Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

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Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Mon May 09, 2016 12:37 pm

It's that time of year again where we pack up the family truckster and head to cedarpoint for opening weekend. I do have to say that valravin is a great addition that surpassed my expetations. The rest of the park looked fresh and ready for another summer of fun. I love all the new additions, and have really noticed a change in the atmosphere of the park over the past few years. There was a lot of good things and only a few negative things going on this year.

THE PROS:
1.Valravin
2. The entire new midway surrounding valravin
3. Ride ops really kicking butt
4. The addition of a few new coke freestyle stations
5. Raptor looking great
6. New improved wifi works great
7. Lots of fresh paint and facelifts all around the park.
8. Mean streak never opened =)
9. The weather
10. New park swag like throwback shirts
11. Food service was much better than other cedarfair parks opening weekend

THE CONS:
1. Passholder preview night was a mess. They should have kicked the osu crowd out before the preview.
2. The early entry for opening day was a big let down. Nothing opened on time including valravin. The line grew all the way to corkscrew.
3. The traffic on the causeway was horrendous Friday night.

Lets move onto some pictures...
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The backup Friday night
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While sitting in traffic, I was able to snap a couple of great shot.
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The parks skyline looks differant this year
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Valravin was the first thing on our list
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This is a great idea! This is a visual aid for the ride ops that displays what seats are not latched, and also the dispatch times.
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Seems like a hit!
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Evac cart heading up
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Not sure what the point of this is. Its a wall with windows to view the ride. Could have done the same with a regular fence.
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Here is the revamped fries/coke freestyle area
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This is new just inside the front gate
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The red capet
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Us
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I recommend checking out the new app.
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The new bumper cars look great
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Made in Italy
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New wall around mine ride
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The petting farm also has some new improvements like new animals
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New lock ers at magnums entrance
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The shoot the rapids area looks deserted now.
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They left the station
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One last lookie
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Raptors new strobes. The only problem was that you could hardly see them at night.
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Maxair was having some issues. I beileve it opened on Sunday
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It had wires hanging from it
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They now have several ares around the park that you can use you funpix
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New basketball game on the blue stream miday
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Because of the new game, the shortcut behind pizza patio is no more
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There is a new sitting area next to chickie and petes. I wonder why they got rid of the stone tunnel that used to be the exit for pirat ride?
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New marina entrance from inside the park.
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Caddilac cars is now sporting billboards
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New face painting building
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The entire valravin area looks great. They have a area telling you about the coaster
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They also had a video playing about how the ride was constructed.
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The throne made its return this year
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Valravins own soda mix recipy
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Ice cream....
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And beer
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New path from the main midway, to the marina gate
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Valravin midway
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Looks like raptors trains got a makeover as well
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Looks like cedarpoint is taking some of Disneys ideas. I did not see them use this at all this weekend.
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Random theaming on bluestreak midway
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New giftshop
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And fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo
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There is also a picture area hidden in the gift shop
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They even added signs for people that value a cell phone more that there own life.
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valravin footer
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Lot's more valravin and general park pictures coming soon....
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Re: Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

Postby thrillrider » Mon May 09, 2016 1:34 pm

Much more coming up, but just had to add a few from my phone.
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New throwback shirts
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Waiting in line
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Fast lane reader
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Valravin beer
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Re: Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

Postby Philrad71 » Mon May 09, 2016 3:21 pm

The early entry for opening day was a big let down. Nothing opened on time including valravin.


This happens to us just about every time that we have ever done early entry (Maverick & MF).

Now we just skip early entry altogether, sleep off our hangovers and go get an awesome breakfast at the Invention (Thomas Edison themed) cafe in Milan before going back to the park.

Thanks for the report!
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Postby thrillrider » Mon May 09, 2016 3:31 pm

Some more pictures......
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I really like the lighting package they used in valravins line. Here you can see the blacklights.
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They even have splashes of color on the shades for the line.
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On the midway, the also have valravin gobos
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New this year, you can buy a souvinier cup that has unlimited refill all summer long and is good at all cedarfair parks.
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Millennium force was running great
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Another funpix spot
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The glassblowing shop is offering a new type show this summer.
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Wilderness express in action
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Inside the red garter, they were rehersing a show
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Midway market is now on the dinning plan, but for an upcharge. We ended up eating here on sunday, and it really seemed like the quality of the food has taken a nose dive.
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Raptor was also sporting a fury like lift hill this year.
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Dont know why, but I really like this shot
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Can't forget gatekeeper
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It pays to renew your pass online.
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Gemini midway. Did they replace the blacktop over the winter in this section? I know they redid the area by pipe scream, but not sure about this area.
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Re: Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

Postby TBpony414 » Mon May 09, 2016 3:32 pm

Great pics! The amount of people that showed up is incredible, good for CP that this is such a hit already. What are the silver things on the ground in your pic that you mentioned Disney has as well? I'm not familiar with them.

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Re: Cedarpoint opening weekend photo trip report.

Postby Philrad71 » Mon May 09, 2016 3:38 pm

Philrad's random insane idea of the week...

I'm not a soda drinker so the Freestyle machines don't really make me scream YAY!, but what if they did a "Beerstyle" machine that would let you mix and match your own beers?

IE: Hefe with Porter, IPA with Shandy, Lager with Stout, or something I would like to try...an Imperial IPA mixed with Lager and Porter? ;)
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Postby Nrthwnd » Mon May 09, 2016 3:39 pm

^ I think that should go over to the Erotica land sex theme park, Phil. IMh (hic) O :wink:
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Postby Philrad71 » Mon May 09, 2016 3:42 pm

^ LOL!

Or at least at Epcot during Food & Wine! ;)
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