By Andy Guinigundo
In 2003, the Top Thrill Dragster coaster debuted at Cedar Point on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Ridiculously, that was the last time I was at Cedar Point. I say ridiculous since I live in Cincinnati, a short four hour drive to Sandusky.
Additionally, I’ve been to the Cleveland area over 30 times in that nine year period visiting my in-laws. Cleveland is a mere hour east of Sandusky. I remember that visit fairly well as we had dropped off our then 1-year-old at grandmas for the day and my wife and I went coastering. Unfortunately, the Top Thrill Dragster was on-again, off-again that day as many new coasters are and we didn’t get to ride it, but rode everything else that mattered.
Fast forward to 2012 and my 1-year-old is now a 10-year-old coaster fanatic. Me, mom and three sisters were ready for a fun-filled day at the “Roller Coast”. Fortunately, the grandparents came with us to help with the 3-year-old (future coaster fanatic). Here is how the day unfolded in pictures and Tweets:
8:17 a.m. Orlando @Attractions Mag “Out of the Loop” headed to @CedarPoint for the day. Excited to check out the Coaster Capitol of the World!
9:50 a.m. Mine mine mine (@ cedar point front gate) [Cedar Point is on the Great Lake, Lake Erie; these sea gulls seemed oblivious to auto traffic.]
10 a.m. Early morning Raptor riders. [Raptor is a suspended coaster similar to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure ride Dueling Dragons.]
10:22 a.m. 1st ride of Day (@ Raptor)
10:24 a.m. Classic. [The Blue Streak is a classic wooden out-and-back.]
10:27 a.m. One of only 2 “racing” carousels in the country. Dates back to the 1920s (@ Cedar Downs Racing Derby) [Horses are set up four to a row and move forward and back in addition to up and down as if racing. For the record, I lost, actually dead last in my row of four horses.]
11:09 a.m. Top Thrill Dragster is one of the tallest fastest in the world. 400ft, 120 mph. Still shaking from adrenaline!
11:27 a.m. Magnum XL-200 was the 1st hyper coaster in the world. I.e. over 200 ft tall.
11:35 a.m. Gemini as the name implies is a twin coaster with wood structure that rides on a steel track. [The public was utilizing the red train. Coasting for Kids to benefit Orlando’s Give Kids the World Village was using the blue train today.]
12:09 p.m. One of two (16 total coasters) traditional wooden coasters. Great views. Mean ride! (@ Mean Streak)
12:41 p.m. Break time. Pizza Hut pizza – works. At least it’s cool in here! (@ Joe Cool Café)
1:29 p.m. WindSeeker installed last year provides beautiful views of Lake Erie and CP at 301 ft.
2:02 p.m. Mantis. Standing, looping coaster.
2:25 p.m. Actually wish I could get in there (@ Snoopy Bounce)
3:27 p.m. One wicked coaster. Steeper than vertical 95 degree drop. Longest wait didn’t disappoint! (@ Maverick)
4:26 p.m. Didn’t ride but the kids look like they liked it. Kids coaster. (@ Jr. Gemini)
5:14 p.m. The rumored location of the largest winged coaster in the world(?) Spir and DT gone? [Spiral Tower and Disaster Transport indoor coaster.]
5:15 p.m. Heading out (@ Sky ride). [Till next time, and sooner than 9 years from now…]
If you are a Cedar Point fan or a coaster fan, you may be wondering how we missed the 310 ft, 93 mph Intamin beast of a coaster, Millennium Force. It was open most of the day with exception of the time we tried to get on it. This is another reason to return soon!
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