Cedar Point: 8 year-old DAREDEVIL (and a GIVEAWAY!) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 June 2012 00:00

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Did I ever tell you about the time (last summer) when I took three kids to Cedar Point, sans husband, for twelve hours? My cell phone ran out of batteries at about nine in the evening. I found a pay phone and called Jeff, "We are having a blast. Don't worry about us. I promise we'll be home before midnight."


The thing about Cedar Point is that it's totally do-able with small kids. The only problem is that those small kids turn into big kids. Overnight.


Enter one of the WORLD'S MOST TALLEST, FASTEST, LONGEST coasters in the world: Millenium Force. Our ambitious eight-year-old middle child grew a couple of inches since last summer and was "so ready to ride." She rode the coaster, for the first time in her life with her hands up in the air. We had to purchase the over-priced photo documenting her milestone.


Hands up in the air!


As if that wasn't enough, she craved for more and went from zero to 120 MPH in less than four seconds on the Top Thrill Dragster that took her up 400 feet. I had many panic attacks just watching...



Kuddos to my husband that accompanied my little daredevil. Thank you Cedar Point for hosting us. We'll be back, as soon as I recover from watching my daredevil.




THIS JUST IN! Cedar Point has graciously offered a giveaway to my readers. Tell me about the first roller coaster you went on (in the comments below) for a chance to win a FAMILY PACK OF FOUR TICKETS!!! to use before Labor Day 2012.  One comment per email address. Giveaway ends this Friday, June 8th at midnight. Good luck.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 20:52


# Kelly C 2012-06-03 23:10
That's so cute. My just turned 3 year old is very tall for his age. He begged me to let him ride a roller coaster a few weeks ago at Legoland. Not a kiddie, not a big deal, roller coaster. No. A "You must be 40 inches to ride" wooden roller coaster. And he did it. With his arms in the air. I couldn't believe it. Since then, he's also been on the big kid rides at Disney too (Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Test Track, Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids, etc). He's now begging to go on Rockin Roller Coaster and Space Mountain (he's too short). He's my little wild child. In the meantime, his 11 year old brother won't set foot on one. LOL
# Amy 2012-06-04 07:09
Why is the second kid a daredevil. I have one too. My eldest will not go on a big coaster if her life depended on it. She cries when we went on the Magnum at Cedar Point. My 7 yr old hands in the air. Enjoy!
# clevelandsaplum 2012-06-04 08:57
my first roller coaster was the gemini at cedar point (i think the blue side)! my older cousin took me on it and she told me to just laugh laugh laugh the whole time so i wouldn't be scared - it worked and i've been hooked ever since!
# Crystal @EatDrinkCle 2012-06-04 09:00
My first roller coaster was at the Kiddie Park at Kennywood in Pennsylvania. I would go there every year with my Grammie and couldn't wait to be able to go on the big girl rides! Thankfully I was tall for my age so I was riding all the coasters like crazy. Daredevils Rule!
# Managed Chaos 2012-06-04 09:04
Way to go Lola! You're such a brave girl (much braver than I am).

My first coaster was the Blue Streak at Cedar Point and I have fond memories of riding the Gemini with my high school boyfriend.
# Beyond Normal Mom 2012-06-04 09:05
My first roller coaster was the Racer at Kings Island. I was really proud of myself because I have a bit of a thing with heights.... I'm still a bit intimidated by Cedar Point, but I will give it a try for the boys.
# kakaty 2012-06-04 09:22
My first coaster was the Gemini at CP. I very literally tried to CLIMB OUT of the car as we went up the first hill (my sister LOVES to remind me about this as she was my seat mate). I clung to her the entire time. The moment we got off I asked to go again.
# Kristin K 2012-06-04 09:28
The Double Loop at Geauga Lake was my first coaster. I was simultaneously terrified and thrilled. We've come a long way baby ... my new favorite is Top Thrill Dragster simply because it's ridiculous in height! MF is a very close second. Adrie, my youngest, is my riding buddy. I've got a daredevil too :) Boy, could we use a four-pack of tickets ... fingers crossed! Thanks, P.
# Rachel 2012-06-04 09:31
My first roller coaster was the Double Loop at Geauga Lake when I was eight or nine. I was really scared of roller coasters and my parents thought it might be tame enough for me.
# soccermomof3 2012-06-04 09:37
Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. I was terrified! My middle and youngest children are fearless and would love to try out rides at Cedar Point. Oldest kid is a bit more timid when it comes to amusement parks. Haven't taken kids to CP yet, but would love to add this to our summer list!
# Jeanne 2012-06-04 09:39
My first was the American Eagle at Six Flags Great America. I thought I was going to die! My uncle took me on and literally held my hands in the air going down the biggest drop. I have been scared of roller coasters ever since.
# Jen 2012-06-04 10:17
My first roller coaster was called Zambe Zee Zinger in Kansas City at Worlds of Fun. It went up in circles, dropped down and had a tunnel. I loved the circles as a child, and loved yelling in the tunnel.

