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I went to Cedar Point last Friday for HalloWeekends and Sunday for a final ride on Mantis (it was closed on Friday). The only coasters that I rode were Gatekeeper, Millennium Force, and Mantis. Crowds were low, with no wait longer than 15 minutes.

 

The Coasters (ranked in order of preference):

 

Millennium Force: Always a fun ride, and it’s even better with a 15 minute wait! For a 6,600 foot long ride, I would like more than 4 airtime locations. It was pitch black when I rode and going 90 mph so close to ground was a blast!

 

Gatekeeper: It seems to have developed the B&M rattle towards the back of the train. I will probably start riding it only in the first two rows going forward. The keyholes are still very enjoyable.

 

Mantis: I am excited for the floorless conversion. I rode it for the last time on Sunday, after not riding it for many years. There was more head-banging on the OTSRs then I remember and standing up created a really weird sensation on my legs. The twisty section at the end of the ride was brutal on my ears. It wasn't until after I got off the ride, that I realized how uncomfortable the ride is for men! I'd guess that all the head-banging took all my attention away from the pain.

 

The Haunted Attractions:

 

Shows:

 

Midnight Syndicate LIVE! Legacy of Shadows: This show was great! Very well done, creepy, and scary.

 

The Houses (ranked in order of preference)

 

G.A. Boeckling's Eerie Estate: This is fantastic haunted house. Easily the best in the park. We went through it near closing time and had no wait at all. There was no one else inside the and it was eerily quiet. Great atmosphere.

 

Eternity Infirmary: My second favorite house of the night. The fake poster and windows always get me.

 

Eden Musee: A fun game of who’s real and who’s wax.

 

Hexed: I was disappointed with the new haunted. The sets were nice, but it wasn’t really scary. No one seemed to hide and jump out at unsuspecting victims.

 

Zombie High School: It closed just before we got into line. It’s not ranked, but probably 2nd or 3rd based on past experiences. I went through this house last year and really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance again in two weeks.

 

The Scare Zones (ranked in order of preference):

 

Maniacal Mechanical Screamworks: It’s been a few different names and themes over the years, but this seems to best Cedar Point’s best Scare Zone every year. It’s in the section of Frontier Town that does have any operating rides. The log cabin buildings really add to the atmosphere that you are in a ghost town.

 

CarnEVIL: Located in Camp Snoopy (Camp Spooky?), there plenty of fog, clowns, and chain saws to provide a good scare every time.

 

Cut Throat Cove: Last year it was on Millennium Island surrounded by dinosaurs and a roller coaster. This year is on the Maverick infield. It’s an interesting idea, but it wasn’t very scary as it was crowded with people on a narrow path.

 

Tombstone Terror-tory: Disappointing. Not really a Scare Zone, but rather a themed area between Cedar Creek Mine Ride and Maverick with a few scare actors walking around.

 

CornStalkers: We were queuing and all of a sudden people were leaving the Haunt and the lights were turned on. I heard that someone had a seizure from the strobe lights, but I was sure. If that did happen, I hope that the person is alright. I'm not sure if it reopened later in the evening.

 

Blood on the Bayou: Closed all night for “technical difficulties.”

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I agree that CP needs a dark ride but lets remember that this IS Cedar Fair we are talking about and they cant keep themeing up even if their lives depended on it! Maverick, Magnum, and Disaster Transport are great examples of CFs inability to keep up themeing and a new dark ride will probably last 1 or 2 years before they let it deteriorate to the point that its just riding around in the dark while hearing odd noises.

 

What themeing was there on Magnum?

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There used to be lights and fog in the last tunnel. But I'm not sure that qualifies as "themeing". Maverick only had maybe 10% of the themeing it was supposed to have, and I'm not sure what upkeep you want to do with the fake rocks. They're just kinda...there.

 

CP just doesn't do themeing. I kind of wish people would just accept that and enjoy the park as it is. If you want great themeing go to a Busch park, Disney, or Universal. Cedar Fair seems to do just fine with minimum amounts as is, I wouldn't think they'd be so inclined to add more.

 

All that said, if they do add a dark ride it would be interesting to see how well it holds up over time. The old Scooby Doo rides at the Paramount parks pretty much fell off the wagon in the upkeep department, as did the old Italian Job coasters. I would be incredibly (and pleasantly) surprised if any dark ride built at CP had themeing that lasted more than ~5 years.

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There used to be lights and fog in the last tunnel. But I'm not sure that qualifies as "themeing". Maverick only had maybe 10% of the themeing it was supposed to have, and I'm not sure what upkeep you want to do with the fake rocks. They're just kinda...there.

 

CP just doesn't do themeing. I kind of wish people would just accept that and enjoy the park as it is. If you want great themeing go to a Busch park, Disney, or Universal. Cedar Fair seems to do just fine with minimum amounts as is, I wouldn't think they'd be so inclined to add more.

 

All that said, if they do add a dark ride it would be interesting to see how well it holds up over time. The old Scooby Doo rides at the Paramount parks pretty much fell off the wagon in the upkeep department, as did the old Italian Job coasters. I would be incredibly (and pleasantly) surprised if any dark ride built at CP had themeing that lasted more than ~5 years.

 

Personally, I think the Frontier Town area and that whole trail from Millennium to Maverick is the best-themed area in any regional "amusement" park in the country.

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Why does the park "desperately" need a dark ride? I don't get this thought.

Not sure why a dark ride has been made such a big deal here. I for one, could care less if the park has a dark ride.

 

A dark ride is needed for many reasons. It helps round out the park's offerings by providing more variety. Dark rides can generally be enjoyed by the whole family so families generally love them. They give patrons an opportunity to escape the sun or rain.

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Why does the park "desperately" need a dark ride? I don't get this thought.

Not sure why a dark ride has been made such a big deal here. I for one, could care less if the park has a dark ride.

 

A dark ride is needed for many reasons. It helps round out the park's offerings by providing more variety. Dark rides can generally be enjoyed by the whole family so families generally love them. They give patrons an opportunity to escape the sun or rain.

 

This is huge. Cedar Point is no stranger to rainy days and yet there's next to nothing to do when it's raining (especially considering CP's insane inclement weather policies). Having at least one major ride under cover would be huge to rounding out a day at Cedar Point.

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In line for another ride on Mantis right now, you know a ride isn't that good when only a handful of switchbacks is being used on the last day. I'm looking forward to the conversion.

 

Oh and the painting is complete.

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I highly doubt Rougarou will be open by the end of the season because there has been no mention of the new trains arriving at the park. Plus, I imagine installing the retractable station floor will take a while to get done, and then they have to test the ride for a few weeks before it opens.

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Going back to the dark ride idea, instead of being themed to the old Pirates ride, what do you think about be themed to the even older Earthquake ride? Or just get two so there is no argument!

 

Did anyone see this posted on Cedar Point's Facebook Page?

 

If Mantis had an obituary...(courtesy of team member Kelly):

 

MANTIS

May 11, 1996 - October 19, 2014

 

Mantis, 18, of Sandusky, Ohio will be put to rest on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

 

Mantis was born on May 11, 1996 in Sandusky Ohio. It loved summer times, standing, and making guests of all ages smile. It is survived by Top Thrill Dragster of 11 years and several other brothers and sisters that are a very important part of the Cedar Point coaster family.

 

Visiting hours are Sunday, October 19th from 11 am until 8 pm. Mantis was a great neighbor to Iron Dragon, who, in a statement, had said, "Mantis will be missed."

 

It is preceded in death by WildCat and Disaster Transport in 2012. At this time, the coaster family is asking for no donations and would appreciate private time over the winter to regroup.

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