Monday, July 25, 2011

Cedar Point. The best amusement park in the world.

I went with some family to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky Ohio today.  We got there early and spent about 11 hours in the park. In order, we rode, Maverick, Skyhawk, Gemini, Magnum 200, Corkscrew, Tower of Power, Raptor, Blue Streak, Max Air, Wicked Twister, Windseeker, Mantis, Shoot the Rapids, Millenium 2000 and Top Thrill Dragster.  Most of the waits were less than half an hour.  The waits for Millenium 2000 and the Dragster were about 90 minutes each.  15 Cedar Point roller coasters and thrill rides in one day?  Not the best one day toll ever, but not bad by any stretch.

For those unaware, Cedar Point is number one on the global list of amusement parks for roller coaster aficionados. There are so many great rides at Cedar Point that there isn't even a close second.  Maybe if you combined numbers two through seven into one park?   Don't confuse it with Disney World.  It's not the Epcot Center and there aren't any attractions like It's a Small World or The Lion King on Stage, but really who needs em?  Roller coaster fans and thrill ride seekers would rather go 120 mph in an open air car straight up 420 feet and then careen down and back into the station any day.   A 90 minute wait for a 17 second ride you say?  Yep.  OK, so where does the line start?  (Now, for the record, Disney World does have one great coaster, Everest Expedition in Animal Kingdom, so if wifey is making you go there it won't be a total loss.)

For those of you who can't make it to Cedar Point on a roller coaster pilgrimage or who are too chicken to ever ride even if you live nearby,  here is a cool video of what I consider to be the most amazing of all the coasters and thrill rides at Cedar Point, the Top Thrill Dragster.  We rode this one right before we left today after waiting a long time in the serpentine line.  There was lightning damage from yesterday that took most of the day to repair so it wasn't up and running until late in the afternoon and then everyone in the park gravitated there.  We were all afraid we had picked a bad day and were going to miss out on the Dragster but the crew came through.

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