Cedar Point Roller Coasters
"This fine amusement park is located in Sandusky, Ohio on Lake Erie. Modern roller coasters are good and visible examples of engineering, and Cedar Point has some of the best and most advanced (16 in all). In particular, their new 'Top Thrill Dragster' roller coaster uses a hydraulic launching
system to reach 120mph in 4 seconds and crests a 420ft hill. Their 'Millenium Force' one uses a cable lift and has a 310ft hill. Both of these rides use magnetic eddy-current brakes that result in a very smooth stop (and there are no friction brake pads to wear out!). Of course these huge machines are great fun to ride, but they are also fascinating to watch in action."
TIA Daily reader Doug Meier writes:
"I grew up in Ohio near what I consider to be the greatest coaster park in the world, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Points' Magnum XL-200, when built, was the tallest, fastest coaster in the universe. It is still without doubt the most fun ride I've ever been on. Apparently, this coaster was
elected the most fun roller coaster by the industry magazine something like 10 years running, so the industry apparently knows and rewards excellence when it rides it.
"In looking at the pictures and videos throughout the site, and contemplating how much engineering and design grace goes into producing something that generates such a thrill, I'm undecided as to whether I'd classify roller coasters in general as human achievements or things of beauty. As with so many things, a lot of the beauty is in the achievement; for that reason, these coasters undoubtedly qualify for both in my mind."
"Reaching a stratospheric 420 feet tall and topping out at an unheard of speed of 120 mph, this new steel screamer helped Cedar Point reclaim the title of owning the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the universe."