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I was there today. Sky Ride was open and running. TTD was closed all day (which made me mad, every single time I go to CP its always closed for one reason or another.) Waits were pretty good during my time there with the exception of Steel Vengeance which was 2 hours pretty much all day. Since I rode SV the week before I concentrated my time on other things. (also no one I was with wanted to ride it) Magnum provided great backseat airtime, though those tiny hills kill your legs.

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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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While waiting in line for Steel Vengeance, the other weekend, I was thinking about how bad it's practical capacity actually is. The theoretical capacity is 1200 pph, but, in all practicality, with walks of shame and triple-checking restraints, they are only dispatching a train about every 2.5 minutes, dropping the capacity 576 pph. Assuming a 2:1 standby-to-fast lane ratio, the ride only moves 384 pph from standby and 192 pph from FL. Yikes! Really makes you appreciate Magnum and Gatekeeper, doesn't it?

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I am going to be "that guy" and ask a stupid question as despite being a CP visitor for many years, I have usually had a season pass in hand before the season started. Well, this year I have a Gold Pass Voucher to process. My wife and I are going to HalloWeekends tomorrow night and I was wondering if the voucher will cover my parking fee, or do I have to pay the $20 to park because I am technically not a Gold Pass Holder until the card is printed up? I couldn't seem to find the info on their website so I thought I'd ask if anyone here knows.

 

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From my experience at King's Dominion and Michigan's Adventure, if you show the voucher to the parking attendant they should scan it and let you in.

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I am going to be "that guy" and ask a stupid question as despite being a CP visitor for many years, I have usually had a season pass in hand before the season started. Well, this year I have a Gold Pass Voucher to process. My wife and I are going to HalloWeekends tomorrow night and I was wondering if the voucher will cover my parking fee, or do I have to pay the $20 to park because I am technically not a Gold Pass Holder until the card is printed up? I couldn't seem to find the info on their website so I thought I'd ask if anyone here knows.

 

Thanks!

 

FWIW at Kings Island I had to pay for parking, then they reimbursed me at the pass processing. It was dumb but I gave them a $20 and they gave me it back 5 minutes later.

 

I actually had a similar question since I'm going tomorrow too (hopefully the crowds will be decent!). I bought the Platinum Pass and have the CP app with the virtual pass. I don't see anything about being required to get a physical copy of it. I couldn't find anything on the site about it either.

 

Has anyone else gotten a Platinum Pass/Pass and just used the QR code to get entry? Not sure if I'll have time to get it processed before the early entry at 5PM so I'm hoping I can go to the park first and worry about processing it later.

 

Thanks!

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(hopefully the crowds will be decent!)

 

I have been hoping for that all week!

 

I bought the Platinum Pass and have the CP app with the virtual pass. I don't see anything about being required to get a physical copy of it. I couldn't find anything on the site about it either.

 

Has anyone else gotten a Platinum Pass/Pass and just used the QR code to get entry? Not sure if I'll have time to get it processed before the early entry at 5PM so I'm hoping I can go to the park first and worry about processing it later.

 

Thanks!

 

This is all I was able to find (guess I should have looked here first for the parking issue - sorry!), but it confused me even more:

How do I get my pass after I purchase?

 

In your email order confirmation, you will receive a season pass voucher. This will be used for parking upon your first visit, and you will exchange this voucher for a physical card as you enter the park at the gate. This voucher can be printed, or displayed on a mobile phone.

 

So does this mean I can bypass the Season Pass Center and I will be given a pass at the main entrance turnstiles? That doesn't sound right to me but that's what the website says. And as far as the App goes, I bought my Gold Pass on the day they were announced and at that time it showed up in the App as a valid ticket. Now, it's no longer there and I can't add it. Gotta love modern technology!

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Yes. Proceed to the turnstile. They will scan your paper (or app) and give you a physical card. They just scan the card and hand it over to you. Good to go. Any of them can do it. No need to waste time at the windows/customer service/etc.

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Yes. Proceed to the turnstile. They will scan your paper (or app) and give you a physical card. They just scan the card and hand it over to you. Good to go. Any of them can do it. No need to waste time at the windows/customer service/etc.

 

They will also take your pic at the turnstile with a webcam style camera. I watched them do this to quite a few people all summer.

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This is what the Disneyland Resort did at their entry gates, when we were there over a week ago. Although all we had, were four day park-hopper passes, they were on paper as we don't have cell phones . We each gave ours to the nice lady at our gate, she smiled and said "smile", we did, and our cards were instantly given to us. Very easy thing to do.

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Our Knott's hotel keys, which were rather...uh....back dated(?), beside our Disney Resort park-hopper passes.

David got the Falcon. And of course, I got Midway Mania. (o;

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I believe with this new process you can also process your pass at either the Marina Gate or Resort gate. But please call and check before doing this as I'm only like 85% positive lol.

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I believe with this new process you can also process your pass at either the Marina Gate or Resort gate. But please call and check before doing this as I'm only like 85% positive lol.

 

Love it. I'll confirm tomorrow!

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Confirmed. Got it at the Magnum gate no problem.

 

Only problem yesterday was that Maverick was down all night. It was really weird to see the park busy, but half of the rides motionless. It really is a long list of closed rides. We had fun, though!

 

Oh one more thing. There is a list of scare zones, like Blood On the Bayou and Cornstalkers, but they are outdoor haunted houses. Not just an area of the path with fog and actors like the wilderness path by MF. Don't miss Cornstalkers 2.0! Get there early though it had a loooooong line after we go out of it.

