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A short while back, Iceman proposed a trip to Cedar Point in August 2014, for all interested members of this elite group of survivors.  Several of you had positive responses, indicating interest in going.   When Iceman made that post, I was already planning on going to Cedar Point with my family, which I did this past Saturday, so, I thought I'd share my experience and put another suggestion on the table, for consideration.  And, just to be clear, Iceman and I have been speaking on the phone and we both agree, Kalahari is worth considering.

Cedar Point was a blast!  So much fun if you love rollercoasters and other rides.  There are several restaurants on site and tons of 'fair food', definitely something for every palate.  There's also plenty of carnival type games for those of you who don't mind paying $5 to shoot 3 basketballs thru hoops, in hopes of winning an itty bitty stuffed pig.  The price wasn't so bad at just $46 per ticket.  However, that $46 just buys you a place in line, 2-3 hour lines...on most every ride.  I splurged and spent an additional $86 for a Fast Pass, that allows you to go directly to the front of the line, or so they say.  The truth of the matter is, the front of the line still means about a 30 minute wait per ride.  Regardless of the long lines, I'd still say it's well worth the wait.  I was impressed with the amount of seating all over the park.  I took advantage of these seats as I waited while the kids rode.  All of my party were impressed by how clean the park was, no trash on the ground at all.  And the landscaping was just beautiful!  I did not stay at The Breakers, an on site hotel, but I did eat at TGIF, which just happens to be right next to the hotel.  Let me just say, I personally would not stay at the hotel strictly because of appearance.  It looked rundown and dirty from the outside, and a nice couple I spoke to who were staying there, wished they hadn't.  Also, several reviews I read said the place was infested with bedbugs.  Need I say more? 

We were blessed with beautiful weather, thank goodness, because they do not give rainchecks.  If they get rained out, you lose your money.  At $132 for the ticket, times 4 if you count my family, that's alot of money to gamble with for pretty weather.

Since I was going to be in the area, Iceman made arrangements for me to stop by and tour Kalahari Resort, just 15 min from Cedar Point.  Boy was I glad I did.  With or without our group, I will definitely be taking my family there. 

For those of you who don't know, Kalahari is an indoor/outdoor waterpark.  A BIG one!  Not just a water park tho, there's a zipline, ropes course, bowling, build-a-bear, pottery painting and even a zoo!  There's a swim-up full service bar in the adult only pool and there's also adult only hot tubs that have access to the bar.  There's a bakery and a chocolate factory where every pastry and every piece of chocolate is made from scratch, on site, every single day!  When you see the amount of goodies they offer, it's hard to fathom every bit of it made fresh daily, but they do!  They even bake their own bread for sandwiches.  There's a restaurant that's family friendly till ten each night.  After 10, the kids gotta go and the joint becomes a nightclub with disco ball, dance floor, band, the whole shebang!  Prior to kicking the kiddos out, the dance floor is a stage where resort staff host hula hoop contests and such for the the little ones.

I did not get prices because our group rate will vary depending on the number of people going but I do know that if you stay at the resort, with the price of each room you get 4 tickets to the water park.  A few of the extra activities do have an additional charge.

The coolest part, IMO, were the cabana's for rent.  Right there in the big middle of things you can have your very own private cabana with a large screen TV.  You can order food in, take a nap, watch a game, play cards or other table games all while keeping up with the kids, or escaping the kids if you prefer.  They even have a cabana large enough for a small group. 

So, in my opinion, Kalahari Resort offers something for everyone, no matter their age or health, unlike Cedar Point that requires hours and hours of walking.  There's also little chance rainy weather would ruin our plans since the park is as much inside as outside.  The hotel is connected to the indoor part of the park so you never even have to go outside.  Oh, lets not forget the spa...full service!  They truly thought of everything!

For those of you interested in joining us next summer, I recommend checking out Kalahari Resorts online.  Then, collectively, we can decide where we'd rather meet...Kalahari or Cedar Point.  We can't go wrong with either, but Kalahari would be much more relaxing than Cedar Point.  I'm still sore from walking 13 hours around Cedar Point, two days ago!

Sindy

 

 

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Group,

 

I spoke at length with Sindy this afternoon. The question is not one or the other, but where we stay overnight . It is my full intent to  include the activities at Cedar Point in at least 1 of 2 or 2 of 3 days. The Breakers has some advantages if going on roller coasters is the only focus of the trip. As for the quality of the accomodations, variation in the food , price of the accomodations and food and not to mention the largest indoor water park in the US, Kalahari is my choice. If the weather is cold or rainy there is practically nothing to do at Cedar Point and everything to do at Kahlahri.. If anyone really wants to they can stay at the Breakers and join our group each evening at Kahlahari about 20 minutes away. Right now we  are looking at  Wendesday evening August 13, 2014 thru Saturday morning August, 17, 2014 with each persom welcome to stay a day extra or a day less.

