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.

Kings Island - Toll Booths

What’s even better is that in order to fit in a Kings Island stop, I would get to miss school for the day!

Kings Island - Sign

Kings Island - International Street

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.

Kings Island - 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.

Kings Island - Diamondback Sign

Kings Island - Diamondback Lift Hill

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!

Kings Island - Diamondback

Kings Island - Diamondback

Kings Island - Diamondback Splashdown

Kings Island - Diamondback Splashdown

Kings Island - Diamondback Splashdown

Next up was another first for me, a giant top spin in a box.  Yep, it was time for The Crypt.

Kings Island - The Crypt

Kings Island - The Crypt

King Island - 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.

Kings Island - WindSeeker

It looked like it was having the same problems as Cedar Point’s WindSeeker.

Kings Island - WindSeeker

Kings Island - WindSeeker

We then headed over to The Racer to find only one side running, red, and of course I needed the blue credit.

Kings Island - Red Racer

Kings Island - Red Racer

Kings Island - Blue Racer Station

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.

Kings Island - 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.

Kings Island - Coney Mall

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).

Kings Island - Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Kings Island - Shake, Rattle, and Roll

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.

Kings Island - Backlot Stunt Coaster

Kings Island - Backlot Stunt Coaster

To finish up the trip, we rode The Beast and I thought that it was a horribly rough ride.

Kings Island - The Beast ACE Landmark Sign

Kings Island - Beast Station

Kings Island - The Beast Warning Sign

I do not know why people say Mean Streak is so bad when The Beast is just as bad.

Kings Island - International Street

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.

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