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A Cedar Point Experience, FAMILY STYLE!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, May 06, 2002

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Last year, our family went to Ohio, and while there, we went up to Lake Erie. We went to a city by the lake that was called Sandusky. (At this, daddy cracked up BIG time--for OUR last name SO HAPPENS to BE "Sandusky!") By the way, we drove over 12 hours from our home in Nashville, Tennessee, to Ohio.

While at one of the hotels (some of the kids had to take a well-deserved "potty break"), daddy was asking the guy at the desk what was available, in terms of family fun.

"Aww, THAT'S EASY!!" he drawled (he was from Texas). "NO QUESTION-- Cedar Point!"

"Cedar POINT?" daddy said. (He'd never heard of the place.)

"Yep. Cedar Point. Only THE BIGGEST amusement park in this area, but the one with the most rides--more than ANY park IN THE ENTIRE WORLD--includin' 14 coasters, includin' our newest white-knuckled thriller, 'Millennium Force'--the world's FIRST 'giga' coaster!" At this, the man smiled. (I think he had EVIL in his heart, for he was looking straight at me when he said it.) "You goin' that way, pardner?"

"Yes. Sounds like FUN!! Just tell us how to get there!" daddy said (for he is a member of ACE--The American Coaster Enthusiasts, a club for roller coaster fans like himself--and maman. [Some of the kids are "ACERS", too. I'm NOT one of them, by the way]). The man from Texas gave us the directions.

WAIT A MINUTE--Daddy's a member of ACE, and he's NEVER HEARD OF CEDAR POINT, a park that has 14 ROLLER COASTERS?

It wasn't long before we saw the place. (How could one miss this MONSTROUS-SIZED blue hill looming forever skyward on the horizon?? I NEVER saw such a BIG hill in my life--I think it went ALL THE WAY TO THE MOON!!!!!!!

We eventually found the place where disabled people park, and once we made sure we had all of our affairs (and family members ) in order, we disembarked out of the two huge vans that it takes to transport all of us. We must have looked quite a sight, because when people saw all of us they STARED. Or gasped.

I think they must have thought we were kids on a school field trip or a church youth group or something. How wrong they were. We were a family. One BIG, super-sized family.

At the gate, I think the ticket taker choked on her Coke when daddy said, "50 people, please--46 children and 4 adults, two, of which, happen to be senior citizens."

Upon recovering from the shock, the lady said, "I'm sorry, sir, but you need to go to group sales. They can handle large groups such as yours."

About an hour or so later, we were in the park. There was just so much to see. The kids saw the rides, and their eyes ABSOLUTELY BUGGED.


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