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.
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.
So, while my parents went to see A Halloween Hullabaloo, I went around with my sister taking pictures for class.
While taking pictures, I found that Chaos was closed, as it had been for many weeks prior.
After the show was over, I re-met with my parents in time for the 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.
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.
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.
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.
I then finished off the night with CarnEVIL and put a close on the 2010 season.
Trip Report: Cedar Point on October 8, 2010
For my 3rd Halloweekends trip, I started out with a ride on the Blue Streak, Cedar Downs, and then Cadillac Cars.
I then stuck around to watch the Screamsters come out of the Ballroom and get ready for the Overlord precession.
After, I followed the Fright Zone Screamsters to the Frontier Trail where I did some checking on Shoot the Rapids.
It still looked closed, but there was nothing in the sign to suggest an early season closing. Once 8PM came around, I headed over to CornStalkers where I waited about a ½ hour.
After CornStalkers, I ran into some friends from school and they were spending the evening there too since there wasn’t a high school football game that week. We were all going to go through CarnEVIL, but they all chickened out.
Then I went through Terror Island twice and every time I go through with my video camera, I always get “picked on” so to say; they all want to be stars of the camera. Back tracking, I went through the Fright Zone again on my way to see the Halloween Hullabaloo.
After the show I went though G.A. Bockling’s Eerie Estate and then Happy Jack’s Toy Factory. To finish the night, I went through Fear Faire.
Trip Report: Cedar Point on October 1, 2010
Starting out with dinner at Wendy’s (did I mention I LOVE that place), I headed to the park and ran into John Hildebrandt standing out in front of the ticket booths.
I said hi, took a picture with him to add to my staff pictures collection, and talked for a bit. He said that he started working in 1969 on the Frontier Lift. Once in the park, I rode the Blue Streak and then headed over to see The Overlord, but ran into the procession of Screamsters along the way.
Then it was on to the Fright Zone and to check on Shoot the Rapids and found a sign that said “Shoot the Rapids is currently closed due to weather conditions”.
I’m guessing just like everyone else that it was closed for the season and the sign was just a cover up. Moving on, I went through CarnEVIL, Terror Island twice, and Fear Faire.
Then I did Club Blood and Happy Jack’s and got done right around park closing, calling it a night.
- Blue Streak x1
- The Fright Zone x2
- CarnEVIL x1
- Terror Island x2
- Fear Faire x1
- Club Blood x1
- Happy Jack’s Toy Factory x1