Three Days at CP

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 2:37 PM
All I can say is...what a long, strange trip it's been!

We left town at 7 am on Sunday. Roads were blissfully empty all the way to Sandusky. I like Indiana and Ohio's toll system. Pay when you get on and off, not once every 10 miles like Illinois. Got to Breakers Express at 3 pm local time (7 hr drive from Madison, WI) and got our package deal stuff. We were at the park at 4 on the dot!

I was a little disappointed that I couldn't see TTD from miles away. I had pictured this mammoth thing, and had been comparing it to radio towers in my mind. Still, the view is beautiful as you round the bend on CP Drive.

We didn't see TTD running as we entered the park, and ended up wandering around for a while before riding anything. Blue Streak ended up being our first ride. I LOVE THIS RIDE!!! It looks like a kiddie coaster, but WOW! What airtime!

Sunday was more crowded than I'd expected (a second reminder to keep my expectations in check...). We wandered around some more, rode Raptor and the Power Tower (loved the upwards launch, but I like the Giant Drop at SFGAm better on the way down), and headed for MF. 45 min wait. Well worth it--I was overwhelmed.

TTD didn't open the rest of the evening, but we hit almost every other coaster.

We rode everything over the next 2 days many times.

Looks like most of what I had to say has been covered in another TR, but I'll give some overall impressions, opinions, and comments...

Positives:

1) CP is a beautiful park! We didn't see so much as a cigarette butt on the ground in our 3 days there.

2) Excellent, efficient crews on Raptor. Almost no stacking at all.

3) MF in the front seat is the best ride experience I have ever had.

4) MF crews got the crowd going really nicely.

5) Love the music in the WT station. Is that Prodigy?

6) Great food. Didn't have anything that wasn't fresh and hot. Awesome cheese sticks!

7) Awesome variety of rides. Each coaster offers SUCH a different experience.

8) Great parking options.

9) Ride ops cleaned up...err...ejected stomach contents a few times, and were very efficient and didn't get too grossed out.

10) Even though the park looked pretty crowded, we didn't have to wait long for most rides. They really get you through the lines.

Negatives:

1) Ride ops weren't too friendly in general, although we loved talking to Adam on the Magnum crew. If you see him, tell him the woman in the bright orange shirt says hi. :)

2) TTD down the whole time we were there. Not so much as a test to be viewed!

3) MF broke down right at the end of Tuesday night, after stalling on the lift hill for 15 min or so.

4) Resort guests get in early, but most of the rides don't open until 10.

5) No theme music in any of the "territories."

6) No shows or Peanuts characters in the park.

7) Lots of breakdowns.

8) Even when the train was totally empty, the ride ops made us get off and walk back around.

9) They were Nazis about the glasses straps. I think I should be allowed to choose whether or not I want to risk my glasses on a ride.

10) Gosh, Magnum is rough! I was expecting Raging Bull, though.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 3:12 PM
9) The people behind you might disagree.
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Thursday, May 19, 2005 3:16 PM
Magnum is a raging bull, and RB is a sleeping pill. Glad you had fun and sorry about TTD being down the whole time.
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Thursday, May 19, 2005 3:30 PM

I was a little disappointed that I couldn't see TTD from miles away.

You can if you know where to look.

4. The early entry is just for a couple of rides. The park itself doesn't open until 10 a.m.

5. Cedar Point isn't a theme park, but they do play country music on Frontier Trail.

6. The Peanuts gang can be found at Camp Snoopy. There's also a character breakfast at Friday's on the beach. The Red Garter show started May 14, but much of the entertainment doesn't begin until Memorial Day.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 3:36 PM

LadyBrett said:

3) MF in the front seat is the best ride experience I have ever had.


You haven't sat in the back seat, have you.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:27 PM
I think MF in the first, second, last and any #2 seat is the best ride experience I continue to have...at night. :)
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Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:49 PM

boblogone said:
9) The people behind you might disagree.

Eek, good point. I never thought of that. I was picturing them ricocheting off into a bush.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 4:50 PM
Also...I didn't mean to sound like I was bashing on CP! We had a blast! It was just a lot different from SFGAm, which is the only other big park I've been to. Different rules, different rides, etc.
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Friday, May 20, 2005 10:13 AM
Great TR LadyBrett. Too bad about TTD. (Hopefully it's more cooperative for my trip this weekend.)

It sounds like you've been spoiled by theme parks with music and the whole shabang. CP is more of an amusement park than a theme park in that respect. But the coasters are worth it. (IMO, the best theme parks are Disney or Busch parks, but those parks don't even have double-digit coaster counts.)

I think myself and a few other enthusiasts will stand by the ride ops who enforce glasses strap rules. I've been lucky and the only thing that hit me on a hypercoaster was a girls head-band on S:RoS at SFDL. On the same ride, another guest had his baseball cap blow off and smack someone 4-5 rows back. The victem's forhead looked like he was hit by a golf ball. That's on a coaster that goes 70 mph. MF and TTD are a bit more extreme.

Glad you had a good time. Would you stay in the same hotel next time?

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Friday, May 20, 2005 10:25 AM
I had a pair of sunglasses fly out of my pocket on Villain once. Luckily they floated just above everyone's head and to the ground, some guy almost caught them. It was funny at the moment, but I keep everything in deep pockets now.
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Friday, May 20, 2005 2:04 PM
I would definitely go to Breakers Express again. It was your basic room: beds, bathroom, etc. The shower was nice--some hotels have that nasty peeing-on-you shower head. The room was very clean and the staff friendly. They have "express breakfast," which is donuts and coffee. :) Their packages are a real deal. We got a room, 2 funday tix, 2 starlight tix, 8 donuts :), and free parking for $240 for 3 days! That made up for the $1 billion we spent on junk food in the park.

I forgot to say that, try as we may have, we didn't get a single decent ride photo. :( Boo! We got a great one with my husband pretending to light a cigarette on MF, but they deleted it and wouldn't sell it to us. Bastards! People at CP really ham it up for the cameras. Lots of "pretending to be asleep" and "choking each other" photos to laugh at. *** Edited 5/20/2005 6:05:00 PM UTC by LadyBrett***

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Friday, May 20, 2005 6:27 PM
It sad u went before CP's show season started...they are by far the secret of CP
As for having to get off and walk back around even though no one was in line---thats Ohio law, not Cedar Point's.
Its pretty cool that even without one of their best rides running, u were still able to have a great time
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Friday, May 20, 2005 6:41 PM
As were millions of other people before last year. Its not that suprising.
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Saturday, May 21, 2005 1:54 AM
Sounds like you had a great time. SFGAm is also my home park, I am from Chicago, and I also am going to CP May 23-25. I simply cannot wait....and SFGAm should be great this summer BTW, and I hear Deja Vu is running well as of late.
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