It's time for my last update from the 2013 Texas/Midwest Tour! I really want to thank Robb, Elissa, and everyone else that helped out on the tour. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to go on this tour and meet a bunch of amazing new friends. I know it sounds corny, but I will honestly never forget this trip!
I spent a total of 2 and a half days at the park that I'm just going to condense into one large report. The first half day was spent getting settled into Hotel Breakers, getting a back stage tour of the Train, Mantis, and Millennium Force, riding a few rides, and then meeting up with some old friends!
I see you Cedar Point!
Here's the view from the Hotel!
First things first was the awesome backstage tour the park set up for us! Here is a view of one of the train sets.
It was pretty cool being able to see some of these sets up close and personal.
It also gave the chance to see some things normal guests may not notice while riding some of the coasters.
Like all of these fun little carts!
This tour allowed us to get really close to Mantis and get some awesome shots of it!
I'm really glad I got these shots before the transformation!
I always forget how loud B&Ms are until you stand right next to them!
Now its off to Millennium Island!
I must admit, Millennium is a pretty coaster.
This is a sight you don't see everyday!
Millennium as it flies overhead!
Did I mention we got to get really close to the rides?
I thought this was really pretty.
One of the rides many over banks.
Looks like the dinosaur didn't like Millennium and threw it up. I guess he likes Bizarro more. ;)
After the back stage tour, a few of us headed to the TGI Fridays in hotel breakers for a few drinks!
After a few drinks, It was time to get riding! This first ride was Gatekeeper! The line was full for the ride and looked to be somewhere around 2 hours. Good thing we had Fast Pass Plus for during our entire stay which allowed us get on the ride in less then 15 minutes!
We decided to ride this twice, once on each side. Honestly it didn't impress me and at some points actually hurt me because my restraint was so tight. The ride wasn't awful, but just eh.
At least you get some good views by the station!
After riding Gatekeeper twice, Sean and I left the park to meet up with a few friends. Three of my old bosses from SFNE recently moved out to Sandusky, so we decided to meet up and go to a bar to catch up! It was deff a good time.
The rest of the photos aren't in any particular order between the next two days.
I don't know what it is about S&S Tower Complexes but I just think they all look beautiful!
This time around I actually got my Wind Seeker credit. I missed it in 2011 because of the million delays it had opening.
Shoot the Rapids was closed during our visit due to the accident that happened 2-3 weeks earlier. Since i've ridden it before, it wasn't a big loss.
As you can see, some of the rides had crazy long lines. Like I said earlier, thank god for Fast Pass Plus!
Gatekeepers line was nuts!
This is going to look very different next year!
The line brings you very close to the ride!
I might be in the minority, but I didn't think Mantis was a bad ride at all. It's actually my second favorite stand up!
I was really sad to see this closed. I love the stand we have at SFNE.
You don't really notice how tall Power Tower is until you're standing right next to it!
At least it's photogenic!
The beach at the park is so beautiful!
I see you White Water Landing logo!
This has got to be one of my favorite rides in the park! Every time I come here, I end up marathoning it at the end of the night!
To wrap up the report, here is James, Sean, & I before the Millennium Force glowstick ERT!
Overall I had an amazing time at the park. Even though it was super busy, we still had time to get on everything we wants to multiple times thanks to Fast Pass Plus! Even though we all had a great time, it was very bitter sweet. Now that the tour was over, it was time to head back to reality and leave some good friends from all around the world! I'm glad I had the privilege of meeting you guys and I hope we can one day meet up and continue doing what we love, riding coasters!
Questions What do you guys think of Cedar Point? Great park or overrated? Millennium Force or Bizarro? Why? What was your thought on Mantis? Did you like it as a Stand Up or are you happy it's transforming? Whats your favorite ride at the park?
Thanks for reading and as always check back soon for a new update as Doug, Marcel, Werner, and I do a post tour trip!
^Thanks Andy! I loved all your reports you really got some amazing shots! I didn't think the park would get that packed during our visit. Thank god for Fast Lane Plus!
It's time for a little post tour theme park fun. I joined Marcel, Doug, and Werner on their trip to two parks, Conneaut Lake Park being the first.
I have heard a little about this park in the past, mainly bad things. But after hearing that the parks wooden coaster Blue Streak had reopened a few years back, I was excited to check it out.
Welcome to Conneaut Lake Park!
Here we are walking down the main midway. It looks like it seen better days.
Here is the main reason why we're here!
One cool aspect is that the ride still uses manually operated breaks.
It also runs an old NAD train!
The ride is hidden in the woods and very hard to get great shots of. The ride looks extremely run down and painful, but it's actually a really fun ride! It has good speed, some great moments of airtime, and is decently smooth given how it looks!
This is the new haunted house attraction the park added, honestly they did a decently job with theming because at the time I thought it was just another run down building.
I got pretty excited to see that this park also had a toboggon.
But after getting a closer look at it, it was clear to see the ride hadn't operated in quite some time.
It was really sad to see that the parks Beach Club charred remains.
