I've been sitting on this report for a while--a somewhat longer "while" than I'd planned.
It was August 2018, and I was busily working on my Japan Trip Report--sorting through the photos (which took quite a long while, indeed) and writing the intro copy and the captions for each section. (Sometimes I plan ahead, but other times I just let it fly.) I'd met TPR at Cedar Point and fully intended to post this report between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but, as it often does, life got in the way; that is, a trip to WDW in September and a few Virginia park media days and holiday events got in the way. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving slipped into Christmas, which then slipped into New Year's Day.
Then again, I do enjoy delayed gratification. Whether you will is your affair. Let's get back on point, shall we?
This was only my second visit to Ohio's Coaster Mecca on Lake Erie, and the first time I'd met TPR there, which made the second visit all the better (and the first one was great). I shared a "lakefront cottage" with Eric and Larry, and our wake-up cal was Steel Vengeance's lift hill. You could set your watch by that thing.
Speaking of CP's new RMC hotness, Steel Vengeance was excellent--an unrelenting airtime machine that doesn't let up from first drop until the end. It was crazy fun to ride during our nighttime ERT sessions (thanks for this, Robb and Elissa). To say that Steel Vengeance is better than its predecessor, Mean Streak, is to say the filet mignon makes a better meal the cheapest ground beef at Food Lion or that Beaujolais is better than Ripple. There is simply no comparison.
That being said, I still slightly prefer Maverick to Steel Vengeance. Why? Because the latter is almost too much. I can marathon Maverick, but I have to take a periodic break from the relentless air of Steel Vengeance--probably because I'm getting older. That's life.
Valravn was new to me, too. While I like Dive Machines in general, I'm not a big fan of this one (my least favorite of the ones I've ridden--Griffon is much more enjoyable).
Here's a look at a great couple of days. Be sure you have your Fast Lane Plus!
Thanks, again, for letting me join the group, Robb and Elissa!
Steel Vengeance was the greatest “wake-up call” ever. Each morning, at around 8:00, they’d fire up the world’s loudest lift hill, . . .
. . . which we couldn’t help but hear from our cottage in the campground.
Everyone got their bearings? I find CP a bit tricky to navigate. It helps to use Top Thrill Dragster as a focal point.
Looks like these folks need a Steel Vengeance wake-up call.
To say this is a step up from Mean Streak is to damn with faint praise.
Steel Vengeance is in an entirely different universe than its predecessor, as you can tell by this photo. The blur is from the train phasing into another dimension!
It is, indeed, worthy of its own gift shop.
Of course, the shop staff is a bit shady.
Top Thrill Dragster is my favorite of the “one-trick pony” Intamin launched coasters.
I hear that the VR version of Steel Dragon was pretty good, but we didn’t ride it, which was OK by me. The ride’s operations were painfully slow.
We skipped Corkscrew, too, but it did look nice screwing over the midway.
It’s good to be the King--the King of the Whole Damn World!
I’m a fan of Dive Machines, and I wanted to like Valravn more than I did.
I think it’s the vest restraints, which squeezed the breath out of me. I prefer the old OTSRs (as on Griffon). Losing some weight might help.
The structure shakes quite a bit on the mid-course brake run, too. Seems a bit odd.
It is considerably better than Rougarou.
I much prefer Millennium Force.
While it lacks the crazy airtime of GeForce at Holiday Park . . .
. . . it compensates with sheer speed.
Maverick and Steel Vengeance are better, . . .
. . . but MF holds its own, and justifies its continued popularity.
I mentioned losing weight earlier.
Dining at Melt does not lend itself to that.
But they do make a good grilled-cheese sammich.
I’m not a huge flat-ride fan, but I liked this one.
And it’s Larry approved.
Canadians like it, too.
Gatekeeper has its fans. I am not one of them.
Raptor, however, is a great invert.
I rode Maxx Air a few years ago. That was enough.
There are those who enjoy it, though. More to come.
Great report! The Steel Vengeance ERT session must have been incredible.
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