We would LOVE to win these tickets--we are actually planning the 12 hour drive to CedarPoint because my kids are just like your one--roller coaster crazies. We've been to Worlds of Fun so many times they are "bored" with the roller coasters there, and are ready for a challenge!
# C. Renee 2012-06-04 10:29
My first coaster ride was the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake around eight years old. I'm pretty sure there was an ugly cry that accompanied it, too. How long ago those days were! Those new coasters are cool, but I still prefer the classicness of the wooden Mean Streak and simplicity of the Magnum.
# Annie Block 2012-06-04 10:54
I think my first coaster was the Blue Streak at Cedar Point. It's a classic! I couldn't wait to ride the Magnum when it came out but I think I chickened out the first time. :)
# Jessica B. 2012-06-04 11:41
I have been waiting to take my team, but this is the summer! Had to drag Ben away from Blossom's carnival rides!
# Christine Lemon 2012-06-04 11:42
My first coaster was the vortex at King's Island when I was 17. I haven't been on any since then, due to said panic attacks that you spoke of. However, I do love going to these parks for the other rides and the awesome/terrible (& overpriced) food that you buy...
# Kelly 2012-06-04 11:55
My very first coster was the Raptor at Cedar Point. It was the spring of 1997, the day after prom (I was a junior), we waited in line for over and hour. When we were about next, my body decided it couldn't take it anymore and I peed my pants right there in line. I was so terrified of roller coaster and that is why I had a nervous stomach and I flippin peed my pants. I still went on it and hated it. My date and friends made me ride a few more after I changed. I will never forget my first coster
# Heather 2012-06-04 12:24
I grew up going to Cedar Point at least once a summer, sometimes more, if I was lucky. Amusement parks that I have been to in my adult years pale in comparison to CP (America's Roller Coast, don't ya know) and I have no desire to go elsewhere to satisfy my rollercoaster cravings. I'm not sure that this was my first roller coaster, but I can remember like it was yesterday (it was 30 years ago)... I was about 8 or 10 years old, and I was riding the Gemini with my dad, hanging on for dear life with my head down between my arms, and my eyes squeezed shut. I can still hear my dad's laughter as he lifted my head and encouraged me to "Watch where you're going!! Watch where you're going!!" It was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. I lifted my head and then my arms and allowed the thrilling feeling to overshadow the terror. Cedar Point has been thrilling me, and now my children, ever since.
# Barb 2012-06-04 12:34
My first roller coaster was at Cedar Point - Gemini! I haven't been back in decades (literally) and would love to take the kiddos.
# Kathy Elliott 2012-06-04 12:48
The first roller coaster I went on was at the Iowa State Fair in 1959. It was called 'The Mouse'. My Mother rode with me and she was 6 months pregnant at the time with my sister Laurie.
# Sarah Wegener 2012-06-04 13:19
My first roller coaster ride was when I was in high school. My boyfriend(now husband) took me there and got me to ride the magnum. I spent the whole time going up telling him how much I hated him. Once the ride was over I couldn't wait to get back on:) I was a roller coaster freak after that:)
# dinakay 2012-06-04 13:30
My first roller coaster was probably the "Screaming Eagle" at 6 Flag over Mid-America in St. Louis. It likely pales by comparision to the coasters of today, but at the time it was one of the tallest ones. I love it! We didn't do trips like that, so when we went as a family it was an awesome and special thing.
# lceel 2012-06-04 13:41
My first "You gotta have hair to do this" was 'The Bobs' at Riverview Park in Chicago. It was, at the time, billed as the world's fastest roller coaster. Wooden. Creaky. Rattle-y. Bumpy. And you didn't have hair if you didn't ride 'hands in the air'.
# Gina Cook 2012-06-04 13:55
My first roller coaster was the double loop at Geauga Lake. I road with my dad, and just a few turns after we got off it got stuck! I was so glad that wasn't us!
# Julie Mast 2012-06-04 14:12
We love Cedar Point!

