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I agree!

 

During a recent coaster road trip with our kids, we found that the height requirements differ from park to park. The weird thing was that our daughter was just over the 48 inch mark at six flags and busch gardens parks,but was below the mark at cedar fair parks.

 

I am running into the same issue with our other kids now that they are getting taller.

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Totally off topic, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

 

After my first time at Cedar PointI truly believe Kings Island is better than Cedar Point. Let me explain.

 

First off, the employees. For example, the Gatekeeper line was taking a very long time, even with Fast Lane Plus. I got up to the station and saw the trains were stacking and the ops didn't seem to really care how quickly the trains were being dispatched. At Kings Island, I don't remember the last time I didn't see ride ops walking quickly or even running. This was also a problem on Dragster, Maverick, Raptor, and, well, basically half the roller coasters.

 

Another thing that really bothered me was how many people walk around the park smoking outside of the designated smoking areas. I have asthma & even secondhand smoke can send me into an asthma attack.

 

Lastly, the atmosphere. When I walk into KI, I lovd looking straight ahead and seeing all kinds of shops, the fountains and the eiffel tower surrounded by rides and plenty of wooded area. It's kind of welcoming. At CP, however, since it's all mostly coasters, rides, and buildings, which to me made it feel a little less, welcoming I guess. I felt more out of place at CP. KI, to me, feels a bit more homey

 

I believe the park was great but has so much more potential. The park has a fantastic lineup, but the operations and atmosphere honestly led me to believe that KI is actually the better park. I'm sorry if I sounded like a whiny little b***h, I just really wanted to throw that out there.

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I agree with you about Kings Island being better than Cedar Point. I did both parks in the same trip back in May, hitting Cedar Point first and then Kings Island a few days later. I liked the atmosphere at KI better than CP. I also enjoyed being able to ride every coaster I got in line for at KI. At CP I wasn't able to ride Millennium Force because the seat belt was about an inch shy of buckling.

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Woo what a great picture!

Nobody's brought this up yet, so here we go:

How the donkey are we going to see what's going on past the big lift-crossing left turn with this camera angle? Doesn't seem like there's much else to mount it on to get a good angle, especially with this being more of a terrain coaster in it's back half.

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Woo what a great picture!

Nobody's brought this up yet, so here we go:

How the donkey are we going to see what's going on past the big lift-crossing left turn with this camera angle? Doesn't seem like there's much else to mount it on to get a good angle, especially with this being more of a terrain coaster in it's back half.

 

 

 

They will probably turn the camera

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After my first time at Cedar PointI truly believe Kings Island is better than Cedar Point. Let me explain.

 

First off, the employees. For example, the Gatekeeper line was taking a very long time, even with Fast Lane Plus. I got up to the station and saw the trains were stacking and the ops didn't seem to really care how quickly the trains were being dispatched. At Kings Island, I don't remember the last time I didn't see ride ops walking quickly or even running. This was also a problem on Dragster, Maverick, Raptor, and, well, basically half the roller coasters.

 

This wasn't my experience at all both times I visited Cedar Point this year. The Gatekeeper crew was always hustling like nuts to get trains dispatched and prevent stacking as much as possible. Did you just visit recently? It's possible operations may have dropped in quality due to it being the end of the season, but in both May and September, this simply wasn't an issue, and especially not with FLP.

 

That being said, the one time I visited KI this year, I didn't need any sort of Fast Lane whatsoever, so that was a definite pleasant surprise. Ultimately I like both parks a lot, but for different reasons, and so I wouldn't rank one higher than the other as they both seem to serve different purposes.

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Totally off topic, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

 

After my first time at Cedar PointI truly believe Kings Island is better than Cedar Point. Let me explain.

 

First off, the employees. For example, the Gatekeeper line was taking a very long time, even with Fast Lane Plus. I got up to the station and saw the trains were stacking and the ops didn't seem to really care how quickly the trains were being dispatched. At Kings Island, I don't remember the last time I didn't see ride ops walking quickly or even running. This was also a problem on Dragster, Maverick, Raptor, and, well, basically half the roller coasters.

