I had no special felings for Wildcat..I usually skipped it because of the often longish, slow moving line..you know, the one that screams "low ridership." I do remember having a "discussion" with someone..can't remember who..over whether it was a mouse. Me:No. Her:Yes. Would have been pretty ironic for a MOUSE to be named WildCAT!
Almost always hate to see a coaster close, though...
Sad to see it go, but that's the way it goes. I'm sure that some people won't like it, but I think it's a pretty decent move. Actually it's kind of refreshing that they are removing a coaster for other improvements. Wildcat lived near the expanding light show, and they probably want the space to better handle the people, among other things. With all of the visual improvements and light packages they have planned around the park so far, I'm interested in what the space will look like when it's finished.
As for the record, who cares. I'm sure they will build another one very very soon...
Everything in a theme park is judged by capacity vs. cost. I totally understand why Cedar Point would throw in the towel on this one. Hope they build something better in the next few years.
FYI - there are now only four of this model of coaster left operating in the world today. =(
"Coaster Capital of the World"... does it really matter anymore? Magic Mt and Cedar Point both have about a half dozen good, non-kiddie coasters. What does it mean to have the most coasters, if most of them are average or worse?
Question: what park has the most GOOD coasters on the planet? Anyone know?
Speaking of, I hope they can give Mean Streak the Texas Giant treatment soon.
This needs to be a project. Lemme go crunch some voting data. In the meantime, nominations? Give me the park name, plus the number of and names of the good coasters at that park.
I agree with your comment on "most good coasters" - Cedar Point is definitely in the running.
And I did not intend to exclude Cedar Point or Magic Mountain from the running with my comments, just wanted to know if they were still tops if you only count the good coasters.
MM (7): Apocalypse, Batman, Goliath, Ninja, Scream, Tatsu, X2.
CP (6): M. Force, Maverick, TTD, Raptor, Iron Dragon, Magnum.
BGT (6): Cheetah Hunt, Gwazi, Sheikra, Kumba, Scorpion, Montu.
BGW (5): Griffon, Alpie, Verbolten (?), Loch Ness, Apollo.
Kings Dominion (5): Volcano, I305, Stunt Coaster, Dominator, Grizzly.
What park has the highest percentage of quality coasters?..let's say a park must have 5 minimum (eliminates Knoebels.)
My vote goes to Kennywood. I haven't been on SkyRocket, but all of their others are high quality. They're batting 1.000!
How 'bout Knotts, Kings Island, or Hershey? I haven't visited those parks in so long, I am not comfortable commenting on them!
Of course, that's just my opinion(s.)
As for parks with a high percentage of coasters, here's what I've got from the parks I've been to with at least five coasters (listing all the coasters at the park I consider must rides):
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: 3/5 (Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Griffon)
Carowinds: 4/13 (Afterburn, Intimidator, Nighthawk, Thunder Road)
Cedar Point: 7/16 (Gemini, Magnum XL-200, Maverick, Millennium Force, Raptor, Top Thrill Dragster, Wicked Twister)
Dollywood: 3/5 (Mystery Mine, Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead)
Kings Dominion: 5/14 (Dominator, Flight of Fear, Grizzly, Intimidator 305, Volcano)
Knott's Berry Farm: 4/9 (GhostRider, Montezooma's Revenge, Silver Bullet, Xcelerator)
Six Flags Great Adventure: 5/13 (Bizarro, El Toro, Kingda Ka, Nitro, Superman-Ultimate Flight)
Six Flags Magic Mountain: 7/17 (Apocalypse the Ride, Goliath, Riddler's Revenge, Scream!, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Tatsu, X2)
Six Flags New England: 2/10 (Batman-The Dark Knight, Bizarro)
Six Flags St. Louis: 3/8 (American Thunder, Batman the Ride, Mr. Freeze)
Based on this, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Dollywood have the highest percentage of good coasters while Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have the most good coasters. This is consistent with the way the chains seem to run their parks: Six Flags and Cedar Fair like to add as many rides as possible, but a decent percentage are unremarkable, while SeaWorld and Herschend (as well as most other park chains) add fewer but higher quality attractions.
@AJ Nice work!
Wildcat was a nice, old-fashioned traditional carnival-type coaster, but it was not well maintained. There were lots of weeds growing through the asphalt under the ride, and it looked like it was welded to the ground with rust. It was the red-haired stepchild coaster of Cedar Point. It is regretable that there was no announcement last season about it closing, for those who wanted one last ride, but I doubt that there will be much complaining about it being removed.
Now, from the Office of Nobody Cares But I Am Going To Type It Anyway: I am heading to Dollywood in just a couple of weeks... Wild Eagle, baby!!!! =)