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Or writing stuff down as part of the tasks. Knott's stuff is literally "run around with a stick horse", playing bingo, doing scavenger hunts, and spending a lot of time interacting with people in character. If that's the future of theme parks, much as I felt after doing the video game rides at HubZero in Dubai, I am extremely not interested.

The Knott's Ghost Town Alive and HubZero are two very different things. HubZero IMO was just another "virtual reality" park filled with "attractions" that weren't good video games or rides. Ghost Town Alive is actually fun and interactive with REAL people. It's not a "ride" or an "attraction" in any way, but it's super fun.

 

I've done a few of these "interactive theater" types of things now and I really like them a lot.

 

The best part of about it is that if you don't do it, you're not missing anything and it won't take away from your day at the park. It's purely optional.

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Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

OK these are freaking cool. https://cedarpointonlineshop.com/

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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So my friends and I are road tripping down to CP for Sat, Sun and possibly half of Monday for the first time.

With the weather being 30% thunderstorms, do you see the need for fastpass?

Should I presume to rush to Steel Vengeance first?

What are the best food options?

What are some great Restaraunts and bars in the area?

Is there anything outside the park worth going to?

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^^ Famous Dave's is a pretty good lunch spot on the park peninsula, outside the Marina gate right on the water. If you are staying on property, do the early entry and head straight to Steel Vengeance. Best to get it out of the way, and you can try to come back to it later in the day if you feel like waiting.

 

Outside the park, my favorite for the past couple years has been Small City Taphouse which is in downtown Sandusky. Amazing tap list, and very good sushi.

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Well, weather looks good here for tomm (so for once I may actually not have my flights delayed) and looks clear for Fri.

Seems mother nature is gunna hold off

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Nice report.

 

Valravyn 3x- I absolutely love this coaster and don't understand the negative opinions. To each their own but it seemed as good or even better to me than Sheikra and Griffon. The splash down has never done anything for me other than its aesthetics.

 

I actually really came to enjoy Valravyn last trip. I mean, I always liked it, but for some reason I really enjoyed the drop in the back row this time and found the airtime hill and inversions to be a little more interesting. Who knows why. It's funny how some rides can be experienced a little differently from time to time, maybe depending on expectations and mood. As I get older, rides don't necessarily need to be so bat shit crazy to be enjoyable.

 

I will say, however, that although Valravyn's layout is better than Sheikra and Griffon, I think the second drops on those rides are better experiences. Specifically, dropping into a tunnel and into a ravine, respectively, makes the drops feel a little more intense, to me at least. I like all three of them for different reasons.

 

 

Gatekeeper 2x- This was my biggest question mark of the trip. What a beautiful coaster and I love the entire gatekeeper plaza. I will say that I absolutely loved the ride but totally understand the criticism of the MCBR and what follows. Seems like they were so creative for most of the ride and then got real tired and just wanted to finish up the design in order to go to bed. Still an amazing ride.

 

I actually don't get the criticism of the MCBR and what follows. It's not a "mid-course" anything --- it's basically an almost-end-of-the-course brake. The vast majority (what, 80%?) of the ride happens before the MCBR, and it's lots of cool stuff over thousands of feet of track. There is only a little turn /helix and then a little bump hill into the final brake. To me, the "MCBR" on Gatekeeper is almost (but not quite) like the brake on the final tunnel exit from Magnum. So, if you didn't like what preceded the MCBR on Gatekeeper, so be it, but that's where the ride is actually located.

 

I love Gatekeeper as a change of pace, re-rideable, just "fun" ride. The right front outboard seat is cool, with that insane hanging upside down first drop and soaring over the airtime hill, with those views. Must be a sign of old age.

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We just have a regular 2 day pass and we are going to 've just offsite.

 

Okay. So, first off I want to apologize.

 

I hate when some a**hole shows up and tells you what you should have done when it's too late to do it but this sucks and it sucks so much that I feel like if it were me I'd call the park, be super, super nice and hope that they take pity on me and see if there's anything they could do. The answer is probably no, but it's worth asking.

 

They were running a deal on Platinum Passes that ended about 36 hours ago that included all of next season and unlimited visits this season and a free Fastlane Plus. The deal is now that you only get one visit this season and no free Fastlane.

 

Had you done that (assuming they would have let you upgrade your tickets which I'm not 100% sure of but I know Six Flags does that), you would get 1 hour Early Entry all 3 days, free parking all 3 days, free admission every day including that third day that you're on the fence about, free Fastlane Plus for Sunday and you'd save about $50 each on your Fastlane Plus for Saturday since you get Plus for the price of regular. Plus you'd save on everything you buy at the park (and park-owned restaurants outside the park and you'd have a season pass to every park in the chain until the end of next year.

 

That said, assuming they can't help you and you keep these tickets then there's strategically no point in going to Steel Vengeance first without Fastlane Plus because it'll have a 90-120 minute wait by the time you get there on Saturday. Honestly I'd probably go to Dragster or Millennium Force. Millennium Force would have been running for an hour also but the line should still be manageable. Dragster doesn't open until 10:00 anyway. That said, if you can't help yourselves and you're super hyped to ride Steel Vengeance then I mean... go for it. I get it.

 

Call the park though. I'm not optimistic but the worst they can say is no and it's always worth asking.

