Cedar Point, located on the shores of Lake Erie, in Sandusky, Ohio may be adding a dive coaster to their lineup of attractions for 2016. A dive coaster is essentially a quick thrill coaster with an incredible drop followed by some inversions. Apparently, the park has contacted B&M, a manufacturer of these such rides, so the dive coaster could definitely be a possibility. Also, the park has cleared a fairly large section of the park, further backing up the possibility of a dive coaster. The current estimated budget is set at 15 million, which could buy a good sized, quality dive coaster with multiple inversions and drops.
The picture to the right shows the general area the dive coaster is supposed to occupy. The yellow border shows the entire cleared area, so basically the amount of land that the coaster can use. To create such a large land mass, Cedar Point decided to remove a few attractions. A red "X" represents a removed attraction. In total, there are five attractions leaving to make way for the dive coaster. The bottommost ride on the image is Calypso, a spinning flat ride. Moving up, the two automobile themed car rides will also be no longer available to guests in this specific area. Furthermore, the Dodgem bumper cars will be moved, and the Good Time Theater will no longer be available to guests. Honestly, even though Cedar Point will be removing a total of five attractions, or relocating them, I still think that this area is in need of a refurbishment, as most of the attractions in this area have declined in popularity over the years.
Moving on to the actual coaster itself, I created a quick sketch of what the layout may look like. Please note that this is not the released and finalized layout; it is merely just a guess to give and idea of how big the coaster could be and how many elements could fit in the area. So, the red outline represents the coaster's track, and the red shaded box would represent the ride's station. Also, the green area could be the queue section for the ride, along with the red "X" marking the entrance to the ride. Finally, the green circles signify the coaster's four inversions, and the blue box in the photo is a water splashdown effect, often found on these types of rides. With this layout, the coaster's trains would cruise out of the station and engage on the lift hill. Once at the apex, the train would turn to the right, and be held at the top momentarily before plunging down a 90 degree drop. After the breathtaking drop, the train would sail up into an immelmann inversion. Then comes a high speed turn into a vertical loop, followed by a rise into a mid course brake run. Following that, the track turns right and brings riders to a zero - G roll, which is soon followed by a second immelmann inversion. Finally, for the finale of the coaster, a few airtime hills would come before a helix and a water splashdown effect.
So, what do I think of this possible coaster? Personally, I don't think it's the best investment Cedar Point could be making. If they are going to drop 15 million on a new attraction, they should make sure it's the right fit. Currently, the park has some rides that are very similar to this. For one, Rougarou is undergoing a transformation into a floorless coaster, which would provide a similar ride experience - multiple inversions, and a floorless ride experience. Also, the main draw of these rides are the drops - a rare 90 degrees, but with the addition of this new coaster, the 90 degree drop would not be so rare for Cedar Point - they have Top Thrill Dragster, which has a vertical 400 foot drop. Anyways, I'm not saying this will not be a great attraction that will draw many guests into the park for 2016. I'm just saying that it's not the best possible fit for the park, and they could use something that would provide a new experience, such as a flying coaster. I would much rather see something that flies near (or briefly over!) the waters of Lake Erie, still utilizing the same plot of land. Also, if they could figure some way to add a launch to the equation - B&M has just began to introduce those to their coasters, and that would be a great thing to put on one of those coasters to kick up the thrills.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.