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P. 2017: Top Thrill Dragster RETIRED!?!?!?

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^ Don't miss the swim-up bar - it's the best attraction at Soak City!

 

To echo the sentiment about front seat of TTD at night, I rode it there with another single rider the first time I ever rode it - holy freaking crap was that crazy!

 

And of course, who could complain about a front seat night ride on MF either...that's another significant game changer right there. If you have FL+, I would definitely wait the extra 1/2 hour for the front if you have the time to spare.

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Also, I can't find a legit answer on when the Mayfly season is over. I'll be there the last week of August...will I have to worry about the bugs still?

 

Thank you!!!

 

i know a couple years ago waiting for the front long enough that the sun went down, and the bugs came out. i believe we were the first train to go through the lights. i was covered. hitting all them at 120 was no fun. shirt was covered as well as my face. LOL

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Especially once this new RMC is in the park. There's no real reason to be out of that area by Maverick/NewMeanStreak for too long.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Especially once this new RMC is in the park. There's no real reason to be out of that area by Maverick/NewMeanStreak for too long.

 

If they end up not getting an RMC I'll make sure I bring up this quote so everyone gets mad at you because you jinxed it.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

This is terrible advice. Do not listen to this person. Go hard or go home.

 

 

Seriously though, you need to ride it in the front and draw your own conclusions. It's okay in every seat (unlike Kingda Ka) but It's absolutely mind blowing in row 1. One or two people might disagree but very few people would deny that riding Kingda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster in row 1 is infinitely better than in any other row. Some may not do it based on wait time, but you need to experience it and decide for yourself.

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I imagine that, for most, if you've never ridden TTD before it's most likely your first time ever visiting CP. If that is the case, I highly recommend investing in Fast Lane Plus for one day, even if you are there multiple days. It turned a 3 hour wait for Valravn into 5 minutes when I used it in May.

 

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Just because I am curious. . . Were you dropped/thrown on your head as a child??

 

The front seat on TTD is the only place to sit.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Just because I am curious. . . Were you dropped/thrown on your head as a child??

 

The front seat on TTD is the only place to sit.

Sometimes having a bug screen is nice.

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We are staying at a super 8 after park hopping from cedar point to kings island, lol. Fast lane plus is definitely worth it!

 

The super 8 near Kings Island? Ew.

 

we made that mistake once too.

If you can still change your reservation, I stayed at the Baymont across the highway from Kings Island. It was cheap and actually a decent hotel.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

This is terrible advice. Do not listen to this person. Go hard or go home.

 

 

Seriously though, you need to ride it in the front and draw your own conclusions. It's okay in every seat (unlike Kingda Ka) but It's absolutely mind blowing in row 1. One or two people might disagree but very few people would deny that riding Kingda Ka or Top Thrill Dragster in row 1 is infinitely better than in any other row. Some may not do it based on wait time, but you need to experience it and decide for yourself.

 

Agreed. It was my last visit that I rode MF, TTD, Raptor in the front seat for the first time, rather than the back seat. I have to say that I prefer the front! Although the back for MF and Raptor's first drop are great. I still do like TTD in the back a lot because of the crawl over the top and then the whip straight down. Yes, please staple me in because it's terrifying to have any wiggle room at that point!!!

 

Excited to try Gatekeeper, Rougarou, and Magnum in the front row this coming trip

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^ Don't miss the swim-up bar - it's the best attraction at Soak City!

 

 

To chime in on the TTD station discussion, I do have to agree with the thought that watching the train in front of you depart from the front row of the second station, adds to the excitement, and anticipation! If I'm riding it with somebody who either hasn't ridden before, or is doing it in the front for the first time (as I did earlier this year), it's great hearing them get nervous and sweat it out as they watch the train in front launch!

 

As for which station has a shorter line, I found that on average, the left station (first station) has a shorter line, because for whatever reason, most people just seem to go into the nearest side to where the queue spills into that area, which is the right station side. I actually tracked our progress this year when going on the left, and we got to the station, and on the ride, much quicker than the people behind us who went to to the right side. Of course, if you go to the left, you won't have that experience I described earlier...

 

Again, all decisions about TTD need to be made with the understanding that a breakdown is imminent, you just don't know how imminent, imminent is! Generally, getting on it as soon after it re-opens from a breakdown, is the best time, as you probably have a good shot of getting on, and as others have mentioned, the line typically will be shorter.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Just because I am curious. . . Were you dropped/thrown on your head as a child??

 

The front seat on TTD is the only place to sit.

 

You think there's only one row on TTD and I'M the one that got dropped on his head?!

 

I was kidding. Front row is great on Dragster. I usually don't wait since I've been on the ride so many times, but any and all first time riders should definitely experience it at least once.

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I really like Dragster in any seat, and wouldn't recommend waiting for the front if the line is that much longer.

 

Just because I am curious. . . Were you dropped/thrown on your head as a child??

 

The front seat on TTD is the only place to sit.

 

You think there's only one row on TTD

 

There is only one row on Dragster.

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We are staying at a super 8 after park hopping from cedar point to kings island, lol. Fast lane plus is definitely worth it!

 

The super 8 near Kings Island? Ew.

 

we made that mistake once too.

If you can still change your reservation, I stayed at the Baymont across the highway from Kings Island. It was cheap and actually a decent hotel.

 

I agree 100% regarding the Baymont Inn recommendation. The wife and I stayed there for Coaster Stock 2015 for $90 per night and were quite pleased with the property. TPR member thrillrider stayed at the Super 8 for the event and had an awful experience and even encountered a bed bug! They are nasty as a huge pain to eliminate!

 

I normaly don't post hotel pictures, but I am going to make an exception in this case. We stayed at the super 8 hotel near the park, and it was one of the worst rooms we have ever stayed in. I would not recommend staying here. There were bed bugs and all kinds of nasty things.

 

Here is his trip report:

 

themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=70330&hilit=Coasterstock+2015+at+Kings+Island%21

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I don't know how people can stay in sh** hole hotels. I've seen too much sub-human nature to be able to comfortably stay in a $50 hotel room. I've seen the types of things that happen at some of these low budget heroin dens. This is why we have a Hyatt card which we use to pay for almost all of our expenses, before paying it off every month, and we rack up about 10 free nights a year with an annual cost of $75/year. If there's no Hyatt within driving distance we look for a Hilton or a Hampton. If all else fails, we'll very selectively choose a Holiday Inn. Make sure to read online reviews before choosing your hotel. Don't focus on the good reviews as much as the bad reviews. If we see that the majority of 1-2 star ratings have comments like "Four towels per day was not enough" or "Breakfast didn't include lactose free milk" we know we're probably good to go. Consistent reviews of "My room stunk" "The room was not clean" or "Dated rooms" are RED FLAGS. If you read anything at all about bugs STAY AWAY! Congratulations for saving $50/night when it will cost you thousands to properly exterminate a bed bug infestation while forever having an unclean feeling in your bedroom. While some people think $150.00 is expensive for a hotel room, peace of mind is priceless for me.

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^ This.

 

We stayed at that Super 8 last year and the room smelled of Cigarettes even though it was a nonsmoking room and the floor made our feet black. This year for coasterstock we stayed at the Baymont for a little bit more and we were much, much happier.

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^^ I largely agree except I recommend jumping between the large chains for example Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and Hyatt based on the promotions. Earlier this year Marriott was running a promotion where you got a free night if you had two seperate stays, so just make two one night stays. I earned the free night at cheap Fairfield Inns and used it at a hotel next to Magic Mountain charging $200+ on a weekend.

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