The first day of daily operation at Cedar Point is usually the first time the coaster community has the opportunity to see what is new at the park. The excitement of a 5-6 month wait finally coming to an end and the yearly adventure to explore a midway you have traveled hundreds of times begins. This year though, all roads seem to travel to one particular destination in the back of Frontier Town that does not even feature a new-for-2017 attraction. Along the way, you will find the relocated and re-themed Professor Delbert’s Frontier Fling (formerly Rip-Cord) re-positioned comfortably in Shoot The Rapids former location, but most will just keep on walking. Eagerly anticipating the first sight of the beautiful steel track sneaking over the horizon of Maverick’s first drop, you rush towards the former Mean Streak Outside of riding the train and Maverick, you may get the bright idea to ride SkyHawk or Cedar Creek Mine Ride to try to get a view of what is going on. While travelling up the second lift hill of Cedar Creek Mine Ride, you get an elevated view towards “Mean Streak” and see 2 cranes and several construction workers and Cedar Point staff in the general area of the ride, but there’s not much else to see.
So, with two weekends into the season, what do we know? The first thing we know is that Cedar Fair’s flagship park is still not ready for the public to know too much. Closing off the back of the park for nearly two hours on the first day of daily operations is a clear sign they want you interested but not overly informed [just yet]. Even further signs of this is the steel gates blocking off the public from even walking back towards the former railroad crossing to get up close pictures and views (which was previously open during opening weekend a week prior). Even after the back of the park was reopened the closest you can get now is the waiting area for the CP&LE Railroad. The other thing we know is whatever is happening, it will be big (but with the lift hill only briefly started we still do not know how big), reddish in color, and features at least one inversion. The conversion “seems” to be closing in on at least the mid-way point, but even that remains a mystery. Outside of that, we know very little, and it seems that [at least so far] Cedar Point is perfectly okay with that. However, it is hard to completely hide the progress of the secret 2018 project going on in the back of the park – like the park’s Director of Communication, Tony Clark, said, there isn’t a tarp that is large enough for that structure. More updates to come as the season progress – Really More Coming; in the meantime, does anybody have a boat?
[Feature image courtesy of Coaster Addict Jarrod.]