The wording definitely makes it seem like it's being rethemed and in someway reworked. I've thought for a while it would be really cool for Cedar Point to retheme Dragster to Ohio's space history. Make it where the cars are rocket ships launching you to space and paint the ride blue and white with some red to match NASA colors. Could also redo the queue and put buildings in the infield that are like a space station guests walk through so that riders are protected. 5 years ago I'd say this was way too much theming but with the latest projects that Cedar Fair has been doing this level of theming is no longer outside their wheelhouse.
Dragster is listed as LSM launch coaster on Intamin site (at the bottom):
So... here's an absolutely insane idea for how they could make the LSM work. It's probably not plausible, but hear me out.
Could they add a backward vertical spike in order to create a rolling launch to get to 120 mph?
It would allow them to change the launch mechanism, add a new (to CP) ride experience, and keep what makes TTD TTD.
I'm not going to be on board with the LSM theory until the park announces it's happening.
That being said, they're also not going to remove that tower anytime soon.
My hunch tells me that the tower gets converted into a Zumanajaro-type drop ride, freeing up even more space in the newly-empty Matterhorn/Scrambler area when they also get rid of Power Tower.
Man, sometimes I wonder if people have a fetish for removing popular rides that are causing no issues. Now we're removing Power Tower? Why? For what purpose?
scott sarah said:
Its a refurb people.. the letter says "as we know it" My bet is taller than Kingda ka and faster.
I'd be shocked if Cedar Point's response to this entire event where someone got critically injured is to make the ride taller and faster, bringing a ton of attention to it. I feel like they're likely re-theming and making the ride more mild so that it can operate more 'under the radar'.
That’s always been like that.
I think it's only been that way since Intamin retired the hydraulic launch option, but yes, the change long predates today's news.
Now we're removing Power Tower? Why? For what purpose?
As stated, because I believe it's being replaced with a different drop tower. This is how parks with limited space have to operate.
First time I ever looked at the Intamin site was this morning so not sure what it said prior. Wouldn't expect though that a manufacturer would effectively make an announcement before the owner of the particular ride did.
Removing the ride's launch cable prior to today's announcement would be consistent with a reimagined launch. But the park's announcement is so vague that it could mean anything. Seems like you would need to do more than re-paint/re-brand it. And taking it down and replacing it even with something somehow similar would appear to go too far based on that announcement. Lots of room in-between those two though.
They can always continue the LSM launch UP the spike. It doesn't need to remain on flat track, so I don't see why (unless the entire curvature upward still isn't enough) to get up to appropriate speed to clear the top, it can't be LSM without having to modify the height.
This is what I’ve been saying all along. No rule limiting the LSMs to only the flat track. Extend it a little bit along the curvature just like Intamin has done with some of their swing launch coasters like Pantheon and bam, 420 feet. Who knows, that might not even be necessary with advancements in LSMs since Red Force.
My understanding is that LSMs produce less thrust at higher speeds, so assuming that is true, it's not a given that putting LSMs on the non-horizontal(-ish) track would achieve anything.
It's very obvious the launch system will be gone. However, the major issue that caused life altering injuries wasn't part of the launch, but happened in the brake run. With all the markings that extend well beyond the ride's footprint, something major is going to be done. Could it be like the tower will be repurposed for a drop tower? Or this may be a crazy idea but what if they were to use the track on both sides of the tower to have 2 trains simultaneously be pulled to the top with cables with the trains going up in reverse and then it could be like a racing drop ride when both sides drop back down into the station. Don't know if that idea would even be plausible, but I think that could make a good use of the ride.
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With all the markings that extend well beyond the ride's footprint, something major is going to be done.
Utility markings often exceed the construction site by a hundred feet or more. Meaning it would be normal to find markings near, for example, Pipe Scream, the Resort Entrance/Magnum, Breakers' parking lot, ID's queue, etc., without any excavation occurring outside of TTD's site.
That One Coaster Guy said:
retheme Dragster to Ohio's space history. Make it where the cars are rocket ships launching you to space and paint the ride blue and white with some red to match NASA colors. Could also redo the queue and put buildings in the infield that are like a space station guests walk through so that riders are protected
That would be an awesome retheme, actually. And have the station play Starset music. Most preferably the song Into the Unknown, but their whole discography works.
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