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  1. I heard it from Jeff's brother yesterday, at first we thought he was kidding. I'm just glad it's still up and running! I love that ride!
  2. (If this topic has already been discussed elsewhere, please let me know - I searched and couldn't find anything about this - just want to be sure!) Apparently Cedar Point's WaveSwinger is being taken down. According to Screamscape, http://www.screamsca...cedar_point.htm: "(5/21/12) Over the past several days, several readers have sent in pictures showing off the Wave Swinger at Cedar Point being taken apart piece by piece over the past week, with the first photo taken on May 15th and the last on May 18th. The ride is still listed on the park’s website, but it seems odd to take it apart at the start of the season, rather than be trying to put it back together. Anyone know more about what's going on?" There are a few pictures of the ride being taken down. Very strange. Glad I got to ride it on opening day - I love(ed?) that ride! First WildCat, now WaveSwinger? Strange...
  3. I would miss DT Cedar Point is definitely due for a new coaster though! Maybe Cedar Point will build the land up into Lake Erie and expand the penninsula? hehe, just kidding!
  4. I don't really know anything about the Fast Lane at TTD because we didn't ride it on opening day - the regular line looked like it would have taken hours. The longest Fast Lane line that I saw was Millennium. (which we didn't ride because whenever it wasn't broken down, the regular line was insane). I saw the Fast Lane line from the train - it wraps around to the front of the station, near where the ride operator is - I just saw it for a quick second while passing it.
  5. Tip, next time get on 71 south for about 2 minutes (to the Mason Montgomery exit) and go to the Taco Bell on Fields Ertel next to McDonalds. You'll be back before you get through half of that line after park close. Thanks for the tip! We will certainly keep that in mind for next time!
  6. WindSeeker was open all day at Cedar Point on opening day, seemed to be working fine. I wonder why KI's has been down all season, since they are the same ride.
  7. My mom, fiancé Jeff (count_of_tuscany), and I went to Cedar Point's opening day on Saturday, May 12 and had a super great time! All in all, they made some great improvements to the park! Here is a bit about our day, as well as the changes we saw to the park: As soon as we got there, we saw there was a giant dino between the parking lot and the season pass center area - made me so excited for Dinosaurs Alive! (I love dinos!) We got there around 8:30am and the line was already pretty long to get in near the main entrance gates. When we got in at 9, we headed straight to Millennium. On our way there, we noticed that the Celebration Plaza was in its construction phase still (no surprise there!), but it looks like it's going to be awesome! They have some pretty cool new curvy concrete benches all along the midway over there. It looked so strange without WildCat there - so bare! And was much quieter in the area later in the day - we were always so used to hearing the loud cars on the rickety track. Kind of missed it! On our way over to Millennium for our first ride, we noticed that we hadn't seen it testing yet since we'd been there, and when we got near the ride, we noticed that it was closed due to mechanical reasons. The line for it was already curved way out to almost the Red Garter. We were looking for Single Rider Bob and sure enough, we spotted him near the front of the line and waved to him! He is so awesome! Since Millennium was down, we decided to go on Maverick. On our way over, we noticed some changes. The big tree right as you enter Frontier Trail was cut down, which was really noticeable. The woodworking shop is now the Toy Barn (I'm pretty sure that's what it's called, I can't remember exactly), and the woodworking shop is located in the building that used to have the make-your-own-teddy bears. (The teddy bear making machine is now in the Toy Barn.) Also, we noticed that the water wheel on the building near Snake River Falls was working, and there was a waterfall coming down. I did not personally remember that always being on, but I could be wrong. When we got to Maverick, the line was already up in the building near the stairs (near the single rider line), so we hardly waited at all for that. Had a super great first ride of the CP season! After a few more rides, we headed over to Dinosaurs Alive and waited there for about a half hour for the ribbon cutting ceremony to start at 11. We were some of the first people to go into Dinosaurs Alive, and it was awesome! The most awesome part about it was the view of Millennium - WOW! I have never seen it from that angle before (I was on Terror Island during Halloweekends, but it was too dark and foggy to see anything.) The view was truly amazing, it was so crazy to see Millennium from such obscure angles! We took some great pictures of it which I will post later. Throughout the rest of the day, rides were breaking down left and right (which we expected because it seems to happen every opening day.) Overall, throughout the day, the only major rides that we never saw broken down (or riding empty) were Raptor, Power Tower, Iron Dragon, MeanStreak, Dragster (surprisingly!), and Mantis. (Some of those may have been down at one point, we just didn't