SANDUSKY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Northern Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park has announced plans for a "winged" roller-coaster designed to make riders feel like they are flying.
The GateKeeper is the park's first new coaster since Maverick opened in 2007. The ride is set to be finished before next season.
With a 163-foot vertical drop and speeds of 67 mph, the blue-steeled tubular coaster will have riders on seats that extend sideways from the track, with nothing above or below them.
The coaster will be built at the main entrance and will pass over arriving guests as it inverts riders and sends them upside-down.
"This coaster is going to fly by the entrance of the park. It's going to fly by once, then turn and basically fly back the other way. People will get greeted to that as soon as they walk in the door and I think that's just a great statement because I think that's so much of what we're about," said John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point Vice President and General Manger.
GateKeeper is part of a roughly $30 million project overhauling the park's entrance. That includes tearing down Disaster Transport, a longtime indoor coaster that was attracting fewer riders as maintenance costs increased.
For more information on the coaster and Cedar Point, visit http://www.cedarpoint.com/.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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