For the past five seasons, it stood proudly at Geauga Lake’s entrance; the newest roller coaster track in the park. Now, X-Flight is taking off towards an undisclosed location.
In recent years, thrill-seekers have learned that infancy is hardly a promise of longevity for thrill rides. Now, that point has been underscored once again as the Ohio theme park begins dismantling one of its star attractions – a ride that was marketed as the first in the Midwest to send riders flying like their favorite superheroes in prone position.
Growing theme park giant Cedar Fair, owner of Geauga Lake since 2004, now operates a dozen other amusement parks throughout North America. Any one of those parks could become the new landing site of X-Flight, in theory.
However, two of the other Cedar Fair parks – Paramount Canada’s Wonderland and Paramount’s Carowinds – already operate lay-down coasters. Two more – Cedar Point and Valleyfair – already have installations of major new coasters in the works. Half a dozen others have land shortages that might not justify the acreage of X-Flight, leaving some to believe that Geauga Lake’s Midwestern neighbor Michigan’s Adventure will soon be seeing lime green track and dark blue supports on its property.
To followers of the roller coaster world, the relocation of X-Flightwill conjure recollections from three years ago when a nearly identical ride that spawned the modern “flying coaster” craze made a cross-country flight of its own. After three years of operation, Stealth at Paramount’s Great America in California was shipped to Carowinds in North Carolina where it was reincarnated as BORG Assimilator for the 2004 season.
Geauga Lake states that the removal of X-Flight does not signal the arrival of a new attraction to fill the void.