THE RIDE - FACTS AND FIGURES
It’s the announcement you have been waiting for! Cedar Point amusement park/resort, known around the globe as the leader in innovative coaster thrills, will take guests on a winged ride unlike anything else at the famed park when it debuts its newest roller coaster, GateKeeper, in 2013.
Located at the front of the park, GateKeeper, will forever change the landscape of the Cedar Point Peninsula. This mammoth ride will be the longest winged roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any winged roller coaster on the planet!
Scheduled Debut: May 2013 Physical Dimensions
Track Length: 4,164 feet
Lift Height: 170 feet
Angle of Lift Hill: 40 degrees
Vertical Drop: 163 feet
Time, Speed, Capacity
Time: Approximately 2 minutes, 40 seconds
Maximum Speed: Approximately 67 mph
Capacity: Approximately 1,710 riders per hourDesign
Ride Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), Monthey, Switzerland
Model: Full-circuit winged coaster
Structure: Steel tubular trackVehicles
Trains: Three (3) 32-passenger trains
Coaches: Eight coaches, with four seats per coach, per train
Design: Fiberglass and steel coaches with over-the-shoulder restraints and interlocking seat belts
Supports: White columns
Track: Azure Blue (dark blue) and Strata Blue (light blue) track
Train colors: Sunset Gold, with Zenith Gold, Meteor Gold and Orion Gold accents Additional Facts
Ride Site: 3.5 Acres
Total 2013 Investment: Approx. $30 millionFeatures
The ride layout is specially designed for Cedar Point, featuring a track that dramatically flies above the main entrance of the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers – twice, sliding by buildings and narrowly slotting through new front gate portals for near miss excitement. Elements of the ride include:
- Wing Over Drop – once riders crest the top of the lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning riders upside down before plummeting toward the ground at speeds of more than 65 mph!
- Immelmann – a maneuver where riders enter a half loop, go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction from which they came.
- Camelback – riders will fly over a giant, 105-foot-tall camelback hill that will be filled with “airtime!”
- Giant Flat Spin – a hair-raising 360-degree flip that will provide two different ride experiences for guests on each side of the train.
- Zero-G-Roll – a flying element that takes riders through two support towers that will dominate Cedar Point’s new Main Entrance.
- Inclined Dive Loop – a tight, 180-degree turnaround pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back towards the station.
- 360° In-Line-Roll – an element that will take riders extremely close to the new massive support towers while flying over guests entering the park below.
- Camelback Drop – a quick drop that will help propel the train and its guests through the rides final thrilling element, the spiral.
- Spiral – GateKeeper’s track rotates a wicked 360 degrees before bringing the coasters train back to the ride station.