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

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The last few years I've been there just about every large flat and coaster were all closed in even light rain.

 

Same thing happened to me. They don't even wait to see if the rain will amount to anything, one drop and it's all closed.

Do the other Cedar Fair parks have such strict rain policies, or is it only Cedar Point?

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The last few years I've been there just about every large flat and coaster were all closed in even light rain.

 

Same thing happened to me. They don't even wait to see if the rain will amount to anything, one drop and it's all closed.

Do the other Cedar Fair parks have such strict rain policies, or is it only Cedar Point?

Last time i was at Dorney it was light raining and a couple rides close but Talon, Hydra, and Steel Force stayed open along with the flats

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TTD will close in any rain because not only would it be too painful, but when the track for the catch car gets too much water in it the train will just keep rolling back. Kingda Ka closes in any rain as well. MF in rain would also be pretty painful. If the winds are strong enough off the lake MF and Magnum are likely to valley. This still doesn't explain the other rides though.

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I believe Magnum had a little bump a few years back due to a train sliding through wet brakes into another. [Found an article in the Sandusky Register from 2007; park cited "excessive moisture on the tracks."] Ever since then Cedar Fair has been REALLY conservative on their rain policy. Carowinds is very similar, even for the magnetic-braked rides . From personal experience I know Dorney changed sometime after 2007. I used to ride Talon in the absolute pouring rain and now I've seen it go down in a drizzle.

 

On a side note, a buddy of mine was at the park the other day and was disappointed that light rain and wind caused most of the rides to remain shuttered till the late afternoon. Gatekeeper never opened. Winds were max 20 mph according to local weather. Now I don't know anything about the operation of the ride, but Cedar Point is on a peninsula where it's frequently windy. I hope they haven't set themselves up for a lot of bellyaching if Gatekeeper is really quick to go down due to wind.

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The Magnum incident on Maverick's opening day in 2007 is large in part the reason they are tentative to run coasters in the rain now. It's silly to me that the rides with magnetic brakes are shut down in the rain, but I guess that's why I don't run the park.

 

TTD and MF shut down in the rain because rain drops at 120/93 mph hurts like a mofo. I've ridden MF in a very light drizzle and it was unbearable.

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^^Not quite so. The main reason is drive wheels, which work by friction. On intamin coasters, they are the only way the trains can fully stop. Otherwise they'd bump. The only coaster with purely magnetic function is Wicked Twister, and you can expect it to be open in light rain.

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This is why I always recommend that if you travel to CP, and you are not a local, make sure you schedule to visit the park for a minimum of two days. During my very first visit we had torrential rain as well as misty showers until early afternoon. Everything was closed until they got the corkscrew open at around 1:30-2:00. If I did not have the second day, it would have been impossible to earn all of the credits.

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We usually do 3 days especially since I only get to visit every other year. A few years ago we were pretty much rained out the first 2 days plus it was cold the 2nd day with a high of 54 and this was in June!

 

Jim

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Hey guys, I have a few questions about Cedar Point because I'm going there for the first time this weekend.

 

-I will be there on Saturday and Sunday. What rides (besides coasters) are a must do?

 

-What coasters should I head to first before they get crowded?

 

-What is the water park like?

 

-What are some things I have to try?

 

- Do you think I get can get all the coasters in two days if I'm there from opening-closing on both days, or should I get a Fast-Lane?

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I had my first visit to Cedar Point on Monday and had a great time!

 

I was really worried about the weather, but it was hot and sunny all day. The crowds were pretty heavy for a Monday in early May, so we paid up and bought Fast Lane Pluses (we didn't fly here to stand in 1hr+ lines in the sun). Best decision ever. We got to ride every coaster in the park (besides the kiddie/junior) and several non-coasters and it was glorious.

 

I took lots of pictures, but nothing that hasn't been posted here many times before. I'm leaving a ride-by-ride TR instead.

 

Gatekeeper x3 - Loved it. The large sweeping motions and overall smoothness made for a fun ride.

Millenium Force x3 - Loved it. I greyed out a little during the first overbank turn (is this normal?).

Maverick - Loved it. It was down most of the day and I was getting slightly depressed at the thought of not riding it. However, it opened within an hour of closing! Great ride, but I did smack my neck into the OTSRs twice.

Top Thrill Dragster - Loved it. I still prefer Xcelerator though since it isn't over after one tophat.

Gemini - Loved it. This was the surprise of the trip. We didn't expect much, but we really liked Gemini. It didn't race though! Do they normally race still?

 

Raptor - Good.

Wicked Twister - Good.

Magnum-XL 200 - Good. Nice airtime, but a bit too rough.

Iron Dragon - Good.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride - Good. Fun little ride.

 

Blue Streak - Bad. We sat in the back seat and really got thrown around.

Corkscrew - Bad. As expected, it was rough and not really that fun.

 

Mantis - Awful. I hated Mantis. It beat me up and I couldn't wait to get off.

Mean Streak - Awful. No surprises here.

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Hey guys, I have a few questions about Cedar Point because I'm going there for the first time this weekend.

 

-I will be there on Saturday and Sunday. What rides (besides coasters) are a must do?

 

-What coasters should I head to first before they get crowded?

 

-What is the water park like?

 

-What are some things I have to try?

 

- Do you think I get can get all the coasters in two days if I'm there from opening-closing on both days, or should I get a Fast-Lane?

