After a World-record setting wing coaster in GateKeeper, it’s only natural that Cedar Point’s going to focus on families for 2014. The park will be adding two new flat rides in Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles. They’ll also be relocating and re-theming a few kiddie rides.
Appropriately, Cedar Point had the Faile family announce the 2014 plans:
A Coaster-ish Flat Ride
Pipe Scream is a flat ride designed by Zamperla known as a “Skater Coaster”. While it is not technically a roller coaster, these Disk’O flat rides are a lot of fun. I’ve encountered them at Waldameer, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar City. I’m still hoping that we get one at my hope park, Carowinds. In the round disc-shaped versions I’ve ridden you can get some fun airtime at the top end of the half pipes. This larger version with a hill in the middle could add even another pop of air.
A Thrill Ride in Disguise?
Don’t let Lake Erie Eagles fool you. This unassuming ride can be either a nice gentle swing ride or a wild aerial swoopfest. The cool thing about these flying scooter rides is that it’s up to you. Riders control the flight path of the vehicles with a paddle. I gained a new-found respect for these rides a few years ago at Carowinds’ Coaster Stock Event. I witnessed master “pilots” doing some pretty cool stuff. Read a full review of m experience with a similar ride: CoasterStock Recap & My Intro to Flyers
Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles are two of my favorite flat rides, so I’m liking what Cedar Point has in store for 2014. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
More at Cedar Point’s 2014 page.