I dont know if they would start this early in the season. But if they did then good, it will most likely be a coaster. I will be going there alot this year. Ill keep you up to date and i plan on going on one of the very last days the park is open, the reason is mainly to get a look at the soak city parking lot (if thats where they put the track for new additions?)
The first of the Millennium Force track was spotted in the Boneyard which used to be visible from the Mean Streak Lift Hill. The Boneyard has since been moved to the MF island. Either way, its impossible to know where they'd put the track if it arrived early. I doubt you'd see anything substantial in the Soak City lot before an announcement or the end if the season.
Jeff said: "The first piece of Millennium Force track arrived in Sandusky in December 1998. This I learned (among other things) from a customs broker."
December 98?!?! Whoa! (1) Where did they keep it for a year, (2) What piece would come so early? (3) They kept it out for a year? Wouldn't have someone noticed? (4) Is this standard Ceadar Point procedure?
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Coaster Bob, just about all of us Cedar Point employees learn about new rides after the public announcement. The only people who know ANYTHING about what might be new are those in Planning & Design. I don't know ANY employees that ever interact with people in that office (it's between the Gemini and MS). Once in a while a supervisor may hear something, and that's where rumors start.
As for me, I think that maybe next year isn't the time for CP to get a new coaster. There are so many new coaster designs (i.e. TA2K and 4D), and once they are tried and true 2003 could be the time to build a bigger and better version.
Like Matt said, the first piece sighted for Millennium Force was located in the former boneyard where lighthouse point now stands. They probably kicked it out from under the trees for all to see ;). ((Saw the Picture on GTTP, not a forum poster back then though :( )
I think it was the transfer track in Early July of 99 sometime.(I am to lazy to dig through the old news at GTTP right now). My guess the Transfer and station tracks would be the first to arive, and could have been sent in 98.
Im sure CP will wow us with something next year. They have had a pattern of incredible rides every other year. Magnum- '89, Mean Streak- '91, Raptor- '94, Mantis- '96, PT- '98, and Millenium Force- '00.
I think 2002 will be a remedy year for CP. They'll do a ton to the park to fix some bad reputations.
I hate bad rumors, so I am not outlandish, and every thing I say can be backed up with logic.
1) CCI wooden coaster. Ghostrider, Shivering Timbers. Need I say more? CP will get a wooden coaster unless management is more incompetant than my six year old sister at the newspaper crossword. If not next year, then in '03. They have every aspect of the coaster world covered except for a modern (late 90's) wooden coaster, and they have to alleviate this problem soon.
2) B&M Flying coaster. Why? They seem to always be second on coasters with new technology. Raptor was essentially the second generation inverted coaster (after Batman and Top Gun, both short) and Mantis, which was the second generation stand up coaster (with Iron Wolf/Vortex preceeding it). Alton Towers is getting a B&M flier this year, and if it's a success, I have no doubt that CP, which their ties to B&M, will follow suit.
3) Perilous Plunge. CP's water rides are small and outdated. I saw some cranes and land work going on behind Snake River Falls last summer. It really intrigued me, and I think that CP, again, tied to Intamin, will follow KBF in getting a huge flume, with the probable removal of SRF.
Of course they probably won't do all three, and two of the three still seems steep, these are, in my mind, 3 of the Po!nt's best options for new thrills in the coming years. A lot of people would say they'd get a Hypersonic XLC clone. They probably will, but I don't think it'll be really, really soon. They'll probably wait until an off-year to add one of those.
By the way, I was the first to say that SFGAm was getting two shuttles (an S:UE clone and an Invertigo) for this year. Essentially, that's what happened (I know... SUPER Invertigo.)
Water rides outdated? Snake River Falls isn't exactly a small ride. How many flumes are taller? Not only that, but this is Ohio, not SoCal. SRF only gets about three months of serious ridership anyway.
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I was looking at Snake River Falls when I was there for the first time a couple weeks ago and was thinking to myself (who rides such things:)) "that thing looks bad, I'm glad I don't have to ride it today!" Had it been a hot day, I'm sure I would've riden, but it looks FAR from outdated. If I heard any talk about rides going anywhere, it was rides going a little farther up north, you know? I hate rumors, wouldn't it be nice if opening day was like Christmas (for those of us who had Santa for a while) and you got to show up at the parks you love and be suprised, but since they're so seductive, and I want to know, too, blasted rumors................
Ok, wait a minute...Let me get my bearings straight. I'm going on Monday (Memorial Day: ancient ritual). The Boneyard was moved to the Island and Lighthouse Point exists on the other side of the Mean Streak...Is this correct?
Since I love these threads, too...Where did the "Boardwalk" idea go? Has anyone heard of that lately? Secondly, a CCI or GCI woodie will hopefully solve the "Woodie" problem, where do you think it will be located? On the beach? One more wish: I have ridden on 3 Wild Mouses. They are incredible little rides. I am hoping they could add one to the mix. Reasons: Probably less than $3 million to build. NO space required. Adds to the variety of RC's in the park. And finally...the GP thing...Builds the coaster count to compete with SFMM (along with the woodie of course). If anyone has ridden a Wild Mouse, I'm sure you'd agree.
Of course, I'm probably wwwaaayyyy off here, but I feel that this is what is needed, but hey, MF blew us away didn't it? Looking forward to being surprised again in 2002.