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on my 7 rides only 2 were grabbed by the MCBR. I was kind of glad because we were going stupid fast into the MCBR to the point that last little hop up onto the flat of it almost hurt and I am someone who loves intense coasters.

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No worries. Just getting me concerned as it is my #1 and I'm planning on going to the park this weekend.

Made it out to Cedar Point this past weekend, October 17th-18th with my mom and dad to visit my sister working at the park. My sister works at Dorney, but since they closed early, a bunch of full time

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At the park today. Going to see how many rides I can get on SV without fast lane, and only taking breaks for the bathroom and my 2 meals.

 

 

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The days we're gonna be at the park the temperature will be in the 90s - a little concerned they're going to ramp up the MCBR, hopefully I'm wrong.

 

So far it hasn’t slowed any train down today

 

 

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At the park today. Going to see how many rides I can get on SV without fast lane, and only taking breaks for the bathroom and my 2 meals.

 

 

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But the MCBR grabs hard enough that you can make a pit stop and get back to the train before it goes into the 2nd half of the ride so you won't need to let us know about the bathroom breaks.

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At the park today. Going to see how many rides I can get on SV without fast lane, and only taking breaks for the bathroom and my 2 meals.

 

 

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But the MCBR grabs hard enough that you can make a pit stop and get back to the train before it goes into the 2nd half of the ride so you won't need to let us know about the bathroom breaks.

 

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My past visit on Wednesday (mini photo TR for that, and Coastermania, still pending) was really the only time I thought the MCBR grab was noticeable of the 11 times I've ridden SV. And it didn't affect the second half, other than the drop off of the MCBR at all.

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So I got 7 rides on SV yesterday. It seemed like the line was a steady hour and a half all day. A lot of waiting which wasn’t fun but on the plus side I Asked for the back row every time and got it.

 

 

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I was at CP earlier this week and just finally got a chance to do a little trip report. Well, SV lives up to hype. I was a little wary with praise being heaped on it in the bucket loads and people saying it is their new #1 but I have now joined that tribe after riding it. It is relentless. No let up . It also provides new elements wrapped up in sweet smoothness. The second half of the run is just as good as the first half. Plenty of air time with a great first hill. Got a FP+ on Monday when it was 71 degrees and overcast. Then got a dozen rides on SV alone because the overcast sky's kept some of the crowds away. Only once did we wait more than 15 minutes for SV using FP+.

 

Just a few notes from the trip:

- For me, SV is a back row or train coaster. Liked the front. LOVED the back. Not a bad seat though anywhere on this beast.

- SV's crew ran a tight ship, great operations. Solid operations throughout the park for everything else I rode except Gatekeeper.

- I really liked the way they restored the lights in the Maverick's tunnel.

- Saw a Maverick roll back during ERT. We were locked and loaded in the first car still in the loading station when the train ahead of us shot up the ramp, stopped at the top, paused and then proceeded to slowly glide back to the original launch position. They tried to trouble shoot for about 3-4 minutes then thankfully made the call right away to let us out so we could get to other rides. The group out on the track unfortunately had to wait to be unlocked and escorted off. Don't know how long that took.

- On Thursday morning we entered at the first Boardwalk entrance and not the Waterpark like the day before and got real lucky. They only had one person there at the entrance after you get past security and he must have been new and not known the drill for early entry. He checked the 15-20 people there to make sure they had either early entry passes or platinum passes which was odd because they already did that before we go into the holding zone. But then he proceeded to let us enter 10 minutes BEFORE the national anthem played instead of after. We got down to a little past the waterpark entrance until we stopped for the national anthem. After that we kept going to SV and got a ride in before 9:24 am (bonus, in the back row). Then went to Maverick for a 1 train wait followed by 2 MF rides with less than 10 minutes waits a piece. We got those four done by 10:00 am. What an ERT hour.

- SV is really keeping the ERT lines much shorter than usual for Maverick and MF.

