For the last few days we have been staying in Sandusky, Ohio. Sandusky is located on the shore of Lake Erie and is known as the home of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and its flagship amusement park, Cedar Point. Cedar Point is the third oldest amusement park in the United States having opened in 1870. Cedar Point sits on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie. Currently Cedar Point occupies about 360 acres, is the only park in the United States that has 4 coasters taller than 200 feet, has 3 of the top 10 steel coasters according to Amusement Today, and has won Amusement Today’s best amusement park award for the past 13 years.
Of course we needed to visit to check it out for ourselves. We split our visit over two days. The first ride we rode in the park was the Wicked Twister which is not the typical coaster. On this ride the ‘cars’ have no floor and shoot up and down two twisted towers. It was a good way to get the blood flowing.
From there we moved to the Corkscrew which was the first steel coaster to have three inversions when it was built in 1976. We then moved onto Magnum XL-200 which is currently rated the 8th best steel coaster. Built in 1989 it was the first complete circuit coaster to break the 200 foot mark. We both enjoyed the ride on the Magnum XL-200. We continued making our way around the park and enjoying other coasters along the way then arrived at the Mean Steak. Mean Streak is a wooden coaster that was the tallest and fastest wooden coaster when it opened in 1991. The Mean Steak gives a great two-minute 45-second ride that includes a lot of ups and downs. It was wicked hot so we were exhausted after 6 hours of walking, standing in line and riding.
We returned a second day to ride the water rides and a few more of the coasters we did not get to ride the first day we were there. We started our second day with a ride on Raptor which is a floorless coaster on an overhead track that whips around steep turns and six inversions. We felts this ride was one of the best in the park.
We then moved on to the three water rides in the park Shoot the Rapids, Thunder Canyon, and Snake River Falls. We were pretty wet after 2 rides but felt we needed to get totally drenched so we did 2 rounds on each of the three water rides. Given that it was still in the 90’s after 6pm, it felt good. I then waited in line for about an hour to ride one of the coasters the park is famous for – the Top Thrill Dragster. The Top Thrill Dragster uses a hydraulic launch system to propel the coaster up to 120mph in 4 seconds. It opened as the tallest and fastest coaster in the world in 2003, but now is second behind a coaster in Six Flags in New Jersey. It uses the momentum to climb a 420 foot tower at 90 degrees. You can feel the coaster slow as it crests the hill and then drops down at 95 degrees with a 270 degree twist with speeds that again approaches 120mph. The entire ride is over in about 20 seconds. It was an incredible ride but I have to say not one of my favorite because of the shortness of the ride.
We enjoyed our time in the park but were a bit disappointed overall. For so many thrill rides in the park we would have expected the overall excitement to be higher. Perhaps we have gotten use to the magic at Walt Disney World and we did not have our roller coaster riding buddy, Lex.