Along with working on the website, I have been addressing some problems with the widget. I have noticed that images typically do not fit in the viewing area, which is a problem because it's a major design flaw, and takes away from the over all user experience. Also, I do not like the transparent RSS. This was done so that I could add a background image, but means that pictures from the blog have to be transparent as well. I am testing out ways to fix this, and I hope that I can develop something soon. The next release (1.1) will not be a major update, just with some design updates, complete photo viewing, better performance, and a more comfortable experience. I have been testing these things out lately on my computer, and they should be much better than before.
Demon Drop is an Intamin First-Generation Freefall Ride. Riders are put in box shaped cars, where they are held in by over-the-shoulder restraints, and then taken up a tall tower. At the top, they are suspended over the side, and then dropped down, where they return to the station. Demon Drop was the first ride of its kind, and is now the last remaining ride in the United States. The ride is located at the very front of the park, and usually catches visitors' attention with its unique location and loud noises.
A roller coaster website, Theme Park Insider, is currently hosting a tournament to determine the greatest ride in the world. There are all different types of rides, like dark rids and roller coasters, from both theme parks and amusement parks. But, I would like to shout this out to Cedar Point fans to go vote in the polls. We know that we've got the best roller coasters out there, so lets go show them! It's a bracket tournament, so there are different rounds (which honestly I do not quite understand how it works), and it's almost over, so make sure you get out and vote!
Cedar Point has posted official pictures of the park preparing for the 2009 season on their official Facebook page. It has some nice pictures, but I did not see much to take note of. But, here are some interesting things to check out:
-There is a construction photo of the new fountain on the main midway. In case you haven't been staying informed, the park is adding a new interactive fountain on the main midway according to many members of ACE, although the park had yet to confirm it. It seems as if this is our official announcement.
-You will notice that in the same picture, the back spike on Wicked Twister is still missing.
-Also, throughout all of the photos, it looks like pretty much every ride is ready to be put together for 2009.
You can check these pictures out on Cedar Point's official Facebook page, here.
I just got back from a great trip to Carowinds, which is a very nice Cedar Fair park. I will have trip reports coming soon. In the mean time, I will start posting again, so the blog is back in business!
Yes, I know, I might have really confused you with what I've been doing with features, so I'm going to clear it all up. The blog opened two Sundays ago, but since last Tuesday, I haven't posted any features. That wasn't because I'm done with them, but I just never got around to posting them. But, this week I will catch up. Also, a feature will be once a week. So, that would mean that there could be a feature on Tuesdays, and another one on Wednesdays. So, here's how things are looking right now:
Sunday: Do You Remember...?
Monday: Cedar Point Fact of the Day
Tuesday: Cedar Point Ride of the Day
Wednesday: Cedar Fair Day
Thursday: Cedar Point Picture of the Day
Friday: Cedar Point Person of the Day
Saturday: Cedar Point-A Week in Review
And, of course, there will be more coming along over time. I think that these features will be very interesting and enjoyable, so make sure you check them out!
maXair is a swinging thrill ride at Cedar Point built in 2005. The ride was built by Huss, and is the tallest ride of it's kind. Riders are strapped in to a large circle shaped car, which then rotates and swings up to a very steep angle at the same time. The restraints are over-the-shoulder, and there are 48 people in each cycle. There have been reports that maXair has a very high nausea factor, and is not good for people with weak stomachs, but I have never had a problem with it. Overall, maXair is a very fun ride that everyone should try at least once!
Okay everyone, I know that this may be a little late, but the blog just opened, so it wouldn't have been able to post it any sooner anyway! Here's a trip report of my journey to Cedar Point on closing weekend, 2008.
I arrived at the park late Friday night, so I didn't go in that night, but I still visited on Friday and Saturday.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2008:
I went into the park early Saturday morning at 9:00 using my Platinum Pass (Boy, how could I live without that thing!?). I immediately went to Millennium Force. This time, I wasn't the first one on the ride for the day, but I was still on pretty fast. We only had to wait about five minutes, and like always, it was an amazing ride. So, when we got off, the line was still short, so we rode again! After Millennium, we headed over to Skyhawk, since Dragster wasn't open yet. Once again, this was an amazing ride, and we rode it twice! After that, we headed back down the Frontier Trail, and got on Iron Dragon. It's not one of my favorites, but we had a younger person with us, and we wanted to check the line for Dragster. For some reason, none of us could keep track of time that day, so we wanted to make sure that Dragster was open before we headed over. The ride was actually better than normal, and it was very fun.
