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Cedar Point: Cedar Point has a lot of roller coasters, some are for young ones, some are big thrills. Which are worth mentioning?

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM
Ceader Point in Sandusky, Ohio has over 15 roller coasters, Some are for young kids like Woodstock Express. Others are an aldermanic rush like Wicked Twister. And others are just plain fast and smooth like Millenium Force and Mavrick.

But which ones are worth noting? Which are the most fun? Which give you the most thrills?
That is the question.
Mike- I cant spell alderaine that well. Grammar.

If you need help awnsering this post, go on the TPI Cedar Point page. Sorry for any grammar mistakes.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Never mind the grammatical and spelling mistakes. Sadly, I've come to expect them from you, Tyler. But what in the name of all that is holy does "aldermanic" have to do with roller coasters. It means "relating to an an Alderman (or "elder man")"...and an alderman is a representative in a governing body/senate/assembly based on English law.

Wondering what word you meant..I can't reckon.

My favorite coaster at Cedar Point is Millennium Force, but I barely fit last September. I'm heading there Monday, but who knows? I think Magnum and Gemini are the most purely "fun" coasters at CP. I'm not the fan of Maverick that many are. I LOVE the Cedar Downs Carousel and never miss it...it's one of only two of its kind in the US. Although it's 10 hours away, CP remains my favorite park. I'm staying on premises for the first time, and I'm being treated to Fast Lane. Should be a blast.

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:03 AM
My favorite coaster at Cedar Point is Maverick. There's really nothing else like it in the country (Cheetah Hunt is probably the closest). Gatekeeper is really good, but it wasn't quite as good as I wanted it to be. Dragster is pretty amazing if you can tolerate the lines and continuous breakdowns. I'm partial to Intimidator 305, so Milennium Force is good, but is a little lacking for my taste. Raptor is a really good invert (just a slight notch below Montu, Alpengeist, and Flight Deck at Carrowinds). Gemeni is just flat out fun when they're running both sides. Magnum is just OK, as well as Mantis, Corkscrew, and Iron Dragon. Mean Streak is a backbreaker, and Blue Streak is nothing special.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Russell said "Flight Deck at Carrowinds)"

Afterburn :)

From James Koehl
Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM
I just returned from a half-day at Cedar Point. While I might disagree with Russell on some of his ratings for Cedar Point coasters, one I do want to comment on is Gatekeeper. I have never ridden a coaster where your location on the ride makes such a difference. I've always enjoyed it from wherever I've ridden it, but tonight I rode it front row, right side, outside seat. Absolutely incredible ride, like a personal command performance where I totally forgot that there was anyone else on the ride and that there even was a track. I felt like I was flying. I'm 56 years old, and I did something I haven't done on a coaster in years- I giggled with delight. It is a great ride!
But I still love my Blue Streak. Small, not too tall, wooden out-and-back, but my first coaster ever, back in 1965, and I still live for that airtime! A classic!

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM
"Russell said "Flight Deck at Carrowinds)"
Afterburn :)"

Yeah, I just came back from Kings Island last week, and forgot that the 2 Top Guns (suspended Arrow and B&M invert) got different names when Cedar Fair bought the parks.

I agree that the ride on Gatekeeper has that solitary feel to it (seats are further apart in the rows, and you're really far from other pairs of seats), and there are large variations between where you sit (both side of the train and front or back of the train). I found the best ride to be near the front on the right (really good on the airtime hill and helix), but I stand by my assertion that riding Gatekeeper is like moving in slow motion. All of the elements are exaggerated and deliberate. There are no rapid changes in direction or speed on this coaster, and even from the back row, you can see everything coming before you get to it.

Don't get me wrong, Gatekeeper is a great coaster. It just didn't wow me like I thought it was going to. It's a reliable people eater (a big change from Cedar Points last 3 coasters---Maverick, Dragster, and MF), so I definitely appreciate that, and the keyhole twist is pretty incredible. I just think that as the newness wears off, I will find myself wanting to ride Raptor just as much as I will want to ride Gatekeeper 3 years from now.

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