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Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 5:59 pm
by cfc
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The motto means "Never forget," but I don't remember what we weren't supposed to forget.


Yes, Clan Campbell! Famous for the triumph of Robert the Bruce over the English--and infamous for the Glencoe Massacre of the MacDonald's (“Aye, laddie, there were nary a Big Mac or McNugget left once we finished orderin' at the Glencoe drive thru!”)--gathered in Ohio to play the pipes and storm the ramparts of Cedar Point the weekend of May 17-19, 2019! Yes, another milestone in Scottish history!

Except that there were no pipes and no storming--and only three Campbells. Still pretty epic, I’d say.

My niece Leslie (aka “Les”) had just finished her engineering Ph.D. at Purdue, and her dad, Ward, was going to help her move. Les and Ward were intrigued by Cedar Point, and Les’s boyfriend, Matt, hadn’t been there in years (his last visit predated Maverick). Ward rented a cottage at Lighthouse Point, and I flew to Cleveland to act as tour guide. (This was my third visit to Cedar Point, and I finally have the lay of the land there.) The weather was great too, so we didn’t have to endure the park’s infamous rain shutdowns.

But we did get their huge Saturday crowds, which we tackled without Fast Lane; Matt and Leslie were on a starving grad-student budget. Still, we managed to get in the major coasters, and we had “Early Entry” privileges.

What did they think of “America’s Roller Coast”?

Great rides they loved: Steel Vengeance, Maverick, Millennium Force, and Valravn. Not much of a surprise there.

Good rides they liked: Raptor and Gatekeeper. Matt had been a Raptor fan since he was a kid, and Gatekeeper was the first B&M Wing Coaster for Ward, Les, and Matt. Even I had to admit a night ride on Gatekeeper was fun.

Crazy ride they liked with some trepidation: Top Thrill Dragster. “Er, are these rollbacks a serious problem?” We had to wait about an hour and saw it roll back twice.

Odd ride they thought was hilarious: Magnum. Who else? Bumpy, clunky, and hilarious to Les, Ward, and me (Matt skipped it).

Weird ride they didn't think was hilarious: Rougarou.

OK ride: Blue Streak. I made sure they avoided the wheel seats.

Cramped, painful ride: Cedar Creek Mine Train

As for the park itself, everyone agreed that Frontier Town and the Frontier Trail were quite nice, but that the Midway needed a lot more shade.

We ate pretty well, too, at Melt and Famous Dave’s, and the cottage worked out perfectly. All in all, a successful long weekend.

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 6:36 pm
by cfc
Night and day at Cedar Point.

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 7:32 pm
by bert425
looks like y'all had a great time.

and I have to say, that pic of Blue Streak in the evening, is the best I've ever seen the coaster look.

thanks for sharing, Chuck! (and congrats to the graduate)

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 8:22 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Awesome report! Happy to see everyone had a wonderful time!

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 4:27 pm
by SharkTums
That's taking one for the team showing non-coaster people around that park!

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 4:54 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
That looks like a really great time.

Go raibh maith agat as roinnt!

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 7:16 am
by jedimaster1227
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Amazing that they still haven't fixed this gaff a year later.

I really did enjoy Cedar Point more than I expected. While I probably won't get back there for a while, I live vicariously through great photo reports like this! Thank you for sharing!

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:42 am
by cfc
^To be fair, I think someone peeled off the decal they'd put up to correct the goof. We noticed that other Valravn banners had these appliques.

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 7:57 am
by blk_mamba
I haven't been to the point in a while. I need to return. Great trip report.

Re: Photo TR: Clan Campbell Storms Cedar Point

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 12:32 am
by prozach626
Great TR, as always.