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Steel Vengeance has also introduced the first-of-its-kind


‘Twisted Snake Dive’. In this new maneuver, the coaster’s train enters a half-barrel roll, hang upside-down for a brief moment and then turns back in the direction of travel, not completing a full roll. The coaster’s figure-eight layout provides a fast- paced journey with multiple airtime hills, twists and dives, over-banked turns and surprise maneuvers. The entire ride will last approximately 2 minutes, 30 seconds.


Just plain twisted “This is another roller coaster that only Cedar Point could build,” explains McClure, the tallest, fastest and longest of its kind with four inversions and the exciting movements the hybrid design can achieve. There are so many unexpected moments on Steel Vengeance, it’s just plain twisted. It’s an extremely wild experience for our guests.” Steel Vengeance introduces a new classification of roller


and a 61 metre dive to the ground, reaching a maximum speed of 117 kph. Multiple airtime hills follow, including the world’s fastest airtime hill ever created on a hybrid roller coaster, and a 35 metres tall outer-banked hill placing riders on an outward tilt while moving forward. “People are really going to like this ride,” predicts


McClure. “We have had a few guests take a ride at our First Rider Benefit, Friends & Family Day and Season Pass VIP events, and the feedback from them has been outstanding. This is clearly an elite coaster.” McClure, who has ridden frequently already, finds a lot to


like about Steel Vengeance. “There are so many amazing elements that it is difficult to pick one. The end of the ride is special to me. You spend so much time inside the wood structure, and the wood disguises the transitions, so it is full of surprises. At one point you lose track, as to whether you are right side up, sideways, or upside down. It is amazing.”


coaster, the ‘hyper-hybrid.’ The coaster not only combines a hybrid construction of smooth steel track set atop a wood support structure, but also reaches a height of over 200 feet (61 m) – the defining feature of a “hyper-coaster.” It marks the fourth classification of roller coaster introduced by Cedar Point as the park’s ever-higher roller coasters have needed new categories to define them. In total, Steel Vengeance shatters 10 world records, including tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster. A new ride of this size will affect park operations. “The biggest impact Steel Vengeance will make on Cedar Point is in FrontierTown,” notes McClure. “With Steel Vengeance and Maverick side by side, we have two of the top coasters in the world in the same area. We expect more traffic in that section of the park and have prepared for it. We have remodeled shops, new food menus more authentic to the Western theme, plus new and more entertainment.” Cedar Point is home to 71 rides, including 18 roller


coasters, the Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, a mile-long beach, marinas, hotels, and more. The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels.


Irvine Ondrey Engineering was responsible for the brand new control system used on Steel Vengeance - aged equipment from Mean Streak was removed and replaced with state-of-the-art Allen-Bradley components. CEO Anne Irvine spoke to Park World. “IOE has a special tie to Cedar Point with it being my ‘home’ park. We created special custom main and remote operator panel graphic decal wraps featuring the three outlaws that ‘rule’ over the ride. Each train is named after the ride’s characters, so IOE also designed seat status screens coordinated to match each train as it waits in the station, for example, when ‘Chess’ enters the station, her character’s screen will appear on a large monitor both operators and guests can view and add to the atmosphere of the ride by telling oncoming riders a little bit about each outlaw. “We all knew from the very


start that Steel Vengeance would take roller coasters to an entirely new level. The atmosphere during commissioning was electric! Everyone had a feeling that we were about to unleash a coaster that would be one for the ages. The exhilaration I felt seeing Steel Vengeance’s initial riders pull back into the station, their breathless, overjoyed reactions told me that all of the effort to make this coaster a massive hit were worth it!”


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