Sadly it sounds like you did not have much more time in SDC...but did you get to do anything else in the park at all? Eat? Visit the Marvel Cave, ride Fire In The Hole? Anything?
Your suggestion about riding Powder Keg and Wildfire prior to Outlaw Run is a very good one, as I agree completely that these coasters are bound to seem tame by comparison. I actually thought that Wildfire was a cut above most coasters of similar design because the initial drop is straight down but neither that nor Powder Keg could possibly compete with Outlaw Run.
They made you sleep in the parking lot?
It is hard to do cheap if you have to fly a plane and rent a car.
I stay in a slightly nicer hotel when I'm at Cedar Point, the Econolodge North, but it was $94. (It has queen beds, which is imperative since there are always 3 or 4 of us on our trips).
I know you were tired, but I think with the plane ride I would have tried to catch some sleep and just suffered the tiredness to get to the park earlier. When we did Kissimmee, we stayed at one hotel from 4am to 8am, then the next night we were in at 10pm but had to be on the road by 705am, and then the next night there was a water leak which set off the fire alarm and kept us up past midnight, and the next day after the tournament ended I had to drive through the night to get my daughter back to college by 6am. I don't recommend that, but you can put up with a lot for a single weekend of fun, and the entire trip cost me about a hundred in gas (Prius), and about $180 in hotel costs, and we had the season passes.