Gatekeeper Coming to Cedar Point in 2013
Today Cedar Point announced their new-for-2013 roller coaster, Gatekeeper. It will be the largest B&M Wing Rider yet and will take the place of the recently closed Disaster Transport and Space Spiral.
Gatekeeper will stand guard over Cedar Point’s main entrance, in fact, it will even soar through the main gates twice. The biggest complaint about the previous Wing Riders was that they were all too short. Gatekeeper shouldn’t have that problem with its 4,164 foot long layout.
The ride will begin at the top of the 164 foot drop where the track will flip upside down and then plummet toward the Earth. The next inversion will be an Immelmann Loop. I guess these two elements could also be considered as a Norwegian Loop like on Fahrenheit. A hill which should give good airtime will follow this. A giant Corkscrew will come next. Next up is Gatekeeper’s signature element, a Zero-G Roll through the newly designed entrance. There will be two keyhole sections here as the ride flips over, I’ve wondered how long it would take for a Wing Rider to fly through two Keyholes in a row.
After the Zero-G Roll there will be a Dive Loop. The winged trains will then fly back over the main gates in another inverting roll. A short trim brake run will follow this. Gatekeeper will then finish off with a helix close to the ground.
The ride will be painted blue with white supports and golden trains.
Here is a POV and promotional video:
I think that Gatekeeper will be a great ride! It might have even beaten out Outlaw Run as my most anticipated new ride next year!
What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