Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Cedar Point (CP) Discussion Thread

P. 1989: Wicked Twister's permanent closure announced!

Recommended Posts

16 minutes ago, Nrthwnd said:

Wierd to see a grassed area, with picnic tables, where the Stadium used to be. (I was last there, with Bert, in 2017)

Great full TR of your visits there.

And I think grabbing an all-round "Fast Pass" for coasters and rides is necessary for us out-of-towners. During these times.

Thanks!

And yeah, Fast Lane is absolutely necessary unless you visit on one of those random low-crowd weekdays or a majorly overcast day.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/29/2021 at 8:29 PM, Mike240SX said:

Thanks!

And yeah, Fast Lane is absolutely necessary unless you visit on one of those random low-crowd weekdays or a majorly overcast day.

Funny, how I have the ability to ALWAYS go on "random, low-crowd weekdays"... Perhaps they aren't so random after all... 😉

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Totally regret not going yesterday. I like everyone else saw the forecast for rain all day and said nope. Shoulda trusted my gut and went. Didn't even rain from what I saw the entire operating day. SV and MF were walkon or nearly walkon from what I saw photos of and read about. That means practically everything else was too. This is the second time I've done this. We wanted to go because it would be the first time we could do scare zones on a Sunday in history, but were afraid if it rained they wouldn't be out anyways. Bah.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, anonymouscactus said:

Totally regret not going yesterday. I like everyone else saw the forecast for rain all day and said nope. Shoulda trusted my gut and went. Didn't even rain from what I saw the entire operating day. SV and MF were walkon or nearly walkon from what I saw photos of and read about. That means practically everything else was too. This is the second time I've done this. We wanted to go because it would be the first time we could do scare zones on a Sunday in history, but were afraid if it rained they wouldn't be out anyways. Bah.

Well I don’t blame you. 14 years of shutting down the entire park for the slightest drizzle, and anyone who has ever visited on a day like that will never want to visit again if there’s even a chance of rain. I know a lot of our forum members are too young to remember, but Cedar Point used to run most rides in heavy rain (so long as it wasn’t accompanied by lightning) until the accident on Magnum in 2007 that they blamed on “the rain” 🙄

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'll say it again that during my 4 day visit, they were running Maverick and SV in the rain. It was a steady rain that wasn't soaking, but hey the coasters were still running. I was astounded and the SV ops just said 'it'll run in light rain' so that seemed encouraging to me. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, PKI Jizzman said:

I'll say it again that during my 4 day visit, they were running Maverick and SV in the rain. It was a steady rain that wasn't soaking, but hey the coasters were still running. I was astounded and the SV ops just said 'it'll run in light rain' so that seemed encouraging to me. 

It’s definitely a move in the right direction, but it’s going to take a long time to undo the damage done. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Six Flags over Georgia shuts everything down when it rains and it takes forever to open the rides back up once the rain is gone.  I have never had that happen at Cedar Point.  There are always a few coasters running in the rain.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Was flipping channels tonight and Dinner Impossible with Robert Irvine on the food network was doing a show at the park for the 150th anniversary. He rode a few rides and they had some nice footage of the park and rides during it. I'm sure there will be a few replays if anyone is interested. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 hours ago, haydn12 said:

Six Flags over Georgia shuts everything down when it rains and it takes forever to open the rides back up once the rain is gone.  I have never had that happen at Cedar Point.  There are always a few coasters running in the rain.

That happened to me at Cedar Point earlier this year in June.  Anything more than 30 seconds of rain (sometimes even mixed in with sun at the same time) shut down 90%+ of the park when I was there.  This happened a few times, and there was even one instance where they were still in the process of shutting everything down when the rain had already stopped, cleared away, and the sun was shining.  Yet they still proceeded to stand around waiting in the sun for however many minutes until the SOP said it was safe to resume again.  I'm glad to see them adjusting their policy a bit to be less strict with a little bit of rain. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

I've dumped on this park a TON this year but I feel like I'm living in an alternate reality where the park is open from 11 to Midnight on a Friday in mid-October and the only rides in the entire park that are closed are either down for mechanical reasons and seasonal rides minus Gemeni and Pipe Scream which may be mechanical and will probably open later. Aside from that, only the second unnecessary car ride is closed.

I mean... Windseeker AND Sky Ride are open on Friday, October 15th. That's wild. Good job, Cedar Point.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, coasterbill said:

I've dumped on this park a TON this year but I feel like I'm living in an alternate reality where the park is open from 11 to Midnight on a Friday in mid-October and the only rides in the entire park that are closed are either down for mechanical reasons and seasonal rides minus Gemeni and Pipe Scream which may be mechanical and will probably open later. Aside from that, only the second unnecessary car ride is closed.

I mean... Windseeker AND Sky Ride are open on Friday, October 15th. That's wild. Good job, Cedar Point.

