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

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I have a question for local pass holders..I'm going on a day that's usually not very busy (Sun 9/8), but since I'm travelling half way across the country for just one day at the park I really want to use my time as efficiently as possible so I'm probably going to buy FL+ either way, but I'd prefer to buy it at the park. So, how often/how easy do the Fast Lane passes actually sell out? Is it common on a moderately busy day at the park to see FL or FL+ sold out?

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^From CP website these are the early entry rides available

 

GateKeeper, Ocean Motion, Midway Carousel, Raptor, Millennium Force, Iron Dragon, Maverick and Planet Snoopy.

 

Not shabby at all!!! Thanks!!!

It's always those rides, so you should be able to get at least one ride on the four big coasters open, and then go over to TTD before the gates open to the rest of the GP.

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Why why why why why would someone do this??

 

Inn other news, one of the park's biggest fans, "Mean Streak Henry," as he's known to our staff, made a special milestone on his favorite coaster this morning: his 10,000th ride.

 

Yes. Ten. Thousandth. Ride. On. Mean. Streak. (That was too many periods, I know.) Oops! There's another one. And another...nevermind.

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So, congrats, Henry! And Ride On till you hit a million.

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So this is where I need all your help... What airline(s) are inexpensive to fly to Sandusky/Cleveland area from L.A., any hotel recommendations around the area that aren't too expensive, are there any buses and/or shuttles to the park or should I get a rental car, how's the weather around that time of year, what crowds should we expect and any other advice you can give a couple of westcoasters heading to the eastern U.S. of A.??? Thanks everyone in advance!

 

I just did a return visit to Cedar Point from LA last month since 1997, I think. Whenever they added the trim brake on Mantis. Anyway, I didn't want to spend forever traveling, so United it was as it's the only non stop flight. 4.5 hours compared to 7ish at best. It wasn't that much more to justify waiting around in another airport. Although, the flights aren't cheap. Cleveland isn't a vacation destination or at the least popular like Chicago, New York, etc. I booked way late and paid for it, but didn't care. It could have been as low as $350 when I originally started looking.

 

I did stay at Maui Sands. When we drove up, after passing some other decent looking hotels, I was not impressed by the outer shell. Still wasn't too impressed by the front desk area. But, the room was great. Comfy bed, really clean, large, I had the "family room". I think it's the smallest of their rooms. With 2 bunk beds for kids and a privacy door. Also small fridge and microwave. Walmart is across the street so we saved on snacks and drinks there.

 

Definitely had to rent a car to get there and into the park. Maui Sands is something like 5-6 miles away from Cedar Point.

 

Some stuff I will do different next year.

get flight earlier, duh.

buy platinum pass at Knott's before. I contemplated it, but was on the budget and some tickets on ebay was still a good savings. If it were earlier in the year, I wouldn't have hesitated.

I'd like to go for 3 days instead of 2. We were a bit rushed to get in as much as we wanted. Fastlane is a must, imo.

Oh, and most of all..Top Thrill Dragster front row just after the sun goes down in July, big no no.

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I think he must have looked at all the other roller-coasters in cedar point and noticed they already have groupies and went looking for the ugly girl sitting crying in the corner alone.

 

 

Lol awesome thought!

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So this is where I need all your help... What airline(s) are inexpensive to fly to Sandusky/Cleveland area from L.A., any hotel recommendations around the area that aren't too expensive, are there any buses and/or shuttles to the park or should I get a rental car, how's the weather around that time of year, what crowds should we expect and any other advice you can give a couple of westcoasters heading to the eastern U.S. of A.??? Thanks everyone in advance!

 

I just did a return visit to Cedar Point from LA last month since 1997, I think. Whenever they added the trim brake on Mantis. Anyway, I didn't want to spend forever traveling, so United it was as it's the only non stop flight. 4.5 hours compared to 7ish at best. It wasn't that much more to justify waiting around in another airport. Although, the flights aren't cheap. Cleveland isn't a vacation destination or at the least popular like Chicago, New York, etc. I booked way late and paid for it, but didn't care. It could have been as low as $350 when I originally started looking.

