(Local Oregon news broadcast about Cedar Plains and Demon Force circa August 1996)
"In other news today, the new Firebird roller coaster at the Cedar Plains amusement park in Corvallis has become a fan favorite among adrenaline junkies in the Cascadia region. However, for the rest of the 1996 operating season, the park will be operating without its signature coaster due to an incident that occurred a week prior.
"Cedar Plains has been known to be an amusement park that caters to both families and X-Treme thrill seekers. At the beginning of this year's operating season, they opened a new ride named Firebird, an "inverted" roller coaster in which the riders dangle below the ride's rails, similar to a ski lift. Ever since it opened, queue lines for Firebird has been consistently over an hour long with hundreds of riders ready to feel the heat! Firebird was constructed by a swiss manufacturer known as Bolliger and Mabillard, known for rides such as Batman the Ride at Six Flags Great America and Kumba at Busch Gardens."
"However, the park's signature roller coaster, Demon Force has been temporarily closed for the rest of the operating season. Demon Force is a record shattering "hyper looping" roller coaster built by the Utah based coaster company, Arrow Dynamics. Demon Force takes the concept of a hyper coaster, a coaster that exceeds 200 feet in height, and adds loops to it's layout. To date, there is only one other looping hyper coaster located at Kennywood in Pennsylvania. When Demon Force opened three years ago, it took the roller coaster fans by storm and put Cedar Plains on the map for coaster enthusiasts."
"Last week, a woman reported feeling "dizzy and delirious" after riding Demon Force and was rushed to the hospital. It was there that they found out she suffered a moderate concussion, most likely caused by the woman's head hitting the sides of the over-the-shoulder harnesses during the second half of the ride, which has been criticized by coaster enthusiasts for being very rough. After the woman filed a formal complaint to Cedar Fair and several other people reported that they have received bruises to the side of the head after riding Demon Force, the company decided it would be best to temporarily shut down the coaster while they attempt to make Demon Force a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
There is currrently no exact date on when Demon Force will reopen, but Cedar Fair officials guarantee it will be open by sometime next year."
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Before the 1997 season, Arrow Dynamics made the decision to add a series of trim brakes on the banked S-bend after the batwing inversion of Demon Force. They determined that the roughest parts of the ride occurred after the batwing due to the train traversing through the final few elements at a much higher speed compared to most other of Arrow's custom loopers. The trim brakes made for a much smoother ride experience. However, a substantial loss of intensity during the second half of the ride was noticed.
By 1998, parkgoers noticed a large plot of land was cleared adjacent to the Wild West area. Due to the up and coming prevalence of the world wide web in the late 90s, speculation was abound. Could it be a new coaster? A new expansion? A new flat ride package? Only time could tell...
CEDAR PLAINS ANNOUNCES NEW THEMED AREA: THRILL GALAXY
New for 1999: An out of this world journey into fun and excitement! Thrill Galaxy is a brand new themed area for Cedar Plains in Corvallis, Oregon featuring a brand new food court, a new thrill ride, and a new coaster!
Starship is a relocated Intamin Looping Starship from Bumbly Beach in Ft. Myers, Florida! This thrilling new ride operates like a normal buccaneer-style ride, but with an added twist as a counterweight allows the ride to make complete 360 degree loops! Flamethrowers were added to the top of the ride, which shoot off flames when the ride gondola makes its first complete loop. Starship will be a fantastic addition to Cedar Plains, which has been in need of a new flat ride for a very long time!
However, the main new attraction is INVASION, a brand new, exhilarating Bolliger and Mabillard stand-up coaster! The only one of it's kind in Washington state!
After the train careens down an 92 foot drop, reaching a top speed of 53mph, it goes directly into the first inversion, a large 83 foot vertical loop!
And directly after that? A 70 foot dive loop!
After traversing some large twists and turns and going through a brake run, the train will then go into the third and final inversion, a classic corkscrew!
However, that's not all! Invasion still has one last trick up it's sleeve. Utilizing the terrain, the train will careen into a dark tunnel before going into a final helix before the brake run!