You think that's crazy?  After a summer of 7PM weekday and 9 PM weekend closings, KD is open until midnight on Friday/Saturday nights, and until 10PM on Sundays, AND is doing all of the Haunt stuff on Sundays with everything running and 20-30 actors per haunt maze.  Even KI doesn't do Haunt on Sundays and has less than half of the shows on Friday/Saturday.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

So I went to the park yesterday (Sunday 10/17) and here is a quick rundown. We got there about 2:30 pm since we tried out Chett and Matt's for lunch since everyone talks about it (pizza was just "ok", prices were good, but service was horrible) and also we stopped at harneys market nearby to pick up some sweet sweet ciderboys hard cider (we can't get it locally in Buffalo and it's our favorite brand so we always stop in and stock up whenever we go to CP.)

ANYWAYS... raptor had at least a 90 min wait when we arrived, FL+ took me about 10 min. Man I love this ride, unfortunately I always have to ride the same row for the big boy seats. Boo Streak (yes) had almost a full queue but no line for FL. Excellent. Ride was really fun on it in the back row. Millennium Force had at least an hour wait, FL+ was about 10-15 min (they were actually staggering the ramp and not allowing it to fill all the way to the bottom, however, there was no grouper so the station was a bit flooded with people so it took a bit longer than normal. I'm starting to love MF the more that I ride it. But still not the greatest thing ever. Maverick was about a 15 min wait, with a full queue on the regular line. Rode again at night at while the almost full queue was still there, the ride was a walk-on for FL+!! Holy crap this ride at night in the pitch black tunnel, and having all the fog around during the ride, was my best ride ever on that thing. I love Maverick so much.

Valravn broke down as I was about to get on. The FLP line for Steel Vengeance was the longest I've ever seen it. All the FL queue was full (and this is with the new layout). I waited about 10 min and never moved so I bailed. Had to be at least 45-60 min and I wasnt going to wait that long in a FL line when I've gone other times during the season and don't have to deal with that.

Now here's where things get a little crazy.... so, typically we would go the first weekend of halloweekends in September as "tradition" however, it didn't work out for us this year. We thought for once we would go in October to finally experience the outdoor stuff (blood on the bayou, scare zones, cornstalkers, cut through cove) but holy crap was it busy. Not the Sundays we are used to where almost  all haunts are a walk-in and rides in the front are a walk on. I knew it would be a lot busier than our normal Sunday, but, damn. We got through everything, but just some general comments.

- Cornstalkers (2.0)... wow, of all the Cedar Fair parks this is BY FAR the worst. Like. Not even close. You literally walk on a boardwalk barely the width of a wheelchair just about the ENTIRE time and it's just corn the whole way. There is literally not a single prop other than corn in this maze. There are a few times where an actor is squeezed in with the corn or behind the corn, but man, this was terrible. The line was absolutely insane insane insane (easily an hour and a half but I don't know for sure) luckily we didn't have to wait in it.
- meat meat meat typical slaughterhouse this hasn't changed over the years. The estate, hexed, freak show, same old same old but decent. Deprivation I enjoyed a lot more than I normally do. Regular lines were long. No way you can do everything without fright lane.
- blood on the bayou... so.. you literally walk 10 min to get to it.... it is laid out sooooo poorly. Not very long. Don't go when it initially opens with the hoards of people because the walkthrough will be really bad and you can't get any scares because they're are just too many people walking through it. Then after it's done you need to walk back on the same 10 min path fighting traffic going the other way. No bueno. All the kids and multiple people at the end were all like "that's it?". Sets were OK.
- Cut through cove was neat being under Maverick. It was decent as well and since it's an outdoor walkthrough there is no line for this either. Thankfully.

Anyways, despite the negative, we still had fun, but I would not be caught dead in those lines, for rides or haunts. Not worth paying for Fright Lane because the haunted stuff just aren't very good. (then again we are blessed to have gone to places like Reapers Revenge, hotel of horror, halls of horror, among many other unique haunts around the country) so the Cedar Fair ones just don't cut it anymore and not worth paying extra for.

So in summary, Sunday was crowded and would definitely not recommend without FL+/Fright Lane 😛

I didn't get home until 3am and I ended up calling in to work today, where the whole point of doing Sunday is so I don't need to call in.... If I knew I was going to do that, I would have taken a Thursday off of work to go when there is no crowds and I could walk on to Steel Vengeance all night lol

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Amidst all the CP/rain closing reports, thought I'd drop in to share a quick story.

Back in 92/93 I worked on the near-perfect out and back Blue Streak.  All manual operation and we were expected to do 1,250 riders and hour (they do 700-800 per hour now, on a good day I'm told.)  If the rain was past a drizzle, we would go down to one train.  Pretty good for a ride with manual skid brakes.  We would run that until the train started shooting the station; if we couldn't stop it IN the station we had to close.  At least twice we couldn't stop a train and unloaded everyone from the base of the lift.

