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I literally just got nauseous reading all of the glowing recommendations of the abomination that is FL-anything...

 

I mean, it could be worse. . . We could be promoting the VIP Tours, which my partner and I do at the park every year!! But I learned quickly how much people complain and get hurt when I talk about those.

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I literally just got nauseous reading all of the glowing recommendations of the abomination that is FL-anything...

 

I'm going to be the voice for dissent, and a different perspective... For future reference, to all of those who are non-regular CP attenders, who may plan to go in the future, I recommend a better option.... Do whatever you can to get to the park on a weekday in May, or even the last week of August, rather than taking it up the rear by getting FL+. I walked onto just about every ride all day one of the times I went to CP earlier this year during that time (including 3 Valravn rides, 2 of which were 10 minutes or less in the standby line), and only had one wait (our third time on Maverick) over 30 minutes all day. While that level of awesomeness may not be every weekday's experience, I've been going to CP virtually every year since the late 90's, and always get to ride whatever I want, however many times I want, without any ridiculously gratuitous extra costs whenever I go during this time. Rather than forcing yourself to "budget" more money to essentially get exploited by CP, plan ahead, and do what you can to "budget" your time so you can go when the park isn't going to be so crazy crowded, and as an added bonus the weather will be a lot more pleasant as well!

 

^this

 

For all those who say that can't go in May because of school or whatever, it's also pretty dead on weekdays in June. The park really doesn't start to get packed until July. I would highly recommend doing what we did and going weekdays in June. We missed no school and still got re-rides on everything without ever buying FL passes. Like I said earlier, I would never invest in FL passes before seeing what the crowds are like for the day I would need them, unless maybe it's a Saturday in July or August.

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It is all hit or miss regarding crowds during those times (May/June/late August).

 

We went during a weekend in mid-June (the weekend of the 10th to be exact) and this is how it played out...

 

Friday evening - park was dead with the exception of Valravn (90 minutes) and Maverick (1 hour). Everything else had short waits or no wait at all.

 

Saturday - we knew the park would be dead, but because it was 90 degrees, the Soak City lot was completely full. They were moving people to Sandcastle to park it was so mobbed. We left and went back to the hotel and returned to the front of the park around 5:30. Wicked Twister had about a 15 minute wait, Gatekeeper about 15, but Valravn and Raptor had 2 hour and 1 hour waits. We never went to the back of the park.

 

Sunday - I thought that the park would be fairly dead, but it took us about 30 minutes to get across the causeway...and this was around noon! Given that, we splurged the $73 for FL+ and walked on Valravn all day (1.5 hour wait when we were there), 13 minutes for Maverick (1.5 hour) and 20 minutes for MF (1 hour).

 

I am like others in that I would wait until you get there to see if FL+ is worth your time/money or not. If you are stuck in CP traffic on Rt. 2 or 250, you will probably want to run to the FL+ booth as soon as you get in the parking lot - the park will most likely be mobbed.

 

Two years ago, we went the very same June weekend and most of the rides were walk-on's on a Saturday...and the weather was 75 and sunny!!!

 

Like someone else posted, predicting the crowds at CP during those times of the year is almost as impossible as predicting what the weather will be like on those same weekends.

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I went on June weekdays and it was dead enough that it probably would have been fine to not use FL+, but we got FL+ the second day and it was awesome. Saved us the 90 minute wait for Valravn (according to the app) and the 30-45 minute line for Maverick. Even on less busy days it's nice to walk on to lower capacity rides, especially Maverick.

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Hi everyone. I'm going to be visiting Cedar Point on Saturday, August 13; 5 years since my previous (and first) visit to the park. Last time, I was only able to ride 7 of the coasters that were there at the time due to bad weather. The real kicker was that I was on line for Disaster Transport right before they closed it due to rain, and they ended up removing the following year!

 

Anyway, since some of you have more experience with this park than I do, do you have any recommendations for an order of coasters to go on? I've already ridden Millennium Force, Magnum, Iron Dragon, Wicked Twister, Blue Streak, Corkscrew, and Mantis (when it was still a stand-up coaster). I would absolutely love to ride some of them again, but my biggest priority is to ride all the ones that were built since then (Valravn and Gatekeeper) and the ones I couldn't ride last time (i.e. Dragster, Raptor, Gemini, etc).

 

Short Version: What's a good plan of attack for the coasters at Cedar Point? Preferably NOT starting with Millenium Force or Magnum? Also, has the VR thing for Iron Dragon ended already, or will it be around by the time I visit (August 13)?

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^Start with Maverick (early entry if you have a Platinum pass or are staying at any of the CP properties). You're going on a Saturday in early August so if you can get FL+ that's highly recommended as it will be packed^100. I've heard even FL queues can get up to 30-45 minutes on the busiest days, and even on a totally dead day Maverick's normal line will be around that number as well.

Valravn will also have a ridiculous line but everyone will be going to that first so wait until later to ride it.

 

If you only have one day at the park and it's a Saturday I feel like FL+ is a must, even if you've already ridden many of the coasters, most of the ones you didn't ride are the ones that get full queues. If it's not in the budget, you can definitely get in a few rides, the ones I'd prioritize are Maverick (because it's one of the best rides in the park, up there with MF), Valravn (new hotness and also one of the top coasters at the park), and Dragster (self-explanatory).

