Thursday, May 11, 2000 5:47 PM
By the number of trucks and television crews crowding the Millennium Force midway, you'd think that someone was hiding a little Cuban boy there!
Like everything else Cedar Point does, this was a world-class event, with media from all over the place. I did interviews with a crew from Kentucky or Virginia or something like that, as well as a national live drop with the Fox News Channel (the reporter was a bigger dork than us and said the ride was "smoother than Jack Daniels"). What an incredible range of media at this thing.
Before I transitioned to an "Internet professional," I was a TV guy, and loved all the toys out there. Temporary TV facilities were cool, as Classic Video out of Cleveland had two full Avid suites as well as the ever-cool Panasonic laptop-style DVCPRO editors. I was surprised at how many of the non-Cleveland affiliates were using digital formats, mostly DVCPRO. They also had three satellite feeds booked all day, using platforms with low cameras next to the bunny hop to place the first hill in the background. It looked fabulous just before the sunrise, when they were tag-teaming different morning shows from across the country.
The food was outstanding. Breakfast was served in the Midway Market, and we're talking full-blown buffet. Good stuff! Scrambeled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, French toast, fruit, juice... it made a 6am arrival a lot easier to deal with.
Lunch was served in Coasters, where the usual food was available. The pricing was suspiciously off the menu. They rounded the afternoon out with wagons for drinks, water and sandwiches on the midway. Lots of free food. Free is good.
Now the ride... I didn't hit it as hard as I would have liked to, because I was busy eating free food, chatting it up with the marketing folks and the official site folks, the guy from Classic Video, etc.
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The anti-rollback disengagement has been the real problem so far, and it makes a nasty noise when it drags. I saw them messing with these strange little tires several times since last weekend. When sitting in 5-1, I noticed a pair just under the back of car 4 in contact with the lift sled track. That's when it became obvious that the wheels generate some kind of electro-magnetic field or something that retracts the roll-backs under that car when they roll on the edges of the sled track. There were several spare wheels of these kind under the storage track.
That's a long-winded story, but thanks for reading it!
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Thursday, May 11, 2000 8:06 PM
Great report. Did the park substain any damage from those powerful storms we had last night?? I hope nothing happens tomorrow, it's supposed to get real nasty again Friday night.
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