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p. 792 - Camp Cedar campground to open in 2021!

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Left Cedar Point after an early lunch, having gotten Maverick x4 and MF x4 during ERT. Also got rides on Raptor, Valravn and Blue Streak. Left in time for two brewery stops in Dayton. I got to KI around 5:10.

 

Went straight to Banshee and it wasn't running so I rode The Bat, because it's right there. I don't think I watched POVs on the suspended coasters, so what a pleasant surprise The Bat was after Iron Dragon. I thought it was great.

 

Then got Invertigo, Racer, Vortex (a bit rough but certainly not the worst Arrow looper.), The Beast, Mystic Timbers ( Wow, new 2nd favorite woodie behind Phoenix), Diamondback, Banshee, Adventure Express, and Flight of Fear. Only wait over 5 minutes was FoF.

 

Had dinner at Coney's BBQ. I ate three meals at the smokehouse at CP in a day and a half and always eat at Harmony Hall at Carowinds. Love chicken, brisket, and ribs. I bailed after dinner since I'll be back in the morning for ERT. Not sure what stayed open but there was a ton of lightning going on about 15 minutes after I left.

 

Looking forward to lapping Mystic Timbers and Diamondback in the a.m. And more rides on The Bat and The Beast. The Beast has an awesome layout and scenery but not sure I could marathon it. Someone refresh my memory on the best seat. I was somewhere mid-train and got beat up quite a bit. I skipped Firehawk. My daughter likes Nighthawk and Batwing, but I don't enjoy them. I'm sure I'll ride it with her next year.

 

Kinda bummed my daughter couldn't make this second trip, but paring it down to two parks has made it a bit more relaxing.

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The Beast has an awesome layout and scenery but not sure I could marathon it. Someone refresh my memory on the best seat. I was somewhere mid-train and got beat up quite a bit.

Not sure what more seasoned riders best seat is (could be the same as mine), but I rode in the 2nd to last row of the train, right seat each time I rode and it was awesome. It was a non-wheel seat (as are all the middle rows of each car).

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In my experience, the 3 bench trains generally have the middle and front rows as the smoothest (which one is smoother depends on which coaster). I only ever rode The Beast in the front while I was there so I'm not really sure, but I found it to be way smoother than I was expecting. Like, steel coaster smooth.

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Visiting from Orlando, my wife and I were in the park last night for her first ride on The Beast. We saved it for last. Unfortunately, it was down from 7pm until close. Pretty heartbreaking considering I convinced her to fly out here from Orlando for Cedar Point and Kings Island, while hyping up The Beast for the better part of the year.

 

Also, who's idea was it to have "Dollar Days" on one of the busiest weekends of the year? Shouldn't this be a promotion reserved for a slow Tuesday in June? The food staff could not keep up with the demand. I would have rather paid full price and had less people in line that were waiting to get their 4th round of $1 pizza. Awful.

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I was next in line to ride The Beast when it went down, it was stopped right at the first lift hill at the top. I waited with my brother, along with everyone else for 20 minutes, and after that people starting giving up and leaving. It was very busy, if I go again on Labor Day weekend I'm going to get Fast Lane Plus! The line at La Rosas on International Street was super long, but it was moving at a normal to fast pace when I was in line, and the pizza's was warm, and everyone was very nice. They need more tables on International Street with shade over them, like what Rivertown has. The tree's along the Royal Fountain had some their branches cut off and now that does not help the problem sitting in the sun with no shade...

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Visiting from Orlando, my wife and I were in the park last night for her first ride on The Beast. We saved it for last. Unfortunately, it was down from 7pm until close. Pretty heartbreaking considering I convinced her to fly out here from Orlando for Cedar Point and Kings Island, while hyping up The Beast for the better part of the year.

 

Also, who's idea was it to have "Dollar Days" on one of the busiest weekends of the year? Shouldn't this be a promotion reserved for a slow Tuesday in June? The food staff could not keep up with the demand. I would have rather paid full price and had less people in line that were waiting to get their 4th round of $1 pizza. Awful.

Uhg. I'm really sorry to hear The Beast was down. I hope you still had a good time. Also, $1 pizza doesn't seem like it would ever be a good idea.

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Visiting from Orlando, my wife and I were in the park last night for her first ride on The Beast. We saved it for last. Unfortunately, it was down from 7pm until close. Pretty heartbreaking considering I convinced her to fly out here from Orlando for Cedar Point and Kings Island, while hyping up The Beast for the better part of the year.

 

Also, who's idea was it to have "Dollar Days" on one of the busiest weekends of the year? Shouldn't this be a promotion reserved for a slow Tuesday in June? The food staff could not keep up with the demand. I would have rather paid full price and had less people in line that were waiting to get their 4th round of $1 pizza. Awful.

