The moment coaster enthusiasts have been waiting for has finally arrived as Cedar Point has officially announcedGatekeeper, their new coaster coming for the 2013 season. The park will be receiving their very own Bolliger and Mabillard Wing Coaster. Of course, it would not be true Cedar Point fashion if they didn't break a few records along the way as well.
With its announced height of 170 feet with a 163-foot vertical drop, speed of 67 miles per hour, and length of 4,164 linear feet Gatekeeper will steal the record for biggest drop, length, and speed by a wing coaster from Dollywood's Wild Eagle. But it won't stop there, with its inverting first drop it will also grab the record for largest inversion on any type of coaster. Gatekeeper will also sport a layout featuring six inversions, including a Wing Over Drop, Immelmann, Giant Flat Spin, Inclined Dive Loop, Spiral, and a Zero-G roll as the ride passes over the entrance to the park.
The impact Gatekeeper will have will go beyond just its eye popping stats. It will bring new life to the front of the park, especially the entrance. One of the coaster's star elements comes as the track soars right over the park gate while gracefully inverting through two tight keyhole passes.
Another one of the gifts that Gatekeeper will bring is a bit of beautification towards the front of the park. The ride will be replacing the now defunct Disaster Transport. In doing so it open up the view of Lake Erie and present the park with a much more attractive looking coaster.
Gatekeeper will be Cedar Point's first B&M coaster since Mantis in 1996 and Raptor in 1994. It will also be the park's first non-Intamin AG coaster addition since Mantis as Millennium Force,Wicked Twister, Top Thrill Dragster, and Maverick were all Intamin installations. It will also bring the park's coaster count back up to 16.