Post Office Box 5006
Sandusky, Ohio 44871-8006
Cedar Point first opened in 1870 on the banks of Lake Erie. It is
particularly known for its roller coaster lineup with more coasters
than any other park in North America -- and not just "more" than anyone
else, the park also boasts more record-breakers through the years than
any other park in the world (Cedar Point knows - "You can't just build
them, you have to build them big").
The first coaster to appear at Cedar Point was in 1892: the Switchback
Railway. Since that time the park has contained every type of
coaster. During the 1950s, the last of the old coasters were dismantled
as part of a park revitalization program, essentially clearing the way
for the coasters of the day.
This park is still one of the best in the world and currently would seem
to be in a rollercoaster "showdown" with Six Flags Magic Mountain (the
two parks keep trading records on a seemingly seasonal basis). This is
a not-to-miss-park for the rollercoaster enthusiast.
Last visit: 2004/06/20 - 2004/06/22
Rides and other pastimes...
Built by the Philadelhpia Toboggan Company (PTC), this is the oldest
coaster still in the park. It is a fast, hilly out-and-back coaster.
The 2,558 foot track is covered in about a minute and forty five
seconds at speeds approaching 40 mph.
One of the first runaway mine train type rides by Arrow Dynamics.
The 2540 foot long steel track is covered in two minutes and forty
An Anton Schwarzkopf metal tracked coaster in a figure eight pattern.
The 1,837 foot track is covered in one minute and twenty five seconds.
Arrow Dynamics gives us the world's first triple-looping coaster.
The first drop, at 85 feet, gives a 48 mph top speed for the 2,050
feet of track. Ride time is about two minutes.
Arrow Dynamics gives us a unique combination of wood and steel in
this 3,935 foot coaster. This racer was the world's tallest and
fastest when it debuted back in 1978. Top speed is 60 mph in its
two minute and twenty second ride time.
A coaster for the Gemini-riders-in-training. It's 19 foot lift
gives the coaster a top speed of 6 mph over the 443 feet of track
spanning its fifty second ride time.
This Arrow Dynamics suspended coaster takes riders from the tops
of trees to the surface of a lagoon. With two lifts, this 2,800
foot mesh of twisted metal screams through its circuit at 35 to
40 mph for about two minutes.
Arrow Dynamics gives us the first coaster to tip the two hundred
foot barrier. The record-breaking first drop is 205 feet at an
angle of 60 degrees - top speed is 72 mph. This is truly the world's
first megacoaster (or, as some say, the world's first hypercoaster).
An indoor bobsled, this coaster takes riders through a land of
special effects and wizardry.
This record breaking woodie is one of the tallest and fastest wooden
roller coasters in the world. First drop is 161 feet at an angle of
52 degrees, for a top speed of 65 mph. This 5,427 foot beast gives
riders almost three minutes of non-stop thrills.
A Bolliger & Mabillard steel inverted coaster, debuting as the world's
tallest and fastest of its kind. The first drop is 119 feet at an
angle of 45 degrees and speed of 57 mph. The 3,790 feet of track
takes 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
Another Bolliger and Mabillard standup. The tallest, fastest, and
steepest standup rollercoaster in the world.
This kiddie coaster can often be seen with more adults on it than children,
boasting top speeds greater than the Cedar Creek Mine Ride.
Millenium Force (2000)
This coaster is the first to break the 300 foot barrier. This ride is
310 feet tall and boasts a top speed of 93 mph. It held the world's
tallest rollercoaster record for an scant few months as was marketed as
the world's first gigacoaster.
Top Thrill Dragster (2003)
The first complete-circuit coaster to break the 400 foot barrier. The
train leaves the station an makes an impressive 0 to 120 mph
acceleration in approximately four seconds... the train turns up a
ninety-degree hill (ie. completely vertical) to a 420 tower, only to
drop down the next side an accelerate back to 120mph.
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