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

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So we are at CP right now. SV was down all day. Something apparently happened during testing but no one was spilling the beans. They shut it down and cleared the line before 11 and never handed out the ride passes.

 

We had no trouble getting an early standby ride on Maverick and then passes for Mav,MF,and TTD. TTD did go down for a short time but they then did not hand out the afternoon passes and instead honored all the morning passes at any time.

 

Gemini was indeed racing and hand slapping was in full force.

 

Rougarou and WT were operational, in fact I believe all the coaster were running other than SV. A few long lines due to reduced capacity but definitely quieter than a normal July day.

 

Parking lot at the Breakers half full. They did open the resort gate by ten so you could get in line for one of the big 4 and get a standby ride first thing. You will get a big advantage of you can swing staying on property with the early resort gate opening. Also if you stay on property they will do your health and temp check when you check in and give you a wristband, so no wasting time getting in the resort gate. And I agree with Zach that the Breakers is worth it. It's not about the room, it's about location and amenities.

 

Be fairly warned, they shut the park down immediately at 8, not just rides but stores and restaurants too.

 

I did spend some time sleuthing and chatting up some employees. Apparently the rumor going around is that there will be Halloweekends but that they might do it earlier. Not sure what advantage that would provide.....take that with a grain of salt. I was also told that the Carpet ds employees were going home in a couple weeks. I'm assuming about the time they go to weekends only.

 

Overall it was a lot more normal than I thought but definitely a diminished experience. Missed the flower beds and living wall. But of course operations are more important.

 

No indication whatsoever that they plan on selling g fastpasses.

 

We'll be here tomorrow as well and will post more soon as I can.

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I was at the park today as well - they actually did get Steel Vengeance open shortly after 7 pm. By the time I had reached the entrance (around 7:20), they had it closed off, but I showed them the receipt for my locker and they were happy to let me enter as the very last rider in the standby line. Major kudos to the staff - that was really nice of them

 

Good luck tomorrow - hopefully everything stays open!

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Good to know, we were up by GK during the last hour so obviously missed it, bit gives us hope that it will be up tomorrow.

 

I forgot to mention that we did see many employees cleaning rides and sanitizing queue railings.

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This may be an unpopular opinion but I think that Top Thrill Dragster and WindSeeker should be relocated to other Cedar Fair properties or dismantled at some point if they can't function in high winds since Cedar Point will have a lot of windy days every season solely based on its location. Also, I didn't realize Valravn had small storage bins in the station.

Top Thrill Dragster will go nowhere untils it's broken beyond reasonable thinking. It may stay even longer.

Windseeker will be crappy in winds anywhere outside any bulding.

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I was also told that the Carpet ds employees were going home in a couple weeks. I'm assuming about the time they go to weekends only.

 

 

You made me look up the "living wall," and that's pretty cool! I'll have to check it out if it comes back in the future.

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You bet Bert!

 

The boy was able to get in 5 rides on SV between 11-12 when they then would only accept access passes. The other 3 coasters looked about the same. So if you get to the gate (especially the resort gate) early, get right in at 10.....you can get at least a few rides in on one of the coasters and then get in line for an access pass.

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This may be an unpopular opinion but I think that Top Thrill Dragster and WindSeeker should be relocated to other Cedar Fair properties or dismantled at some point if they can't function in high winds since Cedar Point will have a lot of windy days every season solely based on its location. Also, I didn't realize Valravn had small storage bins in the station.

Take away a Cedar Point staple and send it to Dorney?

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Haha they would have to dig a 200+ foot ditch to put Dragster in just to get around Lehigh County's height limit. Fun Fact: That's why Steel Force is built where it is.

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Somebody asked for advice on Facebook, and since my 2016 map is now outdated and thankfully another Rodeway Inn/crack house in Sandusky is no longer there, I created an updated "Choice Hotels" map.

 

Choose wisely.

 

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Don't expect a 4 star hotel, or a good breakfast, but it's clean, some rooms are really strange (maybe just the suite?), and it's more then acceptable especially for the price.

 

Don't forget, imaginary friends and quiet kids stay free!

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Like I said I knew it wouldn't be a popular opinion, but when you have a marquee attraction like Top Thrill Dragster (which isn't as unique anymore because of Kingda Ka) and people are traveling multiple hours across a number of states and paying a lot of money to come to Cedar Point for what might be just one day, it looks pretty bad to not open it with high winds as an excuse. This is especially the case considering that there's going to be A LOT of windy days based on the location of the park, and I never witnessed one rollback while I was at the park.

