Tips for 1st timer at CP

Monday, September 22, 2003 5:39 AM
I am very excited as I will be going to Cedar Point this weekend possibly all 3 days (26th,27th & 28th). I just wanted to get some advice on how to "attack" the park. I will be staying at Breakers Express.
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Monday, September 22, 2003 6:19 AM

If you are staying at Breakers I am not sure if you get early access to the park. If you do head to TTD. If not I would go to the park earlier and try and hit as many rides as I can by 1. Leave for about 3 hours and come back and try and hit more rides. This was you can rest and eat outside the park.
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Monday, September 22, 2003 6:22 AM
Read TR's.

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Monday, September 22, 2003 8:29 AM
Do take the time to walk along the beach.

One pleasant walk is to leave the park at either the Resorts Gate (by Magnum) or the Beach Gate (by Ocean Motion), walk along the lake on the path, and then enter at the opposite gate. This has the added bonus of avoiding the traffic bottleneck at Corkscrew/TTD.

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Monday, September 22, 2003 9:58 AM
I'll be there that weekend as well. Any guess as to what crowds I can look forward to/dread on that saturday? Thanks,

-BB

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Monday, September 22, 2003 8:07 PM
Don't forget to fet your freeway pass for Millennium Force. The little kiosk opens an hour after the park opens. They stamp your hand with a time to return and ride. You enter a freeway line that merges with the regular line anout 15 minutes from the station. It will save you a lot of time on Saturday. They only give out so many stamps per day and when they are all gone, they are gone. The kiosks are located near the entrance of the ride. You can get two stamps per day, only one per ride, and they are not giving them out for Dragster.

Front seat lines for Milli and TTD are long, but well worth it.

Don't over plan, just go and have fun.

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2003 Parks: Cedar Point, SFWOA, Kennywood, PKI, MIA, SFGAM, SFKK and HW.
Still deciding where to go in 2004.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 2:45 PM
Along with your freeway pass for MF, you can get one for Mantis near the ride's entrance. That line moves very slowly since a lot of people don't know how to ride a stand-up coaster and the ride ops have to help them adjust their restraints. Eat the fries on the midway near Blue Streak and Raptor.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 3:02 PM
Midway Market, located by the Raptor, is a good place to eat and you won't go broke. It is a buffet and the food's pretty good. Try to hit TTD early just in case it brakes down. It has been running pretty good lately, but you never know. Lines do get shorter in the evening though. Like I said though, try to get your freeway pass for MF first and then plan the rest of your day around that.

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2003 Parks: Cedar Point, SFWOA, Kennywood, PKI, MIA, SFGAM, SFKK and HW.
Still deciding where to go in 2004.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:18 AM
It looks like rain showers throughout the weekend. How much riding can you get in when you have rain off and on? How quick are they on shutting down things? Thanks for your advice.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:35 AM
I would highly suggest keeping a sweatshirt, jeans, and a windbreaker handy. It can get pretty cold riding coasters at CP at night, and the temps for the weekend will not break 70 according to the latest weather reports that I heard. Have fun and don't ignore the flat rides. There are some really fun ones to ride. They're great when you need a coaster break.

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Awww, bad day? Take a different perspective on things. Try upside down, a barrel roll, a cobra roll or a corkscrew. Life can't be all that bad when your feet are over your head!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:38 AM
Right before you go under Millenium Force's tunnel, on the Millenium Force side, there's a little restaurant there, and they sell the best carmel apples, I swear. If you crave sugar, stop in, it's real carmel, and it's not too expensive.

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as always,
Vote Bob.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 10:16 AM
Rain on and off? Sounds exactly like my first time at the Point. If they opperate the same way in September as during the peak season, you can get in a lot of riding under those conditions. The crowds should be less, but CP doesn't shut (most) of their rides down for a little shower, and some even stay open in big showers. If it does rain on and off all day, be to sure to ride Mean Streak. On and ordinary day, it's mediocre at best: But when the trims are wet (ineffective), the ride becomes one of the wildest rides around.

Oh... lightning will, of course, shut everything down... but lightning usually doesn't last all day.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:17 PM
A good thing to check out at CP while it's raining is the park museum. It is located in the back section of the park near the Cedar Creek Mine Ride. Bassman2003 and I totally stumbled upon it. It's really quite amazing and showcases the history of CP. There's a pretty cool model of Mean Streak in there as well as some other really cool memorabilia. I'm actually glad it came a rain shower while I was at CP or I would have totally missed out on this museum. Also, while raining (or even if it's not) check out the coasters gift shop right by TTD.
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Nashville needs a theme park!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:36 PM
We still plan on going this weekend also, and we are wondering if there are any discounts other than the printable coupons on the CP web site?

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Just a couple of G-Force junkies!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:23 PM
Breakers Express is considered a CP resort so you will be able to get in with the Joe Cool Club people before the general public.

Be aware that TTD may not be open when the gates do but do keep an eye on it in case you see it testing. Don't be discouraged if there is a line that stretches all the way back to where Corkscrew goes over the midway and the queue lines are empty. That could lead to a thirty minute wait, which is not bad once the ride opens and they let people in.

Raptor - a lot of people rush there first thing in the morning. Wait until around dinner time which usually results in lower lines than in the morning. But if you don't want to wait that long, queue up for a Freeway stamp first thing as they go quickly.

Millennium Force - if you can, get there first (if TTD is not open yet). Get a Freeway stamp if you want to ride later.

Food - Definitely some cheese fries. My favorite stand is the Happy Friar by Gemini. I'm sure most would recommend the Midway Market next to Raptor as it is all you can eat.

Definitely dress for the season. It will be cool/slightly chilly at night.

Most of all, have a great time.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:28 PM
Take it slow! You will appreciate it in the long run.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:47 PM
Don't worry about riding WT it never has a line.
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