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.

Link: Guide to The Point

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:13 PM
So THAT's what it does!

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Yeeee Haaawwww!
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:15 PM
Stan Checketts. Give this man a tank of compressed air and watch him do something creative and terrifying with it.
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:20 PM
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.
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:28 PM
"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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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:33 PM
Will SFMM's do the same things?

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:36 PM
Have you checked S&S's internet site, Stan Checketts, have been on the top of all the big towers including Power Tower!
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:49 PM
Damn. We knew it! :)

Oh by the way, 50MPH?!?!

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*** This post was edited by The Jet Coaster on 7/21/2001. ***
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:50 PM
God, that ride is going to be insane!!

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Don't Fight It: Ride It! Raging Bull
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:01 PM
Hold on, is this a Sling-Shot Ride or does it have more unique experiences. Will SFMM have the same?



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Dude,Dude, Dude, Dude, Dude, Dude.....Dude. I've guess you've got a point there.

WASSUP!
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:02 PM
That is good they are going to open the ride up early. It isn't all that is suppose to be coming to the park for 2002. Go CP on opening this ride early instead of waiting till next year.
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:17 PM
50 mph is the same acceleration rate as Power Tower, very impressive. I am surprised at inexpensive it is compared to the Ripcord. Sounds great, maybe I'll get to ride it Aug. 18.

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:29 PM
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

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:34 PM
Cool, when will it open??? Also, did anyone go to the IAAPA show and see this?





*** This post was edited by MFRULES on 7/21/2001. ***
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:54 PM
The SFMM vertiGo is complete. Check it out at www.americacoasters.com *** This post was edited by arrowfreak on 7/21/2001. ***
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 2:09 PM
"Stan Checketts. Give this man a tank of compressed air and watch him do something creative and terrifying with it."

You gotta love it! S&S rides are always great. :)
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 2:34 PM
Wow 15$ isn't that bad...

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 3:16 PM
Now I understand what it does. Does anyone know "how"? The only thing that I know is that there are large towers and compressed air. Is there a bungee? What is the compressed air used for?

This ride looks tall!

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Yeeee Haaawwww!
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Saturday, July 21, 2001 4:27 PM
I loved the Skyscraper attraction at Dorney Park. I hope this will be just as cool.

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Saturday, July 21, 2001 5:42 PM
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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Jeff
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"From the global village... in the age of communication!"
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