Mantis @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

Mantis Preys on Riders, Gives an Uncomfortable RideI never thought I’d see the day I would give a Bolliger & Mabillard designed coaster such a low rating. I like, if not love, all of their installations. Their coasters offer the smoothest rides while still delivering thrilling and innovative manuevers. Well, now I have to say that I love “almost all” of their coasters. The M...[Read More]

Cedar Point Announces Maverick Coaster

The Park Announces Details of Its 17th CoasterCedar Point, the self-proclaimed Coaster Capital of the World, has been working on a new coaster for 2007. The park has a track record of erecting jaw-dropping, record breakers. It’s been home to the speed and height world record holders four times. In 1989 with Magnum XL-200, in 1991 with Mean Streak, in 2000 with Millennium Force, and again in ...[Read More]

2006 Golden Ticket Awards Announced

The 2006 Golden Ticket Awards were held August 27th at Holiday World. Hosted by Amusement Today, it’s basically the Academy Awards of the amusement industry. With all of the great new coasters opening this year and last year I was curious to see what changes might have taken place. The winners are based on surveys sent to well-traveled enthusiasts around the world. The interesting thing abou...[Read More]

Millennium Force @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

A great example of bigger not always being better. I had a short 20 minute or so wait on a rainy, dreary day in May. I was looking forward to my trip to the ‘Coaster Capital’ (Cedar Point) for a number of reasons, including riding my 100th new coaster. As I arrived at Cedar Point I was drawn to Millennium Force like a magnet. It was to be number 100. The ultra-steep lift hill was very ...[Read More]

Mean Streak @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

Mean Streak is All Bark and No BiteThe Mean Streak was probably the biggest letdown of my trip to Cedar Point. This massive wooden coaster that’s 161 feet tall (16 stories) and over 5,000 feet long amazingly amounts to almost no thrills. I will say that it was fairly smooth for its size and age, but what a snoozer! It’s nothing but turns and short forgettable drops. I don’t recal...[Read More]

Magnum XL-200 @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

The Revolutionary Coaster that Started A New EraAfter being encouraged to make Magnum my 100th coaster, I went against the advice and just rushed to Millennium Force instead. I wish I would’ve listened to the advice because on my trip to Cedar Point, Magnum stole the show. The hype for the prototypical hyper coaster (coasters over 200 feet tall) was huge. I’d look at on-ride footage an...[Read More]

Cedar Point Slightly Overrated

My trip to Cedar Point was successful. I rode my 100th coaster (Millennium Force) and ten more while I was there. The weather was a factor as it hampered ride operations all day. In fact, Top Thrill Dragster didn’t run until about 3 in the afternoon. I’ll be adding a full trip report soon. I’ll also be reviewing the eleven new coasters that I’ve ridden. Overall, Cedar Point...[Read More]

Contenders for The Coaster Critic’s 100th

The first coaster I ride on my trip to Cedar Point will make my 100th new coaster. Here are the contenders: “The Historical Favorite” Magnum XL-200When Arrow built the Magnum in 1989, Cedar Point had set a world record by breaking the 200 foot barrier for the first time. Other than being a record-breaking coaster the Magnum has been a favorite of enthusiasts for years. It offers a daun...[Read More]

100th Coaster at Cedar Point

I’m not one of those coaster fanatics that wants to ride every single coaster on the planet. I have a wife, a career, and I would like to have kids someday. Not to mention traveling around the world or even all over the U.S. would be pretty darn expensive. I’m also not really into how many coasters I’ve ridden. I know some enthusiasts will shamefully ride kiddie coasters just to ...[Read More]

Cedar Point: Coaster Heaven or Coaster Hype

I’m a quality over quantity guy so I’m not impressed with Cedar Point’s 16, count ’em, 16 coasters. More doesn’t impress me, better does. And living in Virginia, I’m not exactly a stone’s through from Sandusky, OH (an hour from Cleveland). So through the years as my coaster odyssey has continued I’ve conquered the parks nearer to me. But no matter ho...[Read More]

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