The Force is with us again

Posted Monday, September 10, 2001 4:51 AM | Contributed by stockadeboy

Millennium Force reopened Saturday afternoon after the lift cable was replaced following the separation of the lift cable the weekend before.

Read more from The Sandusky Register.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 5:38 AM
Yay! It's up!

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6/11/01: Gemini 100

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Monday, September 10, 2001 5:52 AM
Don't you just love PR-speak?


During routine checks before the park opened last Sunday, maintenance workers discovered a cable had separated and closed the ride at 9:20 a.m.

Makes it sound like they caught the broken wire rope during an examination and they shut the ride down before anything happened when we all know that isn't how it went.

Why not just come out and say, "It broke during a test run." After all, it's pretty well known at this point that the rope broke...well known enough that the Register goes on to say...


The train stopped a week ago while climbing the first hill, stranding 30 employees on a test ride about 275 feet off the ground.

I am a big Cedar Point fan, and I really like Janice, but this kind of spinning just makes them both look bad, in my opinion.....!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 6:11 AM
And of course there was more than just the cable too ;).
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Monday, September 10, 2001 6:50 AM
Sweet magic !!
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Monday, September 10, 2001 7:16 AM
Thats good news, I will be going out to Cedar Point 2nd to the last weekend in October I realy want to get that one last chance to ride Millennium Force.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 7:41 AM
Joe! Shhh!

The failure of the hoisting rope was the proximate cause of the incident that apparently caused additional collateral damage to the equipment. That is to say, had the rope not failed, the other things that got worked on would not have required corrective action. The point is, there WAS a catastrophic failure of the hoisting wire rope, and to nobody's surprise, there were no injuries as a result of that failure.

The important thing, of course, is that the ride is now open. Not only that, but yesterday I got three rides only because I was lazily riding everything in the park; I don't think the line got longer than 30 minutes all day long.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 9:17 AM
I dunno Dave, this is the Register we're talking about. Perhaps they're the ones who aren't getting it right.

You know WEWS in Cleveland said the ride was still closed and the "park engineers" didn't know why. Nice job checking facts there!

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Monday, September 10, 2001 10:19 AM
What other problems were there besides the snapped cable??
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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:33 AM
Mostly just damage done by the flapping rope end and the speeding catchwagon. As I said: colateral damage.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:37 AM
What do you think the chances are that they'll ever let a fraying cable go "just one more weekend?" ;)

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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:09 PM
As a big Star Wars fan, nice title.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:54 PM
So WEWS did a better Job than the Register on this one it looks like. I can see Monty standing next to the dangling snapped cable scratching his head while flipping through the manual wondering what's wrong. :)
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Monday, September 10, 2001 6:43 PM
May the force be with all of us......TK173. :)
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Monday, September 10, 2001 7:13 PM
Speaking of The Force, anyone got a clue how Cedar Point weekend crowds are in September?  I'm supposed to be heading there this weekend, but cancelled when I heard about the Force being down.  Now, we might go since it's back up.  Anyone know anything?
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Monday, September 10, 2001 7:50 PM
My longest Millennium Force wait yesterday was about 30 minutes. But go NOW before the HallowWeekends start...once the halloween stuff starts, the crowds look like July again.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 9:45 PM
Whoopdedoo *twirl of finger*. Notice sarcasm.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 5:28 AM
Yeah, we get it. I deleted your post once because it was outright stupid and pointless, intended to start a flame war. If you don't have anything to actually contribute, do your homework or something.

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