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Cedar Point: GateKeeper roller coaster construction "40 percent complete", on schedule

GateKeeper construction

Cedar Point has revealed that construction on its new GateKeeper roller coaster is on schedule, with the world's longest winged coaster set to debut on May 11, 2013.

Speaking to WKYC News, spokesperson Annie Zelm said that around 40 percent of the ride's track and supports are now in place, including the opening wing over drop, Immelmann loop and camelback loop inversions. The progress can clearly be seen in the official photo below.

GateKeeper construction

Image © Cedar Point

The opening section of the ride is visible in the image, and will see riders plunged straight into a half-loop, which Cedar Point claims will be the the world's tallest coaster inversion. 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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