 

On another note, here are the rides I made it on in order including wait times when I was at the park this past week:

 

Grabbed Steel Vengeance (12-1) Maverick (1-2) and Millennium Force (12-1) access passes before riding any coasters

 

Rougarou (less than 10 minutes)

Iron Dragon (less than 10 minutes)

Valravn (20-40 minutes)

Steel Vengeance (50-70 minutes) (included a brief maintenance delay)

Maverick (20-40 minutes)

Cedar Creek Mine Ride (less than 10 minutes)

Millennium Force (30-40 minutes) (got in line after my designated time frame but they didn't check)

Magnum XL-200 (10-20 minutes)

Gemini (10-20 minutes)

Power Tower (20-40 minutes)

Wicked Twister (10-20 minutes)

GateKeeper (20-40 minutes)

Raptor (20-40 minutes)

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Every coaster was open while we were there on Thurs, Fri, and Sat morning with the exception of SV on Thurs but that was some sort of maintenance issue. Of the non access pass coasters, Valravn seemed to have the most consistent longer lines.

 

We actually have plans to go back the first weekend of October for Halloweekends, planned before the extent of the shutdown was realized. Now just waiting to hear if I will need to cancel that or not.

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We actually have plans to go back the first weekend of October for Halloweekends, planned before the extent of the shutdown was realized. Now just waiting to hear if I will need to cancel that or not.

 

What shut down? did i miss something

 

Also do they not start giving ride passes out till 11?

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I mean THE shutdown, we booked the Halloweekends trip before I realized it was going to be more than a few weeks delayed start to the season. Unless you are being sarcastic then, lol, I can't tell.

 

No they do not start giving out ride passes til 11. You can get in at 10 and on the big 4 there will be two lines, one standby that they will shut down after a certain number are in and one line pass that last until the tickets are given out. And they will only give one line pass per person so no getting in line for the group. Our experience was that you could get in the standby line and get a ride, or sometimes 3-4 rides in, and then get in the pass line to get a pass for later in the day. Also, they do a second pass handout at 3:30 for evening times.

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Well Invertalon you are well connected.

 

https://www.cedarpoint.com/park-update

 

A Message from Jason McClure, Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point

August 4, 2020 Update

 

Cedar Point has been thrilled to welcome guests back to the park this year. 2020 has truly been a unique season, and I thank our guests and team members for making Cedar Point a fun and safe place to visit. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation with the park’s new health and safety measures – we are getting through this together.

 

Because of the ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we have had to make some important decisions regarding the remainder of 2020. Here are some updates we’d like to share:

 

A new “Tricks and Treats Fall Fest” will be introduced starting September 12. This event will take the place of HalloWeekends for 2020 only, and has been designed with unique entertainment, food and activities for all ages. This event will enable better social distancing and capacity management. You’ll hear more exciting details in the coming weeks.

Post Labor Day, Cedar Point will be open Saturdays & Sundays only, with the last operating day of the 2020 season expected to be Sunday, November 1.

Keep in mind that all 2020 Season Passes and add-on products have been extended through the 2021 season. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead and can’t wait to show you a host of ways to have fun, including:

 

Our rescheduled 150th Anniversary Celebration;

The Snake River Expedition family adventure ride;

The Celebrate 150 Spectacular parade and street party; and

The continuation of our Ticket of a Lifetime contest, with new opportunities to win while inside the park.

2021 Season Passes will be available for purchase beginning September 8, 2020. We all look forward to having fun safely for the rest of 2020 and beyond. There are many days left for summer fun, and we hope to see you in the park soon.

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As I am finishing up my time at CP tomorrow, I have to agree with many of the previous posters here. Cedar Point has gone above and beyond to make the theme park going experience during this strange and uncertain time a fantastic experience. While many of the operations are things that normally would really irritate me, (virtual queue in the form of access passes, assigned seating, closing the lines before park closing) I completely understand the need, and I believe the park has handled it very well. The access passes don't start until 12 PM, and end at 7, giving you roughly 2 hours to experience the access pass attractions without one. I was able to secure 15 rides on Steel Vengeance through these times alone since Saturday, and I still have one more day! While the assigned seating sucks, I had one experience where I was not able to ask for the back row if it was open. As for the attractions closing their lines before park close, it sucks, but limited hours mean limited hours. You just have to plan for that last ride a little better. Overall, if you are on the fence about visiting the park this summer, I highly recommend visiting. The safety procedures are very well enforced, and I genuinely feel more safe at Cedar Point than I do at my local grocery store. On Thursday I am off to Kennywood for a day, Kings Island for a day, and then its back home for some good ol' quarantine time! Curious how the next two parks will stack up against the incredible experience I had at Cedar Point.

 

Here's a photo dump for you guys because Cedar Point is a beautiful beautiful park that deserves all the love it gets.

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