 

Another thing that really bothered me was how many people walk around the park smoking outside of the designated smoking areas. I have asthma & even secondhand smoke can send me into an asthma attack.

 

Lastly, the atmosphere. When I walk into KI, I lovd looking straight ahead and seeing all kinds of shops, the fountains and the eiffel tower surrounded by rides and plenty of wooded area. It's kind of welcoming. At CP, however, since it's all mostly coasters, rides, and buildings, which to me made it feel a little less, welcoming I guess. I felt more out of place at CP. KI, to me, feels a bit more homey

 

I believe the park was great but has so much more potential. The park has a fantastic lineup, but the operations and atmosphere honestly led me to believe that KI is actually the better park. I'm sorry if I sounded like a whiny little b***h, I just really wanted to throw that out there.

 

I hope you visit KI when/if they have the Christmas in July event next year. They played Christmas and instrumental music on International Street during it this year, and it felt like it did years ago when they played it, instead of this pop music they blast nowadays at the park. It made it feel like you was getting away from your troubles and the rest of the world and entering a magical place.

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This wasn't my experience at all both times I visited Cedar Point this year. The Gatekeeper crew was always hustling like nuts to get trains dispatched and prevent stacking as much as possible. Did you just visit recently? It's possible operations may have dropped in quality due to it being the end of the season, but in both May and September, this simply wasn't an issue, and especially not with FLP.

 

Same. On Labor Day weekend I snapped this picture, the train in the station is already moving (you can see the op giving the all clear), and you can see the other train in the background. When we were there we never stopped in the brake run even with 3 train operations. This wasn't even the fastest dispatch. They were usually dispatching as soon as the lift block was clear and the train dropped off.

 

 

As far as which park you prefer though that's totally subjective. I love Kings Island but there are a few parks in the chain I prefer. It's a great park though and Mystic Timbers will only make it better.

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I did love CP, don't get me wrong, but I was a bit underwhelmed. Even with FL+, my wait for Millennium force was about an hour, and the ride ops seemed uninterested for the most part. This was also totally out of the park's control, but even with FL+ the lines took about an hour or longer & the paths were so crowded it was hard to breathe. Definitely not something I'm used to. Maybe my visit was like this since it was so close to the end of the season, but I'll figure that out when I go back next year.

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This year I visited a bunch of Cedar Fair parks for the first time (somebody bought a Platinum Pass!), including Kings Island and Cedar Point. I'd say Kings Island has a better atmosphere and much better food, but Cedar Point has the superior ride collection. It's the old theme park v. amusement park argument.

 

Oh no! It's list time! Here's my totally nerdy ranking of Cedar Fair parks I've been to (all of these visited in 2016):

 

1. Knott's Berry Farm

2. Cedar Point

3. Kings Island

4. Worlds of Fun

5. Valleyfair!

6. Michigan's Adventure

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So the lift is going towards Diamondback's second hill. With the new path for White Water Canyon right next to the lift that's going to be a great photo spot. I don't know why I thought the lift was going to be closer to the Race For Your Life Charlie Brown log flume and then head back over and through D-back towards Beast. It does look great but sad to see so many trees gone.

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This year I visited a bunch of Cedar Fair parks for the first time (somebody bought a Platinum Pass!), including Kings Island and Cedar Point. I'd say Kings Island has a better atmosphere and much better food, but Cedar Point has the superior ride collection. It's the old theme park v. amusement park argument.

 

Oh no! It's list time! Here's my totally nerdy ranking of Cedar Fair parks I've been to (all of these visited in 2016):

 

1. Knott's Berry Farm

2. Cedar Point

3. Kings Island

4. Worlds of Fun

5. Valleyfair!

6. Michigan's Adventure

 

Time for a trip to Carowinds.

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This year I visited a bunch of Cedar Fair parks for the first time (somebody bought a Platinum Pass!), including Kings Island and Cedar Point. I'd say Kings Island has a better atmosphere and much better food, but Cedar Point has the superior ride collection. It's the old theme park v. amusement park argument.

