SANDUSKY -- It's gone. Disaster Transport, the indoor roller coaster that rocked Cedar Point for nearly 30 years, has been completely reduced to rubble.
The last standing portion of the structure (the partwith the large "12 E")came crashingdown to the ground around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday -- a little more than four weeks since Disaster Transport made its final journey on July 29.
All that remains of the former bobsled coaster -- which initially opened as Avalanche Run --is a pile of rubble near Lake Erie, which will be completely cleaned up soon.
Although Disaster Transport's site is surrounded by a fence, guests have been able to watch the demolition take place, which park spokesperson Annie Zelm says is a "fairly uncommon occurrence."
"Rides are typically removed duringthe off season when the park is empty, but the fact that Disaster Transport is being taken out in plain view is a testament to the magnitude of the construction project Cedar Point is undergoing with the addition ofGateKeeper (the new coaster for 2013)," Zelm explains.
Facts about Disaster Transport and its removal:
- The large robot seen inside the ride (Zelm says it's known as "Beep-Bop") now lives inside the lobby of the Cedar Point marketing office.
- Approximately 3.4 million pounds of steel were removed from the ride.
- Another 8 million pounds of concrete foundations and floors are still being removed.
- In total, it will take approximately 380 truckloads to remove all the ride's debris.
- Some parts of the ride, including two cars, a portion of the track and the main overhead sign have been donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum in Arlington, Texas.
- Several of the ride's other signs were donated to a charity auction, which raised close to $1,000 by selling them on eBay for Give Kids The World.
- On the ride's final night, fans signed a farewell banner that will be displayed inside the park's museum.
Meanwhile, Space Spiral -- the park's iconic 330-foot tall rotating observation tower -- has already made its final run and will also soon be demolished to make room for GateKeeper.
There's another ride that has also been impacted by all of Disaster Transport's demolition and planned GateKeeper construction.
"We have also closed Troika for the remainder of the season because of its proximity to the GateKeeper construction site," Zelm says.
Unlike Disaster Transport and Space Spiral, Zelm says Troika should reopen for 2013.
GateKeeper, the ride that's taking the space once held by Disaster Transport -- and the soon-to-vanish Space Spiral -- will be the world's longest winged roller coaster. It also boasts the world's tallest inversion at 170 feet above the ground.
GateKeeperis slated to scream to life in May 2013.