Gatekeeper anticappointment

Monday, May 20, 2013 11:24 AM

I'm probably in the vast minority of this, but Gatekeeper was somewhat of a disappointment. Not saying it's not a nice addition to Cedar Point, but I dont think its going to have the popularity/longevity of Raptor, Maverick, or Millenium. I rode X-flight at SF Great America last year and would even go as far to say that it was a better experience that GK.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:33 AM
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Having realistic expectations is important. I'm very excited to ride GK next week, but at the end of the day, it's still just a mega-sized wingrider, and none of the previous ones have exactly set the enthusiast world on fire.

I'll know better once I ride it, but I'll anticipate it being my...5th favorite coaster at CP? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:40 AM
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Having ridden the 3 US wingriders, I felt that GK was the best of breed, but nothing that I would want to ride all day.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:42 AM

I disagree

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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:44 AM
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You disagree. Congratulations. Now tell us why.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:44 AM
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Tyler, how did that move the conversation forward? How did it contribute to the conversation?

On topic, I expect to be pleasantly surprised by Gatekeeper, having ridden, and being surprised by Wild Eagle. I went in with no expectations for Eagle and like it. I'm going in the same way with Gatekeeper in 2 weeks.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:48 AM
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matt. said:
Having realistic expectations is important. I'm very excited to ride GK next week, but at the end of the day, it's still just a mega-sized wingrider, and none of the previous ones have exactly set the enthusiast world on fire.

I'll know better once I ride it, but I'll anticipate it being my...5th favorite coaster at CP? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Pretty much how i went into it, and about how it landed into my rankings of favorites at CP. Its a great ride, but im still heading to Maverick, MF, and TTD for early entry.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 11:54 AM
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When we rode Wild Eagle for the first time, I did not know what to expect, and I loved the ride from start to finish.

With Gatekeeper, I was expecting "Wild Eagle Plus", and that's exactly what I experienced. A little more forceful, noticeably quicker, and yet the elements are just simply fun without being overdone.

That turn into the first-hill dive just makes me giggle like a little kid every time.

:)

Plus, look what it's done to the front gate. Where, I ask, is there a front gate statement like this that is more suitable for the park it is inviting you to enter?

Welcome to Cedar Point. We have lots and lots of coasters.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 12:27 PM

On topic, I expect to be pleasantly surprised by Gatekeeper

How does one expect to be surprised? Just curious...

I've got high hopes for Gatekeeper personally. I've ridden the other four operating Wing Coasters and none of them disappoint.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 12:37 PM

James Whitmore said:

You disagree. Congratulations. Now tell us why.

The reason I didn't tell you why originally is that I was about to start class, and I had get my point out fast. I will now explain myself.

I love Gatekeeper. It's my favorite coaster at Cedar Point and probably my favorite steel coaster. The forces are very good, I thought, and it was smooth and fast. The inversions didn't bang my head, and I felt many head choppers. It's my third favorite coaster ever. Check my track record for yourself. #3. It's very great.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 12:40 PM

Having been on Gatekeeper 5 times now I find that the ride is quite enjoyable and a great addition to the park. I love the pacing of the ride along with its smooth transitions. It’s pretty cool how you float through each element and it doesn’t seem to lose its pace throughout the ride. Unlike most coasters this isn’t a ride that beats you up and throws you around. Having said that I think that this is a good thing and that I don’t think it takes away from the ride. GK is able to add yet another different ride experience to the overall dynamic offerings at the park. I think the park is able to deliver a wide range of various rides and experiences across different platforms of coasters. I have yet to determine where GK falls on my rankings but I think it’s pretty cool knowing how much this park actually truly has to offer. I am not saying that GK is better than MF but depending on what you are looking for I think it is a great ride that will offer a great ride experience for many years to come.


There is no such thing as a terrible Coaster just ones that haven't been taken care of

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Monday, May 20, 2013 12:43 PM

Maybe one reason that Gatekeeper is above MF is that MF wasn't running well when I rode it. I thought it was running slow. Maybe that's just my psycho opinion.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 2:56 PM

I certainly am starting to soften my stance on the ride since my first ride on media day. It was vibrating quite a bit on my first ride. However, since i have taken three other rides and grown more impressed by each. It truly is a good ride, but like so many else have said it finishes middle of the pack at Cedar Point. Which by most standards will leave you a good coaster.

However, i have rode all three wing coasters in the U.S. This one falls behind Wild Eagle in my book. I was uber surprised by the rides i took on Wild Eagle. Gatekeeper to me felt a little less tame than Wild Eagle, which to me was actually pretty forceful. However, one cannot complain when both give great rides. X-Flight just didn't have much of an it factor to me. Where GK and WE have that sense of flying and feeling of cheating gravity.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:00 PM

Having waited 2 hours to ride, I was very disappointed.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:05 PM
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Your first mistake was waiting 2 hours to ride. It's called Fastlane.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:12 PM

I didn't want to spend money on Fastlane because the advertised price was more than a ticket to the park. It was my first time riding it, so I was willing to wait 3-4 hours if necessary. I'll be back Thursday when crowds should be much less than Saturday, especially since it's not M&S Week.

Last edited by TheChariotPrince, Monday, May 20, 2013 3:15 PM
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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:14 PM

Cedar Point always has waits on some of their rides.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:16 PM

Yes, sometimes 5 minutes

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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:18 PM
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TheChariotPrince said:

Having waited 2 hours to ride, I was very disappointed.

You know what disappoints me?

The fact that you've been booted twice but keep coming back with new screen names.

My guess is that the next one will be a little more permanent.


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Monday, May 20, 2013 3:20 PM

What were his original screen names?

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