The World's Tallest, Fastest and Longest Dive Coaster is Coming to Cedar Point
Cedar Point today announced its new roller coaster for 2016:
This Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster will be the world's tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster when it opens in spring 2016. B&M's 100th coaster will feature a 214-foot vertical drop, a top speed of 75 miles per hour, 3,415 feet of track, and three inversions — a 165-foot Immelmann, a dive loop, and a 270-degree roll.
Cedar Point explained the new coaster's name in its press release: "Rooted deeply in the storied tales of coaster folklore, the Valravn is a regal king of all birds, swooping in to conquer all other dive coasters on the planet with its powerful and intense maneuvers, massive structure and immense ride vehicles."
And here is the park's POV animation of the new ride:
What do you think?
I think this calls for another trip to Ohio!
I think B&M is finally figuring out how to make dive coasters interesting all the way through the ride experience. Yay for Cedar Point!
Meh...Not terribly impressed by this one. I was hoping Cedar Point would really kick it up a notch, but it's only slightly taller than Sheikra (200 feet) and Griffon (205 feet). I guess I'm fine that they really didn't make a big jump in the coaster style, but then they didn't bother to do anything else with the design aside from going through an Immelman backwards (dive loop) and throw in a roll. There's no terrain, tunnels, or anything else that make dive coasters interesting. Aside from the first drop, the sensations on dive coasters are very broad and sweeping, so in order to make the ride more interesting, the use of terrain and standing features need to be used. Cedar Point does nothing here, and takes the Six Flags approach with no trenches, tunnels, or even close calls with the supports.
I'm not sure I completely agree Russell. Griffon is one of my favorite rollercoasters of all time, and I'm lucky enough to have been to both Busch Gardens' and Cedar Point, among dozens of other parks. My argument would be that Valravn gives the "midwest" a phenomenal ride to millions of riders that might not otherwise get to ride on the east coast. Even if it was a mirror image of Griffon, Cedar Pointers should be excited, and it's not. It's a slight step-up with some extra elements. Most people don't get to go to all the country's best parks like you and me ;)
I like it.... and that first drop looks to have an amazing view. Perhaps the Rao's and the Koehl's might have to have to plan another CP meet, say May of 2016, Jim? (Provided Valravn is complete by then, of course).
Could Valravn have been a better fit for another Cedar Fair park? Possibly. However, if my experience with Griffon is anything to go by Cedar Point is getting another top tier coaster. My guess is this will dethrone Raptor as the park's best B&M and I think this could be the best dive coaster built to date. I'm not sure if I'll make it back to Cedar Point next year or not (Dollywood is still priority #1 for 2016), but I definitely look forward to riding this when I do visit the park again.
I'm not too impressed. It is missing a lot of cool elements that other Dive coasters have, like splashdowns and over banked turns. Also, I hate that the MCBR kills all the momentum. Overall, it will probably be the best B&M in the park and will be a good coaster, however Cedar Point could have done a MUCH better job with this.
The coaster itself is perfectly fine, B&M makes quality products, but I had been hopeful that they would have done more with that part of the park like put in something like Harmony Hall at Carowinds. I suppose that and the Triotech dark ride might still happen soon enough.
It may turn out to be an excellent coaster, but the name is truly awful. Valravn?? It looks and sounds like a random mishmash of letters -- maybe someone's password? Are they going to tell us how to pronounce it?
This should be a good ride for those who don't live on the East Coast. I actually think that dive coasters are a lot of fun, regardless of terrain or special effects. One gets a spectacular view while hanging over the drop but having ridden both Griffon and Sheikra, it's a case of been there done that, and I wouldn't rush out to Ohio to ride Valravn. IMHO what Cedar Point really needs is a wooden coaster of the calibre of El Toro, Outlaw Run or Boulder Dash.
Cedar Point practically is on the East Coast.
Val-RAY-ven. According to that source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, "valravn (Danish "raven of the slain") is a supernatural raven. The ravens appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures." It fits right into the other happy names of Cedar Point coasters (Raptor, Rougarou (werewolf in Creole),Wicked Twister). I was surprised that they put in into the space already cleared when they removed the old Cedar Point Cinema/Good Time Theater building and moved some other rides. I thought they would also remove the old Cedars Hotel (now employee dorms). Perhaps that will still happen in the future, since it would open up another large area for expansion.
@James - Tunnels don't necessarily need to be underground to be effective. Sheikra's tunnel is only about 8 feet below grade, but goes beneath the splashdown pool, so it appears deeper. Cedar Point did great work with Maverick to create near misses and plenty of terrain despite not dramatically reworking the land. I feel that they're really missing the boat here by not giving this coaster something (anything) to give the coaster a sense of place. This is a lazy, "coaster in a parking lot", installation. Fury 325 doesn't have a whole lot of theming, and neither do Gatekeeper or Banshee (Cedar Fair's other recent B&M installations), but they have enough to make them unique - Fury has the dive under the entrance (which incidentally cost a lot of money because they hit a natural spring), Gatekeeper has the thread the needle elements at the front of the park, and Banshee uses the hilly terrain to create larger than expected drops and speeds on the second half of the ride.
This will be a great investment for Cedar Point. A lot of you are comparing this B&M dive coaster to the others in regards to themeing. But you can't forget that Cedar Fair is an Amusement park not a Theme park. Cedar Fair parks, if you notice, place there rides so that you are passing over the midway and close to other guest. This way even spectators get thrills by having coasters pass with in feet. There is nothing better then walking along the midway and seeing the faces of riders. It builds your anticipation for the ride it's self. So yes this will be an excellent addition to the park. As for the parks best B&M I believe gatekeeper will hold that record with the several near misses and keyhole features. Keep up the record breaking Cedar Point.
Looks like Sheikra Busch Gardens Tampa
Seems like a good coaster - it doesn't make me want to drop everything and go, though.
This coaster doesn't seem to come close to 75mph in the video.
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