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I was amazed at how busy the park was last night. We didn’t arrive until 7:30 and it took us 20 minutes to get in at the main gate. The pass process was relatively painless as others have said though!

 

This year’s Midnight Syndicate show wasn’t as good as prior years. There was a heavy focus on the “story”, which featured the use of old school magic tricks and less focus on Gavin and Ed and their music. It wasn’t bad, don’t get me wrong, but I think I enjoyed the show more when they played more of their music.

 

The only fright zone we got to do was Trail of the Forsaken. I didn’t know that this zone had been reduced in size. And that reduction in size seemed to come with a reduction in scares. We walked through in both directions and had not one scare. Of course, that could have something to do with the large number of people wearing No Boo necklaces.

 

This year’s new addition is called Boneyard Battleground. The park calls it an “entertainment zone”. Located in Celebration Plaza, there is a live band playing songs like “Chop Suey” from System of a Down, all while young girls grind and gyrate on various stages through the zone. At another point, a pole was brought out on stage and a girl was doing erotic moves on said pole. As we walked past families with children, one of the male visitors pulled out some dollar bills and started waving them at the performers. While I’m definitely not a prude, I was definitely surprised that Cedar Point signed off on this as they have traditionally been much more family friendly. Also in this zone we’re several food trucks which seemed to be overlooked as their corner is quite dark. In any case, it’s a unique idea, I’m just not sure if it will go over too well with the large number of families.

 

The CP app had Steel Vengeance with a 135 minute wait and Valravn and Millennium Force with 75 minute waits. That’s crazy for the second Friday of HalloWeekends. I’m guessing the warm weather had something to do with it. Well, that and the fact that all of northern Ohio now seems to have a Gold Pass (myself included!).

 

I’ll be heading back next week to see if I can check out the rest of the scare zones. CornStalkers no longer has FrightLane access, so that is going to have to be a first stop. There is a very cool pumpkin animatronic out front that seemed very popular with selfie takers.

 

Ok, I have rambled long enough. In conclusion, decent night but much busier than anticipated.

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It was closed all yesterday too. Bummer! The parking lot is full and there is a line going down the cause way. I'm sure there are only a few spots left. Fast Lane is saving the day! Minimal waits for those who have it.

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You could be having a worse day, like this seagull muching on a protien spill haha. Come on have some respect for yourself bird!

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^ YUCK.

 

That actually reminded me, of a protein spill on Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in DCA, of all places! Happened over a week ago, while we were visiting. The whole attraction stopped, until 'the mess' was cleaned up. It was amusing to watch, although I would have rather witnessed what actually happened, euuuuuuuw.

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I was also at the park yesterday evening, which included my first Steel Vengeance rides! Some quick hits:

 

Steel Vengeance: Relentless, imposing, so smooth, and such a wild, fun blur of an experience. The airtime over the first two big hills (the top hat and outer-banked hill) felt like pure flying through the air and had me laughing hysterically. The airtime is bananas. There's so much happening so rapidly that it's difficult to recall individual moments. The first drop, which would be the signature of most rides, is just one part of a larger ensemble that defies clear recall. The whole coaster seems like it's in fast-forward, giving you no time to think about each element as you shred through it. Contrary to some reviews, I never felt tossed around whatsoever -- in fact, I was mesmerized by how aggressive and graceful this ride is. And what a beautiful structure lit up at night! That's one aspect of Mean Streak that I'm glad was preserved.

 

My only caveat is one that I anticipated heading in: Steel Vengeance is like a huge slice of great cheesecake, where every bite is rich, creamy, and simply perfect, but when taken as a whole, I'm stuffed and can't devour another big piece right away. I was a little bit dizzy and tired after two rides, but they were phenomenal. I view this as a special attraction that I'll do just once or twice a visit, but I'm satisfied with that. A+.

 

Magnum: Still bumpy fun. I've had better and worse rides on it, but the airtime was all there, the first drop is still good, the setting remains one of my favorites, plus bonus tunnel effects!

 

Valravn: My first ride in the middle of the middle row was butter-smooth and fun as always. I love both dive drops. This coaster just puts a big smile on my face. However, later I rode in the far-left seat of the third row and I was startled by how rough it was. I don't know if it's just one unlucky ride or whatever, but it's the first bad ride I've had on it. I can forgive it and enjoy it again, I'm sure.

 

Millennium Force: My first ride before sunset was merely fine, but I came back later for extraordinary night rides that hauled. Iconic drop, great speed, and good airtime. It's hard to describe the hands-up fun that everyone has together which makes this such a memorable coaster in a way that can't be quantified by counting airtime moments or anything like that. To me, Steel Vengeance is a great dessert and Millennium Force is a great entree. I think they complement each other in the lineup, and I'm glad that both are at Cedar Point.

 

-- And that was it because while the park was pretty busy, my one issue was that too many rides were down. I knew going in that Dragster and others would be out, but Maverick and Raptor were surprise closures, leaving big gaps in the park where there just wasn't much for people to ride. The night was essentially a pick of Steel Vengeance, Millennium Force, Valravn, Magnum, or Gatekeeper. That's still a headlining list, but the closures and lack of depth were noticeable when set against packed midways with crowds looking for more to do.

 

-- I didn't go through any of the haunts with only a handful of hours to work with, but those lines looked long all night.

 

-- I didn't see any of the Peanuts characters or funny monsters walking around or in parades. While not scary, I like them and think they add charm to HalloWeekends. Does anyone know if they still roam during the day on Sat/Sun? Yesterday just seemed like a darker and more straightforward PG-13 event.

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