Apr 26, 2024 - News

Coasters to debut at Cedar Point, Kings Island

Illustration of a roller coaster made of Ohio buckeyes.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Get hyped, coaster fans.

Launching the news: Kings Island is open for its 52nd season in Mason, while Cedar Point's 155th season in Sandusky opens May 4.

Zoom up (and down): The marquee debut at Cedar Point this year is Top Thrill 2, the 420-foot, triple-launch roller coaster modified from the original Top Thrill Dragster.

Flashback: Cedar Point closed the Dragster in 2021 after a metal object flew off the ride and struck a 44-year-old Michigan woman in the head while she waited in line.

How it works: The reimagined and rebranded ride now includes three propulsive launches.

  • The first, (74 mph), shoots riders up the original tower. The second (101 mph) is a reverse launch, propelling riders backward up a new rear spire. The third brings riders forward again, up the tower, over its apex and then hurtling down at max speeds of 120 mph. Watch a test ride.

By the numbers: Admission at the gate is $85, up $5 from last year. But season passes offer tremendous value and are available in three tiers.

  • The popular Gold Pass, which includes unlimited visits and parking, is $145 (or a down payment of $35 and then five monthly payments of $22).
  • It costs an extra $100 for an "All Park Passport" ā€” formerly the Platinum Pass ā€” which gets you entry into other Cedar Fair parks.

The latest: Sister park Kings Island opened earlier this month.

  • The park is also debuting a coaster with a "rollback" feature ā€” albeit hundreds of feet shorter than Top Thrill 2.

The intrigue: Snoopy's Soap Box Racers, a family coaster taking riders through a 672-foot track forward and backward, with a max height of 74 feet, will open at the new Camp Snoopy section later this spring.

  • There's still old favorites like The Racer and The Beast, a wooden giant celebrating 45 years at the park.
  • Tickets for daily admission start at $45 and a Gold Pass costs $145.

Cedar Point schedule ā€¦ Kings Island schedule

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