 

Oh no! It's list time! Here's my totally nerdy ranking of Cedar Fair parks I've been to (all of these visited in 2016):

 

1. Knott's Berry Farm

2. Cedar Point

3. Kings Island

4. Worlds of Fun

5. Valleyfair!

6. Michigan's Adventure

 

Time for a trip to Carowinds.

 

I'd love to go to the East Coast CF parks. I don't think it'll happen next year (Dollywood and Knoebels are the goals for 2017), but one day I do want to ride Fury and I305.

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So the lift is going towards Diamondback's second hill. With the new path for White Water Canyon right next to the lift that's going to be a great photo spot. I don't know why I thought the lift was going to be closer to the Race For Your Life Charlie Brown log flume and then head back over and through D-back towards Beast. It does look great but sad to see so many trees gone.

The White Water Canyon path might not be that great of a photo spot thanks to the cover the park is putting over it. The view from one end of the train station (which I was standing outside of) would probably be the better spot. And the future path leading to Mystic Timbers where they have a big fence up is actually right beside the haystack dryers for Race For Your Life Charlie Brown, so you're not too far off.

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Woo what a great picture!

Nobody's brought this up yet, so here we go:

How the donkey are we going to see what's going on past the big lift-crossing left turn with this camera angle? Doesn't seem like there's much else to mount it on to get a good angle, especially with this being more of a terrain coaster in it's back half.

 

 

 

They will probably turn the camera

Still probably gonna be hard to actually see the progress easily. Much of the layout will be lower to the ground, undoubtedly below the treeline in more than a few places.

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Not that I want to ride the flume in 50 degree weather

 

... amateur. Also yes, the Log Flume will be open for the fun people in your group.

 

You are a filthy liar, log flume was closed and my children were devastated. Well the one that was large enough to ride was at least. The one year old was equally as upset but was distracted by the petting zoo and stray leaves on the ground, so dodged a bullet there.

 

Had a pretty good visit all things considered, it was slammed but I made a quick solo lap in the morning and got on mostly everything I wanted to ride.

-Banshee was great, not like Montu or Raptor good but a really solid invert. Never been a fan of B&M invert first drops but wow that drop was crazy.

-We got stuck on on our backs in the station one Firehawk, on the first train of the morning. Seriously they opened the ride, loaded a train, dispatched....and then it broke down. Whatever, that things stinks anyways and the ops fastlaned us into Flight of Fear so that was worth laying on my back for 20 minutes.

-Flight of Fear is still all kinds of awesome. 2nd or 3rd best coaster in the park for me.

-I take back what I said about Diamondback, had a lot more fun than I remembered on that thing.

-Vortex was running well, and was a lot of fun, maybe it's just personal nostalgia but I still love that ride.

-Beast and Racer were both running really great.

-The Snoopys Pumpkin patch Halloween event was a lot of fun for the kids, but that park could seriously use something for kids under 48". And how about a playground or something somewhere else in the park other than Planet Snoopy.There is seriously nothing for kids outside of Planet Snoopy (Dino trail was closed for haunt).

-Mystic Timbers looks great in person, much more excited about that ride after seeing it than I was after the announcement.

-The park was slammed after like 4 oclock. Spent $20 on the fast lane spinner wheel and won passes for Diamondback, Backlot Stunt Coaster, The Bat, and Vortex, but even the fastlane ques were backed up quite a bit.

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Not that I want to ride the flume in 50 degree weather

 

... amateur. Also yes, the Log Flume will be open for the fun people in your group.

 

You are a filthy liar, log flume was closed and my children were devastated. Well the one that was large enough to ride was at least. The one year old was equally as upset but was distracted by the petting zoo and stray leaves on the ground, so dodged a bullet there.

 

Sorry I actually noticed that on the webcam. It operated the weekend before so I assumed they would run it throughout the event. I was surprised to see it closed suddenly but sometimes I know they have issues with leaves clogging them up so maybe it just became a massive pain in the a**.

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