We saw that Dragster was just about to open up, so we headed on over. We got on in 25 minutes, which I was very happy about. Dragster is my favorite ride in the park, because it's just so extreme. When we got off, we got back in line, and only waited 15 minutes! What a great day! After Dragster, we headed on over to Power Tower. I absolutely love this ride as well, and we rode it four times. The green is very intense!
So, by the time we got off Power Tower, it was lunch time. So, back to Chick-Fil-A! I really wish there were more of these up north! There's just something about their chicken sandwiches that makes them so delicious! And of course, when our bellies were full, we headed on over to Maverick. The line was a decent 1-and-a-half hours, but we all really wanted to ride! This roller coaster is amazing as well, and I love riding it! Ever since opening day in 2007, it's had a place in my heart.
Next, we walked back to the Main Entrance to meet someone, then we walked to Magnum. It was very bumpy, and some people I was with had really bad headaches when we got off. I was fine, but although I do love that ride, it has gotten a little rough over the years. After Magnum, we hit something a little smoother, Wicked Twister. I love this ride. I've only been riding it since August, but it is one of my favorites. It was an awesome ride. Next, we hit Chaos, since it was right there. For a small ride, it's very fun and enjoyable.
Time was flying by, so we needed one more ride before dinner. So, we went to Millennium again. It was about a half hour wait, but all well worth it. An excellent coaster, and by the time we got off, it was dinner time!
So, there we were in Tomo Hibachi about an hour later. I love this place! It was my third time going, and the food was excellent, and very entertaining! I really like the fried ride! If you ever get the chance, this would be an excellent place to go eat. After dinner, it was Halloween time for me! But, nobody else with me liked the HalloWeekends stuff, so I was all alone! So, I would meet everyone once the park closed, and I would go have fun in the park until then! But, it was only 7:30, so first I grabbed a quick ride on Wicked Twister to take up some time.
So, first on my list was Fear Faire, since I was at the front of the park already. I've heard a lot of bad reviews about this area, but honestly I've enjoyed it a lot ever since 2006 when it opened. There were some areas that the fog was blowing away, but most of the way through it was extremely foggy (and on an embarrassing note, I got lost in the middle and couldn't find my way out, and a few people were laughing at me). It can be very confusing if you go the wrong way sometimes!
Next, I headed back to CarnEVIL. I really love this walk-through, even though I did like it more when it was by Wicked Twister. It was very fun, and scary at the same time, and that darn monkey gets me every time! I actually find the people inside very interesting, and the skeleton scenes are quite funny (and sometimes disturbing)! I especially liked "Scull Ball", and the one with the people throwing knives at the dolls! Very cool!
Next was my personal favorite HalloWeekends attraction, Undertaker U.! The U.R. Dade School of Mortuary Science was simply amazing that day, and I was very impressed. The rooms were very hazy, the acting and scaring were really good, and it was really cool, because they were playing this really interesting rock music in the background, which really set the mood. I love the spinning tunnel and the strobe lights on that one ramp, because the people always get me there!
After Undertaker U., I walked through Fright Zone. I wasn't really too enthusiastic when I got in, because I noticed that there wasn't much going on. There weren't many people inside, and the fog was blowing away. But, I looked at the scenery off at the sides, and listened to the music, since the Fright Zone has the best music in my opinion! After I made it through, I walked back again, seeing it another time.
I decided to skip CornStalkers, because I had already been through it, and the line was very long, so I went back through Undertaker U.! That house just never seems to get old to me! In fact, I went through it nine times this year alone! Yes, I know, I seem like a freak... Anyway, next, I went back through CarnEvil. Very enjoyable, but afterwards, I went onto Terror Island. I had been through this many times already, but I thought it was very fun. And I love how long it is! The only wish I have is that they would put more stuff at the end. It was pretty much empty after 3/4 of the way through. But, over all, it's a very good attraction!
The park was about to close, and I was pretty worn out, so I headed up to the Main Entrance to leave. I decided to skip Club Blood and Pharaoh's Secret, since I was going to go through Club Blood again tomorrow, and I didn't like Pharaoh's Secret anyway. But, I did take one last trip through Fear Faire, which was even better than last time, and then I left the park. I had a very good day!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2008:
Today was a sad day, because it was the last day of 2008. It would be my last chance to ride my favorite rides until next year! But luckily, I had a great day.
Today I was with a new rider for many rides. We first headed for Raptor. The new rider person was really afraid, but loved it in the end. After all, Raptor is an excellent coaster. It's as smooth as glass, and has a superior layout. After that, we headed for Millennium. This time we had a different person that had never been on it. They were in for a treat. And, they loved it. And, so did everyone else! It's a great ride.
Now, as I've already said, there was someone who didn't ride Raptor, and someone who didn't ride Millennium. Well, neither of them had been on either Maverick or Dragster, so I was determined to get them on. Maverick was pretty easy, we just walked over, and rode. Everyone loved it. But Dragster... Well, we were sitting on a bench discussing it for around 15 minutes...
"Don't worry, it won't hurt you..."
"Umm... (15 seconds later) Well I don't know if I'll like it or not!"
Well, after our talk, both of them went with me to ride it. They were both shaking and wouldn't talk before we got on, but by the time the ride was over, they were ready to ride again! But, we decided to do something else first. Ride Power Tower. Neither of them had been on that before either, and I told them it's a "must ride". I rode with one of them on green, and someone else rode with the other person on red. It was very scary, but I think at least one person liked it! After that, we headed back to Dragster. Ahhh, what a great ride. And it was only a 15 minute wait! After that, they went to go ride Blue Streak, while I went through Undertaker U. Wow, I really like that haunted house!
After that, we had to go. But, I was forgetting one more thing! Club Blood! I had only been on it once that year, so I had to go again! Everyone else waited outside, while I went through. It was very fun. And it was my last thing to do at Cedar Point for 2008! I was so depressed! As I walked out of the park, I tried to capture everything as well as I could... It seemed like the year went so fast! But, then I had to go home. Home for another winter.
This was just one of my many trips to Cedar Point in 2008, and I probably won't be posting any trip reports from before September, but I may have more HalloWeekends reports, since I went up three times in 2008!
Anyway, I am very excited for 2009, and also very excited for HalloWeekends 13! Don't worry, Undertaker U., I'll be back next year!
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with features, but I'm catching up this week. Here's another fact of the day!
Did you know that the oldest roller coaster that is still operating at Cedar Point is the Blue Streak? Located in the front of the park near Raptor, the Blue Streak is a nice classic coaster that is great for families as well! The Blue Streak was built in 1964, so 2009 will be its 45th season! Although the Blue Streak only stands a little over 70 feet tall, when it first opened, it was a monster. And even today, the Blue Streak continues to give riders massive amounts of airtime, and a seemingly out-of-control ride experience. So, even though the Blue Streak may be the oldest roller coaster in the park, and it may not be tall or fast, it is still a very nice ride experience!
Well, I know there have been many questions and rumors spreading about Wicked Twister. Many of us have heard the recent news that the back tower was being dismantled. While there has been no official announcement, it seems as if this is likely routine maintenance. Some other popular theories were that the ride was being torn down or that they were repainting it section by section on the ground. Based on what I know, the reason for this is because of the fact that both sides of the ride twist. There must be a lot of stress on the track on the reverse tower if it twists, because it has always seemed to cause problems. Also, that is probably why impulse coasters only have one twisted tower (that I know of). There may have been cracks in the track, or the track may have been weak, but for some reason they are definitely repairing or replacing that track section. Just don't worry, because I'm sure the ride won't be going anywhere!
Well, after a rough takeoff with the server, I finally managed to get the widget download to work. For a little while, if you clicked on the link, it would give you a message stating that you weren't allowed to download it (???), but I got it all cleared up. If you click on the link, it takes you to a webpage that is basically an exact copy of the blog post. And also, very observant people may notice that I'm using a server called "Amusement Park Madness". Don't get too excited... the reason why I did this was because I didn't want to post it on the website that I'm developing and let you guys get a sneak peak before it opens! So, to keep everything secure, you will be using a temporary server. But, don't worry, because I own and manage it, so it's secure. Here's the story.
I stumbled across a blog called "Amusement Park Madness" a few months ago when it was new. In fact, I'm a follower, just under a different username. Anyway, later on I was asked by the administrator to create some type of way to get his information onto the desktops of his readers. Well, since I'm a Mac guy, I told him I would develop a widget for him. Unfortunately, he can't use it, because he's a PC guy, but I tested it and made it work, and eventually released it to the public. But, I wanted it to be listed in Apple's list of Dashboard Widgets, and to do that, the widget had to have a webpage. So, I created one, which is where I'm secretly storing our widget, since I can't put it on our website since it's still under development.
So, now anyone that was confused is up-to-date on what's been going on with that weird website I've been using. And also, don't worry, I'm not cheating on Cedar Central either! I occasionally post things on Amusement Park Madness and update the widget, because they're a "friend blog". Don't worry, you guys get the eye candy on the widget!
Today I will be releasing the Cedar Central Widget. Until the website opens to the public, this post will be the source for all information regarding the widget, and I will have a link to the right of the blog linking here for easy access. Anyway, on to the widget!
The Cedar Central Widget is your newest way to keep up-to-date all the time on the whereabouts of the greatest amusement park on Earth, Cedar Point! Get news and information delivered right to your Dashboard with no hassle, directly from the Cedar Central Blog! With a simple, clean, compact design, and fast and reliable news updates, the Cedar Central widget is the perfect way for Cedar Point fans to stay in the know!
Name: Cedar Central Widget
Size (Compressed): 1204 Kb
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later.
Link to our widget's page on Apple's website will be coming soon.
---Our downloads are safe and secure, and tested for any malware.
#1) After you download the widget as a compressed (zipped) file, it should automatically prompt you with a message asking you whether you would like to install the widget. Click "Install".
#2) Next, you will be taken to your Dashboard, where you should see the widget in a box. Click "Keep", and it should appear normally on your Dashboard.
#3) Drag it around and place it wherever you like. If you are connected to the internet, it will update all of the posts automatically. If the widget is updating, you should see a "Loading..." text field at the bottom.
If you would like to change how long the articles displayed are, click in the information icon that appears in the lower, right corner when your cursor is hovered over the widget to flip it over. Use the slider to adjust the the length of the articles. When you are finished, click the "Done" button to flip it back over.
The first time that you use the widget, you may notice that some images may take a second to appear. This is not a performance issue, and the images will show up after they initially load.
I am very excited that the widget is finally being released, and I am looking forward to seeing what new features we can implement into future releases!
The Cedar Central Widget for all Mac users running Tiger or Leopard (or soon Snow Leopard) is ready to go. But, if you recall one of my previous posts, I said that I would not release it to the public until it was on Apple's website. Well, I've decided that I will put up a direct download link today, and I will later update it to show the Apple link after it's been reviewed. Until the website is open to the public, this post will be the main "source" of the widget, and I will have a direct link to that post for easy access in the future. Enjoy (In a few minutes!)!
Well, it's the end of our first real week giving you news and information about the greatest amusement park on Earth, so here's a week in review.
No new news regarding 2009 has been released by the park. According to a member of ACE, someone who works for the park stated that magnum will be getting a new sign and new decals on the trains, there will be new LED signs on the causeway, and a new interactive fountain will replace the "afro fountain" on the main midway. Although, in a post on Cedar Point's official blog, the park was hinting at improvements on the main midway (the fountain), near Magnum (the sign), and on the Frontier Trail, but it is still unknown what will be added to the trail.
Also, according to the official Cedar Point blog, it was announced that the park began preparations for the 2009 season by setting up rides. It appears in this blog post that Millennium's trains are ready, Maverick"s trains are ready, some thrill rides are being unwrapped, and some kiddie rides are awaiting assembly. Yay, 2009!
