Cedar Point Opens May 11 With New Wing Roller Coaster

            Cedar Point Opens May 11 With New Wing Roller Coaster

GateKeeper breaks seven world records, brings unique thrills

PR Newswire

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 6, 2013

SANDUSKY, Ohio, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The roller coaster capital of the
world will launch its 144^th season on Saturday, May 11, with the flyover its
fans have been waiting for all year: The debut of its record-breaking wing
roller coaster, GateKeeper!

GateKeeper forever transforms the skyline at Cedar Point amusement park as it
flies directly over the new main gate, making a powerful impression on the 3
million guests who visit the park each year. 

Riders sit suspended from the train as if on the wings of a plane, giving them
the sensation of flight. They'll dangle 170 feet above the Cedar Point Beach
before experiencing a sharp, 180-degree turn and plummeting to within six feet
above the ground. Six unique inversions and rolling hills help create the
feeling of weightlessness. Adding to the excitement, riders will soar through
two massive keyhole towers that guard the park's redesigned main entrance,
twisting just in time to nearly miss them at speeds of almost 70 mph.

"GateKeeper is unlike anything our guests have experienced before," said John
Hildebrandt, Cedar Point's Vice President and General Manager. "It's
innovative thrills, like those our visitors will experience on GateKeeper,
that keep them coming back year after year, earning us the honor of 'Best
Amusement Park in the World.'"

Cedar Point will celebrate the historic opening of its 16^th roller coaster
with a full slate of festivities, including a special ceremony, performances
by The Ohio State University Spring Athletic Band and souvenirs for Opening
Day guests. Guests will receive commemorative GateKeeper drink koozies
courtesy of Coca-Cola, the new official beverage sponsor of all Cedar Fair
properties, including Cedar Point. GateKeeper's first official riders will be
the top bidders in two charity auctions that collectively raised more than
$30,000 for Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and United Way of Erie
County.

GateKeeper was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, a
company known around the world for its smooth steel coasters. Designed
uniquely for Cedar Point, GateKeeper breaks seven world records, including the
longest track (4,164 feet), tallest drop (164 feet) and most inversions of any
wing roller coaster in the world. Workers broke ground in mid-September and
placed the final piece of track on Feb. 28. The $30 million project involved
more than 100 workers, primarily from local and regional companies.

Every Opening Day guest will hear the screams and share in the excitement as
GateKeeper flies over them, but the wing coaster won't be the only new
attraction this year. Cedar Point's popular nighttime show, "Luminosity,"
will return in June with an all-new lineup of hit music and choreography
that's sure to have everyone dancing long after dark. Those who love big-city
entertainment also won't want to miss "On Broadway," a musical revue debuting
June 8 in the park's Jack Aldrich Theatre.

Guests will also have more food options, including the ability to customize
their beverages with more than 100 flavor combinations at the park's new
Coca-Cola freestyle machines. Visitors may choose their own yogurt toppings at
Yogurt Plus, located near GateKeeper, and enjoy their favorite soft pretzel
flavors at Auntie Anne's.

Families looking for a prehistoric adventure can return to Dinosaurs Alive!,
an island inhabited by more than 50 lifelike creatures from millions of years
ago. This interactive walk-through exhibit is back with some newly-hatched
surprises!

Cedar Point is open daily May 11 through Labor Day, Sept. 2, and Friday
nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27 with its record-breaking new
wing roller coaster, GateKeeper. For more information, log on to
www.cedarpoint.com. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out
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SOURCE Cedar Point

Website: http://www.cedarpoint.com
 
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