We spent the second day of our vacation at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. I hadn’t been to Cedar Point if almost 30 years. When we were kids Cedar Point seemed to be the place you went if you couldn’t go somewhere better. Over the years, I’ve seen Cedar Point mentioned a number of times on the Discovery Channel for having the best, fastest, highest, or some other -est roller coaster in the world.
Both of you who read my blog may remember me ranting a bit about Six Flags New England and how disappointed I was. That’s why we scheduled Cedar Point early in the vacation — so if it was bad, it wouldn’t be the culminating event of this year’s vacation. I told Candy before we started that this was the part of the trip I was least looking forward to. We really had a good time. The roller coasters were fun. The park was immaculately clean. The food was terrific and reasonably priced. The workers were pleasant and all spoke English. Even the patrons were largely well behaved.
For the week of Fourth of July, Cedar Point was giving free admission to active duty military and their families. That was a very pleasant surprise. Since we had the admission money budgeted, we decided to use it pay for Fastlane passes for all of us. That meant we got to move to the head of the line for most rides. As a result we rode everything we wanted before the bad weather rolled in — more on that later.
I remember the Corkscrew, Gemini, and Blue Streak being the roller coasters of choice. At one point they said that the Corkscrew was built in 1976. Wow, did I feel old. These rides are now sort of passé, replaced by Millennium Force (the number one steel coaster in the world several years running), Mean Streak (which might be the best wooden roller coaster I’ve ever ridden), and others.
Halfway through riding the Mean Streak wooden roller coaster, Candy discovered that her glasses were missing (from where she had been shoving them inside her shirt all day during rides). She found them under her shirt, but when we got off the roller coaster, she realized that one of the lenses was missing. We got right back on the ride. Because it wasn’t crowded, we waited for the correct color train and got in the exact same seats. She found her lens! That’s what comes of clean living.
As we were getting off our last coaster for the day, a huge storm rolled through the area. We took cover in a cookie shop — requiring us to spend some cash on giant cookies. We just HAD to do it. I have never been in an amusement park during hail (the size of grapes), so that was a unique experience. After they made the decision to cancel the evening entertainment, we left the park about an hour before closing. The bad weather only served to cut out the kids’ time to re-ride their favorite rides from earlier in the day; we had gone on everything once.
Cedar Point was a far superior experience to our visit to Six Flags New England last Summer. It was a really nice second day of vacation.