Queue Times at American Parks VS Parks in other countries.

Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:23 PM
LostKause's avatar

I never asked a question in my one post this topic, yet alone a question that required such a long rant about how a line at Cedar Point operates. I kind of have no idea what you are talking about.


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Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:37 PM
Timber-Rider's avatar

Hey Brett. I have been at the park about every day of the week, and there are very few that come to mind with short waits in line. The only one I can think of was probably in 85, during the days of Avalanche Run. Which was the longest line in the park back then at an hour and 45 minutes. On Pride day.

It started pouring rain around 3, and a lot of people left the park. But, the rain only lasted a couple hours, and it was beautiful the rest of the evening. Most lines were around an hour to an hour and half before the rain, then down to around 30 minutes after the rain. But, the park was nowhere near as built up as it is now, and it was still crowded.

The busiest day would have been the M-force 7 hour wait. I think almost every coaster had a wait of over 2 hours that day. Even the Gemini had a full Queue, and Corkscrew had the longest wait I had ever seen on it at 2 hours. Raptor had 2 hour and 45 minute waits most of the day, and didn't go down to 45 until around 9 pm.

I am also the park goer who typically gets there an hour after the park opens, and one of the last out of the gate when they close. So, I am there all day and night, I Think Mean Streak and Raptor was what brought the bigger crowds to Cedar Point. There were also days when lines were so long, I was only able to ride 7 rides total in 10 hours. And, not all of those rides were coasters.

Last edited by Timber-Rider, Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:45 PM

I didn't do it! I swear!!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:39 PM
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saturday september 19. that's what I was refering to lostkause.

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I didn't do it! I swear!!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 4:05 PM
Jeff's avatar

Timber-Rider said:

Hey Brett. I have been at the park about every day of the week, and there are very few that come to mind with short waits in line.

Not surprisingly, you go on the wrong days. How ridiculous is it to quote a wait time in 1990 when they've added nine coasters since then?


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Sunday, January 3, 2016 8:35 PM
LostKause's avatar

I think you mean Saturday, December 19. I did not ask a question. I am familiar with how an attraction line works at an amusement park. I don't understand why you felt the need to tell me that information. I have no idea what you are talking about. You are terrible at having a conversation.

This topic has turned into another, "Let's try and educate Timber-Rider about how the world he lives in actually works." It's exhausting.


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Sunday, January 3, 2016 8:54 PM
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Timber-Rider said:

Mean Streak...1991...3 hours and 45 minutes.

I'm almost inclined to think he made that up, as I can't tell you how long I waited on line at Great America this year -- and I was only there for two hours and rode four rides.

But it's our friend T-R, who torments himself by going to amusement parks, which, by his accounts, bring him little pleasure. I remain befuddled as to why he continues to patronize businesses that go to such lengths to vex him.

...I have been at the park about every day of the week....

But you haven't been at the park every day of the season. If, after 30+ years of visiting the park, you haven't figured out to check the operating schedule and go on days with the shorter operating hours (because of expected smaller crowds), well...

On Pride day.

Well, sure. Who would expect an amusement park to be busy on the day of a broadly advertised event?


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Monday, January 4, 2016 11:30 AM

Timber-Rider said:

Mean Streak...1991...3 hours and 45 minutes. Full queue.

Magnum...1990 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Raptor: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Mantis: 3 hours

Maverick: 2 hours 45 minutes.

M-force: 3 hours.



These wait times are pretty much exactly what I waited for these same rides WHEN THEY WERE NEW and I totally expected to wait that long. Think about it, Magnum was the tallest, fastest in the world when it opened, of course everyone is going to want to ride it which means it's going to have long lines for a couple years. Same with Mean Streak, Raptor, Mantis, MForce, and TTD. Even to this day TTD is one of the tallest in the world. If you are traveling a good distance to ride TTD, are you seriously going to turn around and walk away from it because it has a couple hour line, I don't think so. With break downs, I think we waited close to 4 hours for TTD a month after it opened. We used to always plan our trips accordingly to avoid lines (early spring, CMania, last week of august, first weekend of Halloweekends) but now we don't have that luxury because of other activities. We were there last summer, middle of the week July and the longest line was TTD and MForce at 1.5 hours. Now is 1.5 hours too long? To us, yes, because we have ridden them without a wait and we've been on them hundreds of times, but apparently it wasn't to everyone else in line. We turn away and go find something else to ride or go watch a show or sit by beach and have a drink. Just because we (and I'm referring to enthusiasts or regular park goers) think a line is too long, doesn't mean the general public does.

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Monday, January 4, 2016 5:42 PM

I went to opening day of TTD and the line was 6+ hrs long. I passed. What with long lines and maintenance problems I didn't get my first ride until mid season.
I went to opening day of MF and the line was 3 hrs. I waited. It was worth it.
I went to opening day of MS and the line was 3 hrs., with 1 train. I waited. It was not worth it.
On opening day of Magnum I waited about 20 minutes. It was also freakishly freezing cold, like in the 30's, 40's. After that weekend it warmed up for good and and all bets were off. Loooong lines all summer.
I waited until the first Monday for Raptor and it was walk-on all day. I rode 28 times and was quite ill the next day.

So it all depends, as usual, on the circumstances, which is the case any time of the season, really. I think we're all in agreement that our Timber-Rider either has the worst luck or the best selective memory ever.

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Monday, January 4, 2016 7:10 PM
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I vote for the latter.


Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
--Fran Lebowitz

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Monday, January 4, 2016 7:18 PM

I think it's more likely than not that he's just full of...something.


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