Cedar Point closes Wildcat; Magic Mountain has coaster title to itself
Cedar Point announced this morning that it will demolish the Wildcat roller coaster
. The Schwarzkopf steel coaster opened for the 1979 season, and Cedar Point cited "low ridership and increased maintenance costs" as factors in the decision to eliminate the aging coaster, which will make way for an expansion of the park's Celebration Plaza.
There'll be one fewer coaster on the Roller Coast this summer
The removal of the Wildcat takes Cedar Point down to 16 coasters, giving Six Flags Magic Mountain the "most coasters" title to itself. Cedar Point is now tied for second with Canada's Wonderland.
Maybe this ultimately..despite what they say now..has to do with a potential new coaster/ride for 2013. I'm not as familiar with CP as many here, and I forget what else is in the surrounding area that would be a candidate for removal, because Wildcat is not a big footprint at all.
They need to add two new coasters to replace this one.
Always was a fun and popular ride, but it was getting old, likely more expensive to keep up, and the capacity wasn't that good. Still it had a good run. 40ish years is pretty good for a semi-permanent steel coaster that was designed for state fairs.
Wildcat's line moved so slowly that I've never bothered with it on any of my visits to Cedar Point.
Another Schwarzkopf model bites the dust. I hate to see this one go, but I understand its time has come and gone. Taps, please?
I think that's a title that Cedar Point can still contend for James. There are a lot of good ones there.
@Derek. I think this Wildcat was only there for 33 years not 40ish. Cedar Point had a previous Wildcat that was erected in 1970 but it was moved to Valleyfair in 1978 with the current model arriving in 1979.
On the 'most good coasters' allow me to nominate Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Not a lot of coasters, but every one of them (assuming you don't count the kiddie coaster Grover's Alpine Express) are really great rides, and with another on it's way shortly.
Both Busch Gardens parks should be in the running for "most good coasters".
The way I interpret the question raised is thusly:
I agree with the highest percentage thing, cause parks like Cedar Point and MM would still win if it were just who has the most good coasters (simply cause they both have a ton of coasters, many of them should be good.) That was why I put in BGW, instead of BGT, cause I think they have a better percentage of good coasters.
If you combine both Universal Orlando parks, and count Non-Dueling Dragons as two separate coasters, they meet the five minimum (youth coasters excluded - although the Flying Unicorn/Hippogriff coaster is pretty sweet for a kiddie coaster), and all are good. 1.000 as well!
As much as I love BGW, I consider all of their coasters..svae for Nessie..to be non-prime examples of their genre...i.e, Nitro is better than AC, Sheikra is better then Griffon, Afterburn is better than Alpengeist, etc.
I won't miss Wildcat, as it always seemed like a ride better suited for a small or mid-size park than a major park like Cedar Point. I rode it once and it was okay, but I wouldn't wait more than ten minutes to ride again.
I'm all for quality over quantity, so the most coaster record is pointless to me. It's great for marketing to those that care, but does it really make people upset if their favorite park doesn't hold whatever record in question?
@Mike They may not be the top of their class, but they are all "good".
I've run the data, and will publish a Theme Park Insider Top 20 coaster parks list on the Flume tomorrow.
I don't know nothing about nothing, but I hear rumors that indicate that this may be the last year to get nice pictures like the one that Robert posted with this article...
What, they're not going to let people parachute into the park from passing airplanes anymore? ;^)
As soon as Celebration Plaza was announced, people began to question if there was really room for the end-of-day show, Luminosity, to be presented at that location. The blueprint showed the new stage extending almost to Wildcat, leaving very little room for pedestrian traffic. This announcement, while rather regretable, is not a big surprise. It will open a large area up for the crowds that they are predicting for the show.
^Mike, in response to your query about what was in the area other than Wildcat that could be removed to provide more room for a future attraction, there was lots of speculation on the CP boards about that. The most commonly mentioned ideas that I read was that 1) they had started testing Wildcat already this year, and speculation is that some major defect or structural flaw was discovered that would be too expensive/difficult to repair. Most believed that Wildcat was going to be removed within a few years anyway, but this discovery (still just speculation) sped up the removal. 2) Just beyond the fence behind Wildcat is the Perimeter Road, that runs around the edge of the Point to the hotels and Soak City. On the other side of the road from Wildcat is the former Cedars Hotel, now seasonal employee housing. Removing the housing and relocating the road would give a rather large area for a future attraction of some kind.
James, I don't deny that they're good coasters. Just saying, for me, there are others of each type I like waaayyy better.
Mike, if Worlds of Fun was your home park, you would think almost everything was WAYYYYYYYY better!!! =)
Hey James, I'm going to Dollywood in a few weeks, too! Can't wait to ride Thunderhead a dozen times or so! Love that airtime! :-)
WildCat actually open for the 1970 Season!
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