Thursday, September 14, 2000 8:06 PM
I'll admit that I'm a critic of Cedar Point's Millennium Mania from an operational standpoint, because frankly I don't see how they're making any money. The reverse of this is that it's a dream come true for enthusiasts willing to drop $19. It's kind of like paid ERT.
Steph and I hooked up with Brandon and Pete (Guide to The Point personalities) and later ran in to last year's GTTP season pass contest winner. Even with the boat show happening in the marina, the attendance wasn't that big of a deal, and according to a ride op I know it was the busiest day yet. No matter, we arrived at 6:30 p.m. and walked on Raptor. After a stop at Coasters for grub, we had a two-train wait for Millennium Force. Then a walk on to a Power Tower Turbo Drop, a walk-on to Magnum, a series of three three-train waits for the force, a lonely ride on Mantis, and finally four more laps on Raptor without getting off. Steph and I split at 9:45 p.m.
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Raptor. Wow, I forgot how crazy night rides can be. I know the ride like the back of my head, but it never ceases to disorient me at night. I decided it has something to do with the architectural lighting and the shadows cast on the train; They don't match the movement of the train. As I mentioned, we got four laps seated, and that was a refreshing change of pace from the park's normal no-reride policy. With the full moon reflecting off of the lake, the view climbing the lift was breathtaking. You couldn't even hear the normally loud anti-rollbacks because you were that wrapped up in the moment. Once again Cedar Point shows off one of its greatest assets: location.
Millennium Force. After the riding blitz of media day and Discovery Channel shoots, I was away from The Force for a long time. Everything people have been saying about the ride is true. The new wheels shave several seconds off of the ride time for an insanely fast ride. Since we could pick seats and the trains were warm, I could finall 昀椀渀搀 琀栀愀琀 洀愀最椀挀 愀椀爀琀椀洀攀 猀瀀漀琀⸀ 吀栀攀 瘀攀爀搀椀挀琀 椀猀 琀栀椀猀㨀 夀漀甀✀氀氀 最攀琀 愀椀爀 愀渀礀眀栀攀爀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 琀爀愀椀渀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀琀 最漀攀猀 昀爀漀洀 昀氀漀愀琀攀爀 愀椀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 戀愀挀欀 琀漀 漀甀琀爀椀最栀琀 攀樀攀挀琀漀爀 愀椀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀⸀ 䤀✀洀 渀漀琀 欀椀搀搀椀渀最⸀⸀⸀ 椀琀 眀愀猀 氀椀欀攀 匀甀瀀攀爀洀愀渀 愀琀 匀䘀䐀䰀⸀ 匀椀洀瀀氀礀 愀眀攀猀漀洀攀Ⰰ 昀漀爀挀攀昀甀氀氀 愀椀爀 眀椀琀栀 昀氀漀愀琀愀最攀 搀漀眀渀 琀栀攀 戀愀挀欀 猀椀搀攀 漀昀 攀愀挀栀 栀椀氀氀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀伀渀 愀渀 漀瀀攀爀愀琀椀漀渀愀氀 渀漀琀攀Ⰰ 䤀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 琀栀攀 愀渀琀椀ⴀ爀漀氀氀戀愀挀欀 眀栀攀攀氀猀 漀渀 琀栀攀 氀愀猀琀 挀愀爀 漀昀 琀栀攀 礀攀氀氀漀眀 琀爀愀椀渀⸀ 䠀愀瘀攀 琀栀漀猀攀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 戀攀攀渀 琀栀攀爀攀㼀 䤀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 琀栀愀琀 瀀攀爀栀愀瀀猀 琀栀攀 愀渀琀椀ⴀ爀漀氀氀戀愀挀欀猀 眀攀爀攀 漀渀氀礀 昀漀甀渀搀 漀渀 挀愀爀 昀漀甀爀⸀ 䴀愀欀攀猀 猀攀渀猀攀Ⰰ 䤀 最甀攀猀猀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䤀 渀攀瘀攀爀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 琀栀攀洀 戀攀昀漀爀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䤀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀 琀愀氀欀 愀戀漀甀琀 琀栀攀 氀椀最栀琀椀渀最 愀猀 眀攀氀氀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 昀愀椀爀氀礀 戀爀椀最栀琀 氀椀最栀琀猀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 琀甀渀渀攀氀 琀栀愀琀 琀爀椀挀欀 礀漀甀爀 攀礀攀猀 椀渀 琀漀 琀栀椀渀欀椀渀最 琀栀攀 椀猀氀愀渀搀 椀猀 搀愀爀欀攀爀 琀栀愀渀 椀琀 椀猀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 眀攀爀攀 渀漀 氀椀最栀琀猀 漀渀 琀栀攀 椀猀氀愀渀搀⸀ 䄀氀猀漀Ⰰ 昀漀爀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 洀漀洀攀渀琀 漀昀 稀攀渀Ⰰ 挀氀椀洀戀椀渀最 琀栀攀 氀椀昀琀 䤀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 琀眀漀 氀漀渀最 氀椀渀攀猀 漀昀 氀椀最栀琀 爀攀昀氀攀挀琀椀渀最 漀昀昀 漀昀 琀栀攀 搀攀渀猀攀 愀椀爀 瀀漀椀渀琀椀渀最 琀漀 琀栀攀 猀欀礀⸀ 吀栀愀琀✀猀 琀眀漀 猀瀀攀挀椀愀氀 洀漀洀攀渀琀猀⸀ 吀栀爀攀攀 椀昀 礀漀甀 挀漀甀渀琀 琀栀攀 最漀爀最攀漀甀猀 猀甀渀猀攀琀 愀猀 猀攀攀渀 攀愀爀氀椀攀爀 琀栀愀琀 渀椀最栀琀 昀爀漀洀 ㌀ 