Trip Report: Cedar Point on June 18, 2011

I began this trip with one goal in mind, ride the newly opened WindSeeker! I headed straight there once I was let into the park.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

After going through the queue line and given a seat number, we were let in to board.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Extended Queue Line

It is an awesome ride and I hope more parks get one! There is a great breeze at the top and an awesome view of the park.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

The movie soundtrack really completes the whole experience! Next, I headed over to Millennium Force to get in line for the #1 Steel Coaster in the world before the general public came rolling in.

Cedar Point - Millennium Force Best Steel Coaster Banner

After that, I hopped on Iron Dragon for a ride before heading back to WindSeeker!

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

After a half-hour wait, I was soaring in the skies again. When the ride was over, I saw Mr. Sphen checking on ride operations.

Cedar Point - Bill Spehn at WindSeeker

Then I headed over to Space Spiral and inside, it’s not exactly the clearest view of the park since they never seem to clean the windows.

Cedar Point - Skyline

Since I was going with the crowds instead of against, I took the train around once before taking the SkyRide back to the car for a quick snack.

Cedar Point - Main Midway

Coming back into the park, I ran into Robin Innes and he remembered my Dad and I from when he took us on the winter tour. We stopped to chat for a minute before I was again on my way to Power Tower, red side. Next, I went on Super Himalaya. I then headed over to Paddlewheel Excursions to take a relaxing boat ride sponsored by Doritos.

Cedar Point - Paddlewheel Excursions Flying Inventor

It was then time for Grand Ole County. It’s nothing special. It’s worse this year then it was last year, which it wasn’t too good last year either.

Dinner time rolled around and I was treated to a Cedar Point company picnic dinner because my Dad works at Smucker’s.

Cedar Point - J. M. Smucker Company Picnic

Cedar Point - Point Pavilion

They had hot dogs, baked beans, fresh fruit, fried chicken, Toft’s ice cream and unlimited Pepsi soft drinks! It was all delicious!

Cedar Point - Gary Gochenour and John Hildebrandt

After dinner, I went over to the Jack Aldrich Theatre to see Rockin’ the Point. It was a much better then Rock Band, Live!.

Then I headed over to Ocean Motion. I really love the new location and themeing, but I hate how they assign you a row and the make you merge into one group to go onto the ride. Next I rode Troika before heading over to WindSeeker for the 3rd ride of the day.

Cedar Point - Troika

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

I then headed over to the Corkscrew where it broke down as I reached the station. But instead of just standing there, one of the crew members, who I later found out I was already Facebook friends with, started up a game of Cedar Point Trivia.

Cedar Point - Devan Corkscrew Ride Operator

My sister, Dad, and I were getting all of the hard one’s while the few others playing with us were getting the general knowledge questions. We eventually left after the ride never reopened. I then headed over to Magnum XL-200. Next I headed over to Frontier Town and the Town Hall Museum waiting for the Starlight Experience to open. When it finally did and I went through to find it not as “magical” as the first year, but there are defiantly improvements. As closing time was rolling around I got ready to head home. I stopped by WindSeeker on the way out for a few pictures and videos of WindSeeker’s amazing light show.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker at Night

Cedar Point - WindSeeker at Night

That was it for another great Cedar Point trip!

Trip Report: Cedar Point on May 29, 2011

For my 2nd trip of the season, I started in the back with Maverick and then walked down the Frontier Trail to Millennium Force.

Cedar Point - Maverick

Cedar Point - Millennium Force

After an amazing ride on the Force, I headed over to Mantis, which I now regret because it hurts way too much in too many places.

Cedar Point - Mantis Lift Hill and Loop

On the way out to the car to change into a swimsuit, I stopped for a ride on the Magnum, which also hurt.  I guess it depends on which seat in.  After a quick change in the car, I headed over to Shoot the Rapids where I got in 5 rides with very little wait.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids

It looks like all of its problems have been fixed.  They even added mist to the top of the 2nd hill.

Cedar Point - New Mist on Shoot the Rapids

I then headed to the car for lunch. After lunch I went over to the Gemini games determined to win a Minion.  After beating a girl in the first round to win a cheap bear, I then played against myself to finally win a Minion!

Cedar Point - My Minion

After that I headed down the boardwalk to check on WindSeeker.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Then I rode Troika and Ocean Motion.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Moving on, I took the SkyRide over to the Frontier Trail so I could see Grand Ole Country.  It’s exactly the same show as last year and the cast seems worse.  I’m sure it will grow on me, but I never really liked the show anyway.  Next up was Tropical Heat, Island Beat.  It was great as usual!  When I was leaving the Garter, I saw dark clouds and heard thunder.

Cedar Point - Coming Storm

Cedar Point - Crowds Heading Out from Storm

So I joined the crowd of people heading out to their cars, but of course I pulled out my video camera and filmed the whole thing.  So that was how my day ended.

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.

Cedar Point - Skyline in Fog

Cedar Point - John, Dick, & Bryan

Cedar Point - Bryan Edwards

Cedar Point - VIF (Very Important Family)

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.

Cedar Point - New Paint on Millennium Force

Cedar Point - New Paint on Millennium Force

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.

Cedar Point - Antique Cars

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.

Cedar Point - Magnum XL-200 Station

Now it was finally time to see the star attraction: WindSeeker.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Seats

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Seats

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Tower

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.

Cedar Point - Me with Dick Kinzel

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - Me with WindSeeker Sign

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.

