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Cedar Point Planning for a Big Guy

Cedar Point: Finally going to CP and I need advice on weight issues.

From Chase Harrison
Posted May 7, 2005 at 9:40 PM
Hey this is Chase Harrison and I am going to Cedar Point in August I'm just wondering since I am 5'9 and weigh 215 pounds and my thighs arent that big neither are my dads and I am wondrin if we would be able to go on Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragster alsoif there are any other rides that have weight issues. Another thing is when I went to Carowinds I was able to ride Borg. Also I want to know what coasters other than millenium force and top thrill dragster will have long lines on a weekday we are staying at lighthouse resort and I know we can get in early we are not eating breakfest and I want to know what rides i should avoid and what ones I should dash too also What are the waits for MF on a weekday and in the half hour period before the park opens. Thanks for the tips.


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From Chase Harrison
Posted May 7, 2005 at 7:59 PM
I have to admit im afraid of TTD but not of anything else.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 7, 2005 at 10:16 PM
I have never been to the park, but if it is like others, yo shouldnt have a problem. You are not THAT big!!

From Derek Potter
Posted May 8, 2005 at 4:31 AM
The only rides that have issues like that are the Intamin coasters. Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, and Wicked Twister. They aren't so much weight issues as they are proportion issues. It doesn't sound like you will have a problem, but there are test seats at the queue entrance for those unsure to try out. I advise doing so.

If you are going in August, than I wouldn't worry that much about weekday crowds. If you are going early in the week, than you should be able to ride everything you want to. If you are there early and start in the back near Magnum and Gemini and work your way towards the front of the park, than you are pretty much guaranteed walk ons on most of the rides in the back while everyone breaks for TTD and Millennium. After you do that, than get yourself some freeway passes for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster (they give them out in front of the ride at about 11:00). It gives you an hour window to cut in line right before the station, and that will guarantee a less than half hour wait. The first half hour before the park opens, most hotel guests queue for MF and TTD, and for some reason ignore the rest of the park, so that is your oppurtunity to grab rides left and right in the back. By the time you get to the front, than the crowd has dispersed a little bit from the front and the lines have stabilized a bit. There you have it...my tried and true plan for getting the most out of Cedar Point.

There are a few rides that you can pass up if. The Corkscrew and Cedar Creek Mine Ride just don't cut it for me anymore. Disaster Transport is a bobsled, which offers a different feel, but the theming is horrendous. It is nice to get in out of the heat though. Any other ride is fair game to me, and worth a try if you've never been. Have fun.

From Chase Harrison
Posted May 10, 2005 at 5:42 PM
I figured out when im going this year im goin from July 31-August 3rd does anybody know what the crowds will possibly be like? Also since resort guests get in at 9am what is are the queues gonna be like during that time I want to go on MF. Another thing is during the day like the afternoon on a weekday what would MF and TTDs Queues be like?

From Chase Harrison
Posted May 14, 2005 at 8:23 AM
yo why is nobody answering

From Derek Potter
Posted May 14, 2005 at 12:21 PM
MF and TTD are the most popular rides in the park. That should tell you all you need to know about the wait times. That's why I suggested getting a freeway stamp for those rides.

By the way, that particular weekend that you are going has historically been one of their busiest weeks of the season.

From laura zilonis
Posted May 19, 2005 at 11:53 AM
When getting in early go to the back gate by Soak City and haul butt to TTD. The first year that opened we went and and got on it with in 10 minutes... both days we were there. The only problem with TTD (at least last year and the 1st year) was it was down a lot. If you want to chance it and it's working then you won't be dissappointed. It's a great ride. If you get in early and go right to MF then you'll get on with in a half hour. My suggestion is to go to MF first and go to TTD at least 15 minutes before closing... as long as your in line at closing they keep the ride going til the last person rides. I wish I was going again this year (I haven't missed a trip in 5 years) but I decided to start a family instead so I'll be going twice next year to make up for this year. Have a great time and I hope I helped ya a little bit.

From Pete Brecht
Posted May 20, 2005 at 7:54 AM
Chase, I hope you're going to be there for a few days in order to increase your odds of actually getting a ride on Dragster. I was there early this week, and Dragster was closed all day! I had thought that Cedar Point was past that with this ride, but apparently not.

Also, even though I was there during the week in the off-season, MF had over an hour wait by mid-afternoon. Even though they were running 3 trains, it seems to be a pretty slow-loading ride for some reason. Hit that one early in the day!

Another ride that had a long wait later in the day while I was there was Mantis (a really good B&M stand-up coaster), so do that one early as well. It also has a pretty slow loading procedure, so the line just gets longer throughout the day. Fortunately, it's located right near MF, so you should be able to do both of those around the same time early in the day.

Magnum was pretty much a walk-on while I was there; they can run 3 trains at a time, and the line really moves.

