Top Thrill Dragster 2022 Status

Nothing I wrote is fantastical or outlandish.

Why spend half or more of a 20 year old, existing rides original construction budget to simply do bithing other than get new electronics and launch system.

My logic is, if your going to sink half or more the cost of a NEW ride into simy retrofitting and older one with the same if not worse experience. Doesnt it make more sense to add to it and truly change the experience? Business sense? Because then you can market it as a new ride, and you can build in increased capacity and performance?

Jeff and DJ, I can understand your arguments if the discussion was.. soend 15+ million to refab Dragster, or scrap it.

Because in that case, scrapping it is the better alternative, because it probably costs more in maintainance and the extended life wont oay back its investment and the capacity doesnt help the park at all.

In that case it makes business sense to scrap it. Because as you said, attendance wont change, you can make money off the scrap metal, and your getting rid of the maintenance overhead.

But theres no way you basically pay the price of a brand new coaster to update the same 17 second experience.. instead of create a whole new experience. I just cant grasp that logic.

Montezuma's revenge at Knotts is being "Reimagined" and in addition to a launch update they're getting some layout and fucntionality changes as well.

vwhoward's avatar

^I agree with this. But I'm in no position to know what the ROI calculations are. If Jeff is right and removing it wouldn't make attendance drop, then spending millions to give what could be argued as a very similar experience (virtually the same ride with a new launch that the GP would just say, "Oh they painted Dragster a different color" and miss the launch refurb altogether) would be a waste of any money. A refurbished TTD wouldn't dramatically increased attendance just as a demolished TTD wouldn't decrease attendance. I'm not looking for superlatives or outlandish options. But I would agree it's a waste to "just do the minimum".

And That Crazy Dan, Behemoth is way better than Leviathan. Full stop.

Eat 'em up, Tigers, eat 'em up!

Jeff's avatar

Y'all keep getting stuck on words like "iconic" and various superlatives that don't mean anything to the business. Cedar Point has a ton of rides. The removal of one doesn't matter. No one in the market is gonna be like, "Cedar Point sucks! It only has Millennium Force and Magnum and Steel Vengeance and Gatekeeper and..."

So why build anything? For the sake of capacity first. Second is to replace aging rides or fill in gaps (like a family friendly mouse).

Jeff - Advocate of Great Great Tunnels™ - Co-Publisher - PointBuzz - CoasterBuzz - Blog - Music


Y'all keep getting stuck on words like "iconic" and various superlatives that don't mean anything to the business. Cedar Point has a ton of rides. The removal of one doesn't matter.

I’d be curious to hear why you think these parks replaced:

A 16 year old B&M looper

A 37 year old Vekoma loopscrew

A 21 year old Vekoma SLC

A 28 year old B&M invert

End of service life

Crappy ride

Crappy ride

End of service life

You missed my point. They were replaced with the same ride. If parks don’t care about rides being “iconic” or whatever other superlatives and guests don’t care if rides leave then why replace a ride with the same ride?

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Jeff's avatar

I don't know which "these parks" are, but at least in the case of IOA, let me think... no construction or reconfiguration of the park, no new expense on design and engineering. If anything, building the same ride again is another reason why it doesn't matter. You can't simultaneously argue that they need the new bestest ride to attract customers and argue that they need the same one the most people won't even know was replaced.

The removal of any ride will not materially affect Cedar Point's attendance. Wicked Twister, Space Spiral, Shoot The Rapids, Snoopy Bounce... folks are still going to show up in the same numbers that they did before.

Jeff - Advocate of Great Great Tunnels™ - Co-Publisher - PointBuzz - CoasterBuzz - Blog - Music

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Let’s all take a ride on the Roller Coaster of Love.

First ride; Magnum 1994

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folks are still going to show up in the same numbers that they did before.

And if you put in Steel Vengeance, which is arguably the best, and definitely among the best coasters in the world, it's still not going to move the needle any more than another BBQ joint.

I can't see them ever beating 1994 numbers. Even with all of the special events and extended operating calendar.

Thats my biggest beef right now with Cedar Point actually is operating hours.

I LOVED the nights they were open until midnight in August. Thats when I would always schedule my trips.

Im a night person, and I loved the lights and riding in the dark.. and nowadays during summer when tue sun doesnt even fully set until 9 at times, you almost never get the riding at night experience outside of 1 or 2 per trip depending on the lines.

