Cedar Point has plans for new 'winged' coaster in 2013

GateKeeper will be amusement park's 16th coaster

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:16:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 14 2012 08:37:17 AM EDT
Gatekeeper ride
DETROIT -

Adrenaline junkies: It’s the announcement you’ve been waiting for.

Cedar Pointe has revealed plans for a new winged roller coaster – the GateKeeper.

The amusement park’s 16th coaster will be its first since the Maverick was opened in 2007.

GateKeeper is set to be ready in May of 2013.

The ride

Gatekeeper ride

The winged decision is meant to make riders feel like they’re flying.

Once riders crest the top of the 170-foot-tall lift hill, the coaster train will rotate 180 degrees to the right, turning riders upside down before plummeting a record 163 feet toward the ground at speeds reaching 67 mph! Then the train will enter a half loop, go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction from which it came. A towering 105-foot-tall camelback hill awaits just before riders glide through a 360-degree giant flat spin. The train will then fly through the middle of two support towers that will dominate Cedar Point’s new Main Entrance. The coaster will then make a tight, 180-degree turnaround which pushes riders through an overbanked turn and rockets them back towards the station. A 360-degree in-line roll, camelback drop and spiral round out the amazing elements that GateKeeper will treat its passengers to next summer.