Sunday, August 4, 2013

Cedar Point

    For this summer's vacation I went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point has a very long and interesting history that I really don't feel like getting into, but the biggest things they boast is that they have been voted the best amusement theme park for 15 years straight. I'm wondering who the people are that voted for them because I do not think Cedar Point is at all better than Six Flags Great Adventure or Busch Gardens, though I do think it's better than Dorney Park. Now I'm not saying it isn't a good park, it is very far from it. Cedar Point is a great park and has some of the best rides I've ridden, though I do like the rides at Six Flags and Busch Gardens more, save a few painful ones. Also it seemed every rollercoaster I went on was said to be a record breaking roller coaster whether that record is relevant today or not. For example, they still say the Top Thrill Dragster is a record breaking coaster yet the Kingda Ka at Six Flags GA is taller and faster, though not by much. Another ride who's name I can't remember is apparently a record breaking coaster yet it was built in 1976 or so and I highly doubt nobody has beaten whatever record it is that it broke 37 years ago. The first day we went to the park only a few of the coasters had long lines and the rest had almost none, but the second day we went, everything had hour long lines. The layout of the park was a bit confusing at first which isn't surprising since they've constantly had to update the area of a small peninsula since 1905. I was also confused as to what the theme of the park was since some parts for some reason had dinosaurs, another was old western-like, I think the kids area was supposed to be medieval-like and the rest seemed to have no theme at all, though there were peanuts characters thrown into random locations.

     There is a water park next to Cedar Point to enjoy in the summertime, though it would have to be a very hot day to really enjoy it since just about all of the water they use for the tubes and such are freezing cold. There also aren't many water rides to go on which make for long lines and freezing cold waits.

     My family and I stayed at the Hotel Breakers which is one of the Hotels that shares the peninsula with Cedar Point and is one of the best hotels I've stayed at. They have great restaurants inside the hotel like Perkins, where we ate breakfast every day, and T.G.I. Fridays, where I finally ate ribs for the first time. Hotel Breakers is also located right on a beach of Lake Erie, where I probably would have had a better time at if it was a hotter day. It's hard to have a nice time at a beach while you're a little cold. It also would have been better if they didn't have a tiny portion of the lake roped off where the water never went past my stomach. The pools are pretty good though they too go no higher than four feet. Actually, there is no pool on the entire peninsula that goes over four feet which makes it very hard to swim when you're constantly worrying about your knees scraping against the sandpaper-like floor. There was also a small arcade that I liked mostly because it included the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade game which I have played and beaten many times yet never get bored of. The Hotel was very clean and well decorated to what I thought looked like one of those old luxury steamboats.

     Among the rides I went on, my three favorites are the Millenium Force, Maverick, and Gatekeeper. I didn't get to go on the Top Thrills Dragster because the line was always 2 hours long and none of my family wanted to go on with me, (I don't really enjoy rides as much when being on them myself) so I wasn't really able to compare it to the Kingda Ka which will remain as my favorite. The Millenium Force has great drops, smooth, fast turns, and high thrills. The Maverick has many fast twists and turns, turns you every which way, and shoots you through the whole thing. My favorite thing about the gatekeeper was that it goes through gates that are above the entrance to the park which is why, big surprise, it is called the gatekeeper. The worst coaster I went on was the Mean Streak because it hurt my ears, neck, head, and hands. My ears because of the loud screeching through the entire ride, my neck from the shaking, my head from the headache it gave me, and my hands because of the hard grip I had on the handle in front of me because of the rest of the pain. I also didn't get to go on Raptor or Blue Streak because of long lines and time restraints, though they didn't seem like much.Also, I refused to go on the Mantis because it is a stand up coaster and the first and last time I went on one of those was the Green Lantern at Six Flags GA that made my knee feel like it was going to explode. The rest of the coasters I went on were great.

     As I read this post over it seems a bit critical of Cedar Point and makes it seem like there isn't much good about it, but it really is a great park and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves amusement parks. I wasn't looking forward to the long car ride there and back, but I think it was well worth the ride.

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