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Well, weather looks good here for tomm (so for once I may actually not have my flights delayed) and looks clear for Fri.

Seems mother nature is gunna hold off

 

I will be there tomorrow and Friday as well...can't wait!

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Well, weather looks good here for tomm (so for once I may actually not have my flights delayed) and looks clear for Fri.

Seems mother nature is gunna hold off

 

I will be there tomorrow and Friday as well...can't wait!

 

Awesome!

Sadly just Friday for me. Well, if by some chance you see me around feel free to say hi. I will be that guy running around alone

but also will be wearing probably a NY Giants shirt

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My thoughts on what is coming to the island is a mix between the interactive wound at Universal and, something like the pirate or sourachers of the magic kingdom games at Magic Kingdom. Could be a fun little way to waste some time and escape in the park.

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I happen to be going Friday as well. That will help with the "TPR Takeover" lol.

 

Ha awesome! Well, I will be wearing a Pink Floyd shirt tomm, if anyone sees me feel free to yell out.

Sure, I'm likely not to be the only one so could be awkward but, oh well

 

Noob question btw, Ive never used FL here. I printed out my FL+ I assume I take it to the gate when I enter. What do they give you? How does the FL+ work here? Wristband? I reckon it doesn't take too long to do, but to be safe is there any significant amount of time I need to give myself to be ready for early access?

Yeah, Im trying to withhold excitement and failing

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^You don't take it to the gate. Bring it to any one of the many retail shops that offer FL. Most gift shops seem to sell them, just look for the FL sign in front of the shop. They don't start selling them until 10:00, they don't sell them during ERT. And, yes, you will get a wristband. Have fun, I want to go back!

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As long as you're there when the gates open for early access, you'll be fine. You don't really need to give yourself any extra time.

 

FL works easy. Just go to the clearly marked FL entrance and show them your bands. A few of the larger coasters now have an area where you have to scan your FL bands at the FL entrance. Then, you have to scan them again at the station. Either way, there's an employee there to help instruct you.

 

As others have said, get your FL band from one of the many shops that sell the passes. Otherwise, you'll be waiting. These shops will be clearly marked and they're pretty much everywhere gifts are sold. Spring for the Funpix if you can swing it. Have fun.

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Ah see, didn't know they don't sell em during early access. That certainly eliminates my question.

Glad I asked! I deff would not have thought to have done that and yall just saved me some time and effort.

Seems odd, I mean I paid, I got this big receipt, just give it to me easy but I reckon this is a great way to get people to go to the gift shops!

 

Thanks all, and Doug glad you enjoyed!

Ive gotten spoiled, been idk 7, 8 times so its something to go with a ton of excitement over a new ride.

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Its been a while since I've visited, but I'm going to the park next Thursday and staying at Breakers Express to get the all important early entry. Does anyone know if you can park in the lot by Breakers / the waterpark if you aren't staying at Breakers or going to the waterpark? Trying to get closer to Steel Vengeance at the start. Thanks!

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I happen to be going Friday as well. That will help with the "TPR Takeover" lol.

 

Ha awesome! Well, I will be wearing a Pink Floyd shirt tomm, if anyone sees me feel free to yell out.

Sure, I'm likely not to be the only one so could be awkward but, oh well

 

Noob question btw, Ive never used FL here. I printed out my FL+ I assume I take it to the gate when I enter. What do they give you? How does the FL+ work here? Wristband? I reckon it doesn't take too long to do, but to be safe is there any significant amount of time I need to give myself to be ready for early access?

Yeah, Im trying to withhold excitement and failing

 

If you're wearing a Pink Floyd shirt, I will notice...well, cuz Pink Floyd.

 

If you see a guy wearing a Meat Puppets Heuvos shirt, that'll be me. Probably not a lot of people will be wearing that one. lol

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I’ll be there in an “I’ll be your Gatekeeper” shirt and the Maverick “wild ride” shorts.

 

Kidding, I won’t be there, but have fun guys.

 

 

Or if Zach shows up pointing at coasters with a 'Killin' It Daily' shirt on...also free beer all day for him. lol

 

Thoughts on Cedar Shores...

 

* Muffleheads swim-up bar had people drinking alcohol in the enclosed pool area, but nobody at the actual bar serving drinks - it looked abandoned /defunct. But at the gate, no one was manning it and it said that Muffleheads was closed. WTF?

 

Private party in the middle of the week with no actual bartender, or were people just going in there anyway? A weird experience for sure.

 

Luckily Schooners bar nailed a good Mai Tai with a half cup of booze. F$ck Muffleheads.

 

Note that some of the mixed drinks here are cheaper than the draft beer. And fun fact: they were being liberal on the booze...just saying. And anyone from CP reading this, don't take that negatively!!! ☺

 

* The "new" slides are fun, but they need a few more thrills like a funnel or toilet bowl slide. For Cedar Point, it's a good water park, but not elite. I can see where this will likely change though.

 

* Love the re-theme to Lake Erie, but damn...every tree that was in the water park is gone. Love all of the plants and Adirondack chairs though.

 

* Ride op's and service at the water park were sub-par for Cedar Point standards.

 

 

I know CP ride op's will be killing it on all of the major rides tomorrow though.

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