Report says Cedar Point building a B&M wing coaster for 2013

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Sandusky Register is reporting that Space Spiral and Disaster Transport will be removed for a Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster to open in 2013 at Cedar Point.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:46 PM

I knew someone was going to say that as soon as I wrote it.


"Yes... well... VICTORY IS MINE!"
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:39 PM
Vater's avatar

Chandler.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:42 PM
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The wife and I took a spin on both Space Spiral and Disaster Transport. DT felt even bumpier than ever, and though I like the ride, I feel that its time.

Space Spiral, on the other hand, had not run during any of my 5 trips (all Sunday's) last year (only 5 trips to CP? ... blasphemy!) so when I heard about the markers this year, I had a thought its days would be numbered. So when I saw Space Spiral run this past Sunday, we hopped aboard.

Space Spiral had nasty, cloudy windows to where I could barely see out of them and it ran a pretty short cycle. I could tell that the end was near—even before this announcement.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:12 PM
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I bet it's named HawkStreakinator.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:37 PM

Is it possible that DT/AR could be re=located to like MiA, or do you guys think it would just be scrapped?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:39 PM
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Well, one thing's for sure. Even if it's called "Son of Blue Streak" we can count on it having red track.

And to Mr. Peck's point about the Space Spiral cycle time, I never thought anything about it until I rode the Sky Cabin at "Six Flags Great American."

The cycle at Six Flags is absurdly longer than that of Space Spiral. But at the same time, I think Space Spiral's cycle is still long enough. You can easily see everything you want to see during the ride.


I call Cedar Point my home park even though I live in the Chicago Suburbs.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:40 PM
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They'll probably just throw it all in the lake or "ocean" as some guests call it!

Last edited by JW Addington, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:43 PM
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:46 PM

The same people that think Magnum is the "looping" one.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:03 PM
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^Don't you mean the "looping" one that is still "sinking?" ;)

I am happy with the news!

Like Wildcat, all good things must come to an end eventually.

-Tina

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:13 PM
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Cedar Point's gain in a B&M is another park's loss next year...that my friends is the real untold story here.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:23 PM

I got mixed feelings on this. Mike Roberts and I rode Space Spiral during opening week and we got into a discussion about how crappy it was. It was dingy, the cabin was hot, and you could barely see thru the window. We also agreed it was an asset to Cedar Point's arsenal of family rides, though. It's a landmark for sure, and is getting to be somewhat of an antique with a certain historical value.

I'd be all over the idea of a renovation that included a coaster spiral around it.

I rode the wing ride at Dollywood and was slightly underwhelmed, sorry to say. It was fun enough, I guess, but it lacked a certain... snappiness? that I was hoping for. It's the only wing coaster I've been on, but so far I'll take a good old B&M invert for the best 'in-the-middle-of-nowhere' flying sensation.

It always makes me nervous when Cedar Point starts promoting a new attraction as being the "est" of anything. In the past they've had both hits and misses trying for some world record, and I'm afraid this style of ride may not benefit from being the tallest or biggest.

Does anyone else but me see a missed opportunity here? In that corner they should install a great B&M flyer (one just like Manta would be fine, ma'am) and call it The Lake Erie Shi**in' Seagull? Big white wings over the nose of the car that would swoop up in front of the crowd and dip near the water. Special (and natural, of course) paint effects on the supports. Equip the cars with tanks and allow the riders to bomb the front gate below. The possibilities are endless, folks...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:00 PM

I'm hoping they use some "chopping" effects like the new Six Flags one going through the tower...looks very cool.

Like most of us have been saying for a couple years now, CP REALLY needs that WOW factor when approaching the gate. They use to have it when Demon Drop was First built, but it lost that wow as the coaster got bigger towards the back.

As for Space Spiral. My kids still LOVE it, but yes...it's getting SO bad. It's not bad this time of year...yet. But MAN in the summer time, it's SOOooooooooooOoooo hot! It's windows become so bad and sweat steamed. People walk off of there looking like they've been in a sauna.

As for DT. I love that ride, from before DT to when it had all the effects, and when the effects failed and they tore them out, I too like many others, say get ride of it.

Here's hoping for more of beach boardwalk...I really hope they them it to the lake ;c)

-RollerCoasterGod

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:07 PM

ApolloAndy said:

Is a flyer 200 miles away really reason to not build a flyer at your flagship park?

Has Cedar Fair ever purchased a flyer? The CW one was there when they bought the park, as was Carowind's, and KI's was a relocate...

Last edited by jonnytips, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:08 PM
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:37 PM
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LostKause said:

I am one of the only people that I know who really enjoys DT. It's a shame they can't fix that ride.

I'd say that maybe this news will breathe some life into the Michigan's Adventure thread, but Dorney seems to be the place to be if you're a relocated ride from another CF park.

Glad it's not a B&M flyer. I'd rather see a henna stand and some games.


-Mark
Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:08 PM
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I'm surprised that so many people will be sad to see Disaster Transport leave. If anything, it was over-hyped and disappointing from day one. It was a tad better after they added newer effects, but it never lived up to what they hoped it would be. I liked it better as a bobsled coaster. Won't be sad to see it go, with a potentially great coaster taking it's place.

As for space spiral, that ride is ancient. Even on the busiest days the Space Spiral never has a line. Also, you can get just as great views of the park riding the giant wheel. I also think it would be great if they could find a way to work around it. They did a great job with Raptor, and I don't see a wing coaster being that difficult to place with Disaster transport out of the way. There isn't that much over there.

As for the loss of family rides. I think the park has more than enough. Any kid who is over 4 feet tall is already riding the bigger coasters anyways. The families who bring the younger kids have 3 kids areas at Cedar Point already. I don't see a big loss.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:13 PM

Any kid who is over 4 feet tall is already riding the bigger coasters anyways.


Not all of them...my son took a while to "warm up".


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:46 PM

Could Space Spiral be moved to the infield/reserve Q of Mean Streak? That be a rad view on the point out there!


Thanks,
DMC

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:09 PM

you can see the layout of the coaster here

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/sandusky/belaboring-point/cedar-poi...sts-prayer

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:54 PM

Timber-Rider said:

As for the loss of family rides. I think the park has more than enough. Any kid who is over 4 feet tall is already riding the bigger coasters anyways. The families who bring the younger kids have 3 kids areas at Cedar Point already. I don't see a big loss.

I disagree completely on this. I know for my family there are adults you can't get to ride anything bigger than Iron Dragon, there are others who just don't care for the bigger rides, and in general it took years of coaxing to get the kids to ride coasters they weren't forced onto and years after that to get them onto the bigger coasters. I don't feel like we are unique here either. Most of my family members will ride the bigger ones, but I've met others who won't ride the bigger things.

Everything the park has as far as family rides is pretty old and the number keeps dropping. In the past couple of years, we've now lost White Water Landing, Wildcat, Paddlewheel Excursions, the Space Spiral, and Disaster Transport. When is the last time a truly family ride was added? I guess Shoot the Rapids might count, but it's wet enough we've never been on it.

I am happy for a nice new coaster on the beech, but the park seriously needs to focus on family rides next. It's way overdue. (note: just for the record, family rides are rides everyone can ride and are very different from kiddie rides).

Last edited by Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:55 PM

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:54 PM

Guessed layout.

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