Gatekeeper – Cedar Point’s 2013 Roller Coaster
UPDATE 8/13 – Cedar Point is scheduled to announce their new roller coaster today. See images and read about Cedar Point’s 2013 wing coaster Gatekeeper.
Today the Sandusky Register broke the news of Cedar Point’s 2013 roller coaster. No longer just a rumor, the $25 million ride will be a Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster. Similar to this year’s X-Flight at Six Flags Great America (Chicago) and Wild Eagle at Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), the ride will feature seats fixed to left and right of the track rather than above or below it.
Here’s more from the Sandusky Register:
Code-named “CP Alt.Winged,” the coaster will have the “longest drop, run the fastest and be the longest ride” of its kind, Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet wrote in Feb. 15 memo to Cedar Fair’s board of directors.
The total projected cost of the project is $25 million, a price that includes removing the park’s Space Spiral and Disaster Transport rides and restructuring the park entrance. – Sandusky Register
Reviews of X-Flight and Wild Eagle have been very positive so Cedar Point is likely going with a winning ride in this model. Another part of the news includes the demise of the park’s indoor bobsled roller coaster, Disaster Transport. According to the article, both Disaster Transport and the observation tower known as Space Spiral will be removed to make way for the new roller coaster.
Cedar Point’s 2013 Roller Coaster – The Sleeping Giant Awakens
Cedar Point’s reputation of being the place for the most, fastest, and tallest roller coasters has been downgraded a bit in recent years. At least by those in the know. They can no longer boast the World’s tallest (Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure) or fastest roller coaster (Formula Rossa at Ferrari World). The article does state the Cedar Point’s wing roller coaster will be the tallest (175 feet) and longest of any ride of its type. So they’re going to one-up early existing wing coasters so they’ll be able to stamp it with “World’s largest” and other superlatives even though it only applies to this kind of coaster.
Also, Cedar Point’s claim to fame as the park with most coasters has been matched and surpassed by Six Flags Magic Mountain. This new 2013 wing roller coaster and a rumored children’s ride (only a rumor right now) could place them in a statistical tie with Magic Mountain as they’ve got exciting 2013 plans of their own (Full Throttle – Rumored SFMM 2013 Coaster).
Cedar Point’s last new roller coaster was 2007’s Maverick. So by the time the park’s new wing coaster opens it’ll have been six years with out a new roller coaster. Let’s hope that this record-setting wing coaster is worth the wait.
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