CP 5/20 first time, "Almost Trimless"

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 2:43 PM

Well, this is my first "real" time at Cedar Point. Back in 96' I went there with family, but I can't remember much.

My school band and I took our annual music tour, this year to cleavland. On sunday, we went to the rock and roll hall of fame, which was pretty cool. The next day, though, was what my mind was set on: Cedar Point.

After mixed thoughts about the weather and time, we arrived at the park around 10:45 with cloudy skies. While members I was with gradually paced around, me and my selected friends walked fast to the entrance, and entered with no problem. I saw that the line to buy tickets was pushing the 20 minute point. Thank god for prepaid ticketing...

Taking people's advice, we decided to hit wicked twister first. We approach the plaza, and see only one que block filled. While in line, I was able to finally observe (not via webcam) this wonder with my own eyes. My friend was getting very nervous with the swaying towers, but I explained to her the whole "steel bending" thing. I was impressed, the station was very organized, and we rode after only a 10 minute wait. I took the "moneyseat", and I must say, it was an excellent ride. The back tower was really intense, fast, and overall disorienting. My only con was the prep-launch, where they have to recheck the whole train, and then countdown to launch. Overall, an outstanding ride! Great Job CP!!

After stopping at coasters restaurant for bathrooms, we looked into the mantis que, and saw only a small line. Sure enough, a train got stuck on the lift, turning it into a half hour wait. I must say that the ride wasn't as painful as I thought it would be, except for the turn into the midcourse. What really amazed me, was that the low dispatch interval COMPLETLY turned off the midcourse! We rode the back and were flung into the corkscrew. The notorius trim was also off!

Walking across the midway, my friends were eager to do MF (as was I). The que was about 1/3 full, which I knew meant about a 40 minute wait. I was right, and I was on board my first MF ride at 1:09, in row 9.1. My heart racing, we ascended the hill, and I took a deep breath as we plunged. I was blown away by the drop, but what I will always remember, is looking down and seeing no train in front of me. Just thinking about it makes me smile. The first drop, was better than all of Nitro. The turn into the tunnel was the most intense I've ever felt until this day. Even though the two hills lacked extreem magnum airtime, they were really great. I was mad, however, because my picture didn't come out good. We wanted to ride again, but the que had grown to 2/3 full. This was definetly a life-changing ride, very close to (if not) #1.

A wasted walk to mean streak brought to us a 10 minute que. I was thinking, ohh no, here comes Hercules x10. I was right. The only trims of the day, on the first drop, murdered the ride. I felt no airtime, and speed was not an issue. After the midcourse, the ride was even more horrible. Burn this ride, please. Never again will I have the desire to ride this thing.

As we curved the peninsula, we started down the Magnum midway, and saw that Gemini was running both trains, but not racing with a 5 minute line. We decided to ride, but I was planning to pull some Gwazi magic by asking the ride ops to race. Sure enough, we waited an extra 30 seconds, and had a very fun race. The trims before the helix were dead, and really finished the ride great.

Magnum was looming nearby, so I dragged my friends into a 5 minute wait. I grab the money seat with my gf, and soon we were ascending. A trimless ride brought a smile to my face. Now, this is the way a coaster should be. Its a tough choice between this and MF. I was truely astounded by the airtime this machine gave! It actually hurt, the ejection was so powerful.

Next, we just hopped around on the central midway rides. Corkscrew and Draggon' Iron both were walkons, front row. Power tower up has a walk on as well, and by the time we were done here it was 3:45, with a 4:00 calling time (rediculous, no?).

Walking towards the front, we see that wicked twister had been down, and later closed. We saw the small Raptor que, and decided to take a last ride. Expecting a smaller ride, Raptor blew me away in terms of size, intensity, and overall excitment. What Shocked me, was that the midcourse was almost completly off (just a scrape). Has the ride been painted recently? It is looking quite new.

As we were leaving, the ride ops on demon drop were yelling for people to ride, so we jumped on really fast. An intiman 1st generation freefall, nothing new.

Some souvineers purchased, and we were heading back to cleavland. I was very impressed with the park, and it is now my favorite. I really hope to get back soon, and I miss it already. Soon, I will have my pics developed. Thanks for reading!

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How much more floorless can they get?

*** This post was edited by GreatAdventureAddict on 5/23/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 7:37 PM
"Money seat" and "girlfriend" in the same sentence makes for Joe laughing uncontrollably.

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Hey man. Wanna buy some weed? Crack? Freepass on Millennium Force? I got the hook up...

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Thursday, May 23, 2002 12:08 PM
Am I the only one who goes to CP and gets trims on all the rides all day? I have never been on Gemini and Magnum without the trims on!

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
-Patrick

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Thursday, May 23, 2002 1:39 PM
Well, all those off-trims were made up for on mean streak. Usually it feels like the train gets going 1/4 of the way down the drop, but on mean streak, it was like 3/4. Never again, my friend.

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How much more floorless can they get?

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