Cedar Point, including Cedar Point's Roller Coasters

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Getting Right to the Point

Raptor, an inverted coaster, can be seen poking above the entrance plaza.
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Ohio Amusement Park

They don't call Cedar Point "America's Roller Coast" for nothin'. See the amusement park's incredible arsenal of thrill machines, including Magnum XL-200, Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Maverick, and Gemini, as well as some of its other wild array of rides.

Coasters are everywhere at Cedar Point. Raptor, an inverted coaster, can be seen poking above the entrance plaza.

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Welcome to the Point

The main midway at Cedar Point, just inside the entrance plaza, includes the Centennial Theatre.
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The main midway at Cedar Point, just inside the entrance plaza, includes the Centennial Theatre. The venue hosts a musical show.

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Cedar Point Loves a Parade

A marching band performs at Cedar Point.
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A marching band performs at Cedar Point.

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A Force to Be Reckoned With

The "Giga Coaster" Millennium Force delivers one of the world's wildest ride experiences.
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At over 300 feet and reaching staggering speeds up to 93 mph, the "Giga Coaster," Millennium Force, delivers one of the world's wildest ride experiences.

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A Force of Nature

Millennium Force strikes quite a profile against Lake Erie.
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Millennium Force strikes quite a profile against Lake Erie.

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Hands Down, a Wild Coaster

Many riders raise their hands aboard Millennium Force.
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Many riders raise their hands aboard Millennium Force.

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All Smiles...

Passengers aboard Top Thrill Dragster appear relatively relaxed before it takes off.
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Passengers aboard Top Thrill Dragster appear relatively relaxed before it takes off.

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...Until Dragster Launches

Nothing can wipe a smile off of a face quite like the 420-foot, 120 mph Top Thrill Dragster.
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Nothing can wipe a smile off of a face quite like the 420-foot, 120 mph Top Thrill Dragster.

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420 Feet of Mayhem

A Top Thrill Dragster train reaches the top of the 420-foot top-hat tower.
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A Top Thrill Dragster train reaches the top of the 420-foot top-hat tower.

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Up and Over

Freefalling down 90 degrees Top Thrill Dragster's 420-foot tower.
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Perhaps the only thing more frightening than shooting 90 degrees up a 420-foot tower is freefalling down 90 degrees Top Thrill Dragster's 420-foot tower.

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A Coaster Legend

Magnum XL-200, introduced in 1989, was the first to break the 200-foot barrier.
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This is the coaster that started the modern-day coaster wars. Magnum XL-200, introduced in 1989, was the first to break the 200-foot barrier. The hypercoaster still wows riders.

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Air and Water

The out and back coaster is loaded with airtime.
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The out and back coaster is loaded with airtime.

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Horsing Around

The unique Maverick, Cedar Point's 17th coaster, is a launched terrain coaster.
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The unique Maverick, Cedar Point's 17th coaster, is a launched terrain coaster.

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Steeper than Straight Down

Maverick's first drop is a doozy.
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Maverick's first drop is a doozy. While it's only 100 feet, the novel 95-degree angle keeps things lively. Inclined inward, the drop is 5 degrees more than straight down; as the last car crests the top, it extends slightly in front of the first car racing down the drop.

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Airtime? Check.

After Maverick's first drop, the train swoops around, giving riders a panoramic view of Lake Erie.
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After Maverick's first drop, the train swoops around, giving riders a panoramic view of Lake Erie. It then climbs a second hill that delivers a stunning few seconds of airtime.

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Swoop Over a Lagoon

Maverick makes a graceful swoop over a lagoon and is trailed by some percussive geysers of water.
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Maverick makes a graceful swoop over a lagoon and is trailed by some percussive geysers of water.

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Cliff Diving

Maverick snakes between some "cliffs" and revs through some acrobatic maneuvers.
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Maverick snakes between some "cliffs" and revs through some acrobatic maneuvers which seem all the more daunting since they occur at perilously low heights.

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Wicked Twisted

The twisted impulse coaster, Wicked Twister, is quite a sight.
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The twisted impulse coaster, Wicked Twister, is quite a sight.

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Wicked High

Wicked Twister climbs a 215-foot spike.
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Wicked Twister climbs a 215-foot spike.

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To and Fro

Wicked Twister shuttles between two towers.
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Wicked Twister shuttles between two towers.

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A Monster of a Coaster

Raptor is the first thrill machine that greets riders inside the main midway at Cedar Point.
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Raptor, an inverted coaster, is the first thrill machine that greets riders inside the main midway at Cedar Point.

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Sprawling Raptor

Raptor snakes along Lake Erie at Cedar Point.
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Raptor snakes along Lake Erie at Cedar Point.

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Hanging In There

Inverted coasters, which hang beneath the track, are like ski lifts gone haywire.
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Inverted coasters, which hang beneath the track, are like ski lifts gone haywire.

