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Hey guys...im gonna be taking my first trip to the park on wed! Got a few questions...will I be able to do everything w/o a fastlane? Im talking about the coasters and some highlight rides. Also, if im there at opening what do you suggest my "game plan" consist of? Any help would be much appreciated!

 

In addition to the info provided - take $20 out of your budget and play the Gatekeeper plinko game (there are also ones near MF and Maverick as well - but I've had the best luck with this one - all work the same way) - You'll get 5 chances per $10 to win front of line passes for the big 4 (for 2 riders each) - this will make your day way more enjoyable if you can win 4 of these. If you win, you enter via the exit ramp of the rides - and the only one that doesn't take you right to the load platform is MF - it takes you to about 20 feet outside the station - so about a 15 min wait for a regular seat. You can also wait for front row on MF - whereas with the other's you will not be able to as they will tell you to pick any seat but the front.

 

You can also follow @TonyClarkCP on Twitter - he will do "tweeteups" (more so on weekends) to win front of line passes, slingshot vouchers, french fry or drink wristbands among other things. He doesn't always tweet - but he usually gives a warning an hour or so before he does - but with such a big park it can be hard to get to him in time - but it's still fun to try.

 

Also - if you are there until close - note that the lines will stay open until 8 minutes past closing time - so 10:08 PM on your day. I'd get in line for MF (or whatever your favorite ride is) at 10:07 PM - they will finish out the line - and it is amazing how fast the crews hustle when they know they get to finish up once the line clears! This also allows traffic to clear off the peninsula. It's also really cool to walk through the near empty park at the end of the day.

 

Have a great trip!

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Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

OK these are freaking cool. https://cedarpointonlineshop.com/

Made it out to Cedar Point this past weekend, October 17th-18th with my mom and dad to visit my sister working at the park. My sister works at Dorney, but since they closed early, a bunch of full time

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Does anyone know why this ride has so many more problems than the other Screaming Swings?

 

In any case this ride really needs to go. At the rate they're going it's going to kill someone. It's terrible that someone broke their leg and it could have been a lot worse, especially because it had enough force to smash through the fence where people stand to watch the ride.

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So has Cedar Point said anything about renaming one of their coasters? Do we know which one yet? It's been a while.

 

Good article here about the logistics of the rename happening...

I remember this thing that a guy had to say on the TV show, 'Dish Nation':

 

What Cedar Point should do, is build this coaster from scratch, have it run for a few years, then move the entire thing down to South Beach.

 

Those aren't the exact words, but I thought it was pretty funny when he said it.

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Does anyone know why this ride has so many more problems than the other Screaming Swings?

 

In any case this ride really needs to go. At the rate they're going it's going to kill someone. It's terrible that someone broke their leg and it could have been a lot worse, especially because it had enough force to smash through the fence where people stand to watch the ride.

 

I really think the park will evaluate the situation and do the right thing. If this was just a freak accident - then there is no reason the ride should close permanently. Maybe they will be able to modify the ride to keep this - the cable flying wildly upon snapping - if that's what happened - from happening again.

 

I agree this was a horrible accident and it is a good thing it was not worse but closing permanently seems pretty extreme at this point. At least until they find the root cause of the issue.

 

Look how they handled the Shoot the Rapids incident - again another accident that could have been a lot worse. I think they will follow a similar route in evaluating Skyhawk - with rider safety the number one priority. Wouldn't be surprised if it is down the rest of the year though.

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I agree this was a horrible accident and it is a good thing it was not worse but closing permanently seems pretty extreme at this point. At least until they find the root cause of the issue.

 

I'd normally agree with you but this isn't the first time this ride has broken down in spectacular fashion that put riders and bystanders in serious danger. It's also incredibly unreliable as it was closed most of last year due to a cable snap. I'm not pretending to be an expert on the mechanics of the ride but this just keeps happening.

