Cedar Point announces VertiGo attraction for Challenge Park
Posted Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:10 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Stan Checketts of S&S Power, the guy who built the park's Power Tower, is insane. His latest idea is called VertiGo, and it will launch riders nearly 300 feet in the air.
Three 265-foot towers will surround a six-passenger triangular carriage attached to cables that connect to the towers. Compressed air will quickly lift the carriage off the ground, yanking it to the sky at speeds of 50 mph. The ride then gently brings people back to the ground.
Riders can experience VertiGo in one of three ways:
Hot Rocket: Where riders remain upright the entire ride.
Cosmic Flip: Where riders start upright, then the seats rotate forward 150 degrees at the apex and nose-dive toward the ground.
Big Bang: Where riders are flipped forward 150 degrees shortly after launch and travel much of the ride upside down.
"This ride is incredible," says Dick Kinzel, CEO of parent company Cedar Fair. "I first saw Stan's idea for VertiGo in Atlanta at the IAAPA Convention and Trade Show, and I told him we couldn't wait until 2002 to add this ride to Cedar Point... we want it this summer!"
"I love working with the people at Cedar Point, especially Dick Kinzel," says Checketts. "Dick just loves to see the looks on guests' faces when they see the unbelievable new attractions that await them at the park."
Vertigo will open later this summer, at a cost of $15 per rider and discounts for larger groups.
Long live Cedar Point, not only the best Amusement Park on the planet! but the best in the Universe. Yep, they"ve did it again at the Point, and I am told that the best is yet to come. CEDAR POINT! The paradise of all amusement parks.
"Stan Checketts. Give this man a tank of compressed air and watch him do something creative and terrifying with it."
LOL! No kidding :)
I can't wait to ride!
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I'm pretty sure it will be the same thing at SFMM but it is cheaper. CP is charging $15 bucks what is SFMM charging what was $20 or $30. CP has definitely beat out SFMM again, this time with cheaper prices on the same ride. I hope during Coastermania! next year they have free rides on this thing that would be awesome
I was at IAAPA and I can assure you that this is something that was shown behind closed doors, as many things are.
I'd have to guess that the thing will work just like the rest of the S&S rides. Pull a cable over a pulley at the top of the tower, put it in a tube with a cylinder, flood the tube with air, and poof! Off you go.
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