 

Sorry to hear that.

 

Not to be a Monday morning quarterback but honestly my philosophy for visiting parks has changed over time. I used to be all about knocking out the lowest capacity rides first and being strategic, but now my strategy is to just ride the rides you came to ride first if it's a park that you don't get to often. If a headline attraction goes down early in the day and doesn't come back up and you miss it because you're whoring a wild mouse or saving it for last it sucks big time and you'll be kicking yourself.

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I was at the park on Saturday, too, and while it was pretty busy, we were able to get on everything we wanted to many, many times with FP+ even with thunderstorms in the area closing nearly everything multiple times. If you were there on Saturday, Beast did close once or twice, but it was open around 9PM when we rode it.

 

The dollar days thing was completely a non issue. I think the reasoning behind it is actually very sound. Liquidate all food/beverage inventory as possible by selling it for $1 to maximize attendance on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Bring people in, avoid having to toss it all at the end of the season and making nothing on it.

 

The lines for $1 stuff were huge. However, when we walked past people with pizza and ice cream, the pizza looked like it was frozen pizza and the ice cream was all soft ice cream, so you kind of get what you pay for. We happily ate (and drank) at the sports bar place next to Diamondback and we got scooped ice cream at the place on the corner by the Eiffel Tower. Minimal to zero waits at either place for food/drink/ice cream.

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The pizza was the best it has been at any point in the year as it was fresh and it is LaRosas not frozen people. The Blue soft serve is excellent as well. The lines may have been huge but for us on Friday they moved very quickly.

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Visiting from Orlando, my wife and I were in the park last night for her first ride on The Beast. We saved it for last. Unfortunately, it was down from 7pm until close. Pretty heartbreaking considering I convinced her to fly out here from Orlando for Cedar Point and Kings Island, while hyping up The Beast for the better part of the year.

 

Also, who's idea was it to have "Dollar Days" on one of the busiest weekends of the year? Shouldn't this be a promotion reserved for a slow Tuesday in June? The food staff could not keep up with the demand. I would have rather paid full price and had less people in line that were waiting to get their 4th round of $1 pizza. Awful.

 

Sorry to hear that.

 

Not to be a Monday morning quarterback but honestly my philosophy for visiting parks has changed over time. I used to be all about knocking out the lowest capacity rides first and being strategic, but now my strategy is to just ride the rides you came to ride first if it's a park that you don't get to often. If a headline attraction goes down early in the day and doesn't come back up and you miss it because you're whoring a wild mouse or saving it for last it sucks big time and you'll be kicking yourself.

 

Yeah man. It was a unique situation. My wife has a bad back and doesn't do well on old wooden coasters. I knew that if she rode it, she would like it, but not want to do it again in the same day. I wanted her first/only time to be at night, front seat. It's relatively uncommon for a coaster to go down for a full 3 hours, and I hadn't heard or The Beast having issues recently.

 

I should have seen the writing on the wall after Firehawk went down for the day. I bet they were short staffed on maintenance, just like every other type of staff this day. Oh well.

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I was at the park on Saturday, too, and while it was pretty busy, we were able to get on everything we wanted to many, many times with FP+ even with thunderstorms in the area closing nearly everything multiple times. If you were there on Saturday, Beast did close once or twice, but it was open around 9PM when we rode it.

 

The dollar days thing was completely a non issue. I think the reasoning behind it is actually very sound. Liquidate all food/beverage inventory as possible by selling it for $1 to maximize attendance on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Bring people in, avoid having to toss it all at the end of the season and making nothing on it.

 

The lines for $1 stuff were huge. However, when we walked past people with pizza and ice cream, the pizza looked like it was frozen pizza and the ice cream was all soft ice cream, so you kind of get what you pay for. We happily ate (and drank) at the sports bar place next to Diamondback and we got scooped ice cream at the place on the corner by the Eiffel Tower. Minimal to zero waits at either place for food/drink/ice cream.

 

Sorry for replying twice in a row, but I feel the need to respond to this. We got the all-inclusive ticket which included the all-day dining plan. On Saturday, I was at Cedar Point, and had the same deal. It was *way* more crowded at Cedar Point on Saturday than the crowds I saw at Kings Island on Sunday. Even still, we were able to get 5 meals (had to really push myself to get that 5th one, mainly did it for fun) at Cedar Point as the lines moved quick.

 

Kings Island was an absolute joke by comparison. That sports bar across from Diamondback had a line to Mystic Timbers. I stood in line for 15 minutes and didn't move. I walked in to see one person on register. This was at 1PM. I checked back there a few times and saw the same line, and same one person on register. My only meal was at the chicken place across from Banshee. I waited one hour.

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