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  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. AND IT WAS AWESOME!!
  2. Had a great visit to the park this past Friday night (July 8th) and Sunday July 10th. I worked at the park from 1986-1990 playing piano in 5 different shows and then returning in 2000 to music direct a few shows as well. The park was beautiful and clean, and even though it was peak summer time, I still managed to get 2 rides on Steel Vengeance, 2 on Millennium Force, and rides on Gemini, Valravn, and more. But the highlight was re-creating a picture I had taken in 1972 with my brothers and sisters. 50 years later! Enjoy the photos! The original picture taken in 1972. Right on the main midway. You can see the Dodgem behind us. 50 years later, and we were all able to meet up to re-create the shot! Still great as ever. Iron Gwazi is good, but it's not Steel Vengeance! Whee! Where it all began! My first show "Ain't We Got Fun!" in 1986 and 1987. And I just went back to Disney after my 2 1/2 year furlough to continue my 23 years as a professional musician with the company. Come see me play piano at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue! The new Farmhouse Restaurant is GREAT! We split the platter both times and it was plenty of food. Highly recommend the steak and potatoes. The chili was also very good. When in Sandusky, eat at Berardis which used to provide Cedar Point french fries for decades. A fun ride with an awesome view especially at night. Hope it comes back next summer.
  3. I visited the park once in 2008 and then again in 2019. If you're in LA, I would suggest flying from Burbank to San Jose and then taking an Uber to the park. The flight is under an hour, and the San Jose airport is about ten minutes from Great America. AND fares range from $59-79 each way on Southwest. Beats the driving, traffic, parking, etc. and they do multiple flights per day. Pics from my flight!
  4. Shocked but not surprised. The land this park sits on is too valuable to maintain a theme park. I went in 2019 and was surprised by the very small crowd. No way this park is making enough money to justify its existence in this city known for its tech presence. Will they rebuild somewhere else? Doubtful. I can only hope they move the rides to other deserving Cedar Fair parks. My suggestions: Rail Blazer to Worlds of Fun or Michigan's Adventure. Flight Deck to Michigan's Adventure so they can scrap their Vekoma invert. Patriot to Worlds of Fun which doesn't have a floorless. Psycho Mouse to Cedar Point. Why not! Gold Striker: who knows. Demon, Grizzly will probably be scrapped.
  5. No good reason? Really. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/25/us/icon-park-orlando-teenager-death/index.html I can almost guarantee every single one of these towers will now have seatbelts for insurance purposes.
  6. I'd say definitely do Scary Farm and skip Disneyland. We went last year and had the BEST time at Knotts. Disneyland felt like a chore with early admission, rushing to grab passes, and then just feeling stressed all day trying to fit everything in. I have not been to HHN in Hollywood, but the park itself is very nice. Seems more laid back than Orlando. Just my opinion!
  7. While doing a purge of our house (and there is a LOT of crap here!), I found a folder of pictures I took for my photography class while in college. Not the best pictures, but I took them in the fall of 1984 while on a day trip to Geauga Lake. Found some more this afternoon so I am adding them on as well. Enjoy!
  8. Skip Elitch Gardens. I went last summer and had a terrible day. Most rides were closed, and the park could not care less about it. Really nothing of note there including Twister II. The Vekoma SLC sucks (as most of them do) and the Vekoma boomerang...well....like every other one out there. The only unique ride was Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape and not worth the price of admission. Save your time and money and sanity!
  9. Where to even start with this incoherent word salad post. It DOES affect everyone. I am one of its employees, and for the past 23 YEARS I have been paid more to work there than if I decided to work anywhere else. I also live in Orange County, and I cannot afford a $2000-4000 tax bill JUST because #DeathSantis hates gay people. That's what this all boils down to. He wants to grab as much power as possible and does not care who he hurts in the process. I am hoping that Disney with its massive wealth and power does not blink and instead supports whoever runs against this lunatic. This meme sums it up perfectly:
  10. YES. My husband and I were lucky enough to see this in Chicago in 2019 WAY before it even made it to Broadway. Great show! Can't wait to see it again on tour!
