Monday, June 18, 2001 5:53 AM
Given our lack of coasting so far this year, we were determined to get a short trip in to Cedar Point. It was only our second visit this year. My wife and I have been dealing with the new house and other real life stuff, so we needed a break.
We got there at about 6pm, and arrived to a respectable parking lot. Given the fabulous weather, I expected no less.
We have kind of a routine. We park in the Soak City lot and do a lap heading to Frontier Town, around the trail and to the front of the park, then around the "boardwalk" midway, then back toward Magnum. The first observation was the great looking exterior to "Undertaker U.," the haunted attraction for Halloweekends. It looks like a big old barn instead of a former carousel pavilion. I wonder why they're starting so early.
We passed the Millennium Force queue where the line was about an hour, and also skipped Raptor which was about a half-hour. Our goal was Giant Wheel. It's a married people thing. We got in about ten minutes or so, and it was good. That thing is so much better off on the water.
Of course we stopped for fries.
From there we hit Troika. This was one of the two adult rides at Cedar Point I have never been on. I don't know why, that's just the way it happened. The other ride is Snake River Falls, and if I'm ever wearing the right clothes, I will get on it.
From Troika it was off to Magnum. The cool thing about Cedar Point these days is that even on a moderately busy day, most of the coasters have tolerable lines. Magnum's wait was barely 15 minutes, and that was even after they had to cart away some kid in the meat wagon, presumably out from heat exhaustion or excessive alcohol consumption.
Magnum was really delivering last night. Even with the trims slamming on tight, I can't believe how fast it was. Major ejector air on every hill. It was also relatively smooth, even in the pretzel, and there wasn't a lot of shifting around. A quick peak at the wheels as my train dispatched revealed that they looked almost completely new. I've never seen them replace wheels on a whole train (and can't really say that they did this time), but wow was it sailing. Good to see Magnum's better personality.
I have to give props to Magnum's crew. It's great to see a crew groove like this. Ready ready, clear, you're out of there. I watched them hit interval time after time. Train ahead clears second hill, train dispatches. Amazing what you can achieve with six people checking restraints instead of two (low blow to that other park).
Overall, this was the kind of trip I like to make as a season pass holder. When you can get in, enjoy yourself for a little while, and get out, it really feels like you have the park at your disposal. I credit the park's ever-increasing capacity and fabulous staff.
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Monday, June 18, 2001 8:22 PM
Living half an hour away from CP, these are the types of trips I often make too, and I also enjoy them more than full-blown, long tiring days (although long days are good, don't get me wrong). Short trips like this are all fun and no exhaustion that you get from spending an entire day at a park.
Was Mantis still running only two trains? If so, how long was the wait?
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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 4:39 AM
I didn't get a good look at Mantis, but I don't recall any significant lines in the queue.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2001 5:15 PM
Mantis was running two trains yeasterday 6/18 and was about an hour wait in the afternoon. We rode it in the morning and only waited about 20 minutes. The ride ops were doing a pretty good job with two train operation. However, Raptor ride ops were kicking some major *** last night. Running 3 trains and we didn't have to stop on the final break run. Right into the station. They were doing a superb job and having fun doing it.
Christ how do you kids do it
Monday, June 25, 2001 5:49 AM
"Overall, this was the kind of trip I like to make as a season pass holder. When you can get in, enjoy yourself for a little while, and get out, it really feels like you have the park at your disposal."
That reminds me of my dorney park "alone days". Hit the park on a monday afternoon after work for a few hours then hit the road. That is getting the MOST out a season pass.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 5:57 AM
I sometimes do that at SFGAm. My mom drops me off when she goes to the mall for a few hours. Weekdays has the least crowds, so why not hit Raging Bull for a few laps?
Let the bears pay the Bear Tax, I pay the Homer Tax.
Monday, June 25, 2001 9:24 AM
I have been to CP probably 15 times this year and have only been there the whole day once. That was for Coastermania.
I love the Magnum walk ons just after eight, then a 30 minute last ride of the night on MF.
Sunday, July 1, 2001 2:29 PM
Coaster Xtreme said:
"I sometimes do that at SFGAm. My mom drops me off when she goes to the mall for a few hours. Weekdays has the least crowds, so why not hit Raging Bull for a few laps?
Let the bears pay the Bear Tax, I pay the Homer Tax."
Yeah, why not? Glad you had a fun time, Jeff, but then again, who doesn't have fun at CP? (mouth waters in anticipation for the chance to finally visit CP)
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