Millennium Force smashed 10 world records when it first opened, including the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster. Some of its records may have been beaten, but the ride's popularity still hasn't dwindled.
The trains have been designed to give riders the best view possible, there are no sides to the trains and the seats are raised in the back of each car. If you're tall you may find yourself short on leg room. Restraints are a seat belt and T-shaped lapbars.
The lift hill is awesome; it's steep, fast, quiet, scary, and obviously very high. Ascending this thing at night has to be one of the greatest coaster moments you could ask for, after the first drop that is. If you sit on the left-hand side and look out to Lake Erie you will almost think you're over the water, and if you look straight ahead you'll think you're going up to the heavens.
Okay, so here it comes - the first drop! Yes, it is every bit as spectacular as I imagined it to be! The drop is so long and so steep it almost looks vertical, and features a couple of seconds of floating airtime on the way down. If you scream it will take your breath away, and if the drop doesn't the bugs will! The ride features three more straight hills, and four overbanked turns. Toward the front of the train there are some nice moments of floating air over the hills.
I think Millennium Force was designed for speed rather than airtime, hence the number of overbanked turns on the ride. From start to finish the pace of the ride never lets up, from it's speeding in and out of two tunnels, to the little bunny hill past the station. The ride is incredibly smooth and fast.
Millennium Force is a good ride, but ridden in the front it is excellent! After riding in the front I left the ride totally buzzing; it felt twice as fast, and had more airtime, as well as a great view. After riding elsewhere, I didn't find the ride as thrilling, except for the first drop.
Unfortunately, during 2002, the ride experienced some problems which effected the rides capacity. There was rollback, which resorted in the ride not running at full capacity. During my visit in June 2002, there was three train operation, but only one train was aloud on the circuit at any one time.