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Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two)

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Posted:
9/18/12 at
4:40:57 PM

After a rather good night's sleep (something I rarely get at home, but got three of on this trip) I headed to Ohio early Sunday morning. I had a made a decision to go to Mass in Sandusky rather than Sharon, to increase my chances of making it to Cedar Point in time for Passholder Early Opening. Since I also had to get breakfast, I was on the road slightly before 6am. I hit the Waffle House before getting on the Ohio Turnpike, and was at Sts. Peter and Paul well in advance of the 10am Mass. I was reading the plaque that said Knute Rockne, the legendary Notre Dame foodball coach, had married his wife at the rectory there in the early 1900's..they met while working at Cedar Point (he was a lifeguard.) He also developed the forward pass there, and sent his players, including the Four Horsemen, to train and practice at the Point. I thought that was pretty cool stuff.

I arrived at CP a minute or two after the early opening. I won't dwell on the fact, as mentioned in Part One, that I was unable to ride Wicked Twister and Dragster. I need to lose weight, that's a given. I also should have tried the test seats, but I anticipated no issues, especially on WT, as I ride Possessed all the time. Several years ago, my Walk Of Shame on Millennium Force spurred me to lose a lot of weight, and maybe history will repeat.

Upon entry, I headed straight for Millennium Force, about a five minute wait. That's also about how long it took the attendant to buckle me in for each of my three rides. I could not even come CLOSE to buckling it myself. I felt sure I would have to forgo the ride, but somehow or other, they got me in. Oddly enough, once I was secure, it didn't feel particularly tight. it was running well for all three, all in the back or close. You can see a coupla dinos during the course, but the glimpse is fleeting. The line never got particularly long throughout the day, but those three rides were all I took. I simply didn't feel like struggling with the belt again.

I headed back down the Frontier Trail to Maverick, which was also open for early entry. I got there just as the park was officially opening at 12. I took two rides, both times using the single rider line. First time, about 5 minutes, second, no wait. Rode back once, next to last on the other. Having now established I-305 as my favorite steel coaster, I think I appreciate Maverick a little more than I have in the past. It's a fun ride, with some cool twists and a great tunnel launch. I still don't think I'd wanna wait more than half an hour for it though. The line was in the switchbacks already after my second ride, so I moved onto my next "M."

I understand Mean Streak has had some re-tracking done. I took two rides, neither near the back (that lesson's been learned.) I can honestly say the ride was not painful. But pain is at least a sensation..you're FEELING something. Mean Streak just meandered through the course, with some braking on the first drop. Simply put, the ride is boring and seems bereft of life. I hate to realize this was once my favorite wood coaster.

The best "Oh S***!" moment of the weekend occurred on my first of four rides on Magnum. At the crest of the second (third?) hill..the one after the first tunnel...I thought I was gonna end up in Lake Erie. That's how far out of my seat I was, and the same happed on the return bunnies. I'm awestruck by how good this ride still is after almost 25 years. Took two more before the line grew some (gruesome? It is HalloWeekends, after all) and got another later, after which the ride shut down for some reason.

Took a total of three rides on Gemini, including one where there was no race. It seemed more braked than I remember, and ran a bit rough.

I had really looked forward to riding CP's Windseeker, and the views of the park and lake were, as I expected, spectacular.

I was debating between Midway Market and Panda Express for lunch. The Orange Chicken won that battle. It's actually a better deal than my local outlet for the amount you get, and it was delicious..easily the tastiest meal I've ever had in a park. For some reason the cashier didn't charge me for my drink, which is most certainly NOT included in the meal. I had also hoped to try a hot dog from Pinks, and planned on getting one when I was leaving the park. But they were already closed when I left, closed well before the 9pm park closing time.

Speaking of eating and drinks, the dependable COLD water fountains are not quite as icy as in the past. The streams are also very weak. The best is still the one by Town Hall near SkyHawk, and I found another good one near Camp Snoopy.

I did a few flats, including Witches Wheel and Cedar Downs, which I'd never skip. The lines for most rides were very short all day, although there seemed to be a decent amount of people in the park. Although I couldn't ride TTD, it was practically a walk-on. The only line that stayed really long was Maverick.