Thrill Galaxy isn't the only change that's happening to Cedar Plains! Hurricane, the Arrow corkscrew coaster has recieved a snazzy new bright green and blue paint job along with new sleek, smooth Vekoma built trains! This is a move to try and boost attention to the aging coaster, which has seen a very noticable decline in ridership after the construction of scream machines such as it's bigger (but younger) brother, Demon Force.
The very edge of the century was now upon us as Cedar Plains operates for yet another highly successful season! Lets take a look, shall we?
Park-goers instantly took a liking to the new Thrill Galaxy area. Most agreed that Starship was an excellent addition to a park that while it's become known for having cool new coasters, was kind of lacking in the flat ride department, as prior to 1999, the only major thrilling flat was Energizer, the enterprise ride.
Invasion was also a very well-liked new attraction, as its been reported that it is extremely smooth for a standing coaster with a fun layout. As it turned out though, Invasion and Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia turned out to be the very last of the B&M Stand Up coasters.
Due to having hollow track, Firebird's mighty roar could be heard from anywhere in the park!
Despite the recent additions of both Firebird and Invasion, many coaster enthusiasts still regard Demon Force as the king of all coasters at Cedar Plains!
Forest Flyer, the park's sole woodie has become increasingly more and more rough as the years go by. While still a loved attraction, the sheer amount of bumpiness and back-slamming during the ride has caused several people to pass this one by. Perhaps sometime in the new millenium, a retracking or a refurbishment is in order....
With the 20th century coming to a close, the only way for the highly successful Cedar Plains to go is up and up!
(Corvallis, Oregon) NEW FOR 2000: THE WEAPON, a brand new state of the art thrill ride that twists you, turns you, and flips you over upside down multiple times! While Cedar Plains might not be getting a giant steel coaster for the new millennium like its sister park, Cedar Point, The Weapon sure seems to be like a great addition to the ever growing Oregon theme park. The Weapon is a Vekoma Waikiki Wave model flat ride, similar to a HUSS Top Spin, however the Waikiki Wave has arms that can move in opposite directions, leading to a wild and disorienting ride experience! The Weapon is scheduled to open May of 2000, be there or be square!
When The Weapon opened in May of 2000, it was a rousing success that quickly became one of the most popular flat rides at the park!
The faces of the riders say it all!
However, despite a successful new millennium season, there was some trouble in paradise...it was recently announced that Demon Force's sister coaster, Steel Phantom at Kennywood was going to be on the chopping block at the end of the season...Many fans have begun to speculate that Demon Force could share a similar fate...However, nothing was announced about the coaster by the end of 2000, so one could naturally come to the conclusion that its not going anywhere any time soon.
As it turns out, Steel Phantom at Kennywood didn’t necessarily go on the chopping block, rather only parts of it did and the rest of the coaster was reborn as something different, a non-inverting traditional hypercoaster. Of course, speculation was then abound about Demon Force. However the General Manager of Cedar Plains, Mike Muller had shot down any rumors of this happening to Demon Force any time soon. “For now, we believe that Demon Force is perfect just the way she is.”
However, in his statement, Mike Muller did mention that in the next year or so, Cedar Plains could be due to receive a new roller coaster, causing roller coaster enthusiasts everywhere to speculate what could potentially be coming to Cedar Fair’s northwestern property. Especially on the up-and-coming roller coaster/ theme park forum, CoasterInsider.
cosmozx1fn0q2rc: I hope it’s an Intamin megacoaster like what SFA, SFNE and SFDL got last year. Badjetta: Cosmo why would they get an intamin hyper? They already have demon force! Im hoping for a GCI wood coaster. cosmozx1fn0q2rc: Yah but demon force is like super rough! You bang your head on the restraints all the time! A new woodie would be cool too. Barrielikescats: I kinda hope its neither. A premier launched shuttle coaster like mr freeze and the chiller at sfgadv would be awesome at Cedar Plains.
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