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

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I've gone to FearFaire in previous years and it's always been at the bottom of my list of favorites. This year, I went to it on the first saturday of Halloweekends and it still wasn't too good. I didn't even bother with it this past weekend. Someone mentioned improves for this year!? What improves have they made since last year that I apparently didn't notice?

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I'll most likely be there on the 25th.

 

Sorry we missed you, Brandon! I was finishing up my last few days at work before we left for the trip, and I didn't have access to a computer while we were in-route. We arrived just after noon on Saturday 9/25 and were there until closing.

 

Side note: I happened to notice that the Mean Streak was closed as well... haha... The only lights on the ride were on the lift hill, nothing in any of the staging or embarkation areas.

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So according to MSNBC Mean Streak is closed for the rest of the season?

 

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39325041/ns/local_news-cleveland_oh/

 

Duly noted. I had not made it through the further posts before my previous reply (regarding the fire, etc). It was still noteworthy when we were hopping in line for Maverick -- "Hey look, that's funny... Mean Streak is closed! LOL"

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Our trip review for Saturday, September 25th!

 

We had arrived into DTW Friday night, grabbed the rental car and enjoyed dinner at Cracker Barrel in Monroe, MI (there are no Cracker Barrel's in Nevada so I have to make do when I visit home!). We then drove down to Sandusky. We'd gotten a rate of $43/nite at the Red Roof Inn on Rte 250 (there are 6 or 7 motels in that area, an average of 2 stars for each but it's exactly what you need.. a reasonably comfortable bed and a shower to use before and after the park!)

 

After breakfast with a large group of friends and family on Saturday morning at Bob Evans just north of the hotel, we squeezed into the traffic melee for Cedar Point. Traffic wasn't as bad as I remembered from my last Halloweekends visit several years ago, and we parked near the 28A marker (at roughly 12:15). We then hit the following rides (We might be in our early thirties but it doesn't stop us from being 6 all over again!):

 

*Disaster Transport - Yay, Domo! The wait was roughly 15 minutes.

*Wicked Twister - 2nd and 3rd seats from the front - I always forget how that ride packs a bit of a punch! The wait was roughly 15 minutes.

..........Walked over and got some of the souvenir drinks and Garlic Parmesan Fries from Hot Potato............

*Raptor - Front seat is the only way to go.. especially great with an even number of four people, like we had this trip! The wait was roughly 45-50 minutes.

*Cedar Downs

*Cadillac Cars

..........A trip back to the 'personal storage unit' for a friend that didn't have her jacket on at the time... the wind had begun to kick up. There were a handful of rides that we thought were experiencing downtime, so we'd skip them but later in the day we'd see them running. (ie: Blue Streak, Top Thrill)

*Iron Dragon - This ride always cracks me up, especially the second lift hill where the chain practically stops and we joke about having to get out and push. It's a must-ride for sake of memorabilia purposes, as my mother loves the ride and she often calls the ride by its misnomer, the "Iron Maiden". There was a 5-10 minute wait.

*Wildcat - Someone earlier mentioned that they don't understand why the wait for this one is often long.. I've wondered the same! For such a small ride it was a 20-25 minute wait.

*Millennium Force - Roughly a 45-50 minute wait. I love the anticipation before getting on this one, I even kind of love the fact that I want to die halfway up that lift hill. It's so strange not having anything 'around' you when you really think about it... none of the normal stairs or grated walkways, the car itself is minimal and it's really just chairs bolted onto a frame. My boyfriend is blind as a bat without his glasses and, also is ridiculously afraid of heights. Therefore it was a good choice that we hopped in line at dusk, nearing full darkness when we boarded the train, so he was conscious the entire ride. He now understands my raving about the ride, he loved the speed and the fluidity.. and is now a fan of Intamin, btw.

.....We then grabbed chicken fingers and fries from the food stand just back over the railroad tracks (as though heading back toward Iron Dragon).....

*CP & LE Railroad - We had decided to cheat a little being that the railroad dumps you out right next to Maverick! The only sad part was that we missed seeing the LED forest... which I didn't think of until we'd left for the night.

*Maverick - Noting that Mean Streak was most definitely NOT in operation, lol. It's roughly 8pm by this point and the sky was clouded over, the wind wasn't as strong as it was during the earlier parts of the day. Ride wait was roughly 45 minutes.

*Cedar Creek Mine Ride/Skyhawk - one friend wanted to do Skyhawk, so she hit that while the rest of us hit up the Mine Ride. A helpful tip to anyone who may want to go on Mine Ride... they've tightened the lap bars drastically. It was impossible for some to ride - some people that were a bit larger (220lbs or so) had to exit the ride, there was also a girl of average height/size that chose not to ride because it was uncomfortable for her.

*Gemini - Holy cripes, we chose the very back car of each train, and we were airborne the entire ride! It actually made the ride unpredictable. Gemini is one I like to ride over and over on slow days because it's such a fun one if you're in a group). I'm sorry to say it kicked our butt based on the beat-up condition we were already in, which may cause automatic termination of my TPR account. LOL

*Magnum - I still love this coaster, that first hill offers such a great view and it's a fabulous ride. The air-time would be great if that lap bar didn't hurt my legs so much! LOL.

 

That ended our rides for the day, it was 11:40pm and we stumbled and shuffled our way to the front of the park to hit up the souvenir shops. Scored some good prices at Park Plaza - we had a 10% off coupon which made the promo tee that they offered us with purchase of over $30 in merchandise, scot-free!

