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=GateKeeper (roller coaster)=
GateKeeper
[1]
Cedar Point
Status Under construction
Opening date May 2013
Cost $30,000,000
Replaced Disaster Transport

Space Spiral

General Statistics
Type Steel - Wing Coaster
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Wing Coaster
Track layout Out and back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 170 ft (52 m)
Drop 164 ft (50 m)
Length 4,164 ft (1,269 m)
Speed 67 mph (108 km/h)
Inversions 6
Duration 2:40
Capacity Approximately 1,710 riders per hour riders per hour
Trains 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
GateKeeper at RCDB

Pictures of GateKeeper at RCDB

GateKeeper is a steel Wing Coaster roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard currently under construction at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It will be the fifth Wing Coaster to be built and will be opening in 2013. It will be the longest, fastest Wing Coaster as well as having the largest drop.. It will replace Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral gyro tower. The official announcement for GateKeeper took place at 3:30 PM on August 13, 2012, outside the main gate. However, the roller coaster was leaked on August 11, 2012.[1][2]

ContentsEdit

HistoryEdit

On April 24, 2012, Matt Ouimet spoke at the Erie County Chamber of Commerce where he mentioned $25 million in capital expeditures for Cedar Point for the 2013 season. He also made references about opening up the beach, which indicated the attraction might be near the beach.[3]

On May 30, 2012, the Sandusky Register reported that a new Wing-style roller coaster will open at Cedar Point in 2013. The project was code named "CP Alt.Winged". In the report it said that on February 15, Matt Ouimet wrote a memo to the Cedar Fair board of directors stating that the new ride will have the “longest drop, run the fastest and be the longest ride” of its kind. Also in the memo, it was said the new coaster will have a "Front Gate Statement— a roller coaster that flies overhead, rolls and flies back— highly visible above guests entering the park.” The coaster will go over the front entrance and parts of the existing parking lot. It was reported that the ride would have a height of 170 feet (52 m).[4]

As of July 17, 2012, the first parts of GateKeeper started to show up in the parking lot.[5] Cedar Point launched a countdown clock on their Facebook page on August 3, counting down to the announcement. The page said, "We can't keep it locked away much longer... Join us outside the Main Gate at 3:30 pm on August 13, where all we've kept hidden will be set free!"[6] On August 11, 2012, photos of the new coaster were discovered on Cedar Point's official website. The photos and relevant webpage were then removed[2] but were put back after the announcement.

ConstructionEdit

On July 13, 2012, Cedar Point announced the closure of Disaster Transport on July 29, 2012. Space Spiral is expected to close in September.[7] Disaster Transport started to be dismantled on August 6, starting in the back of the building, working its way to the front.[8]

Ride experienceEdit

[2][3] The track layout for GateKeeper.After departing from the station, the train makes a 180 degree turn to the right, then begins to climb the chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top of the 170-foot (52 m) lift, the train rotates 180 degrees into an upside down position before entering the first element of the roller coaster, the Wing Over Drop (similar to Swarm at Thorpe Park and X-Flight at Six Flags Great America). The Wing Over Drop is also the 163-foot (50 m) first drop where the train reaches its top speed of 67 miles per hour (108 km/h). After the train exits the first drop, it immediately enters the second element, an Immelmann. At this point of the ride, the train is still located directly under the lift hill. After, the train makes a left turn leading into the only camelback hill standing at 105 feet (32 m) high. Next, the train goes through an element known as a Giant Flat Spin (simply known as a corkscrew), which is followed by a zero-g-roll which will pass through two towers that will be located at Cedar Point's main entrance after it is renovated for the 2013 season. The train then returns back to the ground and goes through an Inclined Dive Loop which is the turn-around point of the roller coaster. Next, the train goes through a 360 degree In-Line-Roll which will pass by the two towers creating a near miss sensation. The train then makes a slight left turn before entering the mid-course brake run. The train drops back down to the ground before going back up and entering a 360 degree downward helix. After, the train goes over a small hill before making a left turn into the final brake run which leads back to the station.[9]

TrainsEdit

GateKeeper will operate with three open-air steel and fiberglass trains. Each train will have eight cars with four seats per car (2 on each side of the track). Each train will hold 32 riders and will have over-the-shoulder restraints.[9]

TrackEdit

The steel track of GateKeeper will be 4,164 feet (1,269 m) long in length, and the height of the lift is approximately 170-foot (52 m). The colours of the track will be Azure Blue and Strata Blue with the supports being white.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://m1065.photobucket.com/albumview/albums/avsfanwilly/IMG_20120802_210012.jpg.html?o=0&newest=1
  2. ^ a b "Leaked GateKeeper Photos". xMitchMayhemx's (Flickr). August 11, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cedar Point 2013". PointBuzz. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Topey, Melissa (May 30, 2012). "Memo: Cedar Point to build coaster in 2013". Sandusky Register. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "First parks on site". Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Countdown clock". Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cedar Point makes special announcement". July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "Fans say goodbye to Disaster Transport". WKYC. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "GateKeeper Fact Sheet". Cedar Point. August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.

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