A great example of bigger not always being better.
I had a short 20 minute or so wait on a rainy, dreary day in May. I was looking forward to my trip to the ‘Coaster Capital’ (Cedar Point)Millennium Force Coaster Review for a number of reasons, including riding my 100th new coaster. As I arrived at Cedar Point I was drawn to Millennium Force like a magnet. It was to be number 100. The ultra-steep lift hill was very intimidating even for a seasoned vet like me. Luckily, I was able to draw on the courage of the pre-teens I rode with. The quiet, speedy lift doesn’t help to settle your nerves as you quickly rise high into the air and feel like your basically over Lake Erie. And then, the BEST and most intense drop I’ve ever experienced. I fought the urge to pull my hands down and hold on as we plummeted down the longest drop of my life. I figured that if the kid half my age could keep his hands up so could I.

Finally, we reached the bottom, and we were being pelted with a light rain at 90+ miles per hour. Next, we’re thrown into the huge over-banked turn. It reminded me of the Superman: Ride of Steel (@ Six Flags New England) only much larger. After the over-bank MF let me down. The rest of the ride was very fast and relatively smooth, but not all that thrilling. And for me, the hills offered NO airtime.Millennium Force Cedar Point Review None. Well, the small hill right next to the station offered a little lift, but nothing to write home about. Where Superman: Ride of Steel (again I’m referring to the SFNE version) offers a thrilling opening and a near flawless middle and finale, Millennium Force doesn’t do much with it’s layout. It didn’t bore me by any means, but it definitely didn’t wow me either.

Also, the theming was lackluster and almost non-existent. But how do you theme something called Millennium Force? I guess Cedar Point needed a name that meant: big, high tech, and opening at the start of the new millennium. Never mind the fact that the real start of the millennium was 2001. I admit that I may be a bit too critical of coaster names.

Millennium Force offers an exhilarating ride, but by no means is it a classic. For one of those see that shorter, slower, older red coaster on the other side of the isle. This is a great coaster,roller coaster reviews but I think it gets more credit than it deserves. The points here are for the unique lift, breath-taking drop, smoothness, setting, and the speed which is unparalleled for a coaster of this length. Final Rating – 9.0 (Excellent)

Wondering how good a 9.0 is? Check out the CCCS to find out. Also, watch this official roller coaster video of Millennium Force to get a taste of what it’s like.

Note – This is an official video that was filmed by professionals with permission from the park.
For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.

Intense Roller Coasters - For Adventurous RidersMillennium Force is rated ‘IN’ for Intense. It’s a 4 out of 5 on my Thrill Scale for of its extreme height and speed.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think about Millennium Force? Do you agree with my review? Leave a comment below.

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70 Responses

  1. MillenniumFan

    The hills on MF are not supposed to give you out-of-your-seat airtime, they are designed so that when you go over them they give you precisely 0 Gs.

  2. Matthew

    Well still you dont go over them fast at all. You just go over a hill. The only really special thing about this ride is its amazing drop and amazing speed

  3. mike

    yes that thing is fast, they are basically trying to slow you down from that huge drop with the hills and turns. It gives you the stomach pull for a long time but yes the drop is the bomb… you couldnt take too many of those 🙂 I know most enjoy the cool down since if it went big again you couldnt breathe. Most are stunned from that drop and your just recovering.

  4. Etienne

    Have you seen these reproductions of the layout and near terrain that they sold near the exit? The layout is so beautifull!

    But yeah, I think this coaster should have been more airtime and less turns.I dislike the idea of putting an overbanked turn after the firt drop, but I dislike much more the idea of putting a 90 degree turn after this overbanked turn!

    Still a verry impressive ride. Espetially in the back seat, not only the first drop but the whole circuit felt fare more intense in the last wagon.