I loved getting that 10am-12pm (getting into the last line at 11:59pm) day at Cedar Point where I would ride every rollercoaster and maybe 1 or 2 twice.

That was the best

I loved getting into a line 10 mins after closing. Or getting into a line an hour after closing on extended ride nights. At least they're back to closing on time now, past few years the early closings were getting bad.

I may be jumping back a couple of days with this post.

I would love to see Dragster modified to include most of the suggestions that people have made. Reverse spike, large airtime hill, a few twists and turns, etc... However, from what I have seen them do so far, I just don't think that is going to happen. What we have seen so far - all the "flat" track has been removed - everything except the tower and the curve into and out of the tower, while all the supports for the removed track remains. It appears that this track is being shipped to Italy, which is a fairly close port to where Intamin (and others) manufacture track. The simplest explanation that I can think of is that Intamin is going to be modifying the track segments to support a new launch system.

Yes, this track is fairly old. As I have noted above, the curved track gets much more wear than the flat track. I would bet that the flat track (launch, station, brake) on Dragster as well as the coasters that Universal removed and replaced was in descent condition too. Its the curved track with all the forces that wear out first. Since the transfer and holding track have been removed, that would seem to indicate that they may be getting new trains. Although I wouldn't rule out that they may still find a way to rework the old trains.

The queue in the station has been removed. That makes me think that they may be "flipping" which side of the station passengers load from.

I think we will have more answers as the off season progresses. “If” there is significant tower work coming it was never going to happen when the park was open. Now we will see, but I think the removal process is likely done. It is odd to me that they’d modify the old track rather than just manufacture new track. But if the goal is to minimize costs, which given the reason why this is all taking place to begin with is super ironic, then I guess we will see track shipments show up in the spring.

I do not think this will be ready by opening day though.

Anyone that thinks this ride is going to be open before 2024 is kidding themselves.

Just got back from the park, and at least re: Dragster, I've gotta give them credit for both getting a wall up that looks like it's been there for far longer than it has, and for covering nearly every potential sightline into the Dragster plot. Really the only other decent vantage point is looking from the Snake River Expedition dock area.

Either way, doesn't seem like much has visibly changed. The tower still looks untouched, but it's also hard to say if they've been waiting for the season to be over before continuing further. Guess we'll find out.

Also, it's probably been reported, but TTD merch (and only TTD merch) being very conspicuously 50% off, definitely supports a renaming at a minimum.

I was at the park the first few days of closing weekend and Power Tower gives you a great view of the entire Dragster plot hidden by the wall, including the loading platform, which is nothing more than a cement slab now. Of course, you have to be on the correct side while riding to see it.

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The removal of any ride will not materially affect Cedar Point's attendance. Wicked Twister, Space Spiral, Shoot The Rapids, Snoopy Bounce... folks are still going to show up in the same numbers that they did before.

Your examples are the worst examples of all time. When did Space spiral, shoot the rapids, and Snoopy Bounce EVER pull anyone to the park? Wicked twister has been waning in popularity for years. It had an incredibly low ridership. 3 of your 4 examples were not headline attractions.

Here is I think a better well-rounded argument for what is going on. Top Thrill Dragster added a unique ride experience to the park's ride lineup. Arguably, the ride is "iconic" to the park. For many guests, Cedar point is the only place where they have ridden an attraction like it. In replacing the ride, Cedar point is looking to replace it with a similar ride experience in order to maintain its current attraction lineup. It wouldn't make sense to replace dragster with sir rub a dubs tubs.

Cedar Point is looking to maintain it's unique ride offerings.

Is it just a flip to LSM or are they going to add more to the ride experience, only time will tell.

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I think some of you are having a really hard time separating reality from your enthusiast perception. The reality is that TTD open or closed has had little to zero effect on attendance. The parks attendance this year was in fact record breaking once again and that was without both Wicked Twister and TTD.

Why? Because the general public doesn’t care. There’s enough diversity in attractions and experience at the park that the general public could care less about TTD being closed. Additionally, look at literally any new attraction added to the park in the past ten years and you’ll be astonished to know that attendance barely changed. Today’s general public park visitor doesn’t need TTD or Wicked Twister or heck even Steel Vengeance to want to visit Cedar Point.

The enthusiast community continues to amaze me at how often they become so invested in the idea and perception that Cedar Point needs rides like TTD for (insert reason). When it reopens, whenever that will be, I promise you attendance won’t magically skyrocket.

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