Roller Coaster Ride at Cedar Point

A few weeks back, when I real­ized that the world’s largest automak­er was head­ing towards bank­rupt­cy, I did a nos­tal­gic pho­to-post of Gen­er­al Motors World Head­quar­ters at the Renais­sance Cen­ter and Detroit. This week, Six Flags, one of the world’s largest amuse­ment park com­pa­ny in the world announced that it is fil­ing for bank­rupt­cy. It seems that in this eco­nom­ic down­turn, peo­ple don’t want to spend their hard-earned mon­ey to get amused. So here is anoth­er nos­tal­gic pho­to-post of a day at an amuse­ment park that was loose­ly affil­i­at­ed with Six Flags.

Cedar Point at San­dusky, Ohio cur­rent­ly holds the world record for the max­i­mum num­ber of roller coast­ers, one of which is the world’s sec­ond tallest and sec­ond fastest roller coast­er. It has been vot­ed The Best Amuse­ment Park In The World for 11 con­sec­u­tive years (yes, over Dis­ney­world in Flori­da). This is how the park looks from the air (not my pho­to):

It was a cloudy, rainy day that we went to Cedar Point. We were anx­ious, but the rides were for­tu­nate­ly open and run­ning. Click on any of the pic­tures to get the high­er res­o­lu­tion.

Cedar Point Cable CarsCedar Point Generic 1

The cable car runs through the entire length of the park, since walk­ing around the whole day can become quite tir­ing!

Cedar Point Generic 2Cedar Point Generic 3

It was a bit dif­fi­cult to get good out­door pho­tographs because the light was poor in rainy con­di­tions.

Cedar Point Up DownCedar Point Antique Car

The Top Thrill Drag­ster has been the most thrilling expe­ri­ence of my life. Paraglid­ing at the foot of the Himalayas didn’t come any­where close. 0 to 120 mph (193 kmph) in 4 sec­onds. A 90 degree climb up to 420 feet (~ 50 sto­ries) and a 90 degree straight fall while spi­ral­ing 270 degrees. All over in just 17 sec­onds. I man­aged to cap­ture a train climb­ing, at the top, and descend­ing:

Top Thrill Dragster UpTop Thrill Dragster TopTop Thrill Dragster Down

See more pic­tures of this demon here. The offi­cial page has more tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion as well as addi­tion­al mul­ti­me­dia. And if you want to know how it actu­al­ly feels like, I found this on YouTube:

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  • I would like to go there some­time. The trou­ble is find­ing some­one to go with! 😐 My friends don’t enjoy roller coast­er rides. We have a Six Flags park nearby…I don’t know if it will close down. I know that the CEO has been clos­ing down unprof­itable parks since the past year or so.

    But yes, this piece of news is quite sad­den­ing. Not sure what will remain of this econ­o­my.

  • fast­dots

    That sounds like one wild ride! Unfor­tu­nate­ly, just like Ruhi, I am sur­round­ed by peo­ple who dont enjoy roller coast­ers! Maybe thats why all the amuse­ment parks are going out of busi­ness.

    Anoth­er rea­son I think is that they charge too much and you spend a lot of time just wait­ing for a ride!

  • I like to watch the rides rather than go on them. I have a height fear. Seems like fun though.

  • Six Flags has been in trou­ble for a long time..I have nev­er been to one though. Hate heights 🙂

  • I love amuse­ment parks, but this state­ment is lim­it­ed to me fan­ta­siz­ing about vis­it­ing them. For some rea­sons, time and mon­ey, this was the last item on my list of things to do. But per­haps some day I’ll vis­it Canada’s won­der­land just out­side the city.

    Cable car con­cept is fun! 🙂

  • Dev

    Mahen­dra, that was nos­tal­gic. I dont have balls for most of the rides, but I still like vis­it­ing amuse­ment parks with oth­er peo­ple. I havent been to six flags myself, but it’s very much part of the cul­ture here.

  • Nev­er been to an amuse­ment park of this type. In fact nev­er been on one of the real dan­ger­ous roller coast­ers! Looks excit­ing though but for peo­ple like us in India we have to make do with the tame ones!

  • I went to Black­pool some­time back. Will be doing a post on that soon. The high­est the ride went there was just 200 Feet. 🙁 But it was AWESOME!! 😀

  • Mahen­dra, I have been abroad many a time and to many coun­tries too and in fact spent a cou­ple of months in the US 🙂 Just did not go to an amuse­ment park. Only been to amuse­ment parks in India.