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Magnum XL-200

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roller coaster
Magnum XL-200
Magnum XL-200 lift.jpg
Magnum's lift hill
Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since May 6, 1989
Cost $8,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Riders per train 36
Hourly capacity 2,000
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height205 feet
Drop194.7 feet
Top speed72 mph
Length5,106 feet
Steepest drop60°
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Magnum XL-200 is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. Built by Arrow Dynamics, it was opened on May 6, 1989 and was the first complete-circuit roller coaster to break the 200 foot barrier. It is considered to have started the roller coaster wars, in which amusement parks competed to build the tallest and fastest roller coasters. The coaster was voted Best Steel Coaster by the Golden Ticket Awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000.


Magnum XL-200 opened at Cedar Point in 1989 as the second tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world behind Moonsault Scramble. The coaster is located across from Top Thrill Dragster, in a shaded area of the park's midway section. It is the first ride one crosses when entering through the back entrance.

Magnum is painted red with white trains. Its wait times are typically no more than 20 minutes as it has a high capacity.

Magnum is considered both a hyper coaster and an out-and-back roller coaster. The ride first ascends its 205 foot chain lift hill and drops 195 feet at a maximum speed of 72 mph. The train ascends another hill before dropping at a curve into a high-speed pretzel turn. The train then travels back through a series of small airtime hills and tunnels directly below the massive lift hill. An on-ride photo is taken in one of the tunnels before the train approaches the brake run and returns to the station. The coaster is praised for its long amounts of airtime, especially on its third hill, where airtime is said to reach up to 5 seconds. Parts of the ride travel through Cedar Point's waterpark, "Soak City" and its wave pool. The water slides are also visible throughout most of the ride.


Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ranking 1 1 1 3 3 4 3 3 3 5 7 9 8 9 8 9 13


A rumour was once started as an April Fools' Joke that Magnum was sinking due to unstable ground and was to be dismantled and sold to another park. The rumor quickly spread over the internet and has since been denounced by Cedar Point.

Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1994
Preceded by
Dragon Mountain
Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1994
Succeeded by
Pepsi Max Big One
Fastest roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1991
Preceded by
Fastest roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1991
Succeeded by
Steel Phantom