Coaster Fanatics flock to Cedar Point’s ‘Coaster Mania’

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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Hundreds of thrill seekers from around the world were in Northeast Ohio Friday for Cedar Point's annual Coaster Mania.

It's an event that roller coaster lovers look forward to every year.

For more than 20 years, thousands of people have been lining up before 7:30  a.m. to take part in the event.

"Here at Cedar Point, we've got 17 world record-breaking roller coasters, so again if you love that adrenaline rush that only a roller coaster can provide, there is no better place to do it than at Cedar Point," said Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point spokesperson.

For Coaster Mania, coaster clubs get to ride the scream machines before the amusement park officially opens so they have plenty of time to get their thrills on the rides.

"I'm from Columbus, Ohio, and I've been on 100 different roller coasters around the country," said Grant Pleasant, a coaster maniac.

"I'm from Houston, Texas, and I think I've ridden Gatekeeper at least 20 times so far," said John Chen, another fan.

"I've ridden over 150, I've been to 50 different parks like that, but Cedar Point is number one," said Carsten Anderson, a coaster maniac.

Blue Streak was built in 1964. It's one of the oldest roller coasters at Cedar Point right now, it's celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it is still a fan favorite.

"When I was little, my parents brought us here, and I was afraid to ride that ride. That was the biggest coaster at the time but it's a lot of fun," said Scott Viluciano, of Sheffield Lake.

Cedar Point officially closes at 10 p.m. Friday, but coaster maniacs they get an extra two and a half hours to have fun.