Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Cedar Point (CP) Discussion Thread

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

Recommended Posts

I feel like if WT were getting new restraints, something would've been announced, like Maverick. As to why there would even be the possibility of new restraints I do not know, because from all the times I've been on WT there hasn't been any discomfort other than the expected side-throwing from going 70mph into a twist. I hope they get it up and running, although I highly doubt it will be before my first visit for the season. With all the mysterious matinence going on it is no secret that they have fallen WAY behind on testing I have watched the webcams religiously and there hasn't been much activity other than curious parkgoers. Get well soon WT!

 

In other news, can anyone tell me how crowds are the Friday before Memorial weekend(May 22)? That's the day I'm looking into going, and I'm hoping it will be light because Ohio schools aren't out yet and the people going to the park Memorial weekend would probably be going on like Saturday Sunday or Monday. I just don't want it to be crowded because lines are evil lol.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just returned home from Cedar Point. I was a bit hesitant to make the trip up there after hearing all of the poor opening weekend reports, but overall it was a GREAT day. The park was clean, ops were enthusiastic & efficient and lines were short. All coasters were operational except for Wicked Twister. As reported above, the WT train was completely on the track with most parts on the train. Hopefully this is a sign that testing will begin soon. Millennium Force was still on two train operation with the yellow train missing from the track. Gemini was also at reduced capacity, only the red side was running. Dragster was up and down all day. Nothing new there.

 

I was able to take my first spin on the "new" coaster, Rougarou. Personally, I think that converting Manits into Rougarou was a FANTASTIC choice. Rougarou is quite comfortable, fun and exciting. As others have reported the trim is off, and the ride hauls through the course. The refreshed Wicked Twister midway is also looking nice. All relocated rides were operational and open for guests today.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just returned home from Cedar Point. I was a bit hesitant to make the trip up there after hearing all of the poor opening weekend reports, but overall it was a GREAT day. The park was clean, ops were enthusiastic & efficient and lines were short. All coasters were operational except for Wicked Twister. As reported above, the WT train was completely on the track with most parts on the train. Hopefully this is a sign that testing will begin soon. Millennium Force was still on two train operation with the yellow train missing from the track. Gemini was also at reduced capacity, only the red side was running. Dragster was up and down all day. Nothing new there.

 

I was able to take my first spin on the "new" coaster, Rougarou. Personally, I think that converting Manits into Rougarou was a FANTASTIC choice. Rougarou is quite comfortable, fun and exciting. As others have reported the trim is off, and the ride hauls through the course. The refreshed Wicked Twister midway is also looking nice. All relocated rides were operational and open for guests today.

Glad to hear your positive report, after all the "negative" reports recently. Can't wait to see WT up and running again. Reading your report has me super excited for our trip to Cedar Point this summer. Thanks for sharing your visit!! Can't wait to ride Rougarou.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the update glad to see its back on the track! I am returning after 14 years and Wicked Twister is one of the new rides I need to do.

 

Just over a week to go whoop whoop.

 

Stu K

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have to say, Rougarou looks great, and I like the extra touches like the fog and growl! Also, it's good to hear that the ride is improved! I always liked the layout for Mantis, but the stand-up part sucked. Kudos to the park for breathing life back into the coaster!

 

I'm stoked to ride it in about 3 weeks....it's pretty awesome that it's included in the Coasting for Kids lineup!!

 

The Hotel Breakers renovations look pretty spectacular when compared to before. Now it really has the look that an in-park resort should! We're staying there when we head up for the charity event, and I'm looking forward to it!

 

Oh yeah, and those new Maverick restraints?? Look, I LOVE Maverick, but I always thought the restraints were the one thing keeping it from absolute perfection (for me anyway). Yes, I know that might make me a "weak" enthusiast or whatever , but I would always get a couple jabs to the neck while riding. Not a huge deal, but annoying nonetheless. It's funny, because the first time I rode I-305, I thought "man, would I love these straps on Maverick!" Can't wait to check them out!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ Also wondering, as its one I really was hoping to ride next weekend. :/

Seems as if the restraints are stripped from the test seat. Could WT be getting new restraints??

