Cedar Point's GateKeeper roller coaster testing ahead of schedule

Posted Saturday, April 6, 2013 7:51 PM | Contributed by Jeff

With just more than a month before Cedar Point opens for the season, construction of the Sandusky amusement park’s signature ride for this year, the $26 million GateKeeper roller coaster, is ahead of schedule and wowing its builders, which includes a Toledo-area contractor.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:02 AM

I am 6'5" to 6'6" myself depending on shoes... I think I will be pulling the soles out of my shoes when I go ride this. Just to make sure. :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:10 PM

Vernon said:
I don't like the 6'6" height rule. I'm just at that height (don't know my real height, I'm tall). I was going to make a trip to CP, but with that requirement I probably won't now.

I took my friend, who is 6'6", to Dollywood last year to ride Wild Eagle. He looks taller than 6'6" though and they let him ride so I would think you would be fine to ride if you are 6'6". I wonder how strict Cedar Point will be with the 6'6" height restriction?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:14 PM
Jeff's avatar

The real question is, will the ride ops have a 6-6 candycane and a foot stool to measure tall people? That would be awesome.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:19 PM

I would suspect that the 6-6 max is more of a guideline for optimum height than a hard restriction. If someone is taller than 6-6 and the restraints function as designed, I would see no reason to boot them off of the ride. Torso length is probably far more of a factor than total height.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:18 PM
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I had the opposite problem when I was younger. We took a class trip to Great America, and I was too short to ride the revolution. (Now Demon) So, I know how it feels to be let down by not being able to ride a coaster. But, now, there isn't a coaster I can't ride. More get booted for being a single rider.

My brothers wife was one of those ladies that was too "big" to ride a majority of the coasters at Kings Island, and my partner could barely fit into the train on Shivering Timbers, and ended up with bruised knees from the airtime. And, he is only 6'2" He also had problems with Mantis at Cedar Point.

So, I say to the people over this 6'6 height limit. Try wearing belted sandals. That way you have a flat sole, and you still fit the must wear shoes rule. I wonder if they allow you to remove your shoes while riding costers like this. I have seen people riding without shoes on inverted coasters.

I would think that a flip flop sandle would become a dangerous projectile while traveling at almost 70 miles an hour.

Last edited by Timber-Rider, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:20 PM

I didn't do it! I swear!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:21 AM

^^ the rule for sandals is they must have a heel strap in the back. No form of slides or flip flops Is supposed to be permitted. But you may absolutely take off your shoes and go barefoot. Feels awesome on your feet anyway. *laugh* But I don't know how well parks enforce "no loose articles" including shoes anyway. I've seen prosthetic limbs in the catch nets.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:42 AM
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Timber-Rider said:
I had the opposite problem when I was younger. We took a class trip to Great America, and I was too short to ride the revolution.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of us probably had that problem when we were younger.

Not me, though. I was 5'9" straight out of the womb.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:12 AM
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You're mom was a champ!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:31 AM

Timber-Rider said: More get booted for being a single rider.

Please explain that comment. I've been on over 300 coasters and can honestly say I've never seen anyone denied a ride because they were by themselves. Some flats, sure. And even on KW's Thunderbolt, which explicitly bars single riders, they'll match you up with somebody. I often go to parks solo and have never been denied a ride because of that fact.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:36 AM
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Don't forget about the keyholes!


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