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When I visited CP on May 28th, there was a LED out on one of GK's trains. I tapped it right before I sat down and it came back on. Maybe we can all help out CP and tap the trains before we sit down?

 

A common reason for parks to continuously have problems with lights on ride going out is the vibrations and forces they withstand everyday. A decent amount of "burnt out" bulbs or LEDs can be fixed by just tightening them slightly. Then again, mechanics have much more important things to attend to each morning that take priority over popping open every light fixture and tightening the lamps.

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Anyone have advice for the best seat on Mean Streak? I'm going to the Point next week with my family and I know Mean Streak can be a killer, so I was wondering which seats are optimal for a smooth ride. I'd rather not feel like I'm getting beaten in the back by a bat...

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I also thought Mean Streak wasn't as bad as I thought it would be... and it's certainly not Stockholm Syndrome for me, it's only the third time I've ever ridden it. The trim on the brake is extremely noticeable, and the ride itself is just not that interesting. It's mainly spent waiting for it to be over. They really need to do something about it. Iron Horse would be nice, but it would be nice to see a woodie stay in that spot... maybe a prefab?

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Anyone have advice for the best seat on Mean Streak? I'm going to the Point next week with my family and I know Mean Streak can be a killer, so I was wondering which seats are optimal for a smooth ride. I'd rather not feel like I'm getting beaten in the back by a bat...

 

Best seat is the bench just outside the exit

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Going to Cedar Point for my first time this Friday and Saturday. So excited! Already bought my fast lane plus pass so I can get lots of rides on GateKeeper.

 

Is there anything big down right now? Is their Windeseeker up? I have not been keeping track. I figure with it being a holiday weekend they will try to have everything up and running.

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Going to Cedar Point for my first time this Friday and Saturday. So excited! Already bought my fast lane plus pass so I can get lots of rides on GateKeeper.

 

Is there anything big down right now? Is their Windeseeker up? I have not been keeping track. I figure with it being a holiday weekend they will try to have everything up and running.

 

Just so you know, when I went on GateKeeper during my visit to CP, the restraints got really tight at some point during the ride, every time I rode. Not sure if anyone else has noticed that?

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So I am going to Cedar Point for the first time ever next week (July 11th and 12th). It is myself and my Uncle going, we are staying at one of the Cedar Point Hotels. I was hoping somebody here could give me advice for how to tackle the park. I live in Texas and it may be a few years before I get back so I want to hit every coaster and major flat rides at least once. I have the following questions and feel free to PM me if you don't want to waste space on this thread:

1) What rides should I hit during the hour of early entry?

2) How should I plan on navigating the park (start in the back and work to the front or is something else better?)

3) Where are the best places to eat?

4) Where are the sweet spots on the rides? (I.E.- New Texas Giant the back is the best) Especially TTD, MF, Gatekeeper, Maverick...

5) I have heard that there is a special way to ride Maverick to make it more comfortable...what is that way?

Thanks!

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^ ^^ I might as well jump in here so someone can answer all three of us at once, cause I too will be flying in for my first CP visit soon. Im flying in to CLE on Saturday at 6 and was originally just planning on going to the park on Sunday but figured I could drive right to the park from the airport sneak a few hours of night rides in on Saturday night and was just wondering what the typical evening lines are like? For example are there certain rides whose lines tend to dwindle at the end of the night or rides whose lines are always long at night? I'm getting FastLane+ for Sunday but won't be getting it for the couple hours I'm there Saturday night.

 

titancoaster, to answer part of your question, only a handful of rides are supposed to be open in the morning, so Im planning on obviously hitting those on Sunday morning before the park opens. (which is why Im asking the above question, Im thinking about hitting TTD and a few others at night if possible) According to cedarpoint.com the major coasters open in the morning are GateKeeper, Millenium Force, Raptor, Maverick, and Iron Dragon.

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Found some pics from 2000, the first year of Millenium Force.

Also have pics of their FastPass system at the time called Ticket to Ride.

Enjoy!

 

And yes, the restraints on Gatekeeper do get tighter as the ride progresses. I crossed my arms UNDER the vest and held them there to prevent this from happening. Not the most comfortable way to ride, but I prefer that to suffocating!

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I remember that ticket to ride system, didn't it involve getting your hand "stamped" with a ride logo stamp and the return time, when you returned they drew a big black "X" mark through the stamp? I remember it kind of working but kind of being a disaster at the same time haha.

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ride top thrill dragster first as even the fastpass line gets long. plan to see the bike show, its pretty good. I wouldnt eat throughout the day, try to hit the main street market around 1pm. its all you can eat buffet. Also outside of the park, thirsty pony is the place to eat. I suggest the sloppy pig and 30 wings. also visit ghostly manor and ride the coaster simulator.

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And yes, the restraints on Gatekeeper do get tighter as the ride progresses. I crossed my arms UNDER the vest and held them there to prevent this from happening. Not the most comfortable way to ride, but I prefer that to suffocating!

 

Honestly that's a problem I have experienced on both wing riders I have been on so I would assume its a problem they all have. I'm surprised the park let you cross your arms under the vest but if it made the ride more enjoyable then I guess that's never a bad thing. Hopefully it's something B&M are looking into but if they are not I prefer suffocation to getting my head smashed in on an SLC or something to that nature.

 

-Craig

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I also noticed that the vest part of the restraint on X-Flight had gotten tighter during the ride, when I rode it last year. However, it wasn't so tight that I noticed it during the ride, just while waiting on the brakes after the ride. Also, as a tall person (6'3") I didn't have any trouble breathing after the vest had tightened, but my problem was that top of the vest was pinching the top of my shoulders. It was a mild pain, but it was annoying.

 

I will be riding GateKeeper in 2 weeks, and I expect the same.

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I remember that ticket to ride system, didn't it involve getting your hand "stamped" with a ride logo stamp and the return time, when you returned they drew a big black "X" mark through the stamp? I remember it kind of working but kind of being a disaster at the same time haha.

 

I think you're thinking of the "Free Way" system, which a few of the rides had before they realized how awful it was. I'd assume that the "ticket to ride", whatever it was, was set up specifically for Millennium during its first season and basically operated like a giant Fastpass for everyone, since I doubt that its queue could have handled the amount of people waiting to ride it. Does someone know for sure about this?

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My family and friends are here at the Point until Friday, and GateKeeper is spectacular! The whole wing coaster idea seems great, but riding is even more thrilling than watching. I seriously freaked heading towards the keyholes! Review and pics to come later.

 

Lines are long for the "main" coasters (Dragster, Millennium, Maverick) but others are bearable. The park also has set up Plinko games outside of some of these rides with two tries for $5. My brother played and won free front of the line passes for two on Millennium Force and GateKeeper! Great fun and a way to skip long lines if you're willing to take a risk.

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