CP (5/10/03) Quick Report

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Monday, May 12, 2003 6:26 AM
Well, this wasn't the greatest CP day ever. The drive out was absolutely miserable. My girlfriend and I left Pittsburgh at 615am and drove through one of the worst storms I have ever driven through between Youngstown and Cleveland. The skies were black and green, the rain so bad I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me, lightning, thunder, high wind. Needless to say, it kept me awake pretty good!

The rest of the drive was uneventful, and we got to the park nice and early and had no wait on getting my gf a season pass. Got into the park, rode Raptor and Magnum a couple times each (everyone else was in line for Dragster). Got to ride 1-3 on Magnum with no wait - excellent ride, although it gave my gf a headache that would eventually cut our day a little short. We then went around the back end of the park and got shut down all along the Frontier Trail - Gemini closed due to a PA system outage, MS closed for "mechanical problems", CCMR closed for no given reason, MF closed for "mechanical problems", so we had to settle for Iron Dragon. Fun little ride, also did Wildcat before we headed for some food and WT. On the way up there, I bought the chicken hat that I had seen on opening day that I wanted. This thing is great, comes back later too. WT was a good ride, I swear they modified the ride program to give you an extra boost now on the final foward launch! But my gf claimed it shook her head too much and she was in a lot of pain afterwards due to a headache. We were going to head back and try for Gemini again (MF was still not running, stuck on the lift hill) when I noticed that the TTD line was really short! So I convinced her to just go for and we jumped in line.

The line was short, and would have been a 90 minute wait, except for a breakdown of about 20 minutes when we reached the base of the final ramps, and 2-10 minute weather delays while we were in the station. Well, finally got on and the second time, that ride is just as good as the first - and this time I had a chance to look around and really appreciate what was happening to me! It was amazing again! But, some guy in row 2 (we were in 5) apparently did not understand "please secure all loose articles" as the twist ripped his sunglasses from his shirt pocket and threw them out of his seat and right into my gf's temple. I didn't notice til she had her head down and was crying when we got into the breakrun, but needless to say, sunglasses at even 60mph to your forhead hurt *a lot*! I tried to get her to report the incident but she just wanted to get off the ride and go sit on a bench which I understood.

So, we left after that (about 5pm) cause that did not help her headache and we figured that now we both have season passes, so we'll be back. Now's where the chicken comes back ;) Stopped by the rest area just outside the point, I had at least 4 people tell me they loved my hat just between the doors and the bathroom! (Although imagine how ridiculous it must have looked to see a guy in a chicken hat peeing ... ) and we stopped by an Eat N Park before I took her home and got lots of comments there. An older couple even wanted their picture with me in the hat, but no one had a camera :) So, all in all, not the greatest of days - actual downtime at Cedar Point, and ride injuries, but the chicken hat was good and she saw the humor in being hit by flying glasses by yesterday afternoon ;)

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Monday, May 12, 2003 7:16 AM
Wow that must have hurt a lot. I'm glad you didn't sue like those people from Six Flags who got hit with a cell phone. Too bad you couldn't stay longer, the best days are always right after it rains because the whole park clears out after only a few hours.
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Monday, May 12, 2003 7:27 AM
No, I wouldn't sue the park for one a-hole. It's not their fault that he put his glasses there, they can't be expected to do like pat-downs on everyone before riding! It did make me mad, and while I was holding her trying to get her to calm down after the ride, I saw the guy talking about how cool it was that his glasses came flying right out of his pocket and he had no idea where they went. I wanted to go confront him, but nothing good could have come of it, so I stopped myself.
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"You know we got a good thing goin and I don't wanna see it end" --Reel Big Fish
-- Brett
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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:19 AM
Brett, I was there on saturday as well and was rather disappointed with Cedar Point regarding the ride downtime. I brought a friend who had never been to the park before, and we were stopped several times by rides being down (Gemini, MF, WT).
We began our day by running to TTD, took one look at the line and said we'd hit it later (I said I've waited 6 months for it, I can wait a few hours longer). So we hit Magnum right next door instead. No wait for FRONT SEAT! I'm not a big Magnum fan, but the ride still delivers with the air time as always. We then made our way around the top of the park, only to find Gemini closed. We moved on to MS, and were greatly disappointed to find that the breaks on the top of the first hill were slowing us just as much as ever. We then moved down to MF, only to find it still stuck, so we moved on to Mantis and Wildcat, which both delivered excellent rides with little wait. We got our hands stamped for Raptor, and then had some lunch and moved on to DT. After DT, we found WT closed due to mechanical problems! So we hit power tower once, and corkscrew once. By this time, we could use our hand stamps for Raptor, so a quick ten minute wait later, we were flying front seat! Raptor was as sweet as ever.
We witnessed WT running from Raptor, headed over there for our second-longest wait of the day (about 1/2 hour). From there, we decided that we'd hit everything (except Gemini and MF, which was still down for the count) that we wanted to, and so we toughed out the line for TTD. Two mechanical delays, one rain delay, a personable CP employee (Thanks for chatting with us for so long Gina!), and 3 hours later, we were sitting in the FRONT ROW waiting to be launched. I wish I could have more to report on the ride, but much of what I felt has already been said by other members on the board, and words to not do this ride justice anyway! I was simply blown away when at the top of the hill, I was looking DOWN at the entire course of MF!!!! I've been on launch coasters before, so the launch wasn't as intimidating to me as looking down on what WAS the world's tallest but three years ago.
All in all, the day was great, despite more-than-usual downtime for rides. I was disappointed that my friend did not get to experience Millie, but he's coming back later this season, so he'll ride it then. So once again, CP delivered the goods, but having more of the rides up and going would have made for an even better day!
As many have said, TTD is definately worth a decent wait (In my case, 3 hours), so don't hesitate to experience this simply unreal ride!
Peace to you all and God bless!

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-DJ

www.peak-productions.com

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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:27 PM
I would write a letter to guest services at CP, let em know you have a season pass, they might give you some food comps or line skip passes for TTD ;)
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Monday, May 12, 2003 2:51 PM
Nah, sorry, I feel one of the things most wrong with this country is people always trying to blame things on people who its not their problem, just to get money, free passes etc. I refuse to be a part of the I'm-not-at-fault of America ...

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"You know we got a good thing goin and I don't wanna see it end" --Reel Big Fish
-- Brett

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Monday, May 12, 2003 3:45 PM

PittDesigner said:
Nah, sorry, I feel one of the things most wrong with this country is people always trying to blame things on people who its not their problem, just to get money, free passes etc. I refuse to be a part of the I'm-not-at-fault of America ...

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"You know we got a good thing goin and I don't wanna see it end" --Reel Big Fish
-- Brett


I agree with what you said. Also, I think that they do take every precaution to make sure everyone if safe. One time my sister fell over some piece of concrete at CedarPoint that was not level with the ground, in the middle of nowhere, and she got hurt. But as soon as that happend someone saw and they came and helped her by getting her some treatment. They also wanted her name and where we lived, and that kind of info, just for future references or something. But they definitely are on top of things as much as possible. :)
*** This post was edited by steelraptor 5/12/2003 7:47:18 PM ***

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