A day after running to Michigan's Adventure, we were off to use our
Platinum Passes once again, this time at the mother park, Cedar Point.
We had processed them a week before and rode nothing in the park sans
poor 'ol Mean Streak, which is still awful. Our plan for this holiday
weekend was to not wait in any serious lines and just ride things we
enjoyed at a relaxed pace. So we did.
Brief ride review:
-Magnum is running very well. We decided on 2-2 to be our row of
choice for the future. The airtime is there but not wildly ***,
and its not shaking like crazy.
-Blue Streak is still running very well. Quite fast, good amount of
airtime. Honestly, the ride is handicapped in the ratings wars by
being at Cedar Point. It would probably be a lot higher if it was the
headliner of a smaller park, like how the (IMO) lesser Silver Comet is
ranked in the 30s.
-Lots of clearing over by Snake River Falls. We will pour a 40 out for
you when you gone, dogg. Also, I thought I saw Randy from the ECO trip
there on Paddlewheel Excursions while we looked at the big ol'
CLEARING FOR THE FUTURE~ but I couldn't confirm that it was him so my
wife and I sat silently. Someone see if it was him.
NEW STUFF FOR '09:
-There's stands selling Rockstar. OOOOH.
-There's a new Fountain. Its the "interactive" kind with the meshy
***ized concrete around it so kids can jump in. I assume this makes
it more efficient since it is not consistently going with a huge pool
around it. Dunno. I am a sucker for real fountains, however, so its
not the most exciting upgrade for me.
-There's a new light show in the Frontier Trail. Concept and execution
aren't bad: Lots of LED lights are strung to the trees and turned on
around 9:30 with music playing. There's even a concept - You move
through the seasons, each lit differently and centered with a
different float with a Snoopy character on it for each season. The
Winter area was most impressive with heavy white and red LED lights.
Looks beautiful. I really hope later in the year I can grab a snack
and sit and enjoy it when the muffleheads have generally passed on.
So that's Cedar Point. Very little else has changed, as no new
restaurants are around, Midway Market is the same clearly best deal in
the park as before, parking lots are the same, and so on. Along with
going to Cedar Point on this go round, we looked to branch out and
visit a lot of the stuff we've either neglected to go to for years or
-PREHISTORIC FOREST & MYSTERY HILL-
A combination of walk through attractions costing $9 an *** for a
combo pass (no, you may not do one separately from the other), its
apparently been around for many, many years in Marblehead, OH, dating
back to 1953. Over the years its closed down a couple times and been
reopened into the current attraction located there today. In addition
to the two attractions that give this tourist trap its name, you can
also find one of those "Water Wars" water balloon fight games and a
somewhat sad and antiqued mini golf, There's quite little to say about
the Mystery Hill, sadly. The guided portion of the tour gets you to
the base of the Mystery Spot styled shack only to end there during the
two platforms/equally heighted participants and allow you to move into
the house free form. Once inside, you encounter poorly controlled
children running amok along the slanted floors with little interest in
your (or their own) well being.
Prehistoric Forest is a bit larger and more "impressive", if that's
the correct terms to use. A number of large paper mache animals are
put on a trail and you walk and look at them. Some are dinosaurs, some
are not. The entrance starts in a strange cave area that features a
single timed stunt along with some hilarious imagery of a sea serpent
and caveman. There's some attempt to be educational here, but its
overshadowed by enormous sloths and mantises (manti?). Apparently in
its original format, there was a tram system that had toy guns so that
the children inside could shoot at the dinos. Trams cost money though,
and so now they're gone.
The wife and I travelled on our first date here and we love going
back, even if the museum is closed at times when it says it will be
open. Its got a beautiful view of Cedar Point from across the bay and
some wonderful picnic areas to relax or eat at. We will, inevitably,
ascend to the top. It will happen. It must happen.
-PORT CLINTON'S WALLEYE FESTIVAL-
This was discovered of looking at local brochures. Providing rides was
Durant Amu***ts, and their lineup of major attractions went
something like this:
-Rock O Plane
-Berry Go Round
-Trabant (really nice one, too)
-Alpine Village Walk Through
We skipped on all the rides though: While the Rock O Plane was
interesting on some level, it wasn't enough to shell out money on it.
After perusing some of the lousy ***that was for sale at the fair
(which had little to do on the surface with Walleye), we ended up
imbibing on some delicious fried goods: Fried smores and fried cookie
dough. While the fried cookie dough was simply wonderful, the fried
smores were next level. Really, really delicious, utterly awful for
Also wandering the downtown area, we noted that the Great Lakes
Popcorn Co. has moved from its prior location in 2003. Sadly, the once
glorious door from the Sands Hotel/*** has disappeared, and that
along with the lack of a visible menu meant we'd skip on getting some
popcorn there this go around.
Who doesn't love a hotel review? For this trip, we decided to pick
somewhere off site, given that we already had early morning access.
The pick was the Knights Inn of Sandusky, which was somewhere in the
$65 range after tax. The free breakfast wasn't too bad (though the
phantom toasting in the room spit a hot toasting plate at us) and the
room was spacious and comfortable. Main issues were the bed (a bit
stiff) and the proximity to the train tracks, which led to some noise
during the night and early morning, though none that was enough to
actually wake us until around 6AM. A minor qualm would be that the
pool was down for maintenance/mufflehead season, but for us, we were
okay not having the noise that accompanied it given that we would not
have utilized it.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend!