Roller coaster in the United States
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Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 41°29′07″N 82°41′33″W / 41.4852531°N 82.6925348°W / 41.4852531; -82.6925348
Status Operating since May 26, 2007
Cost $21,000,000 USD
Rider height
  • Minimum: 52 inch
  • Maximum: 78 inch
Replaced White Water Landing
Manufacturer Intamin
Product LSM Launch Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 12
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion LSM lift hill and LSM launch (rolling)
Height 105 feet
Drop 100 feet
Top speed 70 mph
Length 4450 feet
Inversions 2
Drop angle 95°
Duration 2:30

Maverick is an Intamin launched roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. Opened in 2007, it was manufactured by Intamin and was the 500th roller coaster designed by German engineer Werner Stengel. The ride is the first LSM Launch Coaster produced by the company. Maverick includes a "beyond vertical" 95° drop and the world's first twisted horseshoe roll - two 360 degree barrel rolls separated by a 180-degree turn.


White Water Landing, a log flume ride at Cedar Point, was retired on October 30, 2005 to make way for the park's newest roller coaster.[1] Cedar Point had the name Maverick filed for a trademark, heightening speculation for another roller coaster. During the 2006 season, supports for the new ride began to arrive at Cedar Point and the park gave up hiding their new roller coaster. More details were revealed on September 7, 2006, including the name.[2]

The former heartline roll

On May 8, 2007, Cedar Point announced that the ride's planned opening on May 12 would be delayed until June as three sections of track had to be replaced.[3] This was due to higher-than-expected stresses on the track and trains and included the replacement of a heartline roll with an s-curve. Maverick officially opened on May 26 following completion of the work.[4]

The trains' hard restraints were replaced with ones with a softer, vest-like design in 2015.[5]

In 2018, the tunnel halfway through the ride was refurbished.[6]


Maverick's track layout with defunct heartline roll

Ride experience

Two trains are loaded and dispatched simultaneously. One train is launched while the other sits at the bottom of the lift hill. Once the first train has reached the tunnel, the second train is launched. The ride starts out with a 105 foot tall LSM lift hill at 20 degrees. At the top of the lift hill, the train drops 100 feet at a 95-degree angle. The train reaches a speed of 57 mph then goes through a series of banked turns. First, the train turns to the right. Then it turns to the left through a canyon then another turn to the right. It then goes over a 74 foot airtime hill followed by a turn to the right into the twisted horseshoe roll which features two mirrored 360-degree corkscrew rolls, back-to-back, with a 180-degree banked curve between the two inversions. The train then makes a turn to the right into the tunnel where it is launched 400 feet at 70 mph under the station. The tunnel features special effects such as blue LED strips. At the end of the tunnel, it goes up a hill with trim brakes going up it, followed by a high-banked curve. The train then goes through a turn to the right into a canyon with an S-curve (original heartline roll location). Water cannons shoot off as the train enters the canyon. The train then passes under the lift hill through an over banked turn at 92 degrees. It then turns to the right into another over-banked turn followed by an airtime hill. The train then turns to the right into the final brake run.


Color scheme

Maverick has a red track and tan supports.


3 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train.



  1. Cedar Point Closing White Water Landing Ride - Ultimate Rollercoaster
  2. "'Maverick' roller coaster new at Cedar Point in '07".
  3. "Cedar Point coaster won't be ready for opening". Chillicothe Gazette.
  4. "Cedar Point's delayed coaster opening this weekend". The Tribune.
  5. Baldwin, Tim (August 2015). "Cedar Point debuts biggest investment ever" (PDF). Amusement Today. No. Vol. 19, Issue 5. Retrieved 2024-01-26.
  6. "Changes coming to Maverick roller coaster at Cedar Point".

External links

The category Maverick contains additional media.
  • Maverick on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

Articles on Cedar Point