 

Would be nice if it got more reasonable restraints (on the seatbelt at least). It really should be more like other Intamin inverts like Volcano and Possessed. I can easily ride those but my height makes Wicked Twisters seatbelt very taut.

 

I would love to see WT get those Intamin rocket coaster OTSRs. I remember reading somewhere that doing this was very possible to Intamin inverts.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi All,

 

I'm new here and have some questions about a trip to Cedar Point. I'm in Baltimore and normally visit Hershey Park, but figured this year I'd finally get out to Cedar Point and bring the whole family (that's 5 of us -- me, my wife, and three kids (17, 14, 9)). I'm looking for any advice about visiting CP for the first time for a family almost entirely interested in the coasters.

 

Our biggest concern is crowds (of course ), so we're planning to come next week on either Wednesday (5/20) or Thursday (5/21). From what I gather, weekdays in May are good and that's just before OH schools let out, so probably our best chance for light crowds. Does that sound right? Do you think Wednesday would be better than Thursday or are they both far enough from the weekend? Easiest for us is to go Thursday, but we will go Wednesday if that's likely to make a real difference. The weather is looking decent for both days. We won't be buying any special line-jumping passes (just can't afford that for our group of 5) and we will be staying offsite, so no early admission.

 

Can anyone offer any other tips about our visit? (I will be scouring this thread for all I can find, as well.) I've heard it's good to head to the rear of the park first, but also to ride Top Thrill Dragster early, since it may breakdown. Is any entry gate better than the others for getting in and to the ideal spot in the park first?

 

Thanks so much!

Justin

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi All,

 

I'm new here and have some questions about a trip to Cedar Point. I'm in Baltimore and normally visit Hershey Park, but figured this year I'd finally get out to Cedar Point and bring the whole family (that's 5 of us -- me, my wife, and three kids (17, 14, 9)). I'm looking for any advice about visiting CP for the first time for a family almost entirely interested in the coasters.

 

Our biggest concern is crowds (of course ), so we're planning to come next week on either Wednesday (5/20) or Thursday (5/21). From what I gather, weekdays in May are good and that's just before OH schools let out, so probably our best chance for light crowds. Does that sound right? Do you think Wednesday would be better than Thursday or are they both far enough from the weekend? Easiest for us is to go Thursday, but we will go Wednesday if that's likely to make a real difference. The weather is looking decent for both days. We won't be buying any special line-jumping passes (just can't afford that for our group of 5) and we will be staying offsite, so no early admission.

 

Can anyone offer any other tips about our visit? (I will be scouring this thread for all I can find, as well.) I've heard it's good to head to the rear of the park first, but also to ride Top Thrill Dragster early, since it may breakdown. Is any entry gate better than the others for getting in and to the ideal spot in the park first?

 

Thanks so much!

Justin

 

I'll be there on Thursday along with all the seniors from my high school. I doubt the park will be crowded. I, too would like some advice, although I've been a few times. I've always gone to Maverick first but from what I gather (and I do not doubt this is true) it's better to go straight to Millennium, then head to the back of the park as Maverick's line is usually longer in the afternoon. From my experience Dragster never has a huge line, although it breaks down quite a bit. I usually just include it in its place along the path. For those that have been to the park already this season, how is Rougarou's line? When would be the best time to ride?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ I think that you should both be fine in terms of lines but I would recommend going with either MF or Maverick first and do the front of the park in the afternoon once crowds have filtered to the back of the park. Raptor, Blue Streak, Wicked Twister (if open), Maxair and Gatekeeper should all have light lines during that time of the day (unless high school trips are filtering out then).

 

One thing that I did notice was that the Math & Science week (or whatever it's called) is not listed on their website of events this year. Are they not doing it this year?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Visited Wednesday May 13 (free after 4pm for staying at Breakers Express) and Thursday May 14 (with early entry).

 

Everything except Wicked Twister and the water rides eventually opened, but Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster, Magnum, and various flats were down for certain parts of the days.