Cedar Point - DOMO in Disaster Transport

Afterwards, I headed over to Pink’s for the Grand Opening.

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs

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.

Cedar Point - Pink's Family

Cedar Point - Richard Pink

Next was a look at the reconstruction of Ocean Motion.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

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.

Cedar Point - @mycpguide at Donut Time

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!

Andrew 94/CP Guide and administrator for Flickrs CP group and Da~ Fites.

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.

Cedar Point - Millennium Force's Cable

The retracking of the first curve really helped and the ride is now a little more enjoyable.

Cedar Point - Mean Streak Retracked Curve

Cedar Point - Green Mean Streak Train

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.

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs Sign

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs

To finish up the day, I headed over to Pink’s where I got pictures with the Pink family!

Cedar Point - Me with Gloria Pink

Then I took a bunch of pictures of Ocean Motion before calling it a day.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Queue Line

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Queue Line

In conclusion, I had an amazing time on opening day and I can’t wait for a great season!

Cedar Point - Foggy Skyline

Trip Report: Cedar Point on January 17, 2011

Cedar Point - Off-Season Welcome Sign

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Bay View

Cedar Point - Off-Season Toll Booths

To start we walked through the Hotel Breaker’s parking lot and saw the roller coaster cars awaiting a winter check-up.

Cedar Point - Coaster Cars

Cedar Point - Coaster Cars

Cedar Point - Coaster Cars

Cedar Point - Coaster Cars

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.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

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.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

The ride is currently scheduled to open on opening day, but so was Shoot the Rapids, so we will have to see.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Construction

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Chaos Gone

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Troika

Cedar Point - Off-Season Troika

Throughout the park many rides have been shrink-wrapped; maXair is one of them as well as the test seat.

Cedar Point - Off-Season maXair

On the main midway, the games are all closed up as expected and Raptor was hibernating until May.

Cedar Point - Off-Season maXair Area

Cedar Point - Off-Season Johnny Rockets

Cedar Point - Off-Season Midway Games

Cedar Point - Off-Season Main Midway

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Calypso

Boo Hill has been reverted to its normal season look and the Blue Streak was nicely covered with snow.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Blue Streak

Cedar Point - Off-Season Blue Streak

Cedar Point - Off-Season Raptor

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Corkscrew

Cedar Point - Off-Season Dodgems

Cedar Point - Off-Season Wildcat

Many of the fences around the park have also been removed for easier access to the rides.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Iron Dragon

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Train Cars

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Car

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Wheels

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Wheels

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Car

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Car

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force Wheels

Cedar Point - Off-Season Frontier Trail

Cedar Point - Off-Season Millennium Force

Ending the tour, we walked back down the Wildcat midway and by Scrambler and Matterhorn.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Skyride Station

Cedar Point - Off-Season Main Midway

Cedar Point - Off-Season Scrambler

Cedar Point - Off-Season Matterhorn

We passed Kinzel’s Castel and through the parking lot of coaster cars.

Cedar Point - Cedar Fair Corporate Offices

Cedar Point - Off-Season Power Tower

Cedar Point - Off-Season Top Thrill Dragster and Magnum XL-200

Cedar Point - Off-Season Hotel Breakers

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.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Challenge Racing

Cedar Point - Off-Season Mean Streak

Cedar Point - Off-Season Mean Streak

Cedar Point - Off-Season Blue Streak

Cedar Point - Off-Season Cadillac Cars

To finish the day I took a picture of me in front of the “Welcome to Cedar Point” sign.

Cedar Point - Off-Season Welcome Sign

Cedar Point - Off-Season Welcome Sign

Cedar Point - Off-Season Welcome Sign

As you might expect, those were only a small chuck of the pictures I took, click here to view all 150 pictures on flickr.

Trip Report: Cedar Point on October 23, 2010

For my 4th and final trip of the season, I had planned on an afternoon trip since it would be overcrowded and I had to take pictures for a school assignment.  After finally finding a parking spot in the back, I headed into the park to find almost every ride’s line spilling out onto the midway.

Cedar Point - Magnum XL-200 Line

So, while my parents went to see A Halloween Hullabaloo, I went around with my sister taking pictures for class.

Cedar Point - Top Thrill Dragster Line

Cedar Point - Skeleton

While taking pictures, I found that Chaos was closed, as it had been for many weeks prior.

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

After the show was over, I re-met with my parents in time for the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade.

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Then I ran over to the Eerie Estate and got inline before a massive line formed. After that, I headed down the Frontier Trail, and guess what the only walk-on ride in the park was? Why Shoot the Rapids of course.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids in the Fall

It was a warmish 60° day so I rolled up my pants, and hopped on. All of the water effects were off and I managed to only get a few water spots on my pants.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids in the Fall

I was already in Frontier Town, so I finished up my roll of film over at Mean Streak and headed to the car to put away my camera and get ready for a frightful evening.

Cedar Point - Mean Streak Closed Sign

It all started with the Overlord, as usual. Then it was onto Fear Faire and then the Fright Zone, which was so crowded that you could hardly walk through the tunnel, luckily, so of the “higher ups” at Cedar Point took over and directed traffic to the best of their ability and moved the crowd to the blacksmith path after exiting the tunnel.

Cedar Point - Crowded Fright Zone Tunnel

I then finished off the night with CarnEVIL and put a close on the 2010 season.

Cedar Point - CarnEVIL