Sorry I haven't updated this in a week. I've been busy. At any rate, the first day of Cedar Point pics will be up on Monday sometime. Until then, here's some thoughts of my first day ever at Cedar Point.
(All coasters/rides not spoken of will be talked about on the TR of the second day. This update only encompasses the first one.)
After a day off after Hersheypark to recharge ourselves and get to Ohio, we headed to Cedar Point. During our two day stay at the park, we camped out at nearby East Harbor State Park, which I really must recommend. Great staff, good camping spots, and on the peninsula at one point there's a park which gives you a great view of far-off Cedar Point from the back of the park.
Anyways, I had been looking forward to going to Cedar Point since I first learned about the park when I was eight years old. Now I was finally there.
After my dad parked in the wrong parking lot, (I wanted to park in the Soak City lot to get to Maverick before the front lot people did), I decided to change the plan and head to Millennium Force first for the first day. After the ropes dropped we fast walked there and had about a 35 minute wait. I LOVED this coaster. My highest coaster before this had only been 205 feet (Griffin), but looking towards the lake side of the train, it didn't look as high as it was, and my arms went up for the whole ride. It may not have much air, but man is it a rush. Definitely ended up as one of my three favorites at Cedar Point and of all time as well.
After that we headed to Mantis. Not well liked by enthusiasts, but man is it pretty. Everyone had fun in line spitting into the water and watching all the fish swim real fast towards it and (yuck) devouring it. The coaster wasn't as enthralling, but it was pretty cool. We rode in the very back, and I didn't bang my head at all or get my nuts crunched. My dad got headbanged though. Leaning into turns helps. Only rode this once during the trip.
After that the day gets cloudy for me, and the day literally got cloudier. We rode Maxair which we all loved and sadly only got to ride once. Quite a gentle ride actually.
I think we rode Magnum next, which I rode in the ejector seat for my first ride. Painful on the return trip, yes, but I asked for it. I wanted ejector air, and I damn well got it. I loved this coaster. It's in my top ten now. For me a bit of pain just comes with the territory for coasters.
The clouds started spitting when we were on Magnum's break run, so we headed over to The Monster. Worst ride of that type I've ever been on. No spinning whatsoever, and a very short cycle. The ride op offered to buy my Iron Maiden shirt right off my back while I was there, but it was the shirt I got from the show I went to, so I said heck no.
After raining hard for about a minute, in which we went to the Gemini Arcade (in which I played an odd variation of SkeeBall), we headed towards Mean Streak and it shut down while we got in line due to rain. We left the line and started towards the car for lunch at which point the downpour started. We were near the overbank turn of Millennium Force at the time, and sorta ran to this bandstand/fake train station lobby thing and waited it out there. It then started to hail after about twenty minutes. Yes, the official Cedar Point welcome storm. After about an hour it stopped and we went and got lunch.
From here on I can't remember the order of the day, so I'll just hit the highlights.
- Blue Streak is pretty good, but I got no air. 1 ride
- Mean Streak does indeed suck. Sometimes it feels like it won't make it around the curves, and it's just so darned boring. Wasn't rough to me though, and I was even in the gold train. I sat in the front though... one ride was enough.
- Wicked Twister was pretty cool sitting in the very back. Very odd stomach feeling. Only got to ride it once.
- Demon Drop was more frightening than any other drop ride I've been on. Loved it. 2 rides
- Got 3 full flips on what is supposedly one of the worst run Chaos out there. 1 ride
- Cedar Creek Mine Ride is about equal to Carowinds' Gold Rusher. 1 ride
- Gemini was a pretty cool run, but sometimes painful in the positive G department. (rode it in the back) 1 ride
- Corkscrew was boring, but not painful. 1 ride for credits' sake.
- I loved Disaster Transport. Waited an hour, but it was so cheesy and tacky it was as if it was made for me. I'm the kind of guy who collects Godzilla movies and loves the old Battlestar Galactica so... yeah. 1 ride.
- We rode some flats like Super Himalaya, Calypso, Power Tower (both sides), and Space Spiral during the day as well, but waited for a night ride on Raptor. It was a 45 minute wait and well worth it. Sat in the back again and got forcibly thrown about the seat. It was an awesome, out of control ride. The park was closed after we got off, so we left after that.
Ya know, what I loved the most about the park aside from the employee enthusiasm, the great coasters, and the 80 degree weather we had was the other park guests. I frequent Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, and Carowinds. When I go to those parks, people in line are most often really bored-looking and generally just send out a depressing vibe. At Cedar Point, most everyone seemed to be having a great time, and I enjoyed most of all just watching the people have such a good time. Even with a hour and forty five minute line at Cedar Point, no one seemed to be bored or angry at having to wait in the line. It was great.
Pictures up sometime Monday. Day II up later this week. Please tell me if you'd like me to finish these updates. If they're too boring I'll just stop while I'm ahead.