  5. JaMeS

    Uh Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. zx14

    CoasterCritic. IT is my oppinion that lifts on intamin coasters such as this one as well as the crest of the hill are made for smoothness. The top of MF hill is so broad and the lift lets go and gently drops the car down the hill. There is no whip action in the back seat as on Diamondback. Yes the drop is better and higher and more fun. But MF lacks that one element of the first drop that many onther coasters have. All cars of MF feel the same on the first drop. As the difference between the front and back is more extreme on EL Toro of Diamondback.

  7. Vince

    Just a quick note about the airtime, I've found that Millennium Force is an extemely moody coaster (i.e. everything depends on time and location). This is one of the few coasters I've found that it matters (experience wise) where you sit, what train you ride, the time of day, and the weather. The front and the back both provide teriffic experiences while the middle is kind of lackluster. Don't expect a great ride if it is cold, windy, or rainy, or early in the morning. My experience has proven that the best rides are on the blue train, followed by the red train and last but not least the yellow train.

    I know that this is an extremely hyped coaster, and it may not live up to expectations, but it is a teriffic ride and by far my favorite coaster.

    Lastly, if you are looking for a great and unique coaster experience from Millennium, ride anywhere on any train at night during Halloweekends while Terror Island is running. It is amazing riding through the foggy island with crazy sounds and strobe lights and definetly adds to the experience. This ride, at night during Halloweekends, is one you definetly can not miss!

  8. Judy_P_in_Pgh

    Finally, someone else who knows about the blue train!!! Combine that with a night ride in the back row on the right side and it's near Nirvana!

  9. Quil

    Judy, which would you say is better, Millenium Force, or Bizzaro as Superman: Ride of Steel.

  10. Judy_P_in_Pgh

    Millenium Force wins hands down, but I think Joel might disagree with me on that one. Hopefully this year, I'll get to ride it during Halloweekends as suggested above by Vince. I only rode Superman/Bizarro on a swealtering hot afternoon, so I guess it isn't really a fair comparison.

  11. Quil

    You Have to ride it at night, on both the right and left side at least once, tords the front but closer to the middle. If you go tords the end of the year it`s naturaly colder and the lines will be shorter. I`d recommend going on a sunday or weekday if possible.

  12. Chris

    It really bothers me when people complain about the lack of airtime on Millennium Force. You can tell just by looking at the layout it wasn't designed for it. Like the ride has what 4 hills. Heck the first thing after the first drop isn't even a hill so it is very obvious airtime wasn't an important when it was built. It was ment for speed and hieght. Thats it. and it is those two things where the ride excels.

  13. dullgeek

    I'm confused by the criticism that the coaster has insufficient airtime. It felt like it had a lot of airtime to me.

    That said, I much prefer Millennium Force to Magnum on the other side of the Cedar Point. Magnum is a great coaster, to be sure. But I found the airtime on Magnum to be painful as my legs bumped into the lapbar. I had no such experience on MF.

    Love the site. Thanks for the review.

  14. M.F FanBoy

    Gotta Be up there All though a poor choice of rating "alpingiest" isnt a 10 on my list and Mf isnt a 9 flip thoose around and ill shut up reply if im rite

    • Quil

      MF, don't go around saying stuff like that. If you read both reviews you'd know why He'd picked ten for Aplengiest and a nine for Millenium Force. Please read the reviews before you post on them, or about them for that matter.

  15. BIZZAROfan

    In my opinion for a ride to be considered "Great", it must have consistent g's / airtime in ANY seat – this is where MF falls down. Even if you are sitting in a good seat, there are only 1-2 hills (excluding the drop) that would provide any remote airtime. People often state that you need to be sitting in the right seat. The simple fact is, in Bizzaro you get airtime in EVERY seat.

  16. James

    I've just come back from Cedar Point, and my favourite ride by far was Millenium Force. The first drop took my breath away, and the whole ride was fast and smooth. Unfortunately, it just falls short of the top rollercoasters in my books. (Specifically, it falls short of my favourites: Bizzaro, The Voyage, Nemesis, Apollo's Chariot and Medusa).


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