 

To answer your questions:

 

First, I would recommend a fast lane, the one that includes Gatekeeper and TTD. The reason behind that suggestion is that, though you can get all rides done in two days, I can guarantee you will want to re-ride and not wait in the lines. The coasters are great at CP!

Must do coasters: GK, TTD, Maverick, Mellenium Force, Magnum XL, Raptor, Wicked Twister.

I would head to TTD first, get it out of the way, I hear GK has better capacity.

 

Things to try: MaXair; I freakin love that ride. Shoot the rapids is kinda fun, Sky Hawk; I'm a sucker for the giant swings. Satellite Tower in Challenge Park is one of my favorite rides. I do it every time I go. Power Tower; skip if you don't have time. It's no different than any other free fall tower. Also, iron Dragon isn't terrible. It's kind of tucked in the trees.

 

Those are my suggestions. Hope it helped!!

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TTD and MF shut down in the rain because rain drops at 120/93 mph hurts like a mofo. I've ridden MF in a very light drizzle and it was unbearable.

 

The bugs in the evening can be terrible as well!

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Quick question: are you allowed to wear a fanny pack on most of the roller coasters? Has anyone done so to confirm it's true? I know you can't on Top Thrill or Millennium, but what about Gatekeeper?

 

I have a fairly hip Herschel fanny pack, which I often wear to parks. I have worn it on every roller coaster at CP, including TTD, Millennium Force, and Gatekeeper.

 

FYI, to ensure that I am able to press down the lap bar entirely, I turn my fanny pack sideways.

 

Now, SFGAdv is a different story e.g. El Toro.

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TTD and MF shut down in the rain because rain drops at 120/93 mph hurts like a mofo. I've ridden MF in a very light drizzle and it was unbearable.

 

The bugs in the evening can be terrible as well!

 

Don't wait for the front seat on MF unless you want to eat about a thousand bugs.

 

Not that I would recommend actually waiting for the front anyways, since it's a really long wait, and the back is a much better ride.

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Just got back from my trip to CP!!!

 

Headed up from Indy on Sunday morning with a friend from college. He had never been so it was a shock to him at first.

 

Picked up our VIP jackets at the front and good thing too, got an employee discount at DQ later that night, lol.

 

Rides:

 

Gatekeeper - nice addition to the park. Rode in the back all 4 times. 3 on left 1 on right. Left is better IMO. Did run into the bouncing that people were talking about. Ride restraints are awesome, a bit tight but nothing bad. I fit in the normal seats, lol 6'3 260 40in waist.

 

MF - rode about 10 times. Always in the back seat. Friend loved it. By far his favorite ride there.

 

Raptor - Rode it once. Still gives me the spinnies, lol.

 

Iron Dragon - twice, still a great ride

 

TTD - once, in the back seat. Great pop over the top hat. Friend loved it also, just really short.

 

Maverick - twice, still pumping, but gotta hold your head.

 

Blue Streak - once, it was all I could bear. Rough as poop, lol

 

Cedar Creek Mine Ride - I still love this ride. Back seat, screaming like a girl down the drop is priceless.

 

Mean Streak - friend rode it twice back seat and middle. Didn't make a difference. Rough as poop he said.

 

Gemini - 10 always in the back. Blue train is by far the best. The steel beam of doom is awesome on this ride. By far and away my favorite coaster ever.

 

Magnum - twice in the back, 3 in the middle and once in front. Still love that thing, the return trip from the pretzel turn is rough, but still fun.

 

A great 4 days at the point for sure. By far the best deal is getting chilli cheese fries and getting one fry and two drinks for free.

 

Here are some pic's.

 

My friend and I on the CP webcam.

 

 

Front seat? yes please.

 

 

Best platinum deal around

 

 

Fun arcade game

 

 

In line for Maverick

 

 

Sitting in the smoking section.

 

 

 

Leaning tower of Gatekeeper

 

 

Last site before leaving.

 

 

Going to go back two more times this season. Just can't get enough of this place. Been going here since 85 and it keeps getting better and better

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My friend told me that one of his friends was at CP last Friday and there was a 4.5 hour wait for Gatekeeper and they were having problems keeping it running throughout the day (although I am not at all surprised at this with it being a huge, new coaster). Any truth to the rumor?

 

Guess he was pretty bummed and left without getting a ride...which screams Fast Lane Plus for us when we go in June!

 

I was there Friday, Gatekeeper was running all day. The only downtime that I saw (and rode it 10 times) was when a sensor went offline for a minute or two. The average wait time for those without Fast Lane Plus was about 45 minutes to an hour most of the day, those of us with Fast Lane Plus the wait time was generally around 10 minutes.

 

 

Whoops...my bad. I got confirmation that he was there on opening day. Guess that would make more sense!

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Nice photos! This gets me even more excited for my trip this weekend!

Can you actually get that close to Gatekeeper by the turnaround or are you ''backstage''?

 

You can get even closer, lol. Just walk right up to it. Makes for some fun photo's.

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TTD and MF shut down in the rain because rain drops at 120/93 mph hurts like a mofo. I've ridden MF in a very light drizzle and it was unbearable.

 

The bugs in the evening can be terrible as well!

 

Don't wait for the front seat on MF unless you want to eat about a thousand bugs.

 

Not that I would recommend actually waiting for the front anyways, since it's a really long wait, and the back is a much better ride.

 

The bugs are awful, I specifically remember getting hit by a ton of them while riding Maverick in August.

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