Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
My dad and I decided to make a go at Opening Day at Cedar Point, and this deserves to be categorized into 3 categries, titled The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Anything that I feel doesn't fit into those will be in the first section.
Arrived at the park a little after 10 and headed toward the Soak City area. The attendant gave us a pretty cool parking pass which was specifically for Soak City and The Resorts. Went right into the park and pretty much walked on Magnum.
There were a lot more positives than negatives (although there were quite a few of those as well) and the trip balanced out nicely. First thing that went well was the weather, had 60-80% chance of rain, but the fog kept the rain at bay for the most part until we rode Maverick,. Also Millenniuum Force was down while we were in line but we got a nice ride on it. Met some girls from Chicago who it was their first time and they weren't going to go on, but they psyched themselves out and ended up riding, the one who was most scared got off and was like "That's the BEST roller coaster ever!"
TTD was down most of the day because the fog prevented the top from being seen, but my dad and I got in line about 9:00pm, saw a rollback, but got to ride. Windseeker of course was not up and running, saw work on it though. MaXair was down, looked like some kind of electrical issue, Ocean Motion was still having work done but I so like the new location.
Pink's had the Grand Opening Ceremony at 12:00pm, but didn't open until 1pm to the general public. They had no signs or anything saying it was only V.I.P.s until 1pm. They lost a LOT of business, because a lot of people were expecting to go in after the V.I.P.s and eat. Most went to Midway Market, which still have one of the best deals in the park.
Magnum 10 minute wait back
Maggie was running like a champ, even though they had the trims on. The fog helped moisturize the track and have it running fast.
although we had to wait pretty much all night because it was down, this ride was worth the wait. The fog made everything run better.
While were waiting the 1hour wait the coaster went down because they are transferring trains off due to the rain. Which lasted like 10 minutes.
Ended up seeing an old friend of mine while waiting in line, got the front car second seat. Had a good time, but it felt like the train would fly off the track.
Was down because they were greasing up the wheels. Dad and I went on the train with the freshly greased wheels, and that was the smoothest I've ever felt that coaster run.
Raptor 1/2 hour front seat wait
Went on with a kid who it was his first time (a lot of 1st timers there) but he didn't seem to enjoy it. Raptor was flying and even with the trims hit some nice G'spots. Kind of crazy but even the brakes weren't rough.
Cedar Creek Mine Ride
Yes dad and I rode on this, and it was a 'tight' squeeze, more than uncomfortable. Still it was running pretty well.
Pretty much a walk on, went forward first side. Lots of newbies to this, and it was going really fast.
They had a few apart, and saw the HONDA?! lawn mower engines used to power the cars. had a few issues with them breaking too.
Shoot The Rapids
I was crazy enough to go on, and I paid for it. Walked off pretty much soaking wet. But it was awesome, the ONLY intamin that didn't have issues going down yesterday....hahaha
Anything else I'll post later, but this is all I have for now. It was one of the most relaxing trips I've been on and the weather was JUST RIGHT.
Great TR, although I was really looking forward to it being organized The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. That sounds like a really cool way to do a TR, and I just might take that idea for my next TR, whenever that may be.
There is another thing that you said in there that I really want to ask about, but I don't know how old you are, so I better not. lol I quoted it, looked at it, shook my head and deleted it. I'm sure everyone else caught it too. It makes me giggle like a 12-year-old watching South Park.
You must really like to re-ride Raptor.
^^ Hahaha nice!
Dragster was down for the entire morning because it was still being certified by the state and then it went down for mechanical after that. I ended up waiting 7 hours for it (call me crazy, I know) and got the first train of the season and not being able to see the tower because of the fog was an awesome ride. maXair looks to be down for a while since the motor looked to be gone.
I rode Shoot the Rapids yesterday too, and it seemed to be running faster and the boats were either new or redesigned since all the rows were open. The front of the boat seemed to be smaller and a shield thing was added.
[url][url]@Lost, I'm 23 but it was probably good you didn't post since there's youngins on this site..lol
@point, I hadn't noticed a change to STR since I had only been on it once before.
and @mfivsdarienlake, that is ugly! I saw maintenance guys out pretty much all day greasing up the wheels on the coasters, so that could possibly explain why raptor was running so well, and what the nasty liquid was.
