When I was one of the luckiest people at Cedar Point

June 14, 2015 - 6:30 pm

I spent the day at Cedar Point on June 14, 2015. It was one of those hot, humid, sticky days that come so frequently in this part of the world, but it was not terribly crowded, and April and I got quite a bit of riding in. At around 6:30 pm, we took a ride on Maverick. As we pulled out of the station, we looked out across Sandusky Bay and saw the storm heading our way. The temperature dropped noticeably while we were on the ride. Just before our train pulled into the station to unload, I might have felt a single drop of rain. We exited the train, and as I walked up the stile to exit, the storm hit.

Maverick was running four trains. We exited, and the ride was shut down. For whatever reason, the crew was not able to dispatch the two trains in the station, including the one I had just exited, leaving the two remaining trains sitting on the brake run outside the station, fully loaded. Having exited the train, I pulled out the only camera I had with me at the time, the potato-grade video camera on my beloved Samsung SCH-U750 (Alias2) cell phone. I'm not sure if the unfortunate riders stuck on the trains would have fared any better in the station.

Here you can see the video in all its postage-stamp glory. The file is just under 3Mb; you might download it so you can scale it up in your favorite player.

When the storm was over, the crew brought the battery box out to the brake run to release the stuck riders, who then immediately scattered, not even waiting around for whatever compensation the park was more than willing to offer. Probably completely unnecessary skip-the-line passes or something.

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