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Video: GateKeeper roller coaster begins testing at Cedar Point

GateKeeper concept art

Cedar Point has begun testing its highly-anticipated new roller coaster, GateKeeper, as it prepares to open the ride to the public on May 11, 2013.

The park has released a new video, embedded below, which shows off the Bolliger & Mabillard-built coaster's "Wing Rider" trains in action. The ride's circuit was completed in late February, and Cedar Point appears to be on track to meet its planned opening date.

GateKeeper's circuit will feature a total of 6 inversions, including a dive loop, an Immelmann loop, a giant corkscrew, 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.

The opening section of the ride will see riders plunged straight into a half-loop, which Cedar Point claims will be 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.

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