My wife and I and a couple of friends visited Cedar Point for a day trip in June of this year. Here are a bunch of pictures and a few comments about the day.
We got their just shortly after park opening and made the long, long trek to the back of the park to hit the Maverick first thing, then work out way forward.
On our way, we buzzed through Frontier Trail, one of the more themed-areas of the increasingly theme-free park. Here's Fort sandusky and its canon.
One of the park's trains (or is there only one? I don't know), not yet starting its rounds for the day.
Toot Sweets, serving you sweets and puns.
The Maverick is a pretty great coaster. It's low to the ground, but fast-moving and full of twists, turns, and surprises.
Next it was over to the old mine ride, which I could've sworn used to have more themeing to it, but I may be confusing it with Disney's Big Thunder Mountain. Didn't there used to be a few skeletons around? Some mining signs?
Christa and Amy excitedly wait the big thrills waiting over the first lift...
Wheeeee.... wait, it's just a little dip? Oh.
Unlike all of its dark rides, flumes, and other assorted whimsy, the Shooting Gallery has not yet been replaced by a thrill ride. Probably because there isn't really room.
Picking out my next target.
Next, over to a true Cedar Point classic, the Gemini! For those of you who don't know the park, the Gemini is a coaster with two (mostly) parrallel tracks that two cars race on. When we first got in line, only the blue car was running, which spoils much of the fun of the attraction, but by the time it was our turn, the red car had been brough online. Christa and Caroline hopped in blue while Amy and I favored Red. OK, Let's race...
Blue is off to an early lead, but there's usually a few changes along the way. We can still catch them, right?
Or maybe not. Here Christa and Caroline taunt us from their winning vehicle, already on the opposite side of the big turn-around from us. We were never even close to catching them!
A Midday rain exposed one of Cedar Point's big problems: bad weather shuts almost everything down. What about the no-thrills Paddlewheel excursions? Shut down. Surely the INDOOR roller coaster, Disaster Transport must be running? Nope - apparently the ceiling leaks. Shut down! We had just eaten before the rain began. After the shooting gallery and a little skee-ball, there was nothing to do but wait.
With no actual park offerings available, amy opts to make her own fun in a huge puddle that formed during the brief downpour.
I think maybe we have a drainage issue here.
OK, just one more since I think the splashes came out neat in the pcitures.
The silver lining to these clouds of grey? Snoopy gets extra adorable in his rain slicker and hat.
With nothing else to do, we take in the Peanuts kiddie dance show.
Linus gives Lucy's danincg a thumbs-down. No one disagrees. Snoopy looks on in a sparkleriffic vest.
After the show, there were meet and greets with the cast. I hate to rip on Cedar Point too much for not being Disney, but man I had a new respect for the training and effort put on by Disney's chacters after meting the tired and almost motionless Peanuts gang. Nice costumes, though.
Caroline and Lucy get tough.
Hi, Linus. I was you in a play once about a thousand years ago.
Apparently, kids can leave Snoopy letters in his mailbox. Cute!
Here's the World War I Flying Ace enjoying his day at America's Rock and Roller Coast. I wonder if Snoopy ever does meet and greets in this outfit. That would be great.
Decoration on one of the Camp Snoopy kiddie rides.
Caroline fills in for Lucy when nobody is looking.
Finally, the rain had let up for long enough and the storm clouds moved away, allowing the rides to get moving again! Keep reading below, we've got more rides in part two of the report!