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Old 06-17-2011, 07:52 AM   #1
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Disney Snob Does Cedar Point

I thought I would post my day trip to Cedar Point here. I have read a few non Disney TR's here every so often and thought I would share mine...


I grew up and still live about 1 ½ hours away from Cedar Point. In my preteen years we started going. My Grandparents would camp there every summer, and my sister and I got to visit the park a few times. Of course they never took us till the twilight price kicked in and of course no big rides.
As I got older, I realized I liked the thrill rides and went several times in my teens and 20’s.

Then something happened….I got old!
I was in pain many times after riding rides and the height was really bothering me. The biggest Coaster I have conquered there is the Magnum. After that, the height just got too crazy for me. And now I look at the Magnum in fear!
Over the past few years, our trips have become less and less to the Point. When my older 2 children were little, my Daughter was a huge thrill fan, while my son hated it. I got a season pass one year and we went as often as possible, with my daughter just tall enough for a few of the rides. My older 2 are now 22 and almost 19. My son stays away from the place ,and my daughter goes with friends who enjoy the rides with her.
I am now a Mom all over again to a 6 year old. I believe this was her 4th trip. She went for the 1st time when she was 2 ½.
She had just been to HER first trip to Disney World a few months prior and LOVED it. We have now taken her a total of 4 times and she and I can’t get enough of it. Skip could take it or leave it, but goes because we love it so.

On that 1st trip to Cedar Point we pulled up and parked. We got out of the car and I plopped her in the stroller and started to the front. She took one look and asked “what is this place?” My husband replied “This is the Point!” And Claire responded by saying “I love the POINK!” So now we always refer to Cedar Point as the “Poink”.

The last 2 years we had not been able to get to the “Poink”. My husband had hip problems and was in too much pain to even walk much. In Oct of 2009 he had his hip replaced. He was still in pain for a long time after, and finally in Oct of 2010 the Dr realized that the new hip had never adhered. (after a huge run around and many Dr visits) So in Dec. 2010 he had it replaced again. It seems to be doing better this time around, and Skip decided it was time to head back for some fun…and also to celebrate his 50th birthday, which was May 12th.

On to the Cast.

First there is Skip ~ He’s my Husband.



And Me ~ Jen



This is the ONLY shot of me all day. Skip is the worlds worst photographer, so I don’t let him take any with my camera usually, plus he hates to as well. This picture was really bad. I had to do a lot of cropping and actually straighten it as well because it was really crooked. LOL!

And then there’s Claire ~ Our 6 year old



On to the trip.

We went May 21st. Skip had decided a few days ago that if things worked out well, we would head there that Sat.
I woke early and got a shower and things packed. I also threw the stroller in the trunk. I find that if we bring it along, 1 we have a spot to carry our junk in, and 2 that Claire can last longer. She doesn’t get so tired and then Mom and Dad can have a more pleasant day as well. I know some people think a 6 year old in a stroller is wrong, and that’s fine, but it works for me. I don’t want to hear about tired feet or asking to be carried at the end of the day.
I got Claire up and ready as well.
We are Dairy farmers, so Skip had to be up early to milk the cows and get the day going. Once everything was running smoothly he came in and showered as well.
I think we hit the road around 9:30ish.
We debated which route to take, and then decided to head to the turnpike. The airport exit is only about 10 minutes from our house.
We hopped on and Skip went on to tell me about watching my speed. I always drive. He just doesn’t care too, yet he is always critiquing my driving. He had told me that the speed limit was raised, but that they were now stricter. Somehow, in a short amount of time we kind of argued about the speed. I told him had always been 70 and he said no, it wasn’t…anyways in this argument I got it in my head that the speed limit was now 75! Not a good thing to do.
We were on the road for about 7 minutes….if that and we passed two State boys sitting along side the rode. They sit in this spot all the time. I was going around 75 ish. The car in front of me was obviously going at least that same speed. As we pass the troopers, the one car kind of lurched a bit. I thought he was going to pull out and hit me and I quickly braked a bit. Not a sudden stop, but it scared me. So then I kept going…at 75. The trooper pulled out and followed me. I got in the right lane when I could and the trooper stayed in the left. Skip then told me to slow down and I told him I was going 75 and that’s when we he reminded me that it was 70! Still others were going faster.
And next thing you know, the trooper pulled in behind me and flashed the lights. UGH!

I got a ticket for speeding…going 78 is what he said. I was beyond mad. First off, when the guy came to the window (on the passenger side) Skips first words were “I kept telling her to slow down”. I about threw him into oncoming traffic!
The guy took forever too. Claire was in the backseat complaining because we were losing precious time.
Finally he came back with the most expensive ticket I have ever seen. It’s been a LONG time since I have gotten a ticket, and I guess the “price” as gone up a LOT!

So back on the road, and now I HAVE to go exactly the speed limit. I can’t chance getting pulled over again. And of course there are people blowing by me, leaving me in complete dust…or even tailgating me!

