Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cedar Point

Visited Cedar Point at Sandusky, Ohio. It is about a 2 1/2 hours ride from Columbus so we could comfortably stay literally all day at the park. We left at about 8 in the morning and reached there by 10:30. The park was open till 8:00 PM on the day we went and we stayed until closing down.

Now I haven't been to many amusement parks. I've only done Essel World at Mumbai, which no doubt, is a kiddie park compared to anything in the US. The first ride that we decided to do was something called the Raptor, a green and green monstrosity and we had no idea what it would be like. But roller coasters do not offer the fear of the unknown. We stood in line for about 3/4ths of an hour for this ride, hopped on, and got ridden. It was amazing. Breathtaking. By the time I got down my legs were shaking and the wind was out of me.

Now, the fear set it. One knew what one was in for.

We decided to do something simpler next. What we did was something called the Wicked Twisted which was a U-shaped ride which twisted towards the end. We did it. Wasn't all that tough.

Since we didn't want to walk too far after that, we did an indoor ride which really was too simple. I don't really rememeber the name of it, but it was space themed and used lots of neon and strobe lighting as you travelled through pitch dark tunnels.

I think the group had most fun with the water rides. Living in Ohio we don't get to see much water. :(

I think the best part that I liked were the two free fall rides -- Power Tower and Demon Drop. Somehow I like the idea of being in a free-fall, but only when I'm the right side up. Coasters put you upside down and I don't like that. These two rides made me genuinely happy.

I don't think I did any of the big rides. I didn't do Millenium Force. Neither did I do the Top Thrill Dragster. I didn't quite like the fact that the Dragster doesn't always function as intended. While were were there the car actually got stuck at the top. They had to ride up in an elevator and give it a push to bring it back. I hate the idea of being stuck up there for several minutes.

On the whole I find it quite fascinating that every year, millions of people come to amusement parks, pay a whole lot of money to get scared. Human behavious is really infathomable.

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