昀攀攀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀倀漀眀攀爀 吀漀眀攀爀⸀ 䤀 甀猀甀愀氀氀礀 搀漀渀✀琀 最攀琀 漀渀 琀栀攀 吀甀爀戀漀 䐀爀漀瀀猀 洀甀挀栀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀猀 愀爀攀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 猀漀 洀甀挀栀 氀漀渀最攀爀⸀ 一漀 眀愀椀琀椀渀最 琀栀椀猀 琀椀洀攀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 最愀瘀攀 椀琀 愀 猀栀漀琀⸀ 䜀攀攀稀攀Ⰰ 䤀 昀漀爀最漀琀 栀漀眀 氀漀渀最 琀栀攀礀 栀漀氀搀 礀漀甀 甀瀀 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 匀椀渀挀攀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 昀愀挀椀渀最 琀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 搀爀漀瀀Ⰰ 䤀 栀愀搀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 琀椀洀攀 琀漀 氀漀漀欀 愀琀 愀氀氀 漀昀 琀栀攀 挀愀琀眀愀氀欀猀 愀渀搀 氀椀最栀琀椀渀最 椀渀 琀栀攀 挀爀漀眀渀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 栀愀搀 渀攀瘀攀爀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 戀攀昀漀爀攀⸀ 䜀爀攀愀琀 昀甀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䴀愀最渀甀洀⸀ 䤀✀洀 渀漀 爀椀搀攀 洀攀挀栀愀渀椀挀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 昀漀氀氀漀眀椀渀最 栀甀渀搀爀攀搀猀 漀昀 氀愀瀀猀 漀渀 䴀愀最渀甀洀Ⰰ 䤀 琀栀椀渀欀 䤀✀洀 焀甀愀氀椀昀椀攀搀 攀渀漀甀最栀 琀漀 欀渀漀眀 眀栀愀琀✀猀 渀漀琀 渀漀爀洀愀氀⸀ 吀栀攀 戀愀搀 愀砀攀氀 瀀爀漀戀氀攀洀 椀猀 猀琀椀氀氀 琀栀攀爀攀Ⰰ 琀栀漀甀最栀 䤀✀洀 琀漀氀搀 椀琀✀猀 氀椀洀椀琀攀搀 琀漀 漀渀氀礀 愀 昀攀眀 挀愀爀猀 渀漀眀⸀ 䰀甀挀欀礀 洀攀Ⰰ 椀琀 眀愀猀 挀愀爀 昀椀瘀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 戀氀甀攀 琀爀愀椀渀Ⰰ 攀砀愀挀琀氀礀 眀栀攀爀攀 䤀 眀愀猀 猀椀琀琀椀渀最⸀ 䤀 欀渀攀眀 琀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀 愀 瀀爀漀戀氀攀洀 愀猀 猀漀漀渀 愀猀 眀攀 猀琀愀爀琀攀搀 琀漀 爀漀氀氀Ⰰ 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀 挀愀爀 戀攀最愀渀 猀栀椀昀琀椀渀最 戀愀挀欀 愀渀搀 昀漀爀琀栀 椀洀洀攀搀椀愀琀攀氀礀⸀ 䤀琀 洀愀搀攀 昀漀爀 愀 瘀攀爀礀 爀漀甀最栀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䠀攀氀氀漀㼀 䴀愀椀渀琀攀渀愀渀挀攀㼀 夀漀甀 爀攀愀氀椀稀攀 礀漀甀✀爀攀 氀攀琀琀椀渀最 琀栀攀 渀甀洀戀攀爀 漀渀攀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 眀漀爀氀搀 ⠀戀礀 猀漀洀攀 愀挀挀漀甀渀琀猀Ⰰ 愀渀礀眀愀礀⤀ 最漀 琀漀 栀攀氀氀㼀 圀栀攀渀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 漀瀀猀 愀渀搀 最甀攀猀琀猀 愀爀攀 挀漀洀瀀氀愀椀渀椀渀最Ⰰ perhaps you need to get your sorry butts off of that union break and go do your job!
Mantis. You haven't lived until you've been on this ride in the front seat on an otherwise empty train. That brake on the drop does wonders for providing extended float time through that vertical loop. Very very cool sensation! Other than that, it's a fun ride, but not one I go out of my way to spend a lot of time on.
Overall the park was very clean, the ride ops enjoying the extra hours, and Halloweekends are about to launch in full force. Fall is one of my favorite times at the park, and as I said it's all about the location. I'm looking forward to my stay in Breakers on closing weekend in one of the screened-in balcony suites.
This event is a good deal, but I must wonder what the crowd theshold is before you don't feel you're getting your money's worth. I had a good time, and it was a nice way to let loose mid-week.
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Friday, September 15, 2000 4:54 AM
Glad you had a good time. Sucks, I didnt make it this year. As far as the Magnum, I hope they get this thing fixed. I remember riding it in June and the Magnum was horrible I wouldnt even rank it in the Top 20. But, then, I went in July and it was awesome like I remembered it before. So, maybe they are changing them every so often...I dont know, they just need to get it rectified!!!
Friday, September 15, 2000 2:31 PM
Is that possible at Cedar Point? A two train wait for millenium force? Did you have a VIP pass or Something? Hope this is not a stupid question but, I thought late august was not crowded when I was waiting 2 hours for millenium force! How long really were the wait times?
Friday, September 15, 2000 8:41 PM
NoRulz2k: Understand that the reason the park is normally closed is that there's no one to visit the park in the first place. That's why I figured the event would tank... people are in school, work, whatever. Sure enough, attendance was extremely light.
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