CoasterMania Questions

Thursday, January 16, 2003 12:44 PM
I am trying to decide if it will be worth it to go to CoasterMania. I am already going in May but it looks like a good time. I live 7 hours from there. I just need to keep the price down if I am going to go. I just wanted to know about if the ERT, food,contests etc are all good. Could someone just give me a quick summary of the event. Also I am a member of A.C.E.

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-Sean Newman

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 12:47 PM

Coastermania Answer

The 2002 Coastermania featured ERT (which seemed to stand for Everybody Ride Time) in the morning on Raptor, Blue Streak, and Mantis, while evening ERT (again, Everybody Ride Time) featured Magnum, Millennium Force, and a blacked-out Mean Streak, since Wicked Twister was DFD (Down for Duct tape).

During the day there was a Question/Answer session with some higher-ups from Cedar Point. There was also a catered lunch and a photo contest (with prizes!).

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- John
Dag, yo
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Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:08 PM

Think of "ERT" as EXTENDED Ride Time instead of Exclusive Ride Time, and you'll be fine.

The CM '03 flyer is up, by the way.

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--Oat Boy
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Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:16 PM

Do all CF passes get you in free or just CP? And do you have to do the guest relations thing?

SFgadvman: I'm in Princeton and will probably end up going too. If you want to drive together and split tolls and gas...

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Be polite and ignore the idiots. - rollergator
You must be this dumb to ride Viper. -SFGAdv.

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:16 PM

Nobody warned me of that this year and I was highly pissed at the hour wait for Millennium Force. Although, the rerides on Magnum were nice.

All Cedar Fair amusement park passes are valid at all Cedar Fair amusment parks.

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- John
Dag, yo
Support Rob in the Great DDR Challenge!

*** This post was edited by Michael Darling on 1/16/2003. ***

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:21 PM
ERT on TTD at 6:30am!! Now what a way to wake up.

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Wood Rules!

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 1:30 PM
ApolloAndy- I would love to but I'm only 14. Thanks for the info though everyone.

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-Sean Newman

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 3:39 PM
Can someone tell me the times from the flyer, it isn't working for my computer.

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 3:52 PM
Straight off the flyer:

5 a.m. - Wake up, and get ready to RIDE! Tollbooths open. Parking will bein the main lot near the Main Gate. A parking fee/causeway toll will be assessed. Beginning at 5 a.m. you can purchase tickets at the Group Sales Booth on the left-hand side of the Main Gate area. When you purchase your ticket, you will recieve a souvenir badge, which will qualify you for Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) and a meal ticket for admission to the luncheon. All ticket purchasers (including Cedar Fair Season Passholders) must be a member of a valid, official amusement park industry club or roller coaster club and must present a valid, official membership card of their respective club. Gates will open at 6 a.m. Tickets may be purchased for one guest who is not a club member

6:30am-8:30am - ERT on Dragster - Rev it up! (Line will close at 8am to accomodate Joe Cool Club members and guests of Cedar Point Resorts.)

7:30-9:30am - ERT on Raptor - Wake up and Fly!

7:30-9:30am - ERT on Blue Streak - Simly put, a legend.

7:30-9:30am - ERT on Power Tower - Blast up or down... or both!

10am-10pm - Enjoy Cedar Point at your leisure. There's so much to do.

10:30-11:30am and 12pm-1pm - Back by popular demand! The creator and manufacturer of the world's first "strata-coaster" will give a presentation and Q&A session on the 420-foot tall thriller that has forever changed roller-coaster-riding. Your favorite representatives from Cedar Point will also be available. Lodation: Cedar Poin't Convention Center. Seating will be limited.

2pm-3:30pm - FREE food! Gather in the Point Pavilion with your fellow enthusiasts for a yummy picnic luncheon. Serving time is from 2-3:30pm. Bring your appetite!

10:30pm-12:30am - ERT on Magnum - A CoasterMania tradition.

10:30pm-12:30am - ERT on Wicked Twister - Twist the night away.
11pm-1am - ERT on Millennium Force - What a way to end the day!


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Tommy Penner
"Don't be fooled by the car that I got, I'm still Tommy from the block."
Variable X - Personal Rants

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 5:28 PM
Best ride by far, Maggie at night, no trims amazing. Got 25 rides last year.

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1989, 9 years old bawling my eyes out because I didn't want to ride Magnum. I did anyway and look at me now. Why did ya make me do it Dave? ;)

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 5:36 PM
Now TTD better not be broke down and unable to run from 6:30-8:30 like they are announcing or there will be a bunch of tired and grouchy people.

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Wood Rules!

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 6:02 PM
Hey, stuff happens. Wicked Twister wasn't up last year -- they opened a different ride. They'd do the same here.

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--Oat Boy
My page

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 6:50 PM
Rides are sometimes closed, but that's life. Wicked Twister was "down for duct tape" during CoasterMania, but we still managed to "ride" it. Check out my Wicked Twister POV if you don't believe me. It is possible to have fun at a park without all the coasters operating

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"Kristin, you look burnt or DEAD."

*** This post was edited by Kristin Marie on 1/16/2003. ***

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 7:20 PM
Question for anyone who attended CoasterMania in both 2001 and last year: Did the change that Cedar Point made which limited coaster club members to only purchasing one additional ticket for the 2002 CM have any real impact on the size of the crowds verses those of the past?
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Thursday, January 16, 2003 7:32 PM

I can't imagine it did. The crowd was still huge. But it's still a great event. The lines are not bad at all for Raptor, Mantis, BS, or Maggie. 10 mins tops for each of those. Millie however has a huge wait, I would assume the same for Dragster.

I think a lot of local kids join a club just to go to the event. Seemed to be a vast amount of non enthusiast typerteenie boppers there last year.

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Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 7:37 PM
What was the photo contest all about?

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"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
-Bill Cobb - Designer, Texas Cyclone

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 7:52 PM

Forget the coasters...I'd go to Coastermania again for the free taffy and candy apples alone! :) Let's hope they do something like that again this year.

Here's the breakdown of the photo contest. Quite simple really: Enthusiasts sent in amateur photos they had taken of CP rides before CM, and the park gave out prizes to the photos they thought were the best at CM. I really like the new contest idea this year. I may have to try my persuasive writing skills out, although fifty words sure is short. Looks like they're anticipating a lot of entries.

Whoa...who's Kristin Marie, and why does she have the same sig as another Kristin I know who posts here frequently??? ;)

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- Chris

I put the "D" in DDR.

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 8:26 PM

...might I suggest what I did last year....went to the park the night before. Jill thought I was nuts (well, that's a *whole other topic*, lol) until the next day when everyone woke up to find that WT wouldn't be running. New rides are always dicey, and the CM crowds mean that ERT isn't exactly a ride-fest anyway....not that any day at CP isn't great.

The strategy for CM/TTD: If you see a prototype/ brand new coaster running, get at least ONE ride while you can...;)

sadly, it doesn't look like CM will happen for us this year, but ya never know....

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 8:32 PM
Wow- what a schedule! Looks like a lot of fun. It doesn't get much better than that- wake up and launch with Dragster and end the night with Wicked Twister and Millie.

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Timberline Twister: Knott's may not have a B&M, but they do have a B&K.

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Thursday, January 16, 2003 9:04 PM

Matt, you are missing out on the greatest show if you deprive yourself of a trimless night Maggie Ride. Besides the fact that you can get huge amounts of laps on Maggie while waiting for one on Millie.

My strategy involves marathoning Maggie until it's close at 12:30 and finishing the night up with a ride on Millie.

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Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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