I will try to keep this short.
I just got back from AAA day at CP. The main reason I was there (as well as
66,000 other people) was to try out the new Millennium Force.
I won't go into a full TR because I know there will probably be a TON of
them later tonight.
Here is what I thought of the ride.
The first time I saw how fast the train moves up the lift hill, I almost
soiled myself. You won't believe it!
The early morning test runs were a bit deceiving. The train barely made it
around the course. There was only one person riding in the train at that
I was with a few of RRCer's including Mark McKenzie, Steve Nuss, and Todd
Long during my first ride. Yes, Todd surprised the hell out of everyone
once again by showing up. Cindy Stout, Shawn McLaughlin, Dave Sandborg, rode
before us in the back of the train.
Mark, Todd, Steve, and myself decided to wait for the front seat for our
first ride. The only problem was that the wait was an hour and a half for
the front. No problem. I was sure it would be worth it.
After we waited out turn, Mark and I climbed into the front seat. From the
front, you can't see the top of the lift. When the train dispatches, it
crawls up very slowly for about 15 feet. This is where we got our first view
of the STEEP lift from the train.
The train then picks up some amazing speed and begins it's 22 second climb
to 310 feet!! Yep! Only 22 seconds! You won't believe how fast that lift is.
It's a ride in itself. You don't have time to get scared although Mark and
I were shaking while I was saying some choice words.
While going over the top, this is what I said out loud,
" Boy, it sure does not look like a 300-foot drop. Oh wait. That's the climb
up to the next hill. What THE F&%K is THAT? OH MY GOD!! OH MAN!"
That is when I realized just how steep and long that first drop is. It is
EASILY the best first drop I have ever gone down. It looks like it is 90
degrees instead of 82 degrees. The ride down is incredible. It seems to last
forever. The pull out does not produce the crushing g's I thought it would
but that's a good thing.
The train shoots up into the first 122-degree overbanked turn. The train
seems to lose NO speed as it goes into this element. It is really a scary
moment of the ride.
The train dives out of the curve, heading for the ground while curving
left, and passes through a tunnel that went by so fast, I almost didn't even
realize we went through it.
The rise up into the 182-foot hill was amazing. Mark and I were ejected
from our seats and both turned and looked at each other. We could not
believe the airtime we had just gotten. It lasts all the way down the other
side of the drop.
We were now on the island. There is a tight curve that felt almost like
another 122-degree overbanked turn but it wasn't. That element was next.
The second overbanked turn lets the riders on the left side of the train,
experience what the right side riders experienced on the first overbanked
The trains then tears out of the element and heads up into another huge
hill. This time, providing some more amazing air. From that hill, we flew
through another tunnel (which has the cameras set up for Hot Shots) and into
the small bunny hop. This bunny hop provides amazing ejector seat airtime.
It really surprised us.
From there, it is a slight curve that leads into the final overbanked turn
which is directly above the MASSIVE queue area. The train then heads into
the brakes for a very smooth stop.
I was blown away. I have been following the ride since the ground
breaking, done two construction tours, and checked out cedarpoint.com on
almost a daily basis, but NOTHING will prepare you for a ride on that
It is easily, IMO, the best ride at Cedar Point. Mark, however, felt
differently. He did not make a sound during the ride and as we got off the
ride, I think I heard him mumble something like, " Been there. Done that".
I don't know why, but he seemed like he was really disappointed about the
ride. I personally thought it was best ride I have EVER gotten on any
coaster at CP, while Mark just seemed to walk away calmly and did not look
back. Sorry you didn't like it Mark. I sure did! I am not certain, but I
think Steve and Todd liked it a bit also. I can't wait to read Mark's TR to
find out what he did not like about the ride.
I wanted to ride again but the line had reached 4 hours!!!!
I talked with others that had ridden in the back seat and they were kind of
disappointed because they did not get a lot of air. I think this might be a
front seat ride. Next time, I am going for seat 1.2 (my favorite on
Superman at SFDL). I will try the back also and see how it compares.
The slogan for MF is "The future is riding on it!"
If that is the case, then I am going back to the future for another ride
VERY soon. Congrats CP! You have another winner on your hands!
Sean (who is all about going down that amazing 300 first drop) Flaharty