It was strange to see half put together rides like this just lying around the park.
It seemed like a real safety hazard.
They did have this fun old school Tumble Bug ride that was still operating.
It also ran a really long cycle! It was a good first time on this classic flat!
It was weird seeing a real life abandoned mini water park. It was very gross to see all the nasty, diseases ridden water just left there for years.
This train ride looked like tons of fun, but sadly we didn't have time to ride it.
Just another abandoned plot of land.
While most of the time it looked like this ride was closed during our visit, it was actually open!
On our way out i snapped a few more photos of the SBNO Toboggan.
One final shot of the tower.
Overall, I had an ok time at the park. It basically seemed like you were at an abandoned amusement park that had been left to rot for years and then had the chance to reopen a few rides. Blue Streak, Devils Den, and Tumble Bug were really fun rides, but that's all the park really has going for it.
I know the park has been trying their best to improve the park and bring it back to its former glory, but I don't see that happening for years. If the park even makes it that long. I really do hope the best for the park because it does have a ton of potential to be a really fun family park, as you know, they do have ton of challenges a head of them. I hope I get to visit this park in a better condition one day.
Questions Have you ever been to this park before? What are your thought on it? Do you think there is any hope of it surviving?
Thanks for reading everyone! Make sure to check back soon for the next update!
I still remember watching that one special on Travel Channel about Conneaut Lake Park and how nice the park looked after the renovation, but after seeing this I think the special doctored up the aesthetics of the park a bit for TV and didn't show the bad sides of the park. I know people have discussed this before, but I just thought of it when seeing this post. Anyways, great report!
Favourite Coaster: SkyRush Other Favourites: Storm Chaser, Lightning Run, Blue Streak (CP), Voyage, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Phoenix, Goliath (SFGAm), Storm Runner, Raptor (CP), and Magnum XL-200
Conneaut Lake Park looks just about how I remembered it from my visit a couple years ago...some good areas and some bad ones. Blue Streak was good, Devil's Den and Tumble Bug were alright, but the rest of the park could use some work. I hope the park makes it for the simple reason that they've got a few historic attractions, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if they don't reopen again (the state of the park seems to have declined over the last few years).
Nice report, just like all the others in this thread. I'm interested to hear what you thought of Waldameer, as I found that to be one of the best smaller parks around.
Top 5 Steel: Bizarro (SFNE), Nitro, Apollo's Chariot, Maverick, Banshee Top 5 Wood: Boulder Dash, El Toro, Thunderhead, Gold Striker, Lightning Racer Top 3 Parks: Holiday World, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Cedar Point TPR Trips: IntimidaTour 2010, North East Trip 2011, LeviaTHON 2012, Mini Tours 2014 (New Hotness & East Coast)
yay101 wrote:I still remember watching that one special on Travel Channel about Conneaut Lake Park and how nice the park looked after the renovation, but after seeing this I think the special doctored up the aesthetics of the park a bit for TV and didn't show the bad sides of the park. I know people have discussed this before, but I just thought of it when seeing this post. Anyways, great report!
The Travel Channel special did a very good job of pointing out and emphasizing the select improvements they made to give the impression they changed the feel of the entire park. For example, Devil's Den has a pretty neat facade, the NAD train on Blue Streak got a much needed uphlostery replacement, and the buildings in the front entrance area got a touch up. Other things done by the reality show producers have been modified. For example, the Hostile Hostel is no longer called by that name, and is pretty much just a part of the Halloween event. The midway games area has been repainted again to a less flashy tone. And despite the small size of CLP, a few days of work could not put a major dent into the overall feel of the park. It helped in a few spots, but the lasting effect of the improvements is very debatable.
Great report... personally after visiting this past summer I just feel like this park needs to be put out of it's misery. I thought Blue Streak was terrible and even though we bought a wristband we only rode it once... this park really doesn't have any redeeming qualities except maybe the tumble bug. You can tell that it was a really nice place once but those days are long gone.
I visited CLP this fall and fell in love with both Tumble Bug and Blue Streak, but especially the latter. Got in 22 rides including 3 consecutive without station brakes, and one very late at night in the pitch black. Wish I'd gotten more, and really hope to be able to be back someday. It fell solidly in my top-5 woodies and even moved ahead of Boulder Dash after my Halloween trip to Lake Compounce. The NAD trains may be my favorite rolling stock of any kind. All that said, there are definitely a few painful seats on 'Streak.
My day at Conneaut was one of oddest, most surreal, and most strangely enjoyable days I've ever spent at a theme park. I rode flats by myself that, 30 seconds previous, I'd assumed had been abandoned for years. Darn near fell out of Tumble Bugs back car. No, seriously. I watched a lone flyers enthusiast get a 10+ minute program, snapping the heck out of the one good vehicle (#5). Also met some really cool, passionate locals and enthusiasts. The Toboggan had been disassembled and moved to a field behind the parking.
Also, their haunt even kicks major butt! Because the place already looks haunted as it is.
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