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Image: Cedar Point "tops off" GateKeeper roller coaster ahead of 2013 debut

GateKeeper concept art

Cedar Point has installed the highest piece of track for its new GateKeeper roller coaster, which will become the world's longest winged coaster when it debuts in May 2013.

GateKeeper will be a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider model, and will see guests boarding "wings" on either side of its trains. The park posted the image below to its official Facebook page, showing the crest of the ride's 170-foot lift hill being lifted into place.

On reaching the top of the hill, riders will be plunged straight into a half-loop, which Cedar Point claims will be the the world's tallest coaster inversion.

GateKeeper construction
Image © Cedar Point

The height of GateKeeper's first inversion will top that of the existing "tallest inversion" record holder, Volcano: The Blast at sister park Kings Dominion. This features a sidewinder inversion that stands at 155 feet tall, and has held the record since August 1998.

GateKeeper's circuit will feature a total of 6 inversions, including the dive loop, an Immelmann loop, a giant corksrew, two zero-g rolls and an inclined dive loop. The ride's track will be teal-colored, with white supports, and will come into close contact with buildings and portals in the park's entrance gates to provide a "near-miss" sensation.

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