Cedar Point's Maverick will open this Saturday

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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

Round up your friends and get ready for one wild ride this summer! Cedar Point amusement park/resort has announced that Maverick, the park’s newest roller coaster, will make its much-anticipated debut on Saturday, May 26.

To help commemorate its grand opening, Cedar Point will distribute free Maverick T-shirts to the first 3,000 riders on the coaster on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 26-28.

“We are thrilled that Maverick will be up and running for the holiday weekend,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Our guests have been very understanding and patient with us as we made these changes and now the reward is theirs – a ride on Maverick!”

The coaster’s debut was delayed so that four sections of its steel track could be reconfigured and fabricated. The new sections of track were installed earlier this week.

Prior to the ride’s opening, the park will host a ceremony to recognize the winners of the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross First Ride Auction. Participants placed bids to be one of the first riders on the $21 million roller coaster.

With its multiple elements and terrain-hugging layout, Maverick is a coaster like no other at Cedar Point. Maverick will treat its riders to a thrilling journey over more than 4,400 feet of steel track that will twist its way through rocky canyons, over “airtime-filled” hills and around quick but smooth changes in direction. A 105-foot-tall first hill followed by a drop of 100 feet at an incredible 95 degrees, a twisted horseshoe roll which features back-to-back inversions and a second launch through a completely dark tunnel where guests reach speeds of up to 70 mph are sure to thrill.

Recently, IntaRide, the ride’s manufacturer, revised the rider height requirement. During pre-opening testing, IntaRide determined that riders must be at least 52 inches tall to ride.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:21 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar Replacing some track = 2 week delay. That's amazing.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:32 PM
Sheikrafanatic's avatar Water bombs where?
Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:41 PM
WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO Just in time for my trip next week :) :) :)
Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:44 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar Over the lagoon after the launch...see the latest blog post by Tony and Tyler.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:49 PM
FScottS's avatar They were working on them last weekend. We hoped that they were part of the "surprise! =)
Thursday, May 24, 2007 5:20 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Wow, nice. The water bombs sound cool, very much like Hulk they will go off as the train rolls around the pond.
Thursday, May 24, 2007 10:12 PM
ok, maybe this is a dumb question...but they didnt remove the heartline roll, did they???
Thursday, May 24, 2007 10:33 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Yes Tim. They did. :(
Friday, May 25, 2007 12:46 AM
The water bombs are going to be sweet. They were tweaking them Thursday afternoon. I'm bummed it's opening 2 days after I was there. Oh well...gives me another reason to drive down to CP.
Friday, May 25, 2007 8:26 AM
Damn, that is some impressive work. The chiller ain't even half done yet.

*** This post was edited by Antuan 5/25/2007 8:26:35 AM ***

Friday, May 25, 2007 10:02 AM
Well, considering all the track is installed on The Chiller and half the ride is running, I'd say The Chiller is more or less 3/4 done (at least well OVER half way), but I get what your point nonetheless... that was one heck of a quick turnaround from announcing they'd need to replace the track to opening the ride... happened VERY quickly!
Friday, May 25, 2007 10:34 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar It's all because they're the best park on the planet. ;)
Friday, May 25, 2007 10:59 AM
Come on! They knew they were replacing those sections of track before they ever announced it. I bet when they announced it the pieces of track were already in containers being shipped to CP. That is just too quick of a turnaround on the track for it to not have been preplanned.

Opening on Memorial Day weekend no less when crowds are traditionally lighter due to the holiday. Smart Marketing ploy on their part. ;) It worked on me! I was just there last week, and am going back Wednesday to give it a spin.

Friday, May 25, 2007 11:31 AM
Interesting that T-shirts are being given to the first Maverick and Firehawk riders. Has CF done this in the past for coaster openings?
Friday, May 25, 2007 1:16 PM
VF didn't give out any Renegade shirts, that I know of. I would have gotten one if so.

Friday, May 25, 2007 1:25 PM
Well, for the record...the new track was sent by air...no conspiracy here!!
Friday, May 25, 2007 3:20 PM
Of course they sent it by air! If they sent it by water it would be an Aquatrax, and I do believe that rumor was debunked a long time ago.
Friday, May 25, 2007 4:07 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar Maybe those 3,000 t-shirts have incorrect data on them?
Friday, May 25, 2007 4:58 PM
Excellent ! No one does it better than Cedar Point ! Yes what a quick turnaround to get the track replaced. .They must of been working 24/7. I do hope that its a smooth ride and the trains can manover in and out of the elements. Maverick looks like a great ride . And to add some water jets? How cool is that? It s really nice to see a ride that is so close to the ground and has a lot of really tight banked elements,and tunnels. How sweet it is!!!

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