 

Rougarou was OK, a good ride, but not great. Been there, done that. No different than a dozen other B&M floorless coasters I've ridden in various other parks over the past 17 years. I know it's very early in the season, and what I witnessed may be an anomaly, but it appears Rougarou may be somewhat of a bust. A one-and-done ride for the visitors those days. Even in mid-afternoon they were sending up trains with empty rows, while most of the other coasters had short but healthy lines. Even Iron Dragon next door was a 10 minute wait. After 6pm almost every Rougarou train had fewer than 10 people riding; some were empty to cycle.

 

Maverick's new restraints are a vast improvement over the old ones.

 

Gemini was only running the red side, but about 5pm on Thursday they started testing the blue side. We raced against an empty blue train, and that side won. I don't know if it eventually opened for riders.

 

Someone vomited after riding MaxAir and they had to close it briefly to hose it down.

 

My longest line was about 20 minutes for Millenium Force about 415pm on Wednesday. Rode it 4 times during early entry Thursday with little wait, and then again 3 times in the half hour before closing. During mid-afternoon it appeared the wait might be about 30 to 45 minutes.

 

Lots of junior and senior high school kids there for Math & Physics days.

 

Mid-week in May was a great time to visit.

 

Also went to King's Island on Tuesday May 12. A great, uncrowded day there as well.

Edited by LBIJim
Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ I guess that explains why Math & Science wasn't on their website - they already had it!

 

In terms of Gemini only running one side, that is typical for early season. The short lines do not justify running both the red and blue trains, so they normally only run one side with two trains - unless it's on an unusually crowded weekend.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know it's very early in the season, and what I witnessed may be an anomaly, but it appears Rougarou may be somewhat of a bust. A one-and-done ride for the visitors those days. Even in mid-afternoon they were sending up trains with empty rows, while most of the other coasters had short but healthy lines. Even Iron Dragon next door was a 10 minute wait. After 6pm almost every Rougarou train had fewer than 10 people riding; some were empty to cycle.

 

I see a lot of the same on Gatekeeper and Raptor usually. Not because they aren't popular, but because they simply chew through people, combined with the slower early-season days in May. Those coasters are capacity machines. Mantis wasn't as much because of the time it took to adjust the seats, but I'm sure with quicker load times the capacity on Rougarou has drastically increased.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ I guess that explains why Math & Science wasn't on their website - they already had it!

 

In terms of Gemini only running one side, that is typical for early season. The short lines do not justify running both the red and blue trains, so they normally only run one side with two trains - unless it's on an unusually crowded weekend.

 

I understand only running one side of Gemini, especially early in the season. Opening the blue side was totally unnecessary that day. I suppose they were just testing it for future use.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know it's very early in the season, and what I witnessed may be an anomaly, but it appears Rougarou may be somewhat of a bust. A one-and-done ride for the visitors those days. Even in mid-afternoon they were sending up trains with empty rows, while most of the other coasters had short but healthy lines. Even Iron Dragon next door was a 10 minute wait. After 6pm almost every Rougarou train had fewer than 10 people riding; some were empty to cycle.

 

I see a lot of the same on Gatekeeper and Raptor usually. Not because they aren't popular, but because they simply chew through people, combined with the slower early-season days in May. Those coasters are capacity machines. Mantis wasn't as much because of the time it took to adjust the seats, but I'm sure with quicker load times the capacity on Rougarou has drastically increased.

 

No doubt capacity has drastically increased on Rougarou vs. Mantis. Still, there were lines for Gatekeeper and Raptor until the last hour before closing, while Rougarou seemed to be a walk-on by mid-afternoon. I'm sure Rougarou's ridership will increase when the season gets into full swing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know it's very early in the season, and what I witnessed may be an anomaly, but it appears Rougarou may be somewhat of a bust. A one-and-done ride for the visitors those days. Even in mid-afternoon they were sending up trains with empty rows, while most of the other coasters had short but healthy lines.

 

I wouldn't call Rougarou a bust at all! I too was at Cedar Point on Wednesday the 13th and know that it was not busy at all! Gatekeeper was a 7 minute wait at 11AM when we rode it, as was Raptor. Rougarou was actually one for the longer lines we waited in - 25 minutes. I think you pretty much summed up how slow the day was with you comment about Millennium Force - 20 minute wait AND it was only running two trains! Is Rougarou the best coaster in the world? No, BUT it is a vast improvement over Mantis and a coaster the GP seems to be loving!

