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Cedar Point--Roller Coaster Heaven!
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner   

Last edited: Wednesday, May 08, 2002
Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

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Like roller coasters? This amusement park fills the ticket with 15 scream machines, from the mild to the wild!!

I am a roller coaster afficianado. Have been ever since I was eight years old.

The first roller coaster I ever rode was the Blue Streak, at Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, Ohio, right on Lake Erie.

I can remember bugging my parents, "PLEASE let me ride!" Nuts...I was always too short. ("You must be THIS TALL to ride...") Finally, when I was twelve, I was just tall enough...went on the Blue Streak. Man, it was a blast!! Got off of the ride, went right back in line. Not once, but twice. When I finally met my parents, they were saying, "Was the line THAT long?" I told them, "No, I was making up for lost time."

Since then, Cedar Point has added many roller coasters to their arsenal. They now have a record breaking 15 coasters at the Park!! No wonder they are called "America's Roller Coast."

I have ridden the majority of them. Below is a listing of all of the roller coasters, and my thoughts on them (the ones I've ridden, anyway), whether I liked them or not, and the reasons why.

BLUE STREAK--nearly 40 years old, this classic "out and back" wooden roller coaster is AWESOME. It isn't the tallest ride at Cedar Point, but this ride delivers some terrific thrills and plenty of airtime. One of my favorites. I worked at Cedar Point in 1977, as a ticket taker. (A perfect job for someone who likes roller coasters!) The last ride of the night before closing time was reserved for employees. We just didn't ride once...they'd "shoot this thing," which meant several round trips on the Blue Streak, one ride after another. I'd be so dizzy when I'd come off of the ride...but, oh, so much fun! Also riding the Blue Streak when a sudden shower came up was fun...the moisture just increased the speed. Great!!

CEDAR CREEK RUNAWAY MINE RIDE--located in the Frontiertown section of the Park, this ride delivers some mean, sudden turns. There isn't much of a side on the cars, so it looks like you're going to be thrown out whenever this ride takes a turn...which it does, often. I really like this ride.

CORKSCREW--built in 1976, this steel coaster was the first one to turn riders upside-down three times. It's a fun ride and to watch. Two of the inversions take place over the crowd...people love to stand under and hope someone loses their change...and hopefully not their lunch!! It's a lot of fun to ride the Corkscrew, but I get rather dizzy...the older I get, the dizzier I get when coming off of the ride.

DISASTER TRANSPORT--this is a themed ride, that takes you on a trip to outer space, or that's the theory, anyway. Of all of the roller coasters at Cedar Point, this one is the one I was most disappointed in. It just wasn't fast enough, and the ride is supposed to take place in total darkness (it's built inside a building), but you can see what's coming up. I've only ridden this ride twice, and twice is enough. Not enough thrills for me.

GEMINI--the twin wooden roller coaster. Built in 1978, this double tracked monstrocity was the first of Cedar Point's "scream machines" to set world records. This is a COOL, furious, full of sudden drops and plenty of airtime. Several times during the ride, you swear you're going to be decapitated as you pass under structures. I love this ride!!

IRON DRAGON--Cedar Point's first suspended roller coaster. This is a fun ride, not too fast, smooth. I like this one a lot, especially when you drop down over a misty lagoon...

JUNIOR GEMINI--built for the younger coaster-riders-in-training. I haven't ridden this one, so I can't honestly critique it, but the kids sure seem to like it!

MAGNUM XL-200--205 feet tall of sheer terror, this steel hypercoaster is consistantly among the top three of best roller coasters on the planet. I LOVE this ride...AWESOME!!!! The view from the front seat is enough to snatch your breath away, the airtime is UNBELIEVABLE, you swear you're going to just fly off of the track (especially on the second hill...the first time I rode this ride, the track just seemed to...disappear...WHERE IN THE WORLD DID IT GO??? We're fixing to go into Lake Erie!!!!), the tunnels just add to the fun. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!! Whenever I go to Cedar Point, several rides on the Magnum is definately in order.

MANTIS--Cedar Point's first stand up coaster. This is one ride that did me scared the daylights out of me. Pure T terror. I'm sorry...I've ridden roller coasters for many years, and have always been told to sit down. You straddle this little bitty bicycle-type seat, and a shoulder harness holds you into the ride; you are literally standing up. Stand up rides should not be taking 119 foot high loops, or turning riders upside-down as many times as it does...when I came off of this one, my legs turned to jello and my already low blood pressure went even lower... some medics had to walk me down the exit ramp...I've only ridden this one twice, and twice is MORE than enough. This old body of mine can't handle the Mantis!!!!

