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Cedar Point's Done It Again
By Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner   

Last edited: Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2003

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Cedar Point, America's premiere amusement park, in Sandusky, Ohio, has done it again. Upped the ante. Increased the stakes.

Personally, methinks they've gone pure-t-nuts.

Cedar Point is already considered "America's Roller Coast," having the most roller coasters of any amusement park in America, possibly the world.

Four of the roller coasters at Cedar Point, when they were built, broke the record for height:

"Gemini," a twin racing coaster, was 125 feet tall.

"Magnum XL 200," America's first hyper-coaster, was 210 feet tall.

"Millennium Force," America's first giga-coaster, was 310 feet tall.

But this newest insanity they're building takes the cake.

Introducing "Top Thrill Dragster," Cedar Point's newest ride for 2003.

Designed by the Intamin AG Company of Switzerland, this is the world's first "strata" coaster, meaning the first roller coaster to break the 400 foot tall barrier. It not only breaks it, it exceeds it by 20 feet.

420 feet tall.

Makes the 310 foot high "Millennium Force," the world's first giga coaster, look like a child's ride.

Or the (laughable) 78-foot tall "Blue Streak," Cedar Point's classic "woodie but a goodie," look like a flat ride.

It is the first roller coaster to break the 100 mile per hour speed barrier. Other coasters approach or touch this "magic" number, but none have broken it. Until "Top Thrill Dragster."

Patrons will go from zero miles an hour to 120 miles an hour.

IN FOUR SECONDS.

Imagine the centrifical force...shouldn't this ride be called "Rip Your Face Off"?

Here are a few more interesting tidbits:

Track Length: 2, 800 feet.

Lift Height: 420 feet.

Angle of lift hill: 90 feet (yes, straight vertical).

Vertical Drop: 400 feet.

Angle of Descent: 90 feet.

Angle of Twist on Descent: 270 degrees.

It's bad enough that this ride is 420 feet tall, it's bad enough that you go from 0-120 IN FOUR SECONDS...they have to add a twisting element to it, too???

The "Top Thrill Dragster" will feature a launched out and back coaster, which means the cars will be launched out of the station by hydraulic power, a magnetic braking system, and tiered seating on the coaster cars, like stadium seating.

I'm planning on going to Ohio in the later part of June or the first part of July, and a trip to Cedar Point will definately be in order. (The last time I was there was in 1997. I miss that place!) But a ride on the "Top Thrill Dragster"?

Naaaaaaahhhhh.

I think I'll pass...I wanna live!!!


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Reviewed by Stephanie Murray 3/14/2008
I love amusement parks, but I will have to pass on this rollercoaster. I want to live too. Great Story for fun-junkies.

Stephanie
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 10/8/2003
cool to see this. i spent the first thirteen years of my life in Sandusky, still have my family out there and worked at CP in the summers of '97 and '98.

the best is riding raptor at sunset. that is the best.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 5/30/2003
Those are some rides! Thank you for this very interesting and well written article!!
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 5/27/2003
Hey Carla, thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! I was born in Sandusky and grew up in Port CLinton. As a teen, I worked in Cedar Point entertainment and did a stint at the "giant fries" booth.

LOVE the coasters! Thanks for this nifty read!!
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 5/23/2003
**chuckle** Did you hear that there's a four-hour wait for Top Thrill Dragster? With bathroom passes, yet!

I drew the line at riding the Magnun XL, and (not by choice) I haven't been on a serious coaster in 10 years, so I'd have to re-train to get on them now. I do wish CP would retire some of the older ones, though.
Reviewed by Shelley Moss (Reader) 4/29/2003
Wonderful! I simply love Cedar Point.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/16/2003
this was a wonderful write!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/19/2003
well done
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/12/2003
I will stay on the ground tyvm, but this was a wonderful write, God Bless you and keep you.
~Michelle~
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/12/2003
good descriptive write about the "rip your face off" ride the cedar point crew have built! (but you won't catch this lily-livered chickenhearted wimp on it! NOOOOO!) makes the "wicked twister" look TAME in comparison to this monstrosity (and there ain't NOTHING "mild" about it; why else would they call it "WICKED TWISTER"? HA! :)! can't wait 'til we get to the point! lookin' forward to it! :) love, your twin, karen lynn. ((((HUGS))))) :)

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