CP Oct. 11 Don't Get To The POiNT

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Sunday, October 12, 2003 5:46 PM
The dragster lines reopened later at night, we camped at the ride around 11:00 PM waiting for it to re-open; we ended up getting off the ride at around 1:45 AM.... the queue line had emptied out while we were waiting outside for them to re-open get the ride going again, only the one section near the station was filled by the time that it did. The line did re-open sometime after midnight; I can't remember the exact time when we "officially" entered the line and they got it back up and working....

It was definitly a crazy day. Took us an hour to get over the causeway, we only got on 4 different rides (sadly my friend had to pay to get in, i have a season pass) -- not only that by my camcorder battery died after 5 minutes, and it was a 4 hour drive home that night from the park... somehow it still managed to be an "OK" day, albeit a nightmare....
*** This post was edited by SFDL_Dude 10/12/2003 9:53:00 PM ***

Sunday, October 12, 2003 6:55 PM
OMG! That picture is actually quite comical. I was at PKI on 10/11 and was wondering if CP would have been better. PKI was packed as well. I had to drive around about 15 minutes before I found a space in a gold pass area.

After seeing that picture, I may want to wait until next year to go to CP again.

Sunday, October 12, 2003 7:07 PM
Zanderdad's avatar I think what really increased the crowd was the nice weather this weekend, and the crapy weather the last few weekends. Everyone said, "hey it's a nice day, let's go to Cedar Point one last time this year." I think everyone was there!!!!


Sunday, October 12, 2003 8:32 PM
Saturday was horrible. I wasn't expecting that kind of turnout. I guess everyone had the same thing in mind that I did.

I did get in the park as soon as it opened. We went straight to Millennium Force, and got a Freeway pass for. We rushed back there, and the best we could get was 7-8 pm ride time. Oh well at least we got it.

Then we went directly to TTD(My first ride,) and got in line. It was only about a 40 minute wait. As soon as we got off the crowds were just horrible. That is my new favorite coaster. I wasn't sure what to think since all the hype it had developed, but I must say it was everything I had read an then some. What a rush! The only thing that I could think of that may come close of the coasters I haven't ridden may be "X," but hey I am not trying to start a debate.

We ended up going back to the hotel, and relaxing in the whirlpool, and then returning for our ride on MF. We went into the Fright Zone, and got stuck in a horrible bottleneck. After that we just called it a day, and went to the hotel.

Today(Sunday) more than made up for yesterday. The longest wait was TTD, and that was only 35 minutes. It rolled back they weren't loading the last car. When it was my turn we literally stopped at the top. If the last car had been loaded we would have rolled back, but I wasn't so lucky. I got to ride everything else with a 15 minute or less wait. Millennium Force was a 20 minute wait. I wished it was that way everytime I visited.

My girlfriend, and I decided that even if we had just been there yesterday it would have been worth the trip to ride TTD, and MF. Sunday was a bonus, and a good one at that.

Sunday, October 12, 2003 8:35 PM
Yikes. That picture scares me. We were pretty slammed at SFA today also, and it didn't help that a cheerleading competition went on in the morning, leaving lots of little girls plus their parents to roam the park, in addition to the GP. It was a beautiful day also.
Did anyone ever bother trying out the seats on the KMG Tango? And if so, were they male?
Sunday, October 12, 2003 9:31 PM
I was on mantis when it went down, and one of the ride ops came up to check on us and I asked him how busy they were and he told me over 50,000. But later that night I heard a employee say that cp broke a record and the count was somewhere around 85,000.
Monday, October 13, 2003 4:07 AM
TheRealCP's avatar Haha - I should look closer at the picture. I'd probably find OldCPer and me in there! :-O Wow, we heard from an employee on Sunday (who works at Coasters) that Saturday's attendance was the highest it had been in 5 yrs and that they'd turned away 2000 cars. WOW.

TheRealCP :)

Monday, October 13, 2003 5:35 AM
Thats crazy but thats how fall days are, they can be really dead or really packed, unlike summer days where there generally predictable as far as crowds go. I try to avoid CP on saturdays, in my life I think I've only been to CP on saturdays about 5 times. I generally try to go during the week. That would have been hell even with my gf's special access handicape pass. I hate crowds and people.

I'm glad we didnt go this weekend, we've only miss CP 3 weeks since late may this year, missed a weekend in august for our Kennywood trip, and the last two weekends. All summer it was CP on fri and CLP on sat.

