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 A$$?) 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!