News of Cedar Point’s 2013 attraction have been unofficially revealed, and it’s something many Cedar Point “fanboys” have been predicting and hoping for, a new coaster. But this won’t just be any new coaster, it will be a massive Wing Rider according to an uncomfirmed memo released by Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet.
The Sandusky Register has reported that the coaster, code-named “CP Alt. Winged,” will be a $25 million project and will have the “longest drop [at 170 ft tall], run the fastest, and be the longest ride of its kind” according to Matt Ouimet. To make room for the giant new Wing Rider, the Cedar Point will be removing the Space Spiral, the parks skytower, and Disaster Transport, the parks indoor bobsled coaster. Ouimet was not available for comment, and Corporate VP of Marketing Lee Alexakos declined to confirm the memo, stating “we have not announced any plans for 2013 but we did announce a $25 million investement.”
In the alleged memo, Ouimet stated “Rob Decker (Cedar Fair VP of planning and design) and others have done a great job of creating a compelling, economically attractive new coaster for Cedar Point…we believe this particular ride design with this particular manufacturer balances the desire for marketable innovation and risk associated with early adaptations of prototypes.”
Ever since green Wing Rider track appeared outside of B&M’s manufacturing plant in Ohio, fans of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Cedar Point have been vying that the track would be for their park’s 2013 coaster. When it was discovered that the track was actually for a coaster in China, the rumors about the two park’s 2013 fates has still been under siege. If it’s true, Cedar Point’s Wing Rider will be the 5th installed, and the third in the US, following 2011’s Raptor (Gardaland), and the 2012 trio of the Swarm (Thorpe Park), Wild Eagle (Dollywood), and X-Flight (Six Flags Great America).
Again, this information comes from a memo that park officials have declined to confirm and not commented on further, but their silence and refusal to deny such a big rumor could be telling.