Rides that might be removed in the next few years

Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:07 PM

Magnum XL-200 is considered an ACE Landmark coaster. I really cannot see her going away anytime soon. Magnum and Millennium Force are probably the only coasters at Cedar Point that I would be completely devastated if they were to be removed.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 4:01 PM
Cargo Shorts's avatar

1987 Arrow Vortex has reached end of service life. 1976 Arrow Corkscrew humming along just fine apparently. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sunday, September 29, 2019 4:09 PM
Thabto's avatar

And a 1969 Arrow Mine Ride is still humming along

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Sunday, September 29, 2019 7:15 PM

Cargo Shorts said:
1987 Arrow Vortex has reached end of service life. 1976 Arrow Corkscrew humming along just fine apparently. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I feel like if Kings Island saw value in investing in Vortex to extend its service life, they could and would. They’ve kept Adventure Express going. For now, Cedar Point has decided there is value in keeping Mine Ride, Gemini, Corkscrew, Iron Dragon and Magnum running. I’d argue there is likely less money and work involved in keeping Corkscrew going simply because of its smaller size. And I’d argue there is more value in keeping Magnum going as it’s still a guest satisfier.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:03 PM
Chuck Wagon's avatar

Coasters age at different rates. I thought when Big Bad Wolf was removed from Busch Gardens (with the reason given being the same "end of service life") that it wouldn't be much longer for Iron Dragon, The Bat, and Canada Wonderland's Vortex. Yet, here we are 10 years later and they are all still going.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 10:36 AM
Paisley's avatar

I'm guessing the land Vortex sits on is probably easier to fit a new attraction on than the land Corkscrew sits on so that would make them less likely to invest in it if something major needs repair.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 8:59 PM

“End of service life” is a completely meaningless phrase. When a piece of equipment is removed from service, it has reached end-of-life. It has nothing to do with its viability for continued use. It makes it sound like the thing is worn out or irreparably broken, but what it really means is that its services are no longer required.
That said, I do think there was a sudden change of plans last week which resulted in Vortex’s untimely retirement. Compare to Cedar Point’s decision to remove the Wildcat.

—Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 4:01 PM
Shawn Meyer's avatar

^ I wonder if they were supposed to announce the retirement of Vortex earlier but forgot because things got hectic business wise. On the other hand, maybe they have something planned in the near future and wanted to announce the retirement at the best time. Haunt season!

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Monday, October 21, 2019 10:32 PM
3snoH un=l's avatar

Wait, I the head banging is back with Rougaru? I thought that was fixed with the Mantis makeover.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 4:43 PM
Augustmueller's avatar

Corkscrew was designed within the parameters of the then, current technology, and the experience is mostly within the acceptable range of human tolerance.

Vortex, using largely the same technology ( a decade later) is much larger, longer, taller, faster, and bigger in every way... except: the track and trains.

These machines were literally hand cut, bent, welded and crafted -some on site. the fact that they were/are even rideable is a feat in and of itself.

One of these record breaking installations, The Steel Phantom, blast coasters into my forever conscience. Likely the apex of their career, Arrow installed a monster back then (1991). The forces on those trains and track must have been incredible. At the time I just figured all loops were that tight and taken at such speed. Definitely not.

It’s no surprise to me that corkscrew soldiers on, and that the 80s-90s mega loopers and dropping off. Steel and weld fatigue, stress, and failure are very real. Maintenance staff and bean pinches are none to happy.

Friday, April 17, 2020 4:33 PM

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I apologize if this has already been discussed somewhere on PB, but I've been seeing some comments floating around the web about Wicked Twister being absent from the 2020 ParkScapes kits. I'm hoping WT does not get removed anytime soon, but this "clue" might further solidify the rumors about the possibility (in the next few years). I might be overthinking/overreacting, but I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Last edited by !, Friday, April 17, 2020 4:36 PM
Friday, April 17, 2020 5:58 PM

My thought is that I think it can be safely assumed that any plans the park had made or was thinking of making in the next several years are on hold indefinitely. Nobody knows what next week will bring, let alone where Cedar Point will be in terms of additions, removals, and expansions in the next several seasons.

Friday, April 17, 2020 6:21 PM
99er's avatar

^This. With the uncertainty of everything, any plans for the next few years are either gonna be pushed back farther or just outright cancelled. Possibly anything remaining to be done before the 2020 season as well.

Last edited by 99er, Friday, April 17, 2020 6:24 PM
Friday, April 17, 2020 6:22 PM

Cedar Point created and released Covid-19 to allow themselves more time to tear down and relocate Wicked Twister to match the 2020 Parkscape model... Tricky, tricky bastards!

But then again, what do I know?
Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:07 AM

Say goodbye to the 2021 new record breaking wood coaster or whatever you believe it to be.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:09 AM
XS NightClub's avatar

  • Rides that might be removed in the next few years

All of them. If CP gets Geauga Laked.

Sandusky Fan.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:23 AM

That's just unnecessary fear mongering

Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:55 PM
GL2CP's avatar

Less of a probably and more of a wish but I’d voted for rougarou going to another park that could Use a major coaster and CP getting a gci woodie in that area.

First ride; Magnum 1994

Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:56 PM
99er's avatar

Id still vote for a GCI (or any coaster) to replace the land occupied by Shoot the Rapids and Rip Cord before the removal of another coaster.

Monday, April 20, 2020 1:24 AM

99er, My gut feeling is that you're right about the wood coaster but wrong about the location. That great big field on the lake side near Windseeker isn't going to stay empty forever.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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