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I say we wait for the investigation to be complete before jumping to conclusions. The photo definitely looked like the it was one of the cables on the arm and not the drive cable again. But an eyewitness says the ride wasn't emergency stopped but stopped by gravity. So that adds some confusion into the "We don't know what really happened". That's why I think we should just wait. The types of injuries haven't even been confirmed by the park, hospital or news media yet so we don't know if the broken leg actually happened yet or not either etc...

 

At any rate, the wooden area of the fence that was broken down has been replaced with new wood as of this morning.

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I agree this was a horrible accident and it is a good thing it was not worse but closing permanently seems pretty extreme at this point. At least until they find the root cause of the issue.

 

I'd normally agree with you but this isn't the first time this ride has broken down in spectacular fashion that put riders and bystanders in serious danger.

 

I thought the last cable snap was from a drive cable that is mainly enclosed in the structure - and that there were no injuries or any danger to the riders or by-standers. I could be mistaken but that is my recollection. Though it was a cable failure - it seemed to be in a totally different part of the ride structure.

 

I guess we will find out what happens - what we think does not matter - I'm sure that Cedar Fair's lawyers will be the ones playing a big role in the future of the ride. As a fan of the ride and Cedar Point I hope that they are able to keep the ride going - but if this is a case of another accident waiting to happen then I understand they need to do what is best for everyone's safety.

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Believe me I'm not trying to hide the fact that I'm speculating, nor was I there for the accidents this ride has had but there are a lot of reports of parts falling from the ride (isn't there a video of this somewhere) including during the incident last year. I just can't see Cedar Point continuing to throw money at this ride.

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Some more details emerge with an eyewitness quoted. Link

 

SANDUSKY -- A cable on the swing ride Skyhawk snapped on Saturday night at Cedar Point, injuring two park guests.

 

Around 10 p.m., a cable attached to one of the ride's carriages broke loose.

 

The cable struck two different people and the park's emergency personnel where immediately called.

 

One of the injured was treated and released at the park. The other was transported to a local hospital.

 

Season ticket holder Tom Achtziger and his two kids were on the ride at the time.

 

Achtziger said in an email, "It was awful. When the cable broke they didn't stop the ride. They shut down the power and the ride kept swinging, letting gravity take over...meanwhile the cable was whipping around smacking the ride and destroying things on the ground. We are all lucky that there were no more serious injuries."

 

He managed to snap a few photos from his seat on the ride: "Some of these pictures were taken while we were still trapped in our seats as the ride would not release the safety belts."

 

The ride was immediately shut down. Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said the ride will remain closed until the park completes an investigation.

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Thanks...I dont have a plat. pass so early entry isn't an option. Is the entrance by soak city for regular guest as well?

 

Yes - this entrance is for everyone to use.

 

When you get close to the main entrance after crossing the causeway, stay in the left lane and then choose the furthest left lane that says Soak City, Hotel Breakers, etc.

 

Once you pay for parking, you will then drive on the road left of the Blue Streak and all the way around the left side of the park, past Millennium & Maverick, behind Mean Streak, Gemini, etc...you will then see the parking lot for Soak City on your left near the Camper Village entrance.

 

After you park, you will walk between Soak City/Challenge Park & under Magnum's first drop to get to the entrance right next to it's lift hill. If you enter the park and want to do Magnum, Power Tower, TTD, Iron Dragon, Mantis, and Millennium, go left. If you want to do Gemini, Maverick, Skyhawk (probably not going to be open after the cable snap) and Mean Streak, go right.

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^ Maverick's line tends to move a bit slowly so I would suggest taking a right & head there first and then maybe back around the Gemini area to hit TTD.

 

After that, you might want to hang a right out of TTD's exit and head around Iron Dragon and over to MF to check the wait. If it's less than an hour, then I would suggest riding it then as the line will most likely get longer as the day progresses. Although if you stay till the end, you definitely want to get a night ride on this coaster - preferably in the front or back seat.