 

Over the last month we ( a group of about 12 of us) have shared  Private Messages on Cedar Point  If there is anyone who has not chimed in  who wants to go on this trip, please do so now. From the earlier discussion we have about 15 rooms spoken for and a lot of input on t shirts.

 

 

As for the larger roller coasters at Cedar Point these are not recommended for anyone in the club less than 9 to 12 months out of surgery and everyone is responsible for getting their own medical clearance. The group rate for Kalhahri which is still not firm ( 10 or more rooms)  is so far much less than the Breakers and the discoumt from the rack rate at Kalahari is better than discussed with Cedar Point.

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I vote for the Kalhahri...

BTW, on the way up from DC I plan to stop off in Cleveland to watch the submarine races on the lake and to see the Cuyahoga river burn...

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If I'm able to go, I'd prefer Kalahari.

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We would love to go! It sounds to me that the two are close enough together to be able to enjoy both, but my vote would be for Kalhahri, because the weather is not going to matter! Can't wait, sounds like great fun!

                                                                 Brenda and Danny

todd121
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Sorry. I missed the previous discussion. This is in Ohio?

Kalahari sounds great. I'm not much into amusement parks, but maybe.

Do you have more info on what the costs would be for staying at the kalahari?

Thanks,

Todd

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Kahlahari is mailing me a contract for the Group in which we will have to guarantee by advance payment or credit card.  The prices as I recall for the group rate will be $169 for up to  4 people for Thursday and Friday night and about $40 more for Friday night and includes 4 water park passes. These prices are about $50 per room, per night less than the rack rate. They are cancellable with a $25 fee until 72 hours before when they are non cancellable. Since I do not want to guarantee 30  room nights on my credit card I am going to see who wants to book their rooms now so that we can take care of the guarantee and get the group rate once I get the contract. For those interested I need your emails to better put this together. You can email your email to me at garbor@sbcglobal.net 

 

 

The link below will take you to the latest version of our t-shirts. Your comments and or objections are needed.

http://www.customink.com/designs/new/edr0-000x-7vw5/hotlink

The T-shirts are about $10.00 each and they will only ship to one place. So were looking at about $13 per tshirt. We can akso add our individual names to the front of each t-shirt for about $6 per t-shirt

 

Also think how many t-shirts we need to be always recognizable. One fot the water, one to dry  off in and one for meals.

 

 

Icemantoo

 

Icemantoo

 

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It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend Twinie, I would love to go to Kalahari, sounds like my ideal place. I wish I could come but it would cost me an arm and a leg from Europe, I will be in Italy anyway.  It would have been great to meet you all though, but maybe next time. I am sure there will be lots of photos available for those of us who can't make it!

Djinnie x

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It'll be spendy enough being within driving distance, I can only imagine all the way from Europe!  But, sounds like you have pretty exciting plans for Italy.  I'm not gonna lie, I'd rather be in Italy with you! Laughing  And yes, there will be plenty of pics for sharing...my family don't call me the paparazzi for nothing!  You will be missed, Djinnie!!

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You are right Twinie, it would be a pretty expensive trip for me. We are going to Lake Como for a few weeks. I love Italy, Como is so beautiful, the food is so good and the Italian men are not to be sneezed at either. lol! My daughter will be flying in from New York to join us, I am looking forward to it. 

Djinnie x

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hey djinnie when are you heading to italy?  we are going back to tuscany i think!!  maybe you could manage to get a little cuddle with george clooney while you are there!!

 

eims x

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Hiya Eims, We are going in August, I did think of writing to George to see if he had a couple of rooms free, lol! We are staying in Bellagio not too far from his Villa, you never know I might get an invite round for a cuppa! I am not so sure I would be satisfied with just a little cuddle, lol!!  he is so gorgeous! and he has aged so well.

The alternative would be Louise Walsh, he also has a villa close to George, not quite the same appeal there though, he doesn't ring any bells for me! But if I am at a loose end....you never know!

I love Tuscany, Italy has so many beautiful places, the food the wine and the sunshine!! Ugh! doesn't it make you just want to cancel winter! Something good to look forward to though!

Djinnie x

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DJ & Eims,

You've both got free rooms & cuddles in Michigan anytime and you can fantasize about George all you want...won't bother me a bit Tongue Out

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If this forum had a 'like' button, I'd push it for you!  This made me lol

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You are invited too...what is that a quadsome?

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That wasn't the word that came to mind...but thanks for the invite!  Innocent

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Lol! Promises! Promises!

