New Cedar Point 'Gatekeeper' coaster promises to thrill

By: Michael Lewis Email
By: Michael Lewis Email

Roller coaster season is right around the corner, and the Midwest has a new ride to experience at the roller coaster capital of the word.

WNDU got a sneak peek at one of the newest coasters right in America's own backyard.

For years, roller coasters have satisfied, scared and entertained roller coaster fans across the world.

Cedar Point Amusement Park and Resort in Sandusky, Ohio debuted their newest, state-of-the-art coaster and is now the 16th coaster to join the family.

Park representatives want all riders to feel an adrenaline rush.

“We're always on the cutting edge,” said Cedar Point Marketing Representative Annie Zelm. “We've come to expect.people have come to expect now of us that we always build something bigger, better, taller, faster. In this case, it's most unique. And I can only speak for the left but my initial reaction was whoah. Just incredible. Just a unique experience unlike anything I've had before on a roller coaster."

According to park leaders, the two sided winged ride races at almost 67 miles per hour and last about two and a half minutes.

It's 170 feet tall with a 164 foot drop, but there's a twist...literally.

At the first drop, the coaster turn the riders upside down.

Then, it takes you through more loops and keyholes directly above the main entrance of the park.

“I would definitely recommend it,” Coaster fan Jaimmie Koss said. “It’s really fun. I know for a lot of people they're afraid to go upside down like loopty loops for people who don't like them. I was like that when I was younger but it doesn't even feel like you are going upside down because the ride is so incredibly smooth."

It’s smooth because The Gatekeeper is energy efficient.

The ride only uses electricity in the loading area up to the first drop and at one of the platforms later in the ride.

“I would definitely recommend it,” Aaron Schneider after riding the new coaster. “Why? Because what I said before. It's a completely different ride. It’s a different sensation. It’s fun. I recommend both sides. I've been on both right, left, front back, and you just got to come out for yourself and try it out."

Now it's up to Cedar Point to top this coaster's experience.

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