Made my first trip to the park yesterday. It was everything it was hyped up to be and more. This park is literally perfect, it’s clean, the setting is amazing, the Ride lineup was everything it was hyped up to be, and it’s got 3 of the best coasters ever. I’ve only been to 1 other CF park and that was Carowinds and their ops were just ok. Here at CP they’re a far cry from the snails pace my home park SFNE dispatches trains.
Steel Vengeance (x1)- Only got to ride it once because it broke down before I got back over to it but one ride on this thing and I can definitely say it’s the best coaster I’ve ever ridden. I can’t even really form words to describe this thing it’s so unbelievable. The airtime is ridiculous the inversions are great and there is not one moment where this thing isn’t trying to throw you out of the train. I don’t think I’ll ever ride another coaster better than this one.
Maverick (x2)- At literally any other park this would be by far the best coaster there but unfortunately it’s neighbor is the most insane thing known to man. This ride is still absolutely phenomenal. The lightning fast transitions make for insane laterals, the 2 moments of airtime are some of the strongest ejector I’ve experienced and the Stengel dive is one of the best elements on any coaster I’ve ridden. Thank god they put the soft straps on this, I could see it sucking big time with the hard ones because I still got a bit of neck bashing from the transitions with the soft ones.
Millennium Force (x8)- SV and Mav May be better coasters but this ride was the highlight of the trip for me. Anybody who thinks this ride is overrated is off their god damn rocker. This ride is absolutely amazing and is still one of the best coasters ever. The drop is absolutely insane and is the best drop outside of El Toro I’ve ever experienced. The first overbank is OMFG intense, and the speed is just jaw dropping. Also had a lot more air then I was expecting. The 2 main hills had some nice floater and the speed hill past the station has a nice pop of ejector. Don’t quite know what people are on about when they say it has no air. Night rides on this are also legendary. The ride is so warmed up it feels like it’s gunna rip it’s self apart and the crowd gets so rowdy. I’ve never seen a station as loud as this ride at night. It makes for one hell of an experience. MF night rides are definitely the most fun I’ve had on a coaster in a long long time.
Top Thrill Dragster (x2)- While having the lap bars is nice I really really don’t see how people think this is so much better than Ka. Sure outside the front row Dragster is probably much smoother but from the front seat (which is the only seat I sit in on these anyway) they’re literally the exact same in terms of smoothness. I honestly also think Ka’s launch is a bit stronger. They’re too similar for me too pick one. Dragster has the lap bars, Ka has a stronger launch. They kinda cancel each other out for me.
Magnum (x1)- Was pleasantly surprised by this. I expected a really bumpy old hyper with uncomfortable restraints that ruin the air time. I sat in the 2nd to last row and it wasn’t bumpy at all and the return run has some very good ejector. Solid hyper nothing special.
Raptor (x1)- I’m a huge fan of inverts and this one is no different. Not quite as good as Afterburn at Carowinds since that ride is more compact and a bit more intense. This ride has that helix of death tho, my lord that thing is insane.
Gatekeeper (x1)- This is my first wing coaster so it was a very cool experience. The wing over drop was really cool, the key holes were cool. Very forceless but a fun smooth and relaxing ride isn’t a bad thing.
Valravn (x1)- My first dive coaster, it was just ok. It just doesn’t do much for me. The drops are ok but everything else is just forceless and boring. The best restraints also aren’t really my favorite either.
Wicked Twister (x1)- Don’t really have much to say about this, it was decent. Had an ok launch.
Rougarou (x1)- This is a great floorless coaster. Not quite as good as Bizarro but almost as good. Very smooth for most part, I’ve heard some people complaining about this ride being rough but it’s not at all.
Gemini (x1)- Another ride I was pleasantly surprised by. It was smooth, had some good moments of airtime and watching people high five each other as the trains run next to each other was pretty entertaining.
Corkscrew (x1)- It sucks. The only bad coaster I rode there.
All in all a great day. Got on all that I wanted and some re rides without the fast lane. Next time I come back the fast lane will be in the budget and that should help me ride SV some more. What a wonderful park this is. I feel pretty lucky having SFNE as my homepark and having Great Adventure 3 hours away as a 2nd homepark. But if CP is your homepark I absolutely envy you.