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New Coaster Confirmed for 2013 at Cedar Point

B&M Winged Style Coaster

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.

Cedar Point Opening Day Pics

Our friend Kirby headed out to Cedar Point today to check out all that’s new and exciting in the park for the 2012 season. Check out some of the great pictures of Dinosaurs Alive! and Luminosity, the brand new nighttime show starting June 8. We’ll be at Cedar Point in late June, so make sure to check back for all our pictures and videos. In the meantime, here’s a quick photo update: Continue reading

Cedar Point removes Wildcat coaster


Sad news today for WildCat fans: Cedar Point has announced that as a result of expanding its new Celebration Plaza, they will be removing the WildCat roller coaster. Meaning, Six Flags Magic Mountain now will reclaim the title of having the most coasters in the world, with 17.

WildCat was coming to the end of its useful life. With the desired expansion of Celebration Plaza, coupled with the low ridership and increased maintenance costs, Cedar Point has decided to accelerate the removal of the ride. WildCat will be removed from the park prior to Opening Day and the materials will be sent to a recycling facility.
This expansion is one of several initiatives that will beautify the park midways and enhance guests’ experiences. Additional improvements include state-of-the-art lighting packages on Giant Wheel, Millennium Force and Power Tower, a new sound and lighting system along the park’s Main Midway and the re-painting of the Millennium Force and Blue Streak roller coasters.
Cedar Point remains committed to being the roller coaster capital of the world.  New roller coasters, rides and attractions will always be a part of Cedar Point’s future.

Luminosity to entertain at Cedar Point this summer

This conceptual artist rendering shows the Luminosity stage, where 30 talented performers will entertain guests as special effects light up the night at Cedar Point.

In what looks like an event inspired by California Adventure’s Electronica and the soon to begin Mad T Party, Cedar Point has announced a new nighttime experience called Luminosity that will electrify the night this summer. With dancers, fire, pyrotechnics, music, lasers, projections, a DJ and much more, this event looks super cool. It’s nice to see parks adding upbeat and fun events that aren’t just quick 10 minute shows at the end of the night. Dance parties seem to be the new craze at parks, and we love them! Sort of family friendly raves, minus the drugs and craziness that comes with those. The event starts on June 8. Check out all the details and a video preview below (the stock music in the video sounds a whole lot like “Backstreets Back” if you ask us):

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