We had a full and fun weekend! My parents took us to Cedar Point, which was Allison’s first time. John and I had gone back in 2012, so we were excited to ride familiar rides, as well as try new ones.
We left around 8:30 Friday morning, and Allison was so thrilled. When she woke up, I went in her room and asked where we were going, and she said, “CEDAR POINT!” She rode with my parents and my sister, so John and I had 3 hours of quiet time. So amazing.
Have any of you ever been to Cedar Point? This place is huge! It also takes forever to walk anywhere, but at least it was great for my Fitbit steps. There isn’t one designated kiddie land; I think there were three smaller areas in the park, so we walked around quite a bit to make sure we hit all the rides.
Friday, for me, was mostly about Allison. I wanted her to try new rides and get on as much as possible. Just look at that happy face.
Some of the rides I was amazed she was tall enough for. Like this roller coaster right here. OH. MY. GOODNESS. My dad rode it with her the first time, and I think I about peed myself. She hasn’t learned to hold herself steady on the shaky rides, so we had to pretty much hold her against us, which worked out well because her poor head would be smashing against the side of the seat. And as soon as she got off, she wanted to get right back on, with me.
Right after that was a little show with the Peanuts characters. And I have to say, Allison’s in love with all of them. The kids were encouraged to get up and dance with the characters, but Allison stood right there the whole time and just stared. She’s so awe-struck, haha. She did end up doing the Hokey Pokey with them eventually, though.
My parents were kind enough to take Allison for a lot of the day while John, Kady, and I attempted to get on some of the bigger rides. We got on the Maverick, which I have no pictures of, but this ride shoots you up the first hill instead of slowly climbing with the chain. It was amazing, but we waited almost an hour to ride it.
This right here was what we wanted. The Top Thrill Dragster. This ride simulates a drag race, where the car sits in front of a light and wait for it to turn green. And once it does, it shoots you forward, up that hill at a 90 degree angle, and then back down just as fast. Holy cow, it’s awesome. But I had to psych myself up for it; I have to get on rides without thinking about it, otherwise I chicken out. We were about half an hour into the line, and just got into the station, when the ride shut down for mechanical reasons. Twice in a row. By that time, it was almost dinnertime and I couldn’t psych myself up anymore, so we left the line and finished up our day with dinner.
Our hotel suite was at the Sandcastle, right inside Cedar Point. It had a small living room area with a pull-out couch, and a bedroom with two beds. The plan was to put Allison in the play yard that we brought, but that failed horribly. Stick a toddler in an unfamiliar situation and she just melts down. She ended up sleeping in bed with us, and now I know why we don’t co-sleep. She wanted to cuddle up next to me, which meant I had about 2 inches of room to sleep on in an uncomfortable position. And when we woke up, somehow she was laying sideways, with her feet on John. Toddlers.
After a breakfast of bagels and bananas and chilling in the room for a bit, it was time to head out for the early entry time of 9:00 AM. There was one ride that we really wanted to get on, and that was the Valravn.
This right here. It’s one of the newest rides at Cedar Point, and it takes you up a high hill, stops right at the top, and drops you STRAIGHT DOWN at a 90 degree angle. It’s horrifying. On any normal day, there’s about a 2 hour wait to get on it, so we headed there first and got on in about 15-20 minutes. Did we enjoy it?
Yeah, it was awesome. We headed straight for the Gatekeeper next, which was another newer roller coaster. We had the same situation the day before, where it broke down right when we got up to the front of the line. We walked right on and rode it with no problems. At this point, it was almost 10:00, the opening of the park, so we made a mad dash for the Top Thrill Dragster, because we NEEDED to ride it before we left. We got up to the front of the line after about 10 minutes, and it broke down again. This time we stuck it out and finally got to ride it, and it was so worth it. Even though my eyes forced themselves closed on the way up.
After lunch, my parents and Kady took Allison back to the hotel to chill for a few hours, and John and I were able to spend some time by ourselves. We were really only able to ride the Millennium Force, which was voted the best coaster in the world. Totally worth the 40 minute wait, even though we had to ride it in the rain.
Let me talk about the food for a minute. My parents got us the all day dining plan, which means we could eat every 90 minutes. Seriously. We took full advantage of that on Saturday. Allison’s so incredibly picky, so we were limited in what we could get because we shared food with her. It was mostly pizza, chicken tenders, and fries. I did get a Doritos walking taco Friday night though, and it was delicious. There was a Subway, so I got a little sub as a “snack” Saturday morning. Walking makes you hungry! What I was most excited for, though, was this Chicago hot dog. When I found out there were specialty hot dogs on the meal plan, I spent all week leading up to this trip getting excited over a hot dog. It’s really sad now that I think about it. But this thing was HUGE, and the onion rings were delicious. So worth it.
After dinner Saturday night, we played on the beach for a short while, we all got a bath/shower in, and then finally got Allison to sleep, in our bed again, around 9:30. Our plan was to stay Saturday night and then leave Sunday morning. Well… at 11:30 Saturday night there was a knock on the door. I woke up and heard muffled voices and couldn’t figure out what was happening. My mom walked in a minute later and whispered in my ear, “We have to leave. They’re evacuating the entire island. We have 20 minutes.” WHAT. Friends, we have never packed so fast in my entire life. Running on two hours of sleep. And surprisingly, Allison was dead asleep through all the packing, waking up just for a little bit after picking her up and putting her in her car seat.
There was a huge water main break that affected the entire island. Because there was no water, there was now a fire hazard, so for safety reasons everyone had to leave. The park closed early, and it was just a huge mess. I felt so sorry for all the hotel employees. I still laugh about it, though; the whole situation was just so funny. Allison kept telling us she wanted to go back home and sleep in her bed and, well, she got her wish! At least all this happened after we got all the fun in; all we missed was a few hours of sleep.
All-in-all, this weekend was amazing, and we’re so appreciative of my parents who were able to take us. As you can see, I definitely got my exercise in, which hopefully burned off all the calories I consumed, haha. Now it’s back to real life, but I can’t wait to go back again!