Trip Report: Kings Island on June 3, 2011
Part one of my “Road to Holiday World” trip started out with a stop at Kings Island for a few hours.
What’s even better is that in order to fit in a Kings Island stop, I would get to miss school for the day!
As soon as my Dad and I got there, we headed straight to the Diamondback, but got side tracked by a walk-on Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.
This was my first ever shooting dark ride and they are really fun. It’s now on my Cedar Point wish list for stuff they need to get. After that, we headed over to the Diamondback and found a short half hour wait.
Once in the station, we headed to the 2nd row, which gives you all of the thrills of the front row without the front row wait. After my ride, I have to say that it was one awesome coaster for my first B&M hyper! Tons of airtime! You just fly over the hills and the splashdown ending is great!
Next up was another first for me, a giant top spin in a box. Yep, it was time for The Crypt.
I thought it was an amazing ride and it had great themeing, of course I’ve heard it was better at one point, but I still loved it! Then we headed over to check on the progress of Kings Island’s WindSeeker.
It looked like it was having the same problems as Cedar Point’s WindSeeker.
We then headed over to The Racer to find only one side running, red, and of course I needed the blue credit.
Oh well, I’ll get it another day. The Racer was great and had lots of airtime. Since it was nearby, we went on Adventure Express too. That ride is definitely faster than Cedar Point’s Mine Ride. Next was a quick spin on Dodgem.
I’m not a big fan of bumper cars in the first place and the weird seat belt didn’t help me like this one anymore.
Walking down the Coney Mall, we stopped at Shake, Rattle, & Roll where my Dad got paired up with a junior coaster enthusiast whose home park is Coney Island (the one in Ohio).
There was also a very friendly employee giving everyone high fives. (This was just a sample for what was coming later on this road trip.) We then walked over to Backlot Stunt Coaster and found a short wait.
To finish up the trip, we rode The Beast and I thought that it was a horribly rough ride.
I do not know why people say Mean Streak is so bad when The Beast is just as bad.
As we headed out, I wanted to stay longer, but we had places to be later that evening… click here to read part two of my “Road to Holiday World” trip report.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like all of its problems have been fixed. They even added mist to the top of the 2nd hill.
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!
After that I headed down the boardwalk to check on WindSeeker.
Then I rode Troika and Ocean Motion.
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.
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.
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.