Cedar Point has announced that it will remove the aging WildCat roller coaster ahead of the 2012 season, reducing the total number of coasters at the park to 16.
The news, revealed on the Cedar Point website, means that rival Six Flags Magic Mountain will reclaim the "coaster capital of the world" crown a year earlier than expected. The California park hosts a total of 17 coasters, and has already announced that it will open an additional one, Full Throttle, in 2013.
Owner Cedar Fair will not move WildCat to any of its other North American theme parks, instead choosing to scrap it altogether. It claims that the ride had reached "the end of its useful life", and suffered from "low ridership" and high maintenance costs. The Celebration Plaza area of Cedar Point will be expanded once WildCat is removed, as part of an initative to "beautify" the park's midways.
Despite WildCat's removal, Cedar Point claims it "remains committed" to retaining the "coaster capital of the world" crown. While the park may simply be referring to the quality of its coasters, this has inevitably sparked rumors among fans that one, or even two, new coasters could be on the way for the 2013 season.
WildCat is a steel roller coaster that originally opened at Cedar Point in 1979. Manufactured by Schwarzkopf, it is one of a number of rides that have been in place at Cedar Point for many years.