- A huge THANK YOU to all of those who in this forum said to ride Cedar Downs. Thanks for getting through to my coaster/thrill ride thick skull to take the time to ride this. This was my fourth visit to CP and I had seen this ride, it looked unique but never had the desire to ride it. But since so many recommended it on this forum we gave it a shot. What a fun little ditty of a ride. A hidden gem. Made everyone smile while riding it. They just don't make them like this anymore. It is now a must do for me once every visit now.

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- A huge THANK YOU to all of those who in this forum said to ride Cedar Downs. Thanks for getting through to my coaster/thrill ride thick skull to take the time to ride this. This was my fourth visit to CP and I had seen this ride, it looked unique but never had the desire to ride it. But since so many recommended it on this forum we gave it a shot. What a fun little ditty of a ride. A hidden gem. Made everyone smile while riding it. They just don't make them like this anymore. It is now a must do for me once every visit now.

 

you are welcome! it's great, innit?

 

I absolutely love this ride, but the thing was even MORE fun, after an evening of Brews & BBQ (if you know what I mean)

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- A huge THANK YOU to all of those who in this forum said to ride Cedar Downs.

Ha, this is great. I don't think I've been part of the recent rounds of praise-singing, but I always am in spirit.

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- Saw a Maverick roll back during ERT. We were locked and loaded in the first car still in the loading station when the train ahead of us shot up the ramp, stopped at the top, paused and then proceeded to slowly glide back to the original launch position. They tried to trouble shoot for about 3-4 minutes then thankfully made the call right away to let us out so we could get to other rides. The group out on the track unfortunately had to wait to be unlocked and escorted off. Don't know how long that took.

I don't think those breakdowns last too long. Towards the end of ERT at Coastermania, we were near the bathroom by Skyhawk when we saw one happen. It couldn't have been more than 15 minutes later that we were seated on the train awaiting our ride.

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This is probably the most out of the blue thing to be posted on this thread right now considering the many things that are likely much more important but for the past couple years - especially with the upgrade of the on-peninsula water park, I’ve been seriously wondering when Cedar Point will upgrade Castaway Bay - both the hotel and the water park itself. Breakers Express was just updated and renovated this past year and became the Cedar Point Express, Breakers has been renovated and expanded several times in the past 4 years, Sandcastle Suites is gone, and now it seems the only Cedar Point hotel to not get much of any attention is their Castaway Bay (sort of) year-round resort hotel and indoor water park. Since opening in 2004, it has seen one small renovation in 2011 adding new TVs into the fitness rooms, new carpeting and water park WiFi. Plus I’m sure they make other small tweaks every now and again - like the addition of the roller coaster prints in the rooms. It’s unfortunate but since visiting the resort at least once a year since 2013, it seems to be sitting in limbo, really aging, and not aging well. It would be nice to see some sort of additions or renovations to the water park itself considering near by parks of the same nature are updated more often, and it would be nice to have something else to do whilst there. It’s a great park for a brief stay as it currently stands, which is totally fine with the world class water park and theme park down the street, but when those are closed, I feel like CB needs something to keep it up to par with the nearby attractions of similar nature

 

/ end of totally unexpected Castaway Bay rant

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I actually went to Castaway Bay earlier this year, after going many years ago and thinking it was great, and came away VERY underwhelmed this time around. It's been so far surpassed by Kalahari just down the road, that it's like it's getting lapped! I would think CP would invest more into it, unless they consider it too much of an investment to legitimately compete with Kalahari. In which case, they will likely just keep it as a "perk" hotel, rather than a destination hotel. There's just so much competition in that area (indoor waterpark), they may just deem it best not to invest too heavily there.

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Next month will be my first visit to CP and I’m staying in Breakers hotel for 4 nights and I bought tickets for the park + Fast Lane Plus in the hotel package. My question is how is the process of getting the actual tickets and Fast Lane Plus wristbands?

