Cedar Point delays Maverick roller coaster until June
Cedar Point announced today that it will not debut its new roller coaster Maverick
this month, as planned. Instead, the park will modify the Intamin coaster's track.
In a statement, Cedar Point said it and ride's manufacturer decided, based on initial testing, to replace three sections of track after the ride's launch tunnel.
The park now plans to open the ride in early June.
Amazing. Who'd have thought that there could be any problems with (oh wait a minute. Cedar Point + Intamin = delayed openings and operational problems for at least two years).
Urgh. And I'm heading there May 20 - 22. It looks like an amazing coaster. A bit scary that they want to replace three sections of track!
That seems a bit odd. I wonder exactly what is the problem.
I'm hearing that it has to do with the heartline roll. The rumor is that it's hitting that element with too much speed, which is going to reek havoc on riders and in the long-term put way too much stress on the trains.
Improving guest experience on the ride and to eliminate exccessive stress on the trains...that's what was said in the press statement. Obviously there has to be a good reason for the modification. You don't delay opening of a brand new roller coaster without something being wrong.
I am not sure if it was ever considered a "family coaster". At least I never saw anything that gave me that impression. Not when you hit that first hill at 50 some mph, the heartline roll (which looks wicked in person) and the 0-70 relaunch. Anyone familiar with Cedar Point knows this happens. (how long did it take to work the kinks out of Top Thrill?) I am still going May 20th, its not rollercoaster season with out a trip or two to Cedar Point. Firehawk is still on track right? If you need a new coaster hit up King's Island. :-)
Becky, it actually is considered a family coaster for some reason or another.
If it is a heartline problem with too much stress, better to find out before it opens. We certainly don't want another Drachen Fire experience (Busch Gardens Williamsburg). I loved that coaster, but the general public said it was way too stressful on the body. Oh well. I'll have to wait for Griffon - it looks really awesome during the trial runs they are doing.
I was heading to CP this Memorial weekend. Mainly to check out Maverick with the kids. I may rethink that. The coaster was the driving force of going. We were then going to go to PKI for a day or two as well. If any park needs a coaster, it's PKI.
Well that happens to stink, still going to be there opening day! See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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