That's okay. Ohiostater said it for me, and in a much sneakier way than I could have. lol
Raptor was one of my favorite B&M's for a while, until it started getting rougher and rougher, then I stopped riding until someone begged me too, but it's the nicest I've seen the coaster run in my experience.
Also to note: Looked like Mean Streak finally got some re-tracking done, but it closed down before I had a chance to ride so can't tell if it made a difference or not.
Okay, I just have to ask... On a roller coaster, what is a G spot and how did Raptor hit it.
There. I feel better now. lol
If it's nasty, I don't really want to know. If it's innocent, I really want to know.
Funny things are not so funny when they have to be explained.
Mean Streak is smooth enough to be ride-able now, but it still suffers from being the same boring Mean Streak.
Blue Streak's trains got a major refurbish. I actually asked if they were new, because they look brand new. The ride was running better than ever with awesome air, insane speed through the turnaround, and smooth!
Blue Streak appears to have a new train. Pretty much everything except the foot wells looked sparkling and smooth yesterday, not just cleaned and repainted. All the lapbars were the newer style we saw on some of the seats last year, and all the headrests appeared to be un-chewed. :)
Last edited by birdhombre, Monday, May 16, 2011 9:30 AM
It seemed to me the turnaround was much gentler than before. I have fallen in love with the Magic Seat (middle of the last car) over the past few years, but still always brace my arm to protect my side on that turnaround; but yesterday I didn't have to.
Ohiostater said it for me, and in a much sneakier way than I could have
Apparently I was too sneaky. It appears to have flown over the head a bit.
Roller coaster g-spot= gravity or gravitational spot...basically air time spots on the coasters
Thanks. I never heard that term used in reference to coasters before. Maybe we should all start using it?
Well, it certainly complements 'woodie'...
Blue Streak appears to have a new train. Pretty much everything except the foot wells looked sparkling and smooth yesterday, not just cleaned and repainted.
I thought they were new too at first, but they were refurbished at PTC according to the ride's TL. Apparently refurbished in this case means they replaced just about everything. I did notice some signs of wear when sitting in the front seat, such as a couple of bolt holes through the body that had been relocated and painted over.
The turnaround is pretty incredible now. The first time I rode we hit it with so much speed I actually yelled out "holy crap!" Blue Streak definitely moves up a few spots in the ranking in my opinion.
I went yesterday and would say the trains appearance on blue streak looked very nice. They did do alot of work on them. I did notice that my lapbar was not a newer one, but it rides well.
Mean Streak was also a noticeable improvement. Like mentioned above though it does little to change the lackluster ride that it gives.
My gripes yesterday were more to do with people staffing rides and the food service.
Maverick's crew was a major letdown for the day. I know most people would say they do a great job and i would be in that group most days but not yesterday. They opened with all the trains on the track and then just decided because it was misting and rain has been in the forecast for the last week now, that they would take two trains off while we were in line. All the other coasters that ran were running at less than full capacity as a train or two were off the track, besides blue streak. Which makes me wonder why they would just not open with the four they decided to run?
Food service- I am not one to get upset, but it was as if they didnt even train employees on what they were selling. I asked for cheese on a stick basket. The guy that was waiting on me had no idea and two others didnt know what it consisted of, but they advertised it on their board. I walked away less than happy. The dragons inn actually had quick and reliable service which made up for it though.
All in all the park seems very open not in the sense that the park is operating, but windseeker's area gives you a better view of the lake as well as the area where ocean motion is now. Both look awesome, but it seems a bit odd. Reminds me of the 06 season without white water landing and the whole ride area of what is now maverick.
I know its the first week and the weather was less than great, but all in all in a few areas they need to get up to snuff over the season.
I did however enjoy the insane ride on millennium force in a downpour, it stung like hell, but man that was a memorable ride that i havent even come close to in about ten years.
Would have been rad to ride TTD in that fog. Also love how quiet it is with the sound effects off.
Yeah I rode Millennium in a downpour before and it was insane. By the time I rode Dragster the fog had lifted, but riding everything else made up for it.
Maverick's crew was a major letdown for the day. I know most people would say they do a great job and i would be in that group most days but not yesterday. They opened with all the trains on the track and then just decided because it was misting and rain has been in the forecast for the last week now, that they would take two trains off while we were in line.
That's not a call made by the crew, but yah, I was also in line at that time and it was kind of annoying.
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