Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:07 PM
I had Dinner at Damons right on Sandusky bay and my family had to restrain me several times from jumping in the bay to swim to CP. After I was released I drove about 5 minutes to the causeway were I was greeted by a mass exodus of cars leaving the park. Good! It had been raining for about an hour so the air was quite humid. Not only that, the sky was Erie and had a brownish tint to it. It was only 8:30 when I arrived and it was dark with just that Tint lighting up the sky.
It pretty much drizzled or rained the whole time which made for some rain soaked rails :). I started out with Blue Streak which was in top notch from. Next was about a 10 minute wait for Raptor in seat 84. If you don't seat in 81 or 84 I think the ride is just fun, but in those seats I feel it is intense as well. Raptor ran the fastest I had ever seen and my eyes even fuzzed out in the helix.
I headed to the force to find an hourish wait which I though was kind of odd so I decided to wait till near close. Plus I had this feeling that something was not right. I walked all the way around the logoons until I hit Magnum. The line was about 10 minutes and I got 3 straight rides in 1-3 with rain soaked rails which were excellent. I could not figure out why the line wasn't dying down like normal though.
Then Matt gave me a tip and said Millennium Force would be down the rest of the night. The lift hills lights were out so I presume the power went out, along with later someone telling me they had to get out of line because of the power. I don't know if a train was stopped on the lift or what happened if the power did go off. My guess is the final set off retractable magnet brakes would lock shut and the last train would stop outside unload.
Here is were CP shows its class and left Magnum AND Raptor open an extra hour till 12 with almost ERT conditions. I got 14 rides total in on Magnum, 12 of those being in 1-3. For the last hour they turned the trims off. The rain at times made it a bit painful, but it just slicked up those rails making for the best rides of my life. I did not bring my watch so I could not time it. The pure speed that magnum was going over the bunny hops made for some wicked ejector air. With the slick rails, warm humid air, no wind and trims off, I have a feeling that tonight is one fastest times Magnum has ever ran. I still can't get over the relentless up and down pounding that Magnum's bunny hills bestowed upon my body. Pleasure spiked with pain I would say :).
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:13 PM
Awesome! If the power was out, then how could CP OP run the ride without any power?
Don't Fight It: Ride It! Raging Bull
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:25 PM
Well, CP is so dang big I think they have different power grids, and the one by MF must have blown. They have numerous boxes labeled PAD 12 (or whatever number) that I think are dedicated to power. The pop machines and queue lights were still on when I , um "sneaked" by to see what was going on at 12:30am. I know there is one of those PAD boxes located by the train station which probably drives the queue and pop lights. I know there is another PAD between the lift and overbank of MF which is probably just for MF. The lights in the station and lift lights were still out with the exception of the beacon on top.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 2:51 AM
Did the toilets back up? At some parks, when the electricity goes out, the toilets back up and sewage flows across the midway.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 5:07 AM
Generally speaking it shouldn't because it's all flat. I'm guessing that "incident" at SFWoA happened because somewhere along the line sewage has to be pumped to a lift station to hit the rest of the local system. I learned this when the school district I used to work for planned a much longer sewer run to connect to a far street from the new school, because going to the front of the building a short distance would have required the lift station which would be a maintenance and reliability nightmare. I guess they were right.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2001 5:29 AM
Your descriptions of your Magnum rides are making me drool...
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Craig the Coaster Freak
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 11:01 AM
One day, I will get a no trim Magnum ride, and it will rekindle my passion for the Magnum!
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:28 PM
Kennywood also has some rides on one power feed and some on another.
If it was just one ride, it's more likely a transformer or switch gear dedicated to that specific attraction failed.
Quite cool that they left the "other two" open late. That's the description of good customer service.
"Let's go out and have some fun!" (New Order)
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:23 PM
Later I learned Mantis was out too, so it must have been an entire block that was surged out.