MEAN STREAK--at the time it was built, in 1991, this wild wooden roller coaster was the largest in the world. It is a massive ride...and one of the best I've ever ridden. Really beautiful at night. It delivers some wicked turns and some steep, steep drops. It is one of the smoothest wooden roller coasters I have ever ridden. (Some of the "woodies" beat the snot out of the Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas or the Beast at King's Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.) I really like this ride!

MILLENNIUM FORCE--this is America's tallest roller coaster, and the first giga-coaster...the first roller coaster to EVER break the 300 foot high barrier. (Makes the Magnum look like a child's ride!) I haven't ridden this bad boy, but I sure want to. It looks absolutely INCREDIBLE. I do know that it only takes 22 seconds to ascend the standard chain lift system here. An elevator cable pulls you up the hill. 22 seconds...that doesn't give you much time to change your mind or steel your nerves for what's about to come. I do know that this ride hits speeds of 93 miles an hour. YIPE!! I don't care, I WANNA RIDE!!!!

RAPTOR--this wild, wild ride is a suspended roller coaster (the riders hang under the track). Riders sit in ski-lift type chairs, so their feet are dangling...this ride flips them six times. LOVE THIS RIDE!!!! Along with the Magnum, I MUST ride the Raptor whenever I travel to Cedar Point from Texas. There IS one small problem...I'm so danged dizzy when I get off of this ride, I have to sit down after riding. It really is an intense ride. (Unlike the Mantis, my blood pressure can handle whatever this bird of prey throws at me.)

WICKED TWISTER--Cedar Point's new ride for the 2002 season. It is hard to describe what it looks's the world's first double twist vertical coaster, according to Cedar Point's "Getaway Guide." There are two 215 foot high twisting towers. Riders are shot out of the loading platform and up the first tower, spinning up the track as they ascend, 20 stories high. They then fall backward, and go up the second tower, backwards, twisting all the way up, 20 stories. I really don't think this roller coaster rider is going to be riding this blood pressure is dropping at the thought of this one. My stomach is doing flip, I don't think I'm brave enough to try this one...there's got to be a limit.

WILDCAT--what I used to call the "Wild Mouse." This is a steel coaster, where riders in small cars that seat four are constantly whipping around tight turns and experience sudden drops. A very intense ride...this ride has been thrilling Park goers for many years. I like this ride.

WOODSTOCK EXPRESS--this is Cedar Point's second roller coaster for kiddies. Parents are encouraged to ride...but I haven't ridden this one, so I can't tell you about it.

I must tell you about another ride at Cedar Point that is one of my favorites...technically, it's not a roller coaster, but it delivers as many thrills as one!! It's called POWER TOWER. A blast. Literally! There are four interconnecting towers; riders have the choice of getting shot over 200 feet into the air, or dropped over 200 feet. I've ridden both sides...I'll take getting blasted up over dropping. You sit in these seats that allow your feet to dangle're secured into the ride...the seats begin to bounce gently...and all of a sudden, WHHOOOSSSSHHHHH, you're outta there, FLYING up the tower at hyperspeed. You get to the top, you float up out of your seat (talk about airtime!!), and then settle back in. The view from the top of the tower is AWESOME...can see all over the Park. You then free fall, but not as fast as you went up. The "down" side, you get shot up, but the higher you go, the slo-w-e-r you go...get to the top and stop. What a nice place Cedar Point is...they strategically placed the ride so there is a lot to watch. All of a sudden, the bottom falls out, AAAUUUUGGGGHHHHHH, you're falling, and youdon'tthinkyou'regonnastoooppppp...oh, HELP. Air breaks slow your descent (boy, you didn't think you'd be grateful for those!), you bounce up and down the tower several times before coming to a gentle stop. My legs were wobbly when I got off of this ride, but I LOVE IT!!!! My twin sister, who is a major chicken when it comes to a lot of the thrill rides, loves this ride, too. (The "up" side...she didn't want to try the "down" side. Can't say I blame her...she was the smart one.)

Well, that's my take on the Point. The GREATEST Amusement Park...EVER!!!! I miss it...makes Six Flags Over Texas look like a street fair!!!!

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
very good descriptions of the roller coasters! also a good description of cedar point and why it is the best amusement park in the world! loved this!! your twin, karen.
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