For more years than I care to count, I have been a Cedar Point fanatic.

I was there as a pre-teen, thrilled by the boat road past pirates and burning saloons populated by skeletons.

I was there for the Sky Ride, fascinated by the mass of humanity (and rides) below.

I was there as an 8th grader, celebrating graduation and soon-to-be a high school student.

I was there with my young children, giggling with them as they experienced a bouncy boat ride, driving tiny jeeps and loving the Snoopy cafe and gift shop.

Lately, as an adult, I have been fixated with the Top Thrill Dragster. I absolutely adore being shot straight up in the air 420 feet, and plummeting straight back down again to smoothly glide back into the station. Usually, I am laughing so hard that I can barely unbuckle the seat belt. Amazingly, my son who loves roller coasters refuses to go on that ride. Scaredy cat.

A few years ago, I went on a diet in the fall because I had stupidly gained enough weight that I was having a hard time buckling the Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium’s seat belts. So I lost weight, as much for Cedar Point as I did out of vanity. Yep. True story.

I am less fond of Halloweekends, but still enjoy going on rides at night. I don’t enjoy costumed characters jumping out of thick fog and rattling chains or cans or whatever they have in my ear. The fog also makes me get asthma.

In fall 2019, I bought all four members of the Love family the anniversary Premium Pass for 2020. It included the water park, which includes the family water slide and two (not one but TWO) lazy rivers.

And then there was COVID. No Cedar Point. For a whole year. There was a family-wide withdrawal. Except maybe from my husband. He’s a little tired of lines, heat and roller coasters. I am not.

On Monday, we went to Cedar Point’s water park, Cedar Point Shores. It was hot. The lazy lazy river (as opposed to the not-so-lazy river) was crystal blue and wonderful.

There are new rules and regulations with Cedar Point visitors. Here they are in a nutshell, if you too want a Cedar Point fix.

  • Reservations will be required for Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Both Season Passholders and Single-Day Ticket Holders will need reservations.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • There will be no limitations to ride capacity, and social distancing mandates are no longer in place.
  • All guests age 10 and older who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings while indoors unless actively eating and drinking. Face coverings for guests who are not fully vaccinated are recommended but not required. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape.

Again, I’m OK with these. I’ve even forgiven Cedar Point for one of the big disappointments of my life. About a decade ago, I was a finalist for a communications position at the park, and went through three separate interviews. I didn’t get the job, which to me sounded like heaven. But life has taken me to other adventures, so I can’t be too upset. All of which still makes me smile as I float down its lazy, lazy river.

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