Do you go to the hotel front desk in the morning to receive your ticket and FLP wristband? Do you have to do this every morning? Is there usually a line for this?

I have no idea of how this process is going to be and I would appreciate it a lot if someone could explain it. Thanks!

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Next month will be my first visit to CP and I’m staying in Breakers hotel for 4 nights and I bought tickets for the park + Fast Lane Plus in the hotel package. My question is how is the process of getting the actual tickets and Fast Lane Plus wristbands?

Do you go to the hotel front desk in the morning to receive your ticket and FLP wristband?

 

Don't know about the FLP wristband, but my group had the 2 day pass and they gave me my tickets at the Breakers Front Desk. This was before our room was ready. I believe somewhere in the wording it said we could pick up our tickets as early as 8am, but we showed up at Noon. We left our bags in the lobby with the very friendly lobby gentlemen, then left for the park. When we came back they all took good care of us, took our bags up, answered other questions, they will take very good care of you. You may have to get the FLP in the park, the Front Desk will let you know.

 

Do you have to do this every morning? Is there usually a line for this?

 

The 4 of us had 1 ticket for 2 days. I imagine they will give you 1 ticket for all 4 days, it'll say on the ticket "4 day pass." If there are any lines you run into, and they aren't for food, all of them are pretty manageable and decent at Cedar Point.

 

I have no idea of how this process is going to be and I would appreciate it a lot if someone could explain it. Thanks!

 

I'll be honest with yah, 4 days is a while to be there, so I wouldn't worry about rushing, you'll have plenty of time to do plenty of things plenty of times. And if you have any questions or issues, all you have to do is go to the front desk in the lobby at Breakers and they pretty much will tell you right then and there what you're gonna need to do and where you're gonna need to go, and they'll point it out on the park map, and answer any questions you may have with more certainty and day-to-day accuracy than you'll get on here.

 

Our stay was really effortless and fun and there weren't any stupid nuances, besides not being able to walk around with 2 beers lol.

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^ This. We spent 4 days at the Breakers and I can testify, the front desk people make it very easy on one. 4 days may seem like a long time but makes for an ideal vacay. Plenty of time to do the waterpark and take time to do things you might not have considered with a shorter time constraint. The only thing I would recommend is that you keep your 4 day pass in a waterproof baggie or something. 4 days is a long time to hold onto your receipt for admissions.

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Thank you both! I will be there “only” for 3 full days because we are arriving late at night on the first night. I so think that it should be enough time for everything with FLP though. I will not be going to the waterpark.

Sounds like staff at Breakers is awesome so I’m sure it will be great.

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Thank you both! I will be there “only” for 3 full days because we are arriving late at night on the first night. I so think that it should be enough time for everything with FLP though. I will not be going to the waterpark.

Sounds like staff at Breakers is awesome so I’m sure it will be great.

 

We purchased the FL+ bundle with our hotel package and it was a bit confusing - but this is how it works.

 

When you check-in, they will give you two receipts for each person / package purchased. The first receipt will be your admission ticket (we had 3-day tickets - so there were three admissions on the same receipt). Be sure to get your hand stamped when you leave the park each day as that is your re-entry method once it's been scanned in the morning.

 

Your second receipt will be for the all-inclusive bundle. This is a bit of a pain, as you have to get your FL+ at any of the locations in the park that sell this (there is one right inside the Magnum gate). To get your dining wristband, you have to scan the same receipt at the first dining location you use it at to get another wristband. To get your all-day drinks, you have to scan the receipt again to get your drink wristband (up to three wristbands now). For the FunPix card - after your first ride, they'll scan the same receipt and give you a lanyard with a FunPix card on it. You'll need to give them an email address so you can view them online. You have to do this each day you have the bundle. It's kind of comical how inefficient this is. But, you have FL+, dining and drinks all day, so it's hard to complain too much.

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Thank you both! I will be there “only” for 3 full days because we are arriving late at night on the first night. I so think that it should be enough time for everything with FLP though. I will not be going to the waterpark.

