Cedar Point reopens Saturday with its 18 coasters, including 2013’s Gatekeeper and Millennium Force, the 305-foot steel goliath that’s ranked No. 1 by Amusement Today. For this year the park doesnt make the headlines for a new world class coaster, but promisses lot of family fun with Pipe Scream, a flat ride/roller coaster that spins riders on 302 feet of track and reaches 40 mph and Lake Erie Eagles that puts riders in a carriage that lifts you nearly 30 feet and simulates flight.
According to Screamscape, $30 million of the park’s three-year investment may finance the construction of a Winged Coaster by Swiss manufacturers Bolliger & Mabillard, who have found renewed acclaim for their winged model in the forms of Raptor, The Swarm, Wild Eagle, X-Flight, and most recently, Cedar Point’s iconic Gatekeeper, which soars over the park’s renovated turnstiles and gracefully flips through two massive keyhole cutout towers, giving the illusion of a near-miss for both onlookers and riders.
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The $30 million Gatekeeper breaks seven world records: it’s the longest wing coaster (4,164 feet), has the tallest drop (164 feet) and most inversions. Riders will be flipped upside down six times during the 2-minute, 40-second journey and will fly directly over Cedar Point’s main gate.
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Cedar Point has begun testing its highly-anticipated new roller coaster, GateKeeper, as it prepares to open the ride to the public on May 11, 2013.
The park has released a new video, embedded below, which shows off the Bolliger & Mabillard-built coaster’s “Wing Rider” trains in action. The ride’s circuit was completed in late February, and Cedar Point appears to be on track to meet its planned opening date.
GateKeeper’s circuit will feature a total of 6 inversions, including a dive loop, an Immelmann loop, a giant corkscrew, two zero-g rolls and an inclined dive loop. The ride’s track will be teal-colored, with white supports, and will come into close contact with buildings and portals in the park’s entrance gates to provide a “near-miss” sensation.
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The new season is almost here also in US parks. In the East coast Cedar Point Amusement Park reopens May 11th with a new adrenaline coaster. GateKeeper will feature the highest inversion in the world with its 170-foot (52 m) Wing Over drop. It will also break several records among Wing Coasters including track length, drop height and most inversions (see video). Carowinds reopens earlier in March 29 th with a brand new show and exhibit called “Dinosaurs Alive” along with Virginia’s own Kings Dominion. On the same day will reopen Hershey Park Chocolate World in Pennsylvania. Earlier at March 22 reopens Six Flags America in Washington/Baltimore.