This was my first time visiting CP during Halloweekends. I had hoped it would be cooler than it was. Also the Halloween decorations, etc., are probably more effective at night. And none of the outdoor haunted mazes/attractions are open on Sunday until October 7.

I took a little walk on the beach, rolled up my jeans, and dipped into the lake waters. Water was very warm. Also played some Pac-Man, Frogger, and pinball in the arcade.

I had made up my mind on the drive in that I was likely to get a Fast Lane band...for the usual reasons: Short day, don't visit very often, expected lines. I'm glad I didn't spend the $65, though. I would have been using it repeatedly on MF, WT, and TTD...so based on my experiences with those rides this day, it would have literally been throwing money away.

I mentioned the outdoor haunts were not open Sundays yet. But I decided to visit the four indoor haunts which opened at 3, including Boeckel's Eerie Estate which turned out as my longest wait of the day, about 40 minutes. I will rate the four on a scale of Zero-10. Here we go:

Eerie Estate (haunted mansion near Windseeker)..Zero

Eden Musee (Wax museum located near Mean Streak)..Zero

Eternity Infirmary (haunted medical facility located near Maverick)..1. Gets a point for the skills of the guy in a wheelchair in a small room with props managing to negotiate the room without making contact with patrons.

Club Blood (zombie dance club located just inside main gate)..1..Decent looking undead go-go dancers in cages will always score a point with me.

I can't say it was the best day I ever had at Cedar Point, but considering the no-ride issues, it was okay. If I make it back for Gatekeeper next season, hopefully, I'll be 15-20 pounds down. Thanks again to Ken and his family for meeting up at Kennywood, and to the URC'ers who gave me advice on my projected itinerary.

Thanks for reading, as always.

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/18/12 8:17:39 PM
Great TR Mike. We were thinking of you when we were at Hershey. It sounds like you had a pretty good day. 3 rides on Millennium Force, 3 on Magnum, 3 on Gemini, and 2 on Maverick, sounds pretty good. You didn't mention Raptor or Blue Streak, just wondering if you got to ride them. I remember we were talking about Cedar Point. I told you every time I ride Maverick it grows on me a little more. Your response was,"so does fungus," which I thought was humorous. I guess Maverick is starting to grow on you now. Well, I hope you had fun. Once again it was a pleasure meeting you. Hopefully we can make it out to Great Adventure next year.
Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/18/12 8:26:17 PM
frontrow said:

Great TR Mike. We were thinking of you when we were at Hershey. It sounds like you had a pretty good day. 3 rides on Millennium Force, 3 on Magnum, 3 on Gemini, and 2 on Maverick, sounds pretty good. You didn't mention Raptor or Blue Streak, just wondering if you got to ride them. I remember we were talking about Cedar Point. I told you every time I ride Maverick it grows on me a little more. Your response was,"so does fungus," which I thought was humorous. I guess Maverick is starting to grow on you now. Well, I hope you had fun. Once again it was a pleasure meeting you. Hopefully we can make it out to Great Adventure next year.

I actually had 4 laps on Magnum, one later on after my initial three. I did get one ride each on Blue Streak and Raptor, but neither stood out. I took a (literal) spin on Calypso near Blue Streak, which is a CP flat ride I like a lot.

Fungus..heh heh..

Yeah, if you make it to Jersey, we'll get Jen involved...it'll be like old home week!

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by ray_p ray_p Profile at 9/19/12 12:56:47 PM
As someone who doesn't do haunted houses due to clautrophobia and disdain of people invading my personal space, I am still very interested in the whole haunt industry. When I see footage of the haunts at Universal and various stand-alone haunts that win awards for being some of the best, it amazes me how much detail goes into these.

So that being said, Mike, you mentioned that the new Eden Musee and Eerie Estate haunts at CP ranked as a zero out of 10. Are they really that bad? Are they just basic blackwall haunts with little to no detail or themeing? Are there no scares involved? Are the scareactors not performing up to their potential? I'm curious as to why haunts at the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Theme Park" are ranked so poorly.

