So a little over 20 (egads) years ago, I wanted to go to Cedar Point, and the annual family trip had ceased happening. So my mother decided she'd drive me down from Michigan, and sit on the beach reading or cross-stiching. She wasn't one for thrill rides, and only rode Gemini maybe once a trip.
So this particular trip, I think she might enjoy the rides, and somehow talk her into trying Demon Drop. Mind you she was planning on cross-stitching on the beach all day. As we waited in line, she was soooo nervous. I was actually a little nervous, cause she always said she had back problems as a reason not to ride rollercoasters, and Demon Drop is not known for it's butter-smooth ride.
Finally, we get on, and she's about to have a heart attack. Up the tower, forward, Drop! Then all I hear for the next few minutes is uncontrolable giggling! The instant we walked off the station, she says "Can we go again!?"
Thus began my mom's love of thrill rides. Having taken her on many trips with friends and just the two of us, she's always loves going to parks. Years ago, walking into King's Island with a bunch of friends and her, someone asked "What should we ride first," to which she responding by jumping up and down going "The Beast! The Beast! The Beast!"
Fast forward to this year... I was able to take a number of trips to parks, and each time I talked about it she got so excited. But she didn't make it herself. And it's been a few years since she's gone to a park.
I really wanted her to be able to go out and have some fun, as she's getting up there in years (67) and doesn't know anyone else who likes rides. So Thrusday I said that if it's nice at all this last weekend at CP for 2006, we'd go down there.
Friday evening.... Raining and cold.... No go.
Saturday.... Even rainier and colder. Plus it's a Saturday... No go.
Sunday.... Gorgeous weather.... We went!
I was very glad for her to be able to ride some coasters... She loves it so much... I love hearing her giggle incessently, having a ball!
I took a bunch of pics of the coasters, including some very nerdy ones... I kept trying to get shots that hadn't been done a million times before. Sometimes I got that, and others... Well, there's only so many views of dragster from the ground...
Anyway, here they are... And my mom had a great time! She even told a ride-op on Milf that she's 67 and loves that ride.
Cedar Point has rides...
This one's big.
And it has cool looking trains.
Might not have seen the shot before!
Did I mention that it's tall?
My mom was sitting in that last seat later in the day! At 67!
The people go up....
Drive-by shooting of Maverick
It almost looks like these folks have the ride all to themselves!
Oh... They do.... Guess this means the lines are short...
Nerd Alert! This shot shows the rarely seen anti-rollbback dogs... Woohoo!
Maggie go up...
Maggie go down...
Maggie go over a hill that used to be obscured by trees
Magnum punches below the belt with a lapbar to the groin!
Never. Before. Seen.
This one looks familiar
Dear God don't let me die on this... Or if you must, at least make it super-fun.
Homey's having some fun at 120mph
Setting new standards in TTD photography
"I can see my house from here!"
"Oh, no I can't!"
This kinda defeats the point of being in the first row, no?
Cool train go zoom
Purdy fall colors and purdy fall sunshine
Didn't make it on to this ride... Just didn't happen by it.
This one is for all you Intamin-4-rail track fans. I know you're out there... I guess it's also good for all the black, greasy goo fans. You know who you are.
That is so sweet about raptor you have got to post the photo. It had to be between the cobra and mid course. Please, please someone tell me Raptor Joe returned this season to work the platform and or she was on it for the roll back?
And all I have to say is HA, thats what happens when some people don't listen to the ride platform either winds or too cold. The memory's.. hahaha. But stories best kept.
Now the only question is was it loaded, or during tests? My guess from operating the ride it had to be during test runs as the train when cold with only 1 or 2 op's riding creeps the track very slowly. Add wind off the lake..
I now feel a little better since in 02 we went down and never got our final employee ride Who was sup in that zone this year?
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