Cedar Point's Maverick will not open with park

Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:32 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

Cedar Point announced today that the opening of Maverick, the park’s 17th roller coaster, will be delayed until early June to make modifications to the coaster’s steel track.

The Media Preview of Maverick scheduled for Thursday, May 10 has been cancelled. The ride will not be in operation on Opening Day.

The decision to delay the opening of Maverick was based on pre-opening tests and consultation with IntaRide, the manufacturer of the ride. Based on these discussions, it has been determined that three sections of steel track following the launch tunnel should be replaced.

“We apologize to all of our guests for this inconvenience,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “This decision was made in the interest of improving the guest experience on the ride and to eliminate excessive stress on the trains.”

The modification process is already underway and the park hopes to open the ride by early June.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:36 PM
Bummer (not for me since I wasn't going to make it up until mid-June anyway). As I stated on the forum...I hope they get a rebate off the $21 million pricetag!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:38 PM
Not a crisis. I would rather have a good ride than whip my back out of alignment. I can think of plenty of better ways to do that.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:39 PM
Kudos to them about being pro-active with this. How many *other* parks have opened with no word to the guests about their new ride being non-operational!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:39 PM
I'm surprised it will take that long to replace three pieces of track. I'm curious as to how long it takes to fabricate one section alone. Installation should be done in a day. I'd think little testing would be needed considering so much has already been completed.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:40 PM
Yeah, its better to catch the problem early and fix it than not to. Still can't wait to ride it and it won't affect my opening weekend festivities!

~Rob Willi

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:45 PM
Any bets on whether or not this will be the last Intamin ride to be installed at a Cedar Fair park? How does this happen with something so (allegedly) precisely engineered?
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:45 PM
The "90's" were a thing of beauty for Cedar Point. Every thing they touched seemed to turn to gold. The law of averages seems to have caught up to them this decade. They've certainly had their share of bad luck. Let us hope this is just a one time fix.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:45 PM
I thought the same thing when I heard about it, Jeff. Only the future will tell!

~Rob Willi

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:47 PM
I don't destinctly remember but a month or two ago there was a rumor floating around that "Maverick" would not be ready for Cedar Point's opening day. Seems to me that someone leaked out the truth and it was not accepted as such. Gee, that sure is interesting.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:47 PM
If I were the folks at B&M I'd be calling up Dick right now and saying, "anything you'd like us to start working on"?
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:51 PM
WOW The Gods at intamin strike again. Honestly, Do any of their rides achieve 80% up time status?

So, Two weeks to make the track, two weeks at least shipping and then what? two weeks testing?

Chuck

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:54 PM
After watching the local CF park 'thunk' around with a Huss Top Spin that could never get parked and an Arrow Screaming Swing that apparently terrified itself by July...I wonder which other vendor really DOES have their act together.

My bet? They'll be back.

-'Playa

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 5/8/2007 1:56:24 PM ***

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:56 PM
Why would B&M call Kinzel up when they could just re-locate Dominator up to CP since that's were he wants to the "coaster lovers" to go ;)
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 1:57 PM
A problem with an Intamin coaster? I'm shocked.

Seriously... why does Cedar Fair keep giving this company business... or any amusement park owner/operator, for that matter? Wicked Twister needed structural work on the spikes and TTD was/is a disaster. I would think those two projects would have been enough to convince CF that they should be giving work to companies not named Intamin, but they did anyway with this one. Why is there any reason to believe this will be the last project handed to Intamin? No one- both Intamin and the companies that buy their rides- don't seem to learn from their mistakes.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 2:00 PM
Gee, what are the chances that someone is going to start a rumor that CP's new ride won't be ready on time? I don't see that having anything to do with this news.

My guess is the banking and or radius of curvature is too shallow, thus causing excessive g-forces. Still, I'm surprised they were off far enough on their calculations to warrant replacing track.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 2:01 PM
First CF runs itself too thin as evidence by all the shoddy operations at the Paramount Parks this year, and now ride malfunctions!? It's truly a sad state when SF is off to the better start!!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 2:12 PM
What's getting replaced? My bet: the heartline roll.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 2:15 PM
tigellinus: How is an engineering error by Intamin Cedar Fair's fault? If they could build this stuff themselves, they wouldn't hire someone else.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 2:24 PM

How does this happen with something so (allegedly) precisely engineered?

Jeff - Weren't you the one that told me CP doesn't make mistakes because they've built a ton of coasters and know what they're doing? Even if you do all the planning and design up front, people are bound to miss something or make a mistake. It's what happens in design and construction. They had a late addition of the catwalk over at the end of the ride too. What happened there? Why didn't they design and fabricate that whole structure in the factory? Because they overlooked something in the design.

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