The roller coaster capital of the world may have lost two of its coasters in the past few years, but those coasters are not going to be forgotten. According to a report in the Sandusky Register, Cedar Point is going to take pieces of two beloved coasters and donate them to the National Roller Coaster Museum. The odd part about this story is that the museum has not even been built yet.
Cedar Point has taken pieces from Disaster Transport and Wildcat, two coasters that have been torn down since the arrival of Matt Ouimet, the new CEO for Cedar Fair. The park sent the pieces to a warehouse in Texas and even paid for the shipping of the pieces. This act shocked many coaster museum board members. “That's an unusual act of generosity”, said Richard Munch, a project director at a Cleveland architectural firm who sits on the museum's board. “The attitude of most amusement parks is, you want it, come pick it up." There are those that believe that Cedar Point was doing this to help the cause of getting the museum built somewhere in Sandusky. According to the board, the final spot for a permanent museum has not been decided, but Sandusky is on top of a short list of places in the country.
The Wildcat roller coaster was taken down in 2012 when the park decided to create a new entertainment complex on the strip between the Midway and Iron Dragon roller coaster. Wildcat was opened in 1979 and was a family favorite of many. Many coaster enthusiasts were sad and upset to see it go, but many Wildcat-type coasters have been going away as of recent years.
Disaster Transport was torn down this past season as the park was gearing up for Gatekeeper. The indoor, bobsled type coaster was a place that many guests would go to escape the heat of summer and enjoy a family friendly ride in complete darkness. The ride opened in 1985 as Avalanche Run and was an outdoor ride, but that soon changed when the park hired ITEC to redesign it to be an indoor ride in 1990. There was mixed emotions about the departure of the coaster, but many are now excited about the arrival of Gatekeeper and the new entrance to the park which takes the place where Disaster Transport once stood.