UPDATE 9/4 – Cedar Point announced yesterday that the new ride is a water ride called Shoot the Rapids. I guess my prediction was wrong. Here’s a new post where everyone can discuss the Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids.
Is Cedar Point Teasing Their 18th Roller Coaster for 2010?
The Center of the Coaster Universe appears to be expanding. Cedar Point has been teasing a new 2010 attraction on their social media sites including their Twitter page, Facebook page, & OnPoint! Blog.
The Coaster Capital Crown: The Battle to Stay Ahead
Part of the reason for the new ride could be Cedar Point’s claim to fame as the park with the most roller coasters on the planet. Think Cedar Point has that title in the bag? Think again. Six Flags Magic Mountain has held the title in the past (2006 with 17 coasters if my math’s right). And after removing a few duds from their lineup and adding Terminator this year, Magic Mountain’s just one coaster behind Cedar Point. So, could Cedar Point be feeling pressured by the rival mega park to keep adding coasters to stay ahead? See Cedar Point’s Lineup | See Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Lineup
A Quality Woodie for 2010?
Cedar Point’s huge lineup includes a wide variety of roller coasters. Inverted, hyper, launch, standing, suspended, mine train, racing, giga, strata, shuttle, and bobsled coasters are all represented on the peninsula. But, the two wooden coasters have been the lineup’s Achilles heel. Blue Streak is a 40-year old classic John C. Allen woodie. It’s fine, but nothing to write home about. The one-time wooden coaster world record holder for height, Mean Streak looks like it would be quite impressive, but for me was a complete snoozer. When I rode it in 2006, I felt as if I was taking a long, slow, tour of the ride’s wooden structure. Read my full Mean Streak review. Recent comments left on my review post have included words like: “intense pain”, “extremely rough”, and “dislocated something.”
Obviously, the park could use an upgrade in the wooden coaster department. Ever since the park tweeted “Gee, See Eye!!!” enthusiasts have been hoping that a Great Coasters International (GCI) woodie is on its way next year. They’ve also had a tweet or status update that mentioned “TOGO”, the out of business Japanese roller coaster company that’s blessed us with clunkers like Kings Dominion’s Shockwave and the sub-par Manhattan Express at New York New York. So, the clues seem a bit all over the place right now.
My Prediction – A GCI Twister
I’m a bit drained from all of the Kings Dominion and Carowinds 2010 news, but I know a new coaster at Cedar Point is always a big deal. They really need to rehab Mean Streak and install another wooden coaster. Of course, I’d be partial to an Intamin pre-fab woodie like my #2 all-time coaster El Toro. If they install an Intamin woodie, I’m buying plane tickets tomorrow for Cleveland. And there are three Gravity Group woodies in my Top 10 so I’d always invite another coaster from that company. But, a GCI woodie would be cool too. Recent GCI coasters Terminator, Prowler, Evil Knievel, & Renegade have received pretty good reviews. Considering Cedar Fair’s past with Prowler & Renegade I bet they’ll continue working with them. Plus, a twister layout will take up less space than an out and back design.
2010 Construction Already Underway
Nick N. submitted a lead yesterday: “I went to Cedar Point on Wednesday and rode on Millennium Force. While on the Island half I noticed the concrete footers, but I also noticed pirate ship masts.” Anyone else seen signs of the coaster’s construction?
What’s Your Take?
What do you think Cedar Point’s new roller coaster will be? What kind of coaster do you think they need? Leave a comment below. Yes. Even you Cedar Point fanboys. Image courtesy of CoasterImage.