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Halloweekends at Cedar Point is scary good

I took a break this weekend.

It was our family's fifth annual trip to Cedar Point for their Halloweekends event.

After all my trips to the Point, I'm still in awe driving up to the park. You know you're in for a treat when you see a skyline at an amusement park.

Despite our worries, the rain stayed away for the two days we were there, and we rode plenty of roller coasters -- multiple times.

I'm convinced our first trip there turned my oldest son into a roller-coaster freak. He seeks out thrill rides and doesn't want the day to end. He loves getting K'nex sets and building coasters.

Back to our weekend. We stayed at one of the resort hotels and got in an hour early both days, although we didn't need it to get on the rides we wanted.

We rode 16 of the 17 coasters -- we were all too tall for Jr. Gemini. My favorite ride is Millenium Force. If you're not too familiar, it has a 300-foot drop, reaches 93 mph and is a pure adrenalin rush. My second-favorite is Maverick.

My son's favorite ride is Maverick, which backs up his list of his best rides that he compiled in May. One peculiar thing about his list is M-Force isn't on it. When I asked him about it, he said it would be in his top five. Maybe I'll get him to make another list some day.

What I about Cedar Point, compared to, say, Kennywood, is you can get in line for a ride right up until the park closes. In our case, on Friday night, we rode Maverick twice within 20 minutes. We got back in line right at midnight for a third spin on the coaster that boasts a 95-degree drop.

For the entire weekend, our longest wait was 30 minutes for Maverick. There were many of the top rides where the wait was less than 15 minutes.

That's pretty much unheard of during the summer.

Which is just one reason we'd like to return next year around Halloween.


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