Thanks, Adam, for giving me a glimpse into what it feels like being a first-time visitor to Cedar Point. I've never been there, but it's always intrigued me with its lineup of coasters!! I also so much enjoyed your commentary on the park's history. From the Pavilion to the museum, its great that Cedar Point takes genuine pride in its history. (I love the 'old prizes." As a collector of dog memorabilia, I have some of the old Chalkware figurines. Inasmuch as the stuff is amazingly fragile, today's coaster vibrations would probably knock them off the shelves of those old game booths!
Our second day at Cedar Point was more about the smaller attractions (though we got in a few extra rides on some of the coasters) and experiencing more of the historical elements of the park...
Our second day began with a similar view as the first, albeit a little more rain.
I wish I had ridden Raptor earlier in the trip because it ended up being one of my favorite coasters in the park.
So very Roller Coaster Tycoon!
"Angle of Decent"
It is really is something to marvel at.
From the ground, the structure only looks so tall when you see a train shrink as it reaches the top of the tower and get larger as it descends back to the ground.
The Gemini Midway is a neat little section of the park.
When in Cedar Point, eat cheese on a stick.
It is exactly what the title describes... And in a weird way, it is really good.
I love the super retro Gemini station!
The park recently introduced some merchandise inspired by past attractions.
I really wish the park still had Fascination. It was one of my favorite "neat" experiences I enjoyed while visiting the East Coast parks years ago.
I'm a sucker for these kind of fortune teller experiences.
Taking a ride on the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad was a great idea!
The skeleton show scenes were a really pleasant surprise!
I never expected to see something like this in a Cedar Fair park.
It is kind of neat to see huge coasters in view from a serene section of the park.
These animated scenes are really awesome in a quirky way!
I was especially intrigued by the site of Shoot the Rapids, which was demolished two years ago.
The ride's station and a small section of the trough out of the station was retained, but the rest of the area was reworked to make way for Professor Delbert's Frontier Fling.
Even more skeletons along the railroad tracks.
A different look at Rougarou.
I totally bought this (and the Raptor model)!
The arcade was absolutely huge!
Wicked Twister and Windseeker share a great location on the shore of Lake Erie.
Wicked Twister ended up being a really fun surprise of a coaster, though for the first time on any coaster, I barely was able to get the resraints to close.
Despite all of the challenges these rides experienced in their first few years, I've always wanted to get the chance to experience Windseeker firsthand.
While it wasn't operating on our first day, I was thrilled to see it running during our second (and last) day. And the ride was well worth doing at least once!
Cedar Downs Racing Derby was another charming experience I didn't expect to find here.
The fact that such a unique ride system was developed in 1920 and is still operating nearly 100 years later is astounding. And the ride is really fun!
I couldn't resist the opportunity to ride a classic flat ride like this!
Props to the ride ops crew for pumping up the energy before the ride even started!
I've been told something like this used to live at the Mall of America before it became Nickelodeon Universe.
Millennium Force towers over almost everything in the park!
Worth every penny.
Funny enough, the first thing I noticed was that this exact model of Vekoma roller skater is a clone of The Flying Unicorn/Flight of Hippogriff at Islands of Adventure. The only difference besides the train is that that coaster is higher off of the ground to enable the queue to pass underneath the track.
Cedar Point is apparently known for their hand cut fries... They did not disappoint!
I just can't look away!
Over in the park's museum, we spent a good deal of time just looking through all of the content around us. A model maker was actually building a fun, functional model of Steel Vengeance while we were there!
And here is a model of Mean Streak. Definitely neat to compare the two now that Steel Vengeance is open.
Blue Streak is also represented with a model in the museum.
This model was neat because it shows the Frontier section of the park with its original log flume. Some of the structures are still standing despite the new rides that have been added since.
Funny enough, the Travel Channel special about Millennium Force I watched years ago was playing in the museum.
I couldn't resist.
An automated violin!
The story of this massive handmade clock was astounding. There are no schematics or plans as to what was designed. Its creator made all of this from his mind's design alone and Cedar Point has restored it as far as they can without starting to guess or deviate from what the existing design indicated was next.
The park's arcade was once home to a massive ballroom for dance parties.
More on those dance parties!
A Tumble Bug!
Cedar Point's equivalent to E-Tickets?
They had a suspended monorail! I'm curious to learn more about this!
More delicious food in the Frontier section of the park.
I always love when parks have cool, live craft demonstrations like glass-blowing for guests to enjoy.
I had to get one more cheese on a stick before heading out!
I managed to get one ride in on Raptor before the sky opened up again and I'm so glad I did. Easily my new favorite B&M inverted coaster!
And thus, our trip to Cedar Point was over! I've got a more detailed writeup of my thoughts on all of the rides and attractions we experienced, coming up shortly for those that want to read it!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Very cool! There are so many little things at CP that are so cool. Glad you got to enjoy Windseeker and Derby and all the rest. The park may be known for its coasters, but there's so much more than that to experience, and you've captured it well.
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