Magnum XL-200

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Magnum XL-200
Magnum XL-200 lift.jpg
Magnum XL-200'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)
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel - Hyper
Product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 36
Hourly capacity 2000
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 205 feet
Drop 194.7 feet
Top speed 72 mph
Length 5106 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 60°
Duration 2:00
HELP

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.

History

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Magnum XL-200 opened at Cedar Point on May 6, 1989 as the second tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world behind Moonsault Scramble at Fuji-Q Highland. 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.

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.

Magnum celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate the event, the coaster received a new paint coat and special effects in the third tunnel.[1]

Design

Elements

Magnum is painted red, and has white trains.

Trains

3 trains with 6 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.

Rumors

An Ohio newspaper printed claims that Magnum XL-200 was sinking and was to be dismantled and sold. Despite being written as a joke, the rumor spread across the internet and was denounced by Cedar Point in 2002.[2]

References

External links

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Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1994
Preceded by
Great American Scream Machine
Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1994
Succeeded by
Pepsi Max Big One
Tallest roller coaster drop
May 1989 - May 1991
Preceded by
ShockWave

Great American Scream Machine

Tallest roller coaster drop
May 1989 - May 1991
Succeeded by
Steel Phantom

Desperado

Fastest roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1991
Preceded by
Great American Scream Machine
Fastest roller coaster
May 1989 - May 1991
Succeeded by
Steel Phantom