 

I also like the gentleman's idea about saving $20 for the plinko games. You win something every time you play and if you win front of the line passes, even better!

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Some more details emerge with an eyewitness quoted. Link

 

SANDUSKY -- A cable on the swing ride Skyhawk snapped on Saturday night at Cedar Point, injuring two park guests.

 

Around 10 p.m., a cable attached to one of the ride's carriages broke loose.

 

The cable struck two different people and the park's emergency personnel where immediately called.

 

One of the injured was treated and released at the park. The other was transported to a local hospital.

 

Season ticket holder Tom Achtziger and his two kids were on the ride at the time.

 

Achtziger said in an email, "It was awful. When the cable broke they didn't stop the ride. They shut down the power and the ride kept swinging, letting gravity take over...meanwhile the cable was whipping around smacking the ride and destroying things on the ground. We are all lucky that there were no more serious injuries."

 

He managed to snap a few photos from his seat on the ride: "Some of these pictures were taken while we were still trapped in our seats as the ride would not release the safety belts."

 

The ride was immediately shut down. Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said the ride will remain closed until the park completes an investigation.

 

Oh snap!

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Updated pics from article posted earlier.

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Crews on scene after cord snaps on the Skyhawk ride

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The ride's broken cable resting on the ground nearby

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The upper area of the swing, where the cable broke loose

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The broken cable hanging near passengers still sitting on the ride's carriage

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The broken cable draped over the passenger seats on Skyhawk

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Another update

 

Sandusky, Ohio -- A New Jersey man who was at Cedar Point last night said he heard "something whip, then bang and screaming," just after a cable broke on the popular Skyhawk ride, injuring two.

 

Kevin Gregg, who was near the ride but not on it when the accident occurred, said at least one of the injured guests was a spectator who was hit in the mouth with wood debris.

 

"It didn't look too serious, but he was in pain," said Gregg, of Barnegat, N.J., who runs an amusement park fan website called Themeparkmaniacs.com.

 

Gregg said he saw a second guest, a girl, get into an ambulance after the accident. "She walked on her own power," he said.

 

In a statement early this morning, Cedar Point said two guests were injured in the accident, one of whom was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

 

The fence in front of the now-shuttered Skyhawk ride at Cedar Point has already been mended, less than a day after a cable on the ride broke, injuring two.

 

In an updated statement this afternoon, Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said that the transported guest was treated and released.

 

According to Cedar Point's initial statement:

"At approximately 10 p.m., a cable on one of the Skyhawk swing ride's carriages disconnected. The ride's crew immediately shut down the ride and notified the park's emergency personnel. The cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated and released at the scene. As a precaution, the other was transported to a local hospital for evaluation."

 

Gregg, who was standing near the roller coaster Maverick when the accident occurred, said, "After the cable broke, the ride slowed down and eventually stopped. Everyone was screaming and very scared."

 

He said the cable broke the fence in front of the ride – where spectators often stand as they watch the ride's two giant arms swing back and forth, up to 125 feet high and at speeds of up to 60 mph.

 

The cable, he said, was hanging over the ride when the ride stopped. Gregg sent two photos to The Plain Dealer this morning – one showing the shuttered ride, with a cable missing on its left carriage/arm; the other with a newly mended fence in front of the ride.

 

Gregg was at the park this morning and said everything, except Skyhawk, appeared to be operating as usual.

 

Park fans on social media this morning suspected this might be the final straw for Skyhawk, which has been sidelined with mechanical problems in the past. The ride was installed in 2006.

 

Edwards, the Cedar Point spokesman, said Skyhawk's problems in 2013, when it was shut down for weeks, were unrelated to the broken cable last night.

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^How often does it have problems? I went there for two days in August last year and it was always closed.

 

I believe that last year or maybe the year before (probably not) there was a cable accident during test runs (with the opposite swing that had a snap here) resulting in the ride being closed for much of the year and only running one swing for the rest.

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