CP June 23

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Friday, June 24, 2005 1:26 AM
We got at the park about 11, a 3.5 hour drive which was good since the nice blue sky was out.

Our group of 4 first hit, raptor which was moving at a good speed. Was about a 45 min wait. Rode in the middle. Forgot how the ride was, haven't been on it in a while. But it sure kicked the winter/spring bugs out. 9/10

We then hit corkscrew, which was a sleaper, besides the rough spots. 4/10

We then headed out to Millennium Force. Line seem to go smooth and steady. 45 min. wait top. Rode near the back. There was a little wait for them to wipe off the blood from a lady who just got off. Apparently, someones glasses came off during the ride and hit her between the eye/ nose area. She seemed in good manner and they took good care of her. 10/10

We then hit Iron Dragon, Which was closed and had a crane by the second lift hill working on it during our first pass by Dragster side. Saw it was open and decieded to ride. 3/10

I went for a spin on Maxair, while the rest of the group went on Disaster Transport. The wait wasn't as long as I thought it would be. 20 mins or so. Sat in seet 22. I really liked this ride. Didn't get the spining feeling as what it seems to look like. Which friends reason for not riding. 9/10

Took train to back of park and hit a couple water rides. Which they felt great. And no long lines was a major plus.

We then hit Mantis, which was a Walk On. I couldn't believe it, well I can. Couldn't pass it up. Rode in the back, to suprise me was the best ride I had on the ride since it opened. 8/10

Me and my friend then went and rode Top Thrill Dragster. It ran well all day fine. About an hour or less down time which I could tell. I rode in the back. Different ride than the front. Didn't matter where I sat I still Love this ride. I got to hand it out to the crew, clapping hands when trains going out, and I also liked it when the "control guy" in the booth was saying right before the train leave DETROIT and then everyone in the station would the respond with BASKETBALL. To bad the lost :-( 10/10

The park wasn't crowded at all today. Seems like everyone was sporting a Detroit Pistons jersey today. Didn't see one Spurs jersey. Didn't ride magnum, they wanted to go, was headed to Wicked Twister for a final ride for the day, but was down due to mechanical reasons. Was a maintence guy on ladder in the launch, Not sure if it reopened or not. Was one of my better visits.

Friday, June 24, 2005 9:45 AM
We went on the 23rd with my brother and his family---it was a great day to be in the park! Moderate to low crowds, and excellent weather: sunny, but not too hot. We had a great time.

First, the not so good: the Corkscrew dispatch times are really poor. Some of this is due to the new go/no-go belts, but the crew is also a bit relaxed checking restraints---they don't have that sense of urgency that most CP crews have. I'm hoping that will pick up, but at present the third train is really just for show. It isn't helping capacity at all. Our wait for Corkscrew was longer than Magnum during the mid-afternoon. To quote Kevin Meany: "That's not right!" We rode in the back, and it seems quite a bit smoother than I'm used to---not sure why.

Midway market's quality has continued to go downhill. It featured fatty, overcooked roast beef and pasta that's been under the warming lights waaaayyyyy too long. On the bright side, they had a mixed-fruit pie that was darn good, and the salad bar was pretty fresh. Only about half-full at 5:15, so that was nice, but even with the Joe Cool discount, it's not clear to me that this place is still a good value.

The good: operator speiling is back, and the loose articles policy has been relaxed. The latter doesn't seem to noticeably slow Magnum dispatches, despite the fact that those trains are not as easy as some to navigate. And to be fair to the corkscrew crew, this may be part of the problem there. I suspect that the operator speils are only until the park records a new one that includes "we are not responsible for items left on the platform", but in the meantime the Magnum station is alive and kicking again.

The Twistin' to the 60's show was much better than I expected--I never caught it last year, and should have. There is a thin thread of a story tying the thing together, adding a bit of comedy. It is a definite improvement on the normal "20 songs and 10 constume changes in 30 mintues" theme park show that live-E tends to favor.

It wasn't a big coaster day---three of the kids were well under 48", so we parent swapped a few things, but mostly stuck with kid-friendly activities. But, it was another prefectly fun day.

*** Edited 6/24/2005 1:46:14 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

Friday, June 24, 2005 10:36 AM
Great Trip Report, I'm going to the point this July for the first time ever. I am so excited I can't wait!!!! Does CP let you ride with glasses? I hope so cause I can't see without them...
Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.
Friday, June 24, 2005 10:39 AM
Kick The Sky's avatar Wear a strap and they will let you ride anything in the park with glasses.

Certain victory.

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:32 AM
It has to be "tight-fitting"; if you don't have an adequate one, you can get one there for $1. I used to wear glasses all the time, no problems. I've recently switched to contacts (which have made amusement parks much more pleasant) but still prefer to have sunglasses for MF and TTD, to divert some of the wind.
Friday, June 24, 2005 11:43 AM
good Trip Report, im hoping for similar crowds 2 weeks from the 23rd, when Im going to be there. July 6th and 7th.
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Friday, June 24, 2005 11:50 AM
CPLady's avatar Brian, that mixed fruit pie at Midway Market is my absolute favorite.

I'm sorry to hear the quality of food is going down there. I was pretty pleased with it on our last trip (Memorial Day). The fried chicken was excellent and the pasta was just put out when we got there, but that was around 1:30 pm.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:23 PM
Yea I wear glasses, I wore a athletic strap and they didn't say anything to me. They checked and let me go by.
Friday, June 24, 2005 12:53 PM
rollergator's avatar LOL, it would be nice if CP's glasses policies trickled down to all of the CF parks (like Knotts)... ;)

I loved the SWING-y MaXair, and was very pleased....a great addition to the Po!nt.

Only thing I'd like them to change about Maggie (other than keeping the trims on LOW and fixing the trains, LOL)....keep the station filled with 1-2 trains full of peeps so it doesn't become a madhouse in the station...;)

Saturday, June 25, 2005 3:09 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I have contacts and HAVE to wear sunglasses on rides like Dragster, MF, etc. to offset the winds (even at nightime).

I have always used one of the "loose" straps and have never had a problem until Ka. They would not let me wear my shades even with the loose strap.

Actually, come to think of it I could not wear my shades on Xcel either (with the strap). I guess I will have to buy a tighter, geek strap now. ;-)

I have never ate at the Midway Market. Usually it's Macaroni's, Coasters, or Hot Potato. :-P


*** Edited 6/25/2005 7:14:03 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Saturday, June 25, 2005 3:17 PM
I finally made it back to Famous Dave's (back on 6/17--we were celbrating the last day of school for DD6.) That was Good Eats. The ribs were very good, and the beans were amazing (more ham than beans). They pour a fine margarita, too.

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