Cedar Point 2011 Announcement Mid-August
What will it be?
A local newspaper is reporting that Cedar Point will announce it's new attraction sometime in mid-August.
The major hints right now are that it's a thrill ride and that it is "going to bring back a lot of memories for people that follow Cedar Point" according to Cedar Fair CEO Richard Kinzel. A popular rumor based on these hints, along with some construction markers at the park, is a wooden roller coaster near the beach possible named Cyclone. Cyclone would be reusing an old ride name much like Shoot the Rapids did.
Cyclone would be AWESOME! It stood about where Disaster Transport is now, and from pictures and a description I read was a smaller version of the Coney Island Cyclone. It was supposed to be extremely fast and extremely rough.
GCI on the beach. I've been calling for it for a few years now. It's way past time for a wooden twister on the beach. Calling it the Cyclone would only be fitting. It would also be a sensible expansion, given the relatively inexpensive cost of a wooden coaster compared with other rides.
The Cyclone at Cedar Point was built by Harry Traver in 1929, and was a variation of the Crystal Beach Cyclone, perhaps the most notorious coaster in history. It closed in 1951 when Cedar Point was in financial ruins and on the brink of extinction. All GCI designs are heavily influenced by the wooden twisters of the 1920s and their designers.
From steve lee
Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM
They're welcome to get a new coaster, but I'd hate to see Disaster Transport get the boot for it. Bobsled coasters are fun.
Yeah, I know how you feel about Disaster Transport going, but we've always made fun of it. When it was an outside ride call Avalanche Run, we'd call it Avalanche Walk. We now call it Avalanche Walk in a Box! I know it's a classic concept, but until CP figures out how to move the parking lot to the mainland, get the crowds to the park from there and use the present parking lot for future expansion they don't have much choice but to remove present attractions if they want to put in new, especially large ones.
Another update from the local paper confirmed "near the beach" as the location for the new attraction. It also stated specifically that it would NOT be an Intamin/IntaRide installation.
Still leaves open B&M GCI and just about every other coaster and ride company! I would guess it would replace Disaster Transport, but who knows...
Cedar Fair has been building with GCI for the past couple of years. There was a GCI coaster slated for Great America, but they put it on hold because of the stadium issue. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?
Cedar Fair CEO Richard Kinzel has twice now said something along the lines of "thrill rides aren't always necessarily roller coasters" which is leading many to speculate that it will not be a wooden coaster after all.
flags are now in the sand, marking future construction
You would think that they would not REPLACE a roller coaster knowing that they are tied with the record for most roller coasters. It would only make sense that they build a new one making there total 18. They will not take down Disaster Transport. I think maybe building into the waterpark... isn't it near the beach? And correct me if i'm wrong but I heard they added to the island to build Maverick. I dont think that is true though.
As reported by Screamscape's website, rumor has it that CP will be building a star flyer-style ride called StratoSoar and a possible new kiddie coaster in Planet Snoopy. There goes my wish for a new woodie... I hope these rumors are bogus.
From Erin B
Posted August 18, 2010 at 11:26 PM
Look for an official announcement next Tuesday.
In the meantime...
Uh oh, Kinzel. Looks like the plan is to get a starflyer-type ride, buuut patent infringement may be getting in the way?
CP's plan is(was) to erect a Wind Seeker which is a Starflyer type ride only with stiff arms rather than chains.
A new Cedar Point wooden coaster wold be great. Taking out Mean Streak or Disaster Transport would deserve some serious celeration.
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