At exactly 3:30 on August 13th, 2012, Cedar Point (officially) announced their new Coaster for 2013 - GateKeeper. GateKeeper will be a new Wing Rider Coaster, manufactured by B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard). The new Coaster will reach a height of 170 feet tall with a drop of 164 foot drop reaching speeds of 67 mph and over 4,164 feet long.
(Photo provided by Cedar Point)
In 2013, along with GateKeeper, Cedar Point will reconstruct the parks main entrance. The will add in a new entrance building where GateKeeper will fly over.
It also appears that Cedar Point will noe put in another Coaster for 2013. Origionally in April, and May 2012 (following the announcement of the removal of WildCat), I thought the park would put in two Coasters in 2013 - a large B&M Wing Rider Coaster, and a Kiddie Coaster. It seems like the Point will not put in the Kiddie Coaster in 2013, but maybe plans will change, and they will add it in for 2013, or even hopefully 2014.
When GateKeeper opens in May 2013, it will break many records including:
-Tallest inversion on a Roller Coaster (170 feet)
-Tallest (170 feet), fastest (67mph), and longest (4164 feet) B&M Winged Coaster
-Most inversions on a Winged Coaster (6 inversions)
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What is your reaction to Cedar Points 2013 new Coaster - GateKeeper ?
Its official... Cedar Point officially announced on their Facebook Page that Disaster Transport and Space Spiral will be removed from the park. Disaster Transport was an indoor Bobsled Roller Coaster which opened in 1985 as Avalanche Run. In 1990, the park renamed the Coaster to Disaster Transport, enclosed it, and gave it an awesome space theme. Also, Space Spiral was a classic, family Observation Tower, which spiraled 285 feet tall. The ride gave spectacular views of the park.
Rumors for the removal of Disaster Transport began about 5 years ago, when I herd park employees saying "Cedar Point should remove this Coaster." Then, I would never think Cedar Point would never remove one of their Coasters, because they are (now were) "The Coaster Capital of the World." But now they are removing one of the only Bobsled Roller Coasters still in operation.
Personally, I am very sad to hear this news. I was sad to hear the removal of the WildCat in early May, but i am even more disappointed in the removal of Disaster Transport. I am very glad that Cedar Point will receive a new Coaster, but I wish they could keep Disaster Transport. I grew riding this Roller Coaster, and it was one of my favorite rides. Its really sad to see a Roller Coaster get torn down, and the feeling that you can never ride it again...
This photo shows Disaster Transport at Cedar Point.
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
Currently, Cedar Point will not say what will replace it. They want to keep the new project very secretive to the General Public. However, from this memo leaked, and from the latest rumors, they will receive a new B&M Winged Coaster. A Winged Coaster is a Coaster with multiple inversions, and riders sit to the side of the track, instead above or below the track. The rumors are the new Coaster will reach about 170 feet. It will also be the tallest, fastest, longest, and largest Winged Coaster of all time.
I am proud to see that Cedar Point will put in a great Coaster. Personally, I am very excited for a B&M Wing Coaster at Cedar Point. However, I would rather see heavy re-tracking to Mean Streak, a new GCI Wooden Coaster, a 500 foot tall Coaster, or an Intamin Wooden Coaster similar to El Toro. It has been a long time since The Coaster Capital of the world's last Roller Coaster, which was Maverick in 2007. Cedar Point is very overdo for a new Coaster.
There are also some rumors that Cedar Point might also add in a small kiddie Coaster. I hope this is true, so Cedar Point will get another Coaster. If this is true, I would love to see it in the Planet Snoopy section of the park. The section is always empty, and a new kiddie Coaster there should get Planet Snoopy more alive.
After the removal of Disaster Transport, Cedar Point will have only 15 Coasters. However with the addition of possibly two Coasters, they will reach 17 Coasters. Six Flags Magic Mountain currently has 17 Coaster. With a possible new Coaster in 2013 at SFMM, they will have 18 Coasters. Then, Six Flags Magic Mountain will be the true 'Coaster Capital of the World' and not Cedar Point.
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What is your reaction to the removal of Disaster Transport and Space Spiral? Are you glad to see them go, or are you sad?
(*Remember, get your last rides in on Disaster Transport and Space Spiral now!*)
Yesterday on May 2nd, 2012 Cedar Point announced the removal of the WildCat Coaster. Cedar Point said the reason was for a Celebration Plaza Expansion. Also WildCat was getting old. It was in bad condition, the maintenance price was increasing, and it was not safe. Most people, including myself, are very sad to see this Coaster leave. It was a 'piece of junk' as some people say, but it is sad to see a Roller Coaster leave.
Now to speculate what will happen in the future. (You can also read our first post for Cedar Point in 2013) Personally, I think the rumor from last month will be true - That Cedar Point will get two Coasters in 2013. A Large Coaster and a kiddie Coaster. Throughout the articles CP wrote, and Facebook/Twitter updates they really seem to be sad that the ride is leaving. They also always mention something like this: 'new Coasters are always a park of Cedar Points future.' This basically gives away that CP will get at least one new Coaster in 2013, and they are highly thinking of new Coasters to add into the park.
I believe this kiddie Coaster will go where WildCat was. Think to yourself 'What could CP put where WildCat was?' Hopefully the correct answer would be a small Coaster. CP will not removed one of there beloved 17 Coasters for something stupid, like a new food stand or skill game. What ever they will put in that location will be excellent and wont let people down.
So after the removal of WildCat, Cedar Point will be down to 16 Coasters and be in second place (with most Coasters) after Six Flags Magic Mountain. SFMM currently has 17 Coasters in 2012 and in 2013, they will build a second 18th Coaster. If CP adds a large Coaster and a kiddie Coaster in 2013, they will also have 18 Coasters.
It is still too early to say what will happen to Cedar Point in 2013, but we can only hope for the best!
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