Cedar Point announces record breaking dive roller coaster, Valravn

Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

Cedar Point will change the Lake Erie skyline once again with over 3,400 feet of thrill ride innovation when it introduces Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, in 2016. Valravn is the regal king of birds, swooping in to conquer all other dive coasters on the planet with its powerful and intense maneuvers, massive structure and immense ride vehicles. Valravn will become the 18th coaster to take reign at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World® and will claim its rightful place among other record-breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point.

Riders on Valravn are carried more than 20 stories up to the top of the coaster’s 223-foot-tall first hill. Once there, the train is held perilously over the edge of the first drop for approximately four seconds, giving anxious guests unparalleled views of the park before free-falling a record 214 feet at a completely vertical, 90-degree angle, reaching a top speed of 75 mph!

Valravn then flips its passengers upside-down through a 165-foot-tall Immelmann, a fighter jet-like maneuver that takes the train into a half loop, then a half roll before traveling in the opposite direction. The train then approaches another drop zone – but there’s no stopping this time as riders plunge 125 feet down at a near-90-degree angle once again, twisting and turning upside-down two more times, once through a dive loop and then through a 270-degree roll before completing its epic journey over 3,415 feet of tarnished copper and silver steel track.

Valravn will shatter an astonishing 10 WORLD RECORDS when it debuts next summer, including:

1.Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)

2.Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)

3.Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)

4.Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)

5.Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)

6.Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)

7.Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)

8.Most rides at one amusement park (72)

9.Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)

10.Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)

Valravn is also the signature 100th roller coaster designed by the imaginative coaster minds at Bolliger & Mabillard in Monthey, Switzerland, and will feature ride vehicles never before seen on a dive coaster. Riders will sit eight-across on one of three, 24-passenger floorless trains, featuring tiered seating as well as comfortable over-the-shoulder restraints with interlocking seatbelts, much like those on the park’s GateKeeper wing coaster. Valravn can accommodate approximately 1,200 riders per hour and guests must be 54 inches or taller to ride.

Cedar Point is also making history as the first amusement park ever to utilize 3D virtual reality to introduce a new roller coaster. Guests can experience Valravn in 360-degree virtual reality by downloading the Cedar Point VR app onto their smart phones and inserting them into the Valravn VR Viewer. The app is now available in the App Store and Google Play store. To take full advantage of the virtual reality simulation, Valravn VR Viewers can be purchased by visiting cedarpoint.com/Valravn.

“The introduction of Valravn is a first for the amusement park industry on many fronts, including the exciting virtual reality experience,” stated Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “For the first time ever, guests are able to take an immersive ride on Valravn before it opens next summer – and the actual experience will be unmatched with the tallest lift hill, fastest speed, longest track and most inversions on a dive coaster, right here at Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

See the official site from Cedar Point.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:32 AM

Very excited to see the new vest restraints on this ride!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:37 AM

Good lord. I feel like I was just about knocked unconscious with meaningless stats.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:50 AM

Wild Eagle... GateKeeper... Thunderbird... Looks like I get to have yet another bird-themed avatar. :)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:54 AM

I feel like we will see the Valravn train at IAAPA. I thought they would go with ten across but I could care less. Wider trains=more drag=less track length. But seriously, where's the splash down?

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:10 AM

Ummm... at Busch Gardens?...

Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:11 AM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:17 AM

One thing of note is that the Blue Streak plaza will no longer be a dead end:

https://valravn.cedarpoint.com/imagecache/compFull/cp_img4_gallery.jpg

https://valravn.cedarpoint.com/imagecache/compFull/cp_img8_gallery.jpg

Also, time to step up your game, beach gate: You'll now be the only public entrance that doesn't involve walking under a coaster. :)

Last edited by birdhombre, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:25 AM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:24 AM

How is it fair that Point gets a second new coaster in a row that interacts with a gate and Michigan's Adventure still has yet to get one!?!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:26 AM

The new pathways looks great. The flow of foot traffic will be drastically changed. Imagine what it would be like if they added this new coaster without opening up a connection with Blue Streak plaza, the marina entrance and the main midway. This feels like it will give that entire corner of the park a new vibe.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:30 AM

Given Blue Streak is one of my favorite coasters at CP, this is a little bittersweet. More people will enjoy it, but the line will probably be longer now, too. :-(

Last edited by matt., Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:30 AM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:03 AM

I am sorry but all I have to say here is.....meh.

I feel like it is being added to just to add a coaster with no real intent.

Last edited by RyTroup, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:03 AM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:05 AM

The 11th record is most coasters with no airtime, why wasn't that record listed? Lmfao

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:09 AM

Like the new pathway and the ride looks great but it's a little disappointing that they didn't add a splash pool or a better viewing area.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:42 AM

There's really nothing that exciting in this announcement.

It's great to see another high capacity coaster at the park – lord knows it won't hurt – but it would have been nice to see something that actually pushed the envelope a bit.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:01 PM

Head to busch gardens tampa for a much better dive coaster.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:06 PM

I'm not exactly the biggest fan of dive machines, finding both Sheika and Griffon to be as underwhelming as they are massive, but I applaud Cedar Point for this. They know how to build to impress, and it's another people-eater on top of that. When they've got as many rides as they have, there isn't much left to try that can work in a park as successful as it is. Besides, they get even more of that proven B&M reliability. There's something to be said for the fact that pretty much every roller coaster they've built or modification that they've done has been such an excellent fit for the park, so kudos to them for likely doing it once again!

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:07 PM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:48 PM

I'll start by saying I have not been on a dive coaster before, so the ride looks very interesting. However, as I look at the pictures, is it just me, or does it seem that the mid course brake run seems a bit early in the ride. You've got the first drop, which will be fast, followed by one loop and you are at the mid course. Then there seems to be quite a bit afterwards.

I'm also wondering about capacity. Is 1200 PPH really a people eater (or am I maybe skewed by what Gemini used to be able to do with 6 trains running.)

Walt

Last edited by Walt S, Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:49 PM
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 1:58 PM

gamerguy said:
The 11th record is most coasters with no airtime, why wasn't that record listed? Lmfao

And the 12th record is longest, tallest, steepest sleep aid in the world. Heh...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:32 PM

Record for the most orange roller coasters in close proximity to eachother? They probably wanted to paint it red ;)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:50 PM

RyTroup said:

I feel like it is being added to just to add a coaster with no real intent.

Aside, of course, from the intention of making more money by adding a record-breaking coaster of a type unknown to most folks in Cedar Point's market that will draw interest and attention (and guests) to the park.

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