According to Cedar Point's official blog (link), the park has begun preparation for the 2009 season. It looks like Millennium's trains are ready to go, Maverick's Trains are finished as well, and some of the rides are being unwrapped and put together. Can't wait until May 16th! To see the blog post, click here.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I've been really busy with the blog, website and widget. As you can see, I have added more "stuff" around the blog to give it a little more meat. I will continue adding things on to make sure everything stays fresh. Also, you may have noticed that I finally got a banner up at the top of the page. I featured Magnum to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Happy anniversary Magnum! Anyway, more to come regarding Magnum's anniversary later.
Also, sorry for the lack of news lately. I know that most of the posts have been about the blog, but right now, there's not much stuff confirmed, so there's no new news! But as soon as things start going on, I'll keep you posted!
It looks like Cedar Point has posted another webcam on their official site. The PagodaCam gives a nice view of the Main and Million Dollar Midways. Head on over to the park's official website to check it out.
2009 is quickly approaching, and luckily Cedar Point has released most of their documents that will be used in 2009. These were found on Cedar Point's website, and we have been able to find the 2009 Rack Brochure and the 2009 Catering Guide. Although the rack brochure isn't as helpful, it has a 2009 map inside, which I found very useful! Here are links to the brochures on Cedar Point's website:
From Thursday, March 26, 2009 through Sunday, March 29, 2009, there will be some downtime with the blog. This also includes development of the website, forums, and widget. But, I'll update any Cedar Point news that I missed out on as soon as I'm back on Monday, so stay tuned!
Also, I'll still post any features that I missed, so I won't miss anything!
I'm on my way down to Cedar Point's sister park, Carowinds, so I'll see their new ride, Carolina Cobra, and be staying for opening day was well that Saturday. I'll be heading back late Sunday night, so I probably won't post anything until Monday. But, I'll have a nice trip report for you when I get back, and I'll talk about their new ride too!(Hey, this may be a Cedar Point blog, but Carowinds is still Cedar Point's sister!)
Now, I'd like for it to be known that we didn't just have a blog planned at Cedar Central. You already know about the widget, now get ready for a lot more. Soon, we will be opening an all new website and forums. These will both add to your Cedar Central experience and help you find information and enjoy the benefits of our network to the fullest. While these have begun the development stage, we will be fully working on these projects after the blog is finished. We still have a lot of design and functionality things to complete on the blog within the next few days, but we will keep you updated on the development of the website as soon as it begins!
We all know that there won't be any new rides for 2009 at the Point, but still nothing has been released from the park about anything new this year. But alas, some information has been leaked from a fellow blogger from Cedar Point's official website. The blog gave a hint as to what's coming (link), but later on more information was revealed at the ACE Winter SOAR Event at King's Island. If you go to the article, there is a picture of the area around Magnum, the Main Midway, and the Frontier Trail. According to a member of ACE, these photos are teasers for a new fountain and a new sign on Magnum, but what is being done in the Frontier Trail remains unknown.
Today is once again the start of something new at Cedar Central. Get ready for Fact of the Day!
Did you know that Cedar Point wasn't always the roller coaster capitol of the world?! In fact, Cedar Point was almost turned into a housing development! Yes, in 1956, George Roose and Emile Legros bought the park to turn it into a different type of resort... yikes! But I'm sure all of you Cedar Point enthusiasts would love to see the park torn down so you could live on it... just kidding! Luckily, the action was never carried out!
One thing that you will notice about me is that I like to be extremely organized. For this reason, I will be making a calendar for the events coming up for the blog this year. And I wouldn't be surprised if I make a post outlining each month's events at the beginning of each month as well. Well, you can't be too organized! Anyway, looking ahead to 2009!
Sunday, March 15, 2009: Cedar Central Blog Opening Day.
Sunday, March 15, 2009: March Poll (What is your favorite roller coaster at Cedar Point?) begins.
Sunday, March 15, 2009: Do you remember...? begins.
Monday, March 16, 2009: Cedar Point Fact of the Day begins.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009: Ride of the Day begins.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009: Cedar Fair Day begins.
Thursday, March 19, 2009: Cedar Point Picture of the Day begins.
Friday, March 20, 2009: Cedar Point Person of the Day begins.
Saturday, March 21, 2009: Cedar Point-A Week in Review begins.
Thursday, March 26 - Sunday, March 29, 2009: Downtime.