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Riding a Blue Streak

The circa-1964 Blue Streak lines the causeway that leads to Cedar Point's main entrance.
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The circa-1964 Blue Streak lines the causeway that leads to Cedar Point's main entrance. The older woodie features a signature cupola at the top of its lift hill.

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Yep, it's a Corkscrew

The Corkscrew sends riders tumbling on the midway at Cedar Point.
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The Corkscrew sends riders tumbling on the midway at Cedar Point.

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Bugging Out

Mantis send riders soaring 145 feet in the air.
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Mantis send riders soaring 145 feet in the air.

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A Stand-Up Coaster

Mantis riders can't sit down on the job.
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Mantis riders can't sit down on the job.

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Spaced-Out Coaster

Gemini, a dual-track racing coaster, may be the most underrated ride at Cedar Point.
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Gemini, a dual-track racing coaster, may be the most underrated ride at Cedar Point.

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Side by Side

The red and blue trains are neck and neck on Gemini.
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The red and blue trains are neck and neck on Gemini.

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Fire-Breathing Dragon

Cedar Point's Iron Dragon is a suspended coaster.
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Cedar Point's Iron Dragon is a suspended coaster. It inlcudes some fog effects.

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An Airing

Maxair is an extreme thrill ride that reaches speeds of 70 mph.
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Maxair is an extreme thrill ride that reaches speeds of 70 mph and nearly turns riders upside down 140 feet in the air.

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Skyward

The extreme swing ride, Skyhawk, uses compressed air to launch riders 103 feet high.
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The extreme swing ride, Skyhawk, uses compressed air to launch riders 103 feet high.

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One Powerful Tower

It's 300 feet straight up--and down--on Cedar Point's Power Tower.
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It's 300 feet straight up--and down--on Cedar Point's Power Tower.

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Devilish Ride

Cedar Point's Demon Drop is a first-generation freefall tower ride.
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Cedar Point's Demon Drop is a first-generation freefall tower ride.

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The Bucket Stops Here

The Sky Ride gondolas travel along Cedar Point's main midway.
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The Sky Ride gondolas travel along Cedar Point's main midway.

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Whitewater Fun

Thunder Canyon's rafts are sometimes mild...
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Thunder Canyon's rafts are sometimes mild...

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Taking the Falls

Passengers on Thunder Canyon sometimes get soaked.
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Passengers on Thunder Canyon sometimes get soaked.

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Scrambled Fun

While Cedar Point is known for its incredible coasters, it also boasts an impressive array of rides.
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While Cedar Point is known for its incredible coasters, it also boasts an impressive array of "flat" rides (affectionately known as "whirl-and-hurl" rides in the industry), such as the Scrambler. In fact, it has the largest number of rides of any park in the world.

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Holding Down the Fort

Cedar Point offers a relatively quiet, shady, and quaint area known as Fort Sandusky.
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Amid all the coasters and screaming riders, Cedar Point offers a relatively quiet, shady, and quaint area known as Fort Sandusky.

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A Really Big Shoe

A blacksmith plies his trade at Cedar point.
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A blacksmith plies his trade at Cedar Point.

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All Fired Up

The blacksmith stokes the fire.
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The blacksmith stokes the fire.

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Round and Round

The Midway Carousel dates back to 1912, although it was originally spinning in Revere Beach, Mass.
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The Midway Carousel dates back to 1912, although it was originally spinning in Revere Beach, Massachusetts. It has been at Cedar Point since 1946.

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Nobody Wins this Race

A different kind of carousel, the Cedar Downs Racing Derby dates back to 1920.
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A different kind of carousel, the Cedar Downs Racing Derby dates back to 1920.

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Snoopying Around

Camp Snoopy features some of Cedar Point's rides for younger children.
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Camp Snoopy features some of Cedar Point's rides for younger children.

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A Sweet Ride

One of the kiddie rides in Camp Snoopy.
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One of the kiddie rides in Camp Snoopy.

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Their Own Kingdom

Rides for smaller children are also in Cedar Point's Kiddy Kingdom.
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Rides for smaller children are also in Cedar Point's Kiddy Kingdom.

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Baby, You Can Drive My Car

The Turnpike Cars are one of three rides which give young kids the chance to get behind the wheel.
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The Turnpike Cars are one of three rides which give young kids the chance to get behind the wheel of an automobile.

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Steam Powered

The CP & LE Railroad at Cedar Point.
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The CP & LE Railroad at Cedar Point.

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Training Train

A mini train for younger riders.
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A mini train for younger riders.

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Horse Barn

The Town Hall doubles as an information center and a museum of Cedar Point history and memorabilia.
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The Town Hall doubles as an information center and a museum of Cedar Point history and memorabilia. Among the exhibits are hand-carved carousel horses from a vintage 1924 carousel.

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Quite Grand

Cedar Point's Grand Ballroom, which once hosted well-known big bands in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Cedar Point's Grand Ballroom, which once hosted well-known big bands in the 1940s and 1950s, today offers arcade games. It is an enormous building, and its exterior bespeaks of its glorious past.

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