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Melissa Topey • Feb 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Adrenaline seekers have one more reason to scream this summer.

Cedar Point confirmed Thursday that SlingShot, a new two-person ride, will rise along the Gemini midway.

“I have an 8-year-old that will be the first in line” said Nancy Rogers, commenting on the Sandusky Register Facebook page.

SlingShot will catapault a capsule, in which two riders are secured, about 360 feet into the sky at speeds of up to 62 mph. Riders will experience a moment of weightlessness and then fall back to Earth before one last shot back up until the capsule comes to rest on the launch pad.

But the additional thrill ride will come at an additional fee that has not yet been set, Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said.

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The ride will be the second tallest at Cedar Point with Top Thrill Dragster still dominating the amusement park skyline at 420 feet. It will not be ready for the park’s May 10 opening day, Edwards said, but will be up and running sometime this summer.   

The Register reported last week that an FFA filing indicated a surprise ride named 2014 SlingShot would be built at coordinates inside the Cedar Point park, seemingly near the Gemini coaster.

The only indication of the new ride in a tour of the park on Thursday: two wooden stakes in the ground near the exit for the Gemini coaster.

Scott Short, the Northern Ohio Regional Representative for American Coaster Enthusiasts, said news of the ride is exciting.

“You will be able to see it all around the park, see a couple people screaming their heads off,” Short said.

Similar rides in other parks have proven popular with guests, he said.

Parts have already started to arrive and ground has been broken on construction of the two previously announced family rides for the 2014 season that will refresh the Gemini midway, Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles.

The station leading up to Pipe Scream is already offering a tease of what youngsters can soon ride.

Pipe Scream is a combination roller coaster and flat ride, where riders rock back and forth while spinning on 302 feet of track about 43 feet above the ground at a top speed of 43 mph.

Across the way a cement pad has been poured for the Lake Erie Eagles ride, electrical conduit lying at the ready.

Lake Erie Eagles is a classic ride swing that takes riders 28 feet in the air, simulating flight. A paddle acts as a rudder, allowing guests to create their own experience.

The park also announced several new food offerings for the 2014 season.

Big franchise businesses Starbucks and Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Shack and Sports Bar will be at the park.

This is the first Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Shack and Sports Bar in Ohio. The eatery, which started in Philadelphia, serves signature seafood dishes as well as Philly cheesesteaks and burgers.

It will be in the former Game Day Grille location. It has been named one of the ten best sports bars in the country by USA Today, Edwards said.

Cinnabon will be taking over the Subway location near the Breakers Hotel, perfect for hotel guests heading into the park first thing in the morning. Auntie Anne’s will now be available to offer quick snacks to guests as they continue their day.

A Yogurt Plus and another Coca-Cola freestyle station will be added on the Gemini midway, near the Lake Erie Eagles and Pipe Scream.

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