Thursday, April 30, 2009: March poll ends (11:59p).
Friday, May 1, 2009: May poll begins.
Saturday, May 16, 2009: Cedar Point Opening Day, 2009.
Sunday, May 31, 2009: May poll ends (11:59p).
Monday, June 1, 2009: June poll begins.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009: June poll ends (11:59p).
Wednesday, July 1, 2009: July poll begins.
Friday, July 31, 2009: July poll ends (11:59p).
Saturday, August 1, 2009: August poll begins.
Saturday, August 1, 2009: Scream Coverage '09 begins.
Monday, August 31, 2009: August poll ends (11:59p).
Tuesday, September 1, 2009: September HalloWeekends poll begins.
Friday, September 18, 2009: HalloWeekends 13 begins.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009: September HalloWeekends poll ends (11:59p).
Thursday, October 1, 2009: October HalloWeekends poll begins.
Saturday, October 31, 2009: October HalloWeekends poll ends (11:59p).
Sunday, November 1, 2009: November poll begins.
Sunday, November 1, 2009: Cedar Point and HalloWeekends 13 final day 2009.
Monday, November 2, 2009: Scream Coverage '09 concludes.
Monday, November 2, 2009: 2009-A Look Back begins.
Monday, November 30, 2009: November poll ends (11:59p).
Tuesday, December 1, 2009: December poll begins.
Thursday, December 31, 2009: 2009-A Look Back ends.
Thursday, December 31, 2009: December poll ends (11:59p).
As you can see, there aren't many new things listed to be added in the summer months, but please be assured that that really isn't true. New fun and informative posts will constantly added over time as they come about, so we don't know all of them yet. But, we'll keep this page updated as time goes on, so just check it out by clicking "2009 Calendar" or "Cedar Central" on the blogs right pane.
Get ready, because today is the first installment of "Do You Remember...?"!
Do you remember... Avalanche Run?
Avalanche Run was a toboggan roller coaster where guests sat in cars that could swerve freely inside the hemisphere shaped track. Well actually, it's still at the park! Any Cedar Point history buff would probably know that Avalanche Run is actually Disaster Transport! No way?! Well it's true! But, we're referring to the ride before 1990, before it was enclosed in the modern building that we know of today. So here are the stats:
Type: Steel Bobsled
Status: Avalanche Run 1985-1989
Disaster Transport 1990-???
Make/Model: Intamin AG/Swiss Bob
Capacity: 1800 Riders/Hour
Length: 1932 ft.
Height: 63 ft.
Speed: 40 m.p.h.
5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across for a total of 10 riders per car.
Our first poll is now open to the public. It's fairly simple, but we thought it would be a nice topic to start off with. What is your favorite roller coaster at Cedar Point? You have until April 30th, 2009 at 11:59 PM to cast your vote, so hurry! The results will be released on May 1st, 2009, along with the May poll. You can vote at the very bottom of the right pane of the blog.
Please be aware that over the next few days I will be updating the news on the blog with some recent news from the park (starting with say, around October). I will clearly mark these posts, but I just want to make sure that everyone knows. I feel that recent news should be posted to inform readers that may not be aware of these recent events, and also for future reference.
This may also apply with other articles, such as trip reports.
Get ready Mac users! Soon, an official Cedar Central Dashboard widget will be released to the public. This widget will keep you up-to-date on your Cedar Point news by delivering you all of our information in a compact yet full-featured Dashboard widget, so you never have to open your web browsers! The project is in the development stage, but should be completed in the next few days, which will then lead to getting the widget approved and hosted, and then will be on your computers! So it will be a few weeks before you can try it out yourselves, but I will keep you updated on what's going on until then.
Also, sorry PC's, a Vista version will not be developed until after the Dashboard widget is complete.
Hello, and welcome to the Cedar Central Blog! In this website I will keep you informed on the latest and greatest Cedar Point news and information! Cedar Point's opening day for 2009 is quickly approaching, with less than 62 days left to go, and during this time there's a lot going on around in the park! So stay tuned for plenty of exciting news and updates now and throughout the season! And we have plenty more in store for our readers in the future, so feel free to enjoy and follow the blog!
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