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Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point

UPDATE October 18 - We are closely following the progress of the eagerly awaited Top Thrill Dragster reimagining which was first announced back in September. Updates About Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster has recently posted a tweet showing that the station has been pretty much completely emptied.

We can also see from an aerial image  (October 7) that a lot of track has been removed so far and work appears to be progressing at a good pace. So far, we have not had confirmation of what exactly this reimagining will look like when it is finished but there has been a lot of speculation online from Top Thrill Dragster fans and coaster enthusiasts (see below). The large crane which was previously on site has now been reported to have gone.

We will update you further on the progress of the Top Thrill Dragster reimagining at Cedar Point on our news and Facebook page.

October 3 - In an update posted today by Screamscape which includes a number of photos, we can see work continues at an impressive rate on the reimagining of Top Thrill Dragster At Cedar Point. 

A large crane is on site and more launch track has now been removed. The photos also show that the returning/ brake track run is also being removed from the station to just past the "Finish" line. The transfer tracks that sat between the launch track and the inner queue have also been removed.

Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point
Image: Cedar Fair

It is great to see that Cedar Point is wasting no time at all in pushing forward with this much needed reimagining of Top Thrill Dragster. We will continue to update you on the progress as it happens on our news and Facebook page.

September 30 - For anyone who is interested in the current progress of the reimagining of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, you may be interested to see this video which has been posted to YouTube by Amusement Park Portal showing a view over the top of the construction fencing.

The video shows the removal of parts of the track around the loading station.  We are very excited to see what Cedar Point has in store for the legendary Top Thrill Dragster in this extensive reimagining. 

Check out the rumors that are currently swirling below of what we may see in the reimagining and we will keep you posted with further updates when they are revealed on our news and Facebook page. With 87% of people who voted in our recent poll saying they want to see Top Thrill Dragster reopening we are guessing many of our readers will be following the progress of this closely.

September 26 - We heard at the beginning of September that the legendary Top Thrill Dragster "as we know it" at Cedar Point is to be retired and reimagined. Well this led to theme park fans speculating as to what Cedar Point has got planned. We posted an article, Top Thrill Dragster To Be Reimagined, Rumors Fly Of What This Could Look Like!, which outlined a number of potential ideas which included:

  • Using a new LSM Launch system to make Top Thrill Dragster go faster than Kinda Ka's current record of 0 to 128mph in 3.5 seconds. Target of 130-135mph could maybe be feasible.
  • Increasing the height by either taking the top section off and re-engineering it or lowering the bottom ends of the track at the base of the tower into a below-grade trench. If this was possible and the height could be increased above 418ft then Top Thrill Dragster would take back the record from Kingda Ka of being the tallest stratocoaster in North America.
  • Adding air time hill after drop
  • Adding a roll-over inversion built into the hill
  • Adding a Multi-launch system which could then include a roll-back. 

Screamscape has posted on their Facebook page a number of photos which were sent in from a reader who had captured photos of parts of the track being removed. It seems as if the launch cable and retractable brake-fins on the launch track are being removed which isn't going to be a surprise to most now we know that the coaster is being reimagined, likely with a magnetic launch system. 

The post goes on to say that track is also being removed from the load/unload station which does suggest that major work is being done which could mean the Top Thrill Dragster is getting a "switch-track and dedicated multi-launch track segment,"

Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point
Image: Cedar Fair

We will keep you updated as work continues on the reimagining of Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. Let us know what you would like to see from the reimagined Top Thrill Dragster by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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