Monday, October 13, 2003 6:35 AM
Next weekend, it's supposed to be around 55 all weekend. I'm supposed to go, so hopefully this will deter some of the GP. Sheesh, I never hope for it to be overcast, but I'm hoping for it this weekend. *lol*

My plans are definitely going to depend on what happens Saturday. If it's crazy like this, I'll probably stay for Sunday as well, hoping for a better day.

Harry Baer IV

"It's not going to stop 'til you wise up..."

Monday, October 13, 2003 1:44 PM
I seriously think all this talk of 50-80 thousand people is a load of rubbish and think the total was more like 40-45 thousand maximum. If the total really was a high as that, then queues would definatly be much longer than advertised thats for sure, and surely CP must have a capasity cut off limit like what most other parks have and somehow I dought their limit is as high as 80 thousand, Also I know they must have some kind of limit because otherwise it would breach Health and Safety regulations if they continued to pile the people in, as otherwise it could be quite dangerous. Just my thoughts on the matter anyway.

Also just checked the weather for next weekend, they predict slighty cloudy with a high of 52, they are also predicting showers possibly in the evening, hopefully this is a good sign to keep at least a few people away next saturday but obviously we will see. Cant wait for my trip then anyway :)
*** This post was edited by PaulD 10/13/2003 5:45:14 PM ***

Monday, October 13, 2003 8:20 PM
Rubbish eh? :) You would be surprised.

"Sometimes I just kill myself!" - The Joker

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:45 AM
My son and I drove in from NY Friday night. Got to CP just after Noon Saturday, and could tell it was going to be a crowded day.

We rode Raptor, Magnum, Gemini, mostly due to short(er) lines, and finally, Dragster. As great as Millie is, we had ridden two years ago, and opted out of the 3 hour wait. We waited about 3 hours for Dragster; it broke down for a bit during the time we were in line. The first train to go over after it came back up rolled back. The crowd cheered. Then a pause, and finally trains began making it over consistently.

It was dark by the time we boarded our blue train. My son and I both questioned our sanity as we sat waiting for launch. Amber... Amber... Green... Wow!! It happens so fast; I agree with many here who said it's still sinking in after you get off. I could use all the hackneyed phrases to describe it, but I will refrain. Suffice it to say it made the whole trip worthwhile.

Lines were horrible everywhere; food, bathrooms. Still, it was a beautiful day, and we'll be back next year for our yearly October coaster pilgrimage.

-Jeff (long time lurker)

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:35 AM
I can't believe how crowded the park was! I've been going to the Point since I was about 12 years old and I've never seen the place so packed out. Dragster was at 3-4 hours, Magnum's que was filled and flowing out onto the midway. (I haven't seen that since her first year!) Every coaster looked to have full ques and most were overflowing out into the midway.

We finally called it a day at 7 pm and it took over 30 minutes just to get out of the parking lot and over the causeway. All the lot was full and people were parked in the grass. I've never seen row 75 (where the sea gulls usually are) full; but I did today.

If I never see the park that busy again while I'm there I would be a happy camper. We now have a worst day to compare to that I don't think will get beaten.

I do have to say I got a kick out of seeing lines for the men's bathrooms though. I've never seen that ever before at the park.

I would love to see what the actual attendance for the day ended up being.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:45 AM
I dont see How hard it is to beleive the count was that high, when they filled up every parking space availible and were shuttling people in from outside the park. But I heard this all from an employee, I mean what would he know he only works there right?
Tuesday, October 14, 2003 10:49 PM
I spent the day at the park on Sunday. While it wasn't exactly dead, it wasn't that crowded. The line for MF never went over 45 minutes and I only saw 3 rollbacks the entire day.

I think the key in getting a semi-dead or dead Sunday is getting to the park early when the forecase predicts rain. Three Sunday's ago, rain was predicted for the afternoon. The park was virtually empty the entire day. One of my friends and I got a quick front seat ride on Raptor without a wait. Dragster's line never went over 20 minutes when running good.

-Sean (who is going to spending the next two Sunday's in Dragster's line)

Monday, October 20, 2003 4:24 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar WOW! You saw MF rollback? ;-)

I have always preferred Sundays over Saturdays during Halloweekends.


(will be in line for Dragster closing day with the rest of em. :-)

Gimme speed, height, airtime and plenty of LAUNCH!!!


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