  11. SO many but here are my favorites right now: HBO Max seems to have a lot of them: Somebody Somewhere The Other Two Hacks Minx The Gilded Age Shows I watch whenever I need a smile Schitt's Creek The Goldbergs Seinfeld
  12. I have never seen more than a one cycle wait for Cedar Downs even on the most crowded days. You shouldn't have any issues with riding it to your heart's content.
  13. Finally got my Iron Gwazi ride. Waited about 35 minutes as soon as the park opened. When we got off the ride, it was 120 minutes. I liked it. Still partial to Steel Vengeance with the longer track length and the trip through the wooden structure. one this: they NEED a single rider line. The train before us had 5 empty seats out of 24. Fill every seat and reduce the wait times.
  14. Firebird at Six Flags America is the OLDEST B&M coaster in the world (built in 1990 and relocated from Great America), and it's 32 years old. Where do you get this "40-50 year life span" idea? And "way older" than Kumba? 3 years older. Corkscrew at Cedar Point is rapidly approaching its 50th anniversary. AND it's an Arrow. Suggestion: do 2 seconds of research before posting. Or end up getting your facts struck down like the rumor that started this whole thread.
  15. I loved the TRU by Hilton hotel near Kings Island. It is literally a 5 minute drive from the park. PLUS there is a Skyline Chili across the parking lot that you can walk to. I usually end up eating there at least once when I go to the park. The drive from Kings Island to Cedar Point is about 3 1/2 hours, but there is no straight shot to get there. Lots of 2 lane roads. If you end up going to Columbus Zoo, it is about 2 hours from KI and a straight shot up I-71. I usually do a search for good food in each city online. I really like trying places that were on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and I am sure all of those cities have a few that were on that show. In Sandusky, Tofts Dairy is a must. HUGE portions and about a 15 minute drive from the park. I would suggest going there on Sunday rather than leaving the park on Monday or Tuesday. And check the hours. If they close at 8, you HAVE to be in line by then. I also really like Cameo Pizza, also in Sandusky. You could hit Cameos for dinner and then head to Tofts. Have fun!!
  16. Could be worse. Could be clickbait WDWNT. They are literally TRASH. But back on the subject... How can Cedar Point's Corkscrew which is 4 years shy of 50 YEARS still be thrilling people while Kumba barely makes it to 30? I know Kumba runs year round, but Cedar Point's coasters also deal with sub zero temps every year which cannot be good on steel. Just my 2 cents....and WDWNT sucks.
  17. Meanwhile at Walt Disney World, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom, Nighttime parade?? Nada. Zilch. Crickets.
  18. Really wish they'd had signs or audio announcements for those of us who didn't see it on the app. Literally everyone headed that way, and the team member at the front of the line would have to announce over and over that the ride would not open til 9am. TELL people this while they are getting their passes or hotel keys looked at so we don't waste time.
  19. Yeah, neither ride is on the Express Pass. And from my experience, the single rider line for VelociCoaster can be VERY slow. They used to have a single rider line for Hagrids which moved pretty quickly, but I imagine they close that off when the park is packed. I went today with some out of town friends and got early admission into IOA at 8am. We ran with the hordes of people to Hagrids only to find it doesn't open til 9am. Why the $^$! ??? Really annoying when one of the perks of getting in early is beating the line. Ended up doing VelociCoaster in about 30 minutes. By the time we got off, Hagrids was open...and sporting a 150 minute wait. UGH.
  20. I'd say take the earlier bus. They MAY let you in earlier whereas the later bus you may feel rushed. When you get to the park, ask about redeeming your dining plan. They may be able to access them before entering the park which would save you time. Have fun!!
  21. Yes. It's a holiday weekend, great weather, AND all NYC schools are off this week. They should have opened the parking lot across the street, but other than that, this is how crowded it can get.
  22. Most of the answers to your questions can be found on the Universal website. There are several options to get from MCO to Universal. Here are a few: https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Orlando-Airport-MCO/Universal-Orlando I'd recommend at least 2 days to hit both parks. They have packages that include hotel and tickets AND get you into the parks an hour early. If you're going on a week day in May, you may not need to buy express pass.
  23. Thanks! It looks awesome and we are lucky to have a world class RMC so close to Orlando FINALLY! Add VelociCoaster to the mix and Central Florida now has 2 amazing rides! AND they're open year round! Almost makes it worth living here!!
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