Cedar Point - Roller Coasters Here We Come!!
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The drive to Cedar Point took about 3 hours, and along the way we encountered some very heavy rain storms. One was so bad I lost sight of the large tractor-trailer in front of me! But the storms only lasted 10 or 15 minutes, then the sun would come back out and the skies were blue again.
Finally, we saw the sign for Cedar Point, and then in the distance, we could see the park and its famed roller coasters! Everyone in the car was excited to finally be here! There is only one road in and out of the park and its hotels, so first we came to the main gate of the park and the parking lot. This is the same entrance everyone uses to visit the park, so you have to pay the $10.00 parking fee. But, if you are staying at one of the parks hotels, they refund you your $10.00 when you check in. As we drove along the road towards our hotel, we drove right next to one of the roller coasters and some of the other rides.
Then we pulled up to the hotel; we were amazed at the size and beauty of this place! The main entrance looked like an old southern plantation mansion with its large columns in front and curved stairs leading to the front door. This is actually the original building that has been here since the late 1800’s. For more on the history of Cedar Point, check out this link: http://www.
Once inside, we were even more amazed how beautiful it was! As we got to the check in desk we were warmly greeted and asked our name. This is also were you buy your tickets for the park. Originally, we were only going to get three tickets for the next day, one for me, Courtnie and Mike. But when asked if we wanted tickets for tonight, and seeing it was only 4:00pm and the park closes at 10:00pm, my daughter and I decided we wanted to check out the park now. After seeing all those great roller coasters on the drive in, how could I resist! :]
We found our room which was on the 4th floor and were greeted by one of the many bell hops with our luggage.
After we were settled in, we took a walk to the beach and got our feet wet. Now I can say I have been in two of the five
After our short walk, Courtnie and I headed to the park and immediately got on the first roller coaster we came to, the Magnum XL200.
We then walked around a bit and then decided to try out the Mantis, a roller coaster you stand up in. Really, it’s designed with a bicycle type seat that comes up to your bottom while you are standing, then you ride it in a standing position with a pull down shoulder harness holding you in.
We were now getting hungry, so it was time to meet up with Mike and
Once we finished eating, it was time to call it a night. Mike, Courtnie and I are going to the park as soon as it opens, which is 9:00am for us since we are staying here. The gates open for the general public at 10:00am, so we have an hour to get on a ride or two before it gets crowded.