After my first roller coaster experience, it's amazing I ever went on one again! =) We went on the Screaming Eagle at Six Flags in St. Louis. It was their new huge wooden roller coaster (big deal in the 70's!). I convinced my dad to go on it with me, even though he HATES roller coasters. He was green most of the way through the ride, and threw up in a flower bed as soon as we walked off the ride. I had the BEST time though...amazingly, he let me go by myself the next time. =)
# Amanda Bone 2012-06-04 14:52
It was the Beast at Kings Island.
# Nadia 2012-06-04 16:04
I also live cedar point! We try to go every year on summer vacation with my father, brother, and 2 friends. My father pays for the whole thing! Such a nice guy. Anyway, there was a storm the day we went but it passed. There was literally nobody in the park so we got to ride the top thrill dragster and millennium force with virtually no wait!!! It was the best! I really enjoyed the article by the way! I can really relate!
# Annabelle 2012-06-04 16:05
My first ride was called The King Cobra at Kings Island. I was about 11 years old and it was a stand-up ride. I was scared to death, but wanted to ride it again by the time I was done!!
# Linda Miller 2012-06-04 16:06
My first was the Gemini at CP. I was 12 yrs old and it scared me to death. I wasn't paying attention when the ride was over and got off on the wrong side. The people working the ride said I had to ride it again in order to exit the right way. After that ordeal, I learned to love coasters.
# Amy R. 2012-06-04 16:07
My first roller coaster was actually the Raptor at Cedar Point! I am the youngest of my family (therefore the shortest) so everyone was tall enough to ride. My Dad came up with the idea to stack Uno cards in my shoes so that I was tall enough to ride the ride with my family. You bet I got to ride the Raptor! Still one of my favorite rides! :)
# shiloh s. 2012-06-04 16:11
My first coaster was the corkscrew, I was so terrified I was going to vomit all over everyone, but I didn't! I'm still a coaster addict and have passed that on to my 10 year old daughter who loves them as much as her mommy :lol:
# Heather K. 2012-06-04 16:18
My first ever coaster was the Gemini at Cedar Point! I was scared to death, but by the end of it all I became a rollar coaster fanatic!
# JMH 2012-06-04 16:18
Since I am Kakakaty's sister (comment at 9:22) I can assure you that is a true story about her!! My first roller coaster ride was also at Cedar Point....I rode the Blue Streak when I was 6 years old. I remember almost flying out of the seat on the first hill!! :) I was with my BFF and we rode it several times that day.
On a side note, I worked at Cedar Point one summer and I lived in the dorm behind the Corkscrew...sometimes I would wake up in the morning from the people screaming on the ride :) Also, as employees, we could ride the rides at night (after closing) with ALL of the lights off...that was a FUN experience!
# Justin Hollinshead 2012-06-04 16:21
Great story! I remember the first time my family and I visited Cedar Point when Millennium Force had just opened. I had never been on a roller coaster before. I waited in line for 3 hours (a line that looped back into frontier land!). By the time we made it to the exit dock, I chickened out. Started crying, begging to not go on. So my parents did what any loving parent would; let me wait by the photo hut so try could ride!!

