Trip Report: Cedar Point on May 14, 2011
After a long off-season, it was finally Cedar Point’s opening day! I arrived at the park early for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting where I found the park draped in a cloud of fog.
After the ribbon was cut I headed to Millennium Force where I saw my friend Stefan waiting in line to be on the first train of the season. After a short wait, I was on the ride.
It was awesome and the new paint looks great. I then walked down the Frontier Trail and took a fly on SkyHawk. After that I headed over to take the Antique Cars for a spin.
You could tell that it was the first day because I had my camera in my hand and the guy told me no cameras on the ride, haha who doesn’t take their camera out while riding a car ride. Then I walked down to Magnum XL-200. It felt a whole lot smoother this year.
Now it was finally time to see the star attraction: WindSeeker.
It’s sort of ironic that the “star” attraction is a WindSeeker instead of a StarFlyer. Well WindSeeker looked amazing and I can’t wait to ride it! I also saw Dick Kinzel over there where I got a picture with him and he said the ride would be open by Memorial Day weekend.
After that I took a trip to Alaska in complete darkness. I guess Cedar Point has officially given up on the themeing of that ride.
Afterwards, I headed over to Pink’s for the Grand Opening.
Mrs. Kinzel made an appearance, first time I’ve ever seen her. Also the Pink family was there to cut the ribbon along with the Kinzel’s.
Next was a look at the reconstruction of Ocean Motion.
It looked really nice with the pond, but it could use a few more trees. It was then time for lunch at the car. After eating, I headed back in to Donut Time to try out the free computes they had there. They’re nice for what they do, but they’re super locked down and you would need to be a pro hacker to do anything.
As 2pm rolled around, it was time for the first annual CP Guide meet-up at WindSeeker. I got to meet John Fite and his amazing family!
I’ve known him through flickr and it was finally nice to meet him in person. After that I did a little shopping where I saw an employee who looked exactly like my friend @sethdawg17! It was then time for the Point Online meet-up, but the WindSeeker area had become very crowded and since I didn’t know who anyone was, I moved on. I took the train over to Frontier Town where I rode Mean Streak.
The retracking of the first curve really helped and the ride is now a little more enjoyable.
Next up was a Paddlewheel ride with jokes so cheesy and corny that they’re brought to you by Doritos! I then walked down the Dragster midway to Tropical Heat, Island Beat. The show is still great and the even snuck in a few new songs.
To finish up the day, I headed over to Pink’s where I got pictures with the Pink family!
Then I took a bunch of pictures of Ocean Motion before calling it a day.
In conclusion, I had an amazing time on opening day and I can’t wait for a great season!
Trip Report: Cedar Point on January 17, 2011
For my first trip of the year, I had the opportunity to visit the park in the winter off-season. Mr. Innes was very nice and agreed to take myself and a few select CP Guide members on a tour of the main midway, wicked twister midway, and a small part of the wildcat midway.
To start we walked through the Hotel Breaker’s parking lot and saw the roller coaster cars awaiting a winter check-up.
Then we moved on to the WindSeeker construction site. They had just poured the foundation the Friday before and they were working on setting up the concert mold for the ride base.
The concert they used was special concrete that need to be done in one pour, the reason behind the giant concert pour. The foundation is 60ft by 60ft and the ride will go down 6ft.
The ride is currently scheduled to open on opening day, but so was Shoot the Rapids, so we will have to see.
Moving down the midway, we find Chaos, or the spot Chaos used to occupy. Chaos is undergoing its off-season maintenance, but it doesn’t sound like it’s coming back.
Troika, like Chaos has been taken apart for its off-season maintenance, the rumor circulating is the Troika will go to Chaos’ spot and open up space for Disaster Transport to be replaced with a new coaster. Of course, this is just a rumor, and I don’t have any real facts to support it.
Throughout the park many rides have been shrink-wrapped; maXair is one of them as well as the test seat.
On the main midway, the games are all closed up as expected and Raptor was hibernating until May.
Ocean Motion, on the other hand, will be getting a new home at the old Demon Drop location and it will be complemented with a pond when it opens in May. In the Blue Streak area, we find Calypso taken apart for its maintenance.
Boo Hill has been reverted to its normal season look and the Blue Streak was nicely covered with snow.
Moving onto the Wildcat Midway, we find that Dodgems has been enclosed so the floor doesn’t get ruined and Wildcat’s queue ramps have been taken apart for easy access to the track for car removal.
Many of the fences around the park have also been removed for easier access to the rides.
The train cars for the CP and LE Railroad are at different parts of the track: one set back in Frontier Town and one is parked by the Mantis.
Moving on to Millennium Force, we find two cars left on the midway. Of course we all went crazy taking pictures of it and the brand new wheels.
Ending the tour, we walked back down the Wildcat midway and by Scrambler and Matterhorn.
We passed Kinzel’s Castel and through the parking lot of coaster cars.
On the way out I took some pictures of Mean Streak’s off-season track work and some views of the park from the road.
To finish the day I took a picture of me in front of the “Welcome to Cedar Point” sign.