Occasionally while traveling to different parks a ride just jumps out to me, if for no other reason than being wonderfully unique. Cedar Downs Racing Derby exemplifies that perfectly, as it is an incredibly fun flat ride that you simply cannot miss when traveling to the Point. Upon first glance, it can be easy to gloss over this as just another carousel, as I made that very mistake the first time I went and did not ride it. But once you sit and really watch it, you quickly discover that this is no ordinary carousel at all. The first time I went on this, I couldnt stop laughing, as I was just having a blast racing with 3 others in our "row". The setup is similar to a carousel, although each row of 4 horses moves back and forth throughout the course of the ride, giving a really cool racing effect. Also, the rides speed is a great surprise, as the ride moves way faster than a regular carousel. I have so many fantastic memories on this ride, from racing with friends and having a ball, to taking my fiancee on this last year and watching her laugh and have a great time as our horses battled it out!
This ride is just infectious, and one ride on it is never enough during a visit - a sign of a highly enjoyable flat ride. The cycle is rather long too, which is another bonus. You just cant go wrong with Cedar Downs, as it is a tremendous flat/carousel with impressive speed, the rare racing element, and a dose of fun you would be hard-pressed to duplicate on many other flats. I applaud Cedar Point for keeping this ride in fine shape and taking care of it, as it is a hidden gem that brings a smile to my face just thinking about it. Saddle up on Cedar Downs, and just enjoy a ride that tries to do nothing else but be great FUN - and it succeeds!