Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2003 3:53 AM | Contributed by Gemini
Cedar Point Public Relations Manager Janice Witherow recently took some time to answer a few questions about Top Thrill Dragster, the park's newest roller coaster.
Nice job - a pretty good interview with some detailed answers! :) I found this part interesting as well:
"Yes. We implemented our FreeWay system last season, and it proved to be very popular and successful. We initially started the 2002 season with the FreeWay system on Millennium Force and Wicked Twister and later added Raptor. In 2003, we will not only add the new Top Thrill Dragster, but also Magnum XL-200 and Mantis to the FreeWay offerings."
Interesting that they're adding it to a ride (Magnum) that hasn't had a line over 45 minutes the past two seasons - even on Saturdays. It will be interesting to see if people make use of the system on Magnum. Honestly, I wouldn't! :) But it's only because I know how fast Maggie's line ussually moves.
She also mentioned that there will be TWO onride photos for Top Thrill Dragster.
2001 Magnum Crew
I found it very interesting that the original announcement date was going to be just days after the track sighting (Aug 28). Obviously they had something big to deliver and really didn't affect the hype of the ride by waiting until January.
I'm really glad that Mantis is finally getting a Freeway system. I love the ride, I just don't like waiting so long for it. I wonder how that, as well as Magnum's Freeway will work?
Great Interview! Way to go Virtual Midway! I'm even MORE excited (if that is possible) now then I was about the ride! TWO camera's!
Two photos for this monster. I think the dual photo is a great idea.
I'm also excited to see they will be adding Magnum and Mantis to the Freeway system. I have a feeling Magnum's lines are going to be larger this year with Dragster right on the doorstep.
So much for the PWE "revamp" rumor.
I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
Sig under construction!
S:TE depends on whom you ask.
I like those videos, they are so much clearer than the ones CP has on there site. Is there any way we can save them? I hate how choppy the loading time is.
You are the passengers on a most uncommon elevator, about to ascend into your very own episode of the Twilight Zone
The way Freeway works is that there is a booth outside of the ride entrance. Let's give an example of Millennium Force.
When the booth opens (usually an hour after the park has opened) they will distribute a determined number of stamps for each hour of the day. Lets say I get a stamp that says "FORCE 4-5" That means I must return to the MF entrance between 4 and 5 PM to use my Freeway stamp.
When you present your stamped hand at the entrance they allow you to walk up the line next to the final straightaway before the final turn of the ride. This skips all three sections of the que to the ramp leading to the station. From there a line attendant lets you in the line (sort of like cutting in front of someone) and from there its a 15 minute wait.
When you use your stamp you get a big black X from a Cedar Point stamp that you can't wash off for days ;). This is a better way of only allowing the guest to recieve one Freeway stamp per day.
The best part about this system is that since there's a limited number of stamps, the people that get cut in front of, will only end up waiting 1-2 trains more per hour of waiting. So it's really not a big deal. The determined number of stamps per hour given is roughly 2 trains.
Hope that helps.
While CP was not the first to break the 200, 300, and 400 foot heights the coasters that did break those records first were all shuttles: Moonsault Scramble broke the 200' barrier and Superman The Esacpe shattered both the 300' & 400' records at the same time.
However CP can claim the first full-circuit coasters that broke the 200, 300, and 400' marks.
Records are really only good for publicity and marketing. Just because a coaster is record breaking doesn't mean its going to be good [see SOB]. YMMV.
Let the debate continue....
Sig under construction!
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh on 1/15/2003. ***
Note that Mrs. Witherow did not confirm or deny the presence of a Stuckey's on the premises. I am right I am right I am right....
The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.
Top Thrill Dragster is our closest attempt to theming a ride or attraction, and it's been interesting.
The bobsled in a box doesn't count?
Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes
I'm not exactly sure who gets credit for that but Xcelerator has those lights too. I believe they're called "christmas trees" ??? *** This post was edited by ALEEN6E6 on 1/15/2003. ***
The cool thing about Xcelerator is that as you watch the last three yellow lights blink counting down the launch you anticipate that the green "Go!" light and launch will occur at the same time interval, but the launch is just a fraction of a second before the green light goes on, catching riders slightly off guard.
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