during the Q&A. Some weren’t even questions but *****ing about minute stuff that most of the other people couldn’t care less about. You have to really have compassion for the management staff to have the guts to do these sessions knowing they will face some real winners.

The weather was kind of a downer for most of the day but the lack of sun kept away most of the humidity (and the hot sweaty people) and at least the night was clear and beautiful.

Yet another year where CP doesn’t sell CM shirts-WTH is up with that??? I just do not understand that, I know they would sell like crazy yet CP refuses to even try.

Hooper, Raptor, lights on the runway and electricity = a HUGE zap and then a HUGE black and blue mark!

Quotes of the day:
“ Mayday! Mayday!!” “Please no more NG!!” “Is that shirt just screaming “AH” to you?”

All in all another hilarious and great CM for us. It is surely added into one of my favorites! Thanks to my hubby for keeping up with my early morning Raptor Extravaganza and not ditching me for TTD. Thanks to all my CP buds for the laughs and memories, I love all of yas! :)
Hooper, a special thank you to you for always making CM such a great time for all who are lucky enough to hang and ride with you. You are a classic!

I could however have done without the black and blue Raptor hickey!

Here's to CoasterMania '07!

Lifetime Raptor flights: 1113

Sunday, June 4, 2006 11:30 PM
Not to dwell on the negative but what were some of the questions at the Q&A?
Sunday, June 4, 2006 11:38 PM
I too have experienced the power of the lights on raptor. Dont touch those things, they will shock the living hell outta ya. I touched it and got a nice few jolts, anyhow i dotn have battle scars on that point though like hooper there. Thats probably why we should heed those warnings.

My occurence happened three years ago long before i became an enthusiast and i learned what dumb things get you into.

Sunday, June 4, 2006 11:52 PM
I have been wondering if there were going to be any CM trip reports. Thanks Luv!

Is MF fixed? Was MF supposed to be a part of the morning or evening ERT? What was (is) wrong with MF anyway?

Monday, June 5, 2006 9:01 AM

SVLFever said:

Is MF fixed? Was MF supposed to be a part of the morning or evening ERT? What was (is) wrong with MF anyway?

MF was supposed to be PM ERT. My understanding is it had something to do with the part that runs the lift. During the morning "welcome" speech we were told they were working on MF and were trying to get it running for us. Of course with CPs CM track record at previous CMs with WT and TTD we took it with a grain of salt. At the Q&A John Hildebrant told us what they went thru to try to track down the part and promised us they were trying the best they could. Mr Kinzel confirmed the same, being quite apologetic about the whole thing.
Surprising enough it was back up by 6pm. CP even extended PM ERT to 1am for it.

MagnunBarrel: I have touched those lights before, all it did was zap me and the guy on the other side of the row. When Hooper did it, my right arm was up against the metal on the shoulder restraint. That is the reason it got me so bad, hense the huge black and blue mark on my arm.

You should find the answer to your question here:

Lifetime Raptor flights: 1113 :)

Monday, June 5, 2006 9:07 AM
"Refuses" to get shirts? Your sorry ass got ERT and lunch for free. What the hell else do you want?
Monday, June 5, 2006 9:17 AM
I don't think I would have left MF's queue all night if there was evening ert on it. Good times.
Monday, June 5, 2006 11:40 AM
She wanted to buy a shirt, Jeff.
Monday, June 5, 2006 11:53 AM
^ I took it that way, too...

Sometimes *merchandise* selection seems a bit odd, not specific to CP but parks in general. For instance, if SFoG had had a Goliath shirt that said SOMETHING other than the lame "Bad to the Chrome" tagged all over it, I'd have bought one. Got a different one, but now I'm not advertising Goliath anywhere...and that's a ride WORTH advertising...

Just a thought...*variety* makes the park merchandise flow.... :)

Monday, June 5, 2006 1:46 PM
Cedar Fair's merch is some of the worst trash I have ever seen. Its kind of sad to me for some reason. Its all plastic cups, butt ugly shirts, and other random crap with crooked logos on them.
Monday, June 5, 2006 1:57 PM
Patriot's Shirts are nice looking thats a ride at a Cedar Fair park.
Monday, June 5, 2006 2:30 PM

Neuski said:
She wanted to buy a shirt, Jeff.

That is exactly what I said!

GL has offered us CoasterEXT shirts to BUY for the past 2 years. My sorry ass got a free lunch and ERT there too, but I still had the opportunity to purchase a CoasterEXT shirt.


Monday, June 5, 2006 2:35 PM
But you're still making a stupid assumption about what they "refuse" to do, as if someone in marketing got up and said, "We refuse to get shirts!" There's no conspiracy in play here.
Monday, June 5, 2006 2:39 PM

Jeff said:
But you're still making a stupid assumption about what they "refuse" to do, as if someone in marketing got up and said, "We refuse to get shirts!" There's no conspiracy in play here.

Ok, then I used the incorrect wording.
My understanding is that because the '96 CoasterMania stuff did not sell well they decided not to offer any more CM merchandise. I don't understand why they haven't tried since. Especially after seeing how well the ones from CEXT sold at GL Saturday.


Monday, June 5, 2006 3:39 PM
What was up with the raffle prizes a peice of wood and a peice of blue tarp? Why not some tshirts or hats. IMO Skyhawk is the lamest screaming swing that I have ridden which proves bigger is not always better. ERT on TTD and MF were awesome I got 10 rides on each. That was the best CM that I have been too.

Monday, June 5, 2006 4:11 PM
If they did sell shirts it wouldn't be for money, just like the event isn't.

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