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Postby robbalvey » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:35 pm

Today was the start of our two day visit to Cedar Point. Some of you might have heard that our start was a bit "rocky" to say the least. From a tour organizer it was a complete nightmare, but one of those nightmares that only makes for a GREAT story later on!

Basically, we all knew there was a long drive and a VERY late night ahead of us after we left Six Flags Great America. This would be our latest night of the trip getting to the hotel between midnight and 2am depending on what time everyone wanted to leave Great America (we left the decision up to our participants) and how bad traffic was around Chicago.

Luckily, the majority agreed that we would leave Great America at the earlier meeting time and we headed out of the park at 4:30 instead of 6:00.

Bad news...Chicago traffic was bad...REALLY bad. But we knew it would be hitting it at rush hour.

Anyway, we got through that, made a stop for dinner and arrive at Hotel Breakers about 1:30am......but something was wrong.....everything was dark and a bunch of people were wandering around with flashlights.

So we figure.....they are either making a sequel to Blair Witch Projects at Cedar Point (wouldn't that kick ass?) or we are totally screwed and the power was out!

Unfortunately, it was the latter! *sigh*

I made it to the front desk in the dark and lucky for us they had made all our keys for us previous to the power going out, and even luckier for us the doors work off batteries!

The staff of Breakers handed us flashlights and we went fumbling around to our rooms! Now of course, we were told that this was a major power outage and it had affected ALL of the park....crap. Well, let's seriously hope they get it fixed real soon!

3:30am - all is very dark and very quiet. And then we hear a VERY comforting sound....our air conditioner whirring back on!!!! Yay! Power was restored.

My only regret in all of this was NOT producing a "Blair Witch" style movie with 100 of us having flashlights running around a hotel in the pitch black! But playing "tour operator" at the time, I had to make sure everyone got to their rooms....

Anyway, the 'bad news' doesn't end there....

Next morning we get up, look outside, and what do we see? Oh great! Typical "Cedar Point Weather" with it POURING down rain! Now, we had told our trip participants you really can't have a complete trip to Cedar Point without at least one torrential downpour, but I didn't expect it would be our first ride of the day! =)

So most of us got up anyway, schlepped through the rain in hopes that hotel ERT had not been cancelled.

Well, we got to Maverick, we waited, and waited...and got VERY wet, and sure enough not only was hotel ERT cancelled, but the park would not open ANY coaster even in the slightest drizzle.

Now I'm not sure when or why this policy had changed, but I do remember riding Mantis in the hail and both Millennium Force and Raptor in the light to heavy rain.

Why all of a sudden do ALL coasters close when it sprinkles? I can almost understand them closing during a heavy rain, because it HURTS, but light rain? C'mon!

So what do TPR members do when we can't ride coasters? That's right! GO TO THE BAR!! So many of us ended up at TGIFriday's at Hotel Breakers until about 4pm when the storm finally passed.

After that, it was an AWESOME night and next day at Cedar Point!

Ok, onto some photos and a Maverick video including a full POV!
"Hotel Breakers Blair Witch Style!!!"

Photo by Jahan
What TPR members do when all you have is a flashlight, no Nintendo, and no air conditioning!
The next morning, god was punishing us for our evil ways.
Let's just say there was a lot of familiar "blue plastic" in the line that morning.
4 normal sized people fit under one ACEr sized poncho!
Yup, this is typical Cedar Point weather! =)
Hey Dan, why aren't you out here in the rain with the rest of us?
The "front of the line" crew waited it out....8 hours later they were on Maverick!

