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

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.

Cedar Point - Screamster Precession

I then stuck around to watch the Screamsters come out of the Ballroom and get ready for the Overlord precession.

Cedar Point - The Overlord

After, I followed the Fright Zone Screamsters to the Frontier Trail where I did some checking on Shoot the Rapids.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids Empty Sign

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids Entrance

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.

Cedar Point - CornStalkers Light

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.

Cedar Point - Terror Island Light

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.

Cedar Point - A Halloween Hullabaloo

Cedar Point - A Halloween Hullabaloo

Cedar Point - A 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.

Cedar Point - Happy Jack's Toy Factory

 

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.

Cedar Point - Halloweekends Hearse

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.

Cedar Point - The Overlord

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”.

Cedar Point - The Fright Zone Master Skull

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids Closed Due To Weather Sign

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.

Cedar Point - CarnEVIL

Then I did Club Blood and Happy Jack’s and got done right around park closing, calling it a night.

Ride Count:

  • Blue Streak x1
  • The Fright Zone x2
  • CarnEVIL x1
  • Terror Island x2
  • Fear Faire x1
  • Club Blood x1
  • Happy Jack’s Toy Factory x1

Trip Report: Cedar Point on September 25, 2010

Halloweekends trip #2 started with the Halloween Hullabaloo. Compared to last year, it sucked. Not only was it the exact same show, but the cast was horrible, except Kristin, but she was in it last year. There were multiple errors in the show: a few from the cast and the #1 problem with the theater: microphones. Every year there seems to be a problem with them and it’s only this theater. Moving on, I went and saw the parade.

Wonderful as always, but I see the reason Cedar Point only has this once a year. It’s a lot of work to control the crowd. Most of the people come to Cedar Point to ride the baggiest rides around, not stop and watch a parade. Thus they are inconvenienced by it going down some of Cedar Point’s smallest, and most crowded, midways. Next up was Happy Jack’s Toy Factory.

Cedar Point - Happy Jack's Toy Factory

I got in line about a half hour before opening and was in one of the first groups to go in. TIP: Get there early and a half hour will be the shortest wait of the day/night. Basically, it was the same as last year with no new surprises. Then I took some time to do a little shopping before Carnival: A Sideshow of Magic began.

Cedar Point - Sideshow: A Carnival of Magic

My opinion of this show: it sucked just like Rock Band, and it even used the exact same set and TV screens. Cedar Point really needs to get Chris Linn back. My theory is that they went way over budget with Rock Band and needed a cheap show to fill the Halloweekends gap. After the show I headed back to the car to eat dinner before The Overlord!

Cedar Point - The Overlord Screamsters

Cedar Point - The Overlord

Then it was to the Fright Zone for opening, but first I had to check on my rapids. The water effects were on, but the ride had already closed for the Fright Zone.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids Closed

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids Closed

After opening, I headed to the Garter for The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy.

That is a good show and much improved from last year! Then it was back through the Fright Zone and I headed back to Mean Streak, which had closed already for off-season maintenance.

Cedar Point - Mean Streak Closed Sign

I got stopped at the train crossing where the worker probably thought I was crazy for two reasons: One was for waving at the train as it went back, required by workers, but not by guests and not many do it on their own. The second was going to take pictures of the sign and new smoking area. But, oh well, that’s the way I am. ;D After a little more shopping, I headed over to CarnEVIL and Terror Island before calling it a night.

Ride Count:

  • Happy Jack’s Toy Factory x1
  • The Fright Zone x2
  • CarnEVIL x1
  • Terror Island x1

Show Count:

Trip Report: Cedar Point on September 17, 2010

On Halloweekends Opening Night I got there just in time to see the Overlord send out the Screamsters.

Cedar Point - Halloweekends Sunset

It’s basically the same performance, but I’m wondering if someone else is in the Overlord custom this year as his hand motions are not the same.

Cedar Point - The Overlord

Anyway, next I went to Dr. D. Mented’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Being new this year I figured that it would have a long line, which it kind of did and I ended up waiting a half-hour.

Cedar Point - Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Cedar Point - Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Cedar Point - Dr. D. Mented's Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Next I walked over to CarnEVIL and Terror Island and all I can say is that the Terror Island Screamsters love being on videos. They kept coming up to me and made sure that they were in my video. After getting scared, not really, it was time for a real terror Magnum XL-200 and Top Thrill Dragster, both with short lines.

Cedar Point - Magnum Area Fog

Then seeing that G.A. Bockling’s Eerie Estate had a short line, I decided to wait it out and go through. After that, I headed over to the Blue Streak and The Magical House on Boo Hill. I really don’t see how that can be so enjoyable for little kids. In my opinion, at least add some friendly Halloween characters throughout the house. Next was Raptor and then through Fear Faire. I then rode front row on Iron Dragon, I was very close to riding in my own train, but a few more people came before it left.

Cedar Point - CornStalkers

Then it was onto the Fright Zone and CornStalkers.

Cedar Point - The Fright Zone Tunnel

I quickly headed back to the Wave Swinger to ride in the fog, which isn’t as much fun as it looks.

Cedar Point - Graveyard Photos Area

To finish the night, I went with the last group, no wait, through Dr. D’s Asylum.

Ride Count:

  • Dr. D. Mented’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane x2
  • CarnEVIL x1
  • Terror Island x1
  • Magnum XL-200 x1
  • Top Thrill Dragster x1
  • G.A. Bockling’s Eerie Estate x1
  • Blue Streak x1
  • The Magical House on Boo Hill x1
  • Raptor x1
  • Fear Faire x1
  • Iron Dragon x1
  • The Fright Zone x1
  • CornStakers x1
  • Wave Swinger x1