Cedar Point diving in to 2016?
May 3, 2015 at 9:16 AM
Pull back the curtain.
The Sandusky Register received a memo Monday that could detail the new Cedar Point coaster going into the Good Time Theater location for the 2016 season.
The document is from Bolliger & Mabillard, based in Switzerland, and appears to detail a new $15 million coaster tagged in the memo as The Dive Coaster.
Bollinger & Mabillard crafted The Dive Coaster style, which simulates being in a Bomber that is diving straight down at break neck speeds.
The ride is a proposal, one of many Cedar Point is working on for the 2016 season, Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said.
“We are focused on the 2015 season and launching Rougarou as well as our new transformation of Hotel Breakers, Edward said.
The news, if true, has coaster enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.
“The Dive Coaster is one of the most exciting concepts to come along in coaster development in the last 35 years,” said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc.
Watch video of the dive coaster Oblivion in the player below
The fact that Cedar Point and Cedar Fair, the park's operator, are considering another large-scale coaster so soon after B&M built GateKeeper does not surprise Speigel. Considering the success of The Banshee at King's Island, Cedar Fair would want to keep the momentum going. A new coaster adds excitement to the company name and brings guests into the parks, Speigel said.
The proposed Dive Coaster has three 24-passenger trains. Each train has eight people seated in a row, with each person restrained by a shoulder harness.
B&M is designing into the ride, a vertical drop in a tunnel, an Immelmann, a 270-degree roll, a banked curve, a "looping," an Immelmann with a half-roll exit, a second drop, a camel back and a spiral with a total of four inversions, according to the memo.
An Immelmann is a popular inversion on many coasters. A diving loop is an Immelmann traveled in reverse. This diving loop is commonly found on B&M coasters.
The height of the lift in the proposal is about 223 feet above ground level. The length of the track of about 3,625 feet, according to the memo. The proposed Dive Coaster has a maximum speed of about 80 mph with a ride lasting about 195 seconds, including 30 seconds for loading and unloading of passengers. At that rate 1,310 guests per hour could ride the coaster.
“That's a real good one,” Speigel said. “Coaster enthusiasts love dive coasters, particularly with these kinds of elements."
The four inversions are of particular interest to Scott Short, regional spokesman for American Coaster Enthusiasts.
He speculates the park may use land built up around the theater to make it appear as if riders are going underground.
The document indicates the proposed coaster would cost about $15 million.
Park executives announced toward the end of November the old Good Time Theater would be shuttered “for park expansion,” but they declined to elaborate on what might be planned.
It appears the Cadillac Cars and the Turnpike Cars could be moved or removed as well.
“It doesn't surprise me. They have been there forever. Our business lives on repeat visits and repeat visits are driven by new product expansion,” Speigel said.
Dive coasters are big rides that would require a lot of space in the landlocked Cedar Point, Short said.
The Cadillac Cars opened in 1958 as the park's second track ride with cars. The cars were designed to look like a 1910 Cadillac.
The Turnpike Cars opened a year later. Those cars were designed as mini hot rods from the 1950s and 1960s. Both rides were manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, according to the park's website.