Attraction of the week: Cedar Point's Maverick
Written by Robert Niles
Great roller coasters do more than overwhelm you with physical force. They find a way to deliver something clever -- a literal twist or other element that catches you by surprise the first time you ride. Great coasters amuse and entertain, rather than push and pound.Tweet
In a park filled with one-time record breakers for height and for speed, Cedar Point's Maverick remains my favorite coaster in that park. It's far from tall -- topping out at (just) 105 feet. But this frisky Intamin launch coaster delivered a unique first drop when it opened in 2007, a 95-degree plunge. That's right, you're not just dropping straight down, but down and in.
From there, Maverick is a twisting and twirling delight, hugging the beach-side terrain at a top speed of 70 miles per hour. I especially enjoyed the in-tunnel launch mid-ride -- it reminded me of the false ending in Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy. Returning to the station building for the launch setting "sold" the pause the better than on all those other coasters with mid-ride launches out on their farthest reaches of track. You're not tricking anyone by stopping out there.
For our friends up north, shake off the mid-winter blues with a video trip on Maverick, courtesy Cedar Point:
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