see it.) Every other major ride was closed at least once throughout the day. Usually we say "what ride should we go on next?" but it got to the point where were just saying "what ride is open?!" Instead of being upset and annoyed that the rides were all closing and things weren't working, we just made a joke out of the whole thing and made up a song about it, adding lines to it as we observed, such as "Mine Ride don't work, Millennium don't work, Go Karts got stuck, ran out of meat (they ran out of meat at Los Gatos!), and so on. We were really having a lot of fun with this - we always manage to have a great time at Cedar Point no matter what - just being there is a blast! We won't let broken rides ruin our day! Some of the other changes we noticed that I didn't mention above were: * New elevator lift systems on mostly every major ride for disabled accessibility * New Fast Pass lanes, and some re-routed regular lines on: *Power Tower (entrance is now across from Dragster, closer to Corkscrew) *Iron Dragon (entrance is near the opposite side of the station than it used to be on) * "Tornado Shelter Area" signs on restrooms * New menus at Johnny Rockets * Some new wood on the turnstiles in line for Gemini * Parts of MeanStreak are re-tracked (still just as bumpy in my opinion! but I love that ride!) * Big LED scrolling sign in front of the parking booths (I'm almost positive they are new, I don't remember them being there) * Random dinos throughout the park! * New electronic lockers (which I'm confused about - do they open all day, or are they a one-time-open like they used to be?) * Pagoda gift shop is now tiled with a light-colored floor instead of a darker carpet. In my opinion, it looked so much better with carpet. * New awesome lights on Giant Wheel, Power Tower, and Millennium Force. The Giant Wheel is definitely the most impressive - it's almost hypnotic looking at it! I stared at it for literally 5 minutes straight while my mom and Jeff were in the restroom, and I never saw the same design twice. * Cheese-on-a-sticks are about half the size that they used to be and more expensive. (Glad we get 2 free drinks with them with our platinum pass!) * No more "It's a good call!" sign near Raptor by Game Day Grille (we used to love that sign, and always made that hand gesture and said "It's a good call!" while at the park.) Most people probably wouldn't miss this sign, but we always laughed at it for some reason. We miss it! We find funniness in the weirdest things.. We even took one of our pictures near it at our engagement photo shoot last October: There are probably many more changes we noticed (we were sure to point them out as we came across them) but I can't think of any more at the moment. If I think of any more, I will post them! It was definitely the most memorable opening day we've been to! We were laughing so many times throughout the day! Weather was beautiful all day too. I have some pictures that we took that I will upload when I get them on my computer. Although many rides were on-and-off closed, we did manage to get 17 rides in and a Dinosaurs Alive experience: 1 Maverick 1 Wicked Twister 1 Corkscrew 2 Gemini 2 Magnum 1 MeanStreak 1 Blue Streak 1 Mine Ride 1 Wave Swinger 1 Disaster Transport 1 Iron Dragon 1 Sky Ride (that ride is freaky!) 1 Space Spiral 1 CP & LE Railroad 1 Tilt-A-Whirl Thanks for reading!
  8. My first trip to Kings Island, in 2008, I rode it right away! My favorite part about it was(is) the little drop right out of the station, how it started(starts) right up, and the first time I rode it, I was not expecting that! Every coaster I'd been on before that slowly approached a lift hill or launched. Also, I loved(love) looking over at it from just about anywhere in the park and seeing trains on the ride, they just looked(look) so tiny compared to that massive structure! (my present-tense parentheses means that I hope it comes back!)
  9. We usually always go to Taco Bell after the park closes and bring it back to our hotel - the drive-thru line is always completely packed but it's so worth it! (We even go after the Haunt at 1am - still just as crowded in the line!)
  10. I went to one of the stores in the front of the park (when you look at the parking lot from inside the park, it's on the right side near the gates-not sure of the name) and I asked if we got a Platinum Pass discount (I always ask, because you never know!) They said they had some sort of a rewards program, but didn't have any details. They scanned my pass but no extra receipt printed out. It's cool that they are doing a rewards program! I wonder if CP will do that as well?
  11. I got the pink one! And I'm wearing it right now!
  12. Love that idea! One of my favorite songs of all time It'd be awesome to have zombie theming all throughout the ride - I bet it'd be a hit especially during Halloween Haunt!
  13. I love how smooth The Beast is, and the new food choices are amazing! Fruit? Yes please! My favorite
  14. I completely agree! It was the smoothest I have ever felt it, absolutely no jerkiness. It seemed faster to me than usual, but probably because it was my first amusement park trip of the season and everything always seems more intense the first trip!
  15. I heard that insanely loud crack of thunder in the Festhaus, and everyone jumped and screamed a bit. It was probably the loudest thunder I ever heard!
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