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 Review of Millennium Force @ Cedar Point
0 Rating Posted by: CoastrGlxy on 7/7/2006 3:15:00 PM
Millennium Force is a great example of bigger not always being better. I had a short 20 minute or so wait on a rainy, dreary day in May. I was looking forward to my trip to the Coaster Capital for a number of reasons including riding my 100th new coaster. As I arrived at Cedar Point I was drawn to MF like a magnet. It was to be number 100. The ultra-steep lift was very intimidating even for a seasoned vet like me. Luckily, I was able to draw on the courage of the pre-teens I rode with. The quiet, speedy lift doesnt help to settle your nerves as your steadily pushed high into the air and feel like your basically over the Lake Erie. And then, the BEST and most intense drop Ive ever experienced. I fight the urge to pull my hands down and hold on as plummeted down the longest drop of my life. I figured that if the kid half my age can do it than so could I. Finally, we reached the bottom, and we were being pelted with a light rain. Next were thrown into the huge overbanked turn. It reminded me of the S:ROS (@ SFNE) only much larger. After the overbank MF let me down. The rest of the ride was very fast, relatively smooth, but not all that thrilling. And for me, the hills offered NO airtime. None. Well, the small hill right next to the station offered a little lift, but nothing to write home about. Where S:ROS (again Im referring to the SFNE version) offers a thrilling opening and a near flawless middle and finale, MF doesnt do much with its layout. It didnt bore me by any means, but it definitely didnt wow me either. Also, the theming was lackluster and almost non-existent. But how do you theme something called "Millennium Force"? I guess CP needed a name that meant: big, high tech, & opening at the start of the new millennium. MF is daunting, but by no means a classic. For one of those see that shorter, slower, older red coaster on the other side of the isle. The points here are for the lift, drop, smoothness, setting, and the speed which is unparalleled for a coaster of this length. Final Rating - 9.0 (Excellent)

Review Comments

Pete C on 7/7/2006 3:22:56 PM said:
I agree with your review entirely, however I have a new #1 first drop, and that is El Toro in the back seat. Given your top hyper is S:ROS SFNE, El Toro should be tops on your to ride list. S:ROS was my #1 until El Toro. It is ever so slightly better due to a wild, out-of-control ride quality that maintains the smoothness of a steel coaster.
hrrytraver on 7/7/2006 4:10:08 PM said:
gentlemen, i will only submit the coney island cyclone first drop as a contender with el toro and mf. those are my top three first drops in no particular order. cyclone kind of edges the others simply by merit of how it manages to so severely scramble your mind with relatively modest height and speed (though 60mph is pretty fast). glxy- it is imperative you ride el toro.
CoastrGlxy on 7/7/2006 7:15:53 PM said:
Hrry, Luckily this is my "big summer" so Ill be hitting the Cyclone next month and El Toro in September. I cant imagine a woodie giving a hypercoaster-type ride, but Ill take your word for it Pete, until then. I guess the steepness of El Toros first drop really is all that.
Hercules on 7/7/2006 7:33:42 PM said:
I think that it rides a little like a wood, but it definately feels like a steel coaster.
coasterkaz on 7/17/2006 12:43:03 PM said:
Im suprised you had no airtime on the hill after the first tunnel. I usually get lots of airtime from that one. Anyway, I usually try to get on it at night so only during the day am I a little disappointed.
Animan1 on 7/17/2006 1:03:24 PM said:
Very nice review, CoastrGlxy. You seem to have an opinion very similar to me about MF - very fast, very thrilling first drop, and a good ride by any measure, but not the masterpiece that many others seem to claim it is.
CoastrGlxy on 7/17/2006 1:09:11 PM said:
Supposedly there is a "money seat" where youll get the most airtime. I was watching a coaster special on the Travel or Discovery channel and some guy thats ridden it ten trillion times swears by seat XX. I cant remember the exact location but I think it was middle-back. Unfortunately, I didnt have infinity rides to find the best seat. And the best coasters should give great rides from any seat.
Animan1 on 7/17/2006 1:23:52 PM said:
Thats what Ive always felt as well. The ride may be a bit better from certain seats (i.e. Apollo in the back-left), but it will provide a great ride no matter where you sit. Any coaster where you have to sit in a certain seat to get a great ride isnt a great coaster.
papa1958 on 9/15/2006 3:29:40 PM said:
This is a great review CoastrGlxy. You present and defend your views very well. While I agree with the substance of your entire review, I particularly agree with the theme that at the end of the day SROS is a better ride. I also like both SROS and Millenium Force better than El Toro for the reasons set out in my El Toro review.
razor12 on 9/27/2006 11:41:31 PM said:
I got a ton of airtime! I rode in the exact middle. The hill after the tunnel and coming back, the other one, had amazing airtime!
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