Since we attended the Winter Chill Out off season tour at Cedar Point we were entered into a drawing for passes to the Media Day event for Rougarou. We had a 1 in 6 chance and we won! We were each able to bring one guest along for media day so here’s a look at Rougarou media day and Cedar Point opening day!
Showing up nice and early at 5 AM for media day there were a few snacks for us to try. The Rougarou ice cream was amazing and the Rougacool Freestyle pop was interesting to say the least. Sadly they were not offering RougaBREW to try but they did have a display of it.
The park is empty besides the Rougarou area.
The sign all lit up which has howling sound effects nearby. Very neat in the dark.
Tony Clark giving an interview while Rougarou zooms through it’s massive loop.
Let’s go for a ride shall we? Zero wait!
The dive loop looks very neat in the dark with the new lights.
Almost at the station!
The third train still waits on the transfer track during media day.
In the beginning of the morning they were assigning rows but after a while it was open seating.
A closer look at the trains and station during media day.
And a look at the restraints for the ride. Very similar to other floorless coasters over the shoulder but they don’t seem to click as much until they lock. Not quite like the old school B&M over the shoulder restraints like Raptor. Could also be since they are brand new.
All right you ready to go?
The sun is starting to rise and you can see the new fog effect at the bottom of the first drop.
The dive loop and Millennium Force in the background.
The front row looks excited.
The massive loop is still a great aspect of the ride.
Into the dive loop.
One of the spots of the ride where it feels faster than Mantis.
The incline loop as seen from the exit area of the ride.
Rougarou coming off the mid course break run. It was here where the ride would come to a halt as Mantis but it only slows the train a tad now, so the second half is much faster than before, and provides some surprising moments of air time.
The corkscrew, you might get your head banged here but still much more comfortable than Mantis was.
The fog awaits!
So what did I think of Rougarou?!? Well it’s a much more improved ride now versus the original Mantis roller coaster. It definitely rides smoother than before and as I mentioned the second half is faster than it was before. Mantis had a great layout but the stand up concept never worked right so it’s amazing to see that it could be converted into a floorless coaster. Kraken at Sea World Orlando was the best floorless coaster I had been on, and after riding Rougarou it’s definitely right up there with Kraken. Also to go from a ride that we wouldn’t ride too much at Cedar Point to now a most likely ride is an awesome addition to the park. Rougarou is up there in my top coasters at Cedar Point and if the line isn’t long for it I’m definitely not going to hesitate to give it a ride, like I would before when it was Mantis. So overall it’s not the flashiest addition this year, (that’ll be next year) but it’s certainly a good one!
There was a delay in the station for some TV filming.
I decided to take some pictures while Holly and John continued to ride, I then managed to get interviewed by News Channel 5. More on that later!
Some of the floor control panels.
Riders ready to climb the lift.
And look there’s Holly and John in the front seat!
Oh no a Rougarou spotting!
This Rougarou is certainly photogenic.
Love this picture.
The RougaBREW display, sadly we did not get to try any. 😦 We will later though. 😛
The Baltimore Orioles had apparently moved into Sandusky this weekend.
A look back at an empty park.
At this point we decided to take a walk out to the car and visit the Marina for some exciting views of the park and Rougarou.
This is sure an interesting statue.
Not totally sure the meaning…..
I’m sure this plot of land will look a lot different next year.
A sunrise over Raptor.
I need this license plate.
The iconic first hill of Millennium Force.
John is enjoying the chairs in the Marina.
You don’t get this view from inside the park.
Rougarou and Dragster in all their glory.
And a wide shot of the whole area.
Millennium’s reflection in the water.
This seagull was so still it almost looked fake.
Alright time to go rejoin media day.
Here they go!
The gates are open and the riders are ready to go!
Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 was interviewing Bryan Edwards about Rougarou.
A look at all the media vehicles on the Millennium midway.
My favorite part of Rougarou is still the incline loop. Loved this section on Mantis and it’s even better on Rougarou!
A closer look at the corkscrew courtesy of my phone.
Still love the way that incline loop looks over the water.
So a little bit about the floor now. To convert Mantis into a floorless coaster it wasn’t as simple as changing trains. A retractable floor had to be built and here it is with the floor down.
Once the train pulls in the floor however starts to rise.
And then lock in and now you can exit and enter the ride! Also notice the extra step right below the seats. This to my knowledge isn’t on any other floorless coaster and it’s because I believe these seats are still a tad higher than regular floorless coasters to match the intended center of gravity of Mantis. Pretty neat huh?
One more look at the station floor and track.
This is what a 5AM start to media day will do to you. Poor Johnny!
Our awesome Rougarou parking permit!
Rougarou media day was a great event as always, it was weird there was no morning press conference but instead this media day was all about the rides on Rougarou. You could get plenty of them if you wanted, it was a walk on all morning. Rougarou is a great addition to the park and definitely a huge upgrade over Mantis. Take a ride on it the next time you’re at Cedar Point!
After being denied early check in at the Hotel Breakers we decided to pull over a grab a shot of Mean Streak.
With no park activities till 7 PM we decided to visit Battery Park in Sandusky to get a view of Cedar Point from across the bay.
