Cedar Point announces 2013 coaster: Gatekeeper

One of the worst kept secrets for the 2013 amusement park season has been that Cedar Point is adding a new coaster. Today they finally let the cat out of the bag with the announcement of Gatekeeper. This B&M Flying coaster is set to take over the front gate of the park in a similar fashion to Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. It will be the longest winged coaster in the world and have the longest drop of any winged coaster worldwide. Check out all the facts & figures for this breathtaking addition to Cedar Point below:

Cedar Point amusement and Cedar Point /resort, known around the globe as the leader in innovative coaster thrills and “The Best Amusement Park in the World,” announced plans today to build a new world-record-breaking coaster for the park’s 2013 season. Named GateKeeper, this new winged roller coaster will take guests on a ride unlike anything else at the famed park. Set to debut in May, the mammoth ride will be the longest winged roller coaster in the world and will boast the longest drop of any winged coaster on the planet!

GateKeeper, will forever change the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula, as the track will dramatically fly above the main entrance to the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers. Riders will twice narrowly slot through new front gate portals and slide by buildings for near miss excitement. GateKeeper will feature Sunset Gold trains with coaches that extend out sideways from the track, exposing riders to nothing above or below them, simulating the feeling of flight.

“GateKeeper’s world-record-breaking statistics, incredible flying maneuvers and special elements make it a unique coaster experience,” stated Cedar Point General Manager John Hildebrandt. “GateKeeper is a roller coaster only Cedar Point can build and we are proud to add it to our incredible lineup of world-class attractions.”

Designed by world-renown coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, a ride along the 4,164 feet of dark and light blue steel tubular track on GateKeeper will take approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Once riders crest the top of the 170-foot-tall lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning riders upside down before plummeting a record 164 feet toward the ground at speeds reaching 67 mph! Then the train will enter a half loop, go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction from which it came.  A towering 105-foot-tall camelback hill awaits just before riders glide through a 360-degree giant flat spin. The train will then fly through the middle of two support towers that will dominate Cedar Point’s new Main Entrance.  The coaster will then make a tight, 180-degree turnaround which pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back towards the station.  A 360-degree in-line roll, camelback drop and spiral round out the amazing elements that GateKeeper will treat its passengers to next summer.

GateKeeper will feature three 32-passenger trains and will be able to accommodate approximately 1,710 riders per hour. Riders will be secured with over-the-shoulder restraints and interlocking seat belts. With the addition of GateKeeper and the redesign to the park’s main entrance, Cedar Point will invest approximately $30 million on improvements for the 2013 season.

Thrill-seekers can view more statistics and photos about the new world-record-breaking coaster, GateKeeper, and follow the progress http://www.cedarpoint.com all winter long. GateKeeper will be Cedar Point’s 16th roller coaster and is scheduled to open with the rest of the park in May of 2013.

 

Scheduled Debut: May 2013

 

Physical Dimensions

  • Track Length: 4,164 feet
  • Lift Height: 170 feet
  • Angle of Lift Hill: 40 degrees
  • Vertical Drop: 163 feet

Time, Speed, Capacity

  • Time: Approximately 2 minutes, 40 seconds
  • Maximum Speed: Approximately 67 mph
  • Capacity: Approximately 1,710 riders per hour

Design

  • Ride Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), Monthey, Switzerland
  • Model: Full-circuit winged coaster
  • Structure: Steel tubular track

Vehicles

  • Trains: Three (3) 32-passenger trains
  • Coaches: Eight coaches, with four seats per coach, per train
  • Design: Fiberglass and steel coaches with over-the-shoulder restraints and interlocking seat belts

Color Scheme

  • Supports: White columns
  • Track: Azure Blue (dark blue) and Strata Blue (light blue) track
  • Train colors: Sunset Gold, with Zenith Gold, Meteor Gold and Orion Gold accents

Additional Facts

  • Ride Site: 3.5 Acres
  • Total 2013 Investment: Approx. $30 million

Features

The ride layout is specially designed for Cedar Point, featuring a track that dramatically flies above the main entrance of the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers – twice, sliding by buildings and narrowly slotting through new front gate portals for near miss excitement. Elements of the ride include:

  • Wing Over Drop – once riders crest the top of the lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning riders upside down before plummeting toward the ground at speeds of more than 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!”
  • Giant Flat Spin – a hair-raising 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 towards the station.
  • 360° In-Line-Roll – an element that will take riders extremely close to the new massive support towers while flying over guests entering the park below.
  • Camelback Drop – a quick drop that will help propel the train and its guests through the rides final thrilling element, the spiral.
  • Spiral – GateKeeper’s track rotates a wicked 360 degrees before bringing the coasters train back to the ride station.

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