Published: August 14, 2012 at 7:40 AM
This does look like a nice custom coaster for Cedar Point. However, it's not the game changer I think the park needed to add after being relatively stagnant for over 5 years (Maverick opened in 2007). Breaking records for a coaster style that only has 2 other US installations is not anything special in my book. What would have made this truly big would have been B&M's rumored 4th Dimension concept, which is the natural progression from the wing coaster design.
I do like the dive loop right off the lift hill (almost identical to X-Flight though) and the corkscrews through the slotted pillars (again similar to X-Flight). However, a little more could have been done to theme the coaster better. The best Cedar Point could do was to have two industrial-looking concrete towers with a coaster track running through them? This coaster design lends itself to some incredible theming opportunities, and Cedar Point, who had been putting some good ideas together with Dragster and Maverick, kinda dropped the ball on this one.
It's certainly an improvement over Disaster Transport, but will this one ride really draw coaster fans from around the world to Cedar Point in 2013? Probably not, because in reality Gatekeeper is just a slightly bigger and less themed version of X-Flight.