So finally made it out to the Point after my last trip 10 years ago. Great time and cant wait to get back, when ever that might be.
I'm just going to get right to it. Going to do a day by day run down and than a ride review for each ride.
We got a 2 day park pass with our plans to go to the park Wed and Thursday. I purchased a Fast Pass Plus for wed, which is a great thing, but Ill get to that later. We arrived to our hotel, right outside the park, on Tuesday July 4th around 2pm. We figured we would hit the park at 4pm since the ticket prices where cheaper just to get some more time on top of the original 2 days. Much to our surprise the park was DEAD. No line was longer than 30 mins, besides our run in with TTD, it was great and the weather that night was fantastic, a cool 75. we stayed at the park till closing at 12 pm. Only issue with this day was leaving the park. We had to park in the back and it took about 1.5 to get all the way around. I guess everyone hung around for the fireworks that night.
Wed, we where at the park form open to close, 10am-10pm. I had purchased the Fast Pass Plus. A little pricey coming in at $95 each on top of admission but well worth it. Rode everything multiple times with time to kill. Park seemed to still be not to crowded that day and weather was again great.
Thursday, again in the park 10am-10pm. This was the most crowded day, but still got everything done. Longest line was Maverick at about 45 mins. Weather this day was also warmer and no breeze so trip hit us by Thursday night.
Millennium Force- prob got 6 or 7 rides over the time we where there. This ride still packs a punch for its age and is still surprisingly smooth. Front row rides like glass, while the back sounds rougher that it actually feels.
Maverick- Was closed Tuesday so we had to wait till Wed to get our first rides. Got about 6 or 7 laps in over our trip. Ride is ten years old but it was my first time riding since the last time I was there was the summer right before they built it. Hands down our fav coaster. Riding back for front, you cant go wrong
Gemini- very fun, got about 3 laps in over the trip. everyone was reaching for high 5s as the trains passed each other.
Magnum XL- only rode once after getting off in pain. Road front row and it is an air time monster but to the point the rides throws you up into the lap bars and your thighs take quite the beating.
Rugaru- one ride as we didn't like the head banging. All though, MUCH more enjoyable as a sit down vs when I road it as a Stand up.
Iron Dragon- Fun ride but only rode once as this ride did not take Fast Pass and the lines where close to an hour.
Raptor- Front row, only rode once. I seem not to be fans of the older inverts as they get me feeling all weird as of the last few years. Not a bad ride though and hardly any head banging.
Blue Streak- got about 4 laps in. Great, fun old woodie. Air time monster in the front or back
Wickied Twister- Only rode once, fun but a little rougher than I would like it to be.
Gate Keeper- Got about 4 laps in split between first and the last rows. Its a fun ride, cool concept but I cant say I LOVED it. it was ok. not sure of its the design of the ride or what but the ride was smooth but not smooth at the same time. Not a harsh roughness just "bumpy" Maybe its the way the trains are set up, who knows
Valravn- VERY fun. got about 5 laps in 4 in the front 1 in the rear. Front is deff the way to go. Not as forceful as I thought it would be and I thought the drop would feel worse. Very fun ride. I recommend the front and as close to the edges as you can get.
Cork Screw- rode it once and that was enough lol
Top Thrill Dragster- wish I could tell you how much fun I had riding it but this is where we left our trip let down. Tuesday we get there and it closed. Later on around 7pm it opened up so we run over and get in line. Wait 2 hours, get to the platform and it shuts down and ride ops say its down for the rest of the night, great. But hey we got the fast passes for Wed so we figured we are getting on this no prob at some point. Wed, down ALL day, I ask a ride op at the ride early afternoon if it will open and he says HIGHLY unlikely. OK COOL... around 6pm we see go up and over as we stand at the front of the park. We run over, bypass the GAINT line since we had the Fast Passes. Standing in line they are testing, up and over the trains go. They load the first train with riders half full, send it out, goes up and over, every claps and cheers. Why everyone claps and cheers I have no idea as this is what should happen. They announce "next train will go out full" train goes out, launches and DONE. Brake fins never went down, train made it MAYBE 2/4 down the track and the train takes about 15 mins to roll back to the station. CLOSED for the night, greatttt. Later that night we walk by, hydraulic room is open, stinks of hydro fluid and they are in there with fork lifts ripping the motor apart. Thursday it would not open at all and we missed our chance to ride it on this last trip. Only good thing that came from this is we went to customer service and complained and explained what was going on and we got 5 one time use fast pass plus passes each which we used on a bunch of rides on Thursday.
Rode a bunch of flat rides, all fun and great way to split up time between all the coasters Power tower both sides great time.
- LOVE that you can buy beer and MULTIPLE spots in the park and walk around with it. Tavern in the Frontier section is a very cool spot to grab an adult drink sit and relax for a bit.
-Cedar Point Famous frys are amazing
-Melt, this food spot I HIGHLY recommend. The grilled cheeses are amazing, I got the BBQ one. also FULL of old park photos, maps and rad props
Overall it was a great time and hope to make it back soon
OH and the RMC make over on Mean Streak is going to be INSANE. Pictures of whats going on do not do it any justice
PS- GateKeeper and Valravn where my first ride experiences with B&Ms new vest style harnesses and I must admit, I am not a fan. The top vest half area is fin but the sitting and lap bar area I found to be very uncomfortable. I found that unless you sit in just the ride position you will get locked into a very not fun position for your man parts, if you are a man. Found that the lap bar area would get tighter through out the ride and I am not a fan of that. Once you are locked in the harness should stay in the passion not get tighter as you ride
Nice trip, sounds like fun. Sucks about TTD, but it sounds like the issues may have finally been worked out as from what I've heard it's back up and running more regularly?
By the way...it's "rode." That was driving me nuts, hah.
sorry, you are right. made the trip report between calls at work lol
Yeah, it sucked. I have rode TTD before but my wife hasn't, it was her first trip ever to the Point. She kept saying its just Kingda Ka what's the difference? So I wanted her to experience the difference not just take my word for it. Its still crazy to me that TTD looks taller than KK even though KK is in fact taller.
Hah, it's all good.
My girlfriend really doesn't like TTD, but she does ride it with me at least once when we go on our trip to CP, so we will be pretty bummed if the issues are still ongoing when we go (1st week of Aug). I've never been on Kingda Ka, but it has OTSR instead of just lap bar right?
Yeah, it has OTSR and the ride has not aged well. It is extremely rough and needs a paint job REAL bad and don't see it getting one anytime soon.
My wife didn't want to go on Wind Seeker, but I finally got her on but she ended up having her eyes closed the entire time lol
I hope I get back sooner than later. 10 years is too long between trips. Hopefully life doesn't get in the way too much.
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