That same summer we visited Geauga lake in Aurora. My mom dragged me into the Batman ride line, which was probably close to 2 hours. I cried my eyes out the entire length of the line. People were starring, telling my mom to "get out of line"... She ignored everybody and by the time we made it to the station, I had no tears left to shed. I was hearded onto the floorless coaster and immediately wrapped my fingers tight around my moms hand. For the 2 minute ride, I would not let go. By the time it was over, I was laughing and smiling ear to ear and couldn't wait to get back in line... Haven't passed up the opportunity to ride a coaster since!
# Josh S 2012-06-04 16:47
Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun in 1990. My parents tricked me onto the ride at six years old, insisting it was the path to the cotton candy or frozen lemonade or whatever expensive refreshment it was that I just had to have at the time. It scared the crap out of me and it took over 12 years for me to muster up the guts to ride another. Now I love them, and Millennium Force is definitely one of my favorites!
# Manny 2012-06-04 17:09
The Wildcat at Idora Park in Youngstown Ohio. Don't remember much except that when I watch animal planet once in awhile I get a shiver of fear when they mention the name. Unforunately I will never get to experience it with my 9 year old who just reached hight requirements for most coasters. But I think one from Cedar Point would suffice.
# Tiffany Heffner 2012-06-04 17:38
Actually, the first roller coaster I rode was the Corkscrew at Cedar Point when I was like 11. My cousins live in Sandusky and we used to go every summer, but I was afraid to ride the coasters until that time. Now I still love the coasters, but sometimes I can't. Having 3 kids has changed my equilibrium, I think, and a couple of my old favorites aren't my favorites anymore. :-(
# Matthew D 2012-06-04 17:45
My first coaster was the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake. I was completely scared until the first drop was over with and the lesson taught me to face my fear of heights. Thanks. Looking to take my three cousins (ages 12, 9, 7)!
# Jennifer Rees 2012-06-04 17:53
We are going later this year, but dude. Holy CRAP your daughter is brave!
# DAVE B 2012-06-04 18:17
I heard of a "home movie" from Cedar Point and their first roller coaster RIDE would that help "win " tickets if it was located for veiwing ....now have three grand children and two great grand children that seen the SUMMER GETAWAYS flyer.!!
# Ashley 2012-06-04 18:23
I do believe my first "big coaster" was the raptor. We sill have the picture of my eyes essentially popping out of my head. Ever since then I have been hooked! My boyfriend and I took his sister on her first front row ride on the raptor this past year
# April Durrer 2012-06-04 18:38
What a brave girl! My first memory of a rollercoaster is Dragon Fire at Canada's Wonderland, I wasnt much older than your daughter. My sisters and I visited Cedar Point as kids, and are finally returning this summer for the first time in over 6 years! We cant wait to share it with our husbands and kids!
# Melissa Schneider 2012-06-04 18:43
I did not grow up anywhere near Ohio but the first roller coaster ever went on was the Blue Streak at Cedar Point when I was 12. My parents had recently divorced and my dad decided to start a tradition of taking my brother and I each on a long weekend trip. My dad wanted to instill a sense of adventure in me and decided we should travel from Wilmington, Delaware to the premier amusement park for roller coasters. Thirty years later, after I had relocated to northeast Ohio, I made sure that the first roller coaster my children rode was also the Blue Streak at Cedar Point!
# Caren Drink 2012-06-04 18:49
I went to Cedar Point as a teenager (I grew up in CA but had family in OH) and I remember how awesome their rides are. I'm a grown up now and I would love to take my family there this summer!
# Kevin scarberry 2012-06-04 18:54
My first ride was the Blue Streak back in 1980 with my father. I'm now 43 and went to Cedar Point just yesterday by myself and purchased a Fast Lane ticket, and rode the Millennium Force 50 times, was an awesome day, but I have to say my body aches now but it was ALL worth it. I would love the opportunity to take my whole family!
# Tiffany 2012-06-04 19:26
My first roller coaster was at Cedar Point and I was 5 or 6 I think. That was actually the last time I was there!! It was very big and made of wood and I rode it with my Uncle.
# Marta 2012-06-04 20:26
I had a heart attack just watching that. My first roller coaster was Space Mountain at Disney. I don't DO real roller coasters!
# Christine W 2012-06-04 21:14
My first roller coaster was at Six Flags Great America called the Demon...so fun and scary!
# Angie S. 2012-06-04 22:12
My first real roller coaster was The Beast at King's Island. It's a brain-shaker for sure! Haven't been to Cedar Point in forever, but last year my husband took our 9-year-old daughter and they had a blast. Love that they share the memories of taking on those awesome coasters together!
# Sarah 2012-06-04 22:43
My first coaster was the Super Duper Looper at Hershey Park. I was NOT a daredevil and my parents ended up dragging me onto it when I was 12! These days, I love the speed and rush that a good coaster provides :).
# Cate 2012-06-05 03:31
The first coaster I think I went on, or at least I remember is the Colossus at Magic Mountain. It was so rickety and scary but so much fun! I remember my dad loved it so much which made it super fun!
# ashley 2012-06-05 08:06
my first coaster was the blue streak at cedar point!! love cedar point - so close to cleveland and SO MUCH FUN!!
# Natasha Farkas 2012-06-05 10:51
The first roller coaster I have ever been on was the Iron Dragon at Cedar Point! It was terrifying at the moment .. and to this day I think it is one of the most highly underrated roller coasters at Cedar Point!
# Sarah Hirsch 2012-06-05 10:57
I don't remember the very first roller coaster I went on, but I remember the first one that I was scared of - the Magnum with that super steep drop. I mustered up the courage to do it!
# Josh 2012-06-05 11:06
My first coaster was the Beastie at Kings Island many years ago. Since I've been able to drive, I've been to Cedar Point 7 times. Millenium Force is my all time favorite!
# Lid 2012-06-05 12:02
I first went on the Blue Streak, it was so bumpy because it has a wooden track! Left me a bit nauseous and I thought roller-coasters aren't any fun. Then I went on the newer roller-coasters and realized I was mistaken! I'll always remember the Blue Streak though, it has such nostalgic value. Crazy to think how far roller-coasters have come since then!
# Kim 2012-06-05 12:57
I've never been...but I love a great thrill ride and a really good friend of mine is totally wanting to go so bad!! :)
# Hilary 2012-06-05 13:36
My first REAL roller coast was The Beast at Kings Island! A total classic. My family never had season passes or an occasion to go, so my first experience was at a school trip in eighth grade. It was a blast; I rode every coaster I could after that!
# Erin 2012-06-05 15:07
The first roller coaster I ever went on was the Whizzer at Great America. It's pretty lame as far as roller coasters go, but I was young and it felt like a big deal!
# Sarah 2012-06-05 17:47
My first roller coaster was the beast at kings island...loved it! I'm happier now to watch my kids ride from the sidelines than get on myself, though :)
# Shannon 2012-06-05 18:36
My Lord do I miss Cedar Point! I grew up in Ohio. . . but moved to the Northwest in recent years for my husbands job. However, I still have family in the Canton, Ohio area and will enter this contest for them.