 

I did stay at Maui Sands. When we drove up, after passing some other decent looking hotels, I was not impressed by the outer shell. Still wasn't too impressed by the front desk area. But, the room was great. Comfy bed, really clean, large, I had the "family room". I think it's the smallest of their rooms. With 2 bunk beds for kids and a privacy door. Also small fridge and microwave. Walmart is across the street so we saved on snacks and drinks there.

 

Definitely had to rent a car to get there and into the park. Maui Sands is something like 5-6 miles away from Cedar Point.

 

Some stuff I will do different next year.

get flight earlier, duh.

buy platinum pass at Knott's before. I contemplated it, but was on the budget and some tickets on ebay was still a good savings. If it were earlier in the year, I wouldn't have hesitated.

I'd like to go for 3 days instead of 2. We were a bit rushed to get in as much as we wanted. Fastlane is a must, imo.

Oh, and most of all..Top Thrill Dragster front row just after the sun goes down in July, big no no.

 

Thanks for the help! I'm going to keep shopping around but I would rather pay for a faster and direct flight than one that has a stop(s). And why no Top Thrill Dragster, front row, after the sun goes down??? lol

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I saw that United Flight when I was booking mine from california, but it was about $600 each way non stop from SFO to CLE, whereas the Southwest flight from SMF-MDW-CLE was $410 round trip with only a 90 min layover. If it was a $50 or maybe $100 difference Id just pay for the convenience but when its several hundred dollars difference, its not worth it for a couple hours.

 

I can actually fly non-rev through my work which is $90 round trip on Southwest but flying standby with multiple stops is a risk I didnt want to take. Worst case I get stuck in Chicago and don't even make it to Cedar Point at all. For the confirmed seat and guarantee that Ill make it, for that Ill pay an extra $300.

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We usually fly Northwest to Detroit Metro airport from Phoenix. It's about 1 hour 45 minutes away from Cedar Point.

 

Another popular motel that is cheap and has nice rooms is the Maples Motel. It's a family run motel but a little close to the train tracks. We've also stayed at the South Shore Inn as we need a double room since we have 3 kids. The room are pretty spacious and the price is pretty decent.

 

Jim

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We usually fly Northwest to Detroit Metro airport from Phoenix. It's about 1 hour 45 minutes away from Cedar Point.

 

Northwest merged with Delta a few years ago, so the same flight you remember is now a Delta flight. I imagine it's not too bad of a drive from DTW, I know it is about 2 hours from Ann Arbor, so your estimate sounds about right.

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CP got rid of Disaster Transport, Space Spiral, and Wildcat. Meanwhile, Man Streak got re-tracked.

 

I understand that people were and still are upset about them removing the Space Spiral, but Wildcat and Disaster Transport are not exciting rides. At least Mean Streak is somewhat thrilling, not very though.

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any hotel recommendations around the area that aren't too expensive

 

My advice is to stay at Breakers Express. The rates really aren't too bad, it's Clean, Comfortable, and close to the park. You will also receive 1 hour of extra ride time in the morning if you stay there, on select rides.

If you can swing it, I strongly recommend Hotel Breakers, even in the Bon Aire section (older and slightly cheaper). There is just simply nothing better than having your hotel within about 300 feet walking distance to an entrance of the park. And if you're planning multiple days, I really strongly suggest it! (and get a Fast Lane pass!)

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I saw that United Flight when I was booking mine from california, but it was about $600 each way non stop from SFO to CLE, whereas the Southwest flight from SMF-MDW-CLE was $410 round trip with only a 90 min layover. If it was a $50 or maybe $100 difference Id just pay for the convenience but when its several hundred dollars difference, its not worth it for a couple hours.

 

I can actually fly non-rev through my work which is $90 round trip on Southwest but flying standby with multiple stops is a risk I didnt want to take. Worst case I get stuck in Chicago and don't even make it to Cedar Point at all. For the confirmed seat and guarantee that Ill make it, for that Ill pay an extra $300.

I was looking to do something similar, but from Atlanta. It's only $400 round trip from Atlanta to Cleveland, which seems reasonable.

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