Top Thrill Dragster Rocks

Sunday, May 4, 2003 10:04 AM
I'm back from Longaberger Day at Cedar Point. Top Thrill Dragster was indeed open!

Mantis seems to have been repainted... except a few sections where you can see supports that only been half repainted! It looks rather odd, lol! You can see in some of my pictures of Mantis where some supports were not or partially painted.

It appears to me that Magnum has not been repainted at all. I'm not complaining, I don't think it looks that bad! (as long as noone knows its supposed to be red ;))

Blue Streak's new paint job still looks great! It is also still giving great air just as always! It does run a little rough, hey, if its smooth, why should it be a wooden?!

Wicked Twister back to full power! It is incredible! The new supports look kind of funky though, LOL! Actually the first two runs are halfway so you only go all the way up each spike once. The ride is still incredible, except lake winds blowing when it was 55 degrees!

Raptor has not changed at all, except maybe a bit of headbanging, but not Arrow headbanging. They were running it with no mid course braking so it was also much faster, which might have caused the headbanging. It was still an amazing ride.


Gemini was only running one side... so I wouldn't expect a lot of racing on non - busy days, if any!

Mean Streak was broken down, as usual.

Disaster Transport was running very fast... I'm not sure if that was because of something weird or what! Do they ever trim you on mid courses, because there was no trimming at all.

Millennium Force was running all three trains. I didn't hear any of them making screeching noises or anything. They appeared to be going full speed. It looks like they are putting stone over those tunnels now, though. Anyways, its still the same incredible ride!

Wildcat's paint job looks cool, I like it very much!

Draggin' Iron is running same old, same old... except it seems like they are using A LOT more mist, because before, we were hardly touched by it, now you go right though it... get somewhat wet actually!

OK, the moment you've all been waiting for... TOP THRILL DRAGSTER.

It starts off that you sit down and put your seatbelt on and your lapbar down, then an op come and tugs on you seatbelt and forces your lapbar down. Then you roll to the launch area. You are greeting by revving noises. It seems to last forever. You just don't know when it will launch. Suddenly it rips you down the launch stretch, and takes your picture, then you zoom up the tower, G-Forces slamming you into the seat. You crest the tower with some prolonged air, before going raging back down, staring 400 feet down to the ground, spiraling through a 270*. G-Forces slam you into your seat again, and you are back down. Your picture is taken, and you gradually slow down. The op asks, "How was your ride," and everyone screams and claps. This ride is PHENOMENAL.

You can see pictures at:

http://community.webshots.com/album/71902376BHRBgf

I had video including a close up of the launch but noone would host. So there.

------------------
God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts!
*** This post was edited by S00perGIR 5/4/2003 4:32:01 PM ***
*** This post was edited by S00perGIR 5/4/2003 5:46:28 PM ***

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 10:19 AM
Piktures won't work dude... The following error:

"A problem has been detected."

"You do not appear to be the owner of this album.
Make sure you are logged in. "

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 10:21 AM
Your gall is not set up right, you need to set it up so the public can view it. It says "you are not the owner of the gal. and cannot view the pictures"
+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 11:09 AM
no he just posted the wrong link... he posted the owner's viewing area, not the visitors'

------------------
"It's like something out of that twilighty show about that zone"

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 12:32 PM
OK, I have fixed it!

http://community.webshots.com/album/71902376BHRBgf

------------------
God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts!

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 12:52 PM
Are the lights on the tower working with the launch like they say they would? And like it shows (@night) on the top bar of the Cedar Point Website

------------------
"Love can sweep you off your feet and carry you along in a way you've never known before. But the ride always ends, and you end up feeling lonely and bitter. Wait. It's not love I'm describing. I'm thinking of a monorail" -Jack Handey

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:05 PM
They weren't doing it when I was there... However, there is a Christmas tree by the station, and they weren't using that either.

------------------
God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts!
*** This post was edited by S00perGIR 5/4/2003 5:14:38 PM ***

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:16 PM
Oh gross. I think they should have left Mantis' rails unpainted. Eck.
+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:35 PM
Mantis looks really bad.

------------------
All who think Mean Streak needs a match taken to it say I.

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:49 PM
Am I the only one that likes it?
+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:57 PM
You like splotches of faded paint and glossy paint?

------------------
God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts!

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:17 PM
THis question goes to anyone who rode TTD. Do you feel any air time when you crest the hill and go straight down?
+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:21 PM
Yeah, there is a bit of air.

------------------
God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts!

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:30 PM
I like the non faded parts, I like that type of red so...thats prob why
+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:39 PM
17 days till i get to ride Dragster!

just curious, how crowded was the park, and how long was the wait for MF, raptor, and mantis?

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:46 PM
Judging by the pics of Mantis it looked like a walk on

------------------
Summer 03-CP, HP, Canobie, SFNE, SFWOA, and SFGAm.

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 2:48 PM
Nice TR and nice pics :)

Yeah, I was also wondering what the wait times were for the coasters. What color did they paint Wildcat?

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:00 PM
It was a very busy opening day. Mean Streak was running, and the trims are still there, but many times lighter than the last couple years. It ran fast for the first time in 3 years.

Wicked Twister is running all out now with the added supports.

Raptor was running nearly trimless...just a couple touches when going through the mid course brakes. Smooth as silk today, and not a bit of headbanging for us.

Gemini only running the red side because blue vallied (sp?) and ops were told not to run it.

Dragster rocks! We were in 3-1 and even though the ops made sure the restraint was snug, you could still feel the weightlessness at the top. Christmas tree lights were up, but not working yet. Tower lights are still on order apparently).

I'll put up a full trip report with pictures in the trip report section later.

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

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:03 PM
Mean Streak with light trims? Awesome!

CPLady (or anyone else), what were the lines like for TTD, and the operations?

+0
Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:14 PM

colincsl said:
Am I the only one that likes it?

I think it looks snazzy! The red is vibrant and makes the track pop-out.

How long was your wait for TTD?

+0

You must be logged in to post

POP Forums - ©2018, POP World Media, LLC
Loading...