I gave Skip the cold shoulder for most of the ride there. He even asked if I would be talking to him later in the day, or for just the ride…and I told him I hadn’t made up my mind yet! LOL!

We finally made it to the POINK! It was around 11:30ish.
We parked and made our way to buy tickets. Of course the line was super long. I am one who likes to prepurchase things, but Skip never wants to stop off and get them, so we wait….

I then finally pulled out the camera and took some shots!















We finally had our tickets bought and made our way to the next line to get in. It was long, but moved faster. BUT when we got up to the ticket taker she said we had to go over to the far left for stroller entry, so we did. Well, Claire and I did. Skip got in another line for some reason. LOL! I told him to get over with me and he did. Then we stood there while this ticket taker ignored us. There was no one in our line, but this is where we were told to go. She just kept taking the tickets of the ones in the line to our right, which was a non stroller line. After about 1 minute I just came out and asked her if this was where I go and she said yeah, hold on. I guess she is anti stroller entry! LOL! But she did take them finally. I don’t know if she thought we needed to wait a bit since there was no line on our side, but we HAD waited once already, and I didn’t have the patience to wait much longer.

OK!!!!! We are in! Off for some fun!
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:53 AM   #2
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We were in and just kind of scoped the area a bit. I noticed Demon Drop was gone! I never was a fan of that ride. I called it the headache maker. Instant headache when your head bangs back as you went down and the car was pulled back.
We decided to head towards Disaster Transport.

I took a few pictures along the way.







Claire soon saw the games and of course wanted to play. I HATE these things. Big waste of money, and if you do win, you have to carry stuff around all day. But Skip let her play…his mistake, as then she kept asking all day to go back and play some more.



First look at Windseeker, which I will NEVER be riding! It was still not finished and you could see them working on it through out the day.







I did LOVE this Banana. He cracked me up!







Disaster Transport wasn’t open yet, so we headed over to Troika. I don’t spin…or at least try not to, so I let them ride it while I waited.







While they waited, I went off on a picture spree of the area.









Now it’s coming down…..slowly…





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Old 06-17-2011, 07:59 AM   #3
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It was fun taking shots, but I sure didn’t get the same warm fuzzy feeling I get when I do it at Disney.

I believe that worker in the window is posing for me! LOL!





Finally it was their turn to ride!











When Skip got off he told me he could tell he hadn’t been “thrilled” in awhile. LOL! I replied….thanks…..

We saw that Disaster Transport was now open, so we headed in that direction. The line was actually kind of long. It seemed everyone in the area had headed there as well. A few shots while in line.



How she got him to carry her, I do not know…or why he did it. She is NOT light anymore.





The ride was fun! I also could tell I hadn’t been “thrilled” in awhile.

Claire and Skip decided on the Ferris Wheel next. Nope, not me. Toooooo high!

I stopped and got a cheese on a stick to snack on. MMMM! Nothing like junky crappy amusement park food!

So while they waited in line I took a zillion pictures of the same area again!













LOOK! They are next in line.

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:00 AM   #4
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They boarded and then I had to wait again for a really long time. This is the slowest ride ever!





Up they went…well just far enough to let the next group on.



Finally they got to spin around one full turn! LOL! And then stopped for more loading and unloading.



I kept waving and trying to get Claire to wave back. I don’t know if she couldn’t hear me, or if she was ignoring the crazy lady with a camera!



I’m sure Skip heard me though, with that smirk on his face.



I gave up on them and saw these guys climbing.



That looked scary to me.

Finally Skip and Claire were done.



Claire was hungry, so we went and got her a corndog (which can be hard to eat when you are missing your 2 front teeth) . Skip went and got a burger.



Skip decided he was going to go and ride the blue streak. Claire wanted to play games. We played one, the kind where you shoot the water in a hole and race…we played against each other and she won…a nice fluffy pink snake. Of course she wanted to do more, but we headed over to the kiddie rides…most of which she had no desire to ride on.
We got in like for the carrousel.




While in line I took a shot of the needle/pencil…what ever you call it. I know there is a real name but we have always called it pencil or needle. LOL



Our turn…Claire chose a rabbit to ride.







And then I had to put the camera away. I guess Cedar Point does not allow cameras out on rides. I know in years past I have taken pictures while riding, but I guess the new…or newer rule is no picture taking and no cell phones. Not very Disney like….Wait! This isn’t Disney! LOL

Claire looked at the rides in the area, and didn’t care to ride anymore of them. We headed off to the Snoopy area then. Again, she seemed less than thrilled with the rides there as well. Her mind was on games though, and I told her I refused to play any.

We decided to get on one…of course it’s a spinner…kind of like a mini tea cup. I hate to spin, but I said I would ride if we didn’t spin too much.



Claire had the DEVIL possess her on the ride though and tried to spin it as much as she could. I was trying to hold it still. She would laugh and keep going. I was not feeling the best after that ride!





