Cedar Point, Ohio, USA
CoasterForce had the opportunity to visit America's Roller Coaster and capture some off-season construction photos of GateKeeper. Despite constant below-freezing temperatures, construction has progressed for GateKeeper, which is on schedule to open for the 2013 season. This massive 170 ft. tall Wing Coaster is the tallest of its kind in the world, featuring a 4,161 ft. layout with six inversions. The first dropping inversion, called a dive loop, will be the tallest inversion in the world.
The dive loop, immelmann, and first airtime hill have all been completed, with the corkscrew inversion currently going up. Transfer track construction was also a focus during our visit, with station structure supports already in place.
A lot of excitement has been centered around how GateKeeper will interact with the new main gate, featuring a "keyhole" feature, where GateKeeper performs a zero-g roll through the new entrance structure. Headway has been made on the new entrance, with continued clearing of the old main gate/picnic pavilions and the setting of molds for the pouring of concrete footers for the new ticket booths. We are definitely looking forward to how this new entrance will shape up.
GateKeeper certainly has a massive foot print - seemingly nothing has been left unchanged at the front of the park. And that was the exact intent of GateKeeper; to offer a new change to the skyline and bring back new life to a corner of the park that has remained untouched for over 20 years.
Cedar Point opens for its 2013 season May 11.
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