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Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:31 pm
by The Great Zo
Hello!

I went to Cedar Point on Tuesday -- my first visit since the TPR tour in 2013. I also went to Battery Park to take some pictures on Monday night (inspired by Jantzen), so I'll post some of those as well. Thanks to Mark for sharing the day with me -- hope you can share some of your photos too! Also thanks to awesome Millennium Force crew member Josh, who makes an appearance in this report!

This is not meant to be a comprehensive photo set. My 2013 report (parts 1/2/3/4/5) is more along those lines, but was shot entirely with my standard lens -- it seems somebody left his telephoto lens on the roof of the City Museum in St. Louis a few days earlier. This time, I shot almost exclusively with the telephoto, which was a lot of fun.

I also came into this visit through the lens of having been to Dollywood just a few days prior. Cedar Point is my original home park, but I've been to many new parks in the past few years, including some that outshine Cedar Point in certain ways. I was very happy to see that Cedar Point's two biggest strengths remain right on par with some of the best parks I've visited -- the quality of the rides, and the quality of the ride crews. Cedar Point's three Intamin coasters all crack my top 10 steel. A couple others probably make the top 25. As for the crews, they're the most efficient, energetic, and fun ride crews of any park I've visited. How awesome? Just 25 minutes before close, they put the red train back on Millennium Force after it had been briefly out of operation -- here's a Twitter video of the transfer.

The biggest negative issue, in my opinion, is the cost to visit. Fast Lane is a necessary (and expensive) evil, and is pretty much required in the summer just to make a productive day out of it. Concession prices were really tough to fathom -- for the same price, would you like a high-quality all-you-can-eat at Dollywood, or a lousy cheeseburger combo at Cedar Point? My option: two scoops at Toft's for dinner. :)

A few random thoughts before I get to the pictures:

1) It's surprising how little construction work has been done on the 2016 project. Read on to see my awesome pictures of a mound of dirt and a trailer with some plywood! :D
2) This was the first time I've ever felt a rattle on TTD, but it was definitely there, especially when coming down off the tower.
3) I've now been on all four US wing coasters, and three of them in just the past month. My opinion of Gatekeeper has not changed -- decent first half, abysmal second half. I'd rank them as follows: Thunderbird, Wild Eagle, Gatekeeper, X-Flight.
4) Rougarou is a greatly improved experience. It's gone from a painful once in a while standup to a mid-tier floorless that I think is going to be worth a ride on every visit.
5) Thunderhead is rougher than Mean Streak. Thunderhead is also a much better coaster, but I digress.
6) Love the new Maverick restraints. I'm one of the few who doesn't like the similar restraints on I305, but they work great here.
7) I've never had to look at this before, as I've always done day trips, but holy smokes -- the hotel scene in Sandusky is lousy. Tons of hotels, but the majority are old properties in rough shape, and the few decent mid-tier (2.5*) options are very expensive.
8) I've traveled a lot over the past three years, and been on a ton of very good coasters. Yet all it takes is one night ride in the front row on Millennium Force to know it's still my #1 overall. Nothing beats the complete package -- setting, speed, an awesome first drop, comfortable restraints, and a party atmosphere in the station at night. Coming off the first overbank with the entire lift structure lit up in colors right next to you is as close to a religious experience as you're going to find on a roller coaster. Only a few other rides at night -- Outlaw Run, El Toro, TTD -- have provided anything close to that kind of feeling.

Scorecard:

Maverick
Magnum XL-200
Sky Ride (to front)
Raptor
Blue Streak
Gatekeeper
Wicked Twister
Giant Wheel
Rougarou
Millennium Force
Gemini (Red)
Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster
Windseeker
Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad (to back)
Mean Streak
Maverick
Millennium Force
Millennium Force

Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point (part 2)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:31 pm
by The Great Zo
Here are pictures from the park on Tuesday, August 11.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:32 pm
by The Great Zo
Here's the last batch of pictures from the day.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:39 pm
by CPFan1234
Great photos!! Thanks for the report. =)

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:35 pm
by coastercrazi
This is my favorite trip report EVER! SO MANY AMAZING pics!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:49 pm
by Brassinthegrass
Amazing picture man! Really some beautiful shots there!!

I'm starting to think it may be time for a TTD paint job... The red looks quite dull...

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:59 pm
by boldikus
Love this! For the first time since my visit in May has a TR on here REEEEAALLLY made me want to go back. Kudos.

Fantastic photos, I love Cedar Point!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:16 pm
by DoinItForTheFame
Amazingly beautiful photos!!!

This shot looks like it belongs on a post card!!!
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:42 pm
by coasterkid124
Beautiful Pictures! One of the loveliest trip reports I have ever seen. This really makes me wish that CP was not 4 hours away from me.

May I ask what camera you use? I'm looking into investing in one and your pictures were outstanding.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2015 Trip to Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:03 pm
by LiftThrill
coasterkid124 wrote:This really makes me wish that CP was not 4 hours away from me.


I'll gladly trade that for the drive I have from San Antonio. I'll give you SFFT, SWSA, ZDT's and Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, too!