 

We just got home last night from the trip, it was fantastic and the weather cooperated very nicely. I'll try to post pictures tonight if I can! If anyone is looking for coupons, I just checked the mail this afternoon and I got a huge pack of 2010 coupons for Cedar Point (of course)! There are some that are good for up to $7.00 off admission on Sunday and $5.00 off on Saturday, as well as $5.00 off any Starlight ticket. If anyone is interested drop me an email, I'd be happy to mail them to you as we can't use them!

 

Thanks for reading.

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^You didn't miss the LED forest. It's now a scare zone for the rest of the year.

 

As for the improvements to Fear Faire. It used to be a lot more open inside. They made some changes to create a lot more flow. It's still basically all the same stuff though. I do have to say it does seem a lot longer but only because the path through the area is a little more winding.

 

I do believe that traffic used to flow both directions too but I can't remember for sure. Can anyone else remember?

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Just got back from the park, what a day. Pulling into a nearly empty CP lot is surreal to say the least. I'm sure it was a combination of the weather and just the time of year, but I have never seen the park so empty.

 

Small problem though, it was windy, apparently too windy for almost all of the big rides to run, everything taller than Gemini was out. I noticed as we drove up that nothing was running, and hoped for the best, but the winds never let up enough apparently. I asked a few folks working if they knew what it would take for some of the shorter "tall" rides to open up, but no one knew. The odd thing was that Wicked Twister was running, maybe it isn't a coaster after all? It sure wasn't following the rules.

 

In any case, Maverick was running, so after enjoying a few flats with the wife and daughter, we moved to the back of the park. Maverick had a fifteen minute wait, the shortest I've ever seen besides season pass ERT in the morning. I waited for about ten of that, reached the single rider line and headed on up. Before I could even say hi, she was ushering me onto a train. So good, and just as much fun as I remembered.

 

The next trip up to the gates of Maverick was a failure. I was in the same spot as before, in the catbird seat as it were, the only single rider in sight, when it started drizzling. The ride op working the door said that Maverick doesn't run if it's raining even slightly. It went from slightly, to more than slightly, and back and forth. After about twenty minutes of intelligent theme park conversation between myself, the ride op, and a woman a couple years older than me, and her daughter, I bowed out.

 

We stuck around a little longer, I rode Maxair and my daughter got another ride on the antique cars and checked out a mini corn maze, then it was back to Michigan for us. Seven hours of driving total, four and a half in the park in weather that was barely fifty with a park that was running on a shoestring, and we still had fun. I'm going back in two weeks and hoping for the best.

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Most of the coasters in the park can run in the rain as long as they can go down to one train operation. So Dragster, Maverick, Disaster Transport, and Wildcat are out if it rains, period.

 

The rest of the coasters close only if there are high winds that would prevent the ride from completing its course, or severe weather conditions (heavy rain, thunder, lightning, etc.).

 

Wicked Twister can operate because it has no problems completing its course in high winds and is a one train operation.

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yeah, but usually by the time maintenance cycles raptor a few times to remove two trains, cycles TTD to remove 4 or 5 trains, etc, etc, the rain most of the time passes, then, you have to shut the ride down to add trains, cycle around, add another train, so true, they will run them with one train op, but is it feasible to go through all that trouble each time it rains? Nope. SF's runs multi trains in the rain, CF can do it, they just seemed a little scared to.

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Most of the coasters in the park can run in the rain as long as they can go down to one train operation. So Dragster, Maverick, Disaster Transport, and Wildcat are out if it rains, period.

 

The rest of the coasters close only if there are high winds that would prevent the ride from completing its course, or severe weather conditions (heavy rain, thunder, lightning, etc.).

 

Wicked Twister can operate because it has no problems completing its course in high winds and is a one train operation.

 

 

And yet...Wildcat was running, as was Disaster Transport. That one is indoors though.

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^ Plus, if lightening was in the area, indoors or not, I don't want to be on a steel death trap during an electrical storm.

 

^Rides like MF and TTD already shut down in rain automatically because it was unsafe to put people on 93 and 120 mph rides with rain hitting them in the face. I've ridden MF in a light drizzle and got off with welts on my arms. Doesn't feel good.

 

That's why I don't ride TTD in the front row, don't like the cable cooling water hitting me in the face.

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^ Plus, if lightening was in the area, indoors or not, I don't want to be on a steel death trap during an electrical storm.

 

^Rides like MF and TTD already shut down in rain automatically because it was unsafe to put people on 93 and 120 mph rides with rain hitting them in the face. I've ridden MF in a light drizzle and got off with welts on my arms. Doesn't feel good.

 

That's why I don't ride TTD in the front row, don't like the cable cooling water hitting me in the face.

 

Totally agree. But there was no lightning.

 

Again though, still a good day.

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Anyone know anything?

 

Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it.

 

Besides that, no.

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And yet...Wildcat was running, as was Disaster Transport. That one is indoors though.

 

I can only explain the policy, not the oddities found within the park

 

Edit:

 

Steve, have you ever ridden Disaster after a rain storm? Scariest thing I've ever done in my life.

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^Rides like MF and TTD already shut down in rain automatically because it was unsafe to put people on 93 and 120 mph rides with rain hitting them in the face. I've ridden MF in a light drizzle and got off with welts on my arms. Doesn't feel good.

Funny how KD had 305 open in the rain back in july...I rode it that day & it didn't hurt half as much as riding ROS at SFA in the rain ten years ago.

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I personally didn't find any of them too terrifying, but my personal favorites are Happy Jack's Toy Factory and Terror Island, just for sheer uniqueness. They both have really cool stunts. I have also heard that CornStalkers is good, but alas, I have yet to try that one out.

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