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fun in the sun (and rain)

Cedar Point in the evening
Originally uploaded by thespacerace.

Friday’s day off to go to Cedar Point turned out to be a day well spent, for the most part. We arrived at the park around 11am and got started right away with the rides by going on one of my favorites, the Raptor. From there, we hit up various rides as we came across them. The park was surprisingly not very crowded, and the 40 minutes we waited for the first ride was the longest wait of the day.

The highlight of the day was riding the Top Thrill Dragster. I had not been to Cedar Point in over 5 years, so I had quite a few new rides to check out for the first time, this being among them. This ride, while only about 20 seconds long, is the best ride I’ve ever been on. You start at a standstill, and then these lights countdown (like at a drag race), and you go from 0 to 120mph in 4 seconds. From there, you race stright up 400 feet in the air, twisting 90 degrees. Once you reach the top, you zoom straight back down, twisting 270 degrees, before racing to the “finish line”. It’s short, but it is pretty amazing.

I also was finally able to check out the Millenium Force, with it’s 300 ft drop at 93 mph. I will admit that it was a bit of a letdown having followed the Dragster, but it was still a fun ride. I rode the Magnum later in the day, and while it is now dwarfed by the Millenium Force, I actually still like it a little better. Ignoring the high & speed of the initial descent, the Magnum is a better ride overall in my opinion.

One ride I really did not care for was the Mantis, which I rode for the first time. It is a stand-up roller coaster, and is very uncomfortable to ride from the start. And during the actual ride, I don’t know if I wasn’t standing correctly or what, but there was a tremendous amount of force being applied to my lower legs that made it extremely uncomfortable and actually hurt quite a bit. So I will definitely be avoiding that one in the future.

Three other rides that were new to me, all of which I really enjoyed, were maXair, Wicked Twister, and the Power Tower. I was able to ride everything I wanted, but unfortunately the day was shortened by rain. It started the downpour for about an hour around 5pm. We headed inside for dinner and timed the end of the rain almost perfectly and were able to walk right onto the Magnum after that. But as we headed for our next ride, the skies got mighty dark and we decided to call it a day. But before we could make our escape, the skies opened up and it poured for about a half hour (as seen in the picture above). When it let up a bit, we made our way to the car and followed the storm all the way back home.


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