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Photo TR - Closing day at CP

Postby MonkeyPants » Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:47 pm

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.
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Cedar Point has rides...
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This one's big.
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And it has cool looking trains.
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Never-before-seen shot!
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Another one!
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Might not have seen the shot before!
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Did I mention that it's tall?
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My mom was sitting in that last seat later in the day! At 67!
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Nerd Alert!
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The people go up....
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....and up...
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...and up....
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Then down!
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Drive-by shooting of Maverick
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It almost looks like these folks have the ride all to themselves!
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Oh... They do.... Guess this means the lines are short...
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Nerd Alert! This shot shows the rarely seen anti-rollbback dogs... Woohoo!
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Maggie go up...
Maggie go down...
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Maggie go over a hill that used to be obscured by trees
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Magnum punches below the belt with a lapbar to the groin!
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Never. Before. Seen.
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This one looks familiar
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Dear God don't let me die on this... Or if you must, at least make it super-fun.
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Homey's having some fun at 120mph
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Setting new standards in TTD photography
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"I can see my house from here!"
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"Oh, no I can't!"
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This kinda defeats the point of being in the first row, no?
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Cool train
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Cool train go zoom
Purdy fall colors and purdy fall sunshine
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Didn't make it on to this ride... Just didn't happen by it.
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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.
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Postby MonkeyPants » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:06 pm

more pics...
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And you thought Mil.f was tall
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Magnum.... Through the trees!
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What goes up....
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must come down
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Talk about steep! Yipes!
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Top Squiggle Dragster
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Draggie in the water
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This goose kept getting in the way... I think he wanted to ride.
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abstract painting of rollie - coaster?
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I hope that kid doesn't fall out
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Skyhawk. it's like Maxair, but without the spinning
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Top Thrill Grannie & Me having a ball at Cedar Point!
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I can't believe I timed this right
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One of the last TTD rides of 2006
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Top Thrill Dragster became Stand Still Master with 5 trains to go in 2006. Fortunately, this maintenance man hadn't gone home for the season.
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These lucky folks just had a rollback and are v e r y s l o w l y rolling back to launch position
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Very cool station lighting.
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I really like this picture... I think I'll frame it and hang it on my wall.

So that's it for Grannie-buzz 2006. Hope you enjoyed the pics!
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Postby jamesdillaman » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:07 pm

Wow, those are awesome pics

What type of camera do you use? Those are truly as you stated some angles I've never seen before. Props are due.

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Postby themeparkguy27 » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:15 pm

Sweet pics! The closeups and looks on some of the people's faces are just awesome.

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Postby Shavethewhales » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:17 pm

Oh man, those are the best pics I've seen in a long time, especially that first one. wow, that's all I can say. Great Job.

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Postby SLUSHIE » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:17 pm

Yay a photo TR by a guy that knows how to use a camera.

Not that the other TRs are bad.

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Postby CoasterEricHP » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:21 pm

Amazing pictures! That either has crazy megapixel'age or an incredible zoom.. plus the colors are really vivid.. especially the reds.

Oh yeah.. Great TR!


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Postby CoasterFanatic » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:22 pm

These pictures are just SICK!

Good shots man!

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Postby raptorcrew2002 » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:35 pm

I agree awesome photos.

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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Postby pvcoasterguy » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:36 pm

Wow... those are some great shots! Kudos!

You're a great photographer! Thanks for posting these--they are amazing.


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