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I am going to recommend the same thing. You will need to budget in FastLane+. Just buy the admission and FL+ combo tickets for $115 each. It offers a bit of savings vs buying separately. I agree to hit Maverick first. I can tell you I like it both in the front and the back. Because of how it is designed you're going to get awesome airtime in any seat. Views from the front are just awesome though. And again I have to agree, wait until later in the day for Valravn. After Maverick maybe head up to hit Raptor, Gatekeeper, and Rogarou. Rogarou is worth a ride. In my opinion it is much better than when you stood up. Still not an amazing coaster but it is a fun one to experience. You could then hit TTD. With FL+ you typically only wait from the ramp up into the station. I've never had to wait that long in FL for dragster. It's worth waiting for front row. Something I like to do with Dragster is; if you see it's not open yet but maybe they are running tests, I've stood and waited at the entrance until it's opened. I think the longest I ever stood there was a half hour, but when the line opened, we were one of the first through the FL+ entrance and had virtually no wait and went for front row. That could be worth it. Really depends on what you deem to be worth it or not. It's just something I have done that's worked out in our favor a few times. Granted, we go often and can afford to waste some time. So keep that in mind.

By this time, I would say, go ahead and head over to Valravn. It should be afternoon by now. The line will still be long. But won't be as bad as early in the day. The line moves fast. Their operations have been very good every time I have visited and they take a lot of people from the FL+ queue each train.

 

A couple fun rides to do if you have the time and desire are maXair and Pipe Scream.

 

I hope this helped. have a great time!

Oh! And get familiar with the map a little bit of you can. It's nice to be able to just walk around and not have to wonder what way to go or to know where everything is in relation to your current location.

The CP app is also a great tool. It does help show you where you are in the park, you can mark the location of your car in the parking lot(super helpful) and it shows wait times, though not very accurate, it gives some idea of what things are looking like.

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I found this post from Cedar Point on Facebook rather funny...

 

The Valravn’s mystical aerial stunts always include at least three inversions, all at 75 mph.

 

I didn't know Valravn always had at least three inversions. That makes it sound like sometimes when you ride the coaster, there will randomly be 4, or 5 inversions. . . Also, "all at 75mph" makes it sound like the second and third inversions are taken at 75mph. . . which... Well, they aren't.

 

Anyway, just me looking to far into a post. Obviously the GP will never know any different. Half of them think the coaster has a 5,000ft tall vertical drop, 1900 inversions, and is still going 2,000 mph when it hits the brake run.

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Thank you guys for your feedback! I'll try my best to convince everyone in my party to get FL+ passes, but it looks like Maverick is priority #1, followed by Valravn. I can't wait for next month!

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I saw this on Twitter, and I'm wondering if anyone sees this as a clue? The poster said something along the lines of "Maybr it's just the train, or maybe it's a clue" I look at this, and I see the Dive Coaster on that one T-Shirt from last year. Something subtle but blatantly obvious to the enthusiasts.

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They actually had a shirt with a dive coaster on it as a clue last year?

 

Yes. If I remember correctly it was a black shirt with a dive coaster front and center, with other coasters around it. This was long before the announcement of Valravn. There is a picture of it on this site some where...

 

I could see the "Iron Horse" as a clue.

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Hey guys, I hate to put a damper on any possible clues for an RMC Streak (because yes, it likely WOULD be the best thing ever!), but Iron Horse on that board probably refers to Iron Horse Porter, which is a Brew Kettle Craft Beer that they sell at Cedar Point (themed to the CP&LE Railroad, according to THIS.) Additionally, Frontier Trail refers to Frontier Trail Ale, which I have actually partaken of at that very establishment a couple of times this year. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but sadly, I don't think this is a clue...

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Hey guys, I hate to put a damper on any possible clues for an RMC Streak (because yes, it likely WOULD be the best thing ever!), but Iron Horse on that board probably refers to Iron Horse Porter, which is a Brew Kettle Craft Beer that they sell at Cedar Point (themed to the CP&LE Railroad, according to THIS.) Additionally, Frontier Trail refers to Frontier Trail Ale, which I have actually partaken of at that very establishment a couple of times this year. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but sadly, I don't think this is a clue...

 

Yeah, IH is one of CP's beers but it seems like they put it in a position in which it could be a clue. Of course anything's a possibility at this point so who knows

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Hey guys, I hate to put a damper on any possible clues for an RMC Streak (because yes, it likely WOULD be the best thing ever!), but Iron Horse on that board probably refers to Iron Horse Porter, which is a Brew Kettle Craft Beer that they sell at Cedar Point (themed to the CP&LE Railroad, according to THIS.) Additionally, Frontier Trail refers to Frontier Trail Ale, which I have actually partaken of at that very establishment a couple of times this year. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but sadly, I don't think this is a clue...

 

Yeah, IH is one of CP's beers but it seems like they put it in a position in which it could be a clue. Of course anything's a possibility at this point so who knows

 

Between that, the markers, the rumors of it closing after July, and a lot of wishful thinking. Where there's smoke there's Mean Streak.

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