After the snack we decided to hit "Olde Cedar Point" and take the Sky Ride down the Midway and take the train through Boneville and then enjoy the Mine Ride. The line was long outside the Sky Ride because for some unknown reason the cars were being launched without riders. People started leaving the line but we waited a few more minutes until finally I saw the top of a kid's head over the most recent car. Took a nice ride over the midway, made the usual spitting jokes, and exited the ride. A marching band stopped right in front of the exit at the bottom, so we stood there waiting for them to move, after about five minutes of that, we just cut right through being they were going nowhere and people started snapping pictures.
Walking over the train station, we hit the Iron Dragon, which was a walk on. Got to the CP & LE Railway que and waited a few minutes for the train to arrive. I heard some 20 something telling his companions about how not much is worth riding at Kennywood after you've been to Cedar Point. Chalk up another true believer in corporate parks. Anyway, we boarded the train, and waited....and waited. Luckly there was a big mud puddle at the opposite side of the car in which mud wasps were collecting mud. That made for some entertainment. Finally the train launched to Frontier Town. The wait wasn't quite as long there, but I told my friend that we should probably just walk back to FT when we get back to the main station, since train departures were taking so long. Got to see Boneville once again. One of the last reminders of the Cedar Point I loved as a kid. They changed most of the music last year, which is annoying, but at least I have my own recordings of the old songs so it's not quite as painful.
We got to the Mine Ride, bracing myself for the cliche de rigueur jokes that one has to endure about this ride by those who are much more coaster sophisticated while standing in line. After another great mine ride, I wanted to check out the line for the Maverick. It was posted at an hour and a quarter...so no thanks. At that point, my friend bought a big over priced fluffy pretzel, it looked so good, I had to have one too.
We hit the Gemini to start the last leg of our adventure. Another walk-on. The most interesting thing of the day happened at this time. Half way up the lift hill, our train came to a dead stop--much to the delight of the other coaster. So we're thinking the ride is broke down. A few minutes later a ride operator comes walking up the plank, which I'm thinking to let us out of the coaster. But this was not the case. Earlier when we were going up the hill, some bozo decided to ignore the no cell phone/camera signs and take a picture of the other train. I have no idea how they saw him, but they did. She walked right up that plank and took his phone away. She walked back down and the ascent up the hill restarted. It was a great ride on an old friend, so I wanted to go again. We got the very back seat this time, which was a mistake, it smacked us around prettty good.
Afterwards, we experienced yet ANOTHER walk on with the Magnum XL. A great ride, except for the girls behind me piercing my skull with their screaming. We then waited about 15 minutes to ride the Corkscrew...which I didn't pay much attention to the ride because I was trying to figure out a way to keep my head from being bashed around for future rides. Lastly, my friend wanted to check out the Disaster Transport demolition, then for a finale we waited 10 (even with Fast Lane cuts) minutes to ride in the front car of the Blue Streak. I love the front car on any coaster. The problem was the lap bar punching me in the gut, but still had it's rewards. That took us up to 3pm in which we decided to leave since he was tired from Kennywood the day before, and I had to work early the next day. I'd say a successful trip of taking modern CP on it's own terms with over 5 hours of just about solid coaster riding.
I've taken my daughter to Waldameer and Kennywood this summer but she's wants to go to CP as well. I told her if I could get a deal on tickets I'd take her. On the day of the Gatekeeper announcement they were selling tickets for $25. I picked up a couple so I'll be taking her next saturday. Hopefully the weather will hold and we'll get a ride on the Maverick. Probably do the Meanstreak and Mantis as well. Don't know about that Wicked Twister. It makes me kinda sick to my stomach with that backward motion.