TheReal CP's Friday the 13th CP Trip Report

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 7:00 AM
Dragged my very confused self out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning (couldn't remember why I was getting up so early, then when I realized, I thought I was late!), got ready and drove out to CPLady's house for our trip to Cedar Point. Her teenage son was going to be driving his girlfriend... and the two of us... down there for the day. It's funny - I never rode with a 17-year old before to Cedar Point, much less anywhere else. He did a good job; better than I'd have done at his age! In no time, we had ourselves a close spot at CP.

CPLady and I walked around to the marina entrance, so we'd be a little closer (to Millenium Force) when they started letting the "Joe Cool Club" members in. (Her son and girlfriend had to wait since she didn't have a JCC pass.) As the gates opened, we hurried ourselves down to the line at Millenium Force where the other JCC's and resort guests were lining up. We watched several test-trains go by with their water dummies; it was probably a 15-min. wait before we were allowed into the queue. Since it would be my first ride in the back of the train, we decided to sit back there! All I can say is "Whee!" The top of the lift hill had been under a shroud of fog when we'd first arrived, but by the time we rode, it had since burned off. After our ride, they were letting the rest of the guests of the day in, so we went looking for CPLady's son and his girlfriend. Found them in line for Millenium Force, so we waited with them. It was probably another 15-min. or so wait and we rode in the middle.

Then, we were onward to Mantis - it was my first ride of the season on it, plus my first time ever in the front row. It still tends to kill my legs going through the inversions, but it was fun nonetheless. We walked over to Power Tower and waited for the green side next. This time, I counted how many seconds a cab hung up there before being dropped so by the time it was our ride, I was prepared. Well, forget that! I'd lost several pounds since my last time on it (2 weeks ago), so when we were dropped, I screamed anyway. I'd lost enough weight for my silly self to be thrown out of the seat and against the shoulder harnesses. Wow!

While searching for a CoasterBuzzer who's now working at the park - Kara - we rode the Matterhorn, which as it turns out, was where Kara was working. CPLady & I made jokes about how "close" we got together on our trip to CP since the forces were throwing her into me on the ride. lol Rode Corkscrew, then CPLady & I headed off toward Magnum XL 200. (I was thrilled to find out I'd be able to ride Top Thrill Dragster because I could now be strapped into the seat, if the ride were running. Her son and his girlfriend ended up in line behind us after all, but several trains later on the Magnum.

Had lunch on the main midway, then the 4 of us split up for the afternoon. CPLady and I went to see how the line was for Wicked Twister, but as it turns out, I still can't quite comfortably ride that one just yet. The line was long, so CPLady figured she'd wait 'til later. We rode the thrill ride, Chaos instead. That was a hoot - I was laughing uncontrollably, 'til I was crying, once our car started spinning. Saw the high-dive show, then went back toward the main midway.

We took on the Wildcat, which I don't think I've been on in 10 years. lol These two ladies caught us at the exit and asked if it was scary. We said no, but then they told us they were afraid on the Mine Ride. We suggested they give the Wildcat a try anyway. Took the train back to Frontiertown and saw the Rock & Roll revue at the Palace Theater (formerly Lusty Lil's). The show was great!

We waited about a 1/2 hour for Meanstreak. The ride ops were in rare form, calling it the "Top Thrill Meanstreak" and mocking the recorded voice for TTD telling everyone to "sit back, put your hands down and hold on" as we pulled out of the station. Personally, I thought it was a less rough of ride than 2 weeks ago. CPLady explained all the ins&outs of why it doesn't run like it did 10 years ago. Not nearly as fast as it once was, but it was better to me than its been in a long time.

Had a blast on the Cedar Creek Mine Ride; it was the "teeny bopper" train. We were surrounded by kiddos, it seemed. lol But still, we acted screwy on it, and screamed and carried on as though it was a scary coaster. That was fun.

We went to Gemini and rode the blue side, which lost. :(

Woodstock Express came next - was my first time on this ride too (lots of firsts on this trip!). A very cute little kiddie coaster that the big kids are allowed on. :) We also went to Paddlewheel Excursions but the captains seemed to be in a funk; they said their spiel and that was it... So, we moved back along to Corkscrew and rode that again.

CPLady and I crashed at our meeting spot, underneath Corkscrew's loop, to wait for the rest of our party. It turned out they were sitting on the other side of the bushes, after we'd sat and waited a while. lol His girlfriend's stomach was upset, so after a walk up the midway toward Raptor, we decided to just call it a day.

CPLady drove home so the "kids" could relax and rest in the backseat. At her house, she had to prove to me that she could do the Digital Dance Revolution game - her match-up against Jeff from CoasterBuzz at PKI didn't go so well. ;) All in all, a very great wonderful day at CP.

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 1:15 PM
I have to say that the two shows we saw definitely added to the day. By afternoon, the lines were long, and since this was my 5th coaster venture in three weeks, I really didn't mind some "down" time.

Splash was fun show, and the high diver has more guts than I would ever have. Even the people standing in the Wicked Twister line turn to watch him dive from a tiny platform 80 feet in the air. And watching men in speedos never bothers me ;)

The Heart of Rock n Roll at the Palace Theatre was a great show with a variety of rock music. Definitely a must see. Too bad Snoopy on Ice wasn't running yet.

I have to give my thumbs up to the Mean Streak crew as the most entertaining ride ops of the day. It's the first time in a long time I've heard cheers from people both before and after their rides on Mean Streak.

And as TheRealCP said, low points for the Paddlewheel Excursion ops. I tried to strike up a conversation with the op on the boat who made it pretty clear he wasn't interested in conversation, and was glad another one replaced him. But he was no better. I'm used to the interaction we used to get with them when riding on the boats, and I could tell a couple other passengers were as well. The "captain" pretty much ignored the riders and it was quite obvious he was bored. Even when I thanked our "captain" after the ride, I barely got a reaction.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
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Saturday, June 14, 2003 1:24 PM
It sounded like a fun day. Did you happen to see the dancers in front of Johnny Rocket's;)

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-Sean Newman
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Saturday, June 14, 2003 1:27 PM
I think we caught a glimpse of them, dressed in chef's gear, but we were just heading into the Midway Market at the time and didn't see the show.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
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Saturday, June 14, 2003 6:49 PM
Yah, as I was writing, I forgot to mention the shows. They were great. :)

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TheRealCP :)

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:15 PM
That's the tricky part about Paddlewheel, sometimes your captains are good and sometimes your captains are bad. In May, 6 of my friends and I invaded Paddlewheel, and our captain, Matt, was loving it. We hopped right back on, and Matt said a new joke for each scene, it was great! He said something along the lines of "Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, and returning riders, welcome to Paddlewheel Excursions!" We started to cheer.

On the other hand, during Coastermania, our captain, who will remain nameless, was not excited at all. He did not even say half of the jokes, just drove the boat really fast. Oh well, I still love that ride. I am thinking about making a shirt for the next time I go which will say "I walked by Dragster to get to Paddlewheel Excursions!" (Poking fun at the SFWoA commercial last year).

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Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:25 PM
When were you in line for WT... because I saw that dude jump from up there too. Although, I think the crowd was more entertaining than he was :p

(no, i don't remember what time i was in line, but i didnt get to the park til 430 so it was at least after 6 or something.)

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 6:58 AM
We saw the show from the Aquatic Stadium at 2 pm. I would recommend this show.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
http://www.webtechnik.com/ebony/CPLady.htm

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