After weeks of tight-lipped secrecy under intense speculation...Cedar Point today announced what their next "World Class" coaster will be.
"The GateKeeper" will be true to its name as the entire park entrance and ticketing booths will be revamped to make way for the new ride...set to debut when the park opens next year.
GateKeeper will be a "winged" roller coaster...featuring rider seating that hangs off the sides of the main track as if passengers were strapped into seats on the wings of an airplane.
In typical Cedar Point fashion, the new ride will set records for a ride of its type...becoming the longest and tallest winged coaster in the world on the day it opens.
"GateKeeper's world-record-breaking statistics, incredible flying maneuvers and special elements make it a unique coaster experience," stated Cedar Point General Manager John Hildebrandt. "GateKeeper is a roller coaster only Cedar Point can build and we are proud to add it to our incredible lineup of world-class attractions."
See the computer renderings, including "point-of-view" shots of the new ride HERE.
Designed by world-renown coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, a ride along the 4,164 feet of dark and light blue steel tubular track on GateKeeper will take approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Once riders crest the top of the 170-foot-tall lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning riders upside down before plummeting a record 164 feet toward the ground at speeds reaching 67 mph! Then the train will enter a half loop, go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction from which it came. A towering 105-foot-tall camelback hill awaits just before riders glide through a 360-degree giant flat spin. The train will then fly through the middle of two support towers that will dominate Cedar Point's new Main Entrance. The coaster will then make a tight, 180-degree turnaround which pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back towards the station. A 360-degree in-line roll, camelback drop and spiral round out the amazing elements that GateKeeper will treat its passengers to next summer.
GateKeeper, will forever change the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula, as the track will dramatically fly above the main entrance to the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers. Riders will twice narrowly slot through new front gate portals and slide by buildings for near miss excitement. GateKeeper will feature Sunset Gold trains with coaches that extend out sideways from the track, exposing riders to nothing above or below them, simulating the feeling of flight.
Did Cedar Point hit a home run with this new coaster? Will you make a run to the park next year just to get a crack at this new ride?