Our day at the park began at 6am, as we weren't in a huge rush to join the running of the bulls to Maverick. Instead, we purposely arrived casually late and went straight to Raptor. A big thank you goes out to Maverick for thinning the lines to both Raptor and MF for morning ERT. We managed 3 front seat rides in about 15 minutes, and then headed over to MF (I absolutely refuse to call coasters cutesy names like Millie, btw.)
MF was about a 15 minute wait, and was still running great. There was definitely a noticeable Intamin shake after the first overbank, but the rest of the course still delivered in my mind. I'm not gonna fan any flames about airtime or lack thereof, but my butt managed to float off the seat four different times, thus leaving me satisfied. Personally, I'm a height and speed freak, so the first drop and many low-to-the-ground moments have always been more important to me when it comes to judging this ride.
We then headed over to Maverick for one ride before the morning ERT session ended. Here's my thoughts on the ride. From the front seat with a little work on your part, it's the best ride in the park. The ride from any other seat just didn't seem to cut it with me. Quite honestly, it took 3 rides on it before I was even willing to rank it above Wildcat, which I really love.
I found that if I leaned forward from the very beginning, hunching over and sticking my head out as if riding a crotch rocket motorcycle, the ride became comfortable and very exciting. By leaning forward, seeing and anticipating the transitions and turns, I was able to avoid what was rather uncomfortable head and neck banging from any other seat.
The course itself was really fun. It had a little bit of everything in it, and only once did the pace slow down almost to a stop (curiously, when we rode later in the day with 6 trains on the course, our train slowed to a crawl before launching out of the tunnel).
The lack of the heartline, although disappointing, didn't really make a huge differnce. Lauching into a trim was a bit odd, but you definitely picked up plenty of speed immediately following it. All in all, as long as it remains as smooth and quiet as it currently is, CP has a big winner on its hands.
Following our morning ERT, we headed to the front of the park for what was the only real disappointment of the day. Strangely, there was only one location open for any real food for the enthusiasts. It created a huge line just for donuts and muffins. Oh well, not the end of the world as we still had some time to kill before the park opened at 10 to the GP.
At noon, we headed to the convention center for a nice Q&A session with CP Executives, including Dick Kinzel himself. Honestly, I had no intentions of asking anything, and allowing the throngs of coaster dorks to do the work for me while we sat and listened. Here's a brief synopsis of what was said. Please remember, I only took mental notes, so none of the following is directly quoted, and only summarized.
First off, a gentleman asked the panel if they had any reservations about going back to Intamin after TTD. Following some small laughter by the panelists, which included about seven executives to which I can't remember any but Mr. Kinzel specifically, the answer was no. Kinzel expressed that he was dismayed that Maverick opened a couple weeks later than planned, and placed blame on the manufacturer, but admitted that Intamin delivered a satisfying product in the end.
He also said that there were 3 coaster proposals on the table before they settled on Maverick. One was similair to MF, one was similiar to Magnum or something, and the other I don't recall. This got me to thinking about wood. I then grabbed the mic and asked if at anytime during the planning stages with Intamin, was an Intamin woodie considered?
His answer: NO. I followed up by asking will there ever be? his answer once again: NO. Ok then, thanks. None of it was demeaning, but the answers were clear and concise. Folks, I wouldn't go placing any bets on Intamin wood showing up at the point anytime soon.
They were, however, very encouraged by working with GCI and Renegade. The vibe was that Renegade will be a measuring stick for future wood installations at CF parks.
Here's the rest of the highlights:
- There will definitely NOT be any B&M flyer at CP, ever.
- A dive machine is not out of the question.
- One of the gentlemen in charge of future ride installations or whatever, has been pushing for a darkride for years now.
- The earring rule on Maverick is implemented by Intamin, not CP.
- This is speculation on my part, but I'd look for KD to receive something big in the next few years.
- Demon Drop is still for sale.
- When discussing theming, Kinzel made the comment that if given the choice, he'd always rather spend an extra million on more track than theming.
- And on a lighter note, someone asked if they had ridden Kingda Ka? I can't remember who answered, but they said they were there to ride ET, and after pausing for comedic effect, said that KK was down.
- Finally, it was mentioned that it's a possibility that Clair Hain of GCI *may* eventually try to improve Mean Streak. We can only hope!
Following the Q&A, we caught up with someone to ask about our 2003 exit passes. Without hesitation, we were directed to park operations, where they glady took down our last name and instructed us to provide it at any time to the ride op at the exit of TTD for a direct pass onboard. Thank you Cedar Point! Without a doubt, this made my day, and you easily redeemed yourself.
That was alot to read through, so I'll just say that everything else went terrific, and we are definitely anxious to return asap. Thank you all for reading. Now onto the second batch of pics. Enjoy.