Also, thanks for another great TR. Glad you still had a good time at the Point, and frontrow is right- Maverick does grow on you. My first ride on it, I came off and said "meh", but now it's my second/third favorite coaster in the park.

Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/19/12 1:10:27 PM
ray_p said:

So that being said, Mike, you mentioned that the new Eden Musee and Eerie Estate haunts at CP ranked as a zero out of 10. Are they really that bad? Are they just basic blackwall haunts with little to no detail or themeing? Are there no scares involved? Are the scareactors not performing up to their potential?

The way I figure it, the "Screamsters" as they're called by CP, are still figuring out the best spots and their most effective "moves." I just got no feeling of "not knowing when." Throughout the 4 houses, I experienced no "Gotcha!" moments. As mentioned, this was my first time at HalloWeekends, and I thought Dorney's crew does a much better job, especially in the outdoor Haunts. Maybe I would have enjoyed CP's more if their outdoor attractions were open Sunday, but I can only go by what I saw. There's a good amount of detail, but the lighting and the fact you can't really stop to look at things (gotta keep pumping people in behind you!) makes it somewhat difficult to appreciate. Funny thing is, as a kid, I was scared s***less of walk-through haunted attractions with live actors. Now, if they're not putting out the effort, they bore me. Also, I was a big guy by myself, so I'm not their target.

One thing I liked..the signs throughout the queues regarding employment as Screamsters make a point of saying "Because of the nature of these positions, body piercings, tattoos and long hair are acceptable." Well, I'm 0 for 3 there...

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/19/12 7:21:47 PM
beastmaster said:

frontrow said:

Great TR Mike. We were thinking of you when we were at Hershey. It sounds like you had a pretty good day. 3 rides on Millennium Force, 3 on Magnum, 3 on Gemini, and 2 on Maverick, sounds pretty good. You didn't mention Raptor or Blue Streak, just wondering if you got to ride them. I remember we were talking about Cedar Point. I told you every time I ride Maverick it grows on me a little more. Your response was,"so does fungus," which I thought was humorous. I guess Maverick is starting to grow on you now. Well, I hope you had fun. Once again it was a pleasure meeting you. Hopefully we can make it out to Great Adventure next year.

I actually had 4 laps on Magnum, one later on after my initial three. I did get one ride each on Blue Streak and Raptor, but neither stood out. I took a (literal) spin on Calypso near Blue Streak, which is a CP flat ride I like a lot.

Fungus..heh heh..

Yeah, if you make it to Jersey, we'll get Jen involved...it'll be like old home week!

YES! Ken, you better make down here one day so we can all go to SFGadv! We will definitely plan our Hershey adventure earlier next year so more people (like you and your family) can make arrangements to come.

Nice TR Mike - I can't believe you fit on MF but not TTD or WT - that doesn't make any sense. Did they not try to staple you in? You fit on ET, you should have no problem fitting on TTD.

I love Magnum - as I've said before there are times when I don't know which one I like better, Millie or Maggie. I always seem to like the one I just rode better, LOL.

Glad you had a good time - did you have to go back to Kennywood to get your insulin? That sucks...

I did go to SFGadv with mom on Sunday and we took our last trip through the safari - I'll post a TR soon (of the safari - I'm sure you're all sick and tired of hearing about my trips to SFGAdv by now!)

Jen

Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by Judy_P_in_Pgh Judy_P_in_Pgh Profile at 9/21/12 4:23:58 PM
Please tell me you got at least on MF ride on the blue train!
Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by LoneStar LoneStar Profile at 9/25/12 1:00:01 PM
Sorry to hear Gemini was a little rough and braked. That's a great Steele and the biggest surprise of my first visit to cp.

And haha...you used to like mean streak!!

Pat-O

Re: Kennywood/Cedar Point Report 9/15-16 (Part Two) by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/25/12 1:09:02 PM
LoneStar said:

And haha...you used to like mean streak!!

Pat-O

I also used to have a modified Mohawk. Now I'm bald.

Things change. :)

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...