Dragster thrills guests over holiday weekend

Posted Monday, July 7, 2003 5:12 AM | Contributed by Gemini

Top Thrill Dragster reopened the evening of July 4 and remained opened through the holiday weekend. The ride had been out of operation for much of June.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:23 AM
I happened to be there on Saturday and Sunday for my first time this year that it was open. I got 3 rides on it in the front row, and it is truly undescribable. The breakdowns weren't too bad except for the one on Sunday. I waited in the station, 3 trains away, for 7 1/2 hours. But the ride was totally worth it. I'm praying that it starts running a lot more consistently soon.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:33 AM
I swear. Some of you people are troopers.
7.5 hour wait is just plain sick. I suspect its going to stay this way especially in July and August if breakdowns continue on it.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:35 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Glad the park got it up and running, but a 7.5 hour wait to ride *after* you've already ridden? You could have probably ridden any of the other coasters 7-10 times over! Still, it's your time and I'm glad you felt it was worth it.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:44 AM
SEVEN and a HALF HOURS? I don't think I'd wait that long for any ride. The only way I'd wait that long is if I were provided admission free of charge as well as free refreshments and unlimited bathroom breaks.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 8:13 AM
Wait - I thought TTD was supposed to be down for the rest of the season. Now I'm depressed.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 8:24 AM
I was there Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, we saw it test and jumped on the line on the midway. We started at about the second corkscrew of Corkscrew. Once they opened the queue, we waited about 20 minutes to get in the station. However, this is where i became greedy. Instead of just getting on the ride, i went for the front row, which was extremely long. Approximately 10 trains before we were to go, it broke down for hours. If i went for any other row, would have been on it. So after waiting 3 hours, threw in the towel and would try again later on. We watched them test after we left, and figured out it would have taken at least another 2 to 3 hours for us to ride. So in the meantime we got in 2 rides on MF, 2 rides on Gemini, Mantis, Iron Dragon, basically everything else.

Got back in line at 10:05pm. The sign said it was a 2 hour wait. We were on the ride in 1 hour. Thats right, only 1 hour. And it was well worth all the waiting I had done for it, even though i did not get my front row ride.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 8:46 AM
TTDAdrenaline's avatar I was there Sunday and the park was pretty much dead, we got two front seat rides never waiting more than two hours. And Sunday was a SCHEDULED midday maintience that ended on time at Six but broke soon after for a short time. That was five weeks too long without Dragster, glad to have it back
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Monday, July 7, 2003 11:02 AM
7 -1/2 hours! Wow! I was there on Friday the 4th, joined the line at about 11 a.m. after a couple rides on MF and Power Tower, watched it test for 2-3 hours, then the rain came. After the rain storm, it started testing at around 4:30. This time, the water dummies were off the trains and I felt as if the ride just might be up and running. After all why would they take the water dummies off unless they were planning on putting passengers on.

I kept telling many of those who were waiting near where i was, not to get there hopes up, since there still was no word one way or the other from GR. Many of those in line were just regular gp but I did manage to have a good time and a few good conversations with them and with some enthusiasts.

Then the announcement that I had been waiting for. "Please secure all backpacks, waterbottles and large items as they will not be allowed in the waiting area" Once I heard this and noticed an increase in security guards and "line-ops"I knew it was going to open.

Once we got to the station, the excitement level of the crowd was un-believable. The cheering, clapping, and "go! go! go!"chants by "everyone" was incredible. In all my trips to the point this year (from Chicago) this was by far the most animated I had ever seen the crowd including opening day! I was on approx. the 20th train once it started. I was in the front car, front row ridding with three "virgins" and their anticipation and excitement level made me feel as if I were ridding it for the first time as well.. I kept thinking to myself,"Every wait in line for every rollercoaster should be just like this!"

By the time we got off the ride and purchased our photos, the line was well past the 2 corkscrews over the midway. We departed company with those I ride with and I headed back through the exit for my second ride thanks to my exit pass from CoasterMania and rode again

Thank-you Cedar Point for all your hard work and for putting up with all the hundreds of thousands of complaints I'm sure you have had to deal with!!!

Get to the point and ride!!!

ForeverCoastinMike

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Monday, July 7, 2003 11:56 AM
Looking forward, does anyone know if TTD will be open for Joe Cool/resort guests during early entry? We're staying at Breakers in August and I've got my fingers crossed that we'll avoid the loooooong lines during the day by running over first thing every AM.
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Monday, July 7, 2003 2:09 PM
john peck's avatar Well, thank goodness for this weekend, I finally got to ride the darn thing! I waited under an hour, but I got in line for it at 9:45am.
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Monday, July 7, 2003 4:20 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar How big is the diff. between front and middle/back on TTD? I'm planning on going and will probably only have a half day at the park (and I still need credits on WT, Wildcat, Jr. Gemini, and Woodstock).

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Monday, July 7, 2003 5:06 PM
We made the trip there this past Sunday (7/6/03), after a record drive time of 2 hours 15 minutes from Pontiac, MI. We got to the Magnum gates at 8:55, as the National Anthem was being played. We weren't expecting TTD to be open, but as we passed by on the way to MF, we overheard a security guard say something about opening in 25 minutes. I asked, and he said it was going to open at 9:30 for ERT, so we jumped in line. 45 minutes later we were launched up the hat.

I have to admit they have done something better to the ride. We loaded into the 1st train in the station, and were only in the hotspot for about 5 seconds before the slight rollback before launch.

Congrats to CP's crews in every department for busting their butts to get this ride up and running.
*** This post was edited by Gruelurks 7/8/2003 1:36:08 PM ***

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Monday, July 7, 2003 5:48 PM
Andy, the back is great but the front is unbelievable. The forces on your face are just incredible and the visuals are simply amazing. If at all possible go for the front, if you don't have time hit the back. It's all incredible.

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Monday, July 7, 2003 6:13 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar I've seen those pictures of the wind blown faces. ;)

How bad are lines for front?

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Monday, July 7, 2003 7:28 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar Usually about 10-12 more trains worth of wait time. It's not TOO bad, though it does seem to move a bit slowly - I hope you enjoy yourself on TTD, Andy. Most likely, I'll be there riding too. Yesterday, that's all we did was TTD and Red Garter :)

-Josh

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Monday, July 7, 2003 8:14 PM
I waited 2 hours on Sunday, although more than half of that was breakdowns. Waiting 7 1/2 hours is pretty insane, but on a day like sunday, you could've gone on every other ride 3 times in 7 1/2 hours, because there were so few people there. Hopefully they'll have the ride up more the rest of the year, it's incredible.
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Monday, July 7, 2003 9:06 PM
Hey, where's that smartass that insisted that we should all just give up cause it will never open this year? I have a faint memory of his name - i think it had the name of another Ohio park in it. Hmm...

(I don't care if this violates the TOS, that dude was a dilbert.)

~me

PS - 7.5 hours - are you nuts?!?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 12:59 AM
Hmmm.. If the queues have reached 7 1/2 hours on TTD, then what would X's be?!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 2:38 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar X's would probably be about an hour seeing as it's been running fairly consistantly for almost a year now. I don't understand your post.

And I don't think I've ever seen Dilbert used as an insult before, but I like it.

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