 

I do agree with your opinion on the new Maverick restraints! No more defensive ridding!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Afternoon everyone!

 

I just got back home to Dallas after visiting CP all day Friday and Saturday. Even living here, my fiancee and I got platinum passes as we are planning on flying up likely 3 more times, so we took advantage of early entry and the ERT on MF and Rougarou last night.

 

The first thing I will always give kudos to at CP is the fact they run the rides in rain. Thursday morning was practically a downpour at 8:30 am, but I got back to back rides on Gatekeeper, and 3 MF rides in an hour! I had a rain poncho that didn't make it through those last few MF rides...but I didn't care

 

I considered it an achievement, but I managed to get 4 TTD rides, it was actually running well with little downtime the 2 days I was there.

 

I experienced Pinks for the first time and really enjoyed the burger I ordered. It was only my 2nd visit ever to CP so I have a lot of the "places to go" to learn. I'm hoping to come up to my first ever Coastermania on the 5th (looking at flights currently) I'll probably be solo, so if anyone can guide me on the things to do as far as food, etc. and how Coastermania tends to work I'd appreciate it!

 

Gemini ran empty blue all Friday, yesterday they ran both sides racing.

 

I really enjoyed the new Maverick restraints, I'm going to King's Dominion in mid-June, so I'm happy to know what I'll be dealing with on I-305. The new restraints made it SO much easier to hold the arms up the whole time and be more comfortable in the transitions. I took 7 rides on Maverick because it was so much more comfortable.

 

MF had some more giddy-up to it than it did when I first visited last year. I don't know if it's the little bit of extra weight because of the fiber glass trains or what, but I was getting not good, but GREAT airtime on the floater hills. I got 10 rides and it didn't matter when it was raining, or what time of day it was, it really felt like it was hauling some butt. (I also heard from a ride-op that they expect the yellow train back next week.)

 

Rougarou, I only took one ride on Mantis last year, being a guy, I took a good shot down low and said once was enough. I rode Rougarou though 8 times over the course of the few days, much better I think and the GP really seem to enjoy it. The lines Friday and Saturday were constantly over an hour at all times of day for it. It's fun enough that I had no problem getting in line whenever I'd be on my way to MF or Maverick again, I really enjoyed it, so whoever above thinks it's a bust, my personal opinion is that it's a genius move by CP as it helps bring the lineup together.

 

I was worried about my visit after the bust of an opening weekend, but CP really got it together and I even ran into Tony Clark to say hi. The ride operators were really trying hard to push out trains, especially on MF with only 2 trains, I got lucky and got the last ride of the night last night and sat in the front and some employees hopped on with us. I thanked them all for their efforts as at times they'd be running trying to get people dispatched these past 2 days.

 

If anyone ever sees a older lady named Brenda at the Chic-Fil-A by Maverick, (she's usually the one cleaning tables) She's very nice and said she's been there about 6 years, she does a great job so stop and say hi to her and she'll give you some of those yummy good mints!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was at Cedar Point today and had a great time - 30 rides between 9 - 4. I had to leave for Ann Arbor at 4. I could've gotten a lot more if I could've stayed longer. Typical slow Sunday.

 

Yes, Wicked Twister was testing. I heard from an unofficial source that it could be a week, because the state hasn't done it's annual inspection yet. Not really sure of the accuracy of that, but just wanted to share what I heard.

 

It's nice that I can ride 2 more rides at the Point now - Rougaroo & Maverick. I hated the headbanging on Mantis, and couldn't take the old restraints on Maverick. I now enjoy both rides...

 

The third train (yellow) for Millie appeared overnight with it's new body, but wasn't used while I was there. Dragster was having a bad day, but I was able to ride it once. Also I met another TPR member - DBRU on Maggie. He's a supervisor and was working the ride this morning. Nice guy with good hustle, and even smiled while he was working. I got 12 on her today! No waiting in the morning.

 

Things are looking up at the Point from my perspective!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/