Would you want to experience something so badly that you had to travel across an ocean and do it as soon as possible?
Well, it happened.
Steel Vengeance is getting rave reviews, and it's not just me saying this - do some internet surfing and you'l find a lot of riders who agree.
Let me introduce you to Paul from Trowbridge in the UK.
Paul is the chairman of the European Coaster Club, and he literally could not wait to ride Steel Vengance.
So what did he do?
He took a gamble and jumped on a plane. But here's the kicker - he flew all the way here to Ohio to ride Steel Vengeance and then jump on a plane to fly all the way back...
IN ONE DAY.
By the way, here's a small plug for the airline Paul used. They're new to Cleveland, and their promo video even had a quick stop here at Cedar Point. To all of our European friends, here's your invite to visit!
So anyway, Paul flew to Iceland, then on to Cleveland; spent one day at Cedar Point, then flew all the way back home that night.
Talk about serious coaster loving (and dedication).
Paul's love of roller coasters was inspired by Magnum XL-200, which, as you know, is the world's first hyper-coaster and took the industry by storm back in 1989.
Ever since then, Paul has visited us to see every major attraction we've built that has redefined roller coasters (Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and now, Steel Vengeance).
He's always loved that we've been on the cutting edge of roller coaster technology. Truthfully, he's got the same love for this stuff as I do.
He had a chance to take a ride on Steel Vengeance last weekend with our general manager, Jason McClure.
And what was his reaction?
The exact quote was, if I recall, "insane poetry in motion."
I wish I was recording video, because the joy in Paul's face cannot be duplicated. I could tell that he truly believed this was a work of art. His expressions echo the thousands of reactions of all who have been on it.
So, he liked it. Enough to travel across the pond FOR ONE DAY just to ride it and FLY BACK HOME. Talk about endurance!
Paul's already waiting for the next big thing. And so are a few of you. I've already been asked, "How do you top this?"
Don't you worry...