Photo by Jay
"I love Cedar Point!"
And what do TPR members do when there aren't any coasters to ride? GO TO THE BAR!!!
Louis impressed us all with his awesome balloon making skills!
Even KidTums gets in on the action!
C'mon need to compare size here in public!!!
"Hello Dan....just looking at this picture might kill you!"
Around 4pm coasters started to open. Corkscrew was one of the only rides open for a while....
...but that made Jahan VERY happy!
Once Maverick opened many of us decided to go get our credit, and lucky for us it was only about a 45 minute wait!
Maverick was awesome! Well worth the wait in line. It actually exceeded my expectations (many others on the trip felt the same way)
It was kind of like "California Screamin' on Steroids" being that it wasn't THAT intense, but all the elements of the ride were just a lot of "fun"
Never even noticed that something else was originally here.
First drop was great, especially in the back seat (although the rest of the ride was much rougher in the back seat)
The bunny hills produced a LOT of airtime!
Scott & Elissa loved it...and no, that rollback they also got had nothing to do with it! =)
Um, yeah...that's Mean's right next door to Maverick. The only thing good I can say about Mean Streak is that it was actually running quite smooth this year!
This is the "traditional" view of Millennium Force. Everyone on the train, hands up, having an AWESOME time! While I agree with many people that MF isn't as INSANE as the other Intamin hypers, there is something about it that everyone LOVES. Like Maverick, it's just pure FUN!
"Millennium Fattys" - I'm not sure what all the fuss is about the seatbelts. We all fit, why can't you?
Aha!!! Photographed PROOF that the nickname really is "MILF"
A moment of silence...or Joey just decide.
And what to TPR members do when we've had a good day of coaster riding? FOOD!!!!
I just don't even have anything to say....
Here is the "Signature Shot" from the sky tower....we'll have more Cedar Point photos in our full update!

Maverick Video including a full POV of the ride! (zipped version at the bottom)

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Postby TexTitan01 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:08 pm

As much of a sucky start we had @ Cedar Point (between the rain, power outage...rain...more rain), I think the time there was one of the funnest times I had on the trip. Just because we still had fun doing something besides goin around in the park, everyone had time to just hang out and enjoy each others company. By the way, those balloons Louis made were AWESOME!

:lol: Wes looks like a Vampire in one of those pics...I thought he had been looking rather pale at some of the parks, I shouldave known :devil:
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Postby enjen » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:15 pm

personally, i have to say that the power outage at Cedar Point was a highlight for me! What an adventure! and souvenir flaslights...?? yes! Wandering around in the dark was so much fun, and the countless people comparing it to "the shining" ...REDRUM It was a rare oppotunity!

And thanks to big tobacco!!....if some of us weren't smokers, and wandering around with our cancer-sticks, we wouldn't have actually seen the power cut back on in the park!

Things like this i will remember forever!


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Postby robbalvey » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:24 pm

enjen wrote:personally, i have to say that the power outage at Cedar Point was a highlight for me! Things like this i will remember forever!

This is exactly how I feel! Trust me, when it was all happening, I was pretty freaked out (but trying to keep my cool!) but now that it's all over, wow, what an AWESOME night that was!!!!


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Postby jbuck » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:35 pm

Whoo, Cedar Ponit on Page 69, Robb you didn't get video of their rollback? Or are you saving the footage? Or You did get footage of it and posted it and I'm an idiot?
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Postby ms13 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:40 pm

What a great update!
I LOVE the maverick video! :b
Brings back memories of when I went to cedar point this year.
Thanks alot!! (And a rollback sounds like fun ;) )

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Postby tigerxeyez » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:45 pm

I love that video. Will it be on the DVD?

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:51 pm

tigerxeyez wrote:I love that video. Will it be on the DVD?

Not sure if it will be there quite as presented here, but in some form, yes it will be!


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Postby Cheesey » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:00 pm

Actually MILFPH is the nickname the photo people call their booth. I worked there most of June before I got moved back to Mean Streak photo :(

I did see you guys on the midway that day, but I couldn't stop...

MILFPH=MILlennium Force PHoto

EDIT: And in case you're wondering it says Midgets In Leotards Fit Perfectly Here...MILFPH has the smallest booth in all of ride photo.

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Postby Mr. Volcano » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:42 pm

I love CP, hopefully I'll be able to get back there this year for Halloweekends and ride Maverick!

It looks like you guys had a blast! Anytime you go to CP with a group of great people and friends, is when your bound to have an amazing trip, thats how all my experiences have been. :lmao:

Thanks for sharing!!


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