 

Djinnie

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djinnie i think louis would be more interested in your other half im afraid......ah we are thinking of june...i would die in the heat of august!!  but but but a nice dip in the pool with george could help cool me down......ooooooooooo imagine that!!!!!  i actually think he got better with age........aaaaaghhhhhhh gary you never know who might show up at your door now!!  seriously though a little hook up in europe would be great if anyone is coming this way Smile

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I can't imagine a dip in the pool with George cooling anything down Eims! ...Yeah! I know about Walsh hence the Freudian slip, lol! 

According to  our local weather bureau, my neighbour, Arneau, it is going to be a hot, hot summer next year. I think he has been reading the cow dung! 

Djinnie x

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But living in Australia the long trip to the US not viable for me as well although I do have a brother who lives in Santa Fe who I hope to visit again in the not too distant future and having seen much of your country over several trips would love to see a bit more. The only thing that stops me is the inability To obtain travel insurance :-(  - another of the many negatives of having cancer. Given the high cost of medical treatment, should it be necessary while travelling, is not a risk that I could comfortably take. Italy also sounds wonderful!

 

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Sue, how bout I just come there?  I've always wanted to visit Australia...it's on my bucket list Smile

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Hope you are able to visit our beautiful country at some point. Spring has just arrived and weather here in Sydney is pretty special at the moment. Beaches are looking pretty good!

Sue

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Annie Oakley

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Annie,

 

Several weeks ago I started a Private Message group on Cedar Point I tried to inckude you but you had Private Messages blocked. If you unblock PN I will try to  include you as well as anyone else who is not already on this Privte Message of about 22 posts so far.

 

 

Icemantoo

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Hi, Iceman, I think I unlocked the Private Message component.

Thank you.

Annie

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Hi, Iceman, I think I unlocked the Private Message component.

Thank you.

Annie

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can you include me in you pm list.  My family and I are ready to rock n roll to ohio, and meet n greet my friends, my strong friends, who held me when no one else got it.

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Annie..!!  Had not seen you here in a whle.. hope you have been having fun..!  :)

Ron

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Italy is awesome..!!  I was there back in the mid 80's...  Lake Como was fantastic..!!  And I loved Rome, all the old fountains and the Spanish Steps... nice, very nice...   And had lunch at Alfreido's too... Yummm...  Do you need someone to carry your luggage..?  :)

Ron

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love the new pic ron!!  you can carry my bag if you give me a little lift on your big ol machine Kiss

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Oh Eims... can't tell you what just happened after reading that..  Cool  Oh and if you read my one other posting... you would know the other day I met a nurse from your part of the world.. nice gal..!

 

Ron Tongue Out

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hahahaha......sure don't you know that irish nurses are wanted all over the world ron!!  im thinking of going back to college myself to become one Wink

 

ooopppppps sorry daddy tex didn't mean to post twice.......eims x

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love the new pic ron!!  you can carry my bag if you give me a little lift on your big ol machine Kiss

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No need to repeat yourself, Eims, I'm sure Ron got it the first time!!!  You do realise you're entering the risque lists in competition with Alex, don't you?!

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I don't know that Ron would exactly agree with you there Tex!

 

Djinnie x

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I'm sure Ron's big ol' machine can carry both Eims and I. And his bike is not so bad either.

Gary, "quadsome" is not a word. We hedonists call it lifestyle quartet.

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hey alex nice idea......im sure the 3 of us could fit....lol

 

eims x

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hey alex nice idea......im sure the 3 of us could fit....lol

 

eims x

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This sounds like such a fun time.sorry I won't be able to make it as I'm a teacher and that is our first week of school but I hope everyone has a fabulous time and I LOVE the tshirt design! :)

zoe

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It's a Cruel Cruel world...  You "Gurlz" have no mercy for a single guy with no G/F and besides I am "out of comission."  Geeesh..  And if you know about Hand and Foot due to the drugs... heck heck..    (Just don't stop.. I like it..) Tongue Out

Be Well All..!!

Ron

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 Ron this is why we love you! Your sense of humour always comes out on top!

 

Djinnie x

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DJ you are awesome as well. Thanks for the kind words. Ron

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Hey Iceman,

I'll figure out how to unblock PMs. (Not PMS).  :)

 

Ron, been around but depressed.  Went ballooning this weekend and worked my ass off.  It was so beautiful, it got me out of my snit.

 

I hopr you've been well.  My brother sent me a YouTube video of the IOM races--that is wild!

So, I'm baaaaack!

 

A

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Welcome Back Annnie..!!  Glad you are OK for sure..!!  Any time you think you need a hand, just holler...  Even though none of us really know each other, we do have this special bond..  Keep your chin up... and feel free to give me heck if need be..!!

Ron

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Ron, you're the best.  Thank you.

I took one on the chin this weekend, trying to load a gondola in the back of a pickup truck.  Does a swollen chin count as keeping your chin up?

 

Cool

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sorry who is on top??!!!  lol

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