Memo: Cedar Point to build coaster in 2013

Cedar Fair stands ready to spend big money on a new roller coaster for 2013 at Cedar Point that will change the park landscape.
Melissa Topey
May 31, 2012

Cedar Fair stands ready to spend big money on a new roller coaster for 2013 at Cedar Point that will change the park landscape.

Code-named “CP Alt.Winged,” the coaster will have the “longest drop, run the fastest and be the longest ride” of its kind, Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet wrote in Feb. 15 memo to Cedar Fair’s board of directors.

The total projected cost of the project is $25 million, a price that includes removing the park’s Space Spiral and Disaster Transport rides and restructuring the park entrance. 

Ouimet was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

To see photos of the Space Spiral and Disaster Transport, click HERE.

Lee Alexakos, corporate vice president of marketing, declined to confirm the information in the memo.

“We have not announced any plans for 2013 but we did announce a $25 million investment,” Alexakos said. “This will be one of the largest capital expenditures ever.”

Alexakos said that with any ride or attraction Cedar Point undertakes, the company is always looking to set records.

The Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers is set to design the new ride, which was described in the memo as having a “Front Gate Statement— a roller coaster that flies overhead, rolls and flies back— highly visible above guests entering the park.”

The firm designed Cedar Point’s Raptor.

A winged coaster is designed to suspend riders on wings to the sides of the rails so there is no track above or below the guest.

Engineering schematics show a proposed coaster with gravity defying twists, curves and rolls.

“Rob Decker (Cedar Fair VP of planning and design) and others have done a great job of creating a compelling, economically attractive new coaster for Cedar Point,” Ouimet wrote. “We believe this particular ride design with this particular manufacturer balances the desire for marketable innovation and risk associated with early adaptations of prototypes.”

Bolliger & Mabillard designed the first winged coaster for installation in Italy at a park known as Gardaland. The Six Flags Great American park outside of Chicago also has one of the company’s winged coasters, called X-Flight. 

The new ride at Cedar Point could promise to be a work horse available to guests at almost any time they are in the park.

“Rob talked to operators of the first one in Italy and found no unanticipated negatives and very high ride reliability (less than 1 percent operational downtime).

Design plans show the new ride with a 170-foot tall lift that will fly overhead of park guests entering the park. It will have the longest track and longest ride time of any coaster of its style as it flies overhead, rolls and then fly back.

The huge roller coaster will dominate the front gate and the track will travel over a large parking area at the park.

“We have several coasters that cover parking lots,” Ouimet wrote. “Not necessarily ideal, but certainly acceptable given tight site constraints and the amount of land such attractions require.”

Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral both would have to come down if the site plan currently under consideration is chosen.

Part of the $25 million investment will also include renovations and upgrades at the park entrance from the parking lot.

Cedar Point general manger John Hildebrandt was not available for comment on Tuesday.



Dinosaurs Alive is a waste.  I couldn't believe they were doing it when they announced it.  15 years ago it would have been cool but dino displays are everywhere nowdays.  Everyone has seen one.  They should take out Dinosaurs Alive and put the coaster there.


"I remember when there were wooden walkways - I really must be old."  curtis baillie, do you remember noah's ark, the caterpiller and the rock-o-plane? you are not that old if your photo is recent.


 FruGalpender - Yep, the caterpiller was my favorite when I was a kid. Everyone screamed when the cover closed. The picture was taken 4 years ago = I just have good genes.:)

car 54

   Why don't the city of Sandusky purchase the Space Spiral for a downtown attraction?


Tool Box

 I just heard from a Cedar Point employee that this was not supposed to be announced yet.  Someone leaked the info to the Register and now there is a witch hunt to find the person.  Sucks to be that person!


The boat WILL be back, just wait.  The plans are to take the boat around the Island and see the tops of the dinosaurs.  Then you and the family will want to purchase a ticket to walk through the trail.

 Everyone has known Cedar Point would be building a B&M coaster for the past year, so it is no surprise for us. It is always sad to attractions be removed, but sometimes that must occur in order for the park move into the future. Space Spiral and Disaster Transport provide fun entertainment to families for decades and now it is time to move onto other attractions.

If you want to continue to discuss the park, I invisite you all to chat with us at


 I think they need to leave the space spiral alone. I could care less about disastor transport. The spiral has ALWAYS been a big center piece of Cedar Point. I am quite sure they can find some other things that would be less evasive to mess with that the space spiral. It's one of the best ways to see the lake and most of the park while just taking a break from everything. I can't wait to see what other history they get rid of next since nothing is sacred anymore.  


I agree!  Space Spiral is HISTORY!  Classic History!  They need to leave it alone & build the new roller coaster around the Spiral.  

First the Paddle Boats, then the Wild Cat,  what's next???  I hate to guess....

Phil Packer

 I still want to see a Disney World caliber haunted house. 

Former Resident

Remember the Rotor and the Wildcat?


"Question to C.P., "Is there some way, some ride, some attraction that could utilize the Lake Erie waters?"   good idea


"good idea begates great photo rendering." (Where did that pic come from FruGalSpender?) (2 cool)


Maybe....C.P. could build a ride all the way to Canada ("The Bridge to Somewhere with Sanity) Then again....somebody would gripe about water rights infringment.


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coaster boy123

I think this will be a great addition to Cedar Point no matter what happens to the other rides. Disaster Transport has never been very popular in my opinion, nor has the Spiral Tower. Yes they are classic family rides but they are fairly old. I am a thrill seeker! I love trying new rides-especilly new styles! of course it is allways good to settle down with your family on a classic ride, but like i said there are thrill seekers out there. I think there are more thrill lovers than there is of people who like to take it easy.