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Cedar Point's Latest Maniacal Thriller
By Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Last edited: Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2002
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This summer promises to be full of twists and turns at Cedar Point
Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, is Ohio's premiere amusement park. It has 68 rides to choose from, from the tame to the truly outrageous, including 15 roller coasters.
Two years ago, the Millennium Force roller coaster broke all the rules when it opened...
...first roller coaster to break the 300 foot barrier (310 feet high); the first "giga-coaster"
...first roller coaster to use an elevator cable system instead of the traditional chain lift
...first roller coaster to have the steepest drop (80 degree angle)
...first roller coaster to reach speeds of over 90 miles an hour (this runs at 92 mph)
...first roller coaster to feature the steepest turns without inversion (122 degrees)
to name a few of the 10 world records it set.
It eclipses the Magnum XL-200, the previous roller coaster to set records when it opened in 1989; the Magnum XL-200 was the first "hyper-coaster," the first to break 200 feet in height.
The Millennium Force is a full 100 feet higher. (Makes the Magnum look like a child's ride!)
Now, the folks at Cedar Point have done it again.
This year's featured attraction is a wicked little number. (Evil laughter.)
It is the first double impulse twisting roller coaster in the world.
It is the first to use LIM (Linear Induction Motor) at Cedar Point. Essentially electromagnets in a line, the attraction/repelling action of the magnets in the loading station and under the roller coaster trains will launch riders out of the loading station in a HURRY. From a standstill, riders will be accelerated from 0 to 72 miles per hour.
IN TWO POINT FIVE SECONDS.
The ride doesn't last long...less than a minute. Although less than a minute long in duration, this ride launches its riders out of the station FIVE TIMES. Three times forward, two times backward. (Bet your life passes before your eyes!)
Riders are blasted forward out of the loading station and half-way up a 215 foot tower, a 90 degree turn, where they begin to twist in a 450 degree angle...hang there briefly...and then free fall backwards down the hill, through the station (wave to your friends as you go by!), and up a second 215 foot tall tower, twisting as you reach the top.
Cedar Point's newest "scream machine."
I've seen the video...
Naaaah. Don't think you're gonna catch me on that one.
Just a little too intense for me. I don't DO backwards. Especially in combination with a twisting, spinning motion...**burp**
I'm getting to the age when I have to say "enough is enough."
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