Cedar Point Removes WildCat
After over 4 decades, Cedar Point has done something they have yet to do in that span of time. WildCat, the park's small steel coaster produced by Schwarzkopf, will be dismantled prior to the start of the 2012 season.
The park announces this as they prepare that area of the park for the Luminosity show as well as Celebration Plaza. The park says that they will expand the new additions of the area to the WildCat site. The ride itself has seen its share of problems over the past few years, most recent being a brake failure which caused a collision in the station. The ride has also been prone to cars rolling backwards down the lift, dragging the chain with it.
WildCat is a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model set at 65 m, one of the size models among that design. It was 50 ft tall with a top speed of 40 mph. Along the course were sudden drops, tight turns, two helices, and forces close to a wild mouse style coaster. The ride opened in 1979, a year after Gemini opened, which was the tallest coaster in the world at the time. The ride served its life mostly as a beginner coaster for those getting their nerves used to how roller coasters work. Along with smaller coasters like Blue Streak, Iron Dragon, and Cedar Creek Mine Ride, WildCat helped supplement the larger rides.
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