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Top Thrill Dragster reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Top Thrill Dragster, a roller coaster at Cedar Point. (The minimum height to ride is 52 inches.)

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Posted: May 11, 2014

Top Thrill is an Intamin accelerator coaster, and the worlds second tallest coaster. Launches riders from 0 to 120 MPH in under 4 seconds and up a 420-foot tower, then quickly back down while twisting 270 degrees to the right.

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63 votes, so far

Such a mixed bag. On one hand you have an incredibly thrilling and unique coaster experience, and on the other hand you have a very low rider throughput that routinely causes two hour waits. Definitely a must ride, but ride early or late, or spend a small fortune buying Fast Lane Plus, because you do NOT want to wait in a super hot line watching FUN TV for two hours. (Note: avoid the front seat at night - bugs!). 9-Outstanding. - James Rao


While we'd love this coaster to last a bit longer, this launch coaster is pure awesomeness! The restraints are right, and the acceleration is pure! - Dwayne Kilbourne

It was INTENSE! A very fantastic ride with probably one of the points best attempts at a theme. The rush is unbelievable. You just sit there for what feels like hours waiting to launch. Then, when you least expect it, It happens. The launch was amazing it just takes off in a blur then you shoot up. My favorite part was the way up because It is so high. You then hang at the top while looking DOWN at Millennium Force. After that, you go down spinning and stop with a very smooth brake. It is my sixth favorite. A must ride at the point. 10/10 - Edward Morgan

The only place to ride is up front, can't stress that enough. In fact I'd rather ride once up front than 5 times anywhere else in the train. This ride is all about the speed and height. It was a bit disappointing but then again I had really high expectations for it. Thing is, it all happens to fast after the launch (which is amazing), you go up 420ft and drop down again. On Magnum XL-200 I felt the height a lot more (even though it's half the height) because of the ascent and waiting at the top. Here it all happens to fast. I also think the Intamin Lap Bars make you feel super safe, hence why Millennium and Dragster don't really give me that I'm gonna die feeling, despite being good rides. It's a good ride up front, but happens way to fast. - Mikael Vagen

the first time i rode top thrill dragster was right after millenium force i rode middle seat and when we launched off it was great but not that good i really didnt feel anything its more of a visual effect then we shot up the coasater and once again it was all visual then went down and it was all visual it did not impress me at all about a week later when i went back to cedar point i decided to ride again because my freind wanted to as we loaded in i randomly chose front seat because it was a shorrt line as we were waiting to be launched i thought boo this is gonna be boring then the coaster shot me out. the feeling of wind hitting my face at 120 miles per hour was unforgettable as we shot up the tower i almost blacked out all i saw was sun as we hit the top that was the best i could see everything in front of me as we went down the tower again i almost blaked ouyt and as we levled of i felt another great gust of wind. since then top thrill dragster has been my favorate ride in the park truly outstanding you just gotta ride front seat their is seriously nothing like it! - ed shaheen

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