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Old 06-17-2011, 08:32 AM   #5
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Great report! We are thinking of going this summer now that we live in Michigan. I am not much of a roller coaster person though!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:33 AM   #6
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Great pictures! I haven't been to Cedar Point in ages! Since maybe middle school? Anyway, can't wait to hear the verdict on wether or not it can keep a Disney snob entertained for a day!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:37 AM   #7
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Yes me too gOing this summer during a college visit tour we are doing. Hope it's fun.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:15 AM   #8
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Great report! We are thinking of going this summer now that we live in Michigan. I am not much of a roller coaster person though!
I used to be, but not so much anymore .I did have a good time though. I enjoyed watching Claire have fun.

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Great pictures! I haven't been to Cedar Point in ages! Since maybe middle school? Anyway, can't wait to hear the verdict on wether or not it can keep a Disney snob entertained for a day!
It's a fun day trip, but it's NOT Disney.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:52 PM   #9
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While in line I took a shot of the needle/pencil…what ever you call it. I know there is a real name but we have always called it pencil or needle. LOL
LOL - It's the Space Spiral!

I caught the remaining part from your blog. Can't wait to read the rest here!

In advance - Olaf is one of Snoopy's brothers from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. He wasn't in the comic strip very often. He's roly poly and too cute! Only Spike, the scraggly one from the desert with the hat and whiskers was featured somewhat regularly.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:16 PM   #10
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Hey Jen! Your pictures just keep getting better and better! I admit that I was so enthralled with the photos that I haven't even read the story yet! Going back now to read, but just had to tell you how great you did on the pictures. They are REALLY excellent. The colors in all of them just pop! So pretty!
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It was fun taking shots, but I sure didn’t get the same warm fuzzy feeling I get when I do it at Disney.
I know what you mean. Tyler wants to go to Kings Island real bad and I suppose we'll end up going but I would rather be saving my money for Disney. I just have no desire to go to any of the local theme parks.
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I know what you mean. Tyler wants to go to Kings Island real bad and I suppose we'll end up going but I would rather be saving my money for Disney. I just have no desire to go to any of the local theme parks.
My sister and her family were at Kings Island today. I think they are probably driving home right now. They were going to spend an extra night, but then last minute she had to go in to work tomorrow as they just hired someone new and she had to be there.
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Real nice to read your TR! We were just at CP yesterday and had an awesome time so nice to relive the memories

We actually bought Platinum Passes for Cedar Fair this year and plan to take in as much as we can. We've been enjoying it...but as you've pointed out...it's just not Disney and my whole family says they much prefer Disney. Still...if we're lucky we can manage Disney once a year and with Cedar Fair, we can go all summer so it makes it worth it to go to Cedar Fair parks.

The biggest different with Disney is obviously theme park vs amusement park. My DH doesn't do many rides because he gets motion sickness easily. My DS8 just doesn't care for many rides. BTMR is his speed and he loves that. Still, we go because my DD9 and I enjoy the thrill rides. If we didn't, I really don't think CP would be worth it, kwim?

Also, if anyone is thinking of going with thrill seeking kids...I'd highly recommend you make sure your kid is over 46 or 48 inches. We went with another family yesterday and their dd6 is 45 inches and is a thrill seeker. LOVED EE in AK. But because she's 45 inches...she couldn't go on sooo many rides that she wanted to like iron Dragon, the Mine Ride, etc etc. The biggest rides she could go on was Woostock Express (a very decent kiddie coaster) and Ocean Motion. PLUS, better make sure at least one adult in the party can handle spinning. A lot of the bigger kids rides in the park involve spinning. All the other adults in the group can't handle spinning so I ended up having to go on with all 4 kids on most of the rides. The two little ones had to be accompanied by a responsible person (over 16) on most of those rides...even the carousel!! If I couldn't take spinning, they wouldn't have been able to go on much other than the little Dumbo type rides...and even then, many of those rides needed the "responsible person".

Because we had two kids in our group under 48 inches, we spent the first part of the day doing kiddy rides. Then the 2nd half we split off with myself, the other couple, and my DD9 going on the big thrill rides while my DH took the other kids to the kiddy lands. The one nice thing about cedar Point is they have kiddy rides spread out throughout the park so you're never far from a kids ride. Even though you're separated, you're not all that far away. In canada's Wonderland, the kiddy section is two big connected areas at the back of the park and that's pretty much it.

By the way, did you stay until dusk for the Starlight Experience? That was really cool and my DH said he felt like he was at Disney. The music and the lighting effects were amazing. Also, it stretched for a good 5-10 min walk! They even had snow in one small section. This is what I imagine the Osborne lights to be like.

All in all, CP is an awesome park if at least some in your party like thrill rides and the rest are fine with splitting up and waiting (my DH is OK with this and usually always finds something to amuse himself and my son). The thrill rides are really second to none...Top Thrill Dragster and Millenium Force are in a class of their own!
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