The first time I rode a roller coaster was at Geauga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora Ohio ( I don't think its around anymore).

I was in elementary school at the time, but had an older cousin named Mike who was supposed to chaperone me on a few rides. I must've been a huge bother to him and his friends, and it got worse after he refused to take me to the restroom despite repeated requests.

Lets just say that mid loop of the 'Double Loop' rollercoaster I'm quite sure he regretted that decision.

Spokane, WA
# John Calderwood 2012-06-05 19:43
The first roller coaster I can remember riding was the Avalanche Run at Cedar Point. I had to really coax my best friend to ride it. I thought it was neat how you could see look down and see the ground nearly directly underneath near the end of the ride. We both enjoyed it. It's now called Disaster Transport and enclosed due to sand issues. I hope to get a couple more rides in on it while it is still around.
# John Calderwood 2012-07-15 10:08
Quoting John Calderwood:
I thought it was neat how you could see look down and see the ground nearly directly underneath near the end of the ride.

Let me correct this. After riding Disaster Transport a couple last times, I realized that while you can see the ground (or floor now) rather clearly, it is definitely not directly underneath. I will still miss it when it closes at the of July 2012.
# Julie Meas 2012-06-05 20:25
My first roller coaster was the blue streak!! I was just as fearless as my 8 yr old now is! I would love to take him to cedar point. My husband nor my son have ever been!
# JAReece 2012-06-05 20:47
I think my first rollercoaster was the "Little Dipper" at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh. I still love Kennywood- reminds me of all my school picnics throughout the years.
# Lynne S 2012-06-06 07:32
I remember going to Cedar Point as a kid, and not being allowed on the blue streak. But I WAS allowed on the Mine Ride. Which was AWESOME! I think it's just as fun as an adult, as with a kid. I introduced my daughter to the Mine Ride last year, and we went on it over and over and over.
# Jennifer 2012-06-06 10:30
Sounds like a fabulous day! My first rollercoaster was the corkscrew at Geauga Lake. I was so amazed that it could go upside down without anyone falling out!
# ajantzi 2012-06-06 11:06
Sounds like you a great day! I remember going to Cedar Point as a kid with my family. Was one of the only family trips we went on. We had a great time and I would like to go again!
My first rollercoaster that i remember going on was the little lady bug coaster at Marineland here in Ontario. Small but a start...i have loved them since :)
# Abby 2012-06-06 16:08
The first roller coaster ride I remember going on was one of those kiddie rides at sportsworld (which no longer exists). It was a dumbo one where you sat in your own car and it would go in a circle and lift up and down. I thought it was the best ride...mind you I was about 5 years old :)
# Kristen Grumbine 2012-06-07 11:28
I did not ride roller coasters til I was 16yrs old, and it was just a baby one!! I had a heart problem as a kid & I don't like the feeling of my heart "skipping" a beat-but my daughter absolutely LOVES them! Her first was the JackRabbit at Kennywood!
# Kristy K 2012-06-07 15:46
My first roller coaster was the Steel Phantom at Kennywood in PA. I was a junior in high school (I know, I was OLD). I ended up riding it 6 times that day. :)

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