We were treated to free Coastermania sweatshirts, free coffee, juice and donuts in the morning, lunch was better this year, additional Maverick ERT added to the evening schedule, free drinks, chips and nachos during evening ERT and outstanding hospitality from everyone in management and employees working the rides, serving drinks and selling/taking tickets starting at 4:30 am to 12:30am.
Thank you to everyone at CP, you all are amazing.
In general, the park has really done a 180 of sorts this year. Operations are better, employees are friendlier and more entertaining, and there seems to be more presence from the top tier employees.
Like I said over at Pointbuzz, it's like someone at Cedar Point flipped a switch, and all of a sudden, it's like the Cedar Point of the late 90s-early 2000s. The "golden years" for me, at least.
The magic seems to be back, folks.
Sounds better then HWN for sure. *** Edited 6/8/2008 3:22:14 PM UTC by MagnumsRevenge***
*** Edited 6/8/2008 8:55:29 PM UTC by Touchdown***
What kind of second-rate event was this? ;)
Actually, I suggested to someone that they should have breathalyzers at each metal detector/at every park, along with someone to take your SSN number to run your credit history/criminal record. ;)
All kidding aside, it was the BEST Coastermania I attended. In addition to the free admission, free buffet, and free parking (God BLESS the MaxPass!!!,) the park went ALL OUT this year. The hoodie was a nice little gift although it was too hot to wear that day. :) The free soda, nachos (during nightime ERT) candy apples, salt water taffy were also nice little perks that I didn't expect. ;) Everyone was SO cool!
The crowds seemed lower this year, which was fine. Even the storm Friday night was cool, even though it didn't amount to much. It was strange hearing the ride ops tell me "you better go for cover!"
Wussies. ;) I have rode coasters in hail and POURING rain! That storm was NOTHING! The winds were high but it barely rained. It was over in like 30 minutes. The ERT's were freakin AMAZING!
I am SO spoiled! ;)
The BEST part was seeing and hanging out with my buds again. :)
Oh, and I got to ride Ravine Flyer 2 the day before....ROCKIN!!!!!! :)
*** Edited 6/8/2008 10:00:07 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
Well those fears were pretty unfounded, I got 36 rides on roller coasters Friday (4 Raptor, 1 DT, 1 Blue Streak, 5 MF, 4 Maverick, 2 Gemini, 17 Magnum, 2 TTD) of which 30 were during ERT sessions (I rode the flats, went to the Q&A, lunch and Soak City for 3 hours during normal hours) far and away blowing any previous daily record I had ever had, it was mind blowing.
Everyone I met at the event was also really nice, it was clear everyone there was having an absolute blast, didnt matter it was hot, didnt matter we had a rain delay, everyone was enjoying themselves, and that extended to the park staff too. I said it on Pointbuzz, but Ill say it again here, the staff was top notch that day, from the poor ride ops (some of which worked the whole event) all the way to the CEOs and EVPs everyone was friendly, and really went out of their way for us. I will defiantly be attending another CM, it was by far my best day in my 10 years of going to Cedar Point I have ever had.
So I don't know if handing out T-shirts would have made it 32 degrees and raining, but maybe handing out the hoodies had something to do with the fact that it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever spent at the park. Maybe a little warm, but it wasn't a blazing heat like I've experienced before. Plus it made the time at Soak City that much more enjoyable too.
I'm still a little sore from all the running around. Got up (in Cleveland) at 3:00am and got to the Breakers Express a little after 1am. Not my longest day, but boy oh boy was I tired. I can't wait until next year.
What I'm excited about this year still is what they said at the Q&A. Something along the lines of, "If you've never been to Halloweekends before, this is DEFIANTLY the year to come. Bigger and Better than ever."
As for the event in whole, this was my first. My mom and I were there together (I finally got her on Maverick; she is scared of heights and some roller coasters), and she specifically told me that "we had established a new tradition." We both really enjoyed CoasterMania, and I am really looking forward to it next year.
Somebody also told me that there was food by Maverick too, but I cannot confirm that.
I am a little dissapointed that I was not able to stay around for evening ERT. It sounds like that was a great time as well. I left the park around 6pm to return home so I missed all of the excitement of the storms passing over the park.
Maybe it is just me, but did anybody notice how the one EVP (I can't seem to remember his name) worded his sentence about Mean Streak when asked about maybe replacing it with a better woodie? He said "Taking Mean Streak down is going to be painful." It just struck me funny at how he used the present tense instead of just saying "...would be painful."
This quote has caught my attention. Can anyone else verify this? I like Mean Streak, however, I believe that chunk of property could be used for a better attraction. I would not be very upset if MS were replaced.
I have to agree with Touchdown's earlier post
This was my first coaster enthusiast event, and I went in not knowing how exactly it was going to go. I had heard all about how CM is "not really that much of an ERT" and was worried about seeing a lot of enthusis-asses I always hear about (and sometimes see posting.) Well those fears were pretty unfounded.
It seems that in years prior the coaster fans could be very unpleasant to be around. It did appear that everyone was just having a good time.
Whatever CP did this time around, they need to do it again. This was the most enjoyable Coastermania since my first one in 2003.
Its still a shame that Geagua Lake is gone. I really enjoyed going to Coaster EXT the day after Coastermania. Plus Coaster EXT gave me an excuse to go see the Cleveland Indians. *** Edited 6/9/2008 10:55:21 AM UTC by MotorCityCoasterFan*** *** Edited 6/9/2008 10:56:08 AM UTC by MotorCityCoasterFan***
In regards to EXT, I think they could still do a day after event at GL, I just don't think many people would go. What I think would be better would be to bring KI into the mix. Do a Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning at Kings Island. That would give everyone the morning and afternoon on Saturday to sleep and get to KI.
Don Hilbig was at the GOCC event and I mentioned this to him. Though his response wasn't definitive, I got the impression that it wouldn't happen. He made it sound like he was going to look into doing an event there later in the year, but I have yet to hear anything about one. Maybe Donald can shed some light on the subject.
Maybe it is just me, but did anybody notice how the one EVP (I can't seem to remember his name) worded his sentence about Mean Streak when asked about maybe replacing it with a better woodie? He said "Taking Mean Streak down is going to be painful." It just struck me funny at how he used the present tense instead of just saying "...would be painful."quote]
Na, just soak with gasoline and torch it, and sell tickets to the bonfire! ;)
I actually fell asleep on and off during the Q&A but what I heard was entertaining. It was just nice to sit down in the air conditioned room (although a bunch of us went to the wrong location at first..lol) I heard someone mention "replacing the Wildcat" followed by a bunch of evil stares. ;)
*** Edited 6/9/2008 3:49:12 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
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