After a great couple of days in Chicago, it was time head to Lake Erie. It was now that we started to realise that the trip was rapidly coming to an end. Although, spirits were still high and that evening we were going to Cedar Point!
*On May 29th 2019, I travelled with Trek America on their Grand Trek tour for six weeks around the USA. We began in New York, travelling south to the West Coast, then North back to the East Coast. I am not affiliated with Trek America. Read all my Trek America posts here. *
Driving to Lake Erie
We were staying at Sandusky Bayshore KOA, from Chicago this was about a 5 hour drive. Adding in a couple of stops throughout, it was pretty much going to take us all day. When we arrived later on that day, we were getting frustrated because it felt like we wouldn’t have that long at Cedar Point. I suggested that Cedar Point is an all day activity in the trip comments. However, I do understand that not everyone likes theme parks and there may not be anything else to do.
Having grown up visiting theme parks very regularly, I was so excited. Their roller-coasters really knock UK theme parks out of the water!
We had made a plan that we would try and go on the ‘best’ looking rides. Making our way through each area. We started off with Steel Vengeance, LOOK AT THAT DROP! I think this is the longest queue we had to wait in, which was 2 hours. But it was so good and worth the wait. If you are used to theme parks I don’t think an hour or two is out of the ordinary for some rides.
- Height: 205 feet
- Speed: 74 mph
- Duration: two minutes, 30 seconds
- 200ft drop at 90 degrees
- 30 seconds of airtime – the most airtime on any roller coaster in the world
I had heard from my brother that this was meant to be good, so I was pretty hyped to go on it. I had no idea what happens on the ride, I feel that most things like this are ruined these days because you just watch videos online. If you haven’t been on it yet – don’t spoil it for yourself!
- Height: 105 feet
- Speed: 70 mph
- Duration: two minutes, 30 seconds
Top Thrill Dragster
When I was younger I was terrified to go on Stealth at Thorpe Park and its half the size of this. Somehow, I had no nerves at all this day – just so excited to be there! We wanted to queue for this but it had broken down so we moved to other rides.
- Height: 420 feet
- Speed: 120 mph
- Duration: 17 seconds
- Zero to 120 mph in 3.8 seconds
If you live in the UK you may have heard of Blackpool’s ‘The Big One’ or as it used to be called Pepsi Max Big One. Millennium Force is very similar, but the first drop is about 100ft higher. It is amazing, such a rush – I really loved this one.
- Height: 310 feet
- Speed: 93 mph
- Duration: one minute, 50 seconds
Just an evening at Cedar Point?
So, before we arrived we were all frustrated that we didnt have that long in the park. Knowing how long queues could be, we wondered if we would only get on a couple of rides. We actually did really well!
- Steel Vengeance
- Magnum XL
- Millennium Force
One last quick ride….
Our leader was coming to pick us up at 10pm. She said make sure you are waiting outside as there is nowhere for her to park. We were making our way out, when we noticed that Top Thrill Dragster had NO QUEUE. We all looked at each other and just ran, we pretty much got right onto the next one going. I was so happy that we got to go on this, I never thought I would have had the guts to years back.
We left Cedar Point and met up with the rest of the group who didnt go, they were at Thirsty Pony having drinks. Us lot had drinks and food as we hadn’t had dinner. Overall, a really great day!
Next stop…Niagara Falls
Let me know if you have any questions regarding Trek America or the places we visited ?