From Chase Harrison
Posted May 20, 2005 at 12:57 PM
the reason dragster is closed becuz of an oil leak

From robert miller
Posted May 22, 2005 at 5:08 PM
you wont have any problem with top thrill, milleniums limit is basically your waste size i found out the hard way, although after 5 minutes of tugging on the seatbelt, i got it to fit (they need to see 1 inch of slack. my waist size was around 39-40 inches.

From Dan R
Posted June 15, 2005 at 8:37 PM
I went there on Memorial Day, when I went, Wicked Twister was only about a 15 minute wait. Millenium Force was about 2.25 Hours, TTD was only 1 Hour, but Millenium Force broke down twice in one day.

From Jake Countiss
Posted June 22, 2005 at 10:14 AM
Some rides may be cramped ,off of the Ceader Point but most of the rides are fast so it wont be bad and the park is alwsome.

From Andrea Wade
Posted June 27, 2005 at 9:00 AM
You shouldn't have a problem with getting on MF. Their website claims that "exceptional size" is a person over 6'2" and those who exceed 225 lbs (you can go to cedarpoint.com and then look under rollercoasters on the side menu listed Inside the Park and it will give you specifics for each coaster). If you're still worried about it, go to the Park Operations Officer and they can tell you which rides you're allowed on so you don't waste your time in line for a ride you can't ride. Try calling CP’s general information number too: 419.627.2350. They may be able to help you out.
As for queue lines in the summer, CP has always been busy, especially in July it seems. Your best bet is to go on a weekday because local crowds come on weekends. Like Derek said, see if you can get a freeway pass for MF and TTD, because those are ALWAYS the rides with the long waits, even during the week…I went to CP when MF first opened, and the line for it was an estimated 7 hours. The line has since died down, but you can easily wait almost 2 hours on a weekday, so either make a beeline for it or get a freeway pass. TTD’s wait is comparably shorter than MF’s—only 45 min to an hour. On the bright side, because everyone makes a mad dash for the two monstrous coasters, great rides like The Magnum, Mantis, Mean Streak, Iron Dragon, Power Tower, Wicked Twister, the Gemini, and the Blue Streak all have shorter wait times (often as little as a five minute wait; and last year I got on Magnum in under 15 minutes…on a SATURDAY!). Raptor’s line can sometimes still be excessively long, but don’t miss it because it’s one of the best coasters in the park. I would recommend riding all the rides if you have time to fit in everything, but if you must, skip Disaster Transport, the Corkscrew, and the Mine Ride. DT and the Mine Ride are a little outdated and the Corkscrew is just plain rough.
Hope that helps a little. Have fun on your trip!

From Chase Harrison
Posted June 28, 2005 at 11:27 AM
can anyone post what coasters r walkons and what the average wait time is for most of the really big and popular coasters

From Chase Harrison
Posted July 3, 2005 at 1:49 PM
U GUYS I REALLY NEED TO KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO SEE IF YOU CAN FIT ON MILLENIUM FORCE WITHOUT GOING THERE!!!

From Ben Mills
Posted July 3, 2005 at 1:54 PM
You could buy the design specifics for the Millennium Force trains, and reconstruct a seat at home, then try seeing whether you fit in it.

From Chase Harrison
Posted July 3, 2005 at 6:57 PM
how?

From Chase Harrison
Posted July 3, 2005 at 6:58 PM
would a 38" waistline go? im almost 6 foot and i cant fit in some go karts(only 1 it was at waterfall park on the outer banks Im not massive but my gut is like an inch from the part above it PLEASE I REALLY NEED TO KNOW THIS BEFORE I GO TO CEDAR POINT

From Chase Harrison
Posted July 30, 2005 at 7:36 PM
Well im going tomoro well actually im driving up tomoro and going on monday and tuesday so any last minute tips would be very helpful now.

From Denis T.
Posted August 5, 2005 at 3:23 PM
TTD has a shorter wait than MF, because TTD has 6 trains, but MF has only 3. If you want to go on MF, go right when the park opens. TTD is good anytime.

From Chase Harrison
Posted August 6, 2005 at 9:16 AM
thank you but I already went and I chickened out of TTD but MF was awesome.

From Audrey Hamlin
Posted August 6, 2005 at 10:25 AM
Nooo!!!! How could you? TTD is the BEST! :P

From Ryan Reid
Posted August 24, 2007 at 9:53 AM
Just so Other Big Guys know...
Im a 5'10" 245 pound high school football lineman and I fit on Millenium Force. The wait was 3 hours on Top Thrill so I skipped it.(Mistake to go on a Saturday, but it was my first time) I'm sure I wont have a problem fitting but I am still going to check at the ride line entrance.

Another tip. If you are planning a vacation to Cedar Point, go on a Monday or Tuesday during late August because kids in the States are in school which eliminates American youth and their parents, plus it is a weekday for adults.

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