|Drew's middle school took their annual field trip to Cedar Point
on Thursday, June 14th this year. Like we did during the other kids
school trips to Cedar Point, we once again decided to take him
ourselves. With Tara already working down in Florida, and Sam tied
up with exams at school, it was just Drew, Jayden, and I that would
be making the 3-hour trek to Sandusky, Ohio. Aside from one restroom
break, it was smooth sailing the entire way.
We arrived at the park at the same time as the school busses, and
we made our way through the turnstiles with several of Drew's
classmates. Once inside, Drew connected with his good friend Joe,
and off they went. That left Jay and I free to do whatever we wanted
for the day.
The two of us decided to make the Blue Streak our first ride of
the day. Jay really enjoyed it, and was ready to expand her horizons
a bit, so we headed off to the midway to decide on ride number two.
Jay shot down the Top Thrill Dragster, as she wasn't ready to quite
that high yet, and the Cork Screw was closed at the moment, crossing
off the ride she wanted to get on next, so we settled on the Magnum
XL200. This was the biggest roller coaster that Jay had ever been
on, but she truly enjoyed it.
By this point we were hungry, so we decided to put our 'All Day
Dining' pass to use. Jay and I decided to share a chicken tender
meal at Stockade Refreshments. We both decided that we would
probably pass on the chicken during our next meal, but we ate what
we could before deciding we had enough and were ready to move on.
Since we were so close, we decided to take on the Mine Ride next.
The wait was virtually nil, and the ride is still enjoyable all
these years later, so it was worth hitting up. From there we headed
further into Frontiertown to get in a longer line, this one for the
Maverick. Jay was pretty nervous about this one, as she had never
been on a ride that goes this fast or upside down so many times, but
she ended up loving it! In fact, she would later proclaim Maverick
to be the favorite coaster that she rode today! While still in
Frontiertown we headed over to ride the Wave Swinger. Though
intended mainly for younger kids, I decided that I was young enough
at heart that I would ride the swings too. Although not as thrilling
as Maverick, it was a nice change of pace fun ride.
It was at this time that we met back up with Drew in order to get
him some food. Since I didn't eat it, I'm drawing a blank on what he
ate, but I think that it was a burger. Regardless, while the three
of us were together we decided to hit up a couple rides while his
friends were in line for another coaster. We headed back to get on
the Mine Ride once again, and Drew came off enjoying it as well. He
and Jay also decided to get on the Cadillac Cars for a slow-paced
spin around the track. I rode with Jay while puttered behind us in
his own car. Since we were so close, we decided to check out Skyhawk,
a giant arm that swings back and forth (but doesn't quite go all the
way over). Drew wasn't interested in this one, so he stayed on the
ground while Jay and I rode. This wasn't quite like the roller
coasters that we came to ride, but it was a fun ride nonetheless. We
headed back to the Mine Ride once again, and the three of us rode it
before Drew reconnected with his friends.
With Drew off having fun, Jay and I wandered around while looking
for our next adventure. We ended up back towards the front of the
part, and I was able to convince her to give the Raptor a try. She
was pretty nervous about having her feet dangling below her, but she
ended up having a blast on this ride. She would later rate this her
second favorite ride. While at the front of the park, we went to
ride the Gatekeeper, another ride where your feet dangle below you.
She ended up enjoying this one quite a bit too, and would place this
ride in third on her favorite coaster podium.
We began our walk back down the midway once again, and this time
the Corkscrew was open. Jay was ready to get on this time, and the
line was short, so we were able to get quick access to the front
row. Although Jay enjoyed the ride, she didn't like the jerkiness
that would cause her head to bounce into the shoulder harness,
nearly puncturing her neck with her earrings!
Since we were so close, we decided to give the Top Thrill
Dragster a try. The line wasn't terrible, but it was long enough
that it allowed Jayden plenty of time to build up a serious case of
nerves. She stuck it out though, and made it all the way to the end.
I'm not sure she would do it again anytime soon, but she can cross
this ride off her list!
After such a heart stopping ride, we opted for something a little
simpler for our next one. We chose the Matterhorn for our
post-Dragster ride, and Jay followed that up with a return
engagement on the Wave Swinger while I waited in line for a slice of
pizza (which, for the record, didn't taste horrible, but is a
terrible waste of our meal plan and is way overpriced, even for park
Around this time Drew's classmates had to start making their way
to the bus for their return trip home, so he rejoined us for some
extra fun. We were able to convince him to give the Maverick a try,
as he isn't much of a coaster fan (though, to be fair, he did ride a
couple with his friends today, and even found himself really
enjoying the Gatekeeper). He didn't fall in love with this ride like
Jay did, but he didn't hate it either.
We knew that we too would have to leave soon, so we made our way
towards the front of the park. On our way Drew and Jay decided to
hit up the Dodgem bumper cars to take out some aggression on each
other. The two then climbed about the Troika, a spinning ride that I
wasn't feeling excited about after a long day.
Next we decided to ride the Gatekeeper once again, with the
intention to leave afterwards. Of course Drew and Jay had so much
fun (as did I) and the line was so short that we decided to get
right back on for round two! They then decided another round of
Dodgem was in order, so back we went. Although I think they
regretted it during the ride, they even got aboard the Kiddy Kingdom
Carousel for a slow circular ride.
They opted for one last ride before leaving, finishing up where
Jay and I started, taking a spin on the Blue Streak.
That was enough for all of us, as we had a long day already in
the books. We made one stop on our way home, at McDonalds, then
completed the trek home.
I think that all of us had a great time today, and would love to
do it all over again, though our ove to Florida coming up soon will
make this a bit more challenging to achieve. After getting in
trouble for taking pictures on a ride a couple years ago, I limited
my photography greatly this year. Although there aren't many of the,
please enjoy those that I was able to take...