Cedar Point has confirmed that it will become the latest theme park to install a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster, with the ride set to debut in May 2013.
Known as GateKeeper, the park's new roller coaster will be the longest ride of its type, and the third to open in the US. It will also feature the longest drop of any B&M Wing Rider model, and will dominate the main entrance area of Cedar Point when it opens to the public next year.
GateKeeper will be similar in style to other "winged" coasters such as X-Flight at Six Flags Great America, with riders being seated on wings on either side of its trains. These will race around a 4,164-foot circuit, hitting a top speed of 64 miles per hour.
At its tallest point, GateKeeper will stand some 170-feet-tall. Its circuit will feature 6 inversions, including a 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.
A "point-of-view" video simulation of GateKeeper is embedded below:
Cedar Point has also released off-ride, computer-generated footage of GateKeeper's circuit:
Describing the new ride, Cedar Point General Manager John Hildebrandt said: "GateKeeper's world-record-breaking statistics, incredible flying maneuvers and special elements make it a unique coaster experience. GateKeeper is a roller coaster only Cedar Point can build and we are proud to add it to our incredible lineup of world-class attractions."
Cedar Point has closed two rides in order to make room for its new addition. This includes the Disaster Transport roller coaster and the Space Spiral observation tower. It will spend $30 million on GateKeeper and a range of other improvements for the 2013 season.
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