Published: September 8, 2009 at 4:33 AM
At least you finally admitted that the roller coasters are indeed the main draw at Cedar Point. I've made progress. ;)
Now, if you re-read my comments you'll find that I have never complained about Cedar Point, but instead have set it above all other AMUSEMENT PARKS because of its (mostly) fine coaster collection. Furthermore, I believe it is impossible to compare CP and Magic Kingdom because the two parks are worlds apart in what they are trying to accomplish. One is designed to make you lose yourself in fantasy (Magic Kingdom), the other is designed to make you lose your lunch (Cedar Point). There is room in this world for both types of parks. And the competition they bring to the table rewards us all as park designers scramble to make better and better attractions.
However, to say that adding a shoot-the-chutes ride to the number one iron ride park in the world is not a disappointment, is akin to saying that all the Magic Kingdom needs another carousel. No matter who Cedar Fair was trying to please (local visitors or destination coaster junkies), this new attraction falls way short of MOST everyone's expectations. When you are the best iron ride park in the business, you have to set new standards for thrills with each addition. Whether you are adding coaster junkie thrills or whole-family attractions makes no difference, but whatever you are adding must be bleeding edge, not some cut-rate variation on last year's update to Indiana's Holiday World.
I am a fan of Cedar Point. I think that for an iron ride park it gets a lot of things right. And it does indeed set a standard for amusement excellence that raises expectations. Are my expectations too high? Maybe. But I am sure Cedar Point would not want it any other way. No park in Sandusky, Ohio can expect to pull 3.5 million visitors annually from the local population. So it is imperative that their new rides be the type of additions that will prompt families like mine to make the 12 hour excursion to the Point. Shoot The Rapids is not that type of attraction. IMHO, Cedar Point can do a lot better, even when it is not building coasters.
It has been a stimulating discussion, and while I agree with your argument for the addition of more whole family attractions to Cedar Point, it does not change the fact that I believe Shoot The Rapids is a B-level update to an A-list park.