SANDUSKY -- After months of speculation, Cedar Point officially announced it is planning a new winged coaster called Gatekeeper for 2013.
"Located at the front of the park, Gatekeeper will forever change the landscape of the Cedar Point peninsula," a press release says. "This mammoth ride will be the longest winged roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any winged roller coaster on the planet."
Gatekeeper will take 32 riders on a 2 minute 40 secondjourney along 4,164 feet of twisted light blue steel track.
Every hour, Gatekeeper willcarry approximately 1,710 riders, each wearing over-the-shoulder restraints and interlocking seatbelts on three trains.
The new roller coaster and redesigned front gate will cost approximately $30 million.
Cedar Point announced Gatekeeper outside the park's main gate Monday at 3:30 p.m.
- Scheduled debut: May 2013.
- Track length: 4,164 feet.
- Lift hill: 170 feet.
- Angle of lift hill: 40 degrees.
- Vertical drop: 164 feet.
- Maximum speed: 67 mph.
- Time: 2 minutes 40 seconds.
- Capacity: Approximately 1,710 riders per hour.
Elements of the ride:
- Wing over drop: Once riders crest the top of the lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning them upside down before plummeting toward the ground at speeds in excess of 65 mph.
- Immelmann: A maneuver where riders enter a half loop, go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction from which they came.
- Camelback: Riders will fly over a giant, 105-foot-tall camelback hill that will be filled with airtime (weightless sensation).
- Giant flat spin: A 360-degree flip that will provide two different ride experiences for guests on each side of the train.
- Zero-G roll: A flying element that takes riders through two support towers that will dominate Cedar Point's new main entrance.
-Inclined dive loop: A tight, 180-degree turnaround pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back toward the station.
- 360-degree in-line-roll: An element that will take riders extremely close to the new massive support towers while flying over guests who are entering the park below.
- Camelback drop: A quick drop that will help propel the train and its guests through the ride's final spiral element.
- Spiral: Gatekeeper's track rotates 360 degrees before bringing the coaster train back to the ride station.
- Designed by:Bolliger & Mabillard.
Cedar Point had been teasing the new attraction for several weeks with signs in the park and posts online. On Aug. 3a countdown clock was posted on the park's Facebook page ticking away every second untilthe announcement with the words "They will be set free."
But despite trying to keep the plans locked away, some roller coaster fansfigured it out early. For several days prior to the official announcement, forums on sites likePointBuzz.comwere filled with image renderings of the new attraction and its logo, which had been briefly visible on Cedar Point's website.
Earlier this year,a leaked memo indicated that Cedar Point planned to build a wing-style roller coaster near the front of the park for 2013.
To make room for this new attraction, Cedar Point is completely removing two rides -- the 330-foot tallSpace Spiral observation tower and the recently closed Disaster Transport indoor roller coaster.
Disaster Transport, which first opened as Avalanche Run in 1985,came to its final stop at 11:53 p.m. Sunday, July 29. More than 35 million people experienced the ride throughout its 28 years.
A large portion of the ride has already been removed since crews started demolition on Aug. 6.
Space Spiral, theiconic rotating ride, remains open, but park officials say it will close forever around Labor Day.
Upon their removal, neither ridewill be relocated.
Once with a record-breaking 17 total, Cedar Point's coaster tally is now at 15 after alsoremoving the WildCat prior to opening for the 2012 season. It was torn down to make room for Luminosity, the park's new night-time show.
Gatekeeper, which will bring their coasternumber back up to 16 total,marks the first time Cedar Point has debuted a new roller coaster since unleashing Maverick in 2007.