A speedboat and Cedar Point!
Millennium Force and Dragster still the two top dogs at Cedar Point.
Maverick deserves some love too!
Our best attempt at a selfie with Cedar Point in the background.
It was now time to check in to the newly remodeled and redone Hotel Breakers! I always wanted to stay here in the past but heard the rooms weren’t very nice. With the remodel I was excited to check it out on the first night the new hotel opened up! So let’s check out our brand new room.
We got to pass under Magnum testing.
The new sign installed this year by the Hotel Breakers.
The entrance to the Hotel Breakers.
Some of the retro signs on display outside the hotel.
It’s all new and clean!
The stained glass just inside the entrance.
Walking down the hallway into…..
..the lobby and a line. Well it wouldn’t be Cedar Point without a line. 😛
The lobby is very well done.
Time to check in!
Looking up into the amazing rotunda.
Welcome to the Hotel Breakers!
First up we checked out the new Surf Lounge bar and……
had some RougaBREW! In fact we were the first ones to try it.
We took our RougaBREW out to beach to enjoy a great view of the lake.
The middle section of the Hotel Breakers.
The east end of the hotel.
And the tower section where our room would be located.
A look at Windseeker and Wicked Twister.
The Beach Shack where you can grab some snacks for the beach.
Guests were already enjoying the indoor pool.
And we’re here!
The view when you walk in.
The couch with a classic picture above it.
The corner kitchen type area. There’s a microwave inside the cabinets.
The bedroom with Gatekeeper head boards.
Another area of storage space.
Our view from our private balcony.
The bathroom with the barrel of fun. 😛
The sink area outside the bathroom.
The head board close up.
The room was incredible! Everything about it is top notch. This truly felt like we went away somewhere like Orlando but really we were only an hour from home! So we decided to relax and turn on the TV and find……….
Myself on TV! My interview from Newschannel 5 earlier in the day on media day!
Inside our room was a book with all kinds of information including a list of Cedar Fair parks with Wildwater Kingdom at the top of that list!
The bottom of the Coke chairs, made out of 111 bottles of recycled Coca Cola!
We noticed something about the products in the hotel they were made in the USA.
Everything was, including even the furniture. Very neat!
The carousel horses down the main hallway into the hotel.
The gift shop inside the hotel can take care of all your snack and drink needs should you forget anything at home.
Well after a bit of relaxing and dinner at Perkins, which was very good by the way, it was time for Season Passholder night at Cedar Point!
The seagulls were having a meeting by the Dragster.
Here we go!
Some guest enjoying their rides on Magnum.
Over by Rougarou I noticed these on the path from the first rider auction earlier in the day.
The line for Rougarou was insanely long. Good thing we got plenty of rides on it earlier.
We hopped aboard the train since that seemed to be the only thing open. Millennium wasn’t even cycling.
Nope empty seats.
Ahh we will enjoy an Elephant Ear tomorrow.
Dragster appeared ready to open and then nope not opening.
So far Season Passholder night was a disaster. To be fair Dragster nor Maverick were listed as rides that would be open BUT rides that were not listed did open such as the train. And one big ride that was listed as supposed to be open was Millennium Force which showed no signs of life. The crews were at every ride training, they should’ve replaced Millennium with another ride. Well let’s continue on….
Let’s check out the new Sweet Spot.
The selection of candy apples.
A look at the whole store.
As the sun began to set we decided to make our way toward the new Wicked Twister midway.
The Dodgems also not ready to open.
Well let’s ride Gatekeeper.
So not the biggest fan of Gatekeeper but it was one of the only coasters open, and because of that I believe we waited about an hour for it which personally I think is way too long. Though after getting off I was able to grab some awesome night shots of the area, so not all was lost.
This photo is stunning!
The Giant Wheel always looks great at night.
The relocated Calypso now Tiki Twirl also looked very lonely.
Wicked Twister which was in literal pieces, more on that later.
So overall Season Pass Preview Night was kinda a waste. Good thing we didn’t drive up for just that or we would’ve been very disappointed. This is the first year the Cedar Fair parks have done the Season Pass Preview Nights and while some have gone good, most of them at other parks have been disasters as well. It’s neat to allow season passholders in a day early but hopefully next year they’ll work out some of the kinks. Now back to our beautiful room. 🙂
A view of the Breakers from the beach.
A wider look at the hotel and beach.
The main section of the hotel.
Outside the main entrance are these incredible fire pits. An amazing way to spend a relaxing evening.
Back inside we decided to catch the end of Game 3 of the Cavs Bulls series.
Unfortunately the Cavs lost on a last second shot, but they’d go on to win the series so it’s all alright. 🙂
Our view of the park at night from our balcony.
The full head board of Gatekeeper after we robbed all the pillows from that bed.
Waking up to this view could never get old.
The beach front in the early morning.
The sun has still yet to rise.
Historical markers by the beach.
Here’s another one.
The fire pits were still on in the morning, so they must be on all night!
Looking down at the east side of the hotel.
The main rotunda lights in the early morning.
Is that the sun beginning to rise?!?
A few birds decide to also enjoy watching the sun rise with us.