I always say this, cuz well... it's true.  People were more practical then, respectful and not as wimpy.  Anyway, things are different now.  What was once a perfect ride that really sailed over the hills has become a chunky bumpy mess due to the extra weight added to the trains (restraint gear, including under the train and heavier brakes).  All these changes that happened to wooden coaster trains in the 90s wiped out many of the best - and classic - coasters ever.  The track and structures weren't meant to take that much weight.  Ok, enough of that.  Ride the handful of classics while you still can (extending to Schwarzkopf coasters and their trains <RIP Mind Bender>).

And the one time I fell through the Blue Streak brake run in the rain.  Ouch!  We had privelege, sometimes had minor bumps and bruises, but stayed on our shifts.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, dankeykang said:

It’s been raining here all afternoon, but pretty much everything is still open. Only coaster that hasn’t operated today is Gemini. 

The park tends to do fine as long as it's not any lightning forecasted. With a poncho and some warm clothes I'm sure today was absolutely amazing for those that risked it. We did the same thing at Kings Island 2 years ago during a rainy day/night. Did everything we wanted 20 times over and it's honestly one of my favorite days I've had at any park. Doing the indoor haunts as the only people walking through, the night ride marathons, we stayed until closing and I would take it over a mob of people. Going through a haunt full of actors as the only people in it is always ten times more terrifying than the typical conga lines.

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My wife and I are breaking in our 2021-2022 Gold passes tomorrow. Let's hope the rain and crowds are light. 

I looked back over the posts, but any MUST haunts? We've gone to the park for years, but first time at Halloweekend. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, MartinU said:

My wife and I are breaking in our 2021-2022 Gold passes tomorrow. Let's hope the rain and crowds are light. 

I looked back over the posts, but any MUST haunts? We've gone to the park for years, but first time at Halloweekend. 

Hexed and the Fearground Freakshow were both very very good, and the Eerie Estate wasn't bad either.  Cornstalkers and Slaughter House both can be safely skipped unless you're really into the themes.  Don't miss the Cut Throat Cove maze-but-not-a-maze between Maverick and the train either.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Folks sat down on Millennium Force for the last train of the season.  Restraints checked.  Then released.  Tech problems.  Sorry everyone.  See you next season.  D'oh!

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@tndank Did that actually happen?! Bummer!

MF seemed to be up and down all day. I got in line for it around 6:30pm (after it had just reopened from being down), only for it to go down again as I approached the station. I finally got on after a 40 minute delay, but I was nervous the entire time that the empty test trains wouldn’t make it through the course given the relatively cold and windy weather.

Despite a similar experience with SV, I ultimately got to ride everything I wanted to, and I really enjoyed closing day 2021. It definitely beat the dreadful closing day 2020!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I can't brag enough about our trip on Friday the 29th. This was our first trip in 3 years. It was overcast and a light sprinkle all day. We were there at 9:45, walked in and were on the first train of MF of the day. Despite the slight rain ALL the coasters (except Gemini) were open all day. They only ran one train, but everything ran all day. 

We got to SV around 10:45 and it was still testing. Around 11:15 it opened and it was walk on. We rode in 3x, walk on, with only ONE TRAIN! Cedar Point surprised me. 

Ride ops who said they have worked there for 5 seasons told us they had never seen the park that dead before. In the first 90 minutes of us being in the park we had ridden MF 2x, Maverick 3x and SV 3x. It was awesome. 

The same ride op also told us they will run one train in the rain as long as it's not too hard. The one train prevents them from "bumping" if one slid through the brakes. Maverick was running 4 trains, so a "double" but they would not dispatch until all trains had stacked. Even with that, every line kept moving. Our longest wait was at the end of the day for MF, and that was about 30 minutes. 

Saturday the park was running 2-3 trains. SV was running all 3. Again, the ride ops were AMAZING, they were sprinting to get fast dispatch times at SV to keep the 3 trains rolling. I can't say enough how great the entire park felt, looked, and the experience we had. Well done CP! It was great to come back after 3 years and have one of my best ever visits to the park. 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sad but true, Wicked Twister is a goner. It's not coming back as many of us had hoped at another Cedar Fair park. Some parts are being saved to support the other 2 rides like it at their other parks. At the end of the tweet from Tony (official), he pronounces it's death sentence.😭

 

https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog/our-winter-begins

  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

If this means Possessed (which is better than WT anyway) can run for a few more years I'm totally ok with it being scrapped.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sad to see it scrapped. Was definitely holding out hope it would get relocated to a smaller CF park. However, good news that it's able to be a part donor to keep other Impulse coasters running for a little longer :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, boldikus said:

If this means Possessed (which is better than WT anyway) can run for a few more years I'm totally ok with it being scrapped.

Sorry I don't agree. Wicked Twister was the only one that spiraled backwards. I'd only ride it in the last or next to last row. When I was at Dorney this year, they had the reverse magnet holds turned off. So how is it better?

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/