What do you give the park that has everything?
Once again the Web is buzzing over what new ride, roller coaster, or attraction year. Even the Coaster Capital has a hole or two in its massive lineup of thrill rides and roller coasters. To be honest, I don’t follow the park that closely, but I’ll throw out some rumors and thoughts on what the ride could be. Let’s take some time and analyze what the mega park could build for 2011.Cedar Point will add next
StratoSoar – A Star Flyer Ride
Recently, enthusiasts uncovered that Cedar Fair has trademarked the name “Statosoar”. The leading rumor involves a star flyer-like ride that would go pretty well with a name like Statosoar. Don’t know what a star flyer is? Neither did I until I looked it up. Apparently, they’re mega-tall spinning chair swings. They can swing backwards, forwards, and at different speeds.
Also, according to July 7th article, Cedar Fair President Dick Kinzel stated that Cedar Point’s 2011 ride will “target thrill riders” and “bring back a lot of memories for people that follow Cedar Fair.” Anyone know of an old star flyer ride at Cedar Point in the past? Likelihood: Seems pretty likely considering ScreamScape reported the Star Flyer rumor. It seems a bit too out of left field to be completely made up.
A Kiddie Coaster for Camp Snoopy
There’s also a chance that the new ride could be a kiddie coaster. There’s a rumor that Snoopy is going to get a large present for his 60th birthday some time this month. That could be how the park chooses to unveil the 2011 ride.
Likelihood: This is pretty likely. A kiddie coaster would likely be the least expensive addition and it would still keep Cedar Point ahead of Six Flags Magic Mountain in the “Theme Park with Most Coasters” batter. When Magic Mountain opens Mr. Six’s DanceCoaster in 2011, the parks will be in a tie at 17. Likelihood: A kiddie coaster seems pretty likely too. The park could actually add both a kiddie coaster and a star flyer ride.
B&M Flying Roller Coaster
With regards to steel coasters, Cedar Point is pretty stacked. But, the Point is lacking a flying coaster and fans have been asking for one for a while. I would imagine that if the park ever got one, it would have a custom layout not a Superman: Ultimate Flight clone. But, on the other hand, the park has got to be getting low on space. Likelihood: Again, this one doesn’t seem too likely to me.
New Wooden Roller Coaster
With the hammering that Mean Streak has taken by the comments on my review post it’s pretty clear to see that the park could use a quality wooden coaster. This is my number 1 pick for a new coaster. I try to visit new parks every year, but I’d almost definitely be headed back to Cedar Point if they added an interesting wooden coaster. Cedar Fair seems to work with Great Coasters International (GCI) most often. Recent examples include Prowler at Worlds of Fun and Renegade at Valleyfair!. So unfortunately, Gravity Group and Intamin may not be their top choice for a woodie. Likelihood: A new woodie seems pretty unlikely, but I’d love to see it.
A 500 Foot Tall Roller Coaster
In order to solidify Cedar Point’s title as the Coaster Capital, shouldn’t the park own the height record like it has for so many years in the past? Cedar Point broke the height barrier with Magnum XL-200 in 1989, again with Millennium Force in 2000, and then again in Top Thrill Dragster in 2004. Each time, they had been surpassed and it was time to take the Coaster Wars to a new level. I know it sounds a bit silly, but Top Thrill Dragster probably didn’t seem too likely until it was announced and built. I wonder how hard it would be to renovate Top Thrill Dragster by increasing the launch and height to eclipse the current height & speed record holder Kingda Ka. The Cedar Point fanboys would love that! Likelihood: Very unlikely, but you never know.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think Cedar Point’s 2011 ride will be? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment with your pick or completely unfounded rumors.