Cedar Point is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It is opened in 1870, it is the third oldest amusement park in North America behind Six Flags New England and Lake Compounce.
The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and features a world record 75 rides including 17 roller coasters. Known as America’s Roller Coast, Cedar Point is tied with Six Flags Magic Mountain for the most roller coasters in the world.
The park has reached several milestones with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet (61 m) -Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force, Wicked Twister, and Top Thrill Dragster. Cedar Point’s normal operating season runs daily from mid-May until Labor Day and then only on weekends through the end of October.
Cedar Point opened the Magnum XL-200 in 1989 and then it started breaking records. Magnum was voted the third best Steel Coaster in 2005.
The steel behemoth stands at an amazing height of 205 feet above the ground and rides speed clocks up to 72 mph or 115 km/hr.
The Magnum is a traditional out and back coaster that features 5,106 feet of track that winds its way over Soak City and along the Lake Erie shoreline, giving riders an unparalleled view of the lake and the Cedar Point skyline. In 2005, the Magnum XL-200 was voted No. 3 in the “Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World” category in a poll conducted by Amusement Today.
In only 17 seasons, Magnum has given more than 34 million guests a ride to remember. In 2005 alone, 1,888,539 guests rode Magnum. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall.
Millennium Force was announced on July 22, 1999. It was the largest investment in Cedar Point history and broke 10 world records. It was built in the Frontier Trail section of the park and the Giant Wheel had to be relocated to make room for it.
Millennium Force rides speed clocks up to 93 mph or 150 km/h and its height is 310 feet (94 m) from the ground. The first media event was held on May 11, 2000, then opened on May 13.
When opened, it also broke many records such as being the first Giga coaster and was the fastest roller coster at the time. Later it would be beaten by faster roller coasters.
Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster is a steel accelerator roller coaster. It was the first Strata Coaster, loosely defined as a complete circuit coaster that is over 400 feet (120 m) tall.
When Top Thrill Dragster first debuted, it set four new records:
- Tallest coaster
- Fastest top speed of any coaster
- Steepest drop on a roller coaster (tied with other coasters)
- First complete circuit coaster to top 400 feet (120 m)
It was the fourth roller coaster to break the 100 miles per hour or 160 km/h speed barrier.
Maverick is an Intamin-built linear synchronous motor-launched blitz steel complete-circuit roller coaster.
- Riders are launched up a 105-foot (32 m) lift hill
- First drop is 95 degrees (5 degrees past vertical)
- Travels at a top speed of 70 miles per hour or 110 km/h
- One 400-foot (120 m) tunnel with LED lights & special effects
- 10 banked turns, from 62 to 92 degrees
- Magnetic, non-contact braking system
- Water Bombs that spray water when trains pass over the lagoon
Voted “Best New Ride for 2007″ by Amusement Today.
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