One of the worst kept secrets for the 2013 amusement park season has been that Cedar Point is adding a new coaster. Today they finally let the cat out of the bag with the announcement of Gatekeeper. This B&M Flying coaster is set to take over the front gate of the park in a similar fashion to Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. It will be the longest winged coaster in the world and have the longest drop of any winged coaster worldwide. Check out all the facts & figures for this breathtaking addition to Cedar Point below:
Over the weekend, we took a quick jaunt over to Canada’s Wonderland. It’s been a while since we visited the park, so we wanted to check out how the season was going. We got there around 6pm on Friday and the park was busy, but not insane.
We saw the Cirque Ambiente show, which was pretty interesting. We’re big fans of the ice shows, so it’s sad that this year they didn’t have one. With that said, the audience was wowed by the production and overall it was well put together. A nice Cirque Du Soleil style theatrical experience.
The other, Starlight Spectacular, was simply awful. It’s uses some projections on Wonder Mountain, with a random soundtrack and lighting effects. There is no storyline, and it just ends with some projected fireworks at the end. It may be impressive to people who have never been anywhere else, but there is much to be improved upon. While we don’t expect Disney quality shows and fireworks, the show could be a little more exciting in our opinion. Matt Ouimet (the former Disney Castmember who is now the Cedar Fair CEO), please bring a little Disney magic to the Cedar Fair family. Starting with fixing this nighttime “spectacular”, because it’s anything but. Everyone will thank you!
As for Halloween Haunt, one of the workers we spoke with heard the rumour floating around the internet about a new Maze being inside Wonder Mountain, although she thinks it won’t happen. What she did mention was that there will be two new houses and one new scare zone. One haunt is said to be tribal themed, so maybe an African Voodoo theme or something along those lines. She wouldn’t give us any other details regarding the second haunt, other than the Miner’s Revenge would not be returning this year. It will be interesting to see what this year brings to the park.
Now without further ado, here’s our collection of photos for your enjoyment: Continue reading
We just got back from our whirlwind tour of Cedar Point and the other fine offerings that Ohio has to offer (Put-In-Bay & Kalahari). We must say, we’re exhausted! We stayed at the amazing Kalahari Resort & Conference Centre. It’s massive, gorgeous and will require its own update. Look for that soon! Check out our thoughts and views from our Cedar Point trip below: Continue reading
Next week we’re off to visit the super amazing Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. We’re so excited to visit, it’s been five years since we last stepped into the park. Of course, we’ll be taking pictures and video of everything we encounter. We wanted to ask you what you would like us to feature in our trip report and videos. Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Cedar Point will be building a $25-million winged coaster for 2013, a company memo has revealed. Similar in design to Wild Eagle, this coaster will take the place of Disaster Transport and surrounding area in the front of the park. It’s also set to fly over the front gate to make a statement, similar to Leviathan. We’ll be investigating further on our upcoming trip: June 18-22. Read the entire article from The Sandusky Register below:
Cedar Fair stands ready to spend big money on a new roller coaster for 2013 at Cedar Point that will change the park landscape.
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.
Ouimet was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Lee Alexakos, corporate vice president of marketing, declined to confirm the information in the memo.
“We have not announced any plans for 2013 but we did announce a $25 million investment,” Alexakos said. “This will be one of the largest capital expenditures ever.”
Alexakos said that with any ride or attraction Cedar Point undertakes, the company is always looking to set records.
The Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers is set to design the new ride, which was described in the memo as having a “Front Gate Statement— a roller coaster that flies overhead, rolls and flies back— highly visible above guests entering the park.”
The firm designed Cedar Point’s Raptor.
A winged coaster is designed to suspend riders on wings to the sides of the rails so there is no track above or below the guest.
Engineering schematics show a proposed coaster with gravity defying twists, curves and rolls.
“Rob Decker (Cedar Fair VP of planning and design) and others have done a great job of creating a compelling, economically attractive new coaster for Cedar Point,” Ouimet wrote. “We believe this particular ride design with this particular manufacturer balances the desire for marketable innovation and risk associated with early adaptations of prototypes.”
Bolliger & Mabillard designed the first winged coaster for installation in Italy at a park known as Gardaland. The Six Flags Great American park outside of Chicago also has one of the company’s winged coasters, called X-Flight.
The new ride at Cedar Point could promise to be a work horse available to guests at almost any time they are in the park.
“Rob talked to operators of the first one in Italy and found no unanticipated negatives and very high ride reliability (less than 1 percent operational downtime).
Design plans show the new ride with a 170-foot tall lift that will fly overhead of park guests entering the park. It will have the longest track and longest ride time of any coaster of its style as it flies overhead, rolls and then fly back.
The huge roller coaster will dominate the front gate and the track will travel over a large parking area at the park.
“We have several coasters that cover parking lots,” Ouimet wrote. “Not necessarily ideal, but certainly acceptable given tight site constraints and the amount of land such attractions require.”
Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral both would have to come down if the site plan currently under consideration is chosen.
Part of the $25 million investment will also include renovations and upgrades at the park entrance from the parking lot.
Cedar Point general manger John Hildebrandt was not available for comment on Tuesday.