The sun beaming onto the water.
Nothing beats a few small waves and a sunrise.
A look back down at the park.
We pretty much have the beach to ourselves this morning.
Hopefully Millennium will be ready this morning!
The wide span of the lake.
Still such an amazing sunrise.
Again our best take on a sunrise selfie.
The sun sure is beaming now.
Just look at the hotel illuminated by it!
A look down on the fire pits again.
Hmm wonder if this is busy today…
Plenty of guests getting their early morning coffee fix.
What would you like? 😛
Just in case you forgot where we were staying. 😛
Carousel horses are everywhere inside the hotel.
Hope you like horses. 😛
The chandelier in the lobby.
This is the one of the only pictures I took of the Perkins inside the hotel. We ate there for dinner and breakfast. Great prices and great food.
Perkins owned and operated by Cedar Fair.
On the second floor of the lobby is a collection of pictures of some of your favorite scream machines from inside the park.
A very neat and fun display.
From classics down to…
…some new ones.
Check it out the next time you’re at the Breakers.
Let’s take the elevator up shall we?
We’re checking out the rotunda!
The view from the rotunda window is very cool!
And hey look there’s the car!
Looking down from the rotunda top floor.
And here’s our line up of early entry rides this morning.
Rougarou is getting ready for the morning.
The view from our front row parking spot. haha
One last look at our tower section before moving on.
Ahh Millennium Force!
But first let’s check out the miniature horses at the….
Yay it’s running today let’s go catch a ride!
Millennium Force is sporting new fiberglass bodies on the trains this year. Problem was yellow train was nowhere to be found on opening day, must’ve still been getting ready. So with a two train operation on opening day the line was a little long, however still totally worth it. Millennium is running great this year if not AMAZING! So far the fiberglass trains have made a world of difference on the ride, there’s no rattling and the ride seems so much smoother now. Always an amazing coaster and an even better one this year!
To cool off for a bit we went into the Red Garter Saloon where a band Yearbook was playing. It was neat to see that since the normal line up for shows for the summer was not ready yet that they brought in a band to come play for the weekend. Problem was the AC was not working in the Red Garter when we walked in.
Overall a good show, plus a great way to cool off. Once the AC got fixed inside the Red Garter during the show.
Next up we hopped on the train for a ride around the park.
Millennium’s elevator lift cable.
New this year on Maverick is the vest restraints which allow much more comfort than before with the hard restraints and head banging. Plus you can now put your hands up since you don’t have to brace yourself anymore. Check out the train, there’s something you’re not used to seeing on Maverick!
Hmm something about this picture seems off. Not sure if the restraints match the sign anymore. 😛
Sadly before getting on Maverick today the ride broke down. It was up and down all day.
We will ride you soon!
Closed…. the theme of the day.
Boneville was open for business though!
Such a fun part of the train ride.
Definitely a busy opening day. The weather couldn’t have been better either.
Shoot the Rapids is still taking it’s winter nap.
While the new hotness lurks in the bayou.
A great picture of Millennium I captured from the train.
No fire on today. 😦
Mantis… errr Rougarou’s second half. 😛
Rougarou ride photo.
The ride was quite popular today.
The trim brake on the first drop is not in use. Yay!
The Rougarou sign roars and howls all night long. We know because we slept with the window open all night. 🙂
The Point Pavilion got a new sign this year.
These are also new shirts this year. Pretty clever.
Gatekeeper continues to dominate the front of the park.
Hmm seems there’s some flowers missing here or something.
Raptor was running great though!
Front row is loving it.
Kick the sky!
Ride is still a top B&M inverted coaster, though it could certainly use a paint job soon.
The kiddie kingdom carousel was even closed and maintenance was working on it.
This one was open though!
Such a classic and such a great ride.
There’s even some flowers here!
Here’s our Elephant Ear I told you we’d get. Mmmm so yummy!
These are the new wet floor signs in the bathrooms this year. Don’t slip on the banana!
Looks very barren, hopefully it’ll look better in a few weeks.
Windseeker was also not operational today.
The new Lakeside Pavilions, we’ll see these for Coastermania!
One last look at our hotel before leaving for the day.
Millennium on the way out as the storm clouds roll in.
Returning to the park just a few days later I went to check out Wicked Twister…
Yup still in pieces.
Get well soon Wicked Twister. 😛
I also grabbed some shots of Rougarou’s under side. A neat perspective on the floor of this floorless coaster.
And after missing out on a tweetup coin on opening day by people breaking the rules. coughrunningcough I got one still within opening week. There’s only 500 of these made each season so it’s a great collectors item!
Got the coin let’s go for a ride!
Storm is rolling in let’s get out of here.
Geeze the wind surely picked up.
The newly renovated Hotel Breakers is a huge win for Cedar Point. When staying there it truly does have the resort feel to it. Although the park was a little rough around the edges this year, I’m sure most attention was paid to the hotel in the off season, it’s still a great place to visit. I’m sure it will be in much better shape when we return for CoasterMANIA. So for now so long from Cedar Point and we’ll see you in a few weeks with a HUGE update from CoasterMANIA!