Posted Monday, December 16, 2002 3:33 AM | Contributed by Gemini
On Friday afternoon, as coaster enthusiasts anxiously watched via three web cams, Cedar Point topped off the world's tallest roller coaster. Extending over 400 feet into the air, the tower dominates the Cedar Point skyline and is visible for miles. Virtual Midway has several new photos and a video from the weeekend.
Looks great, I can't wait for the announcment... which should be anyday now. Looking forward to riding this despite all of the trash talking that it has received from people who hate the fact that it is only gonna be L-TH-B.
Congrats to CP for breaking the height and speed record!
I don't know about the height of this thing. Everyone seems for sure that it is over 400-feet tall, but let's look into this a little deeper. In the second photo you can see the top of Magnum's hill, the 1st overbanked turn of MF and the second hill of MF, all of these hills are approximately 200 feet tall. If you draw a line between all of those hills you get a 200' tall horizontal plane (there is not much difference at all as a result of the distance, height, etc. from the camera to the rides). So if this holds true, then you could make a 310' foot horizontal plane at the top of MF. This 310' plane would cross the new ride at approximately the bottom of the top pyramid style support structure. This would give a guestimate for the height of each level to be approximately 45-feet tall (total height approx 360'). However, when you look at the web cam, the 4th level is the one that is slightly higher than the 200' plane previously mentioned, so this would give you more than 50' per level (total height of 400+). So could the camera be giving a false sense of height on MF? for those who think the ride is taller than 400 feet, let's hope, otherwise it looks like this thing might be several feet short of the 400-foot mark.
But at that height will anyone (but the record books) really care? - I think it's going to be a huge rush whichever height this thing turns out to be. You people in Ohio are so lucky (rollercoasters, college football and pro baseball), if it weren't so cold in the winter, I might just have to move.
Wow, looks like it will be a fun ride... but damn is it ugly!! It just looks funky in that view from the front of the park (directly behind Power Tower). However, I can't wait to ride it :-)
Look, it's over 400 feet. I don't get this denial. Look at the damn thing, will you?
This ride will set the record for the tallest roller coaster in the world, period.
For at some point, there is no looking back.
-Sun-tzu Liao *** This post was edited by Glory of Kilrah on 12/16/2002. ***
Oh man, that's huge. It didn't look that big when I went for Halloweekends. I can't wait to ride this giant. So what if it has only a launch top hat and brakes. I still think it will be awesome. Way to go cedar point!
Can't wait to go back next year with my father and brother.
All I can say is we all better get in line now if we plan to get on it by the end of next season. CP is gonna have a record attendance year for sure! *** This post was edited by ThrillGuy on 12/16/2002. ***
Art, Art, Art, everyone wants it, some need it, most don't want to pay for it.
*** This post was edited by OrientExpressKid on 12/16/2002. ***
Assuming it has to be something like 20 MPH at the top, and let's just jest a little and say that the entire thing is vertical (no curve up or over the top), the calculation would be...
V(final)^2 = V(original)^2 +2(accel.)(displacement)
Final velocity is about 20 MPH or, for our use, about 9 meters per second. We're trying to find the original velocity. Acceleration is 9.8 meters/second^2 (downward), and the displacement is the number of feet we need to traverse. I'll say 420, because that's a few feet taller than S:TE is. (around 128 meters).
So... 81 = V^2 + 2(-9.8)(128)
Skipping that stupid algebra part, I'm getting a number around 51 meters a second, or somewhere around 115 miles per hour.
Don't worry - that's sort of low. I don't account for any resistance whatsoever, or the curves. I think it'd probably up closer to the 125-130 mark, and I'm not doing the math.
"Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation." - David St. Hubbins, Spinal Tap
*** This post was edited by I-Nar on 12/16/2002. ***
Jingle Bells. Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way! Oh what fun it'll be to ride Hulk at IOA!
I cant wait for coastermainia :)! Im getting chills just looking at it ;).
9Years working at Valleyfair :)! You know I just found out what lol means lafter over lafter lol :)...
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