Sounds like staff at Breakers is awesome so I’m sure it will be great.

 

I was there a couple weeks ago for 3 days, and we got FL+ on 2 of the days. Tuesday and Thursday were FL+, my sister was only there half the day Wednesday so we didn't do FL+ and mostly just went on the rides with shorter lines that we really didn't care about that my girlfriend hadn't been on before (Corkscrew, CCMR, Gemini, etc.) after running to SV for early entry.

 

Anyway, in that time we got on Steel Vengeance 18 glorious times, Millennium Force 7 times (didn't really use FL+ much for this but was still nice to cut out some of the wait), Top Thrill Dragster and Valravn 6 times each, Maverick 5 times, and Gatekeeper 4 times. Almost all of this was Tuesday and Thursday. There were also a couple of breakdowns that took about 2 hours out of our FL+ time, and the park closed at 8:00 all 3 nights.

 

My point is you'll have plenty of time to do what you want to do, but you won't get bored. After our 3 days there I still felt like we could have easily stayed another day. I'm sure you'll have a great trip!

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I was there for three days on Memorial Day Weekend and got the Breakers package. I thought about doing FL+ but glad I didn't...It would have been a waste of money. 3 days is more than enough time to get everything done and having the early entry helps even more. We got 2 rides on SV every morning before they opened the gates to regular folk. We even spent a day at the waterpark...Use early entry for that too and knock out the slides quick before the crowds get there and then get back to the park. If you're staying at Breakers for multiple days, I say save your money and don't do FL+. Do all the popular rides early and late and all the other less popular rides are less than 30 minutes during mid-day. Now if you were only going to spend 1 or 2 days, then I would recommend FL+.

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I went the weekend prior to Memorial Day. I fly into Ohio on that Saturday and spent an hour and half at the park and then I spent all day on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at the park. I stayed at Breakers and I am platinum. I didn't get FL+ and it worked out fine. I ended up with 9 rides on SV, 15 on MF, 11 on Maverick, 12 on Gate Keeper, 8 on TTD, 4 on Valravn, and 9 on Magnum. Monday was the busiest day and the day I got the fewest rides. I can see this being the case in May and June before it gets crowded. If it was a lot more crowded, say in July & early August, then I would budget a day, maybe 2 for FL+.

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Can I request a photo TR of the waterpark from a local? I feel like we never get pictures of CP Shores, even with all of the love it's received in the last couple years.

 

Bonus points for the swim up bar!

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Quick quick quick TR:

 

Went to the park on Father's day. It was SO HOT (yeah yeah, fight me). Did Gatekeeper, Valravn, Millennium Force, and Maverick during early entry with little to no waits.

 

I was a bit disappointed in Brew & BBQ this year. No food really stood out for me except for the brisket station you got a TON of meat for a "sample" and it was tasty, but the rest of the food wasn't that great IMO. I think the non-beer / cider selection was smaller this year (I know, it's about beer, but I don't drink that stuff) but what was there was pretty good. Had a really good pineapple cider I would go out and buy again. And I'm always a fan of ciderboys.

 

Sidenote: why are the tickets only good the day you purchased them? I ran into a few really pissed off people when the stands wouldn't accept their color of ticket from the day before.

 

Anyways, on the way out at 3pm-ish Millennium Force had a 1 train wait. To give you an idea of how busy it was; all the crowds were on the water rides and water park... I'm guessing.

 

Oh, I also got yelled at for filling an empty seat as a single rider. Guy refused to let me by him in the MF station and said I can get kicked out of the park. People are dumb.

 

Rode Steel err MEAL Vengeance 2x and I feel the ride just gets better the more I ride it. Thing was absolutely flying into the midcourse. That sideways jolt at the top is awesome lol.

 

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Great day but way too hot. Couldn't stay any longer to enjoy the small queues because I was melting. Oh well, we will be back (as always).

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