Cedar Point 2013: Wing Coaster?
Local paper leaks info about Cedar Point's 2013 project
A local paper is reporting that Cedar Point will add a B&M Wing Coaster for the 2013. It is supposed to be the tallest, fastest, and longest of its kind and will potentially fly over the front gate area of the park. Disaster Transport and Space Spiral would be removed for the project.
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And, naturally, Disaster Transport will go to Dorney :)
That would actually be okay with me. Demolish the building, but move the bobsled coaster itself. There's only a few of those type of rides left.
Needless to say the Cedar Point boards lit up with this announcement. As of now, Cedar Point has not made any sort of "official announcement" about this- it is just something leaked to the local paper. In the past, CP has liked to do its own leaking on Facebook, etc. to tease fans about new attractions. It may be true about the new coaster and the removal of Disaster Transport and Space Spiral, but I suspect there is more to the story that we haven't heard. Most locals would not be surprised to see that it is true- Disaster Transport has been slowly allowed to crumble in recent years, with fewer effects working and lack of cosmetic maintenance obvious, and Space Spiral, which has two observation levels, rarely needs to use more than one (I was informed by an employee last year that the only time they used the top level was on July 4th) and has become ignored by all but us old people and some families.
I would be very surprised if Cedar Point wanted this information, if true, to be announced at this time. "Luminosity- Ignite the Night", their new major nighttime show, starts soft openning Friday night and Grand Opening on June 8th. Management would not want something this big (announcing the removal of two major attractions and building a new coaster) to overshadow this new show.
It will be interesting to see what the future brings with this unofficial announcement, and with Cedar Point's declarations that it is going to provide more family-friendly attracions.
I think I'd be the only person who would like Disaster Transport (and the Space Spiral) to come to Dorney.
From James Rao
Posted May 31, 2012 at 5:55 AM
On the other hand, James, announcing these things now can bring an influx of guests who want to "say goodbye" to the two venerable attractions that are eventually making their way to Dorney. ;)
As for the new coaster - great news. The Wing Coaster at Dollywood is a fine ride - very nice. And while the coaster type really doesn't offer much in the way of new sensations, it is fun and B&M reliable. The new coaster will be a huge hit for Cedar Point and will bring life back to that area of the park.
And while some people will lament the coaster count remaining the same instead of going up - does Disaster Transport really count anymore? It is more embarrassing than anything else these days, isn't it? Better to have quality over quantity, if you can't have both.
^James, I have no disagreement with what you said at all, but I think they would have wanted to control when it was announced, probably after Luminosity is open and running for a few weeks. We need a new coaster up here on the North Coast!
Rumors of a B&M coaster have been around for a while, we already knew that Disaster Transport was probably on it's way out, and there have been reports of construction marks all over that part of the park. Also they haven't built one in a while. Put those things together, and it's fairly obvious what was going to happen.
I can't picture Disaster Transport moving to another park as it is. I could see them shipping the actual bobsled coaster part to another park though. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept the space spiral and just moved it somewhere else in the park. People could care less about Disaster Transport, but the spiral has been around for a while and it offers a beautiful view.
I don't think the leak matters much. They might have wanted to wait, but really how long was it going to be anyway. The whole top secret thing is nearly impossible to pull off these days, and it gets them in the press.
From Tim Odom
Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM
I was hoping CP would get a wing coaster, but I think my fiance and I are the only 2 people that will lament the loss of Disaster Transport. I actually like that ride, I found it fun. But, this is probably more of a case that parts for that specific coaster are running in short supply.
SFGA got one and its a big hit! Nice coaster concept with tons of theming potental.
It kind of makes sense to remove the Space Spiral completely, not just move it to a new location. They added new lighting to Millennium Force, Power Tower and Giant Wheel, if they really are trying to build up the front of the park it would make sense. I have a few concerns about it going over the entrance as the oldest ride at the point is there along with the refurbished Ocean Motion